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.


Parish council - All councillors were present at the latest meeting of the parish council in the village hall with all the councillors present. There has been no further news on the Spaunton Hollow development. The yearly charitable donation to a worthy individual will resume after a three-year absence in April next year. The two donors have been contacted and are agreeable to contribution. Faye Snowdon, the Ryedale Community Officer, will be present at the next meeting. The cleaning of drains and tiding of verges was authorised for this year. A new bench has been purchased to replace the damaged one near Low Cross. A cheque for £30 was signed for the History Group to cover printing costs of the village newsletter. The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 2.

Coffee morning - The Macmillan coffee morning will be held in the village hall from 10am until noon on Friday, September 29.


Jumble sale - There will be a jumble sale in the village hall, Church Houses, on Saturday at 2pm with all proceeds in aid of hall funds.


Ladies Fellowship - There was a good attendance at the September meeting. Kathy welcomed Angela Prout and members hope she will be joining the group again. Colleen Nicoll read a poem entitled The Dash, written by Linda Ellis. The speaker was Janet Fraser, a stained-glass artist who lives in Sleights where she has a garden studio. She takes inspiration from the beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors and coastline. Her work includes angels, bees, birds, butterflies and shooting stars and can be seen at her Hovingham market stall and various other markets and events all over Yorkshire in the run up to Christmas. After her demonstration, members had a go and some really striking dream catchers were made to take home. Birthdays this month are being celebrated by Jeanne Binns, Jean Sherman, Eleanor Harrison, Andrea Cooper, Margery Roberts and Kathy Robson. Chrissie Wright provided tea and biscuits. The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 10 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom when the Fellowship will be having its annual get-together with friends from the Tuesday Group. The Fellowship will provide the faith supper.

Christmas market - The town’s Christmas market on Saturday, November 25 will feature more than 30 stalls selling crafted goods, local produce and Christmas gifts in the Memorial Hall and the main street, from 10am to 3pm. It is hoped to have craft activities in the library during the morning. Kirkbymoorside Brass Band will play at 11am, there will be face painting in the Memorial Hall and Santa will be in his grotto in the Dugout at noon until 2pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Entry is free.

Club acts - Gene Reagan is the entertainer at the Moorside Bar & Club on Saturday with Country Cousins performing the following Saturday, September 30. Both acts start at 8.30pm.

Repair Café - Kirkbymoorside Environment Group’s first Repair Café event will take place on Saturday in the Moorside Room from noon until 4pm. Visitors can take their broken items and skilled volunteers will do their best to repair them free of charge.

Band concert - Kirkbymoorside Brass Band will give a concert at the Citadel, Alma Parade, Scarborough, on Saturday, September 30 at 7.30pm. It is a tribute to the music of the Salvation Army featuring guest soloist Paul Sharman from the International Staff Band. Tickets are free on application by emailing

Bridge Club - At the latest game, North/South winners were Anne Avery and George Goodall with 61 per cent. Sue Pearson and Steve Lonsdale were second on 60 per cent. There was also a close finish at East/West where Bo and Tony Simpson were top on 58 per cent. Christine Roberts Holland and Bryan Wilson were runners-up with 57 per cent. Play of the week went to Chriss Brett and Clarissa Napier, they being the only bidders of a spade small slam.

Menzown - John Paul, a former teacher at Pickering Junior School, entertained the members of Menzown at their last meeting with an illustrated talk called Folklore, Myths and Legends of North Ryedale. He brought to life the superstitions and stories of the area. He also showed sunlit paintings of the North York Moors done by local artist John Creighton. He also told of how he had owned the first tea shop in Hutton le Hole together with a studio and art gallery. The chairman for the evening was Richard Sharpe and a vote of thanks was a given by Don. The next meeting will be on Monday, October 9 when members are invited to speak on any subject of their choice.

