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.


Church service - On Remembrance Sunday, there is a Traditional Holy Communion at 9am, at the Church of St John the Baptist in Acklam. There is also a Parish of West Buckrose Remembrance Service at 10.30am with reading of the Fallen from the villages in the Church of St Mary, Birdsall.


Remembrance Service - Sunday, November 10, 10.50am. Joint service for Ampleforth village at Our Lady and St Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church.


History Group - The meeting started with a commemoration of one of the group’s most active members Geoff Sherwin who died recently. Matters arising: Material from the now discontinued the youth club has be collected for the archive. The Millennium Book is to be revisited by updating and trying to fill gaps where houses did not respond in 2000. Next & Future Publication - The Life and Times of FC Dawson School Teacher of Appleton-le-Moors 1841-43 has been published and over half of the copies produced sold. Appleton-le-Moors during the Medieval Period (1150-1485) - four authors have been allocated topics for consideration. Appleton and the Great War will have a major revision to encompass the 1921 Census and add details unavailable on publication in 2014. 2019/20 programme: November 21 - Tragedies, Ghosts & Murders; February 27 - Christ Church. Tea & Chat will continue on the first Monday of each month with the exception of January when it will be replaced by an open day on January 25. The group has been asked to put on a photographic display to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the village hall this will be 1pm to 4pm Sunday, December 1. Next meeting will the AGM which will be held in the village hall at 7pm on March 5.

Remembrance Day Service - The service will be held on Sunday at 10.15am at Christ Church in the village hall.


Domino drive - A successful domino evening took place in the village hall last week raising £156 for village hall funds. The evening, organised by David and Elaine Mudd was well supported. The winner for the evening was Andrew Marks with top score of 114 while in second place was Kara Butler with 110. The next domino drive will take place in the village hall on Thursday, November 28, at 7.30pm.

Church - The usual service at All Saints on Sunday is replaced by one of Remembrance, which starts at the village war memorial at 10.50am. The church service follows on.

Daffodil planting - Thanks to all the children and adults who have planted daffodil bulbs, and to those who donated pots. A total of about 170 have been completed. These are hoped to be in flower next April ready for the Wordsworth Festival celebrating William Wordsworth’s 250th Birthday and his association with Brompton.

Christmas Tree Fest - Booking forms for this year’s Christmas trees are now available in the back of church or from Mary Jones 859437.


Remembrance Service - Farndale’s Remembrance Service will be held in St Mary’s Church at 2.30pm on Sunday, November 10.

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive on Tuesday, November 12, in the village hall.

Yoga – Yoga sessions will be held at 6pm in Farndale Village Hall every Wednesday commencing October 16. Teacher Liz Burnham.

Calendar – The 2020 Farndale Calendar is now available from The Feversham Arms Inn, Farndale, Lion Inn, Blakey and BATA, Kirkbymoorside, priced £6. All funds to Farndale Village Hall.


Remembrance Service - Sunday, November 10, 10.50am, Holy Cross.

Quiz - There will be a quiz night at the Fairfax Arms on Sunday in aid of village hall restoration fund, starting at 8pm. £1 per team member with teams of no more than four.


Edstone Sings - Join the group at St Michael’s Church on Wednesday, November 13, at 7.30pm.

Coffee morning - A coffee morning to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice will take place in the village room November 16, at 10.30am.

Church services - Sunday, November 17, Holy communion with Rev Michael Stephens, 11am. Make way service on Tuesday, November 26, in church at 7pm.


Church - There is a new bench in St Leonard’s Churchyard. Thanks to the York Tyburn Trust (Knights of St Columbia) for their donation of a bench for the churchyard. They have already very kindly donated a similar bench to St Mary’s School and St Joseph’s Church. Parish gift weekend - This year will be on the weekend of November 16 and 17. Gift Aid envelopes will be available in due course. Produce for Philippines Children - Caroline Cleary is offering Crab Apple Jelly and Spiced Plum Chutney in exchange for donations towards its support for the street children. It has also been donated a family Christmas crib which is available for a donation.

