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.


Village hall committee - The latest meeting of the village hall committee was held in the village hall. Items discussed were the recently installed defibrillator unit. A request was received from the History Group to install a roller blind "time line". The stacking of tables has become an issue and the purchase of mobile storage units is to be investigated. A short survey will be carried out before decoding if there will be a barbecue or a Midsummer Feast as the major event of the year, an Easter Tea will be held.

History group - The latest Tea and Chat was held in the village hall on Monday, the event was well attendance and material for the next publication Luminaries of Appleton-le-Moors gathered. Thanks to Shirley Brooke for her catering skills and all who donation cakes. Next and final Tea, Chat and History of this season will be from 2pm to 4pm on Monday, April 3. A five-mile History Walk organised by The North York Moors National Park will start from the village hall on Sunday, May 7, at 1pm.


Domino drive - The last domino drive of the season will be held in the village hall on Thursday, March 23. Entrance £2 to include supper.

Musical evening apologies - Apologies are in order to one of the singers who entertained visitors to the musical evening in the village hall on February 25. Inadvertently the wrong name was given in this report about the event and it should have read Hannah McClarron. Hannah made an outstanding contribution to the concert which the audience greatly enjoyed.

Church - There was a very good attendance at last Sunday's service, including one well behaved dog. This week at All Saints Holy communion at 9.30am will be celebrated by the Vicar. There will be tea and coffee to follow at the back of Church. Information about planned "All Age" services and activities, including Messy Church, will be out soon.


Ladies Luncheon Club - The group met on Wednesday, March 1, at The Black Swan Hotel. After lunch the president, Elizabeth Wilson, welcomed the speaker, Pam Towler, who gave a very interesting illustrated talk about Kew Gardens. The club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Black Swan Hotel and welcomes new members. For information on joining, phone 01439 770596.


Women's Fellowship - The group had a very interesting charity called Operation Orphan explained to member by Gail Lazenby of York. She and her friend raised funds for their journey to take coats, warm winter clothing plus blankets donated to the charity's appeal Keep a Child Warm. They went to Moldova, a land-locked country with Romania and the Ukraine on their borders, in 2014 and 2016. In that country many parents do multiple jobs to support their families and some winters they have to choose between heating their home or feeding the family. Working with social services in different areas of Moldova the charity visit state-run orphanages and last year they distributed aid to 1,000 school children. There is an ongoing need for children's clothing and our members will pass on any donations to Gail.


Daffodil event - The Kirkbymoorside fundraising group for Marie Curie held a daffodil event on Wednesday, March 1. The results were: Street collection £504.35; stalls and coffee raised £466.70; and the sale of fresh daffodils by Moorside Stores raised a donation of £120, making a wonderful total of £1,091.05. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and helped to raise a wonderful result, which helps to provide free home nursing for terminally ill people in the local areas.

Horticultural Society - A meeting will take place on Friday, March 24, at the home of Viv Webster to arrange this year's open show schedule. If you can offer any help either on the Friday evening before the show to help with the staging or on the show day you are welcome to attend the meeting. Please phone the secretary Jill Hugill on 01751 431670 or email Maureen Rolph at

Ladies Fellowship - There was no evening meeting in March, instead some of members got together for an afternoon of spring-cleaning in All Saints. Two hours later, they enjoyed a welcome cup of tea and biscuits. Thank you to all the ladies who gave so generously of their time and energy. All who use the church really appreciate it. The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 12, at 7.30pm, in the library. The talk, entitled Propping up the Bar, is by Helen Robinson and to clarify the matter the talk is about Helen’s career as a barrister. New members welcome.

Bowling club - The last domino drive of the season for the bowling club is on Saturday, March 18, in the club house at 7.30pm. All welcome.

Bridge club - The game played on March 7 had Judith O'Donnell and David Whitehead in top spot at North/South with 64 per cent Barry Smith and Bob Wardell were second on 51. per cent. A much closer result at East/West with Bo and Tony Simpson top on 64 per cent over Gill and Trevor Hardcastle on 62 per cent. Play of the week went to Margaret Ross and Caroline Pealle-Clegg.

