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.


Church services - Holy Communion will be celebrated each Wednesday throughout February at 10am in the Church of St John the Baptist in Acklam.


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 February 29, at 10am. Fire wood retrieval, brash clearing and burning will be the orders of the day.

Keep Fit - Keep fit restarted at 10am in the village hall on Monday. All welcome.


Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday, February 16, 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 Bulmer Bridge Club on Thursday, February 6: 1st E/W G Oxendale and M Porter 62.3 per cent; 2nd E/W V Hawkes and S Andrews 56.7 per cent.1st North/South T Hardware and T Nutman 62.5 per cent; 2nd P and S Hill 54.1 per cent.


Service - Sunday, February 16, 11am, St Hilda’s: Eucharist.


Keep fit - Keep fit has restarted at 10am in the village hall on Monday.

Tea, Chat & History - The first Tea & Chat of 2020 was held on Monday in the village hall. A big thanks to Lesley Warwick who brought a substantial amount of material from her early days at The Forge. As usual the refreshments provided by Shirley Brooke and the Rolling Slide Show were greatly appreciated. The next Tea and Chat will March 2, from 2pm to 4pm, in the village hall. The usual format, tea and cake accompanied by access to the archive and a rolling slide show.


Sale - Ayton Village Hall is holding a table top sale on Sunday, February 16, from 9am to noon. Tables are £5 and admission is free. Refreshments will also be available. For more information, or to book a table, phone Bev on 01723 865033.


Talk - Barbara Hickman will give a talk, “Travels with my Red Bag, Life in Argentina in the mid-70s – work, politics, travel and much more” on Friday, February 28, at 7pm for 7.30pm, at The Worsley Arms, Hovingham. Free admission, donations collected for Frack Free Ryedale. For more information phone Barbara Hickman on 01439 770985.


Service - Sunday, February 16, 9.15am, Holy Cross: Eucharist.


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

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

A Festival of Hymns - A date for your diary is a festival of hymns, entitled Amazing Grace on Saturday, March 14.


Ladies Luncheon Club - The president opened the meeting with her usual style of prayer. Members met at The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, on Wednesday, February 5. They meet at noon for 12.30pm. At present, they have 49 paid up members. Thirty-three members had lunch, plus seven guests. The speaker for this month was Jen Harris, who spoke on The History of Helmsley. Jen began her talk with the name of the founder of the Helmsley Archaeology Society John William Collier. He was a good person for the community of Helmsley and very well-respected in his day. Jen gave a light-hearted talk into life in Helmsley in The Victorian Times. Slides were shown along with her talk. Members were sorry to hear Derrick Wilson, the Hon Treasurer, husband of the president, who is poorly. They all wish him well. Fortunately a member stepped up to take over the treasurers position. The next meeting on March 4. Speaker Jean Harrod, entitled “Deadly Diplomacy”.


Church - World Day of Prayer - this year St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church is hosting the World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6, at 2pm. In preparation there is a bible study to be held in the church hall on Tuesday, February 18, at 10.30am, with coffee/tea from 10am.

Bridge club - Anne Avery, Graeme Matthew, Charlie Callis and Dave Sonley won the second session of Malton Bridge Club’s handicap teams competition, with Derek Fox, Richard Hilton, Ed Robinson and Paul Walker in second place. The overall winners were Mike and Annette Jackson, Philip Mason and Rob Ashdown with Anne’s team the runners-up. In the first session of the Cross-IMP pairs, Philip Mason and John Hayton won with 42 points ahead of Madge Allison and Richard Hilton with 30 and Charles and Hazel Ward with 29. In the Thursday afternoon sessions, the latest winners have been Judith Scott and partner, Richard Hazlerigg and Tricia Pearce, Terry Herbert and Judy Cliffe and Anne Butterworth and Richard Hazlerigg.


