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.


History walk - A six-mile guided history walk, which was part of the North York Moors National Park Authority’s Walk Fest programme was undertaken on Sunday. The walk was led by Jim Hall and supported by Dr David Worth. Tea and cakes, provided by Shirley Brooke and Margaret Priest, were enjoyed by everyone that participated on their return to the Reading Room.

Community Sing Along - The next session will be at 6pm on Wednesday, June 7 in the village hall.

Open studio - The Reading Room will be the venue for John Creighton’s Open Studio on the weekends of June 3 and 4 and June 10 and 11.


May market - The May market on Saturday raised £287.30 for Martin House, the local hospice for children and young people. The organisers wish to thank everyone who supported the event.

Church - The next church fundraising event is the open gardens afternoon on Sunday, June 18, starting at noon. The last ticket sales will be at 4pm, with the gardens closing at 5pm. The service in church this Sunday is at 11am.


Bridge club - The meeting on Thursday, May 25 was won by Val and Michael Allen with 58.9 per cent. Joint runners-up were Sheila Johnson and Gill Overdale and the pairing of Elizabeth and Terry Strickland with 54.2 per cent.


Quiz - There will be a quiz at the Crown Inn on Sunday at 8.30pm to raise funds for St Chad’s Church. It is £2 to enter. There will be a sandwich supper and the prize is a voucher to spend at the Crown Inn.


Amnesty International - The Kirkbymoorside group’s next meeting is on Thursday, June 8 in the Friends’ Meeting House, West End at 1.30pm. There will also be an open meeting on Tuesday, June 13 at 7.30pm where there will be a talk on occupied Palestinian territories. The group will be holding afternoon tea at Helmsley Walled Garden between 3pm and 4pm on Tuesday, June 20 with any donations go to York City of Sanctuary and Urban House, Wakefield. The entry fee to visit the garden is £7.50. Amnesty International’s monthly meetings are now held on the second Thursday of each month. For any more information, phone Barbara on 01439 770985.

Open gardens - The town’s open gardens day will be held on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. The cost is £5 for adults and free for children. Admission includes a cream tea. Tickets and maps will be available on the day from In Bloom stall in the town centre.

Tuesday Group - The club’s annual general meeting will be held in the Methodist Church Jubilee Room on Tuesday, June 13 at 7.30pm. Daisy will be the leader and members will be the tea hostesses. The district summer evening event at Filey on Friday, June 18, starts with a buffet from 5pm.

Marie Curie - The gardens at Sleightholmedale will be open to the public on Wednesday, June 7 and Sunday, July 23 to raise funds for Kirkbymoorside Marie Curie support group. Tea will be served from 1pm to 6pm. The car boot sale at Welburn Manor will be held on Sunday, June 25. A cake stall held in the town in aid of Marie Curie Care and support through terminal illness, raised £300. It will provide funds for the local Marie Curie nursing service. The fundraising group would like to thank all who helped, baked or bought cakes to support the event.

Car show - The second Father’s Day Classic Vehicle Show at the Moorside Bar and Club will be held on Sunday, June 18 from 11am until 5pm. Last year’s event attracted a wide selection of about 50 cars, lorries, tractors and motorcycles. There is no charge for anyone wishing to bring their vehicles for display. Anyone interested in bringing their vehicle, or if anyone would like a table for an auto jumble, please phone Geoff Curtis on 01751 431844 or 07798 751506 or e-mail Admission to view the vehicles is £1 per adult and under 16s are free if accompanied. There will be a barbecue, tea, coffee, soft drinks and refreshments available. The club bar will also be open.

Cake stall - The All Saints Church fundraising group’s cake stall in Towlers Arch on Wednesday, May 24 raised £186. The organisers wish to thank everyone who supported the event.

Allotments - If anyone has any old photographs of the allotments the Allotment Committee would like to see them. Phone Kathy Robson on 01751 432158 for further details.

Coffee morning - The Kirkbymoorside support group for St Catherine’s Hospice will host a coffee morning on Wednesday, June 14 in the Moorside Room from 9am.

