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 service - There will be a traditional Holy Communion service Sunday, March 8, in the Church of St John the Baptist, in Acklam, at 9am. Everyone warmly welcome.


History Group Talk - A talk entitled Christ Church - A New Historic Perspective was given by Joel Brookfield in the village hall on Thursday. The talk attended by more than 30 people was very well received and Joel promised to extend the story into the realms of the vicars and parishioners in the not too distant future. A big thanks to Maggy Tebb for her catering skills.

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 seven villagers. A tremendous amount of brash was recovered burning and individuals fire wood piles substantially increased. Next work task will be on March 28 at 10am.


Village hall - The table top sale advertised for Saturday, March 14 has had to be cancelled, but keep an eye out for future dates. The Easter craft fair is on Monday, April 13, from 10am to 3pm. Free entry and refreshments. Tables are £10. To book, phone Bev on 01723 865033.


Service - Sunday, March 8, 10.30am, St Hilda’s: Benefice Eucharist.


Domino drive - Another successful domino evening took place last Thursday with M Hatfield carrying off first prize with a score of 110. Close behind was a tie for second place between K Shields, D Mudd and P Myers all on 108. Other prize winners were M Calvin, P Teasdale, E Perrin, A Sawdon, A Fletcher, M Kirby, E Mudd, C Cussons, C Fletcher and A Monks who took home the consolation of a box of eggs for lowest scorer. Raffle prizes went to K Shearing, E Perrin, A Fletcher, S Eddon, M Seager, K Shields, J Cockerill, P Cornick, E Vasey, A Monks, C Cussons, P Cussons, P Myers, P Robinson and E Grayson. The evening was organised by Elaine and David Mudd and the sum of £159 was raised for the Village Hall.

Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday, March 8, will be Morning Prayer taken by Dr Don Jones. It starts at 11am and all are welcome. The Northern branch of the Royal School of Church Music will be visiting All Saints on Sunday, May 10. They will take part in a Benefice Choral Eucharist at 11am which will replace the usual services that day.

Wordsworth Festival - Efforts are being made to slow the flowering of the daffodil bulbs which were planted in pots for the Wordsworth Festival main celebration on Saturday, April 12. They are being moved to the space behind the church organ. If any individuals still have theirs at home please leave them in the church porch.

Quiz night - Don’t forget the quiz night in the village hall on Friday, March 6, at 7pm. Entry £4 to include supper. You are very welcome to bring a bottle along to the evening to add to your enjoyment. Bob Muir the quizmaster is planning his usual array of questions to tax the brain.


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

Yoga - Hatha Yoga will take place in Farndale Village Hall at 6pm on Wednesdays, with teacher Lis Burnham. Please note the last session before the Easter break will be March 18.


Wildlife fair - Gilling East Village Hall is hosting a Gardening Wildlife Fair on Saturday, March 7, from 1pm to 4pm. The fair will have lots of information on how to make your garden wildlife friendly. Organisers are pleased to welcome stallholders from the Woodmeadow Trust, Helmsley Swifts, Smailes Bees and North Yorkshire Rotters, to name just a few. Organisers are delighted to also welcome the Dragonfly Society who will be demonstrating how to make your garden pond a wildlife haven. Entrance is free.


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


Prize bingo - Harome Bowling Club will hold a prize bingo at Kirkbymoorside at The Moorside Bar & Club on Tuesday, March 24. Good prizes, all welcome. Eyes down 7.30pm.


Market - Hovingham Village Market will be held on Saturday, March 7,10.30am to 1.30pm. with over 60 stalls selling local produce and crafts. Community stalls are the charity Ryedale Community Transport who provide transport in the region at a very reasonable rate and rent out mopeds to enable people to get to work. Also the return Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. There are five guest stalls which are Pants of Thunder, underwear for men and women made from Fairtrade organic cotton, Goodchips with woodchips for fires. Moorside Pets providing animal foods, treats and accessories. Schroll on Designs who produce names, signs and decorative items, individually hand cut from different types of hardwood and Yorkshire Dama Cheese, with Yorkshire squeaky halloumi cheese, ricotta and yoghurt. Our busker Josh will be in attendance and the cafe will be run by Friends of Hovingham School. The volunteer Market Manager is Chris Stark.


