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.


Annual meeting - The Common Protection Association’s AGM in the village hall was attended by about 30 people. A report was given on the latest meeting of The Court Lett and on the proposed "exchange" of common land for Spaunton Estate land. A discussion, chaired by Jonathan Allison, followed on the revised proposals.

Book club - Black Green Swan written by David Mitchell was discussed at a recent meeting of the book club in the Reading Room. The next book to be discussed will be Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie.

Wedding video - More than 20 villagers relived the wedding of Stephanie, daughter of Helen Sheard at a showing of the wedding video in the Reading Room. Drinks and nibbles where served and a log-filled stove complimented the evening.


Village hall – Acoustic duo Steve and Carol Robson, known as Fool’s Gold, performed at the village hall on Friday, October 21. The County Durham-based pair provided multi-instrumental and vocals, performing music in folk style and using a screen and projector to help tell the stories behind the songs. These included the Bevin Boys and the Jarrow March. Tea and biscuits were served in the interval and a raffle drawn. The next event in the village hall is the Peacock quiz on Friday, November 11.


Country and Western – There will be a charity Country and Western evening at the Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, on Friday, November 4 at 7.30pm. Music will be provided by Alf Berry. There will also be an auction and a raffle. Tickets, which are available on door, are £6, which includes a supper. All proceeds are for the air ambulance. Any donations for the auction or raffle would be welcome. Phone Ken Wilson on 01751 433241 for further details.

Calendar – The 2019 Farndale calendar, in aid of the village hall rebuilding fund, priced £6, is available from BATA Kirkbymoorside, Blakey Inn, Blakey Ridge and the Feversham Arms, Kirkbymoorside.


RNLI - The fish supper evening on Friday, October 14, in aid of the RNLI, made just over £600. RNLI Christmas cards were also on sale adding a further £76 to the total. The event incorporated an account of an Atlantic odyssey made by Fiona and Michael Bennett in January 2016. A total of 67 people in the village hall heard about their crossing from Tenerife to Martinique, in their 38-foot sailing boat, Follyfin. The audience also watched the premiere of a 26-minute film of the voyage, made by Ivor Bennett, one of the crew. During the interval, two large fish pies from The Worsley Arms Hotel, Hovingham, were consumed, as well as 50 fish suppers from Scott’s Fish and Chips, Helmsley. Raffle prizes were donated by local businesses and individuals.


Oxfam - A total of £250 was raised by Oxfam Helmsley towards the installation of a farmyard through Oxfam’s Unwrapped Fundraising project. It is now aiming to raise a further £500 towards a Clean Water project. Donations can be made at the till at the town’s shop which has Halloween, fancy dress and Christmas items for sale. The shop is looking for more volunteers to help sort linen, pictures, children’s items, homeware and clothes. Full training will be given by the manager, Heather. If anyone thinks they can help out phone 01439 772394 or call in at the shop.

RNLI – The fish and chips supper at the Feathers Hotel raised £380 for the RNLI. The evening also included a talk by Captain J Stanley from the Coastguard Search and Rescue team.


Manor Close - There will be a domino drive at the centre today (Wednesday) at 7.30pm.

Scary walk - A Halloween walk round town organised by the History Group will take place on Friday, starting outside the library at 5pm.

Group meeting - The Pilgrim Discipleship group will meet today (Wednesday) in All Saints Church at7.30pm.

Quiz - Kirkbymoorside Horticultural Society have a quiz on a horticultural theme circulating. Sheets are available from local outlets or phone Maureen Rolph 01751 432011 or email her at She will post one on. Entries must be returned by Saturday, November 12. The first prize is £10 and second £5. The prize money has been donated by The Moors Inn, Appleton-le-Moors.

New date - The give and take day which was to take place in October has been re-arranged for Sunday, November 27.

