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.


Educational aid – The next meeting of the Amotherby Educational Foundation will be held on Thursday, June 15. All applications for financial assistance should be made to the secretary, Pamela Taylor, 2 Honeysuckle Cottage, Musley Bank, Malton, YO17 6TD. 


Parish Council – The annual parish meeting held in the Reading Room was attended by all councillors and two villagers. Matters discussed included broadband to the village it was decided that another letter will be sent to BT to establish a firmer timescale for installation. The North York Moors National Park Authority’s planning department are also to be contacted to clarify its notification procedure. The next meeting will be at 7pm on Thursday, July 6.

History walk – A five-mile guided history walk which was part of the North York Moors National Park Authority’s Breath of Fresh Air programme was undertaken by 13 visitors. The walk was led by Jim Hall and supported by Mike Winterflood. Tea and cakes provided by Shirley Brooke and Margaret Priest were enjoyed by the participants in the village hall at the end of the walk.


May Market – The village’s annual May Market, a seasonal table top sale, will be held on Saturday, May 27 in the village hall from 10am until 1pm. Entrance will be £1.50 to include refreshments. There will be stalls selling bric-a-brac, cakes, plants and the organisers would welcome more. If you have something to sell you can rent a table for £5. To book a table, or to donate things to sell, phone Di Ford on 01723 859211. Proceeds this year are for St Martin House, a hospice for children and young people.

Quiz – The previously cancelled quiz will now take place on Wednesday, June 2 starting at 7pm. Entrance is as £4 and includes supper. People attending can feel free to bring their own bottle however a glass of wine can be purchased on the night.

Church – This Sunday is Rogation Sunday and all the churches in the Upper Derwent Benefice join together to visit different parts of one village. This year it is the turn of St Matthew’s, Hutton Buscel to be hosts. Adults, children, including those on ponies, and well behaved dogs, are all welcome to come People will walk, or ride, stopping to sing, read and pray for the buildings and gardens that combine to make up a village. There will not be a service at Brompton on Sunday but there will be one to celebrate Ascension Day on Thursday, May 25 at 7pm. This is for the combined churches of the Upper Derwent Benefice.

Open gardens – There will be a new style of lunches at the open gardens event on Sunday, June 18. Barbecued burgers will be available outside the village hall from noon to 1.30pm. Cream teas will be served at West End from 2pm to 4.30pm. There will be gardens to visit to walk off the calories. Terry Cartlidge, the Benefice organist, has offered to play the church organ during afternoon.


Ladies Fellowship – A talk was given by Brenda Hewitt to the Ladies Fellowship about the life and faith of St Francis of Assisi and how this had influenced Brenda’s faith. The meeting was also attended by two guests, June and Marlene. Ann and Kathy served tea and Margaret read a prayer. The next meeting in June will have a garden theme.

Bridge club – At the latest game North/South winners were Mary Mortenson and Chris Baxter with 65 per cent. Bo and Tony Simpson were runners-up on 63 per cent. East/West victors were Gill and Trevor Hardcastle with 63 per cent. Sue Pearson and Steve Lonsdale were second with 57 per cent. Play of the week went to Christine Roberts Holland and Bryan Wilson. Members are reminded that the summer lunch will be held on Tuesday, June 6.

Cake stall – There will a cake stall on Wednesday, May 24 at Towler’s Arch from 9am to raise funds for All Saints Church. If anyone would like to bake a cake it would be much appreciated. All Saints will hold a summer fair on Saturday, July 29 in the Memorial Hall.

Band concert – The town band’s next ticket concert, Journey’s in Brass, will be at Stockton-on-the-Forest on Saturday, June 17. For further details phone the band manager on 01751 432813.

Oasis – The group meets on Tuesdays from 10am until noon for coffee, company and a chat.

Christian Aid – This week is Christian Aid week, ending on Saturday. Envelopes are available in All Saints Church for anyone who wants to make a donation.

Moorside Bar & Club – Dave Weston will provide the entertainment at the Moorside Bar & Club on Saturday at 8.30pm. There will be no act on Saturday, May 27.


