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.


Educational grant - A meeting of the Amotherby Educational Foundation will be held on Wednesday, February 15. All applications for financial assistance should be made to the secretary, Pamela Taylor, 2 Honeysuckle Cottage, Musley Bank, Malton YO17 6TD before Monday, February 13.


History Group - The first Tea, Chat & History session of 2017 was held in the Village Hall on Monday, January 9 and included visitors from Pickering and Great Edstone. Annie Wilson donated postcards and Shirley Brooke did the catering. One person sadly missed was Heather Fox, a staunch supporter of the Histtory Group since its inception, who passed away recently. The next Tea, Chat & History session is on Monday, February 6 between 2pm and 4pm. The next formal talk is A Star Carr Reprise by Professor Nick Milner in village hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 2. Admission is £2.50.

Broadband meeting - About 30 people attended a meeting in the village hall to discuss a community-led initiative to establish a fast-broadband supply dedicated to the village. There was substantial support for the proposal and a brief prospectus is to be produced to explain the proposal to all residents.


Bridge club - The winners at Bulmer Bridge club’s meeting on Thursday, January 12 were Derek Searle and Jackie Webb. Second were Anne and John Prest.


arish Council - Provision of a defibrillator for public use in the village will be considered by the council at its next meeting on Friday, February 3 in the village hall at 7pm. The council has approved a budget for 2017-18 which will result in a deficit of just more than £1,000 which will be met from reserves if necessary. An application for funding for the renovation of the telephone box has been approved by Awards for All and the council will receive a grant of £5,900. The parish council chairman is forming a small working group to supervise the project. It will include two parish councillors and three residents.


Bridge club - The club was reformed 10 years ago and to celebrate the occasion a buffet lunch, attended by 50 members, was held. The club trophies were presented to John Mortenson and Nim Marwood, Sue Pearson, Robin Paige and Steve Lonsdale. A session of bridge followed with partners being drawn, resulting in some interesting bidding. At North/South, George Goodall and Trevor Hardcastle were top with 65.7 per cent. Graeme Matthew and David Whitehead were second on 65.5 per cent. East/West was won by Robin Paige and Bob Wardell with 58 per cent. Ann Avery and Sue Pearson were second on 55 per cent. There were nine tables for the game played on Tuesday, January 3. North/South winners were Steve Lonsdale and Chris Baxter with 64 per cent. Anne Smith and Graeme Matthew were runners-up with 61 per cent. Bo and Tony Simpson continued their winning run at East/West with 67 per cent. Enid Watson and Tim Johnson were second on 61 per cent. Play of the week went to Ann Scott and Frank Bailey.

Ladies Fellowship - The first meeting of 2017 was well attended. Ann Gray started the evening with a meditation and a prayer on the theme of friendship. Lizzie Garthwaite, a practitioner and teacher of the Emmett Technique, was the speaker. She explained that it is a gentle muscle-release therapy that is used to ease pain and discomfort, increase movement and improve quality of life. How A volunteer was called for and one of the members who was suffering with a stiff neck stepped forward. After a few minutes of treatment she did feel there was some definite improvement. A birthday card was being sent to Margaret Carter who has a birthday in early February. Patterns for knitted flowers were handed round and an appeal made for an All Saints project. The evening ended with tea and biscuits provided by tea hostesses Ann Potter and Vera Kendall. The next meeting, the annual general meeting, is in the library on Wednesday, February 8 at 7.30pm and will be followed by a faith supper.


Pudding evening - The pudding evening will be held in the church on Saturday, February 4 between 6pm and 8pm. Tickets are £8 per ticket, or £20 for a family ticket. The evening will include at least three puddings and glass of wine or a soft drink. Phone Chris Bosson on 01653 658151 for tickets or more details.

Warriors - Leavening Warriors next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 8 at 4.45pm in the Methodist Schoolroom.

Open gardens – The village’s open gardens day will be on Sunday, June 11. Anyone interested in helping or opening their garden should get in touch with any church member.


Bridge club - There was a close finish in Malton Bridge Club’s positional pairs competition. Derek Fox and Richard Hilton won the final session, needing to beat David Crossland and Keith Freeman by two places to gain the overall lead. By finishing second on the night, David and Keith emerged as overall victors with a collection of three first places, two seconds and a third. In third place overall, and joint third in the session, were Mike Jackson and Philip Mason, sharing their evening’s score with Anne Avery and Graeme Matthew.


Jumble sale - There will be a jumble sale in aid of the Stape and Newton-upon-Rawcliffe Kids Fun Club in the village hall on Saturday, February 11 from 11am to 2pm. Admission is 50p. Cakes, refreshments, hot and cold drinks will all be on sale. Any person wishing to donate jumble or anything else to be sold is asked to phone either Cathryn on 01751 476592 or Alan on 07895 703843.


Quick on the draw - Winners in last month’s Beckett Recreation Ground monthly draw were – first, No 27 B Simpson (£50), second, No 55 S Rymer (£30), third No 33 M Jones (£10) and fourth No 47 H Atkinson (£10).