Kirkbymoorside Library Reading Group - The group meets on the second Thursday of every month in the library, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. There are currently seven to nine members, but there is room for some new blood. Anyone who is interested would be most welcome to come along to the group. For more information, phone the library or 01439 771639.

All Saints - The Pilgrim Discipleship group meet each Wednesday in church at 7.30pm exploring the theme of Turning to Christ. All welcome. Please phone Rev Mark Brosnan for details on 01751 431452. On Saturday, March 18, the Ryedale Choral Union are in church at 7.30pm. Leadership group meet on Monday, March 20, at the Vicarage, at 7.30pm. Monday, March 27, is the annual parochial meeting at the bowling club at 7pm. The next coffee morning in church is Saturday, April 1, from 9.30am.

Lent Lunches - During Lent Churches Together in Kirkbymoorside will be hosting a series of lunches 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 to 1pm. Donations to Water Aid. On March 21 it is The Friends Tradition, followed on March 28 by The Roman Catholic Tradition.

Tuesday Group - members meet on Tuesday, March 28, with a guest speaker from Ryedale Special families. The leader will be Kath and the tea hostesses will be Mavis and Jean. The meeting is at the Methodist church rooms at 7.30pm. The Spring Fellowship Day will take place in Helmsley on Thursday, April 28.

Messy Church - It takes place on the third Monday on each month in the Methodist church rooms. The next one being on Monday, March 20, from 4pm to 6pm. Accompanied children welcome. There will be activities, informal worship and a meal.

Moorside Bar and Club -Friday, March 17, is bingo night, at 8.30pm; Saturday, March 18, the entertainment is Dixon J Scott, starting at 8.30. Non members welcome to both events.

Library - From April 1, the new opening times will be: Monday 9.30am to 6.30pm; Tuesday closed; Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm; Thursday 9.30am to 5pm ; Friday 9.30am to 5pm; and Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm.

10k run - This year's 10k run is on Sunday, April 30. Entries to the race secretary c/o Kirkbymoorside CP School, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6AG, or register at

Marie curie - Kirkbymoorside support group annual sponsored daffodil walk takes place on Saturday, March 25. Sponsor forms available from June Cook on 01751 431160. Starting at Low Mill at 10am, there are two walks - a short route along the river about three and a half miles and a longer walk of seven and a half miles. Both walks are led by the 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.


Litter pick - The events committee organised a litter pick on Sunday, February 26. It was very well attended. Those taking part cleared litter from the grass verges on all the roads into Leavening for one to two miles and filled several refuse bags.


Bridge club - Annette Jackson and Tricia Pearce had a big win in the third round of Malton Bridge Club’s Handicap Pairs competition with an impressive net score of 65.6 per cent. Mike Jackson and Robin Ashdown were in second place with 56.3 per cent, followed by Madge Allison and Derek Fox with 55.3 per cent.


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


Club draw - The February ‘100’ Club draw winners were as follows: 1st – No. 151 A Bayley £50; 2nd – No. 100 M Clements & L Clements £30; 3rd – No. 85 Mr and Mrs Howells £10; 4th – No. 142 Dr C Jackson £10.

Bingo - The committee of the Beckett Recreation Ground will hold a bingo on Saturday, March 25, in the village hall at 7.30pm.

Cake stall - Friends of Nawton Primary School will hold a cake stall on Wednesday, March 29, at Towler's Arch, Kirkbymoorside, to raise funds for the school. Please come along from 9am to buy a homemade cake/pie for tea.

Prize bingo - Harome Bowling Club will hold a prize bingo in Nawton Village Hall Saturday, March 18, at 7.30pm, to raise funds for the club. Eyes down at 7.30pm. All welcome.


Parkinson's Support Group - The March meeting of Ryedale Parkinson's Support Group was held at Trinity Methodist church when the speaker was Edward Harrison of Kirkbymoorside. He brought a selection of small antiques and invited members to guess there use, after which he gave the correct answers and described the items. The next meeting is the spring lunch to be held at the Steam and Moorland Garden Centre, Pickering, on Thursday, April 6. Phone Gill 07794 439356 or Liz 01653 694251.

