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.


Domino drive - A domino drive held in the village hall last week raised £155 for Brompton Village Hall. There were 12 tables in play and the outright winner for the evening was Steve Eddon with a score of 120. This was followed with five people all on 115. The evening was run by David and Elaine Mudd and the supper was served by Anne Tidd and Di Ford.

Gardening club - A large audience was welcomed by the chairman, Anne Deehan, for the first meeting of 2017. Members were entertained by Jeff Andrews with a talk entitled ‘The Adventures of a Travelling Man’ an autobiographical account. Jeff also brought with him a selection of mystery objects from his own private museum. Members paid their new subscriptions for the year and the programmes were handed out. Speakers this year are varied and include talks on growing vegetables and flowers, designing and building show gardens and discovering South African flowers. There will be a plant sale in the village hall on Easter Monday, April 17, and the annual show will be held on Sunday, August 13 in Brompton Village Hall. The speaker in February will be Andrew Karavics on ‘Sledmere Gardens through the Year’.

Church - The service this Sunday at All Saints will be Holy Communion at 11am.

Concert - An evening of opera and musical theatre took place to a full house in the village hall last Saturday. The performers were sopranos Francesca Santamaria Lee, Julia Sinclair and mezzo Rebecca Kelly and all were accompanied by Sue Hartley on the keyboard.


Bridge club – The winners of the meeting held on Thursday, January 26 were Val and Michael Allen. Runners-up were Robin Garbutt and Jane Bartlett.


Village hall - The first coffee morning of 2017 is being held in the hall on Tuesday, February 7 from 10.30am to noon. There are still a few places left for an evening with Adam Collier on Friday, February 10 at 7.30pm when Adam will tell stories in his North Yorkshire dialect. Phone 01751 417692 for further details and tickets.


Village market - There will be a record number of stalls selling food, Valentine gifts, stained glass, chopping boards, gloves, scarfs and much more at the village market on Saturday. Tokaree, based in Sutton-on-the-Forest, who work with a small organisation in Manipur, North East India, will have a stall and there will also be a return of The Pyjama House from Sheriff Hutton. The community cafe will be run by Hovingham Chapel and the volunteer market manager is Chris Stark.


Bridge club - The North/South pairs spent most of the session defending, reflected in the winning scores. Mary Mortenson and Chris Baxter were first with a 56 per cent. Ann Scott and Frank Bailey were second on 53 per cent. At East/West, Bo and Tony Simpson continued their winning run with 60 per cent. Margaret Ross and Tom Morton were runners-up with 58 per cent. Play of the week went to Cynthia Metcalfe and Peter Small.

Ladies Fellowship - The next meeting will be the AGM, followed by a faith supper, on Wednesday, February 8 at 7.30pm in the library.

On stage - The Keith Swales Duo will be performing at the Moorside Bar & Club on Saturday at 8.30pm.

Prayer group – The Julian prayer group will meet in St Chad’s RC Church on Tuesday, February 14 at 6.30pm.

All Saints - The monthly coffee morning will be held in church on Saturday from 9.30am. Messy church on Monday, February 14 will be held at All Saints between 4pm to 6pm. The parish lunch is on Sunday, February 19. Anyone attending is asked to put their name on the list in the church.

Tuesday Group – Members will meet on Tuesday, February 14 for an evening of knitting. The leader is Gillan and tea hostesses are Dot and Gwen. The conference at Cober Hill, Cloughton, is on Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26.

Horticultural Society - Members of the society will meet at the home of Vi Webster on Friday, February 10 at 7pm to plan this year’s open show which will be held on Saturday, September 23 in the Memorial Hall. The group would welcome more support to keep the show going. If you are able to give any help phone secretary Jill Hugill 01751 431670 or Maureen Rolph on 01751 4320011 or email

Lent Lunches - Churches Together in Kirkbymoorside will be hosting a series of lunches during lent on the theme of expressions of spirituality. Each Tuesday a talk will be led by a speaker from a different tradition, followed by a soup lunch at the Methodist church from noon. Donations will go to to Water Aid. The first Lent lunch is on Tuesday, February 14. 

