HERE'S 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.


Bishop Hagg Wood - The latest Saturday morning work task as part of Appleton & Spaunton Community Interest Companies management of Bishop Hagg Wood was undertaken by four villagers who cleared brash and created fire wood piles. The next work task will be at 10am on Saturday, September 24.

Playing field - An initial meeting has been held to reconstitute the playing field committee. The meeting was attended by Jon Finch, Janet Hayton, Les and Jules Golding and Ian Berry as a representative of the parish council. The next meeting will consider a new constitution and financial matters.

History Group - The first tea and chat session of the new season will be held in the village hall on Monday, September 5 from 2pm until 4pm. Admission is £1.


Local History Society - The first meeting of the new programme is on Wednesday, September 7 when Kate Giles, who is a senior lecturer at York University will make a return visit and speak about the Middleham Jewel. The jewel which was found in a field near Middleham Castle is of such extraordinary workmanship that it must have belonged to an important person. In October, Martin Arnold, who has also spoken to the society before and is the Reader in Northern Studies at the University of Hull will talk about Wade’s Causeway. Jim Hall of Appleton-le-Moors will speak at the November meeting about Frederick Dawson who was briefly the schoolmaster at Appleton-le-Moors but in his leisure hours would walk up to Whitby on a Friday night, down to Scarborough on the Saturday and back home on Sunday. Brompton’s Castle Hill has been surveyed by members of the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society and they will report their findings at the December meeting. There is no meeting in January but in February Di Ford will give an account of the men whose names are on the village War Memorial. Steven Bassett, who was a senior lecturer in medieval history at the University of Birmingham will be the speaker in March and the last talk of the year, in April, is provided by Lindy and Tom Rowley of the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre. In May and June there will be two excursions, the details of which will be announced later in the year. Meetings are held in Brompton-by-Sawdon Village Hall at 7.30pm and are always on the first Wednesday of the month.

Quiz - There will be a quiz night and supper in the village hall on Friday, September 16. Entrance will be £4 and will include supper. Feel free to bring your known bottle.

Domino drives - The winter season of Thursday domino drives organised by David and Elaine Mudd will begin on September 22. Entrance will be £1.50 and includes a supper. The dates of the following evenings throughout the season will be October 27, November 24, December 29, January 26, February 23 and March 23.

Church - The service at All Saints Church on Sunday will be an 11am Communion conducted by the vicar.


Fete - Fadmoor and Gillamoor Fete will be held at Sleightholmedale Lodge on Sunday from 2pm to 7pm. It will include a cake stall, raffle, bale push, tombola, children’s sports, egg throwing, golf, bowls, dog show and agility test and a duck race. From 4.20pm onwards there will be a barbecue.


Pub quiz – There will be a family quiz at the Crown Inn on Sunday at 8.30pm. Entry is £1 entry per person. The winning prize is a voucher to spend at The Crown Inn. All proceeds from the quiz will go to St Chad’s Church, Hutton.


Bible exploration - The Pilgrim Discipleship Group will meet to begin exploring the Bible on Wednesday, September 21. It is the first of a series of six weekly meetings held in All Saints Church each Wednesday 7.30pm until 9pm. For further details phone the Rev Mark Brosnan on 01751 431452 Amnesty International - The Kirkbymoorside group of Amnesty International will meet on Thursday, September 8 at 1.30pm in the Friends’ Meeting House, West End.

Moorside Bar & Club – Whiskey will be performing at the Moorside Bar & Club on Saturday. The following Saturday, September 10, the entertainer will be Nigel Heap. Both acts start at 8.30pm.

Bridge club - Despite a lower than usual attendance the unusual hands provided an enjoyable session of bridge. North/South winners were Anne and George Goodall with a score of 57.9 per cent. Clarissa Napier and Christine Brett were runners-up with 55.8 per cent. Bo and Tony Simpson were top at East/West with a score of 66.7 per cent. Eileen and Frank Haywood were second with 57.1 per cent. Play of the week went to Nim Marwood and John Mortenson.

Menzown - After the August break, members of Menzown resume meetings at the King’s Head Hotel on Monday, September 12 a 7pm when Captain Arthur Frost will speak about modern piracy on the seas.

Tractor run - The 11th JMK Memorial Tractor Run raising funds for the Kirkbymoorside support group for Marie Curie takes place on Sunday, September 11. For either an entry or sponsor form, phone Malcolm Simpson on 01751 432645. If you wish to make a donation or offer support, phone 01751 431160.

Exhibition – There will be a Past and Present exhibition in All Saints Church from Saturday until Wednesday, September 7. It will be open each day from 10am until 3pm except Sunday when the opening times will be between noon and 3pm. A preview evening will be on Friday at 7pm when wine and nibbles will be served. If you have any historical photographs or documents of events which took place in Kirkbymoorside, the exhibition organisers would be grateful for them to be loaned. They are also looking to borrow a baptism gown for the exhibition. For further details, phone Anne Warriner on 01751 432011.