Bridge club - At the latest game, North/South winners were Anne Avery and George Goodall with 63 per cent. Eileen and Frank Hayward were second with 57 per cent. East/West was won by Bo and Tony Simpson with 62 per cent. Gill and Trevor Hardcastle were runners-up on 55 per cent. Both winning pairs had also won the previous week. Play of the week went to Anne Smith and Jane Baldwin. Members are reminded that the summer lunch is on Tuesday, June 6.

All Saints - The monthly coffee morning will be held in church on Saturday.

Members of the Parochial Church Council will meet on Monday, June 5 in church at 7.30pm. The Pilgrim Discipleship group will meet in church on Wednesday, June 7 at 7.30pm. All Saints summer fair will be held on Saturday, July 29 in the Memorial Hall. Donations of tombola prizes would be much appreciated. There will be a collection box in church or phone 01439 770031 to arrange for items to be collected from your home.

Oasis -The group meets for coffee and chat on Tuesdays from 10am to noon in the Methodist Church.

Open garden - The garden of Penny Piece Cottage, 41 Piercy End will be open on Sunday, June 11 as part of the National Garden Scheme. Viewing will be from noon to 5pm.

Messy church - There will be a session of Messy Church at the Methodist Church on Monday, June 12 from 3.45pm to 6pm.

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


Garage sale - There will be a garage sale in the village on Sunday, June 18 from 10am to 1pm to help raise funds for the village play area refurbishment. Cakes, refreshments and maps will be available at the Methodist School Room, High Street.


100 Club Draw -The winners of the Beckett Recreation April 100 Club draw were R and D Collier, £50, No 91; D and S Wood, £30, No 19; Mr and Mrs Ives, £10, No 21 and D Smith, £10, No 9.

Prize bingo - The monthly prize bingo to raise funds for the village hall takes place on Saturday in the village hall at 7.30pm.


Meditation classes - Meditation in Pickering with Kadampa teacher Richard Brown takes place every Wednesday from June 7 to July 12, at the Friends’ Meeting House, 19 Castlegate. The charge is £6 per class or £20 for four classes.

Weekly draw - Last week’s main prize of £300 in the Pickering Town FC weekly draw was not won. The numbers were 35, 15 and 37. This week’s draw will be for £375. To join the draw, which costs £1 per entry per week, call at Dunning Butchers, Bridge Street, or get in touch with any Pickering Town FC committee member. 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.

Ryedale Shopper - There will be forthcoming trips on Thursday June 15 to Beverley, price £6 and Wednesday, June 28 to Northallerton, price £6. The programme for the following month is Thursday, July 13 to Whitby. price £5, and Thursday, July 27 to Bridlington. price £6. To reserve a place on the mini-bus, or for further information, phone 01653 699059 or 01653 698888. The pick-up points and times are as follows: Thornton-le-Dale (Roxby Road junction with the A170) 9.15am, Eastgate/Hawthorne Lane 9.25am, Eastgate car park 9.30am, Ingsgarth 9.33am, Westgate/Manor Drive 9.35am, Middleton Road/Northway 9.45am.

Quiz night - The Bay Horse, Market Place, Pickering will host a General knowledge quiz in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday, June 11, starting at 7.30pm.

Fishkeepers - The next meeting of Ryedale Aquarist Society will be held on Wednesday, June 14 at the Potter Hill home of Sue and David Marshall at 7.30pm.

Fleamarket - The town’s fleamarket, craft and gift fair which is held at the Liberal Club, Smiddy Hill, will open every Monday and Tuesday until further notice from 10am to 4pm each day. The fleamarket supports the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with a tombola stall, which last year raised £280.

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


Domino drive – There will be a domino drive in Woodlands Community Centre on Saturday at 7.30pm to raise funds for Ryedale Parkinson’s Support Group. Admission is £2 and includes supper. The support group will meet for afternoon tea at Park Farm on Thursday, June 8 by invitation of Sandra Pratt. For further information, phone Gill on 07794 439356.