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Ladies Fellowship - The speaker at the February meeting of the Ladies Fellowship of St Mary’s Church, Old Malton, was Gerry Button who gave a very informative talk on pilates and the benefit to health both mentally and for keeping supple. Various movements were demonstrated by one of the members, Ann White, as well as Gerry. Business followed after coffee and the raffle, kindly donated by Jean Douthwaite, was won by Joan Lawrence. The speaker at the March meeting was Alan Neuff and his wife Caroline. Members were transported to Antarctica with some breath-taking photography of the wildlife of the region, including sea birds including albatross with huge wing span, various species of penguins, some with their young chicks and different species of whales. The vote of thanks was given by Ann Smith. After tea and biscuits, the business side of the meeting was held. The competition was won by Ann White. The next meeting is on April 6 and new members are always welcome.


Hardy plant group – The Hardy Plant Group held its annual meeting on January 19, which was well attended by 44 members, Irene Pawson was elected chairman, Di Pool (secretary), Lesley Tucker (membership), Winn Baldwin and Sharon Colley (plant stall), Janet Ambler (membership), Iris (walker programme for 2018), and Marilyn Acomb (treasurer).

Domino drive – There will be a domino drive at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, Pickering, on Friday, March 17, at 7.30pm, organised by the town’s football club. All welcome. Admission is £1.50, which includes light refreshments.

Jazz festival - Tickets are now on sale for the fifth Ryedale Jazz Festival, which will run from Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, July 29, inclusive, with all the concerts held in Pickering. On Sunday, July 23, there will be a concert of Spirituals held at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul at 2.30pm. The concerts held from Monday, July 24 to Saturday, July 29 will all take place in the Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, Pickering, from 7.30m to 10pm each evening. Tickets for the Monday to Saturday concerts are £10 per concert if purchased before May 31, £12 after that date or £50 for all the concerts if booked before May 31, £60 after that date. To obtain tickets and to request for a brochures, please send a SAE to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS, or email

Bingo - It is played every Thursday and Sunday at the Working Men’s Club, Southgate, Pickering, at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm.

Quiz night – The Bay Horse Inn, Market Place, Pickering, will be holding a general knowledge quiz night on Sunday, March 19, at 7.30pm, in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

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

Sing, Sing, Sing – Pickering’s Kirk Theatre in Hungate presents Sing, Sing, Sing with compere Adam Collier on Saturday, March 18, curtain up at 7.30pm, doors open at 6.45pm. Tickets are also available from the theatre box office, phone 01751 474833 or go to Tickets are now on sale for the Spring Show, which this year will be High Society, which will run from Tuesday, May 2 to Saturday, May 6, at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday, May 6, at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £13.50 or £12 for concessions.

Henry Smith band – Tickets are now on sale for the Henry Smith Band concert at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, Pickering, which will take place on Saturday, April 8, at 8pm. Tickets, which include a pie and peas supper, cost £12 and are available from the Recreation Club on 01751 473317 or 07904 948871, Dunning Butchers, Bridge Street, Pickering 01751 472627, or from Jim Hodgson, 71 Middleton Road, Pickering, 01751 473009. The food will be served at 9pm and there will also be a country music disco.

Meditation – Meditation in Pickering with Kadampa teacher Richard Brown takes place every Wednesday until April 5 in the Friends Meeting House, 19 Castlegate, Pickering, YO18 7AX, the charge for these classes is £6 per class or £20 for four classes.

Weekly draw - Last week’s main prize of £ 375 in the weekly Pickering Town FC Weekly Draw was not won with the winning numbers 34, 3, and 8, so this week’s draw will be increased to £450. To join the draw costs just £1 per entry per week, call at Dunning Butchers, Bridge Street, Pickering, or contact any Pickering Town FC committee member. At last week's draw, the draw was also made for the March consolation prize draw for £50, which was won by Mrs Ball of Pickering with her winning numbers 3 and 34. The weekly prize is £75 and if not won the prize increases by £75 per week until won. There is also a £50 consolation prize draw held on the first Monday in each month. The December monthly consolation prize draw will be held this week.

