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, March 1, 11am, St Hilda’s: Family Eucharist with Worship Band.


AGM - The annual general meeting of the History Group will held in the village hall at 7pm in the village hall on Thursday, March 5. Everyone is welcome.

Meeting - An ordinary meeting of the village hall management committee was held in the village hall on Wednesday. It was a very full agenda with items such as Utility Aid offering a free energy audit and a request that the hall participate in a “Wellbeing Age UK” Project. A request was also received to hire the hall on a regular basis for a pre-school playgroup. The hall is to participate in a photo competition and take advantage of a Rural Community Energy funding for a sustainability audit. Future events will include on Thursday, February 27, a history talk, Monday, April 13, an Easter Bonnet Tea Party, Saturday, April 25, church and chapel fete and in November a travelling theatre group who performed last year will bring a sea-themed production.


Sir George Cayley - Sir George Cayley, the Brompton inventor of the flying machine and so much more, will be celebrated on the North Yorkshire County Records site madeinnorthyorkshire from Friday, February 28. The feature will include interviews with two Brompton residents.

Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday, March 1, will be Holy Communion at 11am. It will be taken by the Venerable David Garnett.


The Runaways - Friday, March 28, doors open 7pm for 7.30pm, at Farndale Village Hall, for the recently released film, which was filmed on the North York Moors, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering, Thirsk, Whitby and other local places. This film, which is a 12a certificate, exploits of three runaway children and two donkeys as the embark on journey across the moors. Everyone is welcome.

Domino drive - It will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, March 10, in Farndale Village Hall. Everyone welcome. This is the last Tuesday domino drive of the season. They will be continuing with dominoes on some Friday evenings, dates to be confirmed.

Yoga - Hatha Yoga in Farndale Village Hall, at 6pm, on Wednesdays, teacher Lis Burnham. Everyone welcome.


Service - Sunday, March 1, 9.15am, Holy Cross: Morning Prayer.


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

Edstone Sings - The group meets on Monday, March 2, in the village hall. All welcome.


Quiz - There will be a quiz at the Crown Inn on Sunday, March 1, 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, Hutton-le-Hole.


Brass Legacy - This will take place on Saturday, February 29, at 7pm, at the James Holt Concert Hall, Manor Vale. Tickets £7.50, children free, and are available from JRA Computer Services, Summit Bakery and Wholefoods or the band manager by emailing It will feature all sections of the band with a preview of the National Area test piece Legacy.

Bach and 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


Library - 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

Bridge club - The result from Tuesday, February 18. North/South winners were Chris Brett and Clarissa Napier with 63.1 per cent. In second place Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 56.2 per cent. East/West winners were Valerie Hawkes and Jane Baldwin with 61.9 per cent. In second place Ann Scott and Frank Bailey with 58.3 per cent. Tim Johnson and Cynthia Metcalfe were the only pair to bid and make a small slam.

Camera club - The Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club met at the Moorside Bar and Club in Shaw drive last Thursday for an illustrated talk by Tracy Chapman entitled, photographing dogs and other creatures. As a professional photographer, she explained the many issues facing her in obtaining a really good image. The next meeting at the Moorside Bar and Club is an open competition on March 5.

Marie Curie - The daffodil day and street collection along with a coffee morning in the Moorside Room on Wednesday, March 4, from 9am to 2pm. There will be a cake stall, books/jigsaws, tombola and refreshments.


Flower club - At the February meeting of Malton and District Flower Club, Peter Mathers, board member of NAFAS, gave a most interesting talk, entitled Gardens of London. The presentation featured little known gardens all over the capital, some secreted away in the most popular of tourist destinations. It was made even more fascinating by the inclusion of the most fabulous photographs. The next meeting is on March 17 when Susan Hall will be demonstrating ‘Memories’. New members and guests welcome. For queries phone Maggie Tate-Smith on 01653 698741.

Bridge club - Philip Mason and John Hayton were again the winners in Malton Bridge Club’s Cross-IMP pairs session with Madge Allison and Richard Hilton second and Mike and Annette Jackson third. On Thursday the North-South winners were Teresa Belt and Sally Beswick with Andrew Bell and Richard Hilton runners-up, while the East-West honours went to Charlie Callis and Terry Herbert ahead of Gladys Thompson and Sheila Miller.

