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 talk - Dr John Finch will give a talk to the History Group called Navvies, Pals and PoWs: the archaeology of Breary Banks camp, Colsterdale, at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 22. Admission is £2.50.

Singalong - The next Singalong will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, February 7 at 6pm.

Waterworks - A meeting was held in the village hall to plan fundraising events for water projects in Africa. Music, quizzes, walks, craftwork and films were among events that have been suggested. The project will start in April and run through to the end of September and a programme of events will be circulated in March.


Bridge club - Judith Porter and Gill Oxendale won the session on Thursday, February 1 with a score of 64.6 per cent. Jane Bartlett and Sheila Briske were second with 64.1 per cent. At the meeting on Thursday, January 25 the winners were Peter and Sandy Hill with 60 per cent. Michael and Val Allen were runners-up with 57.1 per cent. This club meets at Welburn Village Hall on Thursdays at 6.45pm. Anyone interested in joining should phone Lesley Conner on 01944 768152.


On song - Marske Fisherman’s Choir will be visiting the village hall on Friday, February 23 at 7.30pm. Admission is £4 and includes tea and biscuits. There will be a raffle.


Domino drive - Before the village hall is closed for rebuilding, there will be a domino drive to mark the occasion on Tuesday, February 13 at 7.30pm. It will include a supper and raffle.


Centenary market - Despite drizzzling rain the village market had 100 more customers than usual with a record number of stalls for its 100th market. Stallholder Janet Stark of, The Wall at Coulton has attended all the markets since it began in 2009. Three stallholders made a cake in the numbers of 100 in different food products. Ali Bradley made a commemorative ceramic plaque and all of the original pioneer stallholders received golden rosettes. There were balloons galore and every 100th customer received an envelope with vouchers to spend at the market. Eight customers shared £200 worth of vouchers. The market was attended by John Dyson, president of the National Traders Association and William Oxley, chairman of Ryedale District Council. There was great interest shown at the community stall, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and all the guest stalls and the cafe run by Hovingham Action Group were busy. The next market will be on Saturday, March 3 from 10.30am to 1.30pm.


Camera club - Kirkbymoorside and District Camera Club won the three-way projected digital image competition against Malton with 11 points. Scarborough Photography Club were second and Malton Camera Club third. The club met last Thursday at the Moorside Bar & Club for an applied competition judged by Ernest Howard from Driffield Camera Club. Matt Hillier won the print section with Janet Burdon in second place. Paul Stephenson won the projected digital image section with Martin Williams the runner-up. The next meeting is on the Thursday, February 15 when Jed Wee will be give a talk called Chasing the Light and Lights.

Menzown - Local naturalist Jim Prewess will be the speaker at the Menzown meeting in the King’s Head on Monday, February 12 at 7.30pm.

Entertainer – Darren Knight will be the act at the Moorside Bar & Club on Saturday, February 16. His performance will start at 8.30pm.

Messy Church - There will be a session of Messy Church in the Methodist Church on Monday, February 19 from 4pm to 6pm.

Prayer meeting - The Julian Prayer group will meet at St Chad’s RC church on Tuesday, February 13 at 6.30pm.

Bridge club - North/South winners at Kirbymoorside Bridge Club’s latest meeting were Judith O’Donnell and Ann Rutter, who was playing her first game at the club. They scored 61 per cent. Bob Price and John Mortenson were runners-up with 58 per cent. Anne Avery and George Goodall were top East/West with 60 per cent. Bo and Tony Simpson were second on 59 per cent. Play of the week went to Barry Smith and Bob Wardell.

Band concert - Kirkbymoorside Brass Band’s next concert in the Memorial Hall is on Sunday, March 11 at 7.30pm. It will feature the senior, community and junior bands with a preview of the national area test piece Odyssey. Tickets are £5 and are available from JRA Computer Services, Summit Bakery or email

Lent Lunches - Churches Together in Kirkbymoorside will be hosting a series of lunches during Lent on the theme The Seven Last Words from the Cross. Reflections will be led by different speakers followed by a soup lunch. The lunches will be held at noon at the Methodist Church. The dates and groups are Tuesday, February 20, Friends’; Tuesday, February 27, All Saints; Tuesday, March 6, Methodist; and Tuesday, March 13, Roman Catholic. All donations will go to Water Aid.

