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.


Common Protection Association - A well-attended meeting of the association was held in the village hall on Thursday, April 13. The main items discussed were the issue of Spaunton Estate’s proposal to exchange areas of common land within the quarry for other land and the recent presentation given by the Estate to the North York Moors National Park Authority concerning a holiday development on the quarry site.

Coffee morning - The annual coffee morning in aid of chapel and church funds will be held in the village hall on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1 from 10am to 11.30am. It will include stalls of books, bric-a-brac, cakes, produce and a raffle.


Village hall - A spring fair is being held in the village hall on Saturday, April 29, from 2pm to 4pm. Admission is free. Stalls include bric-a-brac, cakes by the Cropton WI, tombola and books. Tea and coffee will be available. All proceeds are for village hall funds.


Walking quiz - The village hall committee are putting on its own event to mark the Tour de Yorkshire in the form of a walking quiz - Le Tour de Ebberston – on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1, from 11am to 3pm. Questions will be displayed on decorated bikes around the village. Answer sheets can be obtained from the village hall where there will be bacon sandwiches and cream teas, tombola, stalls, and a children’s design a jersey competition. All proceeds will go to the upkeep of the hall.


Anniversary service - High Farndale Methodist Chapel’s anniversary service will be held on Saturday at 7pm with the Newton Choir. A supper will be served at close with collection for chapel funds.


Historic pictures - There will be a coffee morning and exhibition of historic photos of the village in the village hall on Sunday from 9.30am to noon. The event is in aid of the village hall heating fund.


Open day - The bowling club is hosting an open day on Sunday, April 30 at 2pm. The club will provide all the equipment anyone needs to give the sport a try. Phone Malcolm Armstrong, the club secretary, on 01751 432565 for more details.


Bingo - The Helmsley branch of the RNLI is having a prize bingo night and raffle at the scouts’ hut on Saturday at 7.30pm.


Kids’ coaching - Hovingham Tennis Club had a successful week with Mark Franklin, a LTA Level 4 coach, instructing 17 enthusiastic children during five days. The youngsters’ ages ranged from 5 to 10 years. Some five-year-olds, who had never played before, made great progress.


Ladies Fellowship - The April meeting was well attended. Kathy thanked everyone who had helped with the spring-cleaning of All Saints Church last month. Chrissie Wright read a poem about the value of women friends followed by a prayer of thanks for friendship. The speaker for the evening was Helen Robinson, who was called to the Bar in 1986 and authorised to sit in the Crown Civil and Family Courts as a Recorder in 1995. She gave an account of her early career while gaining experience practising in criminal, civil and employment law and then becoming a specialist practitioner covering all areas of family law and acting for many local authorities, as well as parents and children, in the field of care and adoption. Cathie Hather, Edith Youren and Vera Kendall were the birthday girls this month. The evening ended with tea and biscuits. The next meeting is on Wednesday, May 10, at 7.30 pm in the library when Brenda Hewitt will be talking about her faith. New members are always welcome.

Bridge club - At the latest game Anne Avery and George Goodall were clear winners at North/South with 66 per cent. Sylvia and Mike Strickland tied with Nim Marwood and Chris Baxter for second place on 52 per cent. East/West winners were Anne Smith and Graeme Matthew with 60 per cent. Bo and Tony Simpson were runners-up with 55 per cent. Gill and Trevor Hardcastle, playing East/West, won play of the week for six outright tops.

Amnesty International - The Kirkbymoorside group will support a book sale on Saturday, April 29 there will be a book sale from 11am to 3pm at the Sitwells House, Woodend, The Crescent Scarborough. It is also hoped to hold coffee morning at Helmsley Walled Garden.

10K run - The town’s annual 10K run will be held on Sunday, April 30. The race is based in the heart of the town starting and finishing in the same location. There will also be a 4km road race for children in Years 7 to 11, a children's one mile race for Years 2 to 6 and a dash for children in Year 2 and under. For more information and to enter visit www.kirkbymoorside

Give or take - Kirkbymoorside Environment Group is holding a give or take day on Sunday from 9am to 1pm. Goods may be delivered the previous evening between 6pm and 8pm or on Sunday from 8am onwards. Refreshments will be available as usual.

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. Children of all ages are welcome to join junior church by going to a morning service on a Sunday at 10.30am. The PCC have a meeting in church on Monday, April 24 at 7.30pm.

Tuesday Group - There will be a Spring Fellowship Day at Helmsley on Thursday, April 28 with the Bishop of Hull, the Rt Rev Alison White.

Moorside Bar & Club - Country Cousins will be performing on Saturday at 8.30pm.


Church services - On St George’s Day, Sunday, April 23, there will a 9.30am service at St Hilda’s, Beadlam, and at 11am a Said Eucharist with Hymns, with no choir, at St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale. There will be a civic service at St Gregory’s with the choir, on Sunday, April 30 at 2.30pm. There will be no 11am service at St Gregory’s on that day.


Bridge club - The penultimate session of Malton Bridge Club’s Cross-IMP pairs competition was won by Mike and Annette Jackson with 52 points. Tricia Pearce and Keith Freeman were second with 28 points while Philip Mason and John Hayton were third with 22 points. Philip and John retain the overall lead, with Mike and Annette moving into second place and Anne Avery and Graeme Matthew third.