Probus Club -The Vale of Pickering Probus Club met for lunch under the chairmanship of Ron Murray, on Tuesday, January 10 at the Forest and Vale Hotel. Tony Ives gave an illustrated talk of his cycle journey across America, which had generated much financial support for a charity through sponsorship. Club membership inquiries are welcome by phoning 01751 472879.

Tuesday Group – Member of the Tuesday Group will meet for a meal on Tuesday, January 24.

Pottery workshops - Olivia Rose of Yorkshire is arranging pottery workshops with Julia West at its shop in Market Place. They will be held at 5pm on Tuesday, February 7 and Tuesday, February 21. The cost is £12.50 per session. To book a place, either call at the shop or telephone 01751 798130 or email Payment is required when booking.

Quiz night - Monday is quiz night at the Working Men’s Club, Southgate, starting at 8.30pm. Bingo is played at the club each Thursday and Sunday at 7.30pm.

Jazz festival - Tickets are on sale for the fifth annual Ryedale Jazz Festival which will run from Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, July 29. All the concerts will be held in Pickering with the first being a concert of spirituals held at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul at 2.30pm. The remaining events will be held in the Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, from 7.30pm to 10pm each evening. Tickets for the Monday to Saturday concerts cost £10 per concert if purchased before Wednesday, May 31. They will cost £12 after that date. A ticket for all the concerts is £50 if booked before May 31, or £60 after that date. To obtain tickets or request a brochure send a stamped addressed envelope to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS or email Family cinema - The film The Secret Life of Pets was shown at the family cinema at the Methodist Church on Saturday. The next family cinema will be on Saturday, February 4 at 6.30pm when Swallows and Amazons will be screened. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Refreshments are available and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Weekly draw - There was no winner of last week’s main prize of £75 in the Pickering Town FC weekly draw which produced the numbers 16, 24 and 32. This week’s draw will doubled to £150, to join 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.


Carol singing - Members and friends from Rievaulx Methodist Church spent five evenings before Christmas carol singing around the villages of Rievaulx, Old Byland, Cold Kirby, Scawton and outlying farms in the area. Musical accompaniment was provided by Sheila Foster on the piano accordian. A record sum of £1,020.48 was raised to be divided equally between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and St Catherine’s Hospice, Scarborough.


Quiz - Eight teams playing for £56 in prize money took part in Mike Williams’ general knowledge quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with were Honeymooners, second were Gary’s Team and third Trio + one. Gary's Team also won the £15 jackpot. Mike’s next quiz at the Fleece will be on Friday, January 27.


Korean Veterans appeal - The Republic of South Korea’s Ministry of Defence is requesting the names of all surviving veterans who served in the Korean Campaign. Scarborough-based Ken Keld, a founder member of the British Korean Veterans Association, is acting as coordinator for the North East area, which includes Ryedale. In conjunction with the Korean liason officer, he is tracing all veterans who served in Korea. Ken does not know the reason for this request but he can assure people from his own personal experience the people of Korea are grateful for the part played by British veterans in securing freedom for their. The appeal, due to age factor could in some cases, could be a problem but relatives and friends who know of any such veterans should get in touch with Ken Keld on their behalf, but only with the veterans’ consent. The details required include present postal address, telephone number and email (if possible) plus all service details. For those who use the postal service and require and further information or a reply, send a stamped addressed envelope to Ken Keld, 2 Penton Road, Cayton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 3TQ. He can be phoned on 01723 585912 or email. All replies will be strictly confidential. In all cases this is being done on a voluntary basis and all replies will be strictly confidential.


St Martin’s - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion on Sunday. His sermon reflected on the gospel reading and the calling of the first disciples. Richard concentrated on the words of Jesus asking the disciples. Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano, Kieron Middleton gave a bible reading and led the prayers, Kate Middleton assisted with the distribution of communion, Clare Firth and Sue Johnson were sidespersons, and Doreen Livesey and Elizabeth Chapman served refreshments. A new venture for the service on Sunday was started when a children’s activity time was held in the churchroom for children aged three and over. This is a response to the need of the young children born in the last few years, and others, who now need some time of their own to feel a part of the church worshipping community. The group joined the service in church for the sharing of communion. Eight children attended led by Rachel Firth, Kate Middleton and Kim Wright. The group will meet on the third Sunday of every month. Reader John Wells led the 11am service of modern worship and preached on the identity of Jesus. Jan Wells led the intercessions and Tim Cremer gave the Bible reading. Richard Fuller (guitar) led the sung worship with John and Sue Grice (guitar and bass) and John Taylor (drums). Liz and Becky Cremer ran the Sunday Club, Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and Julie Hall served refreshments after the service.

Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by Janette Biltcliffe. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward Jan Blower and the welcomer was Magaret Harris. The collection was taken by Margaret Neave. Bible readings were given by Denise Earnshaw, who read from Corinthians and Sheila Gray, who read from John’s gospel. A short drama was performed by Bert Blower and Bob Jackman showing that Christianity cannot be sold but is something we enter into freely. 


