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.


History Group Open Day - Thank you to all that helped, attended and donated tombola prizes on Saturday. About £100 was donated to history group fund. More than 50 people visited. The “Name the Dog” was won by Alison Harlandt. Credit must go to committee members for their active support but a special thanks to Gill Humphries and Andie Cattle for their work on the family history research desks, Shirley Brooke and Maggie Tebb for the catering and gatekeeper Malcolm Leckenby.

Film Club - Films are generally held on the first Sunday of the month at 7.15pm. Next February 2 Salt of Life (2011) Italy, director, Gianni di Gregorio, comedy romance.

Tea, Chat & History - The first meeting of 2020 will be held on Monday, February 3, from 2pm to 4pm, in the village hall.


Service - Sunday, February 2, 11am, St Hilda’s: Family Eucharist with Worship Band for Candlemas.


Sale - Ayton village hall is holding a table top sale on Sunday, February 16, from 9am to noon. £5 per table. Refreshments will be available. To book a table, phone Bev on 01723 865033.


Domino drive - Dominos was played by a full house last Thursday with 12 full tables in play. £170 was raised for village hall funds and a good evening was had by all. David and Elaine Mudd organised the evening with a wonderful array of prizes to start of the new year series of domino nights and these will continue until March. If anyone has any prizes to donate, they would be gratefully received. Domino winner of the evening was Julian Gospel with 120 closely followed by M Kirby on 118 and then a little way behind by R McNichol on 112. Other winners were M Leckonby, A Wildsmith, P Robson, Dave Pennock, A Fletcher, B Simpson, A Marks, J Eddon, S Warriner, M Seager, P Cornick, C Fletcher, D Mudd, Dorothy Pennock, D Cowton, R Boddy and C Butler. The consolation prize for the lowest score was won by A Nicholls. Raffle prizes were won by A Fletcher, M Wilson, M Calvert, R McNichol, P Hinds, M Thompson, R Robinson, R Boddy, E Rumney, B Simpson, S Eddon, A Graves, C Butler and A Mudd. Thanks goes to everyone who supported in anyway. The next domino drive will be held on Thursday, February 27, at 7.30pm.

National Village Hall Week - Last week saw a busy schedule of events as usual in the village hall. The regular hirings included the domino drive, the exercise and yoga classes, the Ducklings pre-school group and the primary school. However there was also a celebratory community coffee morning where the village hall committee provided free coffee and cake to whoever called into the hall for a chat and on Saturday evening a successful pub night took place. The hall was full and visitors enjoyed supper. Barmen, Martin Tubbs and Bill Ford did a sterling job on the bar while Anne Tidd, Jackie Gray and Di Ford provided the supper. Bob Muir entertained everybody with a mini quiz. Many people kindly helped to wipe up and clear the hall at the end of the evening which was a tremendous bonus to the organisers who then got home at a reasonable time.

Valentine Day Music Night - Tickets for the Blackheart Orchestra evening on Friday, February 14, are available for £10 from Anne Tidd on 01723 859551 priced at £10 which will include a hot supper. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start. There are a limited number of tickets so please book. Visit

Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday, February 2, will be at 11am. It will be Holy Communion and conducted by the Venerable David Garnett. Planning is well under way for the Church Celebration of William Wordsworth’s 250th anniversary of his birth which actually falls on April 7. There will be a festival of daffodils, poetry, music and wedding dresses (William and Mary Wordsworth were married here) on Saturday, April 11. The pupils of Brompton and Sawdon Primary School will carry out a re-enactment of the wedding before they break up for Easter, on Friday, April 3.


Service - Sunday, February 2, 9.15am, Holy Cross: Candlemas Morning Praise.