Malton White Star Band - New Community Project Malton White Star Brass Band is starting a new Community Training Band on Thursday, March 5, from 6.30pm to 7.15pm, at their band room in Malton. This opportunity is for anyone. Beginners are invited, as well as improving players. Tuition is free, by a qualified brass teacher, and an instrument will be available on free loan. This is a free to join opportunity for people of the Malton and surrounding areas to come together to make music, join in with the various events and performances of the band and generally have a good time learning and developing their instrumental skills. The band has spare seats in the main band (new players are always welcome - Thursdays 7.30pm) and it has instruments which are not being used.The band is also looking for sponsorship for the new band. To take part, email, or via facebook at or at our bandroom 39a Old Maltongate, Malton, YO17 7EH. First meeting on Thursday, March 5, at 6.30pm.


Service - Sunday, March 1, 9.15am, St Oswald’s: Eucharist.


Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the penultimate of the handicap pairs competition, the winners were Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery with 62.5 per cent. In second place with 56.5 per cent Diana FitzGerald and Lynda Lockwood. In third place Tricia Pearce and Stan Bough with 56 per cent.

Draw - The numbers for week commencing February 10 for Pickering Town Football Club weekly draw were 32, 35 and 22. There were no winners so next week’s pot will be £375.


Quiz - Five teams playing for £40 took part in Jennie’s Mega Quiz at the Fleece Inn. The winners with 64 points were Honeymooners, second were The Who (56.5) and third Gary, Steve & Co. (54). Sue’s Crew were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz and also won the jackpot.

Disco - The Coach and Horses is hosting an 80s disco from 9pm on Saturday.


Service - Sunday, March 1, Holy communion, 10am.


St Martin’s Church - The Rev Andrew Moreland presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion for the Feast of the Transfiguration. Gisa Moore and Dot Francis were the welcomers and Francis Simons gave a bible reading and assisted with the distribution of communion. Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano, and Sue Johnson and Clare Firth served refreshments.


St Hilda’s Church - Rev Joe Kinsella officiated at the Holy Communion Service assisted with the chalice by Barbara Grice, who also read the lesson from the Second Letter of Peter. Organist was Martin Monkman and sidespersons were Jean and Keith Usher and helpers. Coffee was served at the close of the service by Barbara Grice. The next service at St Hilda’s will be Morning Worship on Sunday, March 8, at 10.30am, led by Barbara Grice.

Open Gardens - Regrettably, owing to unforeseen circumstances, the open gardens will not take place this year. The situation will be reviewed next year.

Luncheon club - The Senior Citizen Luncheon club met in the Chapel Hall and after enjoying their lunch together Carol Rutherford spoke of the work of the Leprosy Mission. To help in their work the Leprosy Mission collect stamps and a collection box is now at the Chapel Hall. When removing the stamp please leave quite a bit of envelope attached as if the stamp perforations are damaged then the stamps are useless. The Monday Bible Fellowship were delighted to be able to give a donation of £100 and a donation was given too on behalf of the Lunch Club. Birthday greetings were also sung to Alison Oulton. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 18, from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport in Sherburn Village can be arranged just phone Christine on 01944 711294.

Methodist News - Bible Fellowship continue with their study of John’s Gospel. Come and join the group on Mondays at 2pm. Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess was Elizabeth Aconley and your kind donations for coffee continue to be given for St Hilda’s Parish Church. They were delighted to welcome Rev Christine Hey to lead the Sunday Worship. Chris Cade led an opening time of worship and praise. Steward Liz Aconley also read the Old Testament lesson from Isaiah. After Worship they shared coffee and cake together in the hall. The service next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by the Worship Team and a warm invitation is extended to all.


People’s guild - The group enjoyed a sacred concert given by the Filey Fishermen’s Choir on Tuesday, February 18, led by Michael Kitchen, with Francis as their organist, the choir sang with great enthusiasm favourite sacred songs. The congregation joining in five hymns. Lynne sang the solo Breathe On Me. Supper followed and the collection for Lynn Hempsall’s work with the baby orangutans in Borneo totalled £143.42. The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 3, at 7.15pm. Paul Dunn will give a talk based on his book, Down Memory Lane.