Ryedale Shopper - The March programme of trips are: Thursday, March 23 to Stokesley, £6. The April programme of trips are: Thursday, April 6 to Scarborough, £5, and Thursday, April 20, to the York Designer Outlet, £5. The programme for May trips are: Thursday, May 4 to Beverley, £6; Thursday, May 18, to Monks Cross, York £5, and Wednesday, May 31 to Northallerton, £6. To reserve a place on the mini-bus, phone 01653 699059 or 698888. The revised pick-up points and times are as follows: Thornton-le-Dale (Roxby Road junction with the main A 170) 9.15am, Eastgate/Hawthorne Lane 9.25am, Eastgate Car Park 9.30am, Ingsgarth 9.33am, Westgate/Manor Drive 9.35am, Middleton Road/Northway 9.40am.

Domino drive – There will be a domino drive on Thursday, March 30, in the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, Pickering, at 7.30pm organised by the town’s cricket club.

Family cinema - A large audience of children and parents enjoyed the heart warming story of Pete’s Dragon at the Family Cinema at Pickering Methodist Church on Saturday. The next Family Cinema will be on Saturday, April 1, starting at 6.30pm, for the screening of the film Storks. Admission is free – donations are welcome. Refreshments are for sale in the interval and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. For more details, phone 01751 472249.

Family fun evening - There will be a Family Fun Evening at Pickering Methodist Church on Saturday, March 25, at 6pm. There will be a quiz, games, hot food and an evening of fun for all ages. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children under 12 years. For tickets, phone Nigel on 01751 473004. Proceeds are for the church building development scheme.


Roadworks - Resurfacing work will take place on the A64 and footway and kerb works between Collinsons Lane and the crossroads. Work was expected to commence on Monday, March 13 for three weeks ending on April 3. Work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am during weekdays and 8pm and 10am on weekends and will require works traffic lights or full carriageway closure.

Over 60s club - Margaret King presented the prizes at the first meeting of the Over 60s Club after the winter break held in the village hall.

Whist drive - Kath Horsley presented the prizes at a progressive whist drive at the Woodlands Community Centre.

Quiz - Seven teams playing for £54 in prize money took part in Mike Williams general knowledge quiz in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 581/2 points were Back Touchers, after a tie break 30/32's were second (54) and Gary's Team third (54). The booby prize was awarded to Sue and Bill. After a three-way tie The Who won the £13 jackpot. Mike's next quiz at the Fleece will be on Friday, March 24. Jennie's Sunday night quiz was won by Michael, Pauline, Mike, Fiona and Colin. The jackpot was a roll over.


Yorkshire Pelargonium and Geranium Society - Meeting will take place at Seamer and Irton Memorial Hall on Sunday, March 26, at 2pm. The speaker will be Chris Smail, of The Orchard Nurseries, York. This will be Chris's first visit to the society. His talk will be on propagation of plants. For detail, phone secretary Ron Ward on 01723 355656.

Methodist Church - The service on Sunday was taken by Diane Robinson. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Bert Blower and the welcomer Margaret Harris. Margaret Neave took the collection. The service started with the prayers for the 2nd Sunday in Lent and the elements placed on the cross by Rev Mary Jackman. Bible readings were given by Eileen Burn who read from Romans and Margaret Neave who read from St John’s Gospel. The service on Sunday at 10.30am is organised by members of the church and will include favourite hymns and bible readings everyone is welcome.

St Martin's Church - The vicar the Rev Andrew Moreland presided at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion and Reader Elizabeth Moreland preached the sermon. Jean Donovan led the prayers and assisted with the distribution of communion. Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano, Janet Lamb and Julie Stephenson were sidespersons, and Janet together with Hazel Hall served refreshments at the end of the service. Schools worker Bruce Clark was the speaker at the all-age service at 11am, which was led by Steve Raettig. Bruce kept the children and adults fully engaged with a series of activities and songs on the theme of the heart and its centrality to our faith. The heart can respond to things beyond the grasp of the brain, and it is our hearts that respond to the loving heart of God. Esme Raettig read the two commandments and Steve Raettig led the sung worship with John and Sue Grice (guitar and bass) and John Taylor (drums). Liz Cremer was the sidesperson and Wendy Haslam and Chris Birch served refreshments after the service.


