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, January 19, 11am, St Hilda’s: Eucharist.


Bishop Hagg Wood - The next Saturday morning work task as part of Appleton & Spaunton Community Interest Company’s management of Bishop Hagg Wood will be at 10am January 18. Please note this a week earlier than usual. Remarking of the permissive path will be the main activity.

Meeting - A parish council meeting was held in the Village Hall on Thursday. A precept of £1,050 has been applied for, a rise of three per cent the first increase for four years. It was agreed to distribute a few more dog fouling signs. Communication concerning the Rural Community Energy Fund was received, Appleton & Spaunton Community Interest Company would be approached to see if they are interested in applying for funding for an initial survey in a local project. Schedule Monument Monitoring Scheme has attracted three volunteers, but more are required.


Parish council - The next meeting of the parish council will be held on Monday, January 20, at 7.30pm, in Sawdon Village Hall.

National Village Halls Week - This year the week January 20 to 26 has been designated as Village Halls Week and is being marked across the country with a range of community events. In Brompton a community coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Thursday, January 23, from 10am to noon.

Pub night - The village doesn’t have a pub, but during the Village Hall Week you can enjoy a Pub Night on Saturday, January 25, from 7pm to 10.30pm. Entrance for £3 will include a hot supper and a £2 ticket will ensure entrance, but without the supper. Drinks can be purchased at the bar and there will also be a prize draw, a raffle and a mini quiz to entertain you. Admission only by ticket which can be purchased from Alison Tubbs 01723 858454 and Di Ford 01723 859211.

Domino drive - Also during the Village Hall Week there will be a domino drive on Thursday, January 23, at 7.30pm. Entrance is £2 which will include a supper. The evening is organised as usual by David and Elaine Mudd.

Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday, January 19, will be Holy Communion at 9.30am. It will be taken by Venerable David Garnett and there will be coffee afterwards.


Bridge club - The results of the meeting of the Bulmer Bridge Club on Thursday, January 9, were: 1st: equal Val and Michael Allen, Thelma Hardware and Tom Nutman 59.5 per cent. There was also a tie for the runners-up, both Angela and Ian Barnett and Chris Calvert and Derek Searle scored 57.1 per cent.


Service - Sunday, January 19, 9.15am, Holy Cross: Morning Prayer.


Service - St Michael’s on Sunday, January 19, Holy Communion at 11am, with the vicar Rev Mark Brosnan. Make Way service on Tuesday, January 28, at 7pm.


Bridge Club - On Tuesday, January 7, the bridge club held its annual Christmas lunch with 42 members past and present attending. As usual the lunch was excellent and really enjoyed by everyone. After lunch members drew for partners and a game of duplicate bridge. North/South winners were Trevor Hardcastle and Mike Brannan with 68.3 per cent. In second place Nim Marwood and Steve Lonsdale with 58 per cent. East/West winners were Graeme Matthew and Chris Brett with 70.2 per cent. In second place Ann Scott and Bob Wardell with 59.7 per cent.

Horticultural Society - The committee meet on Thursday, January 30, at 7pm, at the home of Viv Webster. New members are needed to help keep the annual show going. Secretary Jill Hugill, one of its founder members is stepping down after 39 years at the helm, and the club is looking for a new secretary. If you feel you are able to help, go along to the meeting or contact the chairman Neil Cawood 01751 431220 or Maureen Rolph on 07732 271749, The group has two to three meetings per year this year will be the 40th show.

Library - Can you help keep Kirkbymoorside Library open by volunteering? Please call in and ask for an enquiry form or email the library for more information Hot desking - Kirkbymoorside 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 the charge. For information, or to book, phone library on 01609 534557. Event - Award-winning author Jane Lovering will be at Kirkbymoorside Library, on February 11, at 7pm. Tickets are £5 and available in advance from the library. Refreshments available. For more information, or to book phone 01609 534557 or email Tellin’ t Tales - An Evening with Adam Collier will take place at the library on Saturday, March 14, at 7pm. Enjoy a hilarious evening of tales and stories. Tickets £10 available in advance from the library, to include a simple supper. Refreshments and bar available. To book, phone 01609 534557 or email Free storytime at Kirkbymoorside Library on Thursday, January 23, at 10am. No need to book.

