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.


Church Council - The Church of St John The Baptist will be holding its annual general meeting in the church on Thursday, March 16 at 7pm.

Moveable feast – The village’s annual moveable feast will be held on Friday, May 19 starting at 6.30pm. To book a place, or get more information, phone 01653 658351.

Sports - The Acklam Sports and Gymkhana is on Saturday, June 3 at Kirk Balk, by permission of Kath and Owen Dukes. The show will have some new attractions. Anyone wanting to register for events or find more information, will details posted on the Acklam Sports and Gymkhana Facebook page.


Local History Society - At the March meeting of the Brompton Local History Society, Steven Bassett spoke on The Anglo-Saxon origins of the Vales churches and parishes. He is an honorary research Fellow of the University of Birmingham and has researched the origins of churches in the Midlands. He now lives in North Yorkshire and has turned his attention to churches in this area. At the society’s next meeting in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 5, Lindy and Tom Rowley will talk on Scarborough’s Maritime Heritage. The society’s excursions are not on the first Wednesday in the month but on Wednesday, May 10 to Rievaulx Abbey - meeting in the Square at Brompton at 1pm - and on Saturday, June 3 at 3pm to Pickering Church - meeting in the Square at 2.30 pm.

All Saints Church - Eleven people cleaned the church chandelier and or cooked and eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. All is now ready for new candles which will be bought thanks to a donation from the parents of a bride. The cleaning uncovered an additional eight candle holders deep inside the chandelier so instead of 40 candles it actually takes 48. The first lighting will be on Easter Day. The service at All Saints on Sunday at 11am will be Matins taken from the Book of Common Prayer. It will be conducted by the Venerable David Garnett. Dr Don Jones, who usually officiates at morning prayer is unwell so David, a retired clergyman, has stepped in. Throughout March the Benefice Lent Group meets on Mondays at the Downe Arms. There is an optional Fellowship meal at 6.30pm, and the group starts at 7.30pm. This is open to everyone in the area but if anyone would like the meal phone Pat Wood on 01723 862227.


Village hall - Old photographs of the village and other information will be on display in the village hall on Saturday, March 18 from 2pm to 4pm. Admission is free. Tea and coffee will be available.

Quiz - The Peacock quiz is being held in the village hall on Friday, March 24 at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 and includes pie, peas and gravy. There will also be a raffle. Names should be given to Pat and Richard.


Travel talk - Dave, the ‘Farndale Farmer’ will be sharing his stories and photographs of his journeys across along Route 66 in the United States and his recent trip to Death Valley at 7.30pm on Friday, March 17 in the village hall, Church Houses. Entry is by donation. Tea and cake will be available and a prize draw will be made for an A3 print of one of Dave’s photographs.

Theatre - The Esk Valley Theatre will be presenting September in the Rain, written by John Godber, in village hall on Friday, March 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 and are available from Esk Valley Theatre box office, phone 01947 897587, or from Barry Sunley, phone 01751 430323.


Auction - An auction sale will be held in the village school on Monday, March 20 at 7pm. Proceeds from the sale will be for St Aidan’s Church. Donations of cakes, produce, preserves or saleable items would be appreciated.


Probus - Members of Probus, the men’s luncheon club, held its annual invitation lunch at the Feathers Hotel on Tuesday, February 28. More than 40 members and guests heard a talk from John Paul who spoke about a family trip on a yacht round the eastern Mediterranean. The club meets on the last Tuesday of each month at the Feathers and we are happy to welcome new members. Anyone interested in joining should contact David Trill on 01439 770788.


Market - Visitors to the March village market were able to visit more than 50 stalls offering food and rural crafts accompanied by the vocals and guitar playing of local musician, Josh Finn. Yorkshire Archaeological Trust invited Many Ryedale residents took pottery finds and shared their knowledge of locally known and potential 17th century kiln sites with the Yorkshire Archaeological Trust who are researching the area. Hovingham Cricket Club ran the Community Café raising funds for the local cricket team. The next market will be held on Saturday, April 1.