AGM - Members of the Ladies Fellowship will hold their annual general meeting, followed by a faith supper, on Wednesday, February 14 in the library at 7.30pm. New members are welcome.

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive at Sturdy Court on Monday, February 12 at 7.30pm.

Tuesday Group - Caroline Wilkie from the charity Children In Distress will be the speaker at the Tuesday Group meeting on Tuesday, February 13 in the Methodist Church Jubilee Room. The leader will be Gillian and Daisy and Gwen will be the tea hostesses.


Pancake coffee morning - The annual pancake coffee morning will be held in the Methodist Schoolroom on Saturday between 10am and noon. There will also be a cake stall. All funds raised will go towards both Leavening churches.

Village fete - There will be a discussion, open to everyone, about this year’s village fete in the Jolly Farmers pub on Monday, February 12 at 8.30pm. This year’s fete is on Sunday, July 8. Anyone with new ideas, or would like to help either with the organisation or on the day, should attend. Members of Friends of Leavening School are more than welcome. Phone Chris Spencer on 01653 658381 for more details.

Show time - Members of the Leavening and Acklam branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association will be discussing plans for this year’s produce and handicraft show on Tuesday, February 13 at 7.30pm. The show will be held in early September. Anyone with any ideas or suggestions get in touch with Nancy Spencer, phone 01653 658381, or go to the meeting.


Domino drive - There will be a domino drive held in the village hall on Saturday at 7.30pm.


Bridge club - The first round of Malton Bridge Club’s Cross-IMP Pairs competition resulted in a big win for Philip Mason and John Hayton with a score of 82 points. In second place were Madge Allison and Richard Hilton with 24 points, followed by Mike and Annette Jackson with 17 points. Starting on the Thursday, February 15, the club is running social bridge sessions on Thursdays at 2pm at St Mary’s Community Centre in Old Malton at a cost of £2.50 per player, including refreshments. Players of all standards are welcome and partners can be provided where required. More details are available from Richard Hilton, phone 01653 693501.


Author’s talk - Local author and blogger Jane Lovering will give a talk in Marton Village Hall at 7pm on Saturday. 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


Dementia Forward - The group holds Welcome Wednesday sessions in the village hall each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm. Admission is £3 per person. Refreshments are available. It is a chance to meet new people, join in various activities and speak to a dementia advisor. Anyone who would like to join should phone 01904 692473.

Jumble sale - There will be a jumble sale in the village hall on Saturday, February 17 starting at 10am.

Lacemakers - Members of Pickering Lacemakers will meet in the village hall on Saturday, February 17 from 10am to 3pm.


AGM - The Beckett Recreation Ground committee plan to hold two prize bingo sessions in the village hall to raise funds for the maintenance of the amenity. The will be on Saturday, February 17 and Saturday, March 17. The committee would welcome donations of prizes which can be collected next week or can be left with Chris Rymer. The committee run the monthly 100 Club draw which has prizes each month of £50, £30 and two of £10. Inquiries about the draw can be made to Chris Rymer or Gordon Harrison. A summer family fun day is planned for Sunday, July 15.


Bird talk - Richard Baines, the turtle dove project Officer of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority’s turtle dove project officer will give a talk in the village hall on Thursday, February 22 at 7.30pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Craft and chat - There will be a Craft and Chat session in the village hall on Thursday, February 15 and Thursday, March 1, starting at 7pm. Admission is £2 which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

Willow weaving - Andrea Firth is running a willow weaving workshop in the village hall on Sunday, March 4 from 10am to 4pm. The cost will be £35 per person. Tea or coffee will be provided, but anyone attending is asked to take their own lunch. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to phone Penny Wicks on 01751 474268 or email


Bridge Club - The session of duplicate bridge played two weeks ago was won by George Goodall and Anne Avery with 69.79 per cent. In second place were Madge Allison and Rob Ashdown with 55.73 per cent with Jacki Foggin and Isa Eggeston scoring 55.21 per cent for third spot. The first session of the handicapped pairs was won by Anthony and Moira Brown. Second were Madeleine Webber and Beryl Bramall and in third place were Jacki Foggin and Isa Eggleston.