Ladies Fellowship - The group had a lovely time at the Christmas party. Entertained by Marco The Clown with his circus crafts and brilliant impersonations of comedians from yesteryear and followed by a splendid faith supper. The speaker at the January meeting was Louise Mudd, secretary of Pickering Hedgehog Rescue. Louise was accompanied by Deryn Hagemann, the founder and chairperson. It was a very interesting talk illustrated with some lovely photos of these special little creatures. Louise McNair won the December raffle and Kathy Evans the January raffle. The birthday girls for December were Nancy Johnson, Louise McNair and Carol Smith; and Georgina Oldfield and Pam Sails celebrate birthdays in January. A birthday card had also been sent to past member Pam Conway. The AGM will take place on Wednesday, February 12, at 7.30pm, in the library and will be followed by a faith supper. New members welcome.

Messy Church - The meeting is on Monday, January 20, from 4pm to 6pm, in the Methodist Church. Games and crafts, informal worship and a shared meal around the theme of Baptism; His and ours. Accompanied children. No charge but donations if desired.

Quiz sheet - Time is running out to complete the Kirkbymoorside Horticultural Society quiz sheet. Entries have to be returned by January 31. This year’s open show is on Saturday, September 26, in the town’s memorial hall.

Memorial hall - Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall Committee is actively seeking new members. As a member of the committee you will be asked to attend one meeting each month (apart from August). The current committee is committed to keeping the hall, and the Wednesday market, up and running for use by all of the residents of Kirkbymoorside and surrounding areas. Email Sheila Ridley or phone 07881 807198.


AGM - Saltersgate Farmer’s AGM will take place on Tuesday, February 4, at 7.30pm, at Lockton Village Hall.


Church news - World Mission Sunday: The collection in 2019 at St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church, Malton, raised £254.93. There is a letter of acknowledgement on the noticeboard. Many thanks. Christmas flowers: Many thanks for the collection for Christmas flowers. This came to £153.17. And thanks to all who decorated the church and provided additional greenery and straw for the crib.

Bridge club - The final session of Malton Bridge Club’s championship pairs resulted in a win for Annette Jackson and Philip Mason with a score of 62.2 per cent. In joint second place with 60.8 percent were Rob Ashdown with Madge Allison and Madeleine Webber with Anne Avery. However, the winners overall were Pauline Cooper and Richard Hilton followed by Mike Jackson and Matthew Brash in second place and Annette and Philip third. On Thursday afternoon the North-South winners were Terry Herbert and Charlie Callis with Caroline Peall-Clegg and partner winning as East-West.


Meeting - Pickering Lace Makers are meeting in the Old School Room on Saturday, January 18, from 10am to 3pm. This self-help group is open to anyone who is interested in making lace. For more phone Liz Large on 01642 473258 or email


Draw - The winners in the December 100 Club Draw for the Beckett Recreation Ground were as follows: £50 – No 59 Sally & Bill Harrison; £30 – No 109 A & M Bowes; £10 – No 138 Foster Family; £10 – No 20 J Barker.


Meeting - Ryedale Parkinson’s Support Group’s first meeting of 2020 was held at Trinity Methodist church when the speaker was a retired police dog handler who, with a colleague and dogs demonstrated the training and working with the Police Dog Section. New members are always welcome to the meetings, the next one being on February 13. Contacts for the group are Gill 07794 439 356, Liz 01653 694251 or Sandra 01944 758345. Dance for Parkinson’s, including Stroke and Sight Support, has recommenced on Tuesdays, from 1pm to 2pm, at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre. Partners and carers are welcome at these fun sessions. Phone the centre on 01653 693310


Service - Sunday, January 19, 9.15am, St Oswald’s: Eucharist.


RBL meeting - The Royal British Legion Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale branch is holding a meeting at the Bay Horse, Pickering, on January 23, at 7pm. Members and non-members welcome.

Draw - The numbers for Pickering Football Club weekly draw for week commencing January 6 were 25, 23 and six and there was no winner therefore the pot for next week will be £450, and there was no winner for the monthly draw so that will be £100 for the first Monday in February.


Quiz - After a tie-break with Sue’s Crew and Team @ the Bar, Mike and Col were the winners of Jennies Sunday night quiz in the Fleece Inn. The jackpot was a roll over. Live music from Scott Wardell - The Dangleberry in the Coach and Horses on Saturday from 9pm.