Market - The next market is on Saturday, February 1, with 50 stalls. They welcome new guest stalls - Loulou, bespoke handmade scarves, ties and shawls, Eco-Z, eco-friendly, sustainable products for the home and GNT Crafts, framed handmade prints and cards. Community stalls are North Yorkshire Rotters and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Local musician and song writer, Josh Finn returns with live music. The community café this month will be run by the Hovingham Village Hall Committee and the volunteer Market Manager is Graham Mason.


Quiz - There will be a family pub quiz at 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. Event in aid of St Chad’s Church.


Menzown - The next meeting will be on Monday, February 10, when Edward Harrison will give a talk entitled Mischief, Murder and Mayhem.

Tuesday Group - The meeting on Tuesday, February 11, will be an evening entitled Interactive Bible study with Mandalas. Members meet in the Methodist Church Jubilee Room at 7.30pm. The leader is Daisy and members Janet and Gwen are the tea hostesses.

Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, January 21. North/South. In first place Tony and Bo Simpson with 64.5 per cent. In second place Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 60.1 per cent. East/West. In first place Steve Lonsdale and Robin Paige with 57.4 per cent. In second place Judith O’Donnell and David Whitehead with 57.1 per cent.


Parish news - Week of Prayer for Christian Unit - The annual United Service, with the theme of Unusual Kindness, was held at St Peter’s Church, Norton, organised by Churches Together in Southern Ryedale. This was a relaxed “café-style” celebration to get to know fellow local Christians. Tea and coffee were also provided. Children were particularly welcomed. Donations of cakes and volunteers to help with refreshments were most welcome. Snowdrops for CAFOD - Hugh Spencer at St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church, would like to sell snowdrops to raise money for CAFOD, the international aid agency. He thanked everyone who donated pots last year and is asking for donations of pots for this year which can be left outside round the back of the church.

Flower club - Malton and District Flower club were entertained by a demonstration by four members of the club entitled Flower Power. The demonstrators were given identical flowers and containers and in 20 minutes produced an arrangement. Following this they produced another arrangement with their own choices of flowers, containers and accessories. The eight arrangement were stunning and demonstrated many different styles of flower arranging. The audience were enthralled with the skills of the arrangers and the diversity of materials and styles. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. The club meets at Malton Rugby Club on the third Tuesday at 2pm.

Bridge club - Mike and Annette Jackson with Philip Mason and Rob Ashdown were the winners of the first of the two sessions of Malton Bridge Club’s handicap teams competition with Tricia Pearce, Stan Bough, Keith Freeman and Mike Shawcross taking second place. On Thursday Roger and Ruth Mattingly were the North-South winners with Terry Herbert and Charlie Callis second, while Richard Hazlerigg and Richard Hilton won as East-West ahead of Sally Beswick and Tricia Pearce. In the Yorkshire League on Sunday Malton A defeated Leeds C 18-2 while Malton B lost 14-6 to Wetherby B.


Service - Sunday, February 2, 9.15am, St Oswald’s: Candlemas Eucharist.


Parish news - Christmas flowers - Many thanks for the collection for Christmas flowers which came to £126.40, and thanks to all who decorated the church so impressively.

Bus Stop Project - Youth drop-in for 11 to 18 year olds (X-Box, crafts, games, tuck shop), Eastgate car park on Mondays, from 7pm to 8.30pm. Many thanks to all who have supported Churches Together in this project.

Pickering Senior Citizens’ Luncheon Club - Volunteers are needed to help with the Luncheon Club which meets on a Tuesday in the RVS Centre. If you would like to help, phone Daphne Bowes on 01751 475143.

Ryedale Foodbank - Each Thursday, from 4pm to 6pm, in St Joseph’s Hall. Items may be left in the box in the church porch. Thank you to those who have already left donations of food etc. If you would like to volunteer to help with the Foodbank, speak with Father Tim.

Domino drive - A domino drive will be held at the Recreation Club on Friday, February 14 at 7.30pm, in aid of the bowls club.

