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.


Funding - The trustees of Amotherby Educational Foundation meet on February 12. All applications for people 25 years and under living in the area of Amotherby, Swinton, Broughton, Appleton-le-Street and Easthorpe should apply in writing to the secretary, Pamela Taylor, 2 Honeysuckle Cottage, Musley Bank, Malton, YO17 6TD, prior to the meeting.


Keep Fit - It will restart for 2020 in the village hall at 10am Monday, February 3. All welcome.

Open day - A family research and open archive day will take place at the village hall on Saturday, January 25, from 10am to 1pm. There will be a help desk for parochial family history research, as well as the village archive open for examination. Tombola, Name The Dog, displays of photographs to celebrate 50 years of the village hall, a rolling slide show and refreshments. Admission £1.

Bishop Hagg Wood - The latest Saturday morning work task as part of Appleton & Spaunton Community Interest Company’s management of Bishop Hagg Wood was attended by four villagers, the permissive path was waymarked, tidied and the bridge and stile improved. It was nice to welcome Nick Such a new member of the group. Next Work Task will be February 29 at 10am.

Open day - The family research and open archive day will take place at the village hall from 10am to 1pm Saturday, January 25. There will be help desk for parochial family history research, as well as the village archive open for examination, tombola, “Name the Dog”, photographs to celebrate 50 years of the village hall, a rolling slide show and refreshments. Admission £1.


National Village Halls Week - A community coffee morning will be held in the village hall on Thursday, January 23, from 10am to noon.

Village hall pub night - The village doesn’t yet 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. Everyone welcome. Admission only by ticket, which can be purchased from Alison Tubbs 01723 858454 and Di Ford 01723 85921113.

Church - There is no service at All Saints this Sunday, but there are Communion services at Snainton at 9.30am, and 11am at Wykeham. In the evening there will be Evensong using the Book of Common Prayer at 6.30pm at Hutton Buscel. All are welcome at these services and Brompton Church is open in daylight hours for those who would like to spend time there.


Talk - A Woman Surgeon Amongst The Palestinians is the title of a talk at Gilling East village hall, on Friday, January 31, from 2pm to 4pm. Ang Swee Chai is a leading, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal London Hospital who has voluntarily given her time and medical expertise to Palestinian refugees in camps in Gaza and Lebanon. She was operating as a trauma surgeon during the 1982 massacre of Sabra Shatilla. Besides refreshments there will be selection of olive wood from Bethlehem, along with ceramics and glass from Hebron. All sale items have been donated in order to help raise money for refugees in the camps. Copies of Swee’s book, “From Beirut To Jerusalem” will be also be available.

Coffee morning - On Saturday, January 25, Gilling East Village Hall will be hosting a coffee morning from 10am to midday in aid of The Samaritans.


Service - The Make Way Service will take place on Tuesday, January 28, at 7pm, in church. If you enjoy singing you are most welcome to go along and join in.


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


Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, January 14. North/South. In first place Peter Small and John Mortonson with 59 per cent and in second place Judith O’Donnell and David Whitehead with 54.5 per cent. East/West. In first place Anne Avery and Mary Mortonson with 60.3 per cent and in second place Gill and Trevor Hardcastle with 57.9 per cent. One pair bid and made a small slam.

Tuesday Group - The meeting on Tuesday, January 28, will be an evening with local artist Maggie Roberts. The group meets in Methodist Church Jubilee room at 7.30pm. The leader is Jean and members Linda and Margaret are the tea hostesses.

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’s 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.

Julian Meeting - Next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 11, at the Catholic church in the small room, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Any enquiries to Rev Tania Brosnan 01751 431452.

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.

Hall - Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall Committee is looking for new members. As a member of the committee you will be asked to attend one meeting each month (apart from August). Meetings usually last for about an hour. 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. If you can help, or would like more information, email Sheila Ridley or phone 07881 807198.