Book launch - Kirkbymoorside History Group has been supporting John Creighton with a biography of his father, Lewis, best known for his moorland oil paintings. The book called The Brush, The Lathe and The Double Bass will be launched at the Moorside Room on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Study day - There will be a study day at the Methodist Church from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday. It is the first of two study days with the second scheduled for spring next year. Both days are open to everyone from any of the town’s five church communities and will be a chance to explore how they can continue growing together in the future. There is no charge, but donations will be welcome. For further details, phone the Rev Mark Brosnan on 01751 431452.

On stage – Ron Spence will be performing at the Moor Side Club & Bar on Friday at 8.30pm.

Memorial service – An All Souls memorial service will be held at All Saints Church on Sunday at 6.30pm. If you wish to have someone remembered by name, a list is available to sign at the back of the church.


Annual lecture – Professor Ian Wood will give the annual Lastingham lecture in St Mary’s Church on Saturday at 6pm. The lecture, called East Coast Connections, will be an investigation of the 7th century connections between Lastingham and Whitby on the one hand, and monasteries in East Anglia and the northern part of the Frankish Kingdom on the other. Prof Wood was Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Leeds from 1995-2015. He gave the Lastingham Lecture in 2009. After the lecture there is a two-course supper in the village hall. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. The lecture is £8 and supper £12. To reserve tickets, phone 01751 417007 or 01751 417251 or email LOCKTON Quiz - There will be a fun quiz in the village hall on Saturday at 7.30pm to raise funds for Lockton and Levisham playing field. Admission is £3 which will include supper.


Flower club - At the November meeting of Malton and District Flower Club, John Foxton gave a talk and slide show called The History and Architecture of Castle Howard. Vanbrugh's vision for this vast estate came to life with John’s commentary on the 90-year creation of the visitor attraction. Drawing on experiences from his 30 year career at the castle, he had gleaned a wealth of knowledge for his anecdotes. The next club meeting is an open evening at Norton College on Tuesday, November 25 when Andrew Grisewood will give a demonstration entitled A Touch of Fantasy. For further information, phone Maggie Tate-Smith 01653 698741.

Bridge club - The second session of Malton Bridge Club’s championship pairs competition was won by Derek Fox and Richard Hilton with a score of 63.5 per cent. In second place were Annette Jackson and Philip Mason with 58.3 per cent while Bryan Hone and Richard Hazlerigg were third with 54.7 per cent. The first fixtures took place on Sunday in the new season of the Yorkshire League for teams of eight. Malton A lost 16-4 at Sheffield B, while Malton B were defeated 13-7 at Ilkley B.


New season - John Foxton gave a valuable insight into the growing of soft fruit to members of Marton and Normanby Gardening Club at its first meeting of the autumn season. Members paid their subscriptions for the year. The next meeting will be on November 8 at 7.30 in Marton Village Hall when Tony Harding will give a talk on the spirit of Japanese gardens. Admission is £3 on the door to include tea, coffee and biscuits and entry into the raffle. The monthly members’ competition for November is a jar of homemade preserve. New members are welcome to join the monthly meetings. A yearly joining fee of £ will entitle the holder of a membership card and 10 per cent discount in local garden centres.


Ceilidh - There will be a ceilidh in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance at Nawton Memorial Hall on Saturday. Tickets are £10 to include supper which will be served at 7.30pm. Anyone going can take their own own drinks. Entrance is by ticket only. To book tickets, phone Andrew or Jill Leckenby on 01439 770277 or 07703 178 330.

Bingo - There will be a prize bingo in the village hall on Saturday, November 5 at 7.30pm. It is to raise funds for the hall.


Craft workshop - The second Sunday craft workshop, illuminating fairy jars, will be held in the village hall on Sunday, November 6 from 10am to 4pm. The cost is £18 with everything provided including tea or coffee and biscuits. Participants will need to bring along a packed lunch.


Flower club - There will be a meeting of the Pickering and District Flower Club held tonight, (Wednesday) at 7.30pm at the WRVS Hungate Centre when Sue Spencer will give a presentation called Rhapsody of Flowers.