Lacemakers - Pickering Lacemakers are meeting in the Old School Room on Saturday, February 15, from 10am to 3pm. This self-help group is open to anyone who is interested in making lace. For more details, phone Liz Large on 01642 473258 or email


Draw 100 Club - The winners of the Beckett Recreation Ground 100 Club draw for January were as follows: £50 – No 19 D & S Wood; £30 – No. 65 S Oldfield; £10 – No. 145 L McGlen; £10 – No. 8 D Sleightholme.


Bridge Club - The result from Tuesday, February 4. North/South winners were Graeme Matthew and Peter Small with 63.19 per cent. In second place Trevor and Gill Hardcastle with 58.6 per cent. East/West winners were Tony and Bo Simpson with 70.6 per cent. In joint second place were Jane Baldwin and Valerie Hawkes and Janet Sutor and Sue Shuttleworth with 55.1 per cent.

Messy Church - This will be at the Methodist Church on Monday, February 17, from 4pm to 6pm. Story, activities, informal worship and a shared meal around the theme of Teaching to the Test: How Following Jesus asks a lot but gives everything. Adults and accompanied children. No charge, but donations if desired.

Competition - The Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club at the Moorside Bar and Club in Shaw Drive for an Applied Competition. The judge for the evening was Andrew Linscott from Northallerton. The print section was won by Lynn Wraith with Junagarth Fort Entrance, Bikaner. Runner-up was Harry Kingman with Triathlon Swimmer. The Projected Digital Section was also won by Lynn with Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco. Runners up were Julie Cowdy and David Ireland. The next meeting at the Moorside. Bar and Club is on Thursday, February 20, which will be an illustrated lecture by Tracy Chapman on Pet Photography.

Kirkbymoorside Horticultural Society - Thanks to everyone who entered the quiz. They had entries from all over the country (except Wales). The winners were drawn by a committee member and prizes were sent to £10 Mrs B Turnbull, Kirkbymoorside, £5 Barbara Balf, Helmsley, and a consolation prize of £5 to Susan Pennock, Scarborough. Thanks go to the quiz setter and to The Moors Inn, Appleton-le-Moors for their sponsorship. Look out for the Easter sheet quiz coming later.

Library - Tellin ‘t’ Tales. An Evening with Adam Collier at Kirkbymoorside Library, Saturday March 14, at 7pm. Enjoy a hilarious evening of tales and stories in God’s own language. Tickets £10 available in advance from the library, to include a simple supper. Refreshments and bar available. To book, phone 01609 534557 or Can you help keep Kirkbymoorside Library open by volunteering? They are looking for volunteers to work shifts in the library, or can you give a few hours a month helping with publicity, fundraising, etc, from home? Call in and ask for an enquiry form or email the library for more information at 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. To book, phone the library on 01609 534557. Free storytime at Kirkbymoorside Library on Thursday mornings, February 27, March 12 and 26 at 10am. Come and listen to exciting stories. No need to book. Free Mental Health Awareness workshop, provided by North Yorkshire County Council Adult Learning and Skills Service. To be held at Kirkbymoorside Library on Tuesday, March 24, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Spaces available – phone the library on 01609 534557 or email to book.

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

Tuesday Group - The meeting on Tuesday, February 25, will have guest speaker Rev Mark Haynes who will speak on “My Life in Objects”. They meet in the Methodist Church Jubilee Room at 7.30pm. The leader is Janet and members Daisy and Linda are the tea hostesses.

Julian Meeting - The next meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at the Catholic church in the small room at 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Any enquiries to Rev Tania Brosnan on 01751 431452.

Open gardens - The date for this year’s open gardens event has been agreed for Sunday, June 7, from 11am to 5pm, so as to tie in with the studios event and Penny Piece open gardens for the NGS. They do hope you might could consider opening your garden again; your efforts and support have been so greatly appreciated.

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.

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.