Bridge club - The latest game saw the North/South pairs with the stronger hands by far. At one table South declared in 15 of the 24 boards. North/South winners with 60 per cent were Graeme Matthew partnered by Chris Baxter. Judith O'Donnell and David Whithead were second on 57 per cent. East/West was won by Sue Pearson and Steve Lonsdale on 59 per cent. Bo and Tony Simpson were second with 57 per cent.

Book discussion - The Reading Group meets on the second Thursday of every month in the library between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. There are currently about nine members but there is room for more. Current members come from Kirkbymoorside, Wombleton, Beadlam, Nawton and Gilling East. The book being discussed is The Trouble with Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon. The next month’s book will be The Lie, written by Helen Dunmore. Get in touch with the library or phone 01439 771639 for further information.

All Saints - The Pilgrim Discipleship group meet each Wednesday in church at 7.30pm to explore the theme of Turning to Christ. Phone the Rev Mark Brosnan on 01751 431452 for more details. On Saturday, March 18 the Ryedale Choral Union are in church at 7.30pm.

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 Anglican talk was due to be held yesterday. Future talks are on 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.

Tuesday Group - Fun with Paper is the theme at the meeting on Tuesday, March 14 when members should take a pair of scissors. Sonja is the leader and the tea hostesses are Daisy, Jean and Margaret. The meeting is in the Methodist Church in the Jubilee Room at 7.30pm. There will be a district event at Lidgett Grove on Friday with the Rev Janet Whelan. The Spring Fellowship Day will be held at Helmsley on Thursday, April 28.

Moorside Bar & Club - The entertainment at the club on Saturday will be provided by Hayden. The following week’s act is Dixon J Scott. Both start at 8.30pm.

Daffodil walk - The Marie Curie Kirkbymoorside support group’s annual sponsored daffodil walk takes place on Saturday, March 25. Sponsor forms are available from June Cook, phone 01751 431160. It starts at Low Mill at 10am and there are two walks - a short route along the river of about 31/2 miles and a longer walk of 71/2 miles. Both walks are led by North York Moors National Park rangers. To register, phone June. Car parking on the field will be free to walkers. Refreshments will be served all day in the band room.


Bridge club -The second session of Malton Bridge Club’s handicap pairs competition was won by Graham Burgess and Jonathan Allison with a net score of 57 per cent. Tricia Pearce and Keith Freeman were second with 53.2 per cent, followed by Madge Allison and Derek Fox with 48.9 per cent. The subsequent cross-IMP pairs was won by Philip Mason and John Hayton with 30.9 points, Ed Robinson and Dave Massey being second with 24.3 points, followed by Madge Allison and Richard Hilton third with 23.9 points. The final matches in the Yorkshire League season took place on Sunday with Malton A losing 13-7 to York A, leaving them in fourth place in the top division. Malton B were defeated 12-8 by Brighouse A and their resulting seventh place sees then relegated to Division 5 for next season.


Gardening Club - The February meeting was opened by the chairman, Bill Tweddle, who introduced the topic for the evening – Tips and Disasters. Twenty-two members attended the fun and informative evening. Conversations ranged from Chelsea Chop to Jeyes Fluid. The next meeting in Marton Village Hall will be on Tuesday, March 14 at 7.30pm. Admission on the door is £3 which includes tea, coffee, biscuits and entry into the evening’s raffle. The guest speaker will be Susan Cunliffe-Lister, who will talk about Burton Agnes and Swinton Castle. The members’ monthly competition for March is a Winter Photograph from your Garden. Visitors to meetings are welcome.


Lacemakers - There will be a meeting of the Pickering Lacemakers group in the village hall on Saturday, March 18 from 10am to 3pm.


Craft club - There will be a meeting of the Craft Club in the village hall on Thursday, March 16 from 7pm to 9pm. Admission is £2 which includes coffee or tea and biscuits.


Take you partners - There will be a barn dance and ceilidh in the village hall on Saturday, April 22, starting at 8pm. Tickets cost £12 and include a hot supper. Phone 01439 748310 or get in touch with any village hall committee member for further details.