Flower festival - All Saints Church’s flower festival will be held from Saturday, October 14 to Sunday, October 22. It will have the theme A Walk Through the Seasons. It will feature knitted and crocheted displays of the flora and fauna of spring, summer, autumn and winter, which have been handmade by the Kirkbymoorside Wool Crafters. Children are welcome to join the hunt for the hidden wildlife. There will be a preview evening with wine and music on Friday, October 13 at 7pm. The church will be open from 10am to 4pm. Tea and biscuits will be available.

Coffee morning - The Marie Curie coffee morning at Ryedale Garage is on Friday, October 13 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. There will be stalls selling cakes and Christmas cards as well as a tombola and raffle.

Open show - Kirkbymoorside Horticultural Society’s Open Show will be held in the Memorial Hall is on Saturday. Schedules are available for the 117 classes. Children's classes are free and there are five trophies to be won.


Prize bingo - The monthly prize bingo to raise funds for the village hall will be held in the village hall on Saturday, October 7 at 7.30pm.


Harvest thanksgiving - Services will be held at Bethel Methodist Church this weekend. The harvest family service, led by Mrs L Stannard, will take place on Sunday at 10.45am. At 6pm the service will be led by Mr M Bursell. Harvest celebrations continue on Monday, September 28 when Rev T Short will lead a service of praise and thanksgiving at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a harvest supper.


Poppy Appeal - The Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale branch of the Royal British Legion are looking for volunteers to sell poppies in the Market Place, and at the railway station during the annual War Weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 13, 14 and 15. Anyone who can help is asked to phone Janet Martin on 01751 474915. The branch’s giant advertising poppy, which has been missing, has been found.

Darts league - The annual general meeting, together with registration evening are to be held on Sunday at 8pm at the Horse Shoe Inn, Hallgarth. All teams need to attend.

Fishkeepers - Ryedale Aquarist Society met at the home of Sue and David Marshall last week. Members discussed the proposed DEFRA legislation that may affect the keeping of certain aquarium fishes and pets in general from early next year. Steven Russell won the table show with a Glow Light Danio. The next meeting of the Society will be held on Wednesday, October 11.

Steam gala - The North Yorkshire Moors Railway will stage its annual steam gala on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 29, 30 and October 1.

Flu clinics - Telephone lines are now open to book flu clinic appointments at Pickering Medical Centre on Thursday, September 28 and Thursday. October 19 from 8.30am to noon, and from 2pm to 5.30pm. To make an appointment phone 01751 471296 and select option two.

Super draw - There was no winner of last week’s Pickering Town Football Club’s Super Draw. The numbers were 4, 3 and 19. This week’s draw will be doubled to £150.

Quiz night -The Bay Horse, Market Place, will host a general knowledge quiz in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday, October 1.

Kirk Theatre - Tickets are on sale at the box office or via the website for the annual wartime show ENSA – Memory Lane which will be held on Wednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 15. Tickets are also on sale for the film Their Finest which will be screened on Wednesday, October 4 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. On Saturday, October 27 there will be bingo evening in aid if the Friends of the Theatre and Pickering Guides. Doors open at 6.30pm with eyes down at 7pm.

Domino drives - Pickering Town FC will hold a domino drive on at the Recreation Club on Friday, September 29 at 7.30pm.


Quiz time - Team @ the Bar were the winners of Jennie’s Sunday night quiz at the Fleece Inn. The jackpot was a roll over.

Charity bingo - A prize bingo will be held in Woodlands Community Centre on Wednesday, September 27 for Ryedale Dog Rescue. Doors open 6.45pm with eyes down 7.15pm.


Flower power - Members of Yorkshire Pelargonium & Geranium Society will meet at Seamer & Irton Memorial Hall on Sunday at 2pm when Ken and Barbara Tranah make a return visit. Ken is known for being the country’s top grower of pelargoniums and geraniums. His talk will give advice on cutting back and preparing these flowers, and hostas, for the winter months. The society’s secretary Ron Ward is to stand down after 16 years in office. Anyone wishing to take on the role should phone Ron on 01723 355656.

