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.


Community Sing Along - The next meeting of the Community Sing Along group will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, March 1 at 6pm.


Chandelier cleaning - Villagers are being invited to clean the 40 candle brass chandelier above the altar at the church on Shrove Tuesday, February 28. The candles are lit for special occasions but it has not had a thorough clean for many years. The chandelier will be lowered, and the heating on, ready for 11am and hopefully will be done by midday in time for pancakes at the back of church. Coffee will be available throughout and even half an hour’s help will be appreciated.

Community lunch - Village Ventures community lunch last week provided a menu consisting of pheasant casserole followed by fruit crumble and was cooked by Lynne Heaton’s team. The next lunch will be on Wednesday, March 15.


Bridge Club - Winners of the meeting on Thursday, February 16 were Jane Bartlett and Sheila Briske with 63.5 per cent. Second were Judith Porter and Brian Crowder 61.8 per cent.


Flower festival - All Saints Church is to host a flower festival but with a difference. All the flowers or vegetables will be either knitted or crocheted. Knitting or crochet patterns are available from the library or Children In Distress, who also sell wool. Carol Messham would be happy to show anyone how to crochet. Email her on for further details.

Study day - The second Benefice study day on the theme of growing together takes place on Saturday at the Methodist church from 9.30am to 3.30pm. The day will look at how the call to follow Christ shapes lives of worship and service across the five communities now and in the future. Anyone attending is asked to take a plate of food for a shared lunch. For further details, phone the Rev Mark Brosnan on 01751 431452.

Marie Curie - The Kirkbymoorside support group’s first fundraising event of 2017 will be the daffodil day street collection and coffee day in the Moorside Room (the old library) from 9am to 2pm on Wednesday, March 1. The Farndale daffodil walk takes place on Saturday, March 25. Sponsorship forms are available from June Cook, phone 01751 431160. During 2016 the support group raised a total of £27,761.58. This included the daffodil coffee morning with street collection and stall £895.71, Farndale daffodil walk £4,548.83, cake stall in Towler’s Arch £253.60, car boot sale at Welburn Manor £994.95, tombola stall at the Ryedale Show £203, Sleightholmedale open gardens teas £1,356.75, Ryedale Garage coffee day £2,442.40, sale of Christmas cards £213.20,autumn fair £184.20, Christmas market £485.20, static boxes from shops, pubs, garages and other outlets £1,043.11, JMK memorial tractor run £4,270.00 and donations from all other sources £10,870.63.

Every Tuesday Choral Union - The Ryedale Choral Union Choir practice is held every Tuesday in the Methodist Chapel between 5.30pm and 7pm. The choir will perform Gloria by Vivaldi in All Saints Church on Saturday, March 18 at 7.30pm. Phone Kate Pickup on 01751 477340 for further details.

Menzown - Would you fancy mixing cement by hand at an altitude of 7,500 feet above sea level, while feeling the effects of altitude sickness? This is precisely what Jac Thomas did on the joint Ryedale and Malton schools trip to Peru last year, the subject for the last meeting of Menzown. Jac also taught 15-year-olds with the help of a Spanish teacher. Another work assignment entailed an hour’s walk up hill to make bricks from mud to build toilets at an altitude of 10,000 feet. The highlight of the four-week trip was the five days of trekking to reach the ancient Inca city of the Machu Picchu ancient Inca city twelve thousand feet up a mountain. Her talk was backed up by a series of photographs. The vote of thanks was given by Don Lomas. The chairman for the evening was Richard Sharpe.

Domino drive - The Kirkbymoorside support group for St Catherine’s Hospice will hold it annual general meeting at Manor Close Centre on Tuesday, February 28.

Camera club - John Webster from Middlesbrough gave members of the Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club an evening of projected images in a talk entitled Light and Inspiration. The next meeting at the Moorside Bar & Club is the open competition on Thursday, March 2.

Bridge club - North/South winners at the meeting on Tuesday, February 7 were Sue Pearson and Chris Baxter with 56 per cent. Judith O’Donnell and David Whitehead were runners-up on 52 per cent. Bo and Tony Simpson were top at East/West with 60.8 per cent. Steve Lonsdale and Robin Paige were a close second with 59.5 per cent. A spade grand slam and a small slam in hearts earned play of the week for Judith and David. The results for the meeting on Tuesday, February 14 saw Judith O’Donnell and Chris Baxter win North/South with 56.8 per cent. Anne Avery and George Goodall were second on 56.2 per cent. At East/West, Bo and Tony Simpson were clear winners with 68 per cent, followed by Gill and Trevor Hardcastle with 56 per cent. Play of the week went to Eileen and Frank Hayward.

