HERE is all your latest Vale and Dale news. Find out what is happening in your neighbourhood, check out when your parish council meets or simply plan ahead with details of events taking place round the corner.


Service - Sunday, October 27, 11am, St Hilda’s: Eucharist.


Talk - Nick Darke is hosting a talk entitled Tour of Landmarks at Appleton Village Hall at 7.30pm on Sunday, November 17. To book, phone Helen on 01751 417078. Tickets £8.50

Tea, Chat & History - The next Tea & Chat of the 2018/19 season will be at 2pm on Monday, November 4.

Singalong - The next singalong will be held in the village hall at 5pm Wednesday, October 30.


Church - There is no service on Sunday, but all are welcome at the other churches in the Benefice. Snainton has a 9.30am joint Communion Service with the Methodists at St Stephen’s Church at 9.30am. Wykeham have an 11am Communion and Hutton Buscel a 6.30pm Book of Common Prayer Evensong. There are bins outside the village hall and in the church porch for unwanted four-inch plant pots. These will be used at the Free Community Event in All Saints on Friday, November 1, from 6pm to 8pm, when daffodil bulbs will be provided and planted. Jacket potatoes and mulled cider will be served along with music and an outline of the plans for William Wordsworth’s Big Birthday in April 2020.


Bridge club - The results of Bulmer Bridge Club on Thursday, October 17. Seven and a half tables. 1st Thelma Hardware and Tom Nutman 68.75 per cent; 2nd Melanie Porter and Brian Crowder 66.67 per cent; 3rd Sylvia Haines and Moira Fitzsimmons 63.49 per cent.


Music - The charity Country and Western Evening in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance will take place at the Lion Inn Blakey on Friday, November 1, at 7pm. Evening includes raffle and auction, any donations of items of services most welcome. Entrance £7 including supper, phone Ken Wilson 01751 433241.

History afternoon - There will be a history afternoon in Farndale Village Hall on Saturday, November 2, at 2pm. Anyone interested in the history of the Dale or family history welcome. The Call of Home is Loud – local photographer Dave Mead will be giving at talk illustrated by his photograph entitled “The Call of Home is Loud” on Friday, November 8, at 7.30pm. Entry by donation.


Service - Sunday, October 27, 9.15am, Holy Cross: Morning Prayer.


Play - More than 60 people enjoyed a gripping performance of a play, Without Malice or Ill Will, on Saturday, October 19, at Hovingham Village Hall. Written and performed by award-winning playwright, Ray Castleton and directed by Jessica Arden, this story was commissioned to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike and the repercussions over three decades for the miners, police officers, their families and communities. After a standing ovation, this thought provoking and insightful performance was followed by a discussion. The event was held in support of Frack Free Ryedale.


Quiz - A family pub quiz will take place at the Crown Inn, Hutton-le-Hole, on Sunday, November 3, at 8.30pm. Entry £2, including a sandwich supper. Prize is a voucher to spend at The Crown. Event in aid of St Chad’s Church.


Church service - There is to be a Family Eucharist Service (Contemporary) at 10.30am in The Venerable Bede, Leavening.


Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, October 15. North/South winners were Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 59.6 per cent. In second place Ann Scott and Ian Oliver with 51.7 per cent. East/West winners were Diane Brannan and Paul Whittaker with 58.3 per cent. In second place Peter Small and Graeme Matthew with 57 per cent. One pair bid and made 6nt.

Festival of Light - It takes place on November 2 at All Saints’ Church. All seven to 11 year olds (with accompanying adult) are welcome to enjoy games, music and crafts. Doors open from 5.20pm and the fun begins officially at 5.30pm, with aim to finish the evening by 7.15pm. Then join them the following day in a Light Parade in church at 10.30am to mark All Saints’ Day Festival.