Quiz sheets - The quiz sheets in aid of St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale, and St Hilda’s, Beadlam, have to be returned by Saturday, September 10. The first three all-correct solutions drawn will win prizes of £15, £10 and £5.


Bingo – There will be a prize bingo evening in the village hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. It is in aid of hall funds.


Community Association - Members of the community association council held their monthly meeting at the community centre under the chairmanship of Bryan Bolton. Present were Bryan Coomber, vice-chairman; Shirley Holdsworth, secretary; and Brenda Martin. Arrangements for the coach outing to Helmsley on Wednesday, September 7 were finalised. The coach will leave the centre at 1pm and return at 5pm. A flyer has been prepared for circulation around the new Deepdale housing estate with details of the activities held at the community centre. It will be distributed in the autumn. Quotes are to be sought for the replacement of the centre’s windows with toughened glass.

Bingo - A bingo evening was run at the community centre with Moira Audsley and Janet McNamara as callers and cashiers and Margaret Rogers and Christine Hastie as checkers. Refreshments were provided by Anita Wilkinson and Margaret Bogg. A raffle was run by Mrs McNamara and the flier was run by Mrs Davies. People from all areas are invited to attend these events at 7.15pm on Mondays.


Fishkeepers - There will be a meeting of the Ryedale Aquarist Society in the Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, on Wednesday, September 14 at 7.30pm when David Armitage will present a talk on fish collecting in Burma.

Autumn talks - The Hardy Plant Group of the Pickering Horticultural Society will begin its autumn programme of talks on Thursday, September 15 with a visit by Jacqueline Iddon, from Bretherton, Leyland, whose talk is called Spring into Action - Spring Flowering Plants. The meeting will be held in the Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, Pickering and starts at 7.30pm.

Coffee mornings - The Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale branch of the Royal British Legion holds coffee mornings on Saturday and Monday from 10am to 12.30pm at its Champley’s Yard headquarters.

Weekly draw - Last week’s main prize of £150 in the weekly Pickering Town FC weekly draw was not won with the numbers 38, 39, and 15. This week’s draw will be increased to £225. The draw costs £1 per entry per week. To join, call at Dunning Butchers, Bridge Street, or get in touch with any Pickering Town FC committee member. The weekly prize is £75 and if it is not won the prize increases by £75 per week until it is won. There is also a £50 consolation prize draw held on the first Monday in each month.

Musical production - Pickering Musical Society will present Sentimental Journey at the Kirk Theatre, Hungate, from Wednesday, October 12 to Sunday, October 16 as its war week production. Tickets are now on sale from the theatre box office, phone 01751 474833, which is open on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm.

Ryedale Shopper - The forthcoming programme of journeys is Thursday, September 8 to Beverley, price £6; Thursday, September 22 to Scarborough (£5); Thursday, October 6 to Whitby (£5) and Wednesday, October 19 to Northallerton (£6). To reserve a place on the mini-bus, or for further information, phone 01653 699059 or 698888. The pick-up points and times are as follows: Thornton-le-Dale (Roxby Road junction with the A170) 9.15am, Eastgate/Hawthorne Lane 9.25am, Eastgate car park 9.30am, Ingsgarth 9.33am, Westgate/Manor Drive 9.35am, Middleton Road/Northway 9.40am.

Fleamarket – The weekly fleamarket and gift fair takes place every Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 4pm in the Liberal Club, Smiddy Hill.

PEEMS - There will be a meeting of the Pickering Experimental Engineering and Model Society in the WRVS Hungate Centre on Wednesday, September 7 at 7pm.

Farmers’ market – The monthly farmers’ market will be held in the market place tomorrow (Thursday) starting at 8.30am.

Eyes down - Bingo is played every Thursday and Sunday at the Working Men’s Club, Southgate at 7pm.


Bingo - A prize bingo held in Woodlands Community Centre raised £250 for centre funds. The caller was Derek Warters and Sue Nelson was the checker.

There will be a prize bingo session at the entre is on Wednesday, September 28 in aid the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Donations of prizes would be most welcome and can be left at the centre.


Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by Janette Biltcliffe. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Bob Jackman and the welcomer was Jean Berrington. The collection was taken by Margaret Neave. Bible readings were given by Margaret Harris who read from Luke’s gospel and Eileen Burn who read from Hebrews. The title of Janette’s sermon was Humility and began with a modern day parable performed by Jan and Bert Blower. Refreshments were served after the service. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Rev Mary Jackman and Holy Communion will be observed. The Seamer Singing for Fun Group performed at a concert on Saturday. Solos were performed by Mandy Clayton and Richard played tunes and songs which the audience joined in with some patriotic flag waving.