Poppy sellers - The Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale branch of the Royal British Legion urgently need poppy sellers for the Market Place and Lidl supermarket. Any person who can help are asked to phone Janet Martin on 01751 474915.

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in aid of the bowls club at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, on Friday at 7.30pm. Admission is £1.50 which also covers refreshments.

Weekly draw - Last week’s main prize of £150 in the Pickering Town FC weekly draw was won by Kerensa Gibson with the numbers 24, 2 and 40. This week’s draw will be for £75.

Fishkeepers - Ryedale Aquarist Society met in the Memorial Hall last week when speaker Dr David Pool travelled from Southampton to presented talks on the development of fish science aquarium, fish foods, and the mysteries of fish colouramon. The table show was won by David Gamble with a Paskai Killifish.

The next meeting of the society will be the annual general meeting at the Memorial Hall on Wednesday, November 9 at 7.30pm.

Ryedale Shopper – Forthcoming trips by the Ryedale Shopper include Thursday, November 3 to Monks Cross, York, price £5; Thursday, November 17 to Beverley (£6); Thursday, December 1to Scarborough (£5) and Thursday, December 15 to York Christmas market. To reserve a place on the mini-bus, phone 01653 699059 or 01653 698888.

Day school - The Pickering branch of WEA are holding a day school on Saturday with tutor Dr Robert Wright. His subject for the day will be The Flowering of the Middle Ages. The session will explore the development of Europe’s economic life and technological capabilities during the period. The fee is £25 and the day school will be held in the Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, from 10am to 4pm. Booking is essential by phoning 01751 476118.

Shoebox appeal - The annual Shoebox Appeal has been launched in the Pickering and surrounding areas. Last year 346 filled boxes were sent from the district to eastern Europe. Items which can be put in a box include, knitted hats, scarves, gloves, soft toys, finger puppet, jigsaws, yo-yos, building blocks, small musical instruments, trucks and cars for boys, dolls, clips on earrings for girls, felt-tipped pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture and puzzle books, chalk, pencil case, stickers, tennis ball, skipping rope, baseball hat, small football, inflatable beach ball, stop watch, sweat bands, toy medals. Other items can include sweets (sell by date to be at least March 2017), sunglasses, hat bangles and necklaces. All items should be new. For further information, phone Daphne Bowes on 01751 475143 or call at her home 14 Willow Court, Pickering. Completed boxes may be left at Potter Hill Methodist Church. Leaflets with more information have been left at at the Methodist Church, Reeds Newsagents and the library.

PEEMS - There will be a meeting of the Pickering Experimental Engineering and Model Society held at the WRVS Hungate Centre on Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm.

Farmers’ market - The monthly farmers’ market will be held in the Market Place on Thursday, November 4 from 8.30am.

Kirk Theatre - The annual general meeting of the Friends of Kirk Theatre will be held in the theatre on Wednesday, November 9 at 7.30pm.

Battle’s end - The Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale branch of the Royal British Legion secretary Margaret Atkinson would like to hear from anybody who would like to attend the centenary of the final day of the Battle of the Somme which will be marked with a Drumhead service at Thiepval Memorial at 1.30pm on Friday, November 18. This event will bring to a close the stewardship over the previous 139 days of the daily wreath laying ceremonies, whilst re-affirming the Legion’s commitment, through the Somme branch, to its enduring annual role at Thiepval. The RBL, in partnership with War Graves Commission, is organising the visit. Phone Margaret on 01751 474446 for further information.


Rec committee - The inaugural meeting of Rillington Recreation Ground committee, held in the Coach and Horses, was attended by six residents. The following officials were elected – chairman, Darren Flinton; secretary, Rob Snowden and treasurer, Gary Waters. Their next meeting will be held in the Coach and Horses on Tuesday, November 8 at 7.30pm.

Prize time - Eric Copeland presented the whist and dominoes prizes at the Over Sixty's Club meeting held in the village hall. V. Warters present the prizes at a progressive whist drive held in Woodlands Community Centre.