Postage stamps - Correspondent Maureen Rolph is collecting used postage stamps to be sent on to RNIB, Cancer Research and Guide Dogs for the Blind. She is happy to collect any stamnps you may have, phone 01751 432011 or email


Quiz - The winners of the Christmas quiz in aid of St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale and St Hilda’s Church, Beadlam, were drawn on Tuesday, January 24. A good number of people entered but there were only two fully correct entries. The third prize was awarded to the first entry drawn with just one mistake. Jean Baker of Chesterfield won £15, Carol Gamble of Nawton £10 and Gill Hollins of Oswaldkirk £5. The quiz raised more than £200 for the churches and the organisers wish to thank everyone who supported it.


Pudding evening - Tickets are still available for the annual puddings evening in the church on Saturday between 6pm and 9pm. Tickets cost £8 for as many puddings as you can eat and a glass of something. Family tickets are £20.Tickets are available from Chris Bosson, phone 01653 658151.


Growing from seed - Derwent Diggers Gardening Club are looking forward to welcoming Jim Reid, sales director from Moles Seeds, on Monday, February 6 to talk to us about growing from seed with some free seeds to try. The meeting is at Trinity Methodist Chapel, Plum Street, Norton, from 7.30pm to 9pm. The entry fee is £3 for visitors and £2 for members.

Bridge club - Mike and Annette Jackson, Rob Ashdown and Philip Mason won the second of the two rounds of Malton Bridge Club’s handicap teams’ competition. The overall winners, finishing in second place on the night, were Anne Avery, Madeleine Webber, Graeme Matthew and Stan Bough , who was substituting for Graham Burgess. In the Yorkshire League fixtures on Sunday, Malton A won 14-6 against Scarborough A but Malton B were defeated 17-3 by Harrogate B.


Gardening club - The first meeting of the year was held on Tuesday, January 10 when Ron Mawer passed on useful tips on propagation. The club’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 14 and will be a members’ debate on tips and disasters. Admission on the door is £2 to include tea, coffee, biscuits and entry into the evening’s raffle. The monthly competition for February is a homemade Valentine’s card. The club meets in Marton Village Hall on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm and visitors are welcome.


Bingo - There will be a prize bingo in aid of the village hall on Saturday at 7.30pm in the hall.


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in the village hall on Thursday, February 9 at 7.30pm. Entry is £1.50 which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

Social evening - Gordon Clitheroe will present a talk and slide show called Now and Then at social evening in the village hall on Thursday, February 25 at 7.30pm. The cost is £3 which will include tea or coffee and biscuits.

Workshop - Phillipa Joad is holding a craft workshop on creating a silk paper lampshade in the village hall on Saturday from 10am to 4pm. The day costs £18, which includes tea, coffee and biscuits, but anyone attending should take their own lunch. To book a place, phone Penny Wicks on 01751 474268.

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

Annual meeting - Newton-upon-Rawcliffe Playing Fields Association will hold its annual general meeting at 7pm on Friday, February 24.


Ladies Fellowship - St Mary’s Ladies Fellowship’s January meeting took the form of a variety of quizzes. There was a memory tray, photographs of kitchen items from an odd angle and anagrams of items from the supermarket shelves. Eunice was thanked for organising the quizzes. The competition was won by Janet Tonge. 


Afternoon tea - The Methodist Church will be hosting afternoon tea at 4pm on Saturday in the main hall. Sandwiches, homemade cakes and tea will be available. Tickets are £7 for adults and £3.50 for children under 12 years old. All proceeds are for the church building improvement scheme. To book tickets, or for more information, phone 01751 472249. The monthly family cinema will follow at 6.30pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Green Howards - The Pickering branch of the Green Howards Association held its annual dinner last week at the Old Manse Hotel. The branch would welcome any service or ex-service personnel to join them. Meetings are held at the Conservative Club, Market Place, and the next meeting is to be held on Thursday, March 30 at 7.30pm.

Tribute act - Garry Pease is making a return visit to the Recreation Club Mill, Lane, on Saturday, February 11 with his Rod Stewart tribute act. The performance will start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 which includes supper and a disco. They are available from the Recreation Club, phone 01751 473317 or from Dunning Butchers, Bridge Street, phone 01751 472627.