Bridge club - The result from Tuesday, February 25. North/South winners were Robin Paige and Steve Lonsdale with 57.7 per cent. In second place with 54.1 per cent were Barry Smith and Bob Wardell. East/West winners were Bo and Tony Simpson with 62.2 per cent. In second place with 61 per cent were Gill and Trevor Hardcastle.

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 038990.

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 the library takes place on 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, will take place at the library on Tuesday, March 24, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Spaces available – phone the library on 01609 534557 or to book.

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.

Tuesday Group - The meeting on Tuesday, March 10 is entitled Hedgehog Rescue and will be an open meeting. All welcome. They meet in the Methodist Church Jubilee Room at 7.30pm. The leader is Kath and members Audrey and Rosie are the tea hostesses.

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

Repair Café - The Kirkbymoorside Environmental Group repair café is on Saturday, March 14, in the Moorside Room, from 9.30am to noon.

Menzown - Albert Elliot will talk about the life and times of the former copper beech tree at the NYMNP centre at Danby. The meeting on Monday, March 9, in the King’s Head hotel, from 7pm for 7.30pm. New members are welcome. Just come along to the meeting.

Friday Orchestra - The Friday Rehearsal Orchestra, which meets weekly, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. As the orchestra is unique in the Ryedale area and has enjoyed considerable success over the years, they feel this is something the public would be interested to hear about. There will be a play through at 7.30pm on Friday, March 20, at the Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall to celebrate the occasion, including the popular Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich Festival Overture, Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens and Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite.

Contact Maureen - Please note your correspondent’s new email address is Items of news can also be left at the Children In Distress charity shop in the market place.


Confirmation 2020 - It is hoped that the Rt Rev Terry Drainey, the Bishop of Middlesbrough, will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Leonard & St Mary’s RC Church on Wednesday, June 17. They currently have 13 candidates. Anyone may apply who is aged 12 years or over. Please speak with Sue Westmacott or Father Tim. Fairtrade Fortnight will take place from February 24 to March 8.

Bridge Club - Madeleine Webber and Anne Avery won the second session of Malton Bridge Club’s handicap pairs competition. Pauline Cooper and Matthew Brash took second place with Ruth Mattingly and Gladys Thompson third. On Thursday afternoon the North-South winners were Roger and Ruth Mattingly while Terry Herbert and Judy Cliffe tied for second place with Judith Scott and Philip Mason. Sheila Miller and partner won as East-West ahead of Joan Pickering and Audrey Shaw.


Games for a Laugh - Saturday, March 7, at 7.30pm, Oswaldkirk Village Hall. Games, pea and pie supper, £12.50 a ticket. Email for payment details.

Service - Sunday, March 8, at 6pm, St Oswald’s: Evening Prayer.


Domino drive - A domino drive will be held at the Recreation Club on Friday, March 13, for the Bowls Club.

Draw - the numbers for week commencing February 24 for Pickering Town Football Club Weekly Draw were 39, 29 and 13 and Stephen Chapman won £450 therefore the pot for next week will be £75 and anyone wishing to join should get in touch with anyone at the football club or Dunning’s Butcher shop.

Bridge Club - In the latest session of duplicate bridge, the last of the handicap pairs, the winners were Isa Eggleston and Jackie Foggin with 56.56 per cent. In second place with 54.19 per cent Madge Allison and Philip Mason. In third place Joan Taylor and Ann Rutter with 51.28 per cent.


St Hilda’s Church - The next service at St Hilda’s will be Morning Worship on Sunday, March 8, at 10.30am, led by Barbara Grice.

Luncheon Club - The next meeting of the Luncheon Club will be on Wednesday, March 18. The speaker will be PCSO Amber Cannon who will be advising on how to avoid fraud and also to answer any of your queries. Please meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport can be arranged in Sherburn Village if required, just phone Christine on 01944 711294.

Thanks - Your village correspondent would like to say a very big thank you to the 1st Sherburn Brownies who came and gave her the most beautiful gift of a little plant to celebrate World Thinking Day. They were trying to do acts of kindness in the village. Other folk have received a gift too and would like to thank the Brownies and their leaders for this lovely gesture. Well done girls.

Messy Church - You are invited to join Messy Church at Sherburn Methodist Church on Saturday, March 14 when they will be hearing about a catch of fish that was so large it nearly broke the fishermen’s net. It will an evening of all things “fishy”. Fish to paint, fish to race, fish to catch and fish fingers with your chips for tea. Meet for tea at 4.45pm. Everyone is welcome.

