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 - A service will take place on Sunday, December 29, at 11am, at St Hilda’s: Eucharist.


Methodist chapel - The carol service at the methodist chapel was taken by Katrina Lane and Jean Lishman was the organist. Along with the traditional carols, musical items were given by Linda and Gerry Starling on their ukeleles and John Lane on his saxaphone. Readings were given by Evie Harland and Jack Bryan. After the service seasonal refreshments were served.

Event - The Appleton-le-Moors History Group will hold a family history and open archive day in the village hall on Saturday, January 25, from 10am to 1pm. A raffle will be held and refreshments will be available admission £1.

Carol service - A very well attended carol service lead by Christine Haddon-Reece was greatly appreciated on Tuesday evening in Christ Church. The readings were by Maureen and John Lamey, Margaret Strickland, Ann Wilson, Joel Brookfield, Catherine and

David Haddon-Reece, who also played the organ. At the conclusion of the service the congregation enjoyed mince pies and mulled



Services - St Hilda’s Christmas Eve Christingle service at 6pm. Christmas Day Christmas communion at 9.30am. Sunday, December 29, at 9.30am, cafe church.


Service - Sunday, December 29, 9.15am, Morning Prayer.


Services - At St Michael’s Christmas Day Family communion 10am taken by the vicar Rev Mark Brosnan and Rev Bridget Gillespie. Make Way service Christmas Eve at 7pm.


Bridge club - The penultimate session of Malton Bridge Club’s championship pairs was won by Pauline Cooper and Richard Hilton with 62.6 per cent. In second place were Mike Jackson and Matthew Brash with 60.8 per cent, while Philip Mason and Annette Jackson were third with 54.1 per cent. In the positional pairs, first place went to Mike Jackson and Philip Mason with Derek Fox and Richard Hilton second and Matthew Brash and John Bramall third. The club is closed over the Christmas period, reopening on Wednesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 9.

Flower club - The December meeting of Malton and District Flower Club took the form of a practice Class called A Decorated Parcel for Christmas. Twenty members participated and produced stunning festive designs of the highest quality. The winners were: Novice - Chrysa Apps; Intermediate - Christine England; Lower Advanced - Margaret Bell; Advanced - Janet Beadle; Gold Advanced - Lynn Dees, who also won the trophy for the Best Interpretation. A Christmas buffet lunch was provided by the committee and the afternoon programme concluded with a quiz. The next meeting is on January 21 and is a demonstration by the “in house experts” Jillian, Pam, Sandy and Sally entitled Flower Power. New members and guests welcome. Phone Barbara Adamson on 01653 697233.


Bridge club - The result from Tuesday, December 17. North/South winners were Judith O’Donnell and David Whitehead with 62.2 per cent. In second place with 55 per cent were Steve Lonsdale and Sue Pearson. East/West winners were Sue Shuttleworth and Janet Sutor with 59.5 per cent. In second place with 59.2 per cent were Graeme Matthew and Mary Mortonson.

Quiz - Do you enjoy doing quiz sheets? Kirkbymoorside Horticultural Society has a quiz sheet out at the moment. Fifty questions and entries have to be returned by January 31. The Moors Inn at Appleton-le-Moors have kindly donated the prize money. Money raised helps to stage the open show held in the memorial. If you would like a sheet quiz please email Maureen Rolph at or phone 07732 271749 or Viv Webster on 01751 431316. Please note question No 3 pantomimes should read 10, 3, 3, 5, 5. No 9 Pantomimes should read B A T B. Question No 5 Carols/hymns should read 4, 2, 4, 11.

Carol service - Kirkbymoorside Churches Together crib service on Christmas Eve will be taken by the vicar Rev Mark Brosnan and Rev Bridget Gillespie at 5pm. Midnight communion is at 11.30pm. on Christmas Day services are Holy communion at 8am and Christmas family communion at 10.30am, taken by Canon Francis Hewitt.

Library - Can you help keep Kirkbymoorside Library open by volunteering? It welcomes enquiries for joining the friendly team working shifts in the library, or can you give a few hours a month helping with publicity, fundraising etc. Please call in and ask for an enquiry form or email the library for more information at The library is offering a hot desking facility every Wednesday and on other days by agreement. The charge will be £10 per day or £5 per half day. Wifi is included in charge. To book, phone 01609 534557. Every Wednesday, 3.45pm to 4.45pm, children’s drop-in sessions.

