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 Talk - A talk entitled Christ Church a new Perspective by Joel Brookfield will be given at the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 27. Admission £ 2.50, including refreshments.

History Group - The annual general meeting will be held in the village hall at 7pm on Thursday, March 5. All welcome.


Bridge club - The results of Bulmer Bridge Club for Thursday, January 16, nine table Howell movement 1st J Bray and D Searle 64.8 per cent, 2nd M Porter and B Crowder 61.2 per cent; Thursday, January 23, nine table Howell movement 1st J Bartlett and S Briske 60.7 per cent, 2nd G Oxendale and C Calvert 58.7 per cent; Thursday, January 30, nine tables Mitchell movement 1st North/South 61.3 per cent J Bartlett and G Oxendale; 2nd 58.9 per cent S and P Hill 1st East/West 59.2 per cent A and L Conner 2nd T Nutman and T Hardware.


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in Farndale Village Hall, Church Houses, on Tuesday, February 11, at 7pm. All welcome.

Yoga - Hatha Yoga in Farndale Village Hall at 6pm every Wednesday with teacher Lis Burnham. Everyone welcome.


Coffee morning - Villagers turned out last Saturday for a coffee morning raising money for The Samaritans. Thank you everyone who came along and supported this worthy cause. Look out for the next coffee morning in a couple of months time, which will be in aid of Alzheimers UK. Take a look at our Facebook page, to keep up with all the events at Gilling East Village Hall.

Service - Sunday, February 9, 10.30am, Holy Cross: Benefice Eucharist.


Service - Holy communion at St Michael’s Church is on Sunday, February 16, at 11am, taken by the vicar Mark Brosnan.

Edstone sing - If you enjoy singing, go along to the village hall monthly to sing hymns spirituals and songs from the new edition of Mission Praise. The next meeting is on Monday, February 10, and the March meeting is Monday, March 2. All welcome.

Make Way - The Make Way service at St Michael’s is on Tuesday, February 25, at 7pm.

Festival of Hymns - A date for your diary is a Festival of Hymns, entitled Amazing Grace on Saturday, March 14. An inspirational service of hymns from our new edition of Mission Praise.


Market - The first Hovingham Village Market of 2020 was held last Saturday in challenging conditions. It was still dark when the 14 volunteers turned up at 7.30pm to put the covers on the stalls. This was very difficult with the strong gusts of wind, but was achieved by 8.10am. As the wind got stronger it was decided to remove some of the covers from the stalls and though it threatened to rain, it did not come to anything. There was a very good turnout of visitors and all the stallholders did well. The cafe, which was run in aid of the Hovingham Village Hall, was very busy and Josh the busker was back in fine voice, after a two-month break. The next market will be on Saturday, March 7, from 10.30am to 1.30pm.


Menzown - Mishief, murder and mayhem is the title of Edward Harrison’s talk to Menzown in the Dining Room of the King’s Head on Monday, February 10. Teas and coffees from 7pm onwards for a 7.30pm start. Bar from 9pm. Menzown is a meeting for men. New members are welcome. Just turn up. First visit is free. Edward Harrison is the co-founder of the Harrison Collection in the Ryedale Folk Museum.

Bridge club - The result from Tuesday, January 28. North/South winners were Eileen and Frank Hayward with 57.6 per cent. In second place Valerie Hawkes and Jane Baldwin with 55.5 per cent. East/West winners were Tony and Bo Simpson with 68.4 per cent. In second place Gill and Trevor Hardcastle with 61.3 per cent.

Shoeboxes - If anyone has empty shoeboxes which they no longer require phone Anne on 432371 - they will collect locally if necessary or they can be left at the Methodist Church. This is in preparation for the annual Christmas shoebox appeal.

Storytime - Free storytime at Kirkbymoorside Library on February 13 and 27, and March 12 and 26 March at 10am. Come and listen to exciting stories. No need to book.

Open gardens - The date for this year’s open gardens event has been agreed for Sunday, June 7, from 11am to 5pm, to tie in with the studios event and Penny Piece open gardens for the NGS. Organisers hope you will consider opening your garden again. They have organised an initial, informal meeting on Monday, February 10, at 6pm, in the conservatory at The King’s Head.

Menzown - Mishief, Murder and Mayhem is the title of Edward Harrison’s talk to Menzown in the Dining Room of the King’s Head on Monday, February 10. Teas and coffees from 7pm onwards for a 7.30pm start. Bar from 9pm. Menzown is a meeting for men. New members are welcome. Just turn up. First visit is free.

Bach & Ravel - North York Moors Chamber Music Festival will hold a concert at All Saints Church Saturday, March 7, at 7pm. Rachel Kolly on violin and Jamie Walton with the cello. Pieces include J S Bach suite No 1, J S Bach partita No 2 and Ravel sonata for violin and cello. Tickets £12.50 available online at or phone 07722 038990.

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

Julian Meeting - The next meeting 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.