Philatelic meeting - It was the chairman’s and president’s night which commenced with a non philatelic display of 1928 cigarette cards by the chairman who expanded on the playing careers and also the lives of the players depicted outside the game of football including war service, in both world wars and other diverse occupations. Before commencing his presentation, the president talked of his despair with the Royal Mail by the way in many cases, instead of postage being cancelled in the correct way, the stamps are merely being scribbled over in ink. The stamps vandalised in this way are totally devalued and means that collectors seeking the correct cancellation procedures are now at financial risk. President, Peter Arnett, returned to philatelic matters with a cornucopia of exhibits, including blown-up classic Victorian stamps. Members were also treated to a presentation of Jersey stamps which were issued and used under the German occupation of the Channel Islands in the Second World War Two. There was a brief discussion regarding the next auction night and how lots for sale were being received and readied for auction. This auction will take place on Tuesday, April 7. The next meeting, member’s non-philatelic (not a competition) will be held as usual at Scarborough Library on Tuesday, March 3, at 7pm. All welcome.


Bridge club - The results for February 17 were: North/South - In First position were Mary Mortonson and Lynda Lockwood with 75 per cent. In Second position were Tim Johnson and Ruth Hunt with 50 per cent. East/West - In First position were Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston with 68.8 per cent. In Second position were Nicky Riley and Melanie Bailey with 55.2 per cent.


Open doors - Volunteers are opening Westow Cricket Club Pavilion on Saturday, February 29, raising money towards the running costs of the pavilion and cricket club. Doors will be open between 10am and 1pm. They will be serving tea, coffee, home baking and bacon rolls as usual. The second hand books will be available by donation.

Arts & Crafts - On Sunday, March 1, there is to be an arts, crafts, collectables and afternoon tea event in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion between noon and 3pm. Local artists and crafters will be displaying their work, with many items for sale. Afternoon tea is being served also. £8 in advance or £10 on the day. Although booking for afternoon tea is advisable to save disappointment. (07719 885743). Tea, coffee and home baking will be available alongside the afternoon tea’s. Free entry. Everyone welcome.


Film evening - The next film showing is on Saturday, February 29, in the village hall, at 7,pm. The film is Red Joan.


Wombleton - June welcomed 16 members and accepted apologies from five members unable to attend. The minutes from the 2019 AGM were read and approved. June gave a brief resume of the 2019 speakers and everyone agreed it had been an interesting and informative year. Christine presented the accounts for 2019 and explained that they had less cash in hand than the previous year due to the fact that they had made more charitable donations in 2019. The audited accounts were accepted unanimously. June thanked Christine for her dedicated work as treasurer over many years and presented her with a voucher from the branch as she has retired from the post. June went on to thank Carol, Norma and Barbara for their support as committee members with special thanks to Carol for organising the monthly competition and the Spring Lunch and she thanked Jan for her work as branch secretary. A member gave thanks to June for her excellent leadership as branch chairperson over the last five years. Following a short discussion it was agreed that we would continue to support Pennies for Friendship. The election of officers began with Jan agreeing to continue as secretary, Carol, Norma and Barbara agreeing to continue as committee members. The roles of chairperson and treasurer are yet to be filled as no volunteers came forward, but it was agreed that people could have until June to think about this. In the meantime the present team would carry on, as speakers have been booked for the year and we are committed to the Ryedale Show. If no one volunteers then sadly the branch will close after the December Christmas Party which will be a great shame. The minutes of the January meeting were read and approved. Menus for the Spring Lunch on March 26 were given out and Carol requested their return along with payment by March 17 at the latest. A list from head office asking for the email addresses of any members who would like to receive the monthly newsletter online was circulated. June asked for members to indicate if they were planning to attend the open meeting on March 17 about “Pickering Hedgehog Rescue” and to indicate the number of guests they were bringing. Carol presented the trophies for the competition winners of 2019: Vera and Carol were joint 1st prize winners with 42pts, Christine came 2nd with 35pts, June was 3rd with 34pts, Nancy 4th with 31pts, Jenny came 5th with 30pts and Alice was 6th with 29pts. The raffle was drawn, refreshments were served.