Bridge club - Pauline Cooper and Richard Hilton were the winners on Wednesday at Malton Bridge Club, scoring 68.4 per cent, Anne Avery and Madeleine Webber were second with 55.2 while there was a tie for third place between Annette Jackson and Philip Mason and also Madge Allison and Rob Ashdown, both with 54.9. On Thursday the North-South winners were Charlie Callis and Philip Mason while Josie Halliwell and Sheila Miller won as East-West. Sunday was the occasion of the Ryedale Pairs, an open competition run annually by the club. The winners were Lis Jackson and Rosemary Page, with Alan Barnett and Alan Harte in second place.


All Souls - Rev Ken Gowland, vicar of the Methodist Church, welcomed the congregation to All Souls service, vicar of All Saints Rev Mark Brosnan gave the reading and led the prayer. Members of the congregation were invited to light a candle in Remembrance of a loved one. The blessing was given by Rev Ken Gowland.

Messy Church - It takes place in the Methodist Church on Monday, November 18, from 4pm to 6pm. Crafts and games, informal worship and a shared meal, around the theme of “People not like us”. Accompanied children. No charge, but donations if desired. Email

RBL - The Kirkbymoorside branch of the RBL and Kirkbymoorside Town Council invite everyone to attend the Remembrance Day parade and service on Sunday. Led by KMS Town Band, the parade will leave the Moorside Club at 10.40am and march to All Saints’ Church for the memorial service. Following the service, the parade will return to the Moorside Club where the KMS Town Band will give a short concert.

Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, October 29. North/South winners were Graeme Matthew and Peter Small with 60.4 per cent. In second place Angela Smith and Pat Hainsworth with 57.8 per cent. East/West winners were Valerie Hawkes and Jane Baldwin with 58.1 per cent. In second place Steve Lonsdale and Robin Paige with 53.7 per cent.

Tuesday Group - The meeting on Tuesday, November 12, at the Methodist Church Jubilee room at 7.30pm. Guest speaker Rev Bridget Gillespie. Leader is Gwen and Kath and Audrey will be the tea hostesses.

100 Club Draw - Congratulations to October’s winners of All Saints’ Church 100 club draw, A Warriner and J Langham.

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.

Library - Every Wednesday from 3.45pm to 4.45pm Play drop-in sessions take place at the library. Free children’s building play session for ages two to eight. No need to book. On Saturday, members of the library will attend the autumn fair in the All Saints’ Church and will have craft items for sale in aid of the library. On November 14 and 28, at 10am, free storytime. No need to book. Saturday, November 23, from 2pm to 4pm, author event at Kirkbymoorside Library - Poetic Ponderings with Cassandra Readings by local Poet Anne Marshall. Tickets £5 in advance from the library, money towards library funds.

Menzown - The meeting on Monday, November 11, at 7pm for 7.30pm, in the dining room of the King’s Head hotel. Group treasurer Mike Goslin will give a history of the Royal Engineers. Menu choices for the Christmas dinner should be returned, with payment.

Poppy Appeal - The annual “line of coopers” by Kirkbymoorside cubs will be in the high street near the newsagents collecting for the Poppy Appeal on Saturday, from 10am to noon.

Julian Meeting - This month’s meeting at the Catholic church is on Tuesday, November 12, at 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Any enquiries to Rev Tania Brosnan.The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

Ladies Fellowship - The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 13, in the library at 7.30pm. The subject Needles and Thread and The Crafty pair from The Little Shop in Helmsley will be giving a demonstration.

Junior Church - The group welcomes any new members to come along. Members fill items into the shoeboxes for the annual shoebox appeal. They are also planning for the Christingle service which is on Sunday, December 1, in church at 6.30pm.

Autumn fair - The annual Autumn fair will take place in All Saints Church on Saturday, from 9.30am to 11.30am. There will be stalls by All Saints’ Church, Marie Curie, Kirkbymoorside library and the history group. Refreshments will be provided by members of the Kirkbymoorside Marie Curie support group.


Remembrance Service - Sunday, November 10, 10.50am, St Oswald’s.