St Martin’s Church - The vicar the Rev Andrew Moreland presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion for the feast of the Baptism of Christ. Gisa Moore and Dot Francis were sidespersons, Edna Burton gave a bible reading and accompanied the hymns on the piano and Lindsay Smithson and Clare Firth served refreshments. A new church project under the care of St Martin’s was launched on Sunday. The new Crossgates Community Church held its first service and some 40 people attended. Rev Andrew Moreland led the service and the worship band was led by Richard Fuller, together with John and Sue Grice and John Taylor. There was an opportunity for discussion and refreshments were served. The service will be held every second Sunday of the month at 10.45am in the Community Centre Crossgates and all are invited to attend.

Methodist Church - The service was arranged and lead by Bob Jackman. The organist was Doreen Lawson and Margaret Neave took the offering. Bible readings were given by Jean Cockerill and Tina Greenley. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Michael Kitchen.


Parish council - The Rev Joe Kinsella welcomed about 60 people to discuss the situation regarding St Hilda’s Church roof following the recent the theft of lead. He explained the work required to fix the roof and advised of the various quotes received, which ranged from £66,000 for lead to £29,000 for stainless steel. This latter amount has been accepted and the firm of JTC Roofing –who are one of 12 companies in the country qualified to carry out this type of work. The total costs involved amount to around £45,0000 which includes the £29,000; plus VAT, auditors fees covering eight visits for inspections; roof alarm; and a small contingency fund for unseen problems which may crop up. A faculty for the work has been submitted to York Diocese, whose next meeting is on January 16. Once obtained notice must be displayed for 28 days to allow for objections. A realistic date for commencement is around the end of February and it is hoped the work should be completed by the end of April/beginning of May. The alarm will be installed in the week commencing April 13. Financing - So far donations of £39,000. have been received, which includes £7,500 from the insurance company – the maximum paid out where there is no alarm fitted. This leaves £5,500and ideas were invited for fundraising events. The subject of grants was discussed but as these would not be paid until the end of the year, it was decided to leave the matter in abeyance. C Miles (chairman of the parish council) advised that the parish council has a sum of £5,000 for distribution to worthy causes within the village and would put the matter to the next meeting for the Roof Fund Appeal to be placed on the list of possible recipients. He had also approached the district council and the county council, and had sent letters from the parish council to Kingspan and Severfield – this is in addition to the letters sent from the Parochial Church Council, from which a meeting with Kingspan will be held in the near future. Sue Pollard has compiled a quiz which asks for as many female and male names of four letters or more which can be made from the words “Parish Church of St Hilda’s Sherburn. Entry £1 - forms to be available from Sue and outlets in the village. The Tuesday weekly Coffee Morning at the Methodist Church will donate all funds until the Tuesday after Easter. The Easter Duck Race funds to be donated “Allerston Aloud” have offered to do a concert in the spring either at St Hilda’s or the Methodist Church Hall. Adam Collier has offered to do a Yorkshire Dialect evening. Brenda Simpson suggested a talk by GCHQ – to be arranged. Suggestions of sponsoring a Square Foot of Stainless Steel. James Barstow suggested a letter to every householder asking for a set donation of £20 and to businesses for a larger sum. A bridge group was also mentioned. All these suggestions will be considered and acted on accordingly. The monies held from the proposed toilet fund are being held in “restricted funds” and will be utilised for the Roof Appeal. The question of how to spread the work and keep everyone advised of the situation was considered. Keith Usher to be the co-ordinator and central point of information. He will advise Christine Fenwick for submission to the weekly papers. Chris Cade offered to put items in the Wolds Warbler, which he prints and fliers will be distributed round the village as and when appropriate. Many volunteers offered their services for distribution and to help at functions – Keith has list. News will also be included in the monthly Benefice Newsletter. Rev Joe thanked everyone for their attendance and support and stated how good it was to see everyone pulling together in crisis.

St Hilda’s Church - Morning Worship was led by Barbara Grice, who took “Baptism Sunday”, the day on which John the Baptist baptised Jesus, as the theme. Carol Stephenson read the lesson from Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 3, describing the event and Bill Hyndford provided the music. Sidespersons were Sue Mennell and Christine Ashton and coffee was served at the close of the service by Jean Usher. The next service at St Hilda’s Church will be Holy Communion on Sunday, January 26, at 9am.