Menzown - A Surgeon’s Tale, the log of Thomas Atkinson’s voyage to the Arctic from Whitby in 1774, was the subject of Louise Mudd’s talk to Menzown. The voyage of “The Hope” was all recorded and can be bought from the Children in Distress shop. The chairman of the meeting was Richard Sharpe and the vote of thanks was given by Tom Walsh, who said that he would not have signed up for the voyage. The next meeting will be on February 10, when Edward Harrison will give a talk entitled, Mischief, Murder and Mayhem.

Burns and Scottish Poetry - A shared outside poetry reading to honour Robert Burns will take place by the Butter Cross Café on Saturday, January 25, at 10.45am, for a half hour or so. You might drop by for a poem, or two? Copies of poetry anthologies will be available, whether of Burns or his modern compatriots. Better still, if you would like to offer a poem to read to others, in authentic Scottish tones, phone John Dean on 01439 771639 in advance.


Auction of promises - On Friday, January 31, there is to be a charity pheasant supper and an auction of promises, hosted by James Cleary, at the Jolly Farmers, at 7pm, raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Donations of promises to auction will be appreciated.


Bridge club - Philip Mason and Mike Jackson won the final session of Malton Bridge Club’s positional pairs ahead of Rob Ashdown and Annette Jackson with Charles and Hazel Ward in third place. As a result Philip and Mike became the overall winners, Derek Fox and Richard Hilton finishing second with Rob and Annette third. On Thursday there were joint East-West winners with Michael Bennett and John Bramall tying with Terry Herbert and Charlie Callis, while Roger and Ruth Mattingly won as North-South.


FISH – Food In School Holidays (FISH) is an organisation in Pickering which provides free lunches during school holidays for those children who would receive free dinners while at school. FISH is supported by all the churches in Pickering and district. There will be a jumble sale on Saturday, February 29, from 10am to noon, at Potter Hill Methodist Church. There will be a box for donated items in the church porch.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the winners were Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery with 61.46 per cent. In second place with 55 per cent Chris Brett and Pat Hainsworth. In third place Joan Taylor and Ann Rutter with 52.5 per cent.

Probus Club - The Vale of Pickering Probus Club held its lunch at the Forest & Vale Hotel on Tuesday, January 14, under the chairmanship of Colin Ruston. Jerry Holland gave an excellent comprehensive presentation on cyber crime prevention, including advice on how to recognise such crimes, using examples, and how to improve protection against them. Club membership enquiries are welcomed from retired or semi-retired male residents. Phone 01751 472879.

Draw - The numbers for Pickering Town Football Club’s weekly draw numbers for week commencing January 13, were one, 15 and seven and the winner of £450 was Frank Morgan. The pot will be £75 for next week.

Family cinema - Everyone in the audience enjoyed The Secret Life of Pets 2 at the recent Family Cinema at Pickering Methodist Church. The next one will be on Saturday, February 1, at 6pm in the main hall at Pickering Methodist Church and will be Disney’s Aladdin. Admission is free, donations are welcome. Doors open at 5.45 pm and the tuck shop will be open with a hot drink available too in the interval. All families are welcome, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.


Carol singing - Members and friends from Rievaulx Methodist Church spent five evenings before Christmas carol singing around the houses in the villages of Rievaulx, Old Byland, Cold Kirby and Scawton and at the outlying farms in the area. Musical accompaniment for the singing was provided by Sheila Foster on the piano accordion. A record sum of £1,374.22 was raised to be divided equally between the Great North Air Ambulance and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Thanks are expressed to everyone who contributed towards to this magnificent sum, to those who provided hospitality and refreshments each evening and to all those who turned out to join us.


Pub - Acoustic music from Ross McWhirter in the Fleece from 9pm on Saturday, January 25.


Service - The service at St John of Beverley on Sunday, January 26, is evening prayer at 6pm.