Draw - The numbers for the Pickering Town weekly draw for the week commencing October 28 were 14, 13 and 24 and there was no winner therefore the pot for next week will be £450.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the winners were Madeleine Webber and John Bramall with 58.75 per cent. In second place with 57.5 per cent were Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough. In third place Madge Allison and Philip Mason 55.21 per cent.


Quiz - Four teams playing for £26 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 47 points were Steve, Pete and Richard, second were Team @ the Bar (44) and third Sue’s Crew (42.5). Sue’s Crew were the winners of the jackpot. Gary, Steve & Co were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz. The jackpot was a rollover.


Exhibition - Eighty years on from 1939 several Ryedale villages are marking the arrival of their evacuees, migrants from the cities judged to be at risk from severe bombing when war commenced. Gilling East is hosting an exhibition based on the memories of its senior citizens and documents collected locally entitled World War Two in Holy Cross Church. This is open every day from 10am to 4pm until November 15, including Remembrance Sunday. In addition to the incoming evacuees, Gilling hosted many military sub-units and Prisoners of War. Local people joined up or gave service more locally. At Harome, on Sunday, after the 2pm service, the evacuees and their hosts will be celebrated in an exhibition at 3pm in the village hall. These two villages and their schools are celebrated in the album of photographs and commentary which a Hull Mersey Street evacuee created. This now is for all online on The Helmsley Archive. Search ‘Helmsley Archive’ then ‘Schools-Gilling and Harome. A Middlesbrough former evacuee has just visited nearby Beadlam and Nawton to refresh his pamphlet ‘From Evacuee to Countryman’. His account will be available to view at the Harome exhibition and later at a Helmsley venue.


Service - The preacher was Diane Robinson, the vestry steward was Bob Jackman, the organist was Doreen Lawson, and the door steward was Margaret Neave, who also took the offering. The epistle reading was given by Allan Dunnington and the Gospel reading was by Sheena Dunnington.

The preacher for the Remembrance Service will be the Rev Dr Kevin Ridd, and the monthly coffee morning will be on Saturday.

St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and Reader Elizabeth Moreland preached at the 9.30am service of BCP Holy Communion. The service also included a short liturgy of reflection for All Souls. A list of names was read out, candles were lit, prayers were said, and these lists will now remain on the high altar over the coming week. Carole Beswick and Enid Plevey were sidespersons, Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano, and Jim Baird assisted with the distribution of communion. Lyndsay Smithson served refreshments. Elizabeth Moreland preached again at the 11am service of modern worship, which she also led. Tim Cremer led the intercessions and Liz Cremer read. The sung worship was led by Steve Raettig with John Grice and John Taylor. Jo Taylor was the welcomer and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.


Social club - Dona Bell will hold an Evening of Mediumship on Thursday, November 14, at 7.30pm. Tickets £10.

Craft club - The craft club would like to thank all who gave so generously at their recent sale in the Methodist Church. The wonderful total of £580 was raised. £230 each was given to Water Aid in memory of Pamela Wild and St Catherine’s Hospice. Also £20 donation was given to the chapel.

St Hilda’s Church - Rev Judy Duke officiated at the Celebration of Holy Communion with Barbara Grice assisting with the chalice. Organist was Martin Monkman and sidespersons were Betty Flinton and Barbara Grice, who also read the lesson from the Second Letter to Timothy and served coffee at the close of the service, assisted by Sue Mennell. There will be no morning service at St Hilda’s on Sunday as there is the joint service for Remembrance at the war memorial. Meet at 10.45am. The next Communion Service will be Sunday, November 24, at 9am.

Christmas shoeboxes - Grateful thanks to Alice and Spencer who kindly made them up for supporters – 30 seconds a box. Amazingly, the grand total was 158 boxes. The first box was packed by Mary Dickinson, one of the oldest supporters. Tea and cake was well received at half-time. A super afternoon, only marred by the fact that one of the co-ordinators Angela Holdsworth had been too poorly to attend. Sunday worship at the Methodist church saw the boxes blessed by Rev Bruce Russell as they began their journey.

Community policing - The Malton Rural East Community and Police Consultation Group will meet at Sherburn Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday, November 20, at 7pm. Group meetings are open to all members of the community to discuss local police related issues and to meet your local community and area police officers.