Christmas Market - This year’s event takes place on Saturday, November 30, from 10am to 3pm. This annual event presents more than 30 craft, handicraft and produce stalls in the main street and on both floors of the Memorial Hall. In the morning there will be craft activities for children in the library. Kirkbymoorside Brass Band will play in the Market Place from about 11am. Santa will be in his Grotto (Memorial Hall Dugout) from noon to 2pm. Free entrance. Face painting in the Memorial Hall.

Tuesday Group - At the meeting on Tuesday, November 12, at the Methodist Church Jubilee room, at 7.30pm, members will give a warm welcome to the guest speaker Rev Bridget Gillespie. Leader is Gwen and Kath and Audrey will be the tea hostesses.

Library - Every Wednesday from 3.45pm to 4.45pm play drop-in sessions at Kirkbymoorside Library. Free children’s building play session for ages two to eight. No need to book. Saturday, October 26, from 2pm to 4pm, author event at the library. ‘Scrolls in the sand - the Egyptian origins of writing’. A talk by author and Egyptologist Joann Fletcher. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the talk. Refreshments available. Tickets £10, available from the library. Booking essential. Wednesday, October 30, from 10am to noon, free children’s STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art and maths) activities aimed at primary school age.

Bingo - Kirkbymoorside Tennis Club is holding a bingo night to raise funds for a new clubhouse on Tuesday, October 29, 8pm start.

Give or Take Day - The next Give or Take Day is on Sunday, October 27, at the Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall. Deliveries can be brought on Saturday, October 26, from 6pm and 8pm, or on the Sunday from 8am onwards.

Menzown - Five volunteers from the Malton Museum teased a well-attended meeting in the King’s Head with three definitions of old or obscure words. Members should return their Christmas menu choices by the next meeting on November 11; cheques in favour of Menzown.

Camera club - The Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club met last Thursday at the Moorside Bar and Club in Shaw Drive for an illustrated talk by Les Forrester, from the Ripon City Photographic Society, titled the Art in Architecture. The next meeting at the Moorside Club and Bar is on November 7 for an Open Competition.


Church - Now that the colder weather has returned, weekday Mass services at St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church will return to the Parish Community Centre, except for those Wednesdays when there is Eucharistic Adoration at 11am and Mass at noon.

Flower Club - At the October meeting of Malton and District Flower Club, a superb demonstration, Coast to Coast by Audrey Foster was much appreciated. It was a floral interpretation of the scenery in locations she enjoyed whilst cycling long distance. Tips were given for creating unusual accessories and beautiful designs were created using toning foliage and stunning flowers. Arrangements ranged from contemporary to more traditional. On November 19, at 7pm, is the open meeting at Norton College and features Nick Grounds from Cambridge presenting Bah Humbug. New members and visitors welcome.

Bridge club - There were a number of closely contested high scores at Malton Bridge Club on Wednesday, headed by Derek Fox and John Hayton with 63.9 per cent. Rob Ashdown and Graeme Matthew scored 63.5 per cent, Beryl and John Bramall had 62.9 per cent, Charles and Hazel Ward 61.5 per cent and Philip Mason and Annette Jackson 60.1 per cent. On Thursday the North-South winners were Teresa Belt and Sally Beswick ahead of Charlie Callis and Dave Sonley while Gladys Thompson and John Bramall won as East-West with Anne Butterworth and Sheila Miller in second place.


Meeting - Pickering Lacemakers are meeting in the Old School Room on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. This is a self-help group, open to anyone who is interested in making lace. The first class is free to prospective members. For more details, phone Liz Large on 01642 473258 or email


Bingo - A prize bingo night on behalf of Harome Bowling Club is to be held at Nawton Village Hall on Saturday, October 26, at 7.30pm. Good prizes.


Concert - Swinton and District Excelsior Band will be in concert at St Mary’s Priory Church, Old Malton, on Saturday, November 2, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 to include light refreshments. Tickets are available on the door or phone Sue on 01653 695305 to book in advance. All proceeds to church funds.