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 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.

Sing, Sing Sing - The Kirk Theatre presents Sing, Sing, Sing with compere Adam Collier on Saturday, March 18 with curtain up at 7.30pm. The theatre will stage High Society from Tuesday, May 2 to Saturday, May 6 starting at 7.30pm with a matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £13.50 or £12 for concessions. Phone 01751 474833 or log on to for tickets.

Farmers’ market - The monthly farmers’ market will be held in the Market Place on Thursday, March 16 from 8.30am. 

Annual show - Ryedale Aquarist Society’s annual open show and auction of fishkeeping items will be held at Kirby Misperton Village Hall on Sunday, June 13.

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. 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 £300 in the Pickering Town FC Weekly Draw was not won. The numbers were 30, 40 and 32. This week’s draw will be increased to £375.


Exhibition - The second Buckrose local arts and handicrafts exhibition is to be held in the church rooms and village hall on Saturday, May 13. This is an opportunity for residents to exhibit art work, ceramics or handicrafts of any sort for 50p per entry with profits going to community projects. Entry forms are available from Monday, March 13 at Rillington Post Office, the Community Café in the Church Rooms on Tuesday mornings or email For further details, phone Paul Smith on 01944 758175 or 07730 888759. The closing date for entries is Friday, May 5.

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


St Martin’s - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. The sermon looked at the account of the temptation of Jesus at the beginning of his ministry. Richard asked the congregation to consider each of the temptations laid before Jesus, and suggested ways in which today we are assailed by similar inducements and what might be our reaction. Jean Donovan assisted with the distribution of communion. Edna Burton gave a Bible reading and accompanied the hymns on the piano. Gisa Moore and Dot Francis were sidespersons. Clare Firth served refreshments. The vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland, led the 11am service of modern worship and preached on the temptations of Jesus. Josh Cremer gave the Bible reading and Tim Cremer led the intercessions. The sung worship was led by Richard Fuller and Chloe Proctor (guitars). Liz Cremer and Duncan Bland ran the Sunday Club. Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and Mary Otway served refreshments after the service.

Methodists - The preacher on the first Sunday in Lent was the Rev Denise Free, and included Holy Communion. The door steward was Margaret Neave, who also received the collection. Denise followed the order of service for the first Sunday in Lent. The readings were given by Denise Earnshaw, who read from Genesis, about the temptations of Adam and Eve, and by Sheila Gray, who read of the temptations of Jesus, by Satan, when in the desert. The vestry steward was Bob Jackman, and the organist was Doreen Lawson. Refreshments were served after the service. The monthly coffee morning will be held on Saturday. The preacher on Sunday will be Diane Robinson.


Community club - There will be a session of cash prize bingo at the Community and Sports Club on Saturday. Books will go on sale from 7.15pm with eyes down at 8pm. The club will be hosting The Lennon and Macca show on Friday, March 31 at 8pm, an evening of music through the years from John Lennon and Paul McCartney. There will be a bar boot sale on the sports club field on Easter Sunday, April 16. Admission for sellers is from 11am and for buyers from noon when the bar will also be open. Bacon sandwiches and refreshments will be available. The entry fee for cars is £5, vans and trailers £7.

Draw winner - D Ledner from Kingspan won £60 in the Sherburn FC letters draw on Saturday with the letters D M and N. This week’s prize fund will be £60.

Pathways Project - Landscaping the first 30 metres of the new pathway was done on Saturday. The group will meet again on Saturday, April 1 at the Pathways shed, Vicarage Lane, near Wildwood, to begin work at 10am.

St Hilda’s - The next service at St Hilda’s Church is morning worship led by Barbara Grice on Sunday at 10.30am.