Village fete – The village fete committee are meeting in the Jolly Farmers on Wednesday, May 24 at 8.30pm. New ideas and volunteers would be much appreciated. If you are unable to attend, but would like to be involved, phone contact Chris Spencer 01653 658381.


Lacemakers – There will be a meeting of the Pickering Lacemakers held on Saturday in the village hall from 10am to 3pm.


Spring Fair – Nawton CP School’s spring fair will be held on Saturday starting at 2pm. There will be a scarecrow competition, lots of stalls, a raffle and tombola. Tea and cake will be served. The winner of the quiz sheet will be announced.


Exhibition – A Carpet of Wisdom exhibition is currently being held in the Methodist Church until Friday. The colourful rugs on display have been made by groups of women of different faiths who have been meeting together through the Weaving Women’s Wisdom project, to deepen interfaith friendships, to remember women who have influenced their lives and to consider the wisdom they have experienced and shared. The project is supported by Methodist Women in Britain. Admission to the exhibition is free. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday from 10am to noon, at the same time as the plant sale in the main hall.

Family cinema – The film Moana was enjoyed by a large audience of children and parents at the family cinema at the Methodist Church on Saturday. The next family cinema will be on Saturday, June 3 at 6.30pm when the film Sing will be screened. Doors open at 6pm and admission is free, but donations are welcome. Popcorn, chocolate, ice cream and soft drinks are for sale in the interval and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Domino drives – The will be domino drive at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, on Friday at 7.30pm is in aid of Pickering Town Football Club. Pickering Cricket Club will hold a domino drive at the club on Thursday, May 25 at 7.30pm.

Jazz festival – The fifth annual Ryedale Jazz Festival will be held in the town from Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, July 29. Tickets costs for the Monday to Saturday concerts are £10 per concert if purchased before the end of this month. It is £12 after Wednesday, May 31. For full ticket details or to request for a brochure, send a stamped addressed envelope to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS or email

Tribute acts – The Kirk Theatre is selling tickets for a Tina Turner tribute evening on Saturday, May 27. Doors will open at 6.45pm with the performance starting at 7.30pm. 

Plant sale – Pickering and District Horticultural Society will be holding its annual plant sale in the Market Place from 8.30am on Saturday, May 27. The stall will include bedding and vegetable plants, pot plants and many other items.

Welcome Church – Every Sunday at 3pm the Welcome Church meets in the Mill Suite, Memorial Hall, for worship, talks and discussion with children’s weekly activities.

Quiz night – The Bay Horse, Market Place, will host a general knowledge quiz on Sunday, May 28 in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance starting at 7.30pm.

Weekly draw – Last week’s main prize of £150 in the weekly Pickering Town FC draw was not won. The numbers were 22, 16 and 1. This week’s draw will be for £225. 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.

RBL – Coffee mornings are organised by the Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale branch of the Royal British Legion every Saturday and Monday at its headquarters in Champley’s Yard from 10am to 12.30pm.

Beck Isle Museum – The town’s Beck Isle Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, May 27 with a day of activities as the museum looks back to the 1960s when it was founded. There will be free admission to see displays of memorabilia and photographs from Pickering, listen to your favourite 1960s record and visit the village shop to buy a handful of penny sweets. The museum will be open from 10am with last admissions at 4pm.


Quiz time – Mike Williams will be hosting a general knowledge quiz in the Fleece Inn on Friday at 9pm. Entry is £2 and includes a hot supper and cash prizes. Jennie’s Sunday night quiz was won by Gary’s Team.

Live music – Looking Back will be playing music from the 1960s, plus rock and roll classics, in the Fleece Inn on Saturday from 9.30pm.


Secret life of hedgehogs – The second in a series of Nature On Your Doorstep mini lectures by Natural England will be held in the Heritage and Learning Centre at the Walled Garden on Thursday, May 25 from 6.30pm to 8pm. It will be an opportunity to learn about the secret lives of hedgehogs, meet some up close and children will be able to make a craft hedgehog to take home. Admission is £1 for adults and 50p for children.