St Martin’s - The Rev Richard Firth presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion. He used the gospel reading of Jesus telling the parable of the unforgiving servant to illustrate the need to understand the true nature of forgiveness. Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano and Kate Middleton led the prayers and assisted with the distribution of communion. Clare Firth and Jim Baird were the sidespersons. Elizabeth and Trish served refreshments. Kim and Rachel led the children’s activities in the church rooms, later joining the congregation as Holy Communion was shared. Reader Elizabeth Moreland led the 11am service of modern worship and also preached on the need to forgive others an infinite number of times. Elizabeth Bradley read the account of the unforgiving servant from Matthew's gospel and John Haslam led the intercessions. The sung worship was led by Steve Raettig (keyboard) with John and Sue Grice (guitar and bass) and John Taylor (drums). Wendy Haslam ran the Sunday Club with Josh Cremer. Jo Taylor was the sidesperson and Elizabeth Bradley and Jenny and Duncan Bland served refreshments after the service.


Letters draw - Barry Sterriker, from Sherburn, won £60 in Sherburn FC’s letters draw on Saturday. The letters were J K T. The prize fund this week will be £60.

Live music - Loose Coverz will be playing at the Community and Sports Club on Saturday from 9pm. The club’s monthly quiz will take place on Sunday, at 8pm. The envelope game is still unclaimed and stands at £170. The first bingo night after the summer break will be on Saturday. September 30. Books will be on sale from 7.15pm with eyes down at 8pm. This event is strictly for people aged 18 or over.

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

Coffee morning - The Macmillan Coffee Morning will be held on Friday, September 29 from 10am to noon in the village Hall. There will be a tombola stall, prize draw, cakes and other stalls.

Methodist News - Donations at the Tuesday coffee morning will be given to the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. The Sunday service was taken by the Worship Team and was based on the different names used for Jesus in the bible. The welcomer was Christine Pickard and the offertory steward was Jean Brown. Sandra Cade led the readings as the congregations explored different scriptures and heard how Jesus was described as the cornerstone. India and Kiara Heron built a tower which immediately collapsed when the cornerstone was removed. The Bible reading from the Psalms was given by Sam Magowan. Liz Aconley led the prayers of Intercession and Sandra Cade gave the blessing from the book of Ephesians. The organist was Chris Cade and the guitarist was Robin Macgowan. After worship refreshments were enjoyed in the Hall. The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be harvest thanksgiving led by the Rev Bob Whitfield. Any gifts will be given to Westway Open Arms food bank at Eastfield. Children have been asked to take ‘a funny person’ made out of a vegetable. There will be a light lunch after the service.


Ladies Group - The first get together after the summer break was an outing to Knaresborough and Cooking Fantastic at Killinghall, where members had a cookery demonstration followed by a cream tea. The next meeting will be held in the Methodist hall at 7.15pm on Tuesday, October 10 when Sue Woodcock will give a talk called From Copper to Shepherd. All new members welcome.

Harvest festival - Members of the Methodist Church are holding their harvest festival on Sunday at 10.30am. The speaker is the Rev Mark Haynes and there will be singing by the Worship Group. Afterwards there will be a harvest lunch in the schoolroom. As well as decorations of flowers and produce, tinned and other non-perishable foods are being collected for the local food bank. Phone Rachel Prest on 01653 628277 for more information.


Methodist news - The Methodist Church has had a busy time this month. On Tuesday, September 5, Alison Wragg from Martin House Children’s Hospice came to coffee break with Christmas cards. A total of £329.50 was raised and a cheque was given to her from Joyce Nellis for £620, which had been raised by the sale of jam and preserves since January. The harvest celebrations began on Saturday evening when a harvest supper was held. Micheal Bursell gave a talk called Winkles to Walls. He began with his early life in Filey fishing and eating winkles then to his work as a dry stone wall builder. Supper was enjoyed and donations were given for Methodist Relief and Development. The harvest celebrations continued on Sunday when the service was led by George Moules from Helmsley. The lessons were read by Philippa Preston and Mary Nesfield. John Woodmansey was the organist.