St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Kate and Jean looked after the Kid’s Club and the children made glasses out of pipe cleaners. Assistance in the service came from Jim and Marion who were sidespersons, Pauline gave a bible reading, Jean assisted with the distribution of communion, and Clare and Laura served refreshments.

Methodist Church - The service was taken by Michael Kitchen. The vestry steward was Allan Dunnington, organist Doreen Lawson and welcomer Sheena Dunnington. Bible readings were given by Denise Earnshaw who read from Isaiah, Eileen Burn read from Luke’s gospel and Sheila Gray who read from Acts. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Michael Earnshaw.


Luncheon club - The Senior citizen Luncheon club met and celebrated their 25th birthday. The club was formed in Weaverthorpe with the help of friends from Lamplugh House and then moved to Sherburn where it continues to meet. The group had two of the founder members with them, Mary Dickinson and Jean Yates. After a lovely lunch, they enjoyed a quiz compiled and led by Barbara Grice. The winner was Stella’s table. Next month members will meet on Wednesday, February 19, and enjoy another time of food and fellowship together. Meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport in Sherburn village can be arranged, just phone Christine on 01944 711294.

Methodist News - The Tuesday Coffee morning hostess was Liz Aconley and your kind donations for coffee are to be given to the St Hilda’s Parish Church Roof Fund. Thursday Craft Group meet at 1.30pm and you are invited to come and enjoy a cuppa as you do your craft. The service on Sunday was led by the Worship Team and they looked at various hymns chosen by Jenny Ireland. Welcomer was Kim Canterbury and Prayers and readings were by Liz Aconley, Sandra Cade and Jean Brown. Organist Chris Cade gave testimony about the importance of two particular hymns to him on his journey with Christ. Audio visual was by Christine Fenwick. Afterwards they enjoyed coffee together in the hall. The service next week at 10.30am will take the style of a Café Church and will be led by Christine Fenwick.


People’s Guild - The Thornton-le-Dale Friends delighted the Sinnington People’s Guild on Tuesday, January 14, with a programme of familiar favourite sacred hymns and song, led by Mary and accompanied by John Woodmancey. Comical and serious readings were given by Kay, Margaret and Mary. Frank sang two solos, his sister, Sheila joining him in singing the duet “Did You Think To Pray?” The evening concluded with supper. A collection for the work of the Methodist Development and Relief Fund totalled £115.50. The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 28, at 7.15pm. Rev Rob Barker will tell of his journey around the world in a clipper, the talk entitled An Adventure With God.


Bridge club - Thornton-le-Dale bridge results for January 13. In first position were Janet Sutor and Sue Shuttleworth with 59.7 per cent. In second position were Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston with 58.3 per cent.


Knit & Natter - The first Knit and Natter, crochet, craft and chatter of 2020 is on Wednesday, January 22, in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion, from 7pm to 9pm, then fortnightly. Experts to beginners welcome. Phone Pam 07891814017 or email

Open House - Volunteers are starting to open Westow Cricket Pavilion, from 10am to 1pm again, starting on Sunday, February 2. Not Saturday, February 1 as previously announced. They will be serving tea, coffee, cake and bacon rolls. There will be good quality second hand books available by donation. Money raised will be used to pay the running costs of the cricket club and pavilion. Everyone is welcome, including dogs with owners on leads.

Table top sale - Westow Cricket Club is holding a table top sale on Sunday, February 9, from 10am to 1pm, in the club pavilion. Stalls are free but people need to book their table in advance to ensure a space. Phone Julie 01653 618214. The cricket club will be serving tea, coffee and bacon rolls throughout the event. There will also be a stall selling cakes and fresh baking.

Clothes collection - A date for your diaries. There is to be a collection of unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, hats, belts, soft toys, bedding and curtains in and around Westow Village on Saturday, April 18. Items donated will be sold by weight and the money used to help with the running costs of the pavilion and cricket club. Anyone not from the village can donate items and should phone Julie on 01653 618214.