St Martin’s Church – The vicar the Rev Andrew Moreland presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion on Sunday. His sermon focussed on the gospel reading where Jesus prepares his disciples for life after he leaves to return to heaven. Jean Donovan led the prayers and assisted with the distribution of communion. Clare Firth and Sue Johnson were sidespersons, Dot Francis gave a bible reading and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Julie Stephenson and Clare Firth served refreshments. The Rev Moreland also led the all-age service at 11am, taking as his theme the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus from John’s Gospel. Chloe Raettig read the section containing Jesus’ words, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’ and pictures representing each of the seven sayings had been placed around the church for the children to find and talk about. The Rev Moreland also led some songs on his guitar, together with Tim Cremer (guitar) and Jonathon Moreland (drums). During the prayer time the members of the congregation were asked to select one of the ‘I am’ characteristics of Jesus as a focus for their prayers for the world and for the church. Liz Cremer was the sidesperson and Andrea Raettig served refreshments after the service. Prayer co-ordinator Jean Donovan led the evening service of Word and Worship, encouraging everyone to participate in the forthcoming national prayer initiative, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, taking place from Ascension Day, Thursday, May 25, to Pentecost, Sunday, June 4. Worship was led by Richard Fuller with John and Sue Grice.

Methodists – The preacher at the service on Sunday, Lorraine Booth, took for her text the building blocks of unity in this week of Christian Aid. The lessons read by Jean Berrington, Bob Jackman and Margaret Neave continued the theme. Each member of the congregation was given a stone from the beach, and were asked to build a cairn with them during the service. This represented people as living stones, building God’s house to welcome all people. The organist was Suzanne Robinson, and vestry steward was Bob Jackman. The door steward was Margaret Neave, who was also collection steward. The preacher next week is Patricia Mollon. The first of the summer concerts will be held on Saturday at 7.30pm when Simply Brass will be performing. Entry is £6, pay on the door, and includes a light supper.

Small spaces – Members of the Yorkshire Pelargonium & Geranium Society will meet at Seamer & Irton Memorial Hall on Sunday at 2pm when Tony Featherston, from Swanland, near Hull, will talk about growing plants and vegetables in small spaces. For further information, phone the society’s secretary Ron Ward on 01723 355656.


St Hilda’s Church – Morning worship on Sunday was led by Barbara Grice who took the magnitude of God’s love and forgiveness as the theme. Bill Hyndford provided the music on his guitar and the lesson was read by Carol Stephenson. Angela Holdsworth and Betty Flinton were the sidespersons and served coffee at the close of the service. The next service at St Hilda’s is Holy Communion at 9am on Sunday, May 28 when the Rev Joe Kinsella will officiate. After five years Barbara Grice has resigned from going into Sherburn C of E School to take Worship Time, owing to health problems. She was presented with an orchid and card from all at the school. The Rev Kinsella will fill the post for the time being.

Letters draw – There was no winner of Sherburn FC’s weekly letters draw on Saturday. The letters were D, H and X. The prize fund this week is £480.

Live act – The Community and Sports Club welcomes back Sammi Lee who will be performing from 9pm on Saturday. There will be a late bar. The club’s monthly quiz will be held on Sunday, May 28 at 8pm.

Messy Church – Youngsters enjoyed tea together before going into the chapel to hear the story of the lost coin. Afterwards the children made jewelled headbands, did coin rubbing and put them into purses. A game to find all the lost things was played and there was a hunt for hidden coins. and bringing them back. After a song and prayers it was time for home. The next Messy Church will be on Saturday, June 10 with tea at 4.45pm. Pentecost Praise will be celebrated to mark the anniversary of the Christian Church. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Methodist news – Sunday morning worship took the form of Café Church and was led by the worship team with music from the Praise Band, comprising Tom, Chris and Robin on guitars, Alex on the drums and Janet on the organ. Opening prayers were led by Jean Brown and the Bible reading was given by Liz Aconley. Sandra Cade led an activity making a prayer reminder. The children made a craft of the story of Jesus making breakfast on the beach for the disciples and also helped re-enact the story barbecuing fish over the fire. Janet Tebb operated the audio visual equipment. At the end of the service fish-shaped sandwiches were eaten to remind everyone of the story. The worship on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Janette Biltcliffe.