Ladies Guild - Fifteen members were present at the October meeting of Rillington and District Ladies Guild held in Woodlands Community Centre. Caroline Neuff introduced the evening’s speaker and also proposed the vote of thanks. The hostesses were Babs Buckley and Sue Butler. Judy Duke sold tickets for the raffle and chaired the business meeting which followed. Sue Donnell distributed copies of the programme of speakers for 2017. At the November meeting Adam Collier will entertain with an evening of dialect.

Quiz time - Seven teams playing for £48 prize money took part in Mike Williams’ general knowledge quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 74 points were Team @ the Bar, second were Weaverthorpe 4 (73) and third Back Touchers (69). The £12 jackpot was won by The Who. Mike’s next quiz in the Fleece will be on Friday, November 4 at 9pm. Jennie’s Sunday night quiz at the Fleece was won by Gary's Team with the jackpot being won by Sue’s Crew.

Get in the spirit - A Spiritual X Change with Sue Warren and Diane Whiteley will be held in the Fleece Inn on Friday, November 11 from 7pm. Tickets are £10 and are available from the Fleece Inn, phone 01944 758464.


Methodists - The preacher taking Sunday’s service was Malcolm Peart. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Bob Jackman and the welcomer was Margaret Neave who also took the collection. Bible readings were given by Jan Blower who read from Isaiah and Luke’s gospel and Tina Greenley, who also read from Luke’s gospel, The Prodigal Son. The theme of Malcolm’s sermon was the gentleness of Jesus and he started the sermon with Mandy Clayton singing the children’s hymn Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild. The preacher on Sunday at 10.30am is the Rev Denise Free and Holy Communion will be observed. The Knit and Natter group will meet tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm and the Singing for Fun Group will be held on Friday at 2pm.

St Martin's Church - The vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion for Bible Sunday. Andrew based his talk on a sermon from Bishop John Pritchard and he expanded the bishop’s comments that the Bible is the largest resource of actions to change the world to a better life. Enid Plevey gave the Bible reading, Jim and Marion Baird were sidespersons, and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Janet Lamb and Lucy Haycock served refreshments. Rev Moreland also led the 11am modern service of Holy Communion and baptised Rose Ellen Luke, baby daughter of Iain and Emma Luke and sister of Elsie and Eleanor. The godparents were Becky and Josh Cremer, Jo Taylor and Steve Raettig. Iain Luke gave the Bible reading and Revd Moreland spoke about the significance of the Bible. Liz Cremer led the prayers and Becky Cremer sang a special song for the occasion while people received communion. The sung worship was led by Richard Fuller with John and Sue Grice and John Taylor. Jean Donovan and Jenny Bland looked after the Sunday Club and Wendy Haslam and Elizabeth Bradley served coffee after the service.


Letters draw – Sherburn FC’s weekly draw on Saturday produced the letter C O Z. There was no winner, so next week’s prize fund will be £480.

Bingo – Cash prize bingo sessions will resume at the Sports and Community Club on Saturday when books will be on sale from 7.15pm with eyes down at 8pm. There will be a raffle. Due to gambling laws, the event is for those aged over 18.

Quiz time – There will be a quiz at the Sports and Community Centre on Sunday at 8pm. It is for teams of up to five people with entry £1 per person. A free supper will be provided. On Friday, November 11 a quiz will be held at 7.30pm at the East Riding pub in aid of Sherburn Play School with questions for all ages. It is for teams of four and entry is £1. There will also be a raffle.

Auction - Charity auction R2:C2 will be held at the East Riding pub on Friday, December 2 at 7.30pm. Any auction items donations will be welcome. R2:C2 goes to St Catherine's Hospice’s Lavender Trust and Macmillan Cancer Care and is this year’s chosen charity for the auction.