NWR Group - The newly-formed Ryedale NWR Group is looking for members. The could the National Women’s Register (NWR) is a national organisation with more than 425 groups. The Ryedale group meet in the villages around Helmsley, Ampleforth, Oswaldkirk and Yearsley. Anyone would like to meet other friendly local women for discussion, participate in theatre visits, walks, book group discussion, workshops and attend area and national conferences should phone the NWR office on 01603 406767 or email To find out more about NWR and the Ryedale NWR Group visit its website

Embroiderers’ Guild - Members of the Ryedale Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild met on Saturday, May 27 when Heather Gatt, an artist who works with batik, gave a talk called Batik for Stitching. She showed how to start working with batik from simple patterns before moving on to more complicated pictures. The branch meets on the last Saturday of the month at Wrelton Village Hall from 10am to 4pm and welcomes visitors. Next month’s meeting is a workshop using beads with canvas embroidery stitches.


St Martin’s - The Vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland, presided at both services of Holy Communion and spoke on John 17, Jesus’ prayer for his disciples then and in the future. At the 9.30am traditional service Edna Burton accompanied the hymns and Jean Donovan assisted with the chalice. The sidespeople were Jim and Marion Baird and refreshments were served by Elizabeth Chapman and Enid Plevey. At the 11am modern service, Elizabeth Moreland led the intercessions and Elizabeth Bradley read and assisted with the chalice. Steve Raettig led the sung worship with Richard Fuller, John and Sue Grice and John Taylor. Liz Cremer ran the Sunday Club and Wendy Haslam served refreshments after the service.

Annual show - The Yorkshire Pelargonium and Geranium Society whose meetings are held at Seamer & Irton Memorial Hall will be holding its annual open show on Sunday, June 18 at the Hunmanby Community Centre. For further details, phone the secretary, Ron Ward, on 01723 355656.


Club day - Sherburn Sports and Community Club’s funday and car boot sale will be on Sunday, June 25 from noon.


Bridge club - There were joint winners of the competition held on Monday, May 22. Audrey Shaw with Angela Smith and Barry Smith with Bob Wardell each scored 51.2 per cent.


John ‘Jack’ West A service in memory of John (Jack) West was held at St Andrew’s Church, Bugthorpe, on Friday, May 19, and was followed by internment in the church yard. The service was conducted by the Rev Chris Wingfield, assisted by Curate Hannah Suekarran. The organist was Daphne Smithson. Donations in lieu of flowers were for St Andrew’s Church funds and St Leonard’s Hospice. John, who died on May 4, was born in Bugthorpe to Harry and Gladys West on May 25, 1924, and had two older sisters and one younger brother. His father died when he was quite young leaving his mother to bring up the four children on her own. John first went to Bugthorpe School and then to Fishergate School where he became head boy. John was a choirboy and server at Bugthorpe Church. He also sang in York Minster as a young boy. On leaving school he became a ‘bound apprentice’ to F R Taylor & Son, in York, until he was called up for the Second World War. John saw service as a despatch rider and was at the D-Day landings and later went on to Buchenwald and Auschwitz prisons camps where sights there filled him with great sadness. After the war he returned to work at Taylors who had a contract to work on the Halifax Estates. When their contract ended, the estate agent asked John if he would take on their work. It was at that point John decided to become self-employed and was the Halifax Estates plumber for more than 50 years until he retired, leaving the business to his only son Nigel. John married Ethel Howden on Boxing Day 1949. John’s main hobby was cricket. He played for the village team at Bugthorpe, serving as both its secretary and treasurer. Later he played for both Stamford Bridge and Clifton Cricket Club. On retiring from playing he umpired for Stamford Bridge and served as chairman for nearly 20 years. John took an active interest in the running of Bugthorpe War Memorial Institute and was its chairman for many years. He was delighted when they were awarded a £50,000 National Lottery grant which enabled it to make many improvements. John had lived in Bugthorpe for 88 years before moving to Stamford Bridge. He was a larger than life character who enjoyed socialising and following cricket and sport on television.