Service - Sunday, October 27, 9.15am, St Oswald’s: All-age Eucharist.


Meeting - The annual meeting of Rillington and District Horticultural and Industrial Society was held in the Fleece Inn. Officers elected were: president Robin Bellfield, chairman Sue Butler, vice-chairman and schedule secretary Denise Dudley, treasurer Richard Denton, show secretary Tracey Ireland and minutes secretary Marian Cockrem. Annual membership of the society is £2 and gives a discount on selected garden requisites from seven local garden centres and permits non-residents outside the associated villages to enter exhibits in the annual show. The committee would like to sincerely thank the vice-presidents and sponsors without whose generous support the show would not be financially viable. The 97th annual show will be on Saturday, September 5, 2020.

Quiz - Seven teams playing for £56 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz at the Fleece Inn. The winners with 58 points were Team @ the Bar, second were Honeymooners (56.5) and third Gary, Steve and Co (54.5). The £15 jackpot was won by Team @ the Bar.

Jennie’s next Mega Quiz will be on Friday, November 1. Gary, Steve and Co were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz and also won the jackpot.

Party - Jennie’s annual Children’s Halloween Party is being held at the Fleece Inn on Saturday, October 26, from 5pm to 7pm. Games and prizes, disco with Lynne and prizes for best fancy dress. Free admission.


St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Sue Johnson and Julie Stephenson were welcomers, Kate Middleton gave a bible reading and led the prayers, Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano, and Clare Firth served refreshments. This Saturday, October 26, starting at 9am, there will be a half-day clean-up and tidy of the churchyard and church. This will allow a tidy up of the church following the lead theft resulting in water damage, and to tend the churchyard garden before winter sets in. If possible do bring cleaning and garden tools. Lunch will be provided.

Friends of Seamer Village - A successful family bingo event was held in the Memorial Hall last Saturday. All the tables were taken with all ages from three to quite a bit older than three enjoying a fun afternoon. Do watch for details of the craft fair to be held by the Friends in the Memorial Hall on November 16.


Sports and social club - Saturday, October 26, is the Kelly Mennell ‘Brave the Shave’ charity head shave in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Doors open at 4.30pm with a bar and Emma’s disco. Free entry. Dona Bell - an Evening of Mediumship on Thursday, November 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets £10.

Christmas Shoeboxes - People will be packing boxes on Tuesday, October 29, from 1.30pm. If you would like to come and help that would be wonderful but children must be accompanied by an adult. They still seem to have a shortage of soap, combs and small soft toys and any of these would be welcome. These can be dropped off at chapel. Phone Angela on 01944 710608 or Christine on 01944 711294.

Methodist News - The Tuesday Coffee morning hostess was Elizabeth Aconley and kind donations for coffee continue to given to the Christmas Shoebox appeal. The service on Sunday was led by Christine Fenwick assisted by the Worship Team. Opening prayers were led by Jean Brown and the prayers of confession by Sandra Cade who also read the Parable of the unjust judge which was then acted out by Janet and Elizabeth. After worship refreshments were enjoyed in the hall. The service next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Lorraine Booth. All welcome.

Luncheon club - After a delicious chicken dinner members settled back to enjoy Allerston Aloud. All the songs were based round the theme of food. Thanks go to the choir for entertaining members. Thanks also to the amazing kitchen team who work so hard so that we can enjoy this happy time together. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 20, when the speaker will be John Porter who will update members on the work of the RNLI. Meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport can be arranged in Sherburn Village. Phone Christine on 01944 711294.

St Hilda’s - Morning Worship was led by Barbara Grice. Music was supplied by Bill Hyndford and sidespersons were Sue Mennell and Christine Ashton. Coffee was served at the close of the service by Carol Stephenson. Prayers were said for the help given by Kevin and Tom Haldenby and Ian Stabler in making the church roof watertight after the disastrous theft of lead. Keith Usher was also thanked for all his hard work during the week. A reward of £1,000 has been offered for any information which results in an arrest and conviction. Phone Keith Usher on 01944 711448.


