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Rosedale Community News

Welcome to the Rosedale blog. This is where we share news and information about events in Rosedale and the wider community throughout the year. You’ll also find news about the village timetable, our micro enterprises, school events, clubs, and lively socials.

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Coincidently, around 80 people from the village and dale gathered in the Coach House In on Friday 19 January 2024 to celebrate Ian ‘Brownie’ Brown’s 80th birthday. It was a well kept surprise and Brownie took a few minutes to recover after his arrival!

Brownie’s arrival in the Coach House
Brownie being greeted by his son Paul.
Dave Oakey presenting Ian with a birthday card signed by his many well-wishers.
Ian recalling some stories of his time in Rosedale.
Ian thanking everyone for their good wishes on his birthday – along with a few tears!
All in one go! Blowing out the candles on his lovely birthday cake.
The birthday cake, courtesy of James Appleton of Graze on the Green – and Happy Birthday, Brownie, and many more of them from all in Rosedale.

Thanks to Dave Oakey and his team in the Coach House Inn for their splendid hosting of the event and to Jan Baker for her coordination of all the details.


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Our local curate, David Haddon-Reece, was ordained by Paul, Bishop of Whitby, at St Mary’s Church, Lastingham on Sunday 7 December at 3.00pm. The church was packed as the congregation drawn from all five churches in the benefice witnessed the joyous culmination of a long spiritual journey for David.

The Rev Christine Haddon-Reece, Bishop Paul and Rev David Haddon-Reece Photo by Linda Chambers

All in the benefice and particularly those in Rosedale wish David all the very best for his ministry with us.


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Around 40 locals and visitors joined in singing carols, encouraged by mulled cider and mince pies, on Friday. As a result over £270 was raised for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, for which heartfelt thanks to all for your generosity.

Also our thanks to Graig and Helen at Abbey Stores for their help with setting up the event and to James at Graze on The Green for his ever excellent mince pies!

And finally, best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year to all our readers, here and abroad.


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Up She Goes!
The Tree Crew ’23 – Anthony Davies, Dave Seller, Trevor Dale, Les Bargh, Harry Wilson, Scott Dent and Richard Dent.
All Lit Up!

And don’t forget that Father Christmas is visiting Rosedale on Wednesday 13 December at around 4.15pm and that Carols on The Green, with mulled cider and mince pies in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, will take place on Friday 22 December at 6.30pm – see you all there.


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Fifty four members of the Show Committee and their guests sat down to a delicious pie and pudding supper in the Coach House Inn on Friday night, 8 December. Mr Arthur Yeoman, this year’s President, was the guest of honour. Sam Dring, the Committee Chair, gave a summary of the 2023 show and thanked all who had helped make it a most successful event after an enforced gap of three years.

Sam Dring presenting Arthur Yeoman with a souvenir photograph from the 2023 Show
Lynn Kershaw, the Vice-Chair, presenting Sam Dring with a momento of the Show.
Arthur Yeoman returning the thanks of the Committee
The next Show Committee? The younger generation enjoying a social evening.

Planning is already well underway for the next show which is due to be held on Saturday 17 August 2924. As ever, the Committee asks that people note the date and if they can help out in any way prior to and on the day of the Show to contact any member of the Committee.

Finally, thanks again to the staff of the Coach House for hosting us all to an excellent evening.


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The following letter was received from the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Association regarding the funds raised at the Coffee Morning on Saturday 2 December:

Thanks again to all who contributed and donated raffle prizes, coffee money and other donations and to all who helped run this very successful event.

A message from NRAS –

I am delighted to confirm that £550 was received into our charity bank account on 5th December 2023.Please pass on our grateful thanks to the Rosedale residents and coffee morning regulars for their generosity. It looks like it was a very successful event and such a lovely way to honour the lives of your friends Ann and Linda.

Your support will make a real difference to the lives of those living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Kind regards.

Helen Saich

Senior Trusts and Company Giving Fundraiser

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)


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Regrettably, the Tea and Chat meeting of the History Society planned for this Sunday has been postponed because of the bad weather (snow, frost and fog). However, the meeting will now go ahead on Sunday 10 December in the Updale Reading Room/Village Hall from 2.00 to 4.00pm.

Please pass on this news to anyone you know who might have intended to come this Sunday.