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.


Music nights - At the pub on St Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17 there will be live music by Malarkey at 7.30pm.

Quiz - There will be a general knowledge quiz at the Half Moon Inn on Friday, March 24 at 8.30pm.


AGM - The parish hall annual general meeting will be held in the hall’s committee room on Wednesday, March 8 at 7.30pm. Anyone willing to join the management committee would be welcome, especially residents of Appleton, Swinton or Broughton whose villages are under-represented. Either go to the meeting or email or phone 01653 695117 for further details.


Parish council - The council meeting held in the village hall last Thursday was attended by all councillors. Matters discussed included the installation of a defibrillator unit on the village hall and broadband to the village. It was decided that a formal letter will be sent to BT to confirm the present broadband situation. A letter has been received North Yorkshire County Council concerning a public consultation on Countryside Access (Public Rights of Way). As the whole of the parish falls with in control of North York Moors National Park, this is not applicable to the parish council whose next meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday, May 4 in the Reading Room and will be the annual parish meeting.

History Group - The next Tea, Chat & History session will be in the village hall on Monday, March 6 from 2pm until 4pm. The History Group’s annual general meeting will be in the village hall on Wednesday, March 8 at 7pm. If anyone has any suggestion for talks, publications or projects then they are invited to mention them.

Bishop Hagg Wood - The latest morning work task as part of Appleton & Spaunton Community Interest Company’s management of Bishop Hagg Wood was held on Saturday when five people cleared and burned brash. The next work task will be on Saturday, March 25.


Church news - The next service at St Nicholas’ Church will take place on Sunday at 2.30pm. Churchwardens Warick and Audrey Bell report that to further improve visitor accessibility, a safety handrail is to be installed along the path from the churchyard’s entrance by the eco-loo to the church door.


All Saints - The service on Sunday at All Saints Church will be an 11am Communion conducted by the vicar.

Domino drive - There were nine tables in play at the domino drive held in the village hall last Thursday evening when £135.50 was made for the village hall. David and Elaine Mudd ran the evening. Kath Carey and Liz Eccles served the supper. The domino winner was S Eddon with 112 followed by Margaret Thompson on 108. The last domino drive of the season will be on Thursday, March 23 when the accumulator prize will be presented.

Musical evening - The Tuesday Singers from Scarborough Music Academy, which is based in Wykeham, performed at the village hall on Saturday. The evening was organised by Sue Hartley, director of the Academy, together with members of the Brompton Village Hall Music and Entertainment Team. The concert included two up and coming young vocalists who are pupils of Sue’s, Hannah Walker and Lana Humble.

Gardening club - The club met last Wednesday to hear a talk on Sledmere Gardens through the Year, given by Andrew Karavics, the head gardener. He had prepared a selection of photographs showing the different seasons in the garden and some interesting details on how the new borders in the walled garden have been developed over the past year. Members were reminded about the plant sale on Easter Monday with a request to pot up anything spare ready for the sale. The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 29 when David Allison will speak about A Year in the Life of a Vegetable Gardener.


Bridge club - Winners of the meeting on Thursday, February 23 were Lesley and Arthur Conner with 61.9 per cent. Second were Margaret Luckey and Sylvia Haynes on 59.5 per cent.


Village market - There will be about 50 stalls at the village market on Saturday. The new guest stalls include Georgina Bingham for British fabric factory roll ends, Yorkshire Hurdles for wicker and hurdles and Really Indian for cook-in sauces. Community stalls are Next Mental Health, who will be running a tombola, and York Archaeological Trust. Anyone can take old bits of pots found in their garden or fields as the Trust are running a project to locate the known and potential 17th century kiln sites in the Howardian Hills. Josh, who sings in the band Foreign Lives and has played at Leeds and Reading festivals, will be playing his guitar. The cafe will be run by Hovingham Cricket Club and the volunteer market manager is farmer Chris Stark.


Quiz - There will be a quiz in aid of St Chad’s Church in the Crown Inn on Sunday at 8.30pm. It is £2 to enter and includes a sandwich supper. The prize is a voucher to spend at the Crown Inn.


AGM - The Kirkbymoorside support group for St Catherine’s Hospice is looking for more volunteers to join the group.

Bridge club - At the latest game the big hands were mainly with the North/South pairs. North/South was won by Ann Scott and Frank Bailey with 62 per cent. Judith O'Donnell and Chris Baxter were second with 60 per cent. Anne Smith and Graeme Matthew were top at East/West with 61.9 per cent. Bo and Tony Simpson were runners-up on 59 per cent. Play of the week went to Sylvia and Mike Strickland.

Manor Close - There will be a domino drive at the centre on Wednesday, March 8 at 7.30pm. It is in aid of centre funds.

Menzown - Jim Pewtress will make a return visit to the Menzown meeting, 7pm for 7.30pm, in the King’s Head on Monday, March 13, and talk more about his love of nature.

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 given by a speaker from a different tradition followed by a soup lunch at the Methodist church from noon to 1pm with donations going to Water Aid. The talks are on March 7 (Anglican), March 14 (Methodist), March 21 (Friends) and March 28 (Roman Catholic).