Live music - Dave and Hank will be performing live with their musical mixture at the Conservative Club on Friday from 8.30pm.

Museum activities - There will be three days of activities at the Beck Isle Museum next week. There will be a Valentines craft session on Monday, February 12, a traditional craft day with the museum brought to life by volunteers on Wednesday, February 14 and a fossil hunting day on Friday, February 16. All three sessions are from 11am to 3pm. There will also be the chance to search for clues in the ground and learn more about dinosaurs.

Farmers’ market – The next farmers’ market will be held in the market place on Thursday, February 15 from 8.30am.

Carers cuppa - There will be a meeting of the Carers Cuppa and Wellbeing Group at the Friends’ Meeting House on Thursday, February 21 from 10am to noon. It is a chance to call in for a chat and a cuppa and meet new people. All carers are welcome.

Annual meeting - Pickering and District Horticulture Society will hold its annual general meeting at the RVS Hungate Centre on Wednesday, February 14 at 7,30pm. There is a vacancy for a chairperson due to retirement. Anyone interested is asked to phone the secretary on 01751 474939.

Domino drive - There will be a domino drive organised by Pickering Town FC at the Recreation Club on Friday, February 16 at 7.30pm.

Yorkshire castles - WEA tutor Dr Robert Wright is to run a day school called Yorkshire Castles of the Norman Conquest. The fee is £25 for the session which will run from 10am to 4pm. For details of the date and booking, phone Jim Howie on 01751 475659 or email

Family history - Ryedale Family History Group are offering free one to one sessions at the library on Tuesday, February 27. The session is 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.

Musical Memories - The RVS Hungate Centre is the venue for Musical Memories on Monday, February 12 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 Super draw - Last week’s Pickering Town Football Club’s Super Draw was not won. The numbers were 26, 15 and 13. This week’s draw will be increased to £225.

Quiz night - The Bay Horse, Market Place, will host a general knowledge quiz in aid if the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday, February 18 at 7.30pm.

Ryedale Shopper - Future journeys will be made on Wednesday, February 21 to Northallerton (£8), Thursday, March 8 to Beverley (£7), Thursday, March 22 to the York Designer Outlet (£7), Thursday, April 5, to Stokesley (£8), and Thursday, April 19 to Scarborough (£7). For further information phone 01653 699059 or 01653 698888.


Transport meeting - The annual general meeting of Ryedale Community Transport will be held on Wednesday, February 28 in Hovingham Village Hall at 11.30am. Refreshments will be provided after the meeting.


St Martin’s - The Rev Richard Firth, assisted by reader Judith Dean led the 9.30am service of BCP Holy Communion. Judith preached a sermon based on a reading from Mark’s gospel where Jesus, at the start of his ministry, was under much pressure of time and finding space to be away from attention. Jim Baird assisted with the distribution of communion, and together with Marion Baird was a sidesperson. Edna Burton accompanied the hymns on the piano, and Elisabeth Chapman and Sue Johnson served refreshments. Judith preached again at the 11am service of modern worship, which she also led. Liz Cremer read and Tim Cremer led the intercessions. A time of worship was led by musicians Richard Fuller (guitar), John and Sue Grice (guitar and bass) and John Taylor (drums). Wendy Haslam ran the children's Sunday Club. Elizabeth Bradley was the welcomer and Helen Swallow served refreshments after the service.


Letters draw - There was no winner in Saturday’s Sherburn FC weekly letters draw. The letters drawn were E, K and Z. This week’s prize is £300.