Services - The vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland, led the 9.30am service of Holy Communion at St Martin’s Church on Sunday. He also led the intercessions. Dot Francis gave the Bible reading and Andrew spoke about how lives should be marked by acts of mercy. Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the keyboard, Julie Stephenson was the sidesperson and Doreen Livesey and Jim Baird served refreshments between the services. Andrew also led at the 11am modern communion service at which reader Judith Dean preached. Following on from the Bible reading, given by Sue Grice, about people vying for the best places, she emphasised the different priorities of Christians. Elizabeth Moreland led the intercessions and Liz Cremer and Christine Bray ran the Sunday Club. The sung worship was led by Richard Fuller (guitar) with John and Sue Grice (guitar and bass) and John Taylor (drums). Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and two of the children took the collection. Elizabeth Bradley served refreshments after the service.


Letters draw - The letters drawn on Saturday in Sherburn FC’s weekly draw were A F Y. As there was no winner, next week’s prize fund is £240.

Community Club - Cash prize bingo returns to the club on Saturday with books on sale from 7.15pm and eyes down 8pm. Due to gambling laws this event is for people aged 18 or over. Entry is free.

St Hilda’s – The Rev Joe Kinsella officiated at the Holy Communion service at St Hilda’s Church on Sunday with Martin Monkman playing the organ. The sidesperson was Barbara Grice, who also read the lesson and served coffee at the close of the service with help from members of the congregation. The next service at St Hilda’s will be morning worship on Sunday, September 11 at 10.30am led by Barbara Grice.

Methodist news - The Big Brew Coffee Morning was well attended and helped to promote the work of Traidcraft. There is a Tradicraft stall each month at the Senior Citizen Lunch Club and once a month at the regular Tuesday coffee morning from 10am to 11.30am. From next week donations for coffee will be given to Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal. The Bible Fellowship met at the Chapel Hall to continue with their study of John’s Gospel. The Craft Club met on Thursday at 1.30pm under the leadership of Janet Magee. All are invited to share in this time together, just take along your craft. The Holy Communion service was led by the Rev Martin Calver. The congregation were welcomed by Christine Pickard and Raymond Pickard was the offertory steward. The communion steward was Kim Canterbury. The bible reading from the Acts of the Apostles was read by Jean Brown and the Gospel lesson read by Steve Branston. The organist was Janet Magee and the audio visual equipment was operated by Christine Fenwick. The worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by the worship team.

East Riding - The band Chumashu will be playing at the East Riding pub from 9pm on Saturday, September 17.


Bridge club - The duplicate competition held on Monday, August 22 was won by Barry Smith and Bob Wardell with 56.2 per cent. In second place were Ralph and Hilary Hurst with 50 per cent.


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in the village hall on Wednesday, September 7 to raising funds for the hall.

Harvest Festival – The village hall will host the harvest festival on Friday September 23 in the village hall 7.30pm.


Margaret Sleightholme - A service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of Margaret Sleightholme (Peggy) was held on Monday, August 22, at St Martin’s Church, Fangfoss, after cremation at Octon Crematorium. The service was conducted by the Reverend James Finnemore. Donations in lieu of flowers were for St Martin’s Church Funds. In his touching and inspiring tribute to his mother Ian had the congregation both smiling and in tears ending with a heartfelt round of applause. He said she was born on January 26, 1936, only child of George Matthew and Ann Beilby, in Fangfoss. Her education started at the village school then on to Manor School in York and then on to York Technical College where she trained as a shorthand typist and bookkeeping. Peggy first worked at Allison’s Builders in Pocklington before working for the estate agent for Lord Halifax at Garrowby. In 1956 she married the late Alf Sleightholme and they had two children, Ian and Ann. As a farmer’s wife Peggy played the typical role of helping out on the farm with the pigs, poultry, calves and helping at the shows with their pedigree shorthorn cattle. She was a member of the Kirby Underdale WI and later the Countrywomen’s Association and the Farm Women’s Club. She was a very accomplished needlewoman and through this made lots of friends. One of her embroidery samplers is in St Paul’s Cathedral and a kneeler is at Chatsworth. In 1988 they sold up the farm and retired into a cottage in Youlthorpe. When Alf died 14 years ago Peggy continued to live there and worked for Lady Susan Watson in a secretarial capacity two days a week. Peggy decided to ‘downsize’ and moved to live in Stamford Bridge two years ago. Sadly Peggy suffered a stroke on August 5, while at work and died peacefully in hospital on August 10. It was very fitting that St Martin’s Church was full and overflowing as she had worshipped there all her life and served as its treasurer and supported all their activities. Peggy was a very amiable, kind, generous and loving lady and will be greatly missed by all her loving family, her five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and her countless friends.