Methodist News - Bible Fellowship did their last study of John’s gospel for a while as they have now begun their Lent Course. Just come along on Mondays at 2pm to join with them. Coffee morning continues each Tuesday from 10am to 11.30am. There is no charge for the coffee but any kind donations will be given to St Hilda’s Parish Church funds. This week was rather special as they celebrated Pancake Praise. They enjoyed choosing toppings for the pancakes and they tasted rather good too. Afterwards they heard about Shrove Tuesday and sang some praise songs to remind them of the beginning of Lent the next day. Thank you to Bill Hyndford for playing and to Judith, Kim, Pat and Christine for their efforts. Celebrations continued in the afternoon when the Stay and Play Group enjoyed their pancakes too and then along came the nursery children to join and sing the special Pancake song. What a wonderful afternoon. Thursday Craft get together at 1pm in the hall and you would be welcome to bring along your craft and join them. Sunday Service was led by the Worship Team. Opening worship was led by organist Chris Cade. The Lenten Liturgy for the first Sunday of Lent was read by Kim Canterbury and Jean Brown put bread and wine at the foot of the cross to remind them of the last supper Jesus shared with His disciples. Sandra Cade led prayers of praise. The story of the temptations from Matthew’s Gospel was read by Jean Brown and then acted out by Janet and Liz. After worship they enjoyed coffee together in the hall. The Holy Communion Service next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Nigel Spencer and an invitation is extended to all.


Jumblies - Sheriff Hutton Jumblies will be holding their next jumble sale on Saturday, March 14, at 2pm, in the village hall to raise money for St Leonard’s Hospice.


People’s Guild - The Rev Dr Lynn Grove made a welcome return visit to the Sinnington People’s Guild on Tuesday, February 24. Lynn led the Guild into the season of Lent by explaining the meanings, how it was marked in the past and ideas of how it should be spent. A discussion followed on how we viewed Lent and our observance of the season. Lynn was welcomed and thanked by Jill Simpson. Steve Bulmer was the pianist. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 10 at 7.15pm. Terence Maw will be the speaker.


Bridge club - The results for February 24 were: in first position were Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston with 68.3 per cent. In second position were Pat and George Donnor with 57.1 per cent.


Arts & crafts - A big thank you to everyone who went along to the arts, crafts, collectables and afternoon tea event in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion on Sunday, March 1, and made it a lovely afternoon. Twenty-two people enjoyed a tea of sandwiches, mini cakes and quiches, others enjoyed slices of cake and freshly made scones. Stall-holders included local artists, crafters, as well as Westow’s Knit & Natter Group.

Open house - Volunteers will be serving tea, coffee, bacon rolls and home baking (baking kindly donated) in Westow Cricket Pavilion on Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, 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 welcome, including dogs with owners on leads.

Save a baby’s life workshop - There is still time to book a place on the free RLSS Save a baby’s life workshop in Westow Cricket Pavilion on Tuesday, March 24. The workshop is aimed to give parents, parents to be, grandparents and anyone who cares for a baby the skills and confidence to deal with a baby emergency, including CPR and the treatment for choking. Attendance is free but places need to be booked via or email

Music Night - A Touch of Blues will be playing in Westow Cricket Club Pavilion on Saturday, March 28. Entry is free, although a hot supper is available for £8 which should be ordered in advance. There will be a licensed bar provided by the cricket club. For more details or to book a supper phone Julie Price on 07719 885743.


Helmsley - It was the February meeting and 18 members attended. They also had a new member join the group - welcome to Sue.

Another two guests came along to find out more about the group - Sue and Pauline - members hope they enjoyed their taster evening. The minutes were read, agreed and signed before the secretary Chris brought members up to speed with events and notices. Unfortunately the speaker cancelled an hour before the meeting so they adapted and improvised. A smorgasbord of board games were quickly found and they settled on a game of Pictionary. After a few sedate rounds they had a rapid draw frenzy. Two things they learnt this evening - 1. They can cope with last minute catastrophes and overcome adversity. 2. President Helen can’t draw animals. The competition for a farm animal (any medium except live!) was won by Vanessa. Hazel came second and Chris third. The raffle was drawn and refreshments served by Anne J and Ann B. Thank you ladies. Although the evening wasn’t as advertised, a fun and friendly time was had by all. Any ladies interested in finding out more about the group can email, phone Helen on 01439 771707 or find us on Facebook.