Letters draw - Sherburn FC’s draw on Saturday produced the letters I U Y. As there was no winner, next week’s prize fund will be £180.

Burns supper - There will be a Burns supper and ceilidh in aid of Sherburn Playschool in the village hall on Friday, January 27. People should meet from 6.45pm to be seated for the Selkirk Grace at 7pm. After the supper, there will be Scottish ceilidh dancing with a caller. People should take their own drinks. Tickets are £7, under 12s £4 and under 4s are free. A vegetarian option can be available by phoning Natalie Webborn on 07549 265076.

Community Club - There will be a quiz and the Community and Sports Club on Sunday, January 29 when the lucky envelope game will be for £190. The next cash prize bingo will be held on Saturday, January 28. Books will be on sale from 7.15pm with eyes down at 8pm. Due to gambling laws this event is for people aged 18 and over.

Methodist news - Sunday worship was led by Margaret Crofts assisted by Frank Crofts, who operated the audio visual equipment. The welcomer was Christine Pickard and Ray Pickard was the offertory steward. The church steward was Liz Aconley, who also read the lesson from Isaiah. The organist was Janet Magee. After worship, children Kiara and Alice, assisted by Sandra Cade, acted out the story of Jean being taken to the temple as a tiny baby. Refreshments were enjoyed in the hall.


People’s Guild - The Newton Singers gave a programme of sacred music at the Sinnington People's Guild on Tuesday, January 10. Led by Doug Finch and accompanied by Jean Lishman, the singers sang seven items with a duet, “Sweet hour of Prayer” by Sheila and Frank. Frank sang two solos. Readings were given by Kay Metcalf and Doug Finch. A quartet sang “Take Time To Be Holy”. A collection for the work of the Riziki organisation in Kenya totalled £101 69p. Supper was served. The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 24 at 7.15pm when Davis Swann will sing folk songs, including some of his own compositions.


Quiz night - Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library is holding its annual quiz in the village hall at 7pm on Friday, February 10. There will be a licenced bar and a raffle. The supper options will be homemade chicken curry or mushroom stroganoff. The quiz master will be local author and journalist Alan Combes. There is a cup for the winning team, prizes for the three highest-placed teams, spot prizes and a wooden spoon award. Teams of four can be made up on the night. Tickets are £6 per person, or £5 for Derwent Valley BRIDGE Friends, and can be obtained from the Community Library, Pickering Road, West Ayton, phone 01723 863052. The last time that the community library held a quiz in Snainton was a complete sold out so people are advised to get their tickets as soon as possible.

Multi-sports - Active Coast and Country’s Leisure Afternoon returns to the village hall on Wednesdays between 9.30am and 11am. It is a multi-sports activity session aimed to encourage all ages to socialise and meet new friends while doing light exercise. Different activities, such as indoor short mat bowls, badminton, table tennis and short tennis are available. Entry is £2 per session.


Ladies Group - At the first meeting of the 2017 members heard of the unusual incidents and misfortunes encountered by local man Barrie Whitaker as he travelled the world as an expert in the wool trade. Mary, who had opened the meeting with three readings for the New Year. The next meeting on Thursday, February 2, at 2pm, is the annual general meeting followed by a faith tea. All members are urged to attend.

Bridge club - The duplicate competition on Monday, January 9 was won by Margaret Lowe and Isa Eggleston with 59.5 per cent. In joint second place with 54.0 per cent were Bob and Gladys Thompson and Janet Sutor and Sue Shuttleworth.


Quiz and curry night - There will be a quiz and curry night in the cricket club pavilion on Saturday, January 28 starting at 7pm. The event is to help raise funds for the repairs to equipment in the village play area.Tickets are £6 per person including supper. Tickets must be purchased in advance to help the organisers with food numbers. Solo players are welcome, as teams can be made up on the night. Phone Julie Price on 01653 618214 for more details or book a place.

AGM - Westow Cricket Club’s annual general meeting will take place in the pavilion on Friday, February 24 at 7pm.

New class - Fitness classes start in the cricket club pavilion on Wednesday, February 1 and Saturday February 4 from 9.30am until 10.30am, then every Wednesday and Saturday for six weeks. It costs £36 for six sessions. For more details or to book, phone Claire Atkinson-Spragg on 07791 585339 or email


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in the village hall on Saturday, January 28 at 7.30pm. It is £1.50 to play which includes tea and biscuits. There will also be a domino drive on Wednesday, February 1. Both are in aid of hall funds.


Craft fair - The craft fair in December raised £1,000 which will be divided between Ryedale Special Families and Peter Simpson’s Trust. The winner of the £25 lucky square was Michael Redgate.


Sherburn - Twenty-nine people attended the Christmas dinner at the Copper Horse last month. The New Year party on Sunday, January 8 was well attended. It included nine guests from the Rillington branch. Jim Heath read poems and stories in Yorkshire dialect which had everyone amused. The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 8 between 2pm and 4pm when the speaker will be Sue Lawhl. The competition will be a photo of a winter scene.