Next Steps coffee morning - Don’t sit at home alone. You are invited to join them at Sherburn Village Hall on Tuesdays from 9.30am to 11.30am. Pop-in for a brew, cakes and a chat. Social activities provided too. Local free transport is available if needed.

Community café - It is open at the village hall each Thursday, from 9am to 11.30am. There are play facilities for the children. Proceeds for village hall funds.

Methodist news - The Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess was Judith Ruston and kind donations for coffee continue to be given to the Christmas shoebox Appeal. The Holy Communion Service was led by Rev Nigel Spencer and readers were Kim Canterbury and Christine Fenwick. The worship next week for Remembrance Sunday begins at the Chapel at 10am, led by Minister Rev Bruce Russell and continues at the monument at 10.45am, led by Rev Joe Kinsella. Afterwards all are invited to the Methodist Chapel for refreshments.

Messy Church - It will meet on Saturday when they will be having a star party. Hear what the Bible has to say about the stars in the sky, build a model rocket, decorate star-shaped biscuits and other crafts too. Meet for tea at 4.45pm.


People’s Guild - Rev Francis Loftus made a welcome return to the Sinnington People’s Guild. In 2003 he was invited by the Maharaja of Jaipur to assist his daughter in establishing a school. He, his deputy head teacher with his wife, enjoyed the Maharaja’s hospitality in Jaipur, advising on educational methods and exploring the city. The Rev Francis Loftus was welcomed and thanked for the interesting and colourful talk by Jill Simpson. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting is on Tuesday, November 12, at 7.15pm, when the speaker will be the Rev Max Moore.


Bridge club - Thornton-le-Dale Bridge results for October 28. In first position were Lesley and Peter Jaram with 59.4 per cent. In Second position were Pat and George Donnor with 56.3 per cent.


Thank you - Westow Cricket Club would like to thank all the people who donated unwanted items for their recent collection around Westow and surrounding villages. Nearly 100 bags were collected and were sold by weight, raising £124 for the cricket club. The next collection will be towards the end of March.

Open House - Volunteers are opening the Westow Cricket Pavilion between 10am and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. They will be serving tea, coffee, cake and bacon rolls all in aid of the cricket club and pavilion. There will be second hand books to buy by donation.

Knit & Natter - The fortnightly Knit & Natter, crochet and chatter, craft is on Wednesday, November 13, from 7pm to 9pm. Experts to beginners welcome.

Canine First Aid - There is to be a canine first aid course in Westow Cricket Pavilion on Sunday, December 1, from 1pm to 4.30pm. The course will cover artificial respiration, CPR, choking, shock, bleeding, wound recognition, bandaging, pressure dressing, special area bleeding, burns, stings, ticks, broken nails/nail trims, road traffic accidents. Those attending should not take their dogs, but there will be one or two of the tutors own dogs there for demonstration purposes. Each student will gain a certificate of attendance and full course notes to take away. Price is £45 per person and includes refreshments. Places are limited and should be booked via or contacting Kerry at

Workshop - There will be Christmas wreath making class on Thursday, December 5, in Westow Cricket Pavilion. £25 per person including drinks, nibbles and all materials. £10 deposit required to secure your place, payable by cheque or bank transfer. To book, email Sally at or by phoning 07719 624033.


Coffee morning - The Christmas coffee morning will take place on Saturday, November 30, in the village hall, from 10am to 11.30am.


Ryedale Walking Group - Saturday, November 9: Thixendale and Kirby Underdale, 8.5 miles (moderate) 1,040ft, park/start 10am, considerate street parking near Thixendale Village Hall, grid ref SE842610. Sunday, November 17: Littlebeck and Midge Hall, seven miles (moderate) 1,100ft, park/start 10.30am, Littlebeck Village Hall, grid NZ880050. Visit

Ramblers (Ryedale Group) - November 10, 10am start, Helmsley Castle Car Park, start of Cleveland Way, 12 miles, grid ref SE 612 838, leader A Reynolds. No dogs allowed.

November 17, 10am start, Hazel Head car park, 11 miles, grid ref SE 530 928, Leader I Gibbs. No dogs allowed. Visit or 01653 648074.