Open gardens – The village’s open gardens day will be on July 22 from noon to 5pm. Full details will be circulated later but anyone who would like to open their garden should phone Barbara Grice on 01944 711038 before March 31.

Bingo - The next bingo session at the Community and Sports Club will be on Saturday, February 24. A total of £580 was paid out in prize money at the bingo on Saturday which saw all the tables full.

Charity quiz - The East Riding pub will host a charity quiz on Saturday, March 10 at 8pm. It is for teams of up to four people and it’s £1 per person to enter. There will also be a raffle with proceeds for the village hall.

Messy Church - There will be a meeting of Messy Church members for worship and crafts on Saturday at the Methodist Church on Saturday, starting with tea at 4.45pm.

Get a buzz - Graham Robinson will talk to members of the Senior Citizen Luncheon Club about beekeeping at the lunch on Wednesday, February 21. Members should meet from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. Transport can be arranged in the village by phoning Christine on 01944 711294.

Methodist news - Donations at the Tuesday coffee mornings continues to be given to the Circuit breakfast for the homeless at Westborough Methodist Church. Sunday worship was led by the Rev Mary Jackman. The welcomer was Liz Aconley, who was also a reader. Members of the Magowan family also read lessons. Chris Cade was the organist. After the service, refreshments were enjoyed in the hall. The Sunday worship this week at 10.30am will be led by the Rev John Staton. After the coffee morning on Shrove Tuesday there will be “Pancake Praise” at noon which will include a pancake tossing competition.


Antiques talk - Ryedale auctioneer Angus Ashworth, who is also the Kirkbymoorside mayor, gave a talk to Sinnington People’s Guild on Tuesday, January 30. He trained straight from school with a local firm of auctioneers. He revealed that the internet has changed the selling process into a world market and today’s fashion has dramatically changed the value of antique furniture. Angus discussed the origin and value of certain items Guild members had brought for inspection and questions continued over a cup of tea and biscuits. The next meeting is on Shrove Tuesday, February 13 at 7.15pm when the Rev. Mark Haynes will lead members into Lent.


Annual meeting - The Ladies Group annual general meeting has been held when members heard that funds have been distributed to various charities and organisations - Riding for the Disabled, The Rizika organisation in Kenya, Therapy Dogs, a hospice in India, St Catherine’s Hospice and Allerston Aloud Choir. The next meeting will be a meal at Balderson's Café on Thursday, March 1. Any member wishing to go should get in touch with Mary Hoggarth. The group generally meets on the first Thursday of the month in the Methodist Schoolroom at 2pm and welcomes new members.

Bridge club - The meeting on Monday, January 29 was won by Bob and Gladys Thompson with 60.7 per cent. In second place with 59.5 were Bob Wardell and Barry Smith.


Table top - Westow Cricket Club will be having a table top sale during the weekly open house in the pavilion from noon to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18. Money raised from items sold will be for cricket club funds.

Active Tuesdays - Every Tuesday starting on February 20 there will be Active Tuesday in the cricket pavilion between 7pm and 8.30pm. The evening is open to everyone and will include dancing, games and music. It is an opportunity to be active at your own pace. There is no need to book. Entry is £1 to cover the hire of the pavilion. There will be tea, coffee for sale. For more details phone Julie Price on 01653 618214.

Save a baby’s life - There will be a free two-hour workshop run by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK called Save A Baby’s Life on Wednesday, February 28 from 10am until noon. It is an informal workshop aimed at new parents and grandparents, prospective parents and anyone who cares for a baby. It will teach practical skills to cope in a baby emergency including basic resuscitation and treatment for choking for baby's aged birth to one year. To book a place phone Catherine Butt 01347 879141 or email


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


80s disco - The annual cricket club 80s disco is being held at the Downe Arms on Saturday, March 17 from 7pm until late. Entrance is by ticket only. Tickets cost £5 each or £25 for a three-course meal and disco entrance. Disco only tickets are available from Pete Shepherdson, phone 07837 997128, or Ian, phone 07858 065405. For disco and/or meal tickets from the Downe Arms, phone 01723 862471.