Messy Church - Youngsters had tea together and then at the opening worship heard the story of the Lost Son. The messy craft included building a welcome home gate, pig keepsake boxes and cut outs of hands fastened to a wrap around a body to signify a welcome. The big art picture was of the Lost Son looking after the pigs. The picture is in the Link Window. After craft time, the children sang along to the Nobody’s a Nobody video. The next Messy Church will be on Saturday, April 1 when the children will be searching for the lost sheep. Anyone attending should eet for tea at 4.45pm. For Safeguarding reasons children should be accompanied by an adult.

Luncheon Club - The Senior Citizens Luncheon Club will meet on Wednesday, March 15 at 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. After lunch Deacon Andrew Carter will talk about a 500 mile walk he completed. Transport within Sherburn village can be arranged by phoning Christine on 01944 711294.

Pancake time - Friends of Sherburn School (FOSS) went to the school on Monday to make pancakes with the children. Mrs Kirk and Morrisons supplied all the ingredients. The day raised £19 for FOSS who will put the money towards supporting the children’s education in school. The prizes for the best costumes on World Book Day went to, Casey, Lewis, Ava, Ewan, Adam, Roan, Isabella and Miss Bye. The children’s day included writing book reviews, exploring characters and making origami.

Methodist news - The Tuesday coffee morning met and the donations for coffee are still being given to Sherburn Surgery to assist with the purchase of a Doppler Scanner. There was a meeting chapel on Ash Wednesday when prayers were led by Christine Fenwick and Jean Brown. The Lenten cross was prepared in preparation for Sunday worship when each week during Lent different Easter artefacts will be added. Church members continue the journey to the cross as they gather each Wednesday during Lent at 4pm to pray. The Café Church was open for worship on Sunday morning when the worship team, assisted by the Praise Band, led worship on the first Sunday in Lent. The welcomer was Christine Pickard and the offertory steward was Ray Pickard and the offertory was received by Janet Tebb. The symbols of bread and wine were laid at the foot of the cross by Chris and Sandra Cade. The Bible reading of the Parable of the Lost Son was read by Liz Aconley, who along with Janet, did a sketch entitled, Polly and Dolly and a Collie called Olly. Another Bible reading was done in the form of a PowerPoint picture story of when Mary and Joseph lost Jesus on a trip to Jerusalem only to find him in the temple asking questions. The congregation sang a song, Three Lost Things, played on the organ by India Heron. Sandra Cade interceded with prayers and Jean Brown asked a blessing on everyone. The praise band we ended the worship with children providing the percussion section. Afterwards coffee was enjoyed in the hall. The worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Martin Calver.


People’s Guild - The Rev Tania Brosnan led a service of compline at the Sinnington People’s Guild on Tuesday, February 28. Using prayers, hymns, a reading, music, candles and silence, Tania read a meditation to focus minds on Lent. Olive Leng was the pianist. Tea with biscuits were served. The next meeting will be an evening singing Sankey hymns on Tuesday, March 14 at 7.15pm.


Roof appeal - There was lots of support for the St Stephen’s Church new roof appeal during the weekend. On Saturday the village hall was fairly full for people to sample the homemade soup followed by pancakes with a variety of toppings. There were lots of different stalls and games resulting in a profit of £667. The weather was stayed fine on Sunday for the first ever snowdrop walk around the grounds of Headon Cottage and Wydale Hall. About 125 people did the walk which raised £882. The organisers wish to thank the Durston family and the management of Wydale Hall for access to the woodland areas which were carpeted with snowdrops and other early spring flowers. In the last few days, the Vale Players have donated £800 to appeal so the last weekend in February has seen the total go up by just short of £2,400. If anyone would like to make a donation or has an idea for a fundraising event phone 01723 859843 or 01723 859130. Future events include Hackness Ladies Choir singing in St Stephen’s on Friday, May 26 at 7.30pm. Snainton Open Gardens will be held on Sunday, June 25.

EASY Band - The EASY Band will give a concert in the village hall on Friday, March 17. Under the baton of Ralph Alder at the Scarborough Music Centre, the band is made up of students from the local area. There will be a wide range of music played. The concert starts at 7.30pm, with a bar and refreshments available. Tickets at £5 can be bought in advance by phoning John Beadle 01723 859442 or purchased on the door. Proceeds from the evening are for the upkeep of the village hall and playing field.


