Service - Sunday, March 22, 11am, St Hilda’s: Eucharist.


History Group - The annual general meeting was held in the village hall. It was noted that the group’s assets had increased by 10 per cent during the last financial year the committee and officers agreed to stand for another with the exception for the much missed Geoff Sherwin who died in 2019. The book entitled Frederick C Dawson School Teacher of Appleton-le-Moors (1841-43) which was Grant Funding from Ryedale Rural District Council was published in 2019. The two very successful talks “Ghosts, Tragedies and Murder” and “Heraldry” were held and the “Open Day” held in January raised over £200. It was also decided that a further two formal talks will be held during the 2020/21 season and to continue with the monthly Tea, Chat & Chat which had a very successful year.


Church - Sunday, March 22 is Mothering Sunday. There is no service at All Saints but there are Communion Services at Snainton at 9.30am and at Hutton Buscel at 11am. The Venerable David Garnett will conduct both with Terry Cartlidge as organist. All welcome.

Wordsworth 250 - Dependent on external events planning continues for the celebrations of William Wordsworth’s big birthday. The pupils of Brompton and Sawdon Community Primary School will hold a re-enactment of William’s marriage to Mary Hutchinson which took place in All Saints on October 2, 1802. It is hoped that as many people as wish to will dress in costume. Following a procession from the school to the Church the marriage takes place at 2pm on Friday, April 3, but like all events is subject to change or cancellation.


Bridge club - The results for Thursday, March 12 (7.5 tables) were: 1st Ann & John Prest 62.92; 2nd Thelma Hardware & Tom Nutman 58.57; 3rd David & Muriel Field 55.83.


Service - Sunday, March 22, 9.15am, Holy Cross: Morning Prayer.


Prize bingo - The prize bingo in aid of Harome Bowling Club at The Moorside Bar & Club in Kirkbymoorside has been cancelled.


Repair café - Hovingham held its first Repair Café on Saturday, March 14. In two hours, 11 items were repaired successfully and saved from needless landfill. Twenty-five people participated, including volunteer repairers, organisers and visitors. Hovingham’s Repair Café is a recognised member of the Repair Café International organisation.

Market - Hovingham Village Market was held on March 7 and though it rained when the stalls were being set up, it stayed dry all the time the visitors were there. All the stalls did well, as did the cafe, run to raise funds for Friends of Hovingham Primary School. Josh the busker was in fine voice.


Bridge Club - The results from Tuesday, March 10 were: North/South. In first place with 58.6 per cent were David Whitehead and Judith O’Donnell. In second place with 56.8 per cent were Barry Smith and Bob Wardell. They were the only couple to bid a small slam and make all 13 tricks. East/West. In first place with 73.5 per cent were Tony and Bo Simpson. In second place with 62.8 per cent were Graeme Matthew and Mary Mortonson.

Ladies Fellowship - The March meeting saw members rolling up their sleeves to give All Saints a good spring clean. An hour and a half and a lot of elbow grease resulted in a beautifully fresh and polished church. It really is true that many hands make light work. There was time afterwards to enjoy a welcome cup of tea and biscuits and to catch up with one another. Thank you so much to everyone who gave their time and energy. All who use the church really appreciate it. The March birthday girls were Judy Langham, Ann Pennock and Helen Robertshaw. It is a special pleasure to wish Helen a very happy birthday because it is Helen who always remembers everyone else’s birthday.

Menzown - Albert Elliot of the North York Moors Association described the History Tree project to the March meeting. In 2007 the large copper beech at the NYMNP Visitors’ Centre at Danby was found to be unsafe and, when cut down, 200 years old. The project has placed a steel profile of the trunk in the ground and produced a book, describing events and people in its 41 decades. David Harrison led a vote of thanks.

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


Bridge club - Charlie Callis and Dave Sonley were the winners in the latest round of Malton Bridge Club’s handicap pairs, ahead of Philip Mason and Richard Hilton with Tricia Pearce and Annette Jackson third. On Thursday afternoon Roger and Ruth Mattingly led the North-South field with Caroline Peall-Clegg and Sheila Miller the East-West winners.


Meeting - Ryedale Parkinson’s Support Group’s March meeting, held in Trinity Methodist Church was very well attended with two new members present. The speaker was Angela Joseph who told of her work as a “Tour Guide” to many parts of the world - a most enjoyable afternoon. Following advice from Parkinson’s UK, all future meetings of the branch have been suspended. Information regarding the group can be obtained from Gill 07794 439356, Liz 01653 694251 or Sandra 01944 758345.