Julian meeting - There will be a Julian meeting at the Roman Catholic church on Tuesday, March 14 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Entertainer - Nigel Heap will provide the entertainment at the Moorside Bar & Club on Saturday, starting at 8.30pm.

Marie Curie - The Farndale daffodil walk takes place on Saturday, March 25. Sponsor forms are available from June Cook, phone 01751 431160.


Workshop - Malton & District Flower Club held a workshop on how to produce a pedestal arrangement which could be used in churches, for weddings, parties or any special events. About 20 members took part in the workshop which was led by club member Pam Russell. The next meeting on Tuesday, March 21 will be a practice classes, entitled Take Five. The Bobby Swanton Trophy for the best use of plant material will be awarded at this class. New members and visitors are always welcome to join the club at the Memorial Hall, Old Malton on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information about the club, phone Maggie Tate Smith on 01653 698741 or Jan on 01653 696544.


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.


Rug making - Phillippa Joad is running a craft workshop in the village hall on Saturday 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 email

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.


Henry Smith Band -Tickets are on sale for the Henry Smith Band concert at the Recreation Club, on Saturday, April 8 starting at 8pm. Tickets, which include a pie and peas supper, cost £12 and are available from the club, phone 01751 473317 or 07904 948871, Dunning Butchers, Bridge Street phone 01751 472627 or from Jim Hodgson, 71 Middleton Road, phone 01751 473009. Food will be served at 9pm and there will also be a country music disco.

Get in tune - An evening with singer-songwriters will be held in the Friends’ Meeting House, Castlegate, on Saturday, March 11 at 7.30pm. Appearing will be David Swann, Martin Heaton, Toni Bunnell, Phil Friend and author Susan Mansfield. Tickets cost £5 which will also include tea and cake.

Jazz festival - Tickets for the fifth annual Ryedale Jazz Festival which will run from Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, July 29 in Pickering are available by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS or email Tickets cost £10 per concert if purchased before May 31 or £12 after that date or £50 for all the concerts if booked before May 31 or £60 after that date.

Coffee morning -The Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale branch of the Royal British Legion holds coffee mornings at its headquarters in Champley’s Yard, on Monday and Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm.

Catfish talk - Ryedale Aquarist Society met at the home of Sue and David Marshall last week when members held a discussion on catfish and cichlids. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8 when the guest speaker will talk about guppies. This year’s annual open show and auction of fishkeeping items will be held at Kirbymisperton Village Hall on Sunday, June 13.

Meditation - Kadampa teacher Richard Brown is holding meditation classes every Wednesday from today until April 5 in the Friend’s Meeting House. The charge is £6 per class or £20 for four classes.

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

Weekly draw - Last week’s main prize of £225 in the Pickering Town FC Weekly Draw was not won. The numbers were 34, 4 and 37. This week’s draw will be increased to £300.

Harmonia Choir - Potter Hill Methodist Church will host a Harmonia Choir concert on Saturday 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.


Quiz time - Eight teams playing for £54 in prize money took part in Mike Williams’ general knowledge quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 59 points were Honeymooners, second were Trio (56) and third Weaverthorpe 4 (53). The £13 jackpot was won by Weaverthorpe 4. Mike’s next quiz at the Fleece will be on Friday, March 10. Gary’s Team won Jennie’s Sunday night quiz.

Live music - York folk rock band The Beggar’s Bunce will be playing a wide range of songs and original material in the Fleece Inn from 9.30pm on Saturday.


Embroiderers’ Guild - Phillippa Joad and her mother gave a talked called ‘It Started With A Sheep’ to Ryedale Embroiderers Guild on Saturday, February 25. Phillippa began a business as a young entrepreneur spinning wool from her sheep’s fleece, dyeing with natural dyes and moving on to weaving and knitting and felting. Guild members were able to handle a variety of articles made by Phillippa. The group has 33 members and meets on the last Saturday of the month at Wrelton Village Hall. In the morning members work on their own work. At the next meeting members will hear a talk, starting at 2pm, by Janet Lewthwaite called My Stitching Life.


Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by the Rev Chris Kirkman. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Bert Blower and the welcomer was Margaret Harris. Margaret Neave took the collection. Bible readings were given by the Rev Mary Jackman, who read from Exodus, Bob Jackman, who read from Matthew’s gospel and Alan Dunnington, who read from Peter. In his sermon Rev Kirkman spoke of the transfiguration. The preacher next week at 10.30am is the Rev Denise Free and sacrament will be taken. There will be no singing for fun on Friday but back to normal next week.

St Martin’s - The Vicar, Rev Andrew Moreland, presided and preached at both morning services of Holy Communion. He spoke about Jesus’ transfiguration. At the 9.30am service Jean Donovan led the intercessions and assisted with the chalice, Dot Francis read the lesson and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Marion Baird was the sidesperson and Enid Plevey and Sue Johnson served refreshments between the services. At the 11am modern service Chris Bray led the prayers and Jean Fiedler gave the Bible reading. Elizabeth Bradley assisted with the chalice and also acted as sidesperson. The sung worship was led by Richard Fuller (guitar) with John and Sue Grice (guitar and bass) and John Taylor (drums). Jenny and Duncan Bland ran the Sunday Club for the children. Jo and John Taylor served refreshments after the service.


