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.


Collection - The house-to-house collection made by Malcolm Leckenby in aid of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal amounted to £263.68.


Midnight Mass - All Saints Church was full for Midnight Mass led by the vicar with Terry Cartlidge playing the organ and Martin Tubbs leading the bell ringers. Mark Evans and David Jeffels read the lessons and Don Jones assisted with communion. The Christmas trees provided added atmosphere and many will still be in place until after the New Year weekend. The church will be open to the general public in daylight hours but on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve was the venue of a wedding ceremony. There was no service at Brompton on New Year’s Day but there a Benefice (combined) service was held at Hutton Buscel.

Village hall - The Christmas edition of the village newsletter has been distributed by volunteers. As well as all the properties within the village it has been taken to the majority on the outskirts. If anyone has not received one they should drop a note into the post box attached to the village hall. Any suggestions for the planned Welcome to Brompton pack, which Anne Tidd taking the lead on, can be left there as well. It is hoped the village website will be online by spring.

Domino drive - A domino drive, run by David and Elaine Mudd, in aid of Snainton Bowls Club, was scheduled to be held in the village hall last Thursday.


Menzown - The members of Menzown will meet on Monday, January 9 at the King’s Head Hotel, 7pm for 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be Mark Sissons and his subject is North Yorkshire railways.

Tuesday Group - The meeting on Tuesday, January 10 will see a change of format. The guest speaker will be Christopher Shore who will give a talk of his work in the Philippines.

Coffee morning - There will be a coffee morning at All Saints Church on Saturday, January 7 from 9.30am. Members of the junior church wish Holly Bailey a happy birthday.

Getting messy - Messy church for families continues on the third Monday on each month from 3.45pm to 6pm in the Methodist church school room with fun, crafts, games and worship ending with a meal.

Amnesty International - Members of the Kirkbymoorside group will meet at Chrissie’s home on Thursday, January 12 at 1.30pm.

Ladies Fellowship - The group’s next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 11 in the library 7.30pm.

Manor Close - Domino drives at the centre will take place on the second Wednesday of each month, the next one being on Wednesday, January 11 at 7.30pm.

Prayer meeting -The Julian Prayer Group will meet in St Chad’s Church on Tuesday, January 10 at 6.30pm.


Domino drive - The monthly domino drive will be held in the village hall on Thursday, January 12 at 7.30pm. Admission is £1.50 which will include tea or coffee and biscuits.

Winter warmer - Mulled wine and nibbles will be on offer at a winter warmer event in the village hall from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, January 14.

Craft workshop - Christina Hampshire will be leading a ‘create a collage’ craft workshop in the village hall on Sunday, January 15 from 10am to 4pm. All materials will be supplied but anyone attending should take their own lunch. Tea and/or coffee and biscuits will be served. The cost of the day is £18. To book a place, contact Penny Wicks on by phoning 01751 474268 or email

Club meeting - The craft club’s first meeting in 2017 will be held in the village hall on Thursday, January 19 from 7pm to 9pm. Admission is £2 which includes coffee or tea and biscuits. People are invited to take along their own project.


We are sailing - The next meeting of Ryedale Parkinson’s Support Group will be on Thursday, January 12 at 2pm in Trinity Methodist Church, when Malcolm and Hazel will give a talk called Sailing in the South Pacific. The group’s November meeting in Trinity Methodist Church saw a demonstration by Jill Smith of Binnington Blooms. The group’s Christmas dinner was held at the Forest and Vale Hotel, Pickering, last month. Both events were well attended. New members and carers always welcome. More information is available by phoning Gill on 07794 439356 or Liz on 01653 694251.


Family cinema - The next family cinema at the Methodist Church is on Saturday, January 14 at 6.30pm when the animated film The Secret Life of Pets will be shown. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Refreshments are available and under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. The film The Christmas Candle was shown at the last family cinema.

Tuesday Group - Members of the Tuesday Group will hold their first meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, January 10 at Potter Hill Methodist Church at 7.30pm when Jules Laver will present Paper Flowers.

The Little Mermaid - Pickering Musical Society will present The Little Mermaid from Friday, January 13 to Saturday, January 21 with matinee performances on Saturday 14, Sunday15 and Saturday 21. There will be no performance on the evenings of Sunday 15 and Monday 16. The evening performances start at 7.15pm. The production, written by Ron Hall, will be directed by Luke Arnold. Tickets cost £13.50 with concessions £12. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £44. Tickets are available from the booking office which is open on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm, phone 01751 474833 or online at

Fishkeepers - Ryedale Aquarist Society will meet on Wednesday, January 11 at the Potter Hill home of Sue and David Marshall, at 7.30pm.

