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.


Get a grant - Amotherby Educational Foundation is a charity which provides benefits to Amotherby Community Primary School. It also gives financial assistance to anyone under the age of 25 who are resident in the parishes of Appleton-le-Street, Easthorpe, Amotherby, Swinton and Broughton, towards their education or to prepare them for entry into a trade or profession. A meeting of the trustees will be held on Wednesday, February 21. Applications for assistance should be sent in writing to Pamela Taylor, 2 Honeysuckle Cottage, Musley Bank, Malton, YO17 6TD.


Singalong - The first Singalong session of the year will be held in the village hall at 6pm on Wednesday, January 31.

Tea, Chat & History - The next Tea, Chat & History gathering will be in the village hall on Monday, February 5 at 2pm. Homemade cakes at tea were provided at the first meeting of the year when the rolling slide show also proved popular.


Church - The service at All Saints on Sunday is communion at 9.30am. It will be conducted by the vicar, the Rev Stuart Hill, and the organist will be Terry Cartlidge. Coffee will be served at the back of the church after the service.


Bridge club - Judith Porter and Brian Crowder won the meeting in Welburn Village Hall on Thursday, January 11 with 64.6 per cent. Second were Sheila Briske and Jane Bartlett who scored 60.4 per cent.


Menzown - Member Ian Watson, a former claims manager with British Coal, spoke at the last meeting. He described how coal was formed, how it was mined and what happens, through tilt, tension or compression, when mining causes subsidence and damage to property, rivers, roads and railway lines. His task was to assess and manage claims. Mike Gray gave the vote of thanks. Local naturalist Jim Prewess will be the speaker on Monday, February 12 at 7.30pm, in the King’s Head.

Environment group - There will be a Repair Café session on Saturday from 10am to 2pm in the Moorside Room, Church Street. People are invited to take items that need repairing and volunteers will do their best to mend them free of charge. Items can include computers, electrical and any household or garden items, bikes, toys, clothing mending and alterations. Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to local organisations. For further information email or phone 01751 430907.

All Saints - Members of All Saints Church’s standing committee will meet in church on Monday, January 22 at 7.30pm.

Rehearsal orchestra - The Friday Rehearsal Orchestra will started its new sessions last Friday. Rehearsals will be held each Friday in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm for 10 weeks, with a break on Friday, February 2. Music to be played this term will include works by Schubert, Beethoven and Bernstein’s West Side Story. The final open rehearsal will be held on Friday, March 23 when friends, family and members of the public are invited to listen, and to join the party afterwards. New players are always welcome, particularly in the string and brass sections. For further details, phone June Emerson on 01751 430907 or email

Domino drives - The monthly domino drive at the bowling club’s clubhouse will be held on Saturday at 7.30pm. The next domino drive at Sturdy Court centre is on Monday, January 29 at 7.30pm.

Tuesday Group - The meeting on Tuesday, January 23 will be a meal in the Methodist Church Jubilee room. Ann will be the leader. Kath and Sonja will be the tea hostesses.

Quiz answers - The occupations quiz raised more than £330 for St Catherine’s Hospice. There were ten all-correct entries returned from which the winners were drawn. First prize went to Ann King, of Kirkbymoorside. Second was J Greaves, Nawton, and third Ian Snowden, Spaunton. The answers were: window cleaner, candlestick maker, surgeon, lockkeeper, matron, quizmaster, ranger, cartographer, valet, butcher, policeman, jockey, builder, veterinary surgeon, vicar, secretary, headmistress, refuse collector, auditor, lollipop lady, chimney sweep, chiropodist, doctor, postman, psychiatrist, undertaker, handyman, traffic warden, headmaster, auctioneer, taxi driver, photographer, mayor, dentist, painter and decorator, plumber, ventriloquist, haulier, gardener, estate agent, magician, farrier, farmer, bank manager, gravedigger, civil engineer, carer, surveyor, fireman, blacksmith.

Bridge club - North/South winners of the first game of 2018 were Mary Mortenson and Chris Baxter with 58 per cent. Tim Johnson and Barry Smith were runners-up on 57 per cent. East/West was won by Gill and Trevor Hardcastle with 61 per cent, pipping Bo and Tony Simpson on 60 per cent. Finding the only lead to defeat what appeared to be a stone-cold game contract earned play of the week for Pat Hainsworth and Angela Smith.