Ladies Group - In September member had their annual day outing to Beverley and Staal smokehouse. It was a beautiful autumn day and they all had a wonderful time. The October meeting was a very interesting illustrated talk on Ryedale Dog Rescue. The next meeting is to be held on Tuesday, November 12 at 7.15pm in the Methodist hall. Tony Nicholson will give a talk on Secrets in the Attic.


People’s Guild - The Sinnington People’s Guild will meet in the Methodist schoolroom on Tuesday, October 29 at 7.15pm. The Rev Francis Loftus will give an illustrated talk entitled Escapades in India. Everyone welcome.


Christmas Fair - An ‘afternoon of Christmas Spirit’ is planned for Saturday, November 30, from 2pm to 4pm, in Welburn Village Hall. Raising funds for Welburn Village Hall funds. Stalls cost £10 or £5 for a half table. Phone Yvonne Myers on 01653 618610 or for more details book a stall.


Awards dinner - Westow Cricket Club held its annual awards evening on Saturday, October 19, at the Mount Hotel in Malton. It was a lovely evening with good company and food. Members of both the senior and junior teams attended, together with supporters and friends of the club. The awards were given to the following: 1st XI (Saturdays) - Bowling award - Adrian Upton. Fielding award - Johnny Brown. Batting award - Chris Inman. Evening XI - Batting award - Ali Fothergill. Bowling award - Nathan Pratt. Fielding award - Johnny Brown. Under 13s - Batting award - Alfred Stephenson. Bowling award - Will Paley. Fielding award - Rollo Storey. Blacksmiths Arms shield (Players player. Voted for on the night by players from the 1st and evening XI teams) - Johnny Brown. Scorers cup - Johnny Brown. Lord Grimthorpe Shield - Jacob Stephenson. The Ron Wisker club person of the year (Awarded for non-playing help/support of the club) - Kate and Jennifer Stephenson.

Church service - On Sunday, October 27 (Last Sunday of Trinity) there will be a Holy Communion Service (Traditional) in the Church of St Mary in Westow at 9am.

Open doors - Volunteers will be opening the doors of Westow Cricket Club pavilion on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, from 10am to 1pm. They will be serving hot drinks, together with bacon rolls and home baking. There will be second hand books available by donation.

Knit & Natter - The fortnightly Knit & Natter, crochet and chatter, craft is on Wednesday, October 30, from 7pm to 9pm. Experts to beginners and everyone in between are all welcome.

Canine First Aid - There are still places on the canine first aid course in Westow Cricket Pavilion on Sunday, December 1, from 1pm to 4.30pm. Those attending should not take their dogs, but there will be one or two of the tutors’ own dogs there for demonstration purposes. Price is £45 per person and includes refreshments. Places are limited and should be booked via or contacting Kerry at


Table top sale - An equestrian table top sale was organised in Wintringham Community Centre on Sunday, October 6. It raised £360 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and organisers would like to thank all who helped and supported in any way.


Domino drive - A domino drive to be held in the village hall on Saturday, October 26, at 7.30pm, followed by another on Wednesday, November 6. £1.50 to play includes tea and biscuits. Raising funds for the hall.

Jumble sale - The popular jumble sale in the village hall is on Saturday, October 26, from 10am to noon.

Coffee morning - A date for your diary is the Christmas coffee morning which is on Saturday, November 30, in the village hall from 10am to 11.30am.


Thornton-le-Dale - President Margaret Smith welcomed visitors from Lockton, Middleton, Kirkbymoorside and Snainton to the annual harvest auction. Paul Chambers once again agreed to be the auctioneer for the evening and did a splendid job. A total of £300 was raised and the money will go to The Rainbow Centre in Scarborough. Margaret thanked Paul for making a good fun evening presenting him with a bottle of wine. Supper was then served. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 12.