Local Groups

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The Church of England Benefice of Kirkbymoorside with Gillamoor, Farndale, Bransdale and Edstone.

Located within the Diocese of York, the Benefice is centred on the market town of Kirkbymoorside, on the A170 between Helmsley and Pickering.

The Benefice covers over 100sq.miles in and around The North York Moors National Park.


All Saints’ Parish Office, Crown Square, Kirkbymoorside, N.Yorkshire YO62 6AY

Tel. 01751 / 430216 or email at kmsparishoffice@gmail.com


Next Steps for Kirkbymoorside

Next Steps works to support people through those everyday difficulties that can sometimes over whelm us.   Looking after your mental and physical well being is paramount to living a happy, healthy and independent life, so Next Steps is here to help you in Kirbymoorside. Join us every Wednesday in the Jubilee Room at Methodist Chapel for tea, coffee and cakes just £3.00. A chance to meet up with friends, meet new ones, join our Men in Sheds group  (exclusively for men), learn a new craft or simple join us for a chat! We can offer you an ear to listen to in confidence, a supportive word or two or sign post you in the right direction if need be. Come and meet us, we’ll be in the Jubilee Room at the Methodist Chapel, Kirbymoorside every Wednesday from 9.30 -12 Noon. Come along, we’d love to meet you! For more information please contact Helen at Next Steps on 01653-690854 or email helen@nextstepsryedale.co.uk


Kirkbymoorside baby and toddler group

We run our group every Friday morning in term time from 9.30am until 11am at the Methodist Chapel, Piercy End. The group has been run by parent volunteers for over 40 years now
and we regularly get around 30 children attending our sessions. Contact is Tracy Simpson t. 07983513744, we also have a Facebook page.

Helmsley & District Rotary Club

An invitation is extended to local people who might be interested in finding out what Rotary International does locally. Helmsley & District Rotary, which includes the town of Kirkbymoorside, holds open meetings at the Kirkbymoorside Library and has projects in the local community supporting deserving organisations and individuals. International projects and emergencies are also supported. Many people are unaware of what Rotary International is about but it’s not all raising funds. Hands-on support is given to various events such as the Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley 10k runs and the Kirkbymoorside Christmas Fair. Rotary is open to men and women who live or work in the two towns and the surrounding villages. The modern-style casual group with few formalities, which was formed in 2005, couldn’t be further from the traditional all male Rotary clubs. If any one would like an invitation to a meeting they should contact David Ward, telephone 07718 532009. More information and programme can be found online.There are over 100 Rotary clubs in the Yorkshire district and internationally there are 1.2 million members. The main goal of Rotary is the elimination polio from the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Microsoft) donated $255 million to help in the Rotary campaign and Google Foundation has also given $3.5 million.

If any one would like an invitation to a club meeting they should contact David Ward, telephone 07718 532009 email: rotary @ gillamoor.com (delete spaces either side of @ sign)

More information about the club can be found online.

There are 79 Rotary clubs in the Yorkshire district and internationally there are 1.2 million members. The main goal of Rotary is the elimination polio from the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Microsoft) donated $255 million to help in the Rotary campaign and Google Foundation has also given $3.5 million.


Kirkbymoorside Environment Group

Here at Kirkbymoorside Environment Group (KMEG) we want to help put the Transition principles into action in practical ways in our community.

That means using some of our spare time, energy and skills in activities that support:

local food production
local energy generation
waste reduction
reuse of unwanted materials
low energy transport
and a thriving local community less dependent on fossil fuels

More information about the group can be found here.

Kirkby Fruit Project

We are a volunteer group making use of surplus fruit to raise funds for local groups.
We are also researching the fruit growing heritage of Kirkbymoorside, and hoping to develop a living record of the apple varieties from the old orchards.

Visit the project website.

Kirkby Bell Ringers

Kirkby Bellringers are a group of volunteers who ring in the tower of All Saints’ Church for Sunday Morning Service and for other events both religious and secular.
Our practice evening is Tuesday, 7.15pm to 9.00pm.
We are always looking for new recruits, so if you are interested in having a go and aged between 10 and 100 please contact us via our website.

Kirkbymoorside Brass Band

The first recorded reference to Kirkbymoorside Band was in the parish records of 1815. It has been a public subscription band from that time and in 1976 became a registered charity [Reg charity number 505458]. In 1815 £22.18s.00p was spent on instruments including a Serpent. This must make kirkby band one of the oldest bands in the country. The minutes book has been found recently from 1890, so more is known of the last 100 years than the first 80. The bands first contest win was the Kirkbymoorside poultry and industrial show contest of 1886. They won playing ‘Norma’ and ‘William Tell’. At that time the band was a ‘temperance band’, don’t worry it’s no such thing now, and it cost the equivalent of £50.00 per year to join.

In 1965 the band took 3rd place playing in the 4th section at the National Finals, and repeated the area win in 1971 when promotion to the 3rd section followed. In 1980 the band was promoted to the 2nd section and won the Northern Area Contest by a clear 5 points. 1n 1981 the band went to London and were promoted to the Championship Section all in the same year . 1984 and 1986 saw the band win the Inter Counties Radio Brass Band Contest and were proclaimed outright champions. In 1989 the band was back in the 2nd section but following their success they were back in the championship section in 1991.