Ryedale Shopper - The programme of visits for 2017 will start on Wednesday, January 11 with a visit to Northallerton and the other trip next month will be on Thursday, January 26 to Monks Cross, York. The programme of trips for the following month are on Thursday, February 9 to Beverley, price £6, and Thursday, February 23 to Driffield, price £5. For further details, or to reserve a place on the mini-bus, phone 01653 699059 or 01653 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.

Postage stamps - Used postage stamps are being collected at the Royal Mail Office, Thornton Road Industrial Estate for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Stamps may be left at the office, Monday to Saturday between 8am and 1pm.

Weekly draw - Last week’s main prize of £150 in the weekly Pickering Town FC Weekly Draw was won by Jim Woods. His winning numbers were 7, 9 and 18. This week’s draw will be for £75. To join the draw costs £1 per entry per week. To join, call at Dunning Butchers, Bridge Street, or contact any Pickering Town FC committee member. The weekly prize is £75 and if 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.

Auction evening - A dinner, disco and auction evening is being held by Pickering Town Football Club at the Forest and Vale Hotel on Saturday February 4 from 6.30pm to midnight. Tickets, costing £33each, are available from Television House, Market Place, Pickering or telephone Nick Wilkinson 01751 472847.

Jazz festival - Tickets are on sale for the fifth annual Ryedale Jazz Festival which will run from Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, July 29 with all the concerts held in Pickering. On the opening Sunday there will be a concert of Spirituals at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul at 2.30pm. All the other concerts will be in the Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, from 7.30pm to 10pm each evening. Tickets for the Monday to Saturday concerts are £10 per concert if bought before May 31. After that they will be £12. All the concerts can be booked for £50 before May 31. After that date the price will be £60. To obtain tickets, or to request a brochure, send a stamped addressed envelope to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS or email

WEA - The next Friday talk organised by the Pickering branch of the WEA will be on January 13 in the Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, at 7.30pm when Mark Sissons will discuss The Moors Line Revival 1970 to date. There is no fee but a donation of £2 will help towards the costs of the meeting.

Contact - The Gazette & Herald contact for Pickering and surrounding area is Glenis Sales, 4 Northway, Pickering YO18 8NN or telephone 01751 473348 or


Letters draw - The Sherburn FC draw on Christmas Eve produced the letters C, F and N. As there was no winner, the prize fund will be increased to £480.

Community Club - The next quiz at the Community and Sports Club will be on Sunday, January 29. The lucky envelope game will be for £190.

Senior Citizen Luncheon Club - The Christmas lunch was held in the Chapel Hall. It included a singalong after lunch with some of the members of the new Sherburn Praise and Skiffle Band - Tony, Chris and Tom. It included some old wartime favourites, a Beatles medley and ended with some traditional carols. Barbara Grice entertained with a couple of poems, one by Anne Pilgrim Green, called If Jesus Had Been Born in Yorkshire. Sherburn Parish Council provide financial support for the event and council chairman Coun Chris Miles acted as the wine waiter. Sandra led the team who prepared, cooked and served the meal. They were Judith, Janet, Liz, Jean, Kay, Kim, John, Christine and Angela. A small gift was given to everyone. The club will meet on Wednesday, January 18 to mark its anniversary, at 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. If anyone needs transport within the village, phone Christine on 01944 711294.

Community lunch - A community lunch was held in the chapel hall on Christmas Day.

Methodist news - The Christmas Day service was led by Deacon Helen Webster from Whitby. The story of Jesus birth and the visit of the shepherds were read by Jean Brown and Liz Aconley. Chris Cade played the organ and Christine Fenwick operated the audio visual equipment. A visual story of Michael Mouse and his gift to the baby Jesus was acted by Chris, Kiara, Luke and Helen. Deacon Webster led the prayers of Intercession assisted by India and Kiara. The children had been busy completing their model of the nativity story which was laid out at the back of the church so everyone could all enjoy it and follow the events of that first Christmas.

Pathways Project - Members of the Pathways Project meet on the first Saturday of every month meet at 10am to tackle community tasks to improve the village and bring together the community.