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.

Volunteers needed - The Tuesday Group which has 30 members at the weekly Tuesday Luncheon Club need volunteer helpers to help prepare and serve the food as well as set up the tables every four to five weeks. If anyone, if can help, phone the organiser, Daphne Bowes, on 01751 475143 for further information.

Fish talk - Ryedale Aquarist Society will meet at the home of Sue and David Marshall on Wednesday, February 15 at 7.30pm.

Horticulture Society - The annual general meeting for the Pickering and District Horticulture Society will take place at the WRVS Hungate Centre on Wednesday, February 8 at 7.30pm. The meeting will be followed by light refreshments.

Weekly draw - Wyn Hill won £225 in the weekly Pickering Town FC draw with the numbers 3, 21 and 31. This week’s draw will revert back to £75.


Quiz time - Eight teams playing for £62 prize money took part in Mike Williams’ general knowledge quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 72 points were Weaverthorpe 4, second were Trio + one and third Honeymooners. The £14 jackpot was won by Trio + one. Mike’s next quiz in the Fleece will be on Friday, February 10. Gary’s Team were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz.

Live music - The band Time Is Tight will be playing at the Fleece Inn on Saturday from 9.30pm.


Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by Martyn Mellodew. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Jan Blower and the welcomer was Margaret Harris. Margaret Neave took the collection. Bible readings were given by Alan Dunnington, who read Psalm 40 and Tina Greenley who read from John’s gospel The Lamb of God. In his sermon Martyn said that in the times of Jesus lambs were used as sacrifices and that they had to be spotless and without blemishes. When John the Baptist preached the coming of Jesus he referred to him as The Lamb of God. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Rev Pam Ward and Holy Communion will be observed. There is no Singing for Fun until Friday, February 17 at 2pm. Anyone is welcome to join in.

St Martin’s - The vicar the Revd Andrew Moreland presided at a service of BCP Holy Communion before then joining the congregation for a benefice family service together with the congregation from St John the Baptist, East Ayton, at Irton Garden Centre. This was a new venture to explore the effect of taking the church out into the community. There was a good response of people attending the service and it is estimated between 60 and 70 people were there. It was a modern family service where the prayers were led by reader Judith Dean and the sung worship was led by Steve Raettig together with Tim Cremer, Rev Moreland, and John and Sue Grice and Liz Cremer. Josh Cremer and Andrew looked after the computer projection. The bible reading was given by Geraldine. The Rev Richard Firth gave a talk which reflected on the theme of ‘crossing barriers’ which was the subject of the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The children assisted by helping to act out the story from the book the Lion the Witch and the wardrobe, highlighting the need for them to press on through the barrier of coats in a large wardrobe to then enter the country of Narnia. Only then did they discover the Jesus figure of Aslan who saves Narnia from being imprisoned in ice.


Letters draw - The letters on Sherburn FC’s weekly draw on Saturday were K Q X. As there was no winner, this week the prize fund will be £300.

Live music - The band Hoodoo Brown will be playing at the east riding pub on Saturday, February 25 at 9pm.

Burns supper - A Burns night supper and ceilidh in the village hall raised more than for Sherburn Playschool. Everyone was seated for the Selkirk Gracebefore the meal which included haggis, neeps and tatties. The tradition address to the haggis was given with translations provided. During the ceilidh the children enjoyed trying to play the pipes and also joined in with all the dances.

St Hilda’s - The next service at St Hilda’s Church will be morning worship led by Barbara Grice on Sunday, February 12 at 10.30am.

Methodist news - Donations at the Tuesday coffee morning continue to be given to raise funds for Sherburn Surgery to assist in the purchase of a Doppler Scanner. The Sunday Worship was led by Rev Bob Whitfield, assisted by his wife, Brenda, who read the lesson from Matthew’s Gospel on the Beatitudes. The lesson from Corinthians was read by Liz Aconley. The welcomer was Christine Pickard and Ray Pickard was the offertory steward. The organist was Janet Magee and audio visual equipment was operated by Christine Fenwick. At the close of the service, Sandra, India and Kiara showed a model of the temple they had made and read the story of Jesus being taken to the temple for dedication as a baby. After worship refreshments were enjoyed. The all-age worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by the worship team.

