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.


Moveable feast - The village’s moveable feast will be held on Friday, May 19, from 6 30pm. It includes sherry, wine, three courses and coffee in five venues around the village. Tickets are £15 a head, with under 12s £5. To reserve tickets phone Elaine on 01653 658351 or Ruth on 01653 658203. It is open to people outside the village.


Flower festival - Churches Together in Allerston are organising a flower festival on July 28, 29 and 30 with a theme of children’s books in blooms. There will be displays in both the Methodist Chapel and the parish church of St John the Evangelist. Anyone who would like to contribute a display is invited to go to the church or chapel on Saturday, May 6, between 10am and noon to choose a site and let the organisers know which book they would like to interpret. Refreshments will also be available. Further details are available from Mary Bell, phone 01723 859918.


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. There will be stalls of books, bric-a-brac, cakes, produce and a raffle.


Church - The Easter egg rolling in the village attracts more people every year. Three races were held this year. In the first Harriet Medd’s egg travelled the furthest, Harry Robinson’s was the fastest in the second race and Charlotte Hargreaves’s egg was the first to land on top of the sheep shed. Antony Glaves was the race starter, Paul Worsley was the judge and Mary Jones gave tiny coloured chicks to all the participants. All Saints Church was full for the Easter service which was led by the vicar, with egg hunting and refreshments afterwards organised by members of the parochial church council fundraising committee.

Historical pinfold - Some years ago local historian, Vivian Bairstow, discovered that the village once had a pinfold which was sited at the top of Hungate on the verge in front of the Forge Tea Rooms. With relevant permissions granted, he arranged for stones to be embedded in the grass verge to mark out the footprint of the original pinfold site. To add to the village historical trail, a plaque of explanation was recently added to the site which was unveiled on Good Friday by Scarborough MP, Robert Goodwill. The event was accompanied by an historical themed coffee morning in the village hall, organised by members of the village hall committee. A small exhibition of archive photos, donated by residents and the Local History Society, was on display. Entrance to the coffee morning was free but the sum of £111.20 was collected in the donation bucket which will go towards the expenses involved in setting up a website.

All Saints - Ten members of the fundraisers for All Saints Church met last week to plan for the next six months. The first event is the May gift day. Envelopes for donations have been distributed and the churchwardens will be at the village hall on Monday, May 1, from 10am until midday, to welcome donations and answer any questions about the church. Spare envelopes will be available, together with tea, coffee and biscuits. The open gardens event will take place on Sunday, June 18. The fete and duck race will be on the first Sunday in August. This Sunday, is a fifth Sunday in the month so there is one joint service in the Benefice at St Helen’s and All Saints Church, Wykeham. There is no service at Brompton and all are welcome at 10.30am at Wykeham for Holy Communion.


Bridge club - The winners of the meeting on Thursday, April 20 were Val and Michael Allen with 59 per cent. Second were Jill Overdale and Sheila Johnson with 58.7 per cent.


Cancer donation - At the Easter fleamarket, organised by Hazel Harper, in the town hall, £150 was donated at the door and forwarded to Yorkshire Cancer Research. In the last three years, the fleamarkets have raised a total of £1,500 for cancer charities.


Pub quiz - There will be a quiz in the Crown Inn on Sunday, May 7 at 8.30pm in aid of St Chad’s Church. Entry is £2 entry and includes a sandwich supper. The prize is a voucher to spend at the Crown Inn. Note the change of date.


Reading group - The Kirkbymoorside Library Reading Group is looking for new members. The library is also looking for volunteers to help with choosing, ordering and returning loans. For more information, phone John Dean on 01439 771639.

Oasis - The group has been running for 10 years and meets in the Jubilee Room of the Methodist Church for coffee, company and a chat every Tuesday between 10am and noon. A group of volunteers from the churches in Kirkbymoorside are always on hand to give visitors a warm welcome. For more information phone Kath on 01751 432461.

10K run - The town’s annual 10K run will be held on Sunday. 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

Menzown - Retired Scarborough trawlerman Fred Normandale was the speaker at the April meeting of Menzown. A vote of thanks was given and several members bought copies of Fred’s four books which were on sale.

Camera club - Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club met at the Moorside Bar & Club last Thursday for the last applied competition of the season. The judge was Malcolm Blenkey from Saltburn Camera Club. There was a tie for first place in the print section between Mike Ward with his entry Plimoth Pilgrim, and Bob Ordidge with Cheetah Cubs Racing. Matt Hillier won the projected digital image section with Meadow Pipit and also tied with Sharon Marwood for second place. Ian Newton will give an illustrated talk on Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands at the next meeting on Thursday, May 4.