Bridge club - In the competition held on Monday, September 11 only three points separated the top three couples. In first place were Bob and Gladys Thompson with 48.8 per cent. George and Pat Donnor were second with 47.6 per cent.


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive in the village hall on Saturday, September 30 at 7.30pm to raise funds for the village hall. It is £1.50 to play and tea and biscuits. Another domino drive is planned for Wednesday, October 4.

Jumble sale - Funds for the village hall will be raised at a jumble sale in the hall on Saturday, October 28 from 10am to noon.

Harvest supper - The village hall will host the harvest supper and auction on Friday, September 29 at 7.30pm. Entry is £1 for adults with children free. Drinks and a pie and peas supper will be available at £4. Donations for the harvest auction would be greatly appreciated these can be given to any committee member or taken to the hall on between 3pm and 4pm on the day of the auction.


Thornton-le-Dale - The branch president, Margaret Smith, welcomed members and one guest to the September meeting. Birthday cards were given to Mary Richardson, Donna Firth and Bridget Eldridge. Members were informed about several events taking place in the federation which they might wish to attend. Lists were available to sign for invitations to Snainton WI’s harvest supper and a concert party evening at Appleton-le-Moors WI. During the summer members had attended a performance at Esk Valley Theatre, followed by supper at the Tea Cosy Café. Members had also held a tombola and cake stall at the Thornton-le-Dale Scarecrow Festival. This venture had been successful and money raised will be added to that made at the forthcoming harvest auction and will be donated to a local charity. A suggestion was made to support York Against Cancer who have recently set up a mobile chemotherapy unit. Other suggestions included the Wilf Ward Trust and St Catherine’s Hospice. Two members, Mary Richardson and Pauline Closier, introduced the suggestion of making knitted, crocheted or sewn poppies to decorate The Green for Remembrance Day. Several members were interested in this idea, and an initial meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the project. Five members will be attending the Autumn Council meeting in October, when the branch has been asked to help with the raffle. The speaker for the evening was Lindy Rowley, from Scarborough Maritime Heritage Trust, who gave an insight into the maritime history of Scarborough: including some of the folklore associated with fishermen and seafarers. Refreshments were served by Wendy Scoble and Wendy Hutchinson. Members were reminded about the harvest auction and supper which will be held on Tuesday, October 10 in the village hall. Other local WIs have been invited to the event to which guests are welcome.


Rillington and District Horticultural and Industrial Society’s 94th Annual Show was held in the village hall on Saturday. The 554 entries in the adult classes showed an increase of 230 on the previous year. The judges were Ian Purser (grain and agricultural produce), John Foxton (vegetables and fruit), Philip Booth (flowers), Ria Boyce (floral art), Norma Harrison and Patricia Lake (home produce), Glenys Rowe (handicrafts), Chris Tomlin (photography), Sue Maud (children’s art), Shirley Greaves (handwriting) and Philip Booth (woodwork and metalwork). Trophies were presented by Dr Gordon Malan, past schedule secretary. The show’s annual general meeting will be held in the Fleece Inn on Monday, October 16 at 7.30pm. Vice-presidents, members and committee members are urged to attend, as is anyone wishing to become a member of the committee. Apologies for absence and proposals for new committee members should be given to the secretary, Marion Cockrem, phone 07956 720819.

Trophy winners Challenge Cup (best sample of malting barley): Chris and Janet Dale, Thorpe Bassett Challenge Cup (most points in agricultural classes): John A Cussons, East Heslerton.

Rillington and District Challenge Cup (runner-up with most points in agricultural classes): Declan Bulmer, Amotherby.

