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.


Flower festival - Churches Together in Allerston are organising a flower festival on the Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 30. About 30 displays will be based on children’s books and there are plans to interpret both modern and classic stories in the parish church of St John the Evangelist and in the Methodist Chapel. The festival will be opened by the Venerable Richard Seed, founder of Martin House Children’s Hospice, at a reception on the evening of July 28 starting at 6.30pm in St John's Church. This will include a musical interlude and a light buffet with Prosecco. Tickets for the reception are £5 and are available from Mary Bell, phone 01723 859918, or Mary Kemp, phone 01723 859841. Displays in both church and chapel will be open for viewing on the Saturday between 10am and 5pm and on the Sunday between 10am and 4pm. At regular intervals on each day there will be readings from the chosen books and musical items. Refreshments will be available each day at both venues. The festival will close with a service in the Methodist Chapel on Sunday at 4.30pm led by the Rev Ruth Duck. Entry to the festival is free but donations will be gratefully received. Proceeds from the festival will be shared between the building maintenance funds of both church and chapel and Martin House Hospice which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.


Plant swap - Brompton and District Gardening Club held its annual plant swop at the Sawdon home of Tony and Kay Stockill last Wednesday. The club’s annual show will be held on Sunday, August 13 in and around Brompton Village Hall starting at 2pm.

Church - The service on Sunday, will be morning prayer using the Book of Common Prayer. It starts at 11am and will be conducted by Dr Don Jones.

Fete - The annual summer church fete will be held on Sunday, August 6, at the Manor House on which is Brompton Butts. It opens at 2pm. As well as the usual stalls and cream teas there will be two dog classes at 2.15pm on the tennis court - dog fancy dress and the dog the judge would most like to take home. The focus will then switch to the part of Brompton Beck which flows through the grounds where the duck race will start at 3.15pm. At 4pm activity will move out onto the Butts where a tug-of-war will take place across the beck between Brompton and Sawdon for the Dragon Trophy. There will be heats for children, men and women.

Community lunch - A summer lunch was enjoyed by local residents at the recent Village Ventures lunch in the village hall. The catering team consisted Jackie Gray, Liz Eccles, Elizabeth Houlton and Linda Nicholson. The next lunch will be held on Wednesday, July 19 at 12.30pm. There will be no lunch in August but will resume on Wednesday, September 20. More helpers for the winter season are required. If you feel you could join in, phone Di Ford on 01723 859211 or Anne Tidd on 01723 859551. Offers to cook would be most welcome even if you are unable to attend the actual lunch.

Messy Church - The next session of Messy Church for children and parents and carers throughout the Benefice is in Hutton Buscel Village Hall on Saturday, July 15 from 4pm to 5.30pm. It takes place in Hutton Buscel Village Hall.

Parish council - Several items from parishioners were raised at the latest parish council meeting concerning the provision of a children’s playground, damage to signs on the Butts, the road surface on Ings Lane, the Cayley Arms, damage to a kerb on Low Lane, Sawdon, and the reputation of the village after a recent article about the Derwent Hunt. The next meeting will take place on Monday, July 17 at Sawdon Village Hall at 7.30pm. The full draft minutes of the meeting will be displayed on the village notice board.


Probus - The club held its monthly meeting at The Feathers on Tuesday, June 27. After the lunch, members were entertained by a talk from Paul Dunn a local farmer and writer of a book called Dunn and Dusted. The club meets on the last Tuesday of each month at The Feathers. Anyone interested in joining the club should phone Keith Elliot on 01439 771866.

Transport meeting - The next meeting of the Northern Ryedale Passenger Transport Group is to be in Helmsley on Tuesday, July 11 at 10.45am for 11am at the North York Moors National Park Authority’s headquarters. Minutes for the meeting are in a blue folder in every library in Ryedale. Please e-mail the meeting organiser on this occasion, John Dean, at johnopenlearning@ if you intend to come and register at the front desk.

Outdoor theatre - Helmsley Castle hosts an outdoor theatre production on Friday. The Three Inch Fools will give a musical performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Visitors are welcome to bring a low-backed chair, cushions a rug or blanket, clothing for a British summer and enjoy a local ice cream. The start time is 7pm and it will finish at about 9.15pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance by phoning 0370 333 1183 or Helmsley Castle on 01439 770442. Advance tickets are £13 adult and £11 child or concession. Tickets bought on the night are £15 adult and £13 child or concession.


Market - The village market was held on Saturday in brilliant sunshine. As it was the beginning of Wimbledon fortnight there was free tennis coaching. The Friends of Hovingham Primary School, who were running the cafe, were selling strawberries and cream. All the new stallholders did well as did the community stalls Next Steps and Slingsby Duck Race. Josh the busker was in fine voice. The next market will be on Saturday, August 5.


Menzown - Michael Bedington from the National Trust will give a talk on Fountains Abbey at the meeting on Monday, July 10 at the Kings Head Hotel, 7pm for 7.30pm.