Horticultural society - Members of the society meet at the home of Vi Webster to discuss this year’s open show. The secretary welcomed Julie Cass and John Humble to the meeting. Members of the committee agreed to stand again - Jill Hugill (secretary), Neil Cawood (chairman) and Laura Cawood (treasurer). This year’s show held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday, September 23. The next meeting takes place on Friday, March 24 at Mrs Webster’s home. Anyone who could help on the show day is welcome to attend. Phone Jill on 01751 431670 or email for further details.

Moorside Bar & Club - The entertainer on Saturday is Graham Metcalfe, who will start his performance at 8.30pm. Nigel Heap will provide the entertainment on Saturday, March 4, also starting at 8.30pm.


Stave churches - Mike and Catherine Stallybrass will present an illustrated lecture engaging sight, sound, touch and taste on Norway and its Stave Churches in the village hall at 7pm on Saturday, March 11. Tickets costing £10, including refreshments, are available by phoning from 01751 417007/417251 or email The event is being organised by the Friends of Lastingham Church.


Pancake coffee morning - There is to be a pancake coffee morning and cake stall in the Methodist Schoolroom on Saturday from 10am to noon. It is £2.50 for pancake and coffee or £8 for family entry. The event nis raising funds for both villages churches.

Village tidy - Anyone willing to help pick litter in the village, tidying up the local roads and verges, on Sunday should meet in the Jolly Farmers car park at 10am.


Bridge club - Richard Hazlerigg and Bryan Hone won the latest session of Malton Bridge Club’s Cross-IMP Pairs competition with 20.7 points, just ahead of Rob Ashdown and Derek Fox with 19.6. In third place were Stan Bough and Tricia Pearce with 15.5 points. On Sunday, Mike Jackson and John Hayton formed one half of the team that achieved fifth place (out of 63) in the English Bridge Union’s Northern Congress held at Harrogate.


Quiz sheet - Friends of Nawton Community Primary School have a spring quiz sheet out at the moment. Sheets are available from local outlets in Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside or email friendsofnawtoncp@gmail. Entries should be returned by Friday, April 28 and results to be drawn at the school’s spring fair on Saturday, May 20. The first prize of £20 has been donated by Beadlam Farm shop and tea room, the second prize of £15 donated by Desi Spice Club and the third prize of £10 donated by Home Decorating Centre of Kirkbymoorside.


Craft club - There will be a meeting of the craft club tomorrow on Thursday, March 2 in the village hall from 7pm to 9pm. Admission is £2 which includes coffee or tea and biscuits.

Prize bingo - There will be a prize bingo in the village hall on Saturday at 7pm to raise funds for the Stape and Newton Children’s Fun Club. Refreshments will be served.

Rug making – Phillippa Joad is running a craft workshop in the village hall on Saturday, March 4 about making a braided rug. It will run from 10am to 4pm with a charge of £18 for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, but participants need to take a packed lunch and long pieces of cotton or polycotton fabric such as old duvet covers. To book a place, phone Penny Wicks on 01751 474268 or

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in the village hall on Thursday March 9 at 7.30pm. Tea and or coffee with biscuits will be available. Admission is £1,50.


Lost poppy - The Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale branch of the Royal British Legion have lost their giant poppy which they need for the Catterick-based Wags Choir concert at the Kirk Theatre on Saturday, March 11. The poppy measures about 5ft square, is made of fibreglass on a metal bracket and was the focal point of a giant display in the window of the tourist information centre on the Ropery for the town’s annual Poppy Appeal. Members thought the poppy was stored at its headquarters in Champley’s Yard but it is not there, or at the WRVS Hungate Centre’s garage. If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of the Poppy they should phone Janet Martin on 01751 474915. Tickets for the choir concert, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £15 or £14 and are available from the theatre box office, telephone 01751 474833 or log on to All profits from the concert will be split between the theatre and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, 

Domino drive - Pickering Bowls Club is holding a domino drive on Friday, March 3 at 7 30pm at the Recreation Club.

Probus club - The Vale of Pickering Probus Club met on Tuesday, February 14 for lunch and the annual general meeting at the Forest and Vale Hotel, under the chairmanship of Ron Murray. Charles Weston was elected chairman for 2017 and Anthony Brown, vice-chairman. Committee members elected were Terence Boyle, Ron Murray, and Michael Pearson. Mr Murray presented David Billett with an inscribed plaque in recognition of his long service as honorary secretary and treasurer. Club membership inquiries welcome by telephone to 01751 472879.