Pie & Quiz Evening - Come along to the golf club on Tuesday, February 11, for a pie and quiz evening and at the same time raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer research. Teams of four people. It starts with the pie supper at 6.45pm. For tickets, phone Lin on 01751 431171 or 07974726291 or email

Talk - Award-winning local author Jane Lovering will give a talk in the library on Tuesday, February 11, at 7pm. Tickets are £5, available in advance from the library. Refreshments will be available. For more information, or to book, phone 01609 534557 or email

Ladies Fellowship - The meeting on Wednesday, February 12, will be the AGM. The meeting in the library at 7.30pm will be followed by a faith supper. New members welcome.

Horticultural Society - The committee met for the AGM and chairman Neil Cawood agreed to continue as chairman. Members wish to thank those for their kind donations of money and prizes for the tombola and raffle, without this help the show could not continue. The secretary of 39 years Jill Hugill decided to step down and was thanked for her hard work organising the show over the years. Jill was one of the founder members and her expertise will be greatly missed. The show this year is on Saturday, September 26, in the memorial hall.

Julian Meeting - The next meeting is 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.

All Saints - Winners of the 100 Club draw for January were Mrs L Clarke and Mrs M Wilkinson.

New members are welcome at any time. Forms can be picked up at the back of church. Joining the 100 Club is a way of supporting your church.


Quiz - The Christmas Quiz for Kirkdale once again attracted a lot of entries and a healthy addition to the church funds at Kirkdale and Beadlam. Thank you to all the entrants and supporters. Answer sheets have been delivered to all the selling points and the winners have been notified of their success. First prize went to Mrs H Peckitt of Middleton; second to Carol Gamble of Nawton; third prize was won by Jan Andrews, also of Nawton; and the final prize went to Mrs A Rawlinson, of Wray, near. Lancaster. This may prove to be the last Kirkdale Quiz. Although the compiler is happy to continue, organisers are appealing for a volunteer to do the “leg work” – folding and distributing the quizzes, collecting the money and handing out extra copies as necessary, drawing the winners and distributing the answer sheets, plus returning their quiz sheets (with the answers) to all those who requested them. Any volunteers should contact either St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale or St Hilda’s, Beadlam, via any member of the churches.


Charity auction - The Pheasant supper and charity auction which was held in the Jolly Farmer in Leavening on Friday, January 31, was a great success, with everyone having an enjoyable evening. The event raised an amazing £3,605 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. There was some very generous donations of items to auction, given by local businesses, various individuals and anonymously. The organisers would like to thank everyone donated items to auction or the raffle, placed bids, went along or helped in any way. One notable donation was from the mysterious “Eggsy” whose five painted egg cartons (complete with six eggs in each box) went for a staggering £129. Auctioneer for the evening was James Cleary with 60 lots to sell. A thank you should also go to Dave the Pheasant Plucker for preparing 80 Pheasants for the pheasant supper. Thank you again to all those who donated auction and raffle prizes: Gemma and Richard (Lowburn Holiday Cottage), the mysterious “Eggsy”, Tony at Half Moon brewery, Kath and Owen (The Old Stables Holiday Cottage). Simon Styles, Scalla Moor shoot, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, James Bagshaw Guitar, Gav The electrician, York Tyre Sales, The Radical Health Co Yoga & Pilates, Vanessa Simmons (piano teacher), Florence (house sitting), T A Aerial services (Drone photography and agronomy), Bayes Tree surgeon, Northern Ride,(Mountain bikes), Call a car taxis (Malton), Lintons Pet shop (Malton), Cutthroat Barbers (Malton), Castle Meats Butchers, The Chilli Jam Man, Julie Price (Cakes), Sandburn Hall (Golf club), Tykes restaurant, Tate Smiths, Sloe Motion Gin, Country Cleaners, Yorkshire Air Museum, Andy Varley, (Lock Smith), Maison Du Vin, Howsham Hall, Iain Walters (Milkman), Wellocks, York wines, Fowlers Fish, Ryedale Vineyard, Dan at the Jolly Farmers, Tim Fisher, James Cleary, Dave Kemp, Vicky Newbald (tack cleaning), Websters (potatoes), Alan Murray, Gary and Steve (live gig), Ralph Richardson, Sue Schofield, Fiddler, Amber and Millie (baby sitting), Deborah, Di Whittle, Alice Laughton, Martyn Allen, Lisa Cardy, Ken Sanderson, Ben, Dave Barker, Claire and Steve, Chris and Nancy Spencer.


AGM - The Nawton Recreation Ground will hold its AGM on Thursday, February 13, in the pavilion club house, at 6.30pm.


Service - Sunday, February 9, 6pm, St Oswald’s: Evening Prayer.


Draw - Pickering Town Football Club’s numbers for week commencing January 27 were 28, 11 and three and there was no winner so the pot for next week will be £225.


Free fridge - Rillington Free Fridge is coming soon. The aim is it will run on Thursday mornings in the church rooms handing out food items from local businesses that would otherwise be sent to landfill. This is not a foodbank and its sole purpose is to reduce food waste, helping the community and those that may need it. Fundraising activities are being held later in the month. See Rillington Free Fridge Facebook for updates.