Service - Sunday, March 22, 9.15am, St Oswald’s: All-Age Eucharist.


Vale of Pickering Probus Club - Members and guests of the Vale of Pickering Probus Club enjoyed their anniversary lunch on Tuesday, March 10, at the Forest and Vale Hotel, under the chairmanship of David Haddon-Reece. Historian Dr Tony Nicholson gave a fascinating illustrated talk on a piece of local Victorian/Edwardian social history research entitled Secrets of the Attic. Club membership enquiries are welcomed from retired or semi-retired male residents of Ryedale by phoning 01751 472879.

Bridge Club - For the March 5 session of duplicate bridge, the winners were Madge Allison and Philip Mason with 76 per cent and in second place with 67 per cent Graeme Matthew and Anne Avery. In the latest session of duplicate bridge on March 12 the winners were Terence Boyle and Graham Burgess with 62.92 per cent and in second place with 57.08 per cent Jill and David Sales.

Draw - The numbers for the week commencing March 9 for the Pickering Town Football Club’s Weekly Draw were 12, 17 and 33, and it was won by Caroline Mitchell therefore the pot will remain at £75.


Race night - £551 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society at the race night held in the Fleece Inn. Jennie will be hosting a Mega Quiz in the Fleece on Friday. Cash prizes to third place, cash jackpot and hot supper for only £2. Sue’s Crew were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz. The jackpot was a rollover.


Service - The service at Salton on Sunday, March 22, is Evening prayer at 6pm.


Methodist Church - The service was taken by Clare Qunibi. The vestry steward was Allan Dunnington, organist Doreen Lawson and the welcomer was Margaret Neave who also took the offering. Jean Cockerill gave the bible reading from

Exodus and a poem by Margery Dobson called Fed Up referring to this reading was read by Clare. A conversation between Jesus speaking to a Samaritan

woman at the well was given by Eileen Burn and Sheena and Allan Dunnington. Clare then reflected on what the woman’s story could have been. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Rev Christine Hey.


St Hilda’s Church - The next service at St Hilda’s will be the celebration of Holy Communion on Sunday, March 22, at 9am.

Messy Church - Everyone enjoyed their evening of all things “fishy”. Fish fingers and chips for tea. A story about how the disciples had caught no fish but when Jesus intervened their nets were so full they had to call their friends to help them. Painting fish was very popular as was making a fish decorated wall hanger.

Methodist News - Bible Fellowship continued with their Lent Course. Tuesday Coffee Morning hostess was Judith Ruston and your kind donations for coffee continue to be given to St Hilda’s Parish church. Sunday Morning Worship for the third Sunday in Lent was led by Diane Robinson. The Lenten Liturgy was read and the symbols of the money bag of 30 pieces of silver representing Judas’ betrayal of Jesus was placed on the cross. Evie made butterflies for everyone which were lovely and much appreciated. The All Age service for Mothering Sunday at 10.30am will be led by our Minister Rev Bruce Russell.


People’s Guild - Thou Shepherd of Israel’s host and mine was the first hymn sung at the Sinnington People’s Guild on Tuesday, March 10. Terence maw, a farmer, was the speaker. In an interesting, fascinating and amusing talk. John Woodmancey was the pianist. Tea and biscuits were served.


Bridge results - In first position were Tim Johnson and Ruth Hunt with 62.7 per cent. In Second position were Mary Mortonson and Lynda Lockwood with 61.9 per cent.


Save a Baby’s life workshop - Unfortunately the Save a baby’s life workshop in Westow Cricket Pavilion on Tuesday, March 24, has been postponed until a later date, due to the reduction in numbers wishing to attend. The workshop was aimed at parents, parents to be, grandparents and anyone who care for a baby to give them the skills and confidence to deal with a baby emergency, including CPR and the treatment for choking. Attendance was free. Details of a revised date will be announced via email or on this page. Apologies to anyone who had booked a place or had hoped to attend.

Quiz night - The quiz night that was being planned for April in Westow Cricket Pavilion in aid of Westow Play area has been cancelled due to work commitments of the organisers. Apologies to anyone thinking of attending. Watch this space for a revised date.