Messy Church - After tea, thanks to RJ’s for the chips, they heard the story of Creation through beautifully made pictures. There were lots of craft to do all relating to that theme. They made trees which showed the tree in every season of the year. They made a very large picture of creation with everyone adding something to it. Peacock cards were very popular as were creation wheels and making lots of different animals. The next Messy Church will be on Saturday, February 8, when they will be looking at Psalm 150 and music and dance. Meet for tea at 4.45pm.

Methodist news - The Monday Fellowship Group meet at 2pm at the Chapel and are currently looking at the book of John. The Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess was Pat Woodley and the new charity was launched. Until Easter Tuesday they will be giving your kind donations for coffee to the St Hilda’s Church Roof Fund. All are invited to call in for coffee. They never charge for the coffee so everything you donate will go straight to help St Hilda’s. Craft Club meet each Thursday at 1.30pm. Just come along and enjoy a cuppa and cake as you do your craft. Sunday morning service was led by the Worship Team who took as their theme, Baptism and the Holy Spirit. Readers were Kim Canterbury and Jean Brown. A sketch, Cornelius and the Road Sweeper was acted by Liz Aconley and Janet Magee. Sandra Cade led the prayers and Chris Cade read an extract from the journal of John Wesley. Chris also played the organ and audio visual was by Christine Fenwick. After worship they enjoyed coffee together in the Hall. The Worship Team will also be leading next week’s service at 10.30am.


People’s Guild - The Sinnington People’s Guild held its popular members’ night on Tuesday, January 7. Led and collated by Kay Metcalf and Jill Simpson with John Woodmancey as the pianist, the members enjoyed an evening of singing favourite hymns. Brian Holmes, Gilbert Dobson and Kay Metcalf gave comical readings. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 21, at 7.15pm. Deacon Fiona de Boltz will give a talk on her work as a police chaplain. All welcome.


Bridge club - The bridge results for January 6 were: North/South - In first position were Mary Mortonson and Lynda Lockwood with 60 per cent; In second position were Nicky Riley and Melanie Bailey with 59.2 per cent. East/West - In first position were Conny Tate-Smith and Aileen Fisher with 69.8 per cent. In second position were Eileen and Frank Hayward with 55.2 per cent.

Ladies Group - The January speaker, Val Payne, gave an interesting account of the joys and challenges of adopting a mixed race son in the 1970s. She also told members about the changing role of the Church of England Children’s Society charity. They helped 10,000 vulnerable children last year. They remembered three of the group who have recently died - Philippa Preston, Mavis Hill and Margaret Wanstall. The next meeting is the AGM with a faith tea, on February 6 in the Methodist Schoolroom at 2pm.


Open House - Volunteers are serving tea, coffee, cake and bacon rolls in Westow Cricket Pavilion on February 1 and 2, from 10am and 1pm. Good quality second hand books will also be available by donation. Money raised from the two days will be used to pay the running costs of the cricket club and pavilion. Everyone is welcome including dogs with owners on leads.

Knit & Natter - Experts to beginners and everyone in between are all welcome at the fortnightly Knit & Natter, crochet and chatter, crafting group in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion. The next evening is on Wednesday, January 22, from 7pm to 9pm. For more details phone Pam 07891814017, email or just pop along.

AGM - Westow Cricket Club AGM is taking place on Friday, February 28, at 7.30pm, in the cricket pavilion.


Snainton - The group held its January new year party on Tuesday, January 7. President Angela Howgate welcomed 49 members and guests and wished everyone a happy new year. They all toasted with a glass of Prosecco, the theme for the evening being, Poetry, Prose, Pearls and Prosecco. The business for the meeting was quickly conducted. Members were reminded that annual subs of £43 were due. There were several items of interest in the newsletter, visits and courses to attend, etc. The choice of resolutions for discussion later in the year was also required. The 2019 competition results were then announced. This was won by Kay Clyde, second was Marilyn Bellinger and third was Sue Lumb. They were presented with tokens and cups. The entertainment then began, several members came forward and recited humorous poems, which caused much hilarity. This was followed by a wonderful faith supper donated by all members. Most members had brought photos of themselves as teenagers, the cause of much discussion and amusement as we tried to guess who was who. Next month’s meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, when the speaker will be the Right Rev David Wilbourne. His talk is entitled Lands of Lost Content.