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Archive for the ‘Reading Room’ Category

xGenerous Rosedale

Two charity events were held at the Coach House Inn this Saturday 3 November 2016. The first was a coffee morning held in aid of the Christmas Lights fund which raised an excellent £250 from donations, direct and for the ever popular raffle.

For the first time in many years the annual Christmas Auction in aid of the Reading Room was held at the Coach House. The inn was packed out for the night and and a boisterous audience bidded enthusiastically for the many items for sale.

No, it's not what you think! Mushroom carving by Stuart Bolam. Taken by LKC

No, no, it’s not what you think! Mushroom carving by Stuart Bolam, photo taken by LKC


And now a message from Lorraine Dale, Chair of the Reading Room Trustees:

The Reading Room Christmas Auction held at the Coach House raised an amazing £1200 – thank you to all who supported this event in any way, you have been so generous.

Special thanks must go to Dave and his staff at the Coach House for their support and use of the premises, and to Dave Seller our famous auctioneer who never disappoints, and my fellow trustees for their help with the event.


Lorraine Dale

Chair Rosedale Reading Room


xRosedale Christmas Auction – 21 November 2015

The traditional pre-Christmas auction in aid of the Updale Reading Room and Martin’s House Hospice for Children was held at the White Horse Farm Inn on Saturday night. The proceedings were masterfully led by Dave Seller, ably assisted by his daughter Victoria.

Enjoying the crack and aiding good causes.

Enjoying the crack and aiding good causes.

A total of £552 was raised, slightly down on previous years, but a tribute as always to the generosity of donors and those bidding for the array of excellent items on display.

Thanks also to all of the staff at the White Horse Farm Inn and an early Happy Christmas to all our readers!

PS.Don’t forget the Christmas Fair at Rosedale Abbey Community School on Thursday 26 November between 4 to 7pm, with mulled cider, handicrafts, cards, preserves and a raffle among other attractions on offer.

xCharity Auction – White Horse Farm Inn

The traditional Rosedale winter charity auction was held at the White Horse Farm Inn on Saturday evening, 15 November 2104. A very good crowd attended and the selling of a huge variety of local produce and other items was conducted briskly and with customary efficiency by the Seller family, aided and abetted by members of the Updale Reading Committee.

Vicki Seller selling and Margaret Truran holding on firmly to the sherry!

Vicki Seller selling while Margaret Truran holds on firmly to the sherry!

The sale generated £900 of which half goes to the Updale Reading Room and the other £450 will be shared by two medical charities, Cancer Research and fundraising for a mobile heart monitor. An excellent result and thanks to all who donated so generously and to Christine for hosting the event again.

xWW1 History Exhibition – 13 to 14 September 2014

Both days of the Local Villages WW1 history exhibition were well attended at the Updale Reading Room, Rosedale. Between 50 to 60 people on Saturday and rather more on Sunday visited from all over the country, not just locally and viewed a fascinating and varied set of photographs, memorabilia and documentation on the roles played by by local people in the Great War both at home and at the front from Rosedale and Hartoft, Appleton le Moors, Sinnington, Lockton and Levisham and Thornton le Dale.

Exhibits in the Reading Room

Exhibits in the Reading Room

History Walkers at East Mines

History Walkers at East Mines – 13 September

History Walkers and Dogs - East Mines Stone Kilns  -14 September

History Walkers and More  Dogs – East Mines Stone Kilns -14 September

A tremendous amount of hard work was put in to stage the exhibition by volunteers from all the villages involved. The organisers would also like to thank all those who helped out on both days with running the reception desk, guiding and advising our visitors, those who provided and served all the delicious cakes, rolls and other refreshments that are such a feature of these events in the Updale Reading Room and, finally, the generous donors of excellent raffle prizes on both days – you know who you are so thanks again!


xWorld War I Exhibition – 13-14 September



Rosedale History Society with Ryedale Villages Heritage Group
(Lockton & Levisham, Thornton Dale, Appleton le Moors & Sinnington)

World War One project
13 &14 September

PLUS Rosedale Archives,
New Social History
Photographs & Memorabilia
Walks to East Mines at
2.00 p.m.
Further details email:



xThe Great War 1914 – 1918

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War on 4 August 1914, we should pause to remember those from Rosedale who gave their lives in that horrific conflict.

The memorial the Updale Reading Room

The memorial at the Updale Reading Room

A number of local history societies, including Rosedale History Society, are staging a Great War exhibition at the NYM Railway station at Pickering for the next week, after which the Rosdale displays will be shown at Rosedale Show on 16 August.

Finally, there is a planned ‘Lights Out’ throughout the nation on Monday night, 4 August, between 10 and 11pm, when all public buildings will turn off all lights except one per building. Private householders are being encouraged to do the same, with perhaps just one candle or similar small light in a window during the dark hour.

xChristmas Auction – White Horse Farm Inn

The ever popular Christmas Auction to raise funds for the Martin House children’s hospice and the Updale Reading Room was held at the White Horse Farm Inn on Saturday night, 16 November. A huge amount of produce and gifts was generously donated to be auctioned off. The evening started of with the traditional singing of carols and then our auctioneer, the vivacious Vickie Seller, standing in for her Dad who was laid low by a football injury, rattled through the items. In the end, the sum raised was around £1,200, a magnificent achievement by all involved.

Starting With Carols

Kicking off with Carols

I don't believe it - a jar of pickled onions going for £8!

I don’t believe it – a jar of pickled onions going for £8!

A huge vote of thanks to Vickie and to Margaret, Carol and  Ena for helping with the auction and to Christine and Jim for laying on this marvelous event. See you all next year!