Pancake coffee morning - On Saturday, February 22, there is the annual Leavening pancake coffee morning in the Methodist schoolroom in Main Street, from 10am to noon. It will be £3 for pancake and a drink or £10 for a family of four. There will be guess how many sweets in a jar, guess the weight of a Simnel cake, together with a cake stall.


Margaret Devonshire - The collection taken at Margaret’s funeral mass at St Joseph, Pickering, was for the charity Kidney care UK and reached £355. Many thanks to all who supported this worthy cause.

Weekly draw - The numbers for Pickering Town Football Club weekly draw for week commencing February 3 were 18, 30 and 23. There was no winner for the weekly draw, but as it was the first Monday in the month it was the monthly draw and two people share the roll over £100 and they were Vicky Simpson and Jim Woods.

Domino drive - Pickering Town Football Club has organised a domino drive for February 21 at the Recreation Club, starting at 7.30pm.

Family cinema - Everyone in the audience enjoyed the colourful film Aladdin at the recent Family Cinema in Pickering. The next family cinema will be on Saturday, March 7, in the main hall at the rear of Pickering Methodist Church and the film will be Disney’s new live action Dumbo. Doors open at 5.45pm and the film starts at 6pm. Admission is free, donations towards costs are welcome. The Tuck Shop will be open and in the interval tea or coffee will be available too. All families are welcome, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Visit


Service - Sunday, February 16, 9.15am, St Oswald’s: Morning Prayer.


Quiz - Team @ the Bar were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz in the Fleece Inn. The jackpot was won by Mike and Col.


Methodist Church - The service was taken by Rev Dr Kevin Ridd. The organist was Doreen Lawson, vestry steward Allan Dunnington, Sheena Dunnington was the welcomer and Margaret Neave took the offering. Jean Cockerill gave the reading from Isaiah and Margaret Neave read from St Matthew’s Gospel. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Janette Biltcliffe. Singing for Fun is on Friday at 2pm.

St Martin’s Church - The Rev Maurice Jennet presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Jim and Marion Baird were sidespersons, Enid Plevey gave a bible reading and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Clare Firth served refreshments. The monthly Crossgates Community Church held its second service in the Community Centre. The worship was led by Richard Fuller together with John Grice and John Taylor. The Rev Andrew Moreland led the discussion about how God breathes life into each of us in our daily lives. Coffee and cake was also shared during the service. The next meeting will be Sunday, March 8, at 10.45am, in the Community Centre.


St Hilda’s Church – Morning Worship was led by Barbara Grice who took “thankfulness” as the theme. The lesson from Matthew’s Gospel was read by Christine Ashton and sidespersons were Sue Mennell and Carol Stephenson. Coffee at the close of the service was served by Jean and Keith Usher. The next service at St Hilda’s will be Holy Communion on Sunday, February 23, at 9am. Help is needed with the cleaning of the brass in the church. Anyone who can spare a couple of hours about four times year and would like to help, please contact Carol Stephenson at 3 Sycamore Grove for details. Weather permitting the repairs to the church roof will start on Monday, March 9, and is expected to take about three weeks.

Messy Church - After they had enjoyed our fish fingers and chips for tea (thank to RJ’S for the chips), they looked at a variety of musical instruments and saw how they worked and the noises they made. They made musical instruments and did a puzzle sheet and learned a dance. India and Kiara sang and played a worship song that they had composed. Eleanor played the keyboard and Ruth the flute. The next Messy Church will be on Saturday, March 14. Meet for tea at 4.45pm.

Senior Citizen Luncheon Club - The club will meet on Wednesday, February 19. The speaker is Caroline Rutherford from the Leprosy Mission. Please meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm.

Methodist News - The Bible Fellowship continue to meet on Monday afternoons and is currently studying the Gospel of John. At the Tuesday Coffee Morning, which meets from 10am to 11.30am, the hostess was Judith Ruston and kind donations for coffee are to be given to the St Hilda’s Parish Church. Thursday Craft Club continues from 1pm. The Holy Communion service was led by the Minister Rev Bruce Russell assisted by Communion steward Kim Canterbury. Steward was Liz Aconley who also read the Gospel lesson of the calling of the disciples. Chris Cade played the organ and Christine Fenwick saw to the audio visual. After worship they enjoyed coffee together in the hall. The service next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by the Worship Team.