Rec winners - The Beckett Recreation March 100 Club draw winners were as follows:1st ticket141, Bev Wood Rymer £50; 2nd ticket 15, H Smith £30; 3rd ticket 101. E Dodsworth £10; 4th ticket 79, Dr C Jackson £10.

Spring quiz - Time is running out to return the Friends of Nawton Primary school’s sheet quiz. The closing day is Friday, April 28. The results will be announced at the school’s spring fair on Saturday, May 20. For details on how to enter the scarecrow competition, email


Probus - The Vale of Pickering Probus Club met on Tuesday, April 11 for lunch at the Forest & Vale Hotel under the chairmanship of Charles Weston. Drew Haig, the manager of GoApe in Dalby Forest, spoke about climbing and his life and achievements at the highest levels in sport, illustrated with photographs and videos. Probus Club membership inquiries can be made by phoning 01751 472879.

Tuesday Group -There will be a meeting of the Tuesday Group at the Potter Hill Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Tuesday April 25 when Josie Abbey will talk about sugar crafting. New members and visitors will be made most welcome.

Meditation - There will be a learn to meditate day from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, April 29 at the Friends’ Meeting House, Castlegate, from 10am to 1pm.The cost is £10 and the day can be booked by the web at or phone 01759 304832. Kadampa teacher Richard Brown is holding meditation classes every Wednesday from April 26 to May 24, and from June 7 to July 12, at the Friends’ Meeting House. It is £6 per class or £20 for four classes.

Keep fit - The fitness classes organised by Wendy Harding will resume on Monday, April 24. Her Pilates classes at the Cedar Barn Farm Shop and cafe change times for the summer to 7pm.

Weekly draw - Last week’s main prize of £750 in the Pickering Town FC was not won. The numbers were 9, 40 and 3. This week’s draw will be increased to £825.

Ryedale Shopper - Trips are scheduled for: Thursday, May 4 to Beverley, £6; Thursday, May 18 to Monks Cross, York, £5; and Wednesday, May 31 to Northallerton, £6; Thursday, June 15 to Beverley, £6; and Wednesday, June 28 to Northallerton, £6. Phone 01653 699059 or 698888 for further details.

Fleamarket -The town’s annual fleamarket started its new season at the Easter weekend. It will be open on Monday, April 24 at the Liberal Club, Smiddy Hill, from 10am to 4pm.

Domino drive - Pickering Cricket Club will hold a domino drive at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane on Thursday, April 27 at 7.30pm.

High Society - Pickering Musical Society will present High Society as their spring production at the Kirk Theatre. It will run from Wednesday, May 2, to Saturday, May 6 at 7.30pm. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets may be purchased either from the box office, phone 01751 474833 or online at

Country fair - Pickering’s Annual Game and Country Fair which also incorporates the UK Tractor Show will be held at Scampston Hall, near Malton on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, from 9am to 5pm. It will include clay shooting, gun dog scurry, K92000 dog display team, fly casting by Hywell Morgan, lurcher show and racing, terrier show and racing, ferret show and racing, cooking demonstrations, air rifle coaching, gun dog demonstration, archery, vintage tractors, tractor pulling, fun and companion dog show, long netting demonstration, reptile display, food marquee, old time funfair, arena displays, children’s entertainment, show-jumping and cross country. The Heavy Horse show is on the Sunday only.

Jazz tickets -The fifth annual Ryedale Jazz Festival will run from Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, July 29 inclusive with all the concerts held in Pickering. Ticket costs for the Monday to Saturday concerts are £10 each if bought before Wednesday, May 31. After that date, they are £12. A ticket for all the concerts is £50 if booked before May 31 or £60 after that date. To obtain tickets, or request a brochure, send a stamped addressed envelope to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS or email


Cleaning - Members of the Recreation Ground committee meet at the Recreation Ground on Thursdays at 6.30pm for weekly clean-up sessions. Residents are more than welcome to join them. A Love Where You Live action morning to clear rubbish from around the village is to be held on Saturday from 9.30am. Volunteers should meet in the village hall car park with suitable footwear. Tools will be provided.

Live music - Local four-piece covers band No Mans Band are playing at the Fleece Inn on Saturday from 9.30pm.

Bingo - A prize bingo will be held in Woodlands Community Centre on Wednesday, April 26 for centre funds. Doors open at 6.45pm with eyes down at 7.15pm.


Weekend history event - Rosedale History Society is holding a local industrial and social history display with archive photos, maps, plans and artefacts at Updale Reading Room, Rosedale West on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 4.30pm. It will include art and craft displays and hands-on children’s activities. Local artwork and crafts will be on sale. Refreshments are available and entry is free. There will be opportunities to discover more about the Land of Iron project and how to become a volunteer. There will be walks to East Mines, at 2pm on both days and local mines so anyone going should take walking boots and waterproofs. Railway expert, Malcolm Bisby will be giving an illustrated talk at Rosedale Abbey Church 6pm on the Saturday when there will be a collection for the church roof appeal. For further information phone 01751 417071, email or log on to


Plant talk - The Yorkshire Pelargonium & Geranium Society will meet at Seamer & Irton Memorial Hall on Sunday, at 2pm when John Armitage, an expert in growing bonsai, will be the speaker. For further details about the society, phone the secretary, Ron Ward, on 01723 355656.