AGM - Pickering & District Horticultural Society is holding there AGM on Wednesday, February12, at 7.30pm, in the RVS Centre on Hungate Pickering. Everyone welcome and we are always on the look out for any willing helpers to join our committee. There will be light refreshments after the meeting.

Draw - The numbers for Pickering Town Football Club’s Weekly Draw for week commencing January 20 were 28, 27 and 20, and there were no winners so the pot for next week will be £150.


Quiz - Six teams playing for £52 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 60.5 points were Back Touchers plus, Col, Mari, Mike and Fiona. Second were Honeymooners (58) and third Gary, Steve & Co. (57.5). The £14 jackpot was won by Honeymooners. Jennie’s next Mega Quiz will be on Friday, February 7. Mike, Col, Sue and Andy were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz. The jackpot was won by Gary, Steve & Co.


Philatelic group - The first meeting of 2020 benefitted from an encouraging attendance who were rewarded with displays from seven members covering a range of subjects. Pride of place went to John Hallett, from Pickering, with his belated entry from competition night. This fine exhibit covered anomalies in postage from the reign of Queen Elizabeth ll and showed great promise as this was his first-ever submission. Robin Peters gave a fine display and talk on the stamps of Sierra Leone as did Robin Stenhouse with his submission on The Falkland Islands and the voyages of HMS Beagle. Ted Lunn gave us an insight into the entrepreneurial skills of Nicholas Seebeck. Peter Arnott showed a collection of the earliest postcards dating from the 19th century and David Lane presented a display of Bavarian stamps relating to King Ludwig. Finally, Chris Phillips had an interesting display of souvenir sheets which related to various stamp clubs. A week later four members combined to present at a YPA meeting in York. The next meeting will be chairman’s/president’s night on February 4 at Scarborough Library at 7pm. Non-members invited.


Methodist Church - The service was taken by Michael Earnshaw. The organist was Doreen Lawson, vestry steward Bob Jackman and welcomer Margaret Neave who also took the offering. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Rev Martin Calver. There will be no monthly coffee morning in February.

St Martin’s Church - The vicar the Rev Andrew Moreland presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion and preached. Gisa Moore and Dot Francis were the welcomers, Francis Symonds gave a bible reading and assisted with the distribution of communion and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Sue Johnson and Enid Plevey served refreshments. Rev Andrew presided and preached again at the 11am modern service of Holy Communion. Chris Birch led the intercessions, Elizabeth Moreland read and also assisted with the administration of communion. The powerful sung worship was led by Richard Fuller with John Grice, Steve Raettig and John Taylor. Liz Cremer and Elizabeth Bradley ran the young people’s Sunday Club. Jo Taylor was the welcomer and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service. On Friday, January 31, the monthly St Martin’s Crossgates coffee morning is held in the Community Centre from 10am to noon.


St Hilda’s Church - Rev Joe Kinsella officiated at the celebration of Holy Communion, assisted with the chalice by Barbara Grice, who also acted as sidesperson with Betty Flinton. Martin Monkman played the organ and the lesson from Corinthians was read by Margaret Adams. Coffee was served at the close of the service by Jean and Keith Usher. The next service at St Hilda’s will be Morning Worship on Sunday, February 9, led by Barbara Grice.

Methodist news - The Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess was Pat Woodley. Your kind donations for coffee continue to be given to the

St Hilda’s Church Roof Fund. Thursday Craft Group met at 1.30pm. If you would like to join them just pop along on a Thursday afternoon. Sunday Worship took the form of Café Church and was led by Christine Fenwick and Jean Brown. Organist was Chris Cade and Luke Heron operated the audio visual. The service next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Lorraine Booth.


People’s Guild - Deacon Fiona de Boltz spoke to the Sinnington People’s Guild on Tuesday, January 21. While working as a Deacon in Derbyshire and Northamptonshire she was accepted and worked as a police chaplain. Fiona explained her role and gave a few amusing examples of her work. She was welcomed and thanked for her fascinating talk by Jill Simpson. John Woodmancey was the pianist. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 4, at 7.15pm. Jim Pewress will give an illustrated talk on British Spiders.