Gooder Farms Root Cup (best exhibit in root classes): Declan Bulmer Challenge Cup (most points in vegetable classes): Fred Husband, Kirby Grindalythe Peter Grice Memorial Trophy (best exhibit in carrot and parsnip classes): Fred Husband Harold Appleby Memorial Cup (best exhibit in onion classes): Roger Dudley, Rillington H Sturdy Challenge Cup (heaviest marrow): Alan Coatsworth, Norton Murphy Challenge Cup (heaviest pumpkin): Wendy Cockerill, Rillington Roger Dudley Trophy (heaviest onion): Alison J S Marshall Ellis Patents Shield (best exhibit of vegetable not listed in schedule): Anthony Aconley, Ganton George Grayson Memorial Trophy (best exhibit in the marrow classes): Alison J S Marshall Howard Croot Memorial Trophy (best exhibit in the potato classes): Fred Husband Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup (most points in the fruit classes): John A Cussons Wm Younger Inns Salver (best exhibit in cut flower classes): Alison J S Marshall George Cundill Memorial Cup (best exhibit in chrysanthemum classes): Anthony Aconley Yorkshire Bank Challenge Cup (most points in flower classes): Alison J S Marshall George Ironside Cup (most points in floral art classes): Alison J S Marshall Scampston Rose bowl (best exhibit of floral art): Alison J S Marshall WI Rose Bowl (most points in home produce classes): Fred Husband Fleece Plate for runner-up: Marion N Cockrem, East Heslerton Dorothy Allenby Trophy (best exhibit of home produce): Marion N Cockrem Olive Birkett Trophy (novice exhibitor in home produce classes): Fred Husband Heather Thornes Trophy for novice exhibitor in preserve classes: Richard Cockrem, East Heslerton Westgate Friary Cup (best exhibit in preserve classes): Richard Cockrem YCA Cup (best exhibit of handicraft): Heather Thornes, Malton £10 for best exhibit of painting: Marion Cockrem Bellfield Cup (best exhibit of photography): Gordon Malan, Malton W Sherlaw Cup (OAP gaining most points overall): Fred Husband Audrey Sherlaw Cup (child in age group 5 to 11 gaining most points in the children’s classes): Bethany Stockill, Rillington Shield (child gaining most points in the children’s classes): Bethany Stockill Prize for growing the sunflower with the largest face: Finlay Wilson, Rillington Results Agriculture Autumn sown malting barley: Chris and Janet Dale (best sample) Spring sown malting barley: Richard Harrison Feed wheat: Declan Bulmer Milling wheat: John A Cussons Field grown maize: Kevin Midgley Stubble turnips: John A Cussons Baking potatoes: Declan Bulmer (best exhibit) Fodder beet: John A Cussons Ears of spring barley: John A Cussons Ears of winter wheat: John A Cussons Vegetables Long carrots: Fred Husband (best exhibit) Stump carrots: Roger Dudley Parsnips: Alan Coatsworth Red beet: Alan Coatsworth Dressed onions grown from seed under 11”: Fred Husband Dressed onions grown from seed over 11”: Alison J S Marshall Onions grown from sets: Alison J S Marshall Three dressed onions graduated sizes: Roger Dudley (best exhibit) Red shallots: Philip Booth White shallots: Alison Marshall Pickling shallots: Fred Husband Courgettes: Alison J S Marshall (best exhibit) Pair of marrows under 7lb: Richard Denton Heaviest marrow: Alan Coatsworth (5.9kg) Heaviest pumpkin: Wendy Cockerill (928kg) Heaviest onion: Alison J S Marshall Cabbage: Richard Cockrem Round or oval potatoes: Fred Husband Kidney potatoes: Fred Husband Two varieties of potatoes: Fred Husband (best exhibit) Tomatoes: John A Cussons Cherry tomatoes: Richard Denton Cucumber: David Owston Peas: Fred Husband Broad