Quiz - Gary, Steve & Co were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz and also won the jackpot. Jennie will be hosting a Mega Quiz in the Fleece Inn on Friday at 9pm. General knowledge quiz with cash prizes to third place, cash jackpot and hot supper, all for only £2.

Music - Whitby’s Carl Robinson will be appearing at the Fleece on Saturday from 9pm. Amazing electric guitar and vocals with Hendrix tribute and 60s rock and roll.


St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached and Reader in training Pauline Giddings assisted at the 9.30am service of BCP Holy Communion for the Feast of Candlemas. Julie Stephenson and Frances Simons were the welcomers, and Julie also served refreshments. Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano and Dot Francis gave a bible reading and Jim Baird assisted with the distribution of communion. Lay preacher John Worthy led and preached at the 11am service of modern worship. Liz Cremer read and Richard Fuller led the sung worship with John Grice, Steve Raettig and John Taylor. Elizabeth and Jo Bradley were the welcomers and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service. This Sunday, February 9 at 10.30am the Crossgates Community Church service will be held in the Community Centre for informal worship and fellowship. All are welcome.

Methodist Church - The service was taken by Rev Martin Calver. The organist was Doreen Lawson and the welcomer was Margaret Neave who also took the offering. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Rev Dr Kevin Ridd and Holy Communion will be observed. There will be NO coffee morning this month.


St Hilda’s Church Roof Appeal Fund – The Parochial Church Council is delighted to report that the appeal fund has reached its target of £45,000. In fact it has exceeded it. The total raised stands at £48,649.83. This will be used to repair the roof and any left over money will be used for other works to the church building. The Vicar, the Rev Joe Kinsella said: “The way in which the community has come together over the roof appeal has been wonderful and humbling to see. My prayer is that the church stands as a constant reminder of God’s presence with the people of Sherburn, and that all the different parts of our community continue to work together for the good of the entire village.” With regard to the proposed fundraising activities, it would be lovely if these were still to go ahead as means of getting the community together. Monies raised can still go towards other works needed on St Hilda’s church building, or be used to support other activities, people and events in the village.

Methodist News - The Fellowship met and continued with their study of John’s Gospel. The hostess for the Tuesday coffee morning was Pat Woodley and kind donations continue to be given for St Hilda’s Parish Church Appeal. Sunday worship was led by Lorraine Booth and steward was Jean Brown. Kim Canterbury read the Beatitudes from Matthew’s Gospel. Audio visual and music were by Christine Fenwick. A dramatised read from the Old Testament book of Micah was by Lorraine, Jean and Christine. The Holy communion service next Sunday will be led by the Minister Rev Bruce Russell.

Messy Church - This meets on Saturday, February 8, when they will be looking at Psalm 150 and enjoying music and dance. Come and enjoy the messy craft too. Meet for tea at 4.45pm.

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 11.30pm. Pop in for a brew, cakes and a chat. Social activities provided too. Local free transport is available if needed.

Community Café - We are open at the village hall each Thursday morning from 9am to 11.30am. Come and enjoy tea or coffee and a lovely toasted teacake. There are play facilities for the children. Proceeds for village hall funds.


People’s Guild - The group welcomed the Rev Rob Barker on Tuesday, January 28. In 2013-2014 Rob took a party of 20 young people on a leg of the Round the World Yacht Clipper Race, from China to San Francisco. The evening concluded with tea and biscuits. Steve Bulmer was the pianist. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 11, at 7.15pm. Lynn Hempsall will speak about her work with the large apes in Borneo. All welcome.


Bridge club - The results for January 27 were North/South - In First position were Lesley and Peter Jaram with 58.1 per cent; In Second position were Nicky Riley and Melanie Bailey with 55 per cent; East/West - In First position were Mary Mortonson and Lynda Lockwood with 65 per cent; In Second position were Eileen and Frank Hayward with 61.9 per cent.

Supper - The Burns Night Supper organised by All Saints Church was a great success. More than 50 people enjoyed a three-course meal and traditional dancing. The event was held at Thornton Dale Village Hall on January 25. Thanks go to the Night Owls who provided the music and caller. Also thank you to the piper, Charles Mitchell and Jim Howie who address the haggis. Ron Murray read the Selkirk Grace. A raffle was organised by Marjorie and Derek Cryer, and members of the church provided and served the meal. A grand total of £563 was raised for All Saints Church funds.


Thornton-le-Dale - The January meeting saw members old and new and several guests. They hope that everyone was made to feel welcome. Subscriptions were taken and the 2020 programmes distributed. Members were informed of several federation events which they may be interested in and names were taken for a calligraphy workshop to be held at the beginning of March. The speaker for the evening was David Mitchell who showed some historic postcards of Thornton-le-Dale, this was most interesting and informative. Some members showed their knowledge of the local area and were able to give David some additional information about the people, animals and places which appeared on the postcards. David was thanked by Ann. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11, when Julie Ryan will be talking about her efforts to swim the Channel – this is sure to be an inspiring presentation. All welcome.