Bridge results - The results for January 20 are North/South - In First position were Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston with 61.7 per cent. In Second position were Tim Johnson and Ruth Hunt with 49.2 per cent. East/West - In Joint First position were Mary Mortonson and Lynda Lockwood and also Pat and George Donnor with 59.4 per cent.


Refreshments - The Westow CC volunteers will be serving tea, coffee, home-baking and bacon rolls on Sunday, February 2, from 10am to 1pm, raising money towards the running costs of the cricket pavilion and cricket club. There will be good quality second hand books available by donation and footballs on request. Everyone is welcome, including dogs with owners on leads.

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

Change of date - Please note a change of date for the Westow Cricket Club annual general meeting. It is now to be held on Friday, March 6, instead of the previously advertised Friday, February 28, 7.30pm start as before.


Domino drive A domino drive to be held in the village hall on Wednesday, February 5, at 7.30pm. £1.50 to play includes tea and biscuits. Raising funds for the hall.


Wombleton - June welcomed 22 members, the minutes of the November meeting were read and approved. Once again June asked if any members were prepared to take over the posts of chairperson and treasurer in February and if they were to speak to either herself or Jan during the evening. A list of officer`s duties was given to each member, along with the list of classes for 2020 Ryedale Show. Carol suggested a Spring Lunch on Thursday, March26, and asked for members preferences of venues. Sue pointed out that as a working member lunchtime was not an option and asked if an evening meal could be arranged instead. This was discussed and it was agreed that if the venue would do an evening meal they would go to Kirkbymoorside Golf Club for 6.30pm. Carol agreed to organise this and get menus for the next meeting. June requested that the £17 subscriptions were paid as soon as possible. It was agreed that the March 17 meeting about The Pickering Hedgehog Trust would be an open meeting with a donation box in lieu of tickets. Posters advertising the event will be displayed in the local villages. Jan told members about the vacancies on the Central Committee to serve for 2020/2022 and asked for names of any members who would be interested. The competition for a decorative box was won by June, Carol and Angela all with 10pts each. Daisy introduced Pilla, a member, who demonstrated the technique of simple box making from recycled materials such as calendars, magazines and card. Pilla, assisted by Vera, advised and amid lively chatter the fun began and they all managed to produce a usable box by the end of the evening. Daisy thanked Pilla for sharing her expertise and for making the evening so enjoyable. Refreshments were served.


Helmsley - It was an amazing turn-out for the first meeting of 2020 and the unveiling of the group’s programme for the year ahead. Twenty-seven women paid their subs and the group welcomed new member Alison. They also had three women who came along to find out more about the group. As it’s a busy month for subs and catching up on notices, events, plans and outings, the group didn’t have a speaker. Instead they had a bag of random items and asked everyone to pick something that triggered a memory or had a meaning for them. Over a cup of tea they took it in turns to talk about the item which also gave members a chance to learn more about each other. The competition for a pair of socks was won by Helen Robinson, Cerise Smith came second and Clare Wilson and Joan Garside joint third. Thank you to Mavis and Clare for serving refreshments. For more information about the group phone Helen Robinson on 07966 553473, email or follow them on Facebook.

Appleton-le-Moors - The January meeting started with a minute’s silence and singing of Jerusalem in memory of Marjorie Ingleby, a long-term member of Appleton-le-Moors WI and secretary for more than 50 years. Members enjoyed a wonderful evening for the first meeting of the year and heard from Claire Spooner whose talk Millinery in Miniature offered a fascinating look at changing millinery fashions through the ages from the 1850s onwards. Claire shared her collection of antique and vintage hats, along with reproductions she has made. Everyone had great fun learning about and trying on the hats.

The next meeting is on February 4 and will see the group join with Cropton WI for a fun evening of dance.