St Hilda’s Church – Morning Worship was led by Barbara Grice, who took “Forgiveness” as the theme for the service. Worshippers were delighted to welcome Tony Mok and Chris Cade who provided the music. Tony is settling in to his new home in Bridlington and said the gift they had given him and Lydia on leaving Sherburn will be used to purchase a garden bench. Sidespersons were Angela Holdsworth and Sue Mennell, Christine Ashton read the lesson from Matthew and coffee was served at the close of the service by Jean Usher and helpers. The next service at St Hilda’s will be Holy Communion on Mother's Day, Sunday, March 26, at 9am, when the Rev Joe Kinsella will officiate.

Village hall - Sherburn Village Hall held its annual general meeting on Monday, March 6. The chairman (Chris Miles), vice-chairman (Ian Stabler) and bookings secretary (Tina Dobson) were re-elected unopposed. Chris welcomed Keith Usher who has taken over as representative of St Hilda’s Church following the resignation of Barbara Grice, and is also the new treasurer. The committee is still without a secretary and urgently needs a volunteer with a couple of hours to spare for three or four meetings a year. Anyone who is willing to take over this small commitment is asked to contact Chris Miles. All other representatives and Committee members remain unchanged.

Football club letters Draw - The letters drawn on March 11 were D O W. There was no winner so next week's total will be £120.

Community and Sports club - Join us for something slightly different this March 31, from 8pm to late, "The Lennon and Macca show." An evening of music through the years from John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Free entry and everyone welcome. Thinking ahead to Easter Sunday April 16 when they will be holding a car boot sale on the sports club field. Sellers from 11am, buyers noon. Cars £5, vans/trailers £7. The bar will be open from nooon and bacon sandwiches and refreshments available.

Methodist news - Your kind donations for coffee at the Tuesday coffee morning continue to be given to Sherburn Surgery to assist in the purchase of a Doppler Scanner. As part of our Lenten journey to the cross we ‘gathered round the Word’ on Wednesday led by Sandra Cade. Thursday Craft Club meet at 1.30pm and all are welcome to come along and bring their craft. Sunday worship was led by Rev Martin Calver who also played the organ for us to accompany our singing. Welcomer was Christine Pickard and Ray Pickard was the offertory steward. For the second Sunday in Lent the liturgy was read by Liz Aconley and Mary Dickinson placed the bowl and towel on the cross to remind us of the humility of Jesus as he washed his disciples feet. Jean brown played the guitar accompaniment to the Lenten hymn. The lesson was read by Steve Branston and Rev Martin took as his text, ‘For God so loved the world’. Christine Fenwick operated the audio visual equipment. After worship we enjoyed coffee together in the Hall. The Holy Communion service next Sunday at 10.30am will be led by our Minister, Rev Denise Free and a warm welcome is extended to all.


People's Guild - On March 7, dressed in his dinner service uniform, Craig Farnon gave the guild a fascinating insight into his life as a modern day butler. Craig demonstrated correct table settings, cutlery, glasses and even different napkin positions depending on the type of meal to be taken. Craig told of his early life and how he was drawn into this service and eventual training- work he thoroughly enjoys. In addition to table service, duties vary from dog walking, flower arranging to overall household management- which is why butlers are known today as house managers. Craig was welcomed and thanked by Jill Simpson. Olive Leng was the pianist. Tea and biscuits were served. The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 21, at 7.15pm. Everyone is welcome to hear the Rev Canon John Manchester speak.


Ladies Group - The leader opened the March meeting and then read letters of thanks from the various charities who had benefitted from the donations after the distribution of last year’s monies. One letter even included an invitation for the group's leader to visit their hospice in India. Copies of the programme for the coming year had been finalised and were circulated. A talk on Riding for the Disabled followed, given by Mrs S Thurlow, a very dedicated volunteer instructor. She spoke of the wide range of impairments and age groups they cater for and the satisfaction they experience seeing the benefits and pleasure it gives to the riders. The next meeting is on April 6, at 2pm, when Stuart and Janet Brown will speak on the Rizika Organisation in Kenya.


Domino drive - It will be held on Saturday, March 25, again in the hall, at 7.30pm.

Quiz - A quiz evening in aid of hall funds is planned for Friday, April 7, at 7.30pm. Tickets £2.50 to include a supper. Teams of up to four people.