Ladies Fellowship - Thornton-le-Dale Ukulele Band provided the entertainment at the Christmas party at which a faith supper was enjoyed. A collection was taken and, with a donation given by Ladies Fellowship, will enable the band to give support to its chosen charities, Sight Support and York Against Cancer. The January meeting was well attended and Ann Gray started the evening off with Minnie Louise Haskins’ poem The Gate of the Year followed by a prayer for the coming year. Jac Thomas spoke about her experiences on the Malton and Ryedale Schools’ expedition to Peru during the summer of 2016. She spent four weeks with 30 other 16 to 18-year-olds seeing spectacular scenery from snow-capped mountains to dense lowland jungle. The youngsters got involved in helping with on-going community projects in villages by mixing cement and making bricks. The ultimate challenge was a five-day trek along the Salkantay Trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The December birthday girls were Nancy Johnson, Georgina Oldfield and Pam Sails. A birthday card had been sent to Pam Conway. There is just one birthday in January - Margaret Carter. The evening ended with tea and biscuits provided by Helen Robertshaw and Joyce Wood. The next meeting is the annual general meeting in the library on Wednesday, February 14 at 7.30pm followed by a faith supper.


Christmas quiz - The closing date for entries for the Christmas quiz sheet in aid of St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale and St Hilda’s, Beadlam, is this Saturday, January 20.


Bridge club - In the final session of Malton Bridge Club’s positional pairs competition there was a win for Anne Avery and Graeme Matthew. Philip Mason and Mike Jackson took second place and Annette Jackson and Rob Ashdown third. This left the final standings unchanged from the previous round, with Philip and Mike the clear winners from Annette and Rob, with Derek Fox and Richard Hilton in third place ahead of Anne and Graeme.


Author’s talk - Local author and blogger Jane Lovering will give a talk in Marton Village Hall at 7pm on Saturday, February 10. She will recount tales of life as a baker of cakes, dog owner, cat slave and occupier of a crumbly old place in the countryside. Admission on the door is £5. Visitors can take their own bottle and snacks. Jane will be taking her books to sell and sign on the night. Futher information about this evening, up and coming events, regular clubs, booking calendar and plans in the future for refurbishment of the hall are on the hall’s new or email


Welcome Wednesday - Dementia Forward organise Welcome Wednesday meetings every Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm in the village hall for people to meet new friends, join in various activities, speak to a dementia adviser and enjoy refreshments. For further details, phone 01904 692473.

Lacemakers - Pickering Lacemakers will meet in the village hall on Saturday, from 10am to 3pm.


100 Club - The December winners of the Beckett Recreation 100 Club draw were as follows: £50, no 162, Dr C Jackson; £30, no 145, L McGlen and £10 no 70 O Simpson and no 138 the Foster family.


Jumble sale - A jumble sale, organised by the Newton and Stape Kids Fun Club, will be held from 11am to 2pm on Saturday in the village hall Refreshments will also be served. Admission is £1, which includes a drink. Any offers of jumble would be welcome, phone Cathryn on 01751 476592.


Parkinson support - The first meeting of 2018 for Ryedale Parkinson’s Support Group held at Trinity Methodist Church was well supported with three new members. Caroline Neuff gave a talk called The Viking Trail, about a touring holiday around Iceland and Greenland. The next meeting is on Thursday, February 8 when Rose Crawley of Parkinson’s UK will be visiting the group. New members or guests are welcome. For further information, phone Gill on 07794 439356 or Liz on 01653 694251.


Holocaust memorial - The “power of words” Holocaust Memorial Day event at the library will be held on Saturday, January 27 at 2pm to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet army. The event will include a slideshow presented by a member of the Holocaust Education Trust and readings by library volunteers. Tickets are free and can be reserved at the library in advance.

New Jersey Boys - Tickets, costing £20, are on sale for New Jersey Boys, which includes a supper and disco at the Recreation Club on Saturday, February 10 at 7.30pm. Phone 01751 473317 or call at Dunning Butchers shop, Bridge Street, phone 01751 472627.

Jazz festival - The sixth Ryedale Festival of Traditional Jazz which will be held from Sunday, July 22 to Saturday, July 28. If tickets are bought before Thursday, May 31 they cost £5 for the Sunday Spirituals concert and £50 for the Monday to Saturday concerts. Individual tickets for any of the Monday to Saturday concerts cost £10. After May 31 prices increase to £12 and £60 respectively. To purchase tickets, send a cheque made payable to Ryedale Jazz Society with a stamp addressed envelope stating what tickets you require to Amy Ward, 51 Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York YO41 1LS or phone 01759 371583.