People’s Guild - A programme change was necessitated on Tuesday, February 4, as the expected speaker was ill. Jim Pewress will now bring his “British spiders” talk on Tuesday, March 17, at 7.15pm. The Guild enjoyed a favourite Sankey hymn sing with John Woodmancey as the pianist. Gilbert Dobson, accompanying himself on his accordion, sang the solo “When the mists have rolled away”. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting, a musical evening to be given by the Filey Fishermen’s Choir, is on Tuesday, February 18, at 7.15pm. Supper to follow. There is no charge but a collection will be taken for Lynn Hempsall’s work with the large apes in Borneo. All welcome.


Bridge club - The results for February 3. In first position were Tim Johnson and Ruth Hunt with 68.8 per cent. In Second position were Nicky Riley and Melanie Bailey with 59.4 per cent.

Ladies Group - Members met for their annual general meeting on February 6. Mary, the leader, welcomed 20 members . She then gave a resume of the last year and thanked all who have helped the group over the years. Margaret then gave the secretaries report and Anne the treasurer gave the financial report. £640-23 was raised during the year. Money after room costs were then shared up between the following charities. £60 each to Beck Isle Museum, Marie Curie, Children’s Society, Saint Catherine’s Hospice, Martin House Children’s Hospice and £120 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Two speakers requested this charity. Some speakers had already had their fees. Unfortunately after 44 years the group had to end due to lack of leadership It was decided that a Ladies Get-together would meet each month, for venue arrangements please see Methodist Church notice board. The last meeting will be March 5, which is the annual lunch.


Table top sale - The organisers of the table top sale that was held in Westow Cricket pavilion on February 9, would like to give a big thank you to everyone who ventured out and travelled in the horrible weather on Sunday. They look forward to seeing people again at Pavilions next event.

Creative Wednesdays - A new group is starting in Westow Cricket Pavilion, starting on Wednesday, February 12, then fortnightly. It is open to everyone from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Stay for the afternoon or just pop in for a while. It is an opportunity to get creative and chat in a friendly social atmosphere. Work on an existing piece or maybe learn a new technique, skill. Paint, sew, knit, craft or just have a natter. Take your own materials. If you have never painted a picture or don’t think you can draw? Why not go along, as all abilities welcome. It will be £5 for the afternoon, which includes tea, coffee & biscuits but also helps with the cost of hiring the cricket pavilion. Phone Julie Price 07719 885743 or just go along.

Open house - Volunteers will be serving tea, coffee, bacon rolls and home baking (baking kindly donated) in Westow Cricket Pavilion on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, from 10am to 1pm, to help pay the running costs of the pavilion and cricket club. There will be a good selection of second hand books available by donation, together with the pool, dominoes and cards to play. Footballs are also available on request. Everyone is welcome, including dogs with owners on



Snainton - President Angela Howgate welcomed 55 members and visitors, and Jerusalem was sung. Last month’s minutes were approved and signed. Many members were wearing their Green Hearts, representing support for the campaign on climate change. The darts final will be held on Saturday, March 14, and they were delighted to be winners of the league. The holiday to Derbyshire in March has spare places for any members in the group who wish to join in. Angela and Kay Clyde will attend the Federation Centenary service on February 29. Several items of interest in the newsletter were read out. Members were urged to put their names down for several upcoming local events and meetings. The speaker the Right Reverend David Wilbourne was then introduced. He spoke of his childhood in Hull and then his early days as a vicar in Helmsley. There were many hilarious memories of those times, causing much laughter, but also some poignant memories which plucked at the heartstrings. Next month’s meeting will be laser shooting on March 3. Visitors welcome.