Messy Church - There will be a session of Messy Church on Monday, July 17 in the Methodist church rooms from 4pm to 6pm.

Bridge club - At the latest game North/South winners were Trevor Hardcastle and Bob Price with 62 per cent. Pat Hainsworth and Tom Morton were second with 55 per cent. Anne Smith and Graeme Matthew won East/West on 59 per cent. Chris Brett and Steve Lonsdale were runners-up with 58 per cent. Play of the week went to Cynthia Metcalfe and Peter Small.

Ladies Fellowship - The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 12, at 7.30pm in the library when members will have an evening of beauty.

Repair café - The Kirkbymoorside Environment Group is planning to set up a Pop-up Repair Café once a month on market day. Volunteer repairers are needed who can offer to repair bikes or household items, do sewing, mending and alterations or have any other useful repairing talents. Ideas of all sorts welcomed. If you would like to be involved log on to

Tuesday group - The next meeting will be an informal get-together on Tuesday, July 11 in the Methodist Church Jubilee room at 7.30pm. The tea hostesses are Gwen and Anne. It is the last meeting before the summer break before the group meets again in September.

Amnesty International - The group will meet in the Friends’ Meeting House on Thursday, July 13 at 1.30pm. For further information, phone 01439 770985.

Heritage Day - The History Group are holding a heritage day on Saturday, July 22. Events will include the launch of two new books. There will be a film show throughout the day with the last showing at 7.30pm. Many old photographs without names will be on display and it is hoped visitors will be able to identify some. There will be two guided walks around the town, plus displays of spinning, quilting and knitting.

On stage - Nigel Heap will be the act on Saturday starting at 8.30pm at the Moorside Bar & Club. There will be no bingo on Friday.

Summer fair - All Saints Church summer fair will be on Saturday, July 29 in the Memorial Hall. There will be stalls selling jams, pickles, cakes, books, jigsaws, a bottle stall raffle and tombola. Donations of tombola prizes would be much appreciated. There will be a collection box in church or phone 01439 770031 to arrange collection from your home.


Gardening club - The June meeting was an outing to Breezy Knees Nursery at Warthill, near York. There will be no July meeting but members are busy planning the annual August produce show which will be held on Saturday, August 26. More details will be announced nearer the date.


Family fun day - The grand potato weigh-in will be held at 2pm on the summer family fun day on Sunday, July 16. There are prizes for the heaviest crop and single potato both for adults and children. The day’s activities will include a raffle, races, rounders and a barbecue.


Annual meeting - The annual general meeting of the Pickering Domino league will be held at the Recreation Club, Mill Lane, on Wednesday, July 19 at 8pm. All teams are invited to send a representative. The league needs new teams for the 2017-18 season, so anyone interested in submitting a team should go to the meeting, otherwise phone the secretary/treasurer on 07791 987645 so further details of the league and its rules can be sent out.

Rounders tournament - Ryedale Sports Club’s annual fun day will be held on Sunday, July 23 from 10am until late afternoon. One of the main events is the rounders tournament for which entries are now being accepted. A team consists of nine players. If it is a mixed team there should be no more than five male players. If you wish to enter a team, the entry fee is £30 per team, get in touch with John Ellis, 4 The Rise, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7TG or phone 07746426130 or email

Fishkeepers - The next meeting of Ryedale Aquarist Society will be held on Wednesday, July 19 at the Potter Hill home of Sue and David Marshall at 7.30pm. On Sunday, July 23, the society will be hosting a special day at Kirbymisperton Village Hall. Steven Chester, of Chester Zoo Aquarium will speak on his work at the aquarium and successful discus keeping. Dr David Pool will speak on nutrition for aquarium fish. Paul Barrow will present a fun quiz. There will also be a mini-open show and sale table for aquatic items starting at 10am.

Weekly draw - There was no winner of last week’s main prize of £750 in the Pickering Town FC Weekly Draw. The numbers drawn were 18, 25 and 5. This week’s draw will be increased to £825.

Ryedale Shopper - The programme for July trips are Thursday, July 13 to Whitby price £5, and Thursday, July 27 to Bridlington, £6. Next month there will be outings on Thursday, August 10 to Scarborough, £5, and Thursday, August 24, to Beverley, £6. September trips are planned for Thursday, September 7 to Harrogate, £7, and Wednesday, September 20 to Northallerton, £6. Phone 01653 699059 or 01653 698888 for further details.

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

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

Jazz festival - Tickets for the annual Ryedale Jazz Festival which will run from Sunday, July 23 to Saturday, July 29 are available. They cost £12 for Monday to Saturday concerts £12 or £60 for the whole six-day package. To obtain tickets and request a brochure, send a stamped addressed envelope to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS or email


Caring community - A sum of £100 raised at the weekly progressive whist drives held in Woodlands Community Centre has been donated to Ryedale Carers Support.