Probus club - The Vale of Pickering Probus Club met on Tuesday, January 9 at the Forest and Vale Hotel, under the chairmanship of Charles Weston. Jim Hall, of Appleton-le- Moors History Group, gave a talk called The Life and Times of Frederick Dawson – Appleton-le-Moors teacher 1840- 1844’. Club membership enquiries welcome by telephone to (01751) 472879.

Family history - Ryedale Family History Group are offering free one to one sessions at the library on the following Tuesdays - January 30, February 13 and 27. The sessions are for anyone wishing to trace their ancestry and is either not sure where to start or needing some help to progress. The session times are 10.30am, noon and 1.30pm. Anyone interested should book a place in advance at the library in person or telephone 01609 533624. The sessions have to be pre-booked at the library and are not walk in sessions.

Jumble sale -The Friends of St Joseph’s RC Primary School will be having a jumble sale in the Church Hall, Potter Hill, on Saturday from 10am. Refreshments will also be available.

Musical Memories - The RVS Hungate Centre is the venue for Musical Memories on Monday, January 22 from 11am to noon. The aim is to provide sessions where people can meet up with friends, old and new, to share in singing songs together, with the added benefit of a biscuit with a cuppa. Musical Memories is a community interest company and a not-for-profit company. A minimum voluntary contribution of £3 per person to include refreshments is requested.

Pantomime - Pickering Musical Society’s pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears will run at the Kirk Theatre until Saturday, January 20. The show will start at 7.15pm. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday at 2.15pm. Phone 01751 474833 or log on to for tickets.

Super draw - Last week’s Pickering Town Football Club Super Draw was not won. The numbers were 30, 3 and 12. This week’s draw will be increased to £300. The January consolation prize draw was also last week with George Smith and Lisa Taylor each receiving £25. Their winning numbers were 7 and 37.

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

Correspondent - Any items of news from Pickering and surrounding villages can be forwarded to Glenis Sales either by phoning 01751 473348, or 07522 0437331 or by email to


Quiz time - Seven teams playing for £50 in prize money took part in Jennie’s quiz at the Fleece Inn. The winners with 50 points were Mike, Fiona, Col and Pauline, second were Gary’s Team and third were Back Touchers. The £13 jackpot was won by Gary’s Team. Jennie’s Sunday night quiz was won by Team @ the Bar. The jackpot was a roll over. Mike Williams will be hosting a charity quiz, which is fully booked, at the Fleece on Friday, January 26 for the Sophie Williams Trust. Jennie’s next quiz will be on Friday, February 9.


Methodists - The service on Sunday was taken by the Rev Brian Fitzpatrick. The organist was Doreen Lawson, the vestry steward was Bob Jackman and the welcomer was Margaret Neave, who also took the offering. Bible readings were given by Eileen Burn, who read from Peter, and Michael King, who read from Matthew’s gospel. The theme of Rev Fitzpatrick’s sermon was hope. He said that hope is fundamental to life and faith and that without hope we cannot live. The preacher at this Sunday’s Covenant service at 10.30am is Rev Dr Kevin Ridd and Holy Communion will be observed.

St Martin’s - The vicar, the Rev Andrew Moreland presided and preached at the 9.30am service of Holy Communion on Sunday. His sermon was based on the gospel reading of the encounter of Jesus with Nathaniel and Nathaniel’s assertion, in hearing that Jesus came from Nazareth, ‘can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Andrew commented that like Nathaniel, we also can make assumptions about individuals or groups, based on false understandings or gossip. Jean Donovan led the intercessions and Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano. Jim and Marion Baird were sidespersons and Janet Lamb and Lucy Haycock served refreshments. The Rev Moreland also led the monthly shorter service of modern worship at 11am, and again spoke about the disadvantages of making assumptions about people. The story was read by Jean Fiedler and the sung worship was led by Richard Fuller with John and Sue Grice. Liz Cremer was the sidesperson and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service. The Christingle service held on Christmas Eve raised £400.23 for the work of the Children’s Society.


St Hilda’s Church - Morning Worship was led by Barbara Grice, who used a Bible alphabet as her talk, relating each letter to stories from the Bible. Bill Hyndford provided music on his guitar and the lesson was read by Christine Ashton. The sidespeople were Sue Mennell and Angela Holdsworth. Coffee was served by Jean Usher at the close of the service. On Sunday there will be a united service at the Methodist Church starting at 10.30am with lunch afterwards. On Sunday, January 28 the Rev Joe Kinsella will officiate at the Holy Communion service.