Postage stamps - Please save your postage stamps. Maureen Rolph is happy to collect.These will be shared between a number of charities. To get in touch, email or phone 07732 271749.

Coffee morning - All Saints monthly coffee morning takes place in the church on Saturday, January 4, from 9.30am to noon. The 100 club draw will also take place.

Julian meeting - The meeting will take place at the St Chad’s church on Tuesday, January 14, at 6.30pm.


Services - At St Gregory’s minster: Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at 11.30pm. Sunday, December 29, Matins at 11am.


Services - Christmas Eve Carol Service, 6pm, St Oswald’s; Christmas Eve Mass, 9pm, St Aidan’s; Christmas Day Mass, 9am, St Aidan’s; Christmas Day Morning Prayer, 9.30am, St Oswald’s; Sunday, December 29, 9.15am, St Oswald’s, Eucharist.


Family Cinema - Everyone in the audience enjoyed The Lion King at the recent family cinema held in the Memorial Hall in Pickering. The next Family Cinema will be on Saturday, January 11, at 6pm, in the new main hall at the Methodist Church in Potter Hill. The film to be shown is The Secret Life Of Pets 2. Admission is free - donations are welcome. Doors open at 5.45pm. Tuck shop open as usual and tea/coffee during the interval. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit

Weekly draw - The numbers for Pickering Town Football Club weekly draw for week commencing December 16 were three, one and 25 and there was no winner so next week the pot will be £225.


Bridge club - Members held their Christmas lunch on Monday, December 16. The winners of the Mitchell movement bridge competition which followed were: North/South Pat and George Donnor East/West Conny Tate-Smith and Gladys Thompson. Joint winners of the highest single score for the year were Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston and also Janet Sutor and Sue Shuttleworth. The Sylvia Bray Memorial Trophy for the highest overall average for the year was won by Mary Mortonson and Lynda Lockwood.


Domino drive - A domino drive will be held in the village hall on Saturday, December 28, at 7.30pm. £1.50 to play, includes tea and biscuits. Raising funds for the hall.

Film matinee - The next film matinee is on Friday, December 29, at 2pm, in the village hall showing Oliver.


Wombleton - There were 21 members present for the Christmas party and each member received a free raffle ticket on arrival. The evening began in the traditional way with the singing of Christmas carols, accompanied by Daisy on the keyboard. Members were then able to enjoy the delicious array of party food, provided by individual members, and what a feast it was. The event presented an opportunity for members to socialise, catching up on family news, Christmas plans, exchanging of recipes and so much more. Carol entertained members with three amusing poems on a Christmassy theme after which the raffle was drawn. Instead of an exchange of gifts it was decided to carry on the tradition, begun last year, of donating to charity and £75 was collected in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Everyone helped to wash up and clear the hall.


Ramblers (Ryedale Group) - January 12, 10am, North Grimston, Station Lane, 10 miles, SE 839677, leader A Laing. Dogs on short lead allowed. January 19, 10.30am, Coneysthorpe Village Hall car park, 7.5 miles, SE 712713, leader M Richardson. No dogs allowed. January 19, 10am start. White Swan Inn, Newton-on-Rawcliffe, 10 miles, SE 812 905, leader J Harland. No dogs allowed. January 25, 11am start, Welburn church, five miles, SE 721 678, leader J Preston. No dogs allowed. January 26, 10am start, Cawthorne Roman Camp Car Park, 12 miles, SE 783894, leader N Summerton, No dogs allowed. Visit

Ryedale Walking Group - January 1, New Year’s Day walk, Cottage Leas and Middleton, 5.25 miles (easy) 375ft, park/start 1.30pm, Westgate Carr Lane, Pickering, SE787844. January 5: Hutton Buscel Circular. 7.8 miles (easy+) 730ft, park/start 10.30am, considerate roadside parking in Hutton Buscel, start opposite bus shelter, SE 974842. January 12, Wass Circular, 5.7 miles (moderate) 860ft, park/start 10.30am, considerate roadside parking in Wass near Stapylton Arms Pub, SE554793. Visit