Shoebox Appeal - The coffee morning held in the Methodist Church room for the Shoebox Appeal raised £395. The organisers wish to thank everyone who supported the event and First Steps and the Dinner Club for sharing the premises on busy morning.

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.

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.

Bridge club - The latest game provided close finishes all round. At North/South, Judith O'Donnell and David Whitehead were top with 64 per cent. Anne Avery and George Goodall were second with 62 per cent. East/West winners were Bo and Tony Simpson on 60 per cent. Ann Scott and Frank Bailey were runners-up on 59 per cent. Four outright tops earned play of the week for Janet Sutor and Sue Shuttleworth.


Service - There will be a civic service at St Gregory’s Minster, with the choir, on Sunday at 2.30pm. There will be no 11am service at St Gregory’s on Sunday.


Village show - Potato and a bucket are now ready to collect and grow ready for this year’s village show on Saturday, September 9. They can be picked up from Boundale Farm, which is next to the school, or phone Nancy on 01653 658381. It is £1 per bucket and there is one entry per person only.


Cricket coaching - Cricket coaching for boys and girls aged six onwards has started at the Recreation Ground. It is £1 per session. For further details, phone Chris Rymer 01439 771660.


Bridge club - Last Wednesday’s session of Malton Bridge Club’s Handicap Pairs competition was won by Philp Mason and Richard Hilton with a big score of 69.1 per cent. Jonathan Allison and Graham Burgess were runners-up with 60.3 per cent followed by Rob Ashdown and Mike Jackson with 57.1 per cent. With one session remaining, the result moves Philip and Richard up into second place in the averages behind Tricia Pearce and Annette Jackson, with Jonathan and Graham close behind in third.


Marton and Normanby Gardening Club’s March meeting started with a minute’s silence in remembrance of club members Rosamund Wood, who had passed away. Peter Mansfield then introduced guest speaker Roger Brownbridge who gave an illustrated talk with more than 300 slides on the Mountains and Flowers of Switzerland. The winner of the monthly competition was Sue Richardson. After the raffle, refreshments were served. The next meeting will be held in Marton Village Hall on Tuesday, May 9, at 7.30pm when speaker Paul Turner will talk about culinary herbs. Admission on the door is £3 includes tea, coffee and biscuits and entry into the evening’s raffle. The members’ competition is a posy in an egg cup.


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

Quiz - The Bay Horse, Market Place, will host a general knowledge quiz in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday at 7.30pm.

Meditation - There will be a learn to meditate day from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 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 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.

Weekly draw - Last week’s main prize of £825 in the Pickering Town FC Weekly Draw was won by Molly Brown of Pickering and Matthew Wilkinson of Thornton-le-Dale, who will each receive £412.50. The winning numbers were 20, 6 and 3. This week’s draw will be for £75. To join the draw costs £1 per entry per week. To join, call at Dunning Butchers, Bridge Street or get in touch with any Pickering Town FC committee member.

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; Wednesday, June 28, to Northallerton, £6; Thursday, July 13, to Whitby, £5 and Thursday, July 27, to Bridlington, £6. Phone 01653 699059 or 698888 for further details.

Fishkeepers - Members of Ryedale Aquarist Society met in the Memorial Hall last week when Ron Atherton of Hartlepool Aquarist Society gave a talk called My Favourite Twenty Aquarium Fishes. He also judged the table show and awarded first prize to a large charchis that was entered by Steven Russell. The next meeting of the society will be held in the Memorial Hall on Wednesday, May10 when Dr David Pool, of Fish Science Ltd, will speak on preventing and identifying illness in aquarium fishes. The meeting will start at 7.30pm. The society will be holding its annual open show and auction of aquatic items on Sunday, June 18 at Kirby Misperton Village Hall.

PEEMS - There will be a meeting of the Pickering Experimental Engineering and Model Society held at the WRVS Hungate Centre on Wednesday, May 3 at 7pm.

Coffee mornings - The Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale branch of the Royal British Legion hold weekly coffee mornings at Champley’s Yard from 10am to 12.30pm on Mondays and Saturdays.


Prize time - Jean Gill presented the prizes for the whist drive at the Over Sixty's Club meeting held in the village hall to Eric Copeland, Jean Gill, Marjorie Grice, Robin King, Margaret King and Kath Horsley. The winners of the progressive whist drive held in Woodlands Community Centre were Eric Copeland, Val Warters, M Jefferys, Robin King and A Croft. A raffle was held at both events.

Cleaning up - Eleven volunteers took part in the Love Where You Live action morning on Saturday and collected 30 sacks of rubbish from around the village.

Quiz - The winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz at the Fleece Inn were Sue’s Crew and the jackpot was won by Gary’s Team.