Day of prayer - The Rev Taff Morgan led the worldwide Women’s World Day of Prayer service at All Saints Church at 2pm on Friday, March 3. This year the service was prepared by the Christian women of the Philippines. After the traditional last hymn, The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended, the congregation concluded the service by holding hands down the aisle and saying The Grace together. The collection of £110.50 will be sent to the headquarters of the Women’s World Day of Prayer and distributed to good causes.


Bridge club - The competition on Monday, February 27 was won by George and Pat Donnor with 62 per cent. In second place with 61.5 per cent were Ralph and Hilary Hurst. The annual general meeting will be held on Monday, March 6 at 7pm.


Spring fair - Bookings for stalls at the Spring Fair on Saturday, April 8 in the cricket club pavilion are being taken. Doors open to customers between 10.30am and 1.30pm. There are 20 stalls so far including handmade cards, wooden gifts, metal and wooden sculptures, artwork, soft furnishings, pork pies, sausage rolls, products made from willow, Phoenix cards, children’s toys, photographs, rag rug products and more The cricket club will be holding stalls selling cakes and home baking, bric-a-brac, as well as a tombola and serving tea, coffee and homemade soup. Anyone wanting a stall, which cost £5, phone Julie Price on 01653 618214.

AGM - St Mary’s Church Council annual general meeting is on Monday, March 27 at 7pm in the cricket pavilion.


Bingo - A prize bingo in the village hall will be held on Wednesday, March 15 at 7.30pm. It is in aid of hall funds whose coffers were boosted by more than £250 thanks to the recent jumble sale.


Helmsley - The branch returned to its regular venue at the North York Moors National Park headquarters for the meeting on Thursday, February 23. The chairwoman, Val Arnold, welcomed 21 members and one guest. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved after which the secretary read out various correspondence and notices. The guest speaker was Kevin Hutchinson, representing Yorkshire Air Ambulance. He gave a presentation about the history and development of the service from its beginning in 2000 up to the present day and the recent purchase of two state-of-the-art, custom-built helicopters. In 2016 they flew 7,105 patients to the four Yorkshire hospitals with specialist major trauma teams, and treated even more. After the talk refreshments were served by Maureen Burns and Chris Small. The winner of the cosy scarf competition was Zena Lister. The next meeting is at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 23 when Margaret Dudley will speak about being a magistrate.


Kathleen Mary Robson

A service in memory of Kathleen Mary Robson was held at St Mary’s Church, Gate Helmsley, and was followed by interment in the churchyard on Thursday, March 2. The service was conducted by Sister Margaret Ann. Donations in lieu of flowers were for St Mary’s Church. Readings were given by Pauline Harrison, Sue Hanson and Dominic Adams. The organist was Michael Harren. Kathleen was born on January 21, 1925, the eldest of four children, at Tibthorpe Wold. She ended her education at St Andrew’s Girls’ School, Malton, and kept in touch with girls and teachers and regularly attended their reunions. In 1962 she married George Robson and the couple enjoyed socialising and regularly entertained at their bungalow where they lived for 19 years until ‘Robbie’s’ death in 1981. Kathleen took a great deal of pleasure looking after her large garden. Kathleen was a worshipper at St Mary’s Church and for many years served as a sacristan. She attended local whist drives and made many good friends. Every Wednesday she helped on her brother’s farm providing food for the visitors who came to enjoy the hospitality of the Harrison family. Kathleen’s neice, Rachel Harrison, described her aunt as a true “Woldswoman” with lots of strong qualities. As Kathleen grew older she was cared for by Prospect House carers and her neighbours and friends which enabled her to live at home until May 2014. She moved into Prospect House Care Home where she enjoyed her final years until her passing away on February 16. The church was beautifully decorated with vases of flowers, a fitting tribute to a lady of great faith. Sister Margaret Ann said Kathleen was able to recite all the old hymns and prayers right to the end.