Quiz time - Nine teams playing for £58 in prize money took part in Mike Williams’ general knowledge quiz held in the Fleece Inn. The winners with 60 points were Weaverthorpe 4. We Don't Know came second and Honeymooners third. A consolation prize was awarded to Back Touchers. The £15 jackpot was won by Weaverthorpe Four. Jennie’s Sunday night quiz at the Fleece was won by Gary's Team. After a tie break with Gary’s Team, Honeymooners won the jackpot.

Live music - Mark Liddell will be performing at the Fleece Inn on Saturday from 9.30pm.


Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by Rev Martin Calver. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Bob Jackman, the welcomer was Margaret Harris and the collection was taken by Margaret Neave. Rev Calver gave the bible readings from Acts and St Luke’s gospel. Rev Calver’s sermon was based the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. The preacher next week at 10.30am is Deacon Andrew Carter. The monthly coffee morning is on Saturday at 10.30am.

St Martin’s Church - The Rev Richard Firth presided and reader Elizabeth Moreland preached at the 9.30am service of BCP Holy Communion on Sunday. Elizabeth used the Epistle reading as the base for her sermon and looked at the Apostle Paul’s comments on life within the love of Jesus Christ and the temptations of the world. Gisa Moore and Dot Francis were the sidespersons, Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano and Clare Firth served refreshments. Elizabeth read and preached again at the 11am service of modern worship, which was led by parish assistant Wendy Haslam. John Haslam led the intercessions and Steve Raettig led the sung worship with Richard Fuller and John and Sue Grice. Jenny and Luke Bland ran the Sunday Club. Elizabeth Bradley was the sidesperson and Andrea Raettig and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.


Letters draw - Craig Baker won £120 in Saturday’s Sherburn FC weekly letters draw with the letters D, L and Z.

Community club - The Vegas Casino Company will be at the Sports and Community Club for a fun night of roulette and blackjack on Friday, July 14 at 8pm. People can buy 30 chips for £10 to play at either table. The person with the most chips at the end of the night wins a cash prize. Free entry for all, including non- members. The annual fun day on Sunday, June 25 was well supported and funds are growing for the new children’s play area equipment.

St Hilda’s Church - The next service at St Hilda’s will by morning worship on Sunday at 10.30am led by Barbara Grice.

Messy Church - Youngsters will be having summer special Messy Church outdoors in the garden at Forge Villa, 31 St Hilda’s Street on Saturday, July 8, meeting at the earlier time of 3pm. The children will try to build a large Noah’s Ark, hear the story of Noah and have messy craft, games and songs. A picnic tea will be provided. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Methodist News - Sunday morning worship was led by the worship team. The welcomer was Kim Canterbury and Liz Aconley and Jean Brown led the opening worship. The organist was Chris Cade and the audio-visual equipment was operated by Christine Fenwick. Sandra Cade, assisted by India and Kiara Heron, told what they had been learning in recent weeks. The girls built up two large piles of books to represent the number of books in the Bible - 39 to represent the Old Testament and 27 the New Testament making 66 books in all. The video song, 66 Books in the Bible. Was enjoyed. Bible readings were by India and Kiara Heron and Janet Magee. After worship coffee was enjoyed in the hall. The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by the Rev Denise Free and the sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated.


Fundraising success - The Tea in a Marquee fundraising event on Saturday, June 17 in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care, will see £936.82 being donated to the charity.


Byland with Wass - Members and visitors were transported to the ‘World Beneath Our Feet’ by Matt Ewles and Gary Douthwaite of York Caving Club at the June meeting. The audience were fascinated to see images of caves around England and Wales, but particularly interested to hear about the caves beneath Kirkbymoorside and Wass. On Thursday, July 20, Niki Hampson of Pulpitations will demonstrate how to make paper by hand. Everyone is welcome, for information email Jane on

Marton & Normanby - Members visited Sion Hall near Thirsk in June. The evening began with a picnic in the gardens before a tour of the house conducted by its current trustee in residence. On Thursday, July 20 members will attend an evening of musical entertainment with The Four Quarters by invitation of Farndale WI. There will be a trip to Esk Valley Theatre in August to see a production of Larkin with Women. New members are welcome the branch which meets in Marton Mission Room on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Anyone who joins in in September can be involved in the branch’s autumn and winter programme of events.

Sinnington - The June meeting was well attended and introduced by the president, Helen Browes. Among the issues discussed were contributors and volunteers for Ryedale Show, the possibility of a member of ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) speaking to the branch about their role and perhaps how Sinnington WI might become involved. The June talk was an insight into the life of a modern butler and given by Craig Farnon from Scampston Hall. The talk on Thursday, July 13 is called Strawberry Business and will be given by Janet Pearson. There will be strawberries, scones and cream. The meeting starts at 7pm. Next month’s meeting will be a visit to the Ryedale Winery on Thursday, August 10.