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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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Save Rosedale Church needs you!

Have you any experience of filling out grant application forms or would you like to learn? Save Rosedale Church Committee needs a competent volunteer to complete a Heritage Lottery grant application.

All the documents needed for the application have already been written but we need a volunteer to tackle the complex application form. Filling it in will take quite a number of dedicated hours.

Save Rosedale Church as already raised over £50,000 for its roof appeal and has just been invited to apply to the Peter Sowerby Foundation for a £25,000 grant. A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund could well mean our target of just over £100,000 will be reached.

Our small committee is made up of ordinary Rosedale residents who believe the loss of our historic church would be a terrible blow to the community. Our church is regularly used for Christenings, weddings and funerals as well as church services. Recent events at the church have included rock musician Ross McWhirter, The Dalesmen Singers and an Art and Craft Festival.

If you think you could help us for this one-off job, please contact Linda Blackburne on linda.blackburne@icloud.com or phone her on 01751 417833.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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The next Coffee Morning and Charity Raffle in The Coach House Inn will be on Saturday 2 September from 10.00 to 12.00am, and the Rosedale History Society Tea and Chat on Sunday 3 September will be in the Updale Reading Room/Village Hall from 2.00 to 4.00 pm – all are very welcome to come and there is no entry fee.

The new Rosedale 2024 Calendar will be available for sale at both events, making them ideal opportunities to get some early Christmas shopping done !


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At last, Rosedale has its show back after a gap of three years. A huge amount of work has gone into the planning and set-up of the show by Sam Dring and the Show Committee with, it has to be admitted, some scratching of the collective head to remember how it was done before!

Setting up the rings and erecting the tentage started on Tuesday 15 August and preparations were almost fully complete by noon on Friday 18 August thanks to the stirling efforts of a small team of hard working volunteers:

Pressing in fence posts for arena fencing
Tying on the fencing around the main ring
Preparing the smart new-style marquee for the Industrial classes.

After a very damp night, Saturday 19 August turned out to be a warm, semi-sunny day which brought out the crowds in their many thousands (final figures to be confirmed) for the show. The ground however was still very soft, but thanks to the tireless work on local farmers the horseboxes and larger vehicles were successfully delivered and towed back out at the end of the day. Here are some snap shots to remind us all of an excellent day all round:

Early birds starting to lay out entries in the Industrial tent.
The First Prize – after three years, the first prize of the 23 Show was presented by Ms Jess Johnson of Terrington.
The Rosedale History Society’s 150th Rosedale Show Anniversary Exhibition. Parts of the Exibition will be on display in Rosedale Abbey church for the rest of the holiday season.
Old and Older! Vintage tractors on display
Sean Doughty bringing his smartly turned out Field Marshall vintage tractor on to the show field.
Mr Arthur Yeoman, President of The Show for 2023 with Sam Dring, Chair of the Rosedale Show Committee
Enjoying the Job – Steve Colling judging the Wines entries
Good to see Bill Metcalfe back at the Show
The magnificent collection of trophies on show, thanks to Gill Gaines and family
Little and Large in one of the Pony Classes!
A good crowd enjoyed the performances of the Railroad Hobos and the Bilsdale Silver Band

An unusual sight – a Ridden Heavy Horse class on show.

Ian McIntyre judging the Sporting Dogs class in the very popular (and noisy) Dog Show
Foxhounds being judged
They’re Off! The start of the first of the hound trails

The Baby Show
The skipping challenge in the Children’s Sports Day
Stephanie Barraclough with Emmie up on Tash in the Fancy Dress on Horseback class.
The new King and Queen!

As in previous years, the revived Show was put on only through the hard work of the Show Committee members and the team of volunteers who gathered to set up the show area, who ran the entry gates , shepherded the traffic, crunched all the entry tickets, cleaned the trophies and assisted the stewards and judges and , of course, Adam Collier for his wonderful commentary on the day’s proceedings – our heartfelt thanks to all who contributed and we look forward to seeing you again next year on the Show Field on Saturday 17 August.


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Show time is rapidly approaching and the organising committee asks if anyone can help set the show:

a. Tuesday 15 August at 6pm – Show Field set up

b. Saturday 19 August – in the Industrial Tent at 4.30pm to help take down the exhibits tables and screens.

c. Sunday 20 August at 9.00am – on the Show Field to help take down the arenas etc.

The Show is back after an enforced break of three years so please come along to help out and make it a great success in 2023.


The wonderful Esk Valley Theatre is back with a new production, a very entertaining mystery set in the North York Moors written and directed by Mark Stratton. It runs at the Glaisdale village hall until 26 August. Details of ticket prices and performance dates and times can be found by ringing the number shown or on the website:

The small cast of four are all professional actors with extensive credits in local and national theatre, television, radio and film. The plot looks at how individuals’ characters can change within new environments and is in turn thoughtful, mysterious, exciting and with a leavening of local humour.


The ever popular Rosedale Calendar, covering the rich tapestry of life and landscape in the dale as taken by three local photographers and sold in aid of the Save Rosedale Abbey Church Appeal, is now available at £10 per copy from the Abbey Stores in Rosedale Abbey.

The calendars will also be on sale at the Coffee Mornings at the Coach House Inn on Saturday 5 August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November and 2 December. They will also be on sale at Rosedale Show on 19 August and for those outside the dale who would like copies the cost will be £12.50 each including post and packing; please order by email at rosedalehistory@hotmail.co.uk

Buy now or even sooner to avoid disappointment!


On a day of dramatic weather, varying from sunshine to thunderous rain, Vikki Seller of Rosedale Abbey and Ross White of York celebrated their wedding with 120 family and friends in St Mary and St Lawrence Church, Rosedale Abbey. The Rev Christine Haddon-Reece officiated with Richard Haynes playing the organ.

Vickki and bridesmaids, with her dog Chester.
The Rev Christine Haddon-Reece with Vikki and her father, David Seller
Pam Seller, the mother of the bride
After the service, Ross and Vikki ‘untying’ the church gate according to local tradition.
Undampened spirits in spite of the rain
Cheers all round!
Ross and Vikki, with Clop and Chester.
On the way to the Coach House Inn at last!

The very best wishes for good fortune and happiness in the future to Vikki and Ross from all in the dale.