beans: Fred Husband Runner beans: Fred Husband Dwarf beans: Philip Booth Any other vegetable: Anthony Aconley (leek) One vegetable, one flower: Alison J S Marshall Fruit Cooking apples: John A. Cussons Dessert apples: John Brown Pears: Ana Richards Victoria plums: Fred Husband Any other plums: Fred Husband Brambles: Richard Cockrem Raspberries: Fred Husband Any other fruit: Sandra Pratt (grapes) One fruit, one flower: Anthony Aconley Flowers Single bloom of chrysanthemum: Anthony Aconley (best exhibit) Decorative dahlias: Alison J S Marshall Pompon dahlias: Alison J S Marshall Semi-cacti dahlias: Alison J S Marshall (best exhibit) Sweet peas: Alison J S Marshall Single rose: Mrs L Whitfield Three roses dissimilar: Brian Bramley Asters: Alison J S Marshall Any other flower: Tony Stockill Mixed cut flowers: Alison Marshall Flowering pot plant: John A Cussons Mixed cut flowers grown by OAP: Denise Dudley Floral art Miniature arrangement: Valerie Gilbert Some Like It Hot: Susan Butler Take Five: Alison J S Marshall Shades of Autumn: Alison J S Marshall (best exhibit) Lady’s spray: Susan Butler Home produce Decorated cup cakes (novice): Marion Cockrem Fruit cake: Barbara Buckley Lemon drizzle cake: Fred Husband Gingerbread loaf: Barbara Buckley Carrot cake: Marion Cockrem Date and walnut loaf: Olive Birkett Savoury flan: Olive Birkett Muffins: Ana Richards Fruit pie: Olive Birkett Bakewell tart: Marion Cockrem Cheese scones: Fred Husband Victoria sandwich: Fred Husband Shortbread: Fred Husband Chocolate cake: Fred Husband White loaf: Katy Allanby Loaf made in a breadmaker: Mrs L Whitfield Cherry cake: Marion Cockrem Decorated cake: Marion Cockrem (best exhibit) Shortbread biscuits made by under 16-year-old: Isabella Stockill Walnut bread (set recipe): Marion Cockrem Citrus curd: Richard Cockrem (best exhibit) Soft fruit jam: Denise Dudley Stone fruit jam: Alison J S Marshall Any other jam: Fred Husband Fruit jelly: Angela Holdsworth Marmalade: Heather Thornes Chutney: Fred Husband Piccalilli: 1 Mrs L Whitfield Handicrafts Painting: Marion Cockrem Canvas work: Barbara Buckley Knitting: Judy Duke Crochet: Angela Holdsworth Embroidery: Lorna Mastaglio Soft toys: Mrs L.Whitfield Cross-stitch work: Judy Duke Hand or machine sewing: Sarah Allanby Any other craft: Heather Thornes (best exhibit) Woodwork: Keith Gibbard Metalwork: Ken Hopper Photography Weather: Susan Butler Open class: Gordon Malan (best exhibit) In My Garden: Ana Richards Photograph with amusing caption: Irene Mansell Children’s classes Handicrafts, Years 3 and 4: Bethany Stockill Handicrafts, Years 5 and 6: Jonathan Stockill Needlecraft, Years 5 and 6: Jonathan Stockill Collage on a paper plate, nursery and reception: Jessica Metham Edible necklace, Years 3 and over: Bethany Stockill Model from recycled household materials, Years 3 and over: Bethany Stockill Christmas card, Years 3 and 4: Bethany Stockill Christmas card, Years 5 and 6: Jonathan Stockill Coastal Landscapes, nursery: Jack B Coastal Landscapes, reception: Naomi Our Landscapes, Year 1: Freddie Revis City Landscapes, Year 2: Bethany Rural Landscapes, Year 3: Amy Natural Landscapes, Year 4: Katie B Local Landscapes, Year 5: Jessica Ryedale Landscapes, Year 6: Verity Seaside poster, 7 to 12 years old: Bethany Stockill My Holiday, 7 to 12 years old: Bethany Stockill Handwriting, nursery: Harry Handwriting, Year 1: George Skelly Handwriting, Year 2: Olivia Thompson Handwriting,Year 3: Cameron Fearley Handwriting, Year 4: Ryan Sellers Handwriting, Year 5: Ceri Handwriting, Year 6: Isobell