Tribute act - The Kirk Theatre on will stage an Elton John tribute evening on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Tuesday group - There will be a meeting of the Tuesday Group on Tuesday, February 28 at 7.30pm at the Potter Hill Methodist Church when a change to the programme will see Geoff Andrews present Adventures of a Travelling Man.

Weekly draw - Last week’s main prize of £150 in the Pickering Town FC Weekly Draw was not won. The numbers were 29, 7 and 32. This week’s draw will be increased to £225. The February monthly consolation prize draw was made with the three winners sharing the £50 prize. The winners were S Allanby, J Edmond, and J Medd.

Ryedale Shopper - Future trips include Wednesday, March 8 to Northallerton price £6; Thursday, March 23 to Stokesley, £6; Thursday, April 6 to Scarborough, £5, and Thursday, April 20 to the York Designer Outlet, £5. Phone 01653 699059 or 01653 698888 for further details.

Harmonia Choir - Potter Hill Methodist Church will host a Harmonia Choir concert on Saturday, March 4 at 7pm on behalf of the Newton-upon-Rawcliffe Methodist Chapel and Newton-upon-Rawcliffe Church. No tickets are required, but donations on the door will go towards the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Light refreshments of tea and biscuits will be available during the interval.

PEEMS - There will be a meeting of the Pickering Experimental Engineering and Model Society held at the WRVS Hungate Centre, on Wednesday, March 1 at 7pm.


Quiz - Mike Williams will be hosting a general knowledge quiz in the Fleece Inn on Friday at 9pm. Entry is £2 per person and includes a hot supper and cash prizes.

Live music -The duo Twister are playing favourites from the 1960s at the Fleece Inn on Saturday from 9.30pm.


St Martin’s - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion on Sunday. His sermon was a reflection on the readings set for the day which challenge people to consider the basis of their faith and the need to understand how God is working out his purposes in the world. He suggested the coming season of Lent was a time to recharge our spiritual batteries to see what is being asked of each of us in our continuing journey of exploration and understanding of faith. Kieron Middleton gave a Bible reading and the led the intercessions. Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano, Clare Firth and Sue Johnson were sidespersons and Doreen Livesey, together with Clare Firth, served refreshments. John Worthy led the 11am service of modern worship and preached on Jesus’ teaching about how we should respond to those who exploit or hurt people. Rita Worthy had prepared the intercessions, Mary Otway read and Liz Cremer ran the Sunday Club. Richard Fuller (guitar) led the sung worship with John and Sue Grice (guitar and bass). Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and Elizabeth Bradley served refreshments after the service.

Society meeting - Members of the Yorkshire Pelargonium & Geranium Society will meet at the Memorial Hall on Sunday at 2pm when Sarah Hopps, a garden consultant and plants woman will give an illustrated talk on gardens she has visited both locally and around the world. For further details phone the secretary, Ron Ward, on 01723 355656.


Live music - Two bands will be playing in the village on Saturday night. Trilogy will be performing at the Community and Sports Club. Admission is free and there is a late bar. Hoodoo Brown will be playing at the east Riding pub, starting at 9pm.

Letters draw - Saturday’s Sherburn FC letters draw produced the letters O P and Q. As there was no winner, next week’s prize fund will be £120.

St Hilda’s - The next service at St Hilda’s Church will be Holy Communion on Sunday at 9.15am.

Luncheon Club - Members of friends of the Senior Citizen Luncheon Club met and enjoyed their meal together. Christine gave out protective foil wallets for bank cards which had been donated by her daughter Gillian. Helpers were Judith, Janet, Kim, Kay, Angela, Jean and Christine. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 15, meeting from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Lifts within the village can be arranged by phoning Christine on 01944 711294.

Family film club - The club met in the Chapel Hall to watch Swallows and Amazons. The next film club will be on Saturday, March 18 at 6pm. All children should be accompanied by an adult.

Methodist news - Donations at the Tuesday coffee morning continue to be given to Sherburn Surgery to assist with the purchase of a Doppler Scanner. The Holy communion service was led by Rev Bruce Russell, assisted by communion steward Kim Canterbury, who also read a bible lesson. The other New Testament reading was by Janet Magee. The organist was Chris Cade and the audio visual operator was Luke Heron. The children showed their model of the temple and had been learning about Jesus going to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. After worship coffee was enjoyed in the hall. The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Deacon Andrew Carter. An invitation has been received from Snainton Chapel to attend the service there on Friday, March 3 at 2pm for the women’s world day of prayer.