St Hilda’s Church - The church had been decorated by Keith and Jean Usher and Barbara Grice for the harvest festivals which were celebrated with the schoolchildren’s service in the morning and later in the evening the all-age service for St Hilda’s Church. The Rev Joe Kinsella led the children’s service, welcoming the school children with teachers and helpers and other members of the congregation. The service was led wholly by the children with each class acting a role and conducting the prayers. Everyone joined in with the hymns Autumn Gold and The Harvest Samba. At the close of the service, the headteacher of Sherburn Primary School, Alison Stephenson, handed out the certificates for good progress and also full attendance for the full half-term. She presented the Ringrose-Saville Cup to Ava Harrison, the pupil who had been most helpful and made good progress. The Rev Kinsella led the evening service with Keith Usher and Barbara Grice acting as sidespersons and Martin Monkman playing the organ. Supper was served at the close of the service by Jean Usher and helpers. Holy Communion was celebrated with the Rev Joe Kinsella officiating and Martin Monkman playing the organ. Sidespersons were Betty Flinton and Barbara Grice who also read the lesson. Coffee was served at the close of the service by Barbara Grice and helpers. There will be an All Souls Day service on Wednesday, November 2 at 7.30pm when everyone is invited to pray for those whom they have lost and also light a candle in remembrance. There will be no service at St Hilda’s on Sunday, November 13 but there will be a service of Remembrance at the memorial outside the school at 10.45am. For those wishing to attend a full service beforehand everyone will be welcome to the worship at the Methodist Church beginning at 10am, where refreshments will also be served after the Remembrance.

Luncheon club - Members of the Senior Citizen Luncheon Club met in the Chapel Hall when Sandra and her band of helpers served lunch. The next club gathering will be on Wednesday, November 16, meeting at 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport within Sherburn village can be arranged by phoning Christine on 01944 711294.

Messy Church - After tea, members of Messy Church made clay pots after hearing the story of Jeremiah and the potter. On Saturday, November 26, youngsters we will meet to paint the clay pots and celebrate Advent Praise. Meet for tea at 4.45pm.

Methodist news – The Bible Fellowship group met at the chapel to begin a new study of the book of Revelation led by Janet Magee. Donations from the Tuesday coffee mornings continue to be given to the Shoebox Appeal. The completed boxes will be dedicated at worship on Sunday, November 6 before being taken to the checking centre in Scarborough as they begin their journey to make under privileged children happy in Eastern Europe. The craft club met on Thursday to work on their various crafts. The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Christine Herbert. Remembrance Sunday worship on Sunday, November 13 will begin at 10am and will continue at the monument at 10.45am. It will be led by Paul Midgley and light refreshments will be available in the chapel hall afterwards.


People’s Guild - The White Rose Male Voice Choir opened the People's Guild meeting on in the chapel on Tuesday, October 18. It included sacred and secular music, a monologue by Cliff, poems by Russell and a recital given by Colin. The pianist was Brian. Conducted by Trevor Jones, the choir concluded with a new Welsh setting of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. Supper was served and the collection for Guild funds totalled £159.61. Ann Ruddick, accompanied by her guide dog, will give a talk at the next Guild meeting on Tuesday, November 1 at 7pm.


Jumble sale – There will be a jumble sale in the village hall on Saturday between 10am and noon.

Domino drive- There will be a domino drive in aid of village hall funds in the village hall on Saturday at 7.30pm and on Wednesday, November 2 .


Marton and Normanby – The branch will be holding a “Remembering Mary” coffee morning in Marton Mission Room on Saturday between 10and noon. It is to highlight the work of the late Mary Sellars, who died earlier this year. She worked tirelessly for the local WI, giving almost 51 years of uninterrupted years of service. Refreshments and cakes, provided by members, will be for sale. All proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of plants or a memorial bench in Mary’s name to be sited in the new community play area behind the village hall. For further information, phone Ann on 01751 433409 or Wendy on 432626. Members enjoyed a great evening as guests of Middleton WI where they were entertained by ukele players from Thornton-le-Dale. The audience were soon joining in with singing, clapping and playing musical instruments before enjoying supper. The next meeting will be in the Mission Room at Marton on Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm when the Mansfields will share their slides and experiences from their holiday to China.