St Martin’s Church - The vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland, presided and pastoral assistant Kieron Middleton preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. Kieron used the gospel reading of the day and focussed on the understanding that it is faith that gives us the strength we need as we encounter the challenges and questions during the journey of life. Edna Burton gave a bible reading and accompanied the hymns on the piano. Janet Lamb and Julie Stephenson were sidespersons. Elizabeth Chapman and Sue Johnson served refreshments. Rev Moreland also led the 11am service of modern worship. Steve Raettig preached on Jesus’ appearance to the disciples in the upper room after his resurrection, releasing them from their doubts and fears and preparing them for their mission to the world. Elizabeth Moreland led the intercessions and Liz Cremer read. The sung worship was led by Richard Fuller (guitar) with John and Sue Grice (guitar and bass) and John Taylor (drums). Wendy Haslam and Jo Taylor ran the Sunday Club, Elizabeth Bradley was the sidesperson and Tim Cremer served refreshments after the service.


Community club - Acoustic band The Two Dollar Pistols will be playing southern rock and country music at the Sports and Community Club on Saturday. Entry is free.

Letters draw - Sherburn FC’s draw on Saturday produced the letters C D V. As there was no winner, the prize fund this weekend will be £300.

St Hilda’s Church - The next service at St Hilda’s will be on Sunday, May14 at 10.30am and will be led by lay minister Barbara Grice.

Luncheon club - Members of the Senior Citizen’s Luncheon Club met in the Chapel Hall and enjoyed a buffet lunch. Birthday greetings were sung to Janet, one of the band of helpers. The next luncheon club meeting will be on Wednesday, May 17, from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Lifts within the village can be arranged by phoning Christine on 01944 711294.

Methodist news - The Tuesday coffee morning hostess was Liz Aconley and donations are still to be given to the Sherburn Surgery. The Craft Club met on Thursday and anyone wishing to join them should just take their craft along at 1.30pm. Sunday worship was led by the Rev Nigel Spencer. The welcomer was Christine Pickard and Ray Pickard was the offertory steward. Liz Aconley read the bible lessons and Chris Cade was the organist. After the service coffee was enjoyed in the hall. The worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Nikki Warner. On Sunday, May 7, the chapel anniversary service will be held at 10.30am and will include Holy Communion. It will be led by the Minister, the Rev Denise Free and there will be lunch afterwards.


Plant stall - The annual Westow Playing Fields Association plant stall will be taking place at the cricket ground on Sunday, May 7. It is to raise money for the maintenance of the village play area in Church Lane. There will be a range of perennial and annual plants, as well as tea, coffee and cake. Anyone who would like to support the playing field but does not garden would be welcome to go along between 10am and noon for a drink, cake and chat. Note that the event is not in the main street as in previous years. Donations of plants and cakes can be taken on the day or dropped off with Chris Defty beforehand.


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.


Marton and Normanby - The March meeting began with president Jean Bell introducing the guest speaker, Ian Kelly, who talked about Nunnington Hall Tapestries. He an insight into his work at the hall and the fundraising needed to restore the hall’s treasures. Supper followed the talk, then notices were read out. There was a discussion about Ryedale Show and a forthcoming trip to the Little Esk Theatre in August. The next meeting will be in Marton Mission Room at 7pm on Wednesday, May 3, when Neil Marsay will talk about Rapid Response.

Thornton-le-Dale - Members and guests were welcomed to the April meeting. Birthday greetings,and cards, were given to Pauline Closier, Lesley Gray, Arline Midgley, Jane Holmes and Doris Wallis. Lists were available for members to sign regarding the WI quiz, the trip to RAF Fylingdales and the June outing to Jackson’s Wold. Mary Richardson had prepared a comprehensive report of the Spring Council meeting which was issued to everyone. The first walk for this year will take place on Friday, May 5. Members taking part should meet at the car park at 10.30am. Names were also taken for those wishing to have a boules taster session. The speaker for the evening was John Kinghorn, a former Custom and Excise officer, who told tales of smuggling. Mr Kinghorn asked that his fee be sent to St Catherine’s Hospice. Light refreshments were served by Wendy Scoble and Margaret Smith. There is a change to the programme for the next meeting on Tuesday, May 9. Phil will be coming to give a demonstration of Tai Chi. There will be opportunities for members to try the ancient art, so loose comfortable clothing and footwear should be worn. Visitors are always welcome.


Sherburn - The branch has closed after the annual general meeting on Wednesday, April 12. A total of 21 members attended and nine apologies were received. A supper was provided by all the members and Barbara Grice read out amusing poems written by children. The minutes of the 2016 AGM were read and approved. The chairman gave her report and thanked all officers for their help over the last year. The treasurer gave a full financial report. The chairman, treasurer and secretary stepped down from their positions and unfortunately new appointments were unable to be made. This means that the Sherburn branch is now closed.