People’s Guild - Tony Poole gave an talk on the work of the Malton and Norton District Hospital League of Friends to the Sinnington People’s Guild on Tuesday, February 14. He related the history of how and why the League of Friends started before the National Health Service. Mr Poole explained how, from the hospital charity shop in Malton, plus legacies and donations, funds are raised. The money is spent buying necessary equipment from the £200,000 latest X-ray machine to small diagnostic instruments. He told of the new urology one-stop clinic, opened by recently by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. The League of Friends donated £120,000 towards the purchase of equipment. Stephen Ward chaired the meeting and thanked Mr Poole for his talk. Olive Leng was the pianist. Tea, with biscuits, was served. The next meeting is on Shrove Tuesday, February 28 at 7.15pm when the Rev Tania Brosnan will lead a Lent meditation


Ladies Group - Eighteen members attended the annual general meeting on Tuesday, February 14. Reports were given by Shelagh and Pat summarising the year’s activities. Carol, the treasurer, presented the year end accounts. Everyone agreed it had been a successful first year for Slingsby Ladies Group. The evening ended with supper provided by the members. The next meeting is in the Methodist Hall on Tuesday, March 14 at 7.15pm when Roger Burnett will talk on working with the probation office.


Fundraising - This weekend will be particularly busy for St Stephen’s Church fundraisers as part of their ongoing new church roof appeal. On Saturday homemade soup will be served from 11am in the village hall followed by homemade pancakes with a variety of toppings. This event was held for the first time last year and was successful. There will be a handicrafts stall, cake stall, raffle and tombola. On Sunday the gardens and grounds of Headon Cottage, Wydale and Wydale Hall will be open for a snowdrop walk from 11am to 3pm. This is the first time the gardens have been open to the public at this time of year. Mugs of hot soup, tea, coffee and cakes will be available at Wydale Hall. Dogs on short leads will be allowed in the grounds but not in the hall. The charge is adults £5, children under 16 free. Fore mMore information about either of these events, phone Jane Williams on 01723 859130 or Angela Howgate on 01723 859843.

Quiz night - The appalling weather did not deter the 75 participants who took part in a quiz in the village hall to raise funds for Derwent Valley BRIDGE Community Library. Alan Combes set the questions and a cooked supper was prepared by library volunteers. All the teams were named after birds. The winning team was the Kite team of Judy and Phil Trafford and Janet and John Ward. The Hawk and Harrier teams took the second and third places. The Kestrel team won the wooden spoon. The sum of £563 was raised to help with the continued running costs of the community library. The Reading Room library in Main Street is run by Snainton volunteers in conjunction with the parish council and Derwent Valley BRIDGE. It is open on Tuesdays from 10am to 12.30pm and Fridays from 4pm to 6.30pm. There are 200 books available to borrow and if the book anyone wants is not available then it can be requested via Derwent Valley BRIDGE and delivered to the Reading Room.


Bridge club - The competition held on Monday, February 13 was won by Tim Johnson and Enid Watson with 62.5 per cent. In second place were Peter and Lesley Jaram with 62 per cent.


Pilates - An additional Pilates class is starting on Tuesday, February 28 from 3.15pm until 4.15pm. Phone Jill Hall on 01653 658210 for more details. The original class between 2pm and 3pm will still be taking place.


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in the village hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. It is £1.50 to play and includes tea and biscuits. The event is in aid of hall funds.

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


Thornton-le-Dale - President, Margaret Smith, welcomed members and guests to the February meeting. Green heart badges were given to everyone and those members who had assisted with the green heart decorations for the village green were thanked. This initiative had been spearheaded by Mary Richardson and Pauline Closier who were given a special thank you. Birthday cards were given to Lily Brookfield, Joyce Helliwell and Mary Mortonson. Members were reminded to sign lists to take part in a spring lunch, a trip to Esk Valley Theatre, the June outing and the Spring Council meeting. The branch has also received an invitation to attend a WI meeting at Middleton in April. Michael Pitt gave members a talk about Victorian medicines and treatments complete with some of the instruments used by the Victorians. Michael was thanked by Karen Hyatt. Refreshments were served by Bridget Eldridge and Lesley Gray. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 14 when Charlie Heap will give a talk about how he started a bird of prey centre.


Sherburn - The chairman welcomed 28 members and received apologies from eight members. The speaker was Sue Lawal who gave a talk called Looking After Your Feet. This was well received as all the members could relate to the many problems people have with their feet. The vote of thanks was given by Barbara Grice. The competition, A Winter Scene was won by Pat Moorfoot. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved and the correspondence read. The Christmas dinner which was held at the Copper Horse was a great success and the New Year party was well attended by members and guests from Rillington YCA. The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 8 from 7pm to 9pm when the guest speaker will be Adam Collier with Yorkshire Tales.