Letters draw - C Baker from Severfield won £120 in Saturday’s Sherburn FC letters draw with the letters D, I and L. The prize fund this week will be £60.

St Hilda’s Church - The Rev Joe Kinsella officiated at the Holy Communion service, assisted by Barbara Grice with the chalice. Martin Monkman played the organ and sidespersons were Keith and Jean Usher. The lesson from the Book of Psalms was read by Barbara Grice and coffee was served at the end of the service by Jean Usher and helpers. The next service at St Hilda’s is morning worship on Sunday, March 12 at 10.30am. It will be led by Barbara Grice.

Pathways Project - People involved with the Pathways Project will meet on Saturday at 10am at the Pathways shed in Vicarage Lane.

Messy Church - The story of the Lost Son will be explored on Saturday in the Chapel hall. There will be worship, stories, songs and a chance to get messy. For safeguarding reasons children should be accompanied by an adult. Those attending should meet for tea at 4.45pm.

Cake bake sale - India and Kiara Heron’s cake bake sale at the Tuesday coffee morning at the Methodist Chapel raised £300.02 which is going to UNICEF to help the plight of refugee children. The youngsters were helped by their friend Skyla on the day.

Methodist news - There was a prayer and praise hour on Wednesday led by Sandra Cade. The craft group continues to meet on Thursday at 1.30pm. Deacon Andrew Carter led the worship on Sunday morning. The welcomer was Christine Pickard and Ray Pickard was the offertory steward. Liz Aconley also read the lesson from John’s Gospel and Jean Brown read from the book of Ephesians. Andrew spoke to about God’s love and explained his role within the Circuit. The organist was Chris Cade and the audio visual equipment was operated by Christine Fenwick. The children began their exploration of the parable of the Lost Son and made some ingenious models. After worship coffee was enjoyed together in the hall. This Sunday at 10.30am it will be Café Church led by the worship team.

Cash boost - The voices quiz, hosted by Ben Pollard, and raffle at the East Riding on Friday, February 24 raised £141 for Sherburn cricket team.


People’s Guild - The Sinnington People’s Guild welcomed back the Lealholm Choir on Tuesday, February 21. Led by Carol Harrison, and accompanied by Jean Clennen, the choir gave a programme of sacred music. Joe sang a solo part and Tony accompanied two pieces with his guitar. The choir finished with a rousing medley. Supper was served. The collection totalled £131.12 and is to divided between the Methodist Homes for the Aged and the development fund. The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 7 at 7.15pm when Craig Farnon will speak of his life as a modern day butler.


Gift day - There was a gift day in the Methodist Church schoolroom on Saturday. It raised a considerable amount of money towards refurbishing the kitchen and other facilities. Donations are still coming in and a large number of people were served tea, coffee and cake. The kitchen is used widely for village activities.


Concerts - The village hall will be hosting two concerts during the coming weeks. The first is on Friday, March 17 at 7.30pm when the EASY Band will be performing. The band comprises young musicians from the local area, drawn together under the Scarborough Music Centre. The second concert is on Friday, April 28, at 7.30pm, when Paul Wheater will be singing a selection of country favourites, Jim Reeves classics and well-known hymns. Tickets at £5 and £6 respectively are available either on the door or by phoning John Beadle on 01723 859442. Proceeds from both evenings are for the upkeep of the playing field and village hall.


Bridge club - The competition held on Monday, February 20 was won by Tim Johnson and Enid Watson with 69 per cent. In second place with 60.3 per cent were Barry Smith and Bob Wardell.


First aid - There will be an emergency first aid course at the cricket club pavilion on Tuesday, March 7 between 9.30am until 12.30pm. The cost is £35 per person. To book a place, phone Robin at North Yorkshire Sports partnership on 07780571570 or log on to

Prize time - The cricket club want donations of tombola prizes for its tombola stall at the spring fair on Saturday, April 8. Anyone wishing to donate items can leave them at 5 Kirkham View, or take them to the cricket ground if they are attending a class or event or can phone Julie Price on 01653 618214.


Fundraising - There will be a bingo session in the hall on Wednesday, March 15 at 7.30pm. Funds for the hall.


Marton and Normanby - The February meeting was opened by president Jean Bell who introduced Gordon Clitheroe who gave an illustrated talk on the History of the Pickering Camp. He spoke in detail about the memorial stone which was erected last November to mark the entrance to the camp, the soldiers stationed there, difficult training on the North Yorkshire Moors, the visit of Winston Churchill in 1944, the many regiments that were stationed at the camp and its closure in 1956. After supper the business of the meeting took place, newsletters read and observations discussed. The branch will meet today (Wednesday) at 7.30pm in Marton Mission Room when members will hear a talk about Macmillan Support Group. Visitors and new members are welcome.