Methodist news - Activities are back to their regular pattern after the Christmas break. Coffee mornings are each Tuesday from 10am to 11.30am. There is no charge but any donations for coffee are given to charity. The craft club meets in the chapel hall on Thursdays at 1.30pm. Sunday worship was led by the Rev Nigel Spencer. The door steward was Kim Canterbury, the vestry steward was Liz Aconley, who also read the lesson of the story of the boy Samuel in the temple. The gospel reading was by Chris Cade, who also played the organ. After worship coffee was enjoyed in the hall. On Sunday there will be a united worship service at the Methodist Church with Anglican friends from St Hilda’s Church. The preacher will be the Rev Joe Kinsella and the service will be led by the worship team. There will be lunch afterwards or the chance to just have a coffee if you anyone unable to stay.

Messy Church - Youngsters heard the story of Jonah and the big fish at the recent Messy church session. They made an enormous fish and models of Jonah and the fish. After craft time, the children went into the church for closing worship and acted out the story using their large model which is now on display in the link window. The next Messy Church will be on Saturday, February 10, meeting for tea in the chapel hall at 4.45pm.


Songs and readings - Sinnington People’s Guild held a members’ night of singing and reading on Tuesday, January 9. Accompanying himself on his accordion, Gilbert Dobson sang two solos, Shadows and Old Time Religion. Stephen Ward sang This World Is Not My Home. Serious and comical readings were given by Pat Dawson, Mary and Brian Holmes, Karen Ward and Molly Scaling. Stephen Ward led the evening. Jill Simpson was the pianist for the favourite hymns chosen by the other members. Tea and biscuits were served. The guild’s next meeting is on Tuesday, January 23 at 7.15pm when the chaplain at Castle Howard, the Rev Anne Freestone, will be the speaker.


Open house - Volunteers will be serving hot and cold drinks together with slices of cake in Westow Cricket Club pavilion on Saturday and Sunday between noon and 3pm each day. There will also be games of pool, cards, dominoes. Entry is free and money raised will be used for the running of the cricket club.

Pilates - Pilates classes have started in cricket pavilion every Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm. Classes are £6 each. To book a place, or for more details, phone Cheryl Reid on 07988 106862 or email


Film night - The movie Dunkirk will be screened in the village hall on Friday, January 26. Doors open at 6.45pm with the film starting at 7pm. Admission is £5. Refreshments will be on sale at the interval. To reserve your seat, phone Louise on 01751 432272. There will also be a film evening on Friday, March 9.

Jumble sale - There will be a jumble sale in h village hall on Saturday, February 24.

Domino drives - A domino drive will be held in the village hall on Saturday, January 27, at 7.30pm. It is £1.50 to play and includes tea and biscuits. Domino drives are held in the hall every first Wednesday and last Saturday of each month.


Appleton-le-Moors- A representative from Scarborough Mountain Rescue will give an insight to the work of the organisation at the meeting on Wednesday, January 24 in the village hall. The branch is always on the lookout for new members, just turn up at a meeting.

Normanby and Marton - The branch has folded after 58 years based at Marton Mission Room because of dwindling membership numbers in recent years. The group’s farewell meeting was held at the Crossways Hotel on Thursday, January 11.

Snainton - The first meeting of year was party night held in the village hall on Tuesday, January 9. It was the first of many celebrations to mark 100 years of the branch which was formed in 1918. It was attended by 38 members and three guests who were welcomed by president Angela Howgate. Jerusalem was sung. The tables were set with candles, party poppers, crackers and a glass of bubbly for each member to toast the occasion. The competition winners for the past year were announced. The winner with most points was Linda Stockill, who was presented with the rose bowl. Second was Sue Lumb and third Christine Robinson. The centenary feast and entertainment by branch members, including Anne Pilgrim Green, Liz Prior, Marilyn Bellinger, Christine Robinson, Heather Harris and Anne Marshall. Every member was asked to bring in a photograph of themselves as a baby and each member had to guess who was who. The joint winners who guessed the most were Liz Tyson and Linda Nichols with Margot Newton and Heather Harris in second place. There will be a lunch at Betton Farm on Thursday, February 1. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 6 when Paul Worsley will give a talk called Tales From The Bar. The competition is for three pieces of flapjack. For more information about Snainton WI visit