St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided at the Easter Day service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. The service opened with the Easter acclamations and the lighting of the Paschal candle, and the light was brought into the church with the assistance of the children. The readings included the story of The Three Trees to help illustrate the Easter story for the children, who then enjoyed an Easter egg hunt in the churchyard. Richard reflected on the gospel reading of Mary Magdalene meeting the risen Jesus in the garden. Dot Francis and Gisa Moore were sidespersons, and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Kieron Middleton gave a bible reading; Kate Middleton led the intercessions and together with Rachel Watson assisted with the distribution of communion. Clare Firth served refreshments. Reader Judith Dean led the modern communion service at 11am, distributing bread and wine that had been consecrated at the earlier service. She preached about the fresh start that Easter offers. Tim Cremer led the intercessions and Elizabeth Moreland read and assisted with the chalice. Richard Fuller (guitar) led the sung worship with John and Sue Grice (guitar and bass) and John Taylor (drums). Birthday greetings were sung to Elsie Luke. Jo Taylor was the sidesperson, Liz Cremer and Elizabeth Bradley ran the Sunday Club and Elizabeth also served refreshments after the service, helped by Hazel Hall.

Methodist news - The Easter Day service on Sunday was taken by Deacon Andrew Carter. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Bob Jackman and the welcome was Margaret Harris. Margaret Neave took the collection and led the Easter Day prayers. The congregation had brought spring flowers to decorate the cross and this was done during the first hymn. Bible readings were given by Margaret Harris, who read from Psalm 118, and Denise Earnshaw, who read from St John’s Gospel. The Singing for Fun group performed two hymns. In his sermon Andrew said that the Easter story is the most uplifting story we can ever find. He went on to talk about the first person to recognise Christ being a woman. Mary Magdalene. There is no service next week as the Seamer congregation will be attending the service at Scarborough Spa. 


Quiz - There will be a quiz for teams of up to five people and the Sports and Community Club on Sunday evening. Entry is £1 per person and a free light supper will be provided.

Letters draw - The letters in Sherburn FC’s weekly draw on Saturday were I V Y. As there was no winner, next week’s prize fund will be £240.

St Hilda’s Church - The next service will be Holy Communion with the Rev Joe Kinsella officiating on Sunday at 9am.

On screen - The family film club enjoyed the movie The Secret Life of Pets. The next family film will be on Saturday, May 20 at 6pm. Admission is free.

Methodist news - The Tuesday morning coffee group continue to give their donations to the Doppler Scanner Fund for the Sherburn Surgery. The final Lenten meeting was held on Wednesday as people gathered round the cross led by Sandra Cade. The Thursday Craft Group continue to meet at 1.30pm and invite anyone interested to come along and join them. The Good Friday service was led by the worship team and took us on a virtual walk along the Via Dolorosa as the congregation followed in the last footsteps of Christ. India and Kiara added their Easter gardens to the foot of the cross. After worship tea was enjoyed together. The Holy Communion service for Easter Sunday was led by Rev Mary Jackman. The Lenten symbols were stripped from the cross and the cross of tragedy was transformed to one of triumph as it was adorned with flowers and the girls had transformed their Easter Gardens from the starkness of Good Friday to the beauty of Easter Sunday. Liz Aconley read from Luke’s Gospel and Janet Magee from Paul’s letter to the Romans. After worship, Easter gifts were distributed to all. The worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Nigel Spencer.


Ladies Group - The group, including four new members, met on Tuesday, April 11, when Sandra Piercy gave a talk on quilting. She brought a large selection of quilts, pictures and crafty items, each with a story attached to them. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 9, when the group will have an evening visit to Jeff Andrews’ garden in Pickering.


Concert - Paul Wheater will be returning to the village hall on Friday, April 28 with his sing-a-long mix of country favourites, Jim Reeves classics and well-known hymns. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £6 can be bought by phoning John Beadle on 01723 859442 or on the door. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds from the evening are for the upkeep of the hall and playing field.


Bridge club - The meeting on Monday, April 10 was won with 61.4 per cent by Bob and Gladys Thompson. In second place with 55.1 per cent were George and Pat Donnor.


Cricket match - Tea, coffee, soup and, freshly baked cake will be available from noon at the cricket club pavilion at the first match of the season on Saturday. It starts at 1.30pm and is against Stockton & Hopgrove in the HPH York Vale League.


Domino drives - There will be a domino drive on Wednesday, April 26, in the village hall. This is a change of date. There will also be a drive on Wednesday, May 3. Both are to raise funds for the hall and start at 7.30pm. It is £1.50 to play which includes tea and biscuits.

AGM - The village hall annual general meeting is on Thursday, May 11 at 7pm.

Village walk - The annual village walk will take place on Wednesday, May 17.