Open gardens – St Stephen’s Church Parochial Church Council will be holding its annual open gardens in the village on Sunday, June 25 and would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to open their garden. Gardens may be large, small, plants, some vegetables, with ponds. Phone Jane on 01723 859342 if you are interested or want further information.

Concert – St Stephen’s Church has arranged a concert on Friday, May 26 as part of the ongoing fundraising activities for the roof appeal. Hackness Ladies Choir have offered to sing in the church at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 and include light refreshments. For tickets, phone Angela Howgate on 01723 859843 or Jane Williams on 01723 859130.


Ladies Group – The speaker at Thornton-le-Dale Ladies Group this month was David Warren, who gave a talk and demonstration on glass. He showed the difference between stained and coloured glass and demonstrated how a window or plaque was made using the glass and lead. He said that the method used today does not differ much to the way it was done centuries ago, with only the tools now used having changed. Tea and biscuits were served afterwards. The annual service took place on Sunday at the Methodist Church led by Linda Stannard. It was attended by a good number of Ladies Group members. Coffee was served after the service. The next Ladies Group meeting is on Thursday, June 1 at 2pm when Ruth Boyes will speak about Therapy Dogs. She will be bringing Charlie, her therapy dog, to the meeting in the Methodist schoolroom.


Car boot – There will be a car boot and garage sale around households in the village and at the cricket ground on Sunday, May 28 from 10am until 1pm. Stalls are £5 and are bookable in advance. The cricket club will be having a stall in the cricket pavilion, as well as serving tea, coffee and cake in aid of club funds.


Domino drive – The next domino drive to raise funds for the village hall is on Friday, May 26 at 7.30pm. Please note change of date. It is £1.50 to play and includes tea and biscuits.


Kirkbymoorside – The president, Chris Martin, welcomed 21 members and 11 visitors. Four ladies became full members. After discussing various future events and plans, including rambles, afternoon teas and a Federation lunch, members heard reports on recent WI activities and an entertaining trip to see the Esk Valley Theatre Group perform a John Godber play at Hutton-le-Hole Village Hall. As this was an open evening there was a large raffle. Birthday posies made by Jan Tattersall were presented to Hilary Hoyland, Vera Kendall and Eliza Treasure. The branch has a weekly walking group and once a month they join other members at the Penny Bank Cafe for the craft and chat session. Members are beginning to prepare for the flower festival at All Saints Church. The displays of flowers and various tableaux will be knitted and crocheted. The guest was David Swann who played to a selection of his own songs about North Yorkshire with his guitar and ukulele. The evening was completed by a shared buffet provided by members. The May meeting will discuss and vote on the two resolutions for 2017 and end with a fish and chips supper.


Rillington and District – The evening’s speaker was Anne Pilgrim whose talk was entitled Laughter Lines. She recited amusing verses she had written and spoke about her lifetime involvement with horses, illustrating and writing. Mollie Tindall thanked Anne for an entertaining and amusing evening. Anne judged the competition for a picture from home and awarded first prize to Valerie Gilbert, second was Lorna Mastaglio and third Caroline Neuff. All members had been issued with a copy of the May newsletter and the Yorkshire Day lunch at York Racecourse was brought to their attention. The evening’s hostesses were Valerie Gilbert and Lorna Mastaglio. Lorna sold tickets for the raffle. As the secretary and assistant secretary will not be available for the scheduled June meeting and the village hall will be used as a polling station, the meeting has been brought forward one week to Thursday, June 1.

Wombleton – Members gathered on Tuesday, April 18 for the annual fundraising event. Eighty tickets were sold for a concert by the Malarky Singers, a quintet of string, drum and woodwind players with all members also singing. Their style is a mix of folk and traditional songs interspersed with an amusing anecdotes and comments. A raffle was held and the evening rounded off with light refreshments.