Messy Church - Youngsters met for tea and afterwards heard the story of how blind Bartimaeus was taken out of darkness into light when Jesus healed him. Afterwards blackout masks were made to discover just how difficult it is to do simple tasks when you are unable to see. Flower pictures, collage birds and night and day prayer reminders were also made. For closing worship, the children learned a dance to the chorus of Shine, Jesus, Shine. The next Messy Church will be on Saturday, March 4, meeting for tea at 4.45pm. Due to safeguarding reasons all children should be accompanied by an adult.


People’s Guild - The Sinnington People’s Guild was entertained on Tuesday, January 24 by David Swann. Playing his guitar and a couple of items on a ukulele, David sang his own composed folk songs. They were locally and historically sourced from the sea to the countryside. Members were encouraged to join in and sang the choruses. Olive Leng was the pianist for the two hymns. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 7 at 7.15pm when Julie Ryan will speak of her work with the International Rescue.


Bridge club - North/South winners at the competiion held on Monday, January 23 were George and Pat Donnor with 66.2 per cent. In second place were Peter and Lesley Jaram with 58.1 per cent. East/West winners were Bob and Gladys Thompson with 70.6 per cent with Lynda Lockwood and Mary Mortonson second with 66.9 per cent.


Quiz and curry night - The quiz and curry night held in the cricket club pavilion on Saturday raised £372 which will be used towards the repairs to the play equipment in the village play area. Eleven teams totalling 54 people taking part. In first place were Round the Bend with a score of 59, winning bottles of Champagne, Prosecco and chocolates. The booby prize went to The Bucket Knights with a score of 34. They won a wooden spoon each and a large bar of chocolate to share. The organisers would like to thank everyone who helped in any way.

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


Jumble sale - There will be a jumble sale in the village on Saturday, February 25 from 10am to noon.


Appleton-le-Moors - Mrs Humphreys presided at the first meeting of 2017 during which the branch will celebrate its 90th anniversary. Sixteen members, two new members and one guest were welcomed. The branch recently lost one of its oldest members, Heather Fox. Her aunt, Violet Tomlinson, was a founding member of the branch. Mrs Fox joined when she was just 16 and later followed in her mother’s footsteps and became president. She had been a member for 70 years and was a stalwart of our WI and will be very sadly missed. A minute’s silence in her memory was held then Jerusalem was sung. Former diplomat and now author, Jean Harrod, spoke about her years as a diplomat which took her all round the world. Having retired several years ago she drew on those years to turn to crime writing. She brought along two of her recent books for members to purchase and these were quickly snapped up. February will be the annual joint meeting with Cropton and will be held in Appleton-le-Moors Village Hall at 7pm.

Helmsley - The Helmsley branch of the WI held its first meeting of 2017 on Thursday, January 27 in the Methodist Church Hall. The president, Val Arnold, welcomed 25 members. After the reading of notices and the minutes of the previous meeting Mrs Arnold introduced the speaker, Charlie Heap, from the National Centre for Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park. He spoke about the centre and its breeding and conservation programme. He brought with him two birds, a laggar falcon and a barn owl. The hostesses were Paddy Clough and Noelle Burrell and the competition for a bird related item was won by Chris Small. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 23 when the branch returns to its regular venue at the North York Moors National Park headquarters. The speaker will be Bob Smailes from Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Sinnington - Despite of the cold weather, there was a good turnout for the first meeting of 2017. Treasurer Christine Angus gathered in the subscriptions and the president, Helen Browse, outlined some interesting idea for trips for later in the year. The new year sees changes in the committee with Sally Cole and Julie Flannagan unanimously voted onto the committee. Ruth Wass takes over as secretary after Christine Hudson’s sterling work was much appreciated. The rest of the committee agreed to stay on. The guest speaker Adam Collier gave an talk on the Yorkshire Dialect. This month’s talk is “Dirty Deeds” given by the Dickens Society in the village hall at 7pm on Thursday, February 9. New members are always welcome.