The band has a very healthy junior band which supplies a constant stream of players for the senior band. Leslie Maw ‘BEM’ retired after 36 years as band master in 1988. Leslie’s contribution to the band can not be calculated and the band and the village holds him a position of high esteem. He is still involved with the band and his advice and wisdom is greatly appreciated. It was particularly fitting that he was awarded the British Empire Medal on his retirement.

The band has always been a subscription band and rely on the generosity of the public for support.

Band Manager : Philip Woodward, Stockton House, West End, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire Tel : 01751432813.
Band Master : John Woodward, Plumtree House, West Lund, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorks. Tel : 01751 431886


Kirkbymoorside & District Camera Club

Kirkbymoorside & District Camera Club meet at 7.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, in the Royal British Legion Club, Shaw Drive, Kirkbymoorside.

The club season starts in September and runs throughout the year.

Members join for a variety of reasons and the club strives to meet the needs and interests of all. With this in mind we also have a number of ‘Project Groups’. These groups meet on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month. The various groups organise other ‘ad hoc’ events designed to meet their particular interests and objectives. The groups include Beginners & Advance Digital Imaging, Developers (Intermediate), Monochrome, Creative and Digital Audio Visual.Our members are involved in all types of photography: Print, Slide, and Digital – both in colour and monochrome.You don’t need sophisticated or specialised equipment to be a member of Kirkbymoorside Camera Club, one of the joys of the club is that it is not ‘equipment orientated’.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly club where anyone with an interest in photography is made welcome, be they beginner or expert. The strength of our club is that we respect each other as individuals and value each others’ work accordingly.

We have a varied programme of members evenings, talks and competitions, where all can and do join in.

If you would like to know more about Kirkbymoorside & District Camera Club please email us or come along to one of our meetings.

The club is a member of the Yorkshire Photographic Union (YPU) and is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB).


Kirkbymoorside History Group

Anyone wishing to contact the Kirkbymoorside History Group should email us or can telephone the group’s secretary Louise Mudd Tel: 01751 432064. The recent publication on the Adela Shaw Hospital is available within the town at the Summit Bookshop or from The Children In Distress shop in the market place. Visit our website.

Kirkbymoorside in Bloom

Kirbymoorside in Bloom enjoys good support from all sectors of the community and they work hard to ensure the town is an attractive place to live and work. The group has a full calendar of events and is active in fundraising and in securing business sponsorships. Their main aims are to:

1. To protect and enhance the town’s natural beauty, wildlife, flora and green space heritage.
2. To promote Kirkbymoorside’s entry into the regional and national “In Bloom” competitions, raising civic pride in the town.
3. To organise events and activities in the town to support the aims of the group.
4. To acr as an advisory body for the community building partnerships between the community, educational establishments and businesses.
5. To encourage participation in the local “Kirkbymoorside Best Kept Gardens” competition.
6. To raise funds to support the above activities.

For further info please call:01751 430250.

'The Friday Rehearsal Orchestra

The Friday Rehearsal Orchestra meets every year from Sep – Dec and from Jan – Mar in the Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall. There are ten rehearsals each term. We play interesting orchestral music without the stress of giving public concerts, but just to expand the experience and abilities of the players. At the end of each term there is an ‘open rehearsal’ for anybody who would like to come and listen, and it is always followed by a party.

New players are always welcome. Fees are £25 a term. Students £10.

Players should be about Grade 5 level or above. Anyone interested in joining next September should contact Tim Brooks 01751 431231.

The Sarah-Louise Ashworth School of Dance

The Sarah-Louise Ashworth School of Dance opened in Kirkbymoorside in January 2006. The school now also includes a branch in Pickering.

Classes are held daily for children starting from as young as 3 years. Adult classes are also available. We also offer parent and toddler classes from 18 months.

Subjects include RAD ballet, IDTA ballet, modern, tap, jazz, theatre craft, musical theatre, drama, singing and commercial street. Pupils may take examinations in all dance disciplines if they wish to with the RAD or the IDTA. The school holds a 100% pass rate on all examinations taken.

In addition to working towards examinations all pupils take part in the school’s bi-annual showcase. The school provides dancers for the Pickering pantomime, charity shows, displays and lots more, giving pupils plenty of opportunities to have fun. Website

Kirkbymoorside Allotments Association

On the opening day of National Allotments Week 2010 the chair of Kirkbymoorside Allotments Association, Carol Messham, talked about the growth in interest in owning an allotment, the management of the plots and the events they had planned to celebrate National Allotments Week.

Contact Kathy Robson on 01751 432158 for more info.

Kirkbymoorside Community First Responder Group

In the last 8 years volunteers from the Kirkbymoorside Community First Responder Group have responded to over 90 emergency call-outs in and around Kirkbymoorside. In the majority of those calls we arrived at the patient before the ambulance and commenced life saving treatment using the skills and equipment provided by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

CFRs are called out only to life threatening incidents, mainly to heart attacks, strokes or unconscious patients, but never to trauma, traffic accidents or very young children. We are activated from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service operations centre through a special mobile phone. The equipment we carry includes oxygen and a defibrillator, or AED.

CFRs are part of the Ambulance Service but are not a replacement for the ambulance. The Ambulance Service will always despatch an ambulance, air ambulance or rapid response vehicle at the same time as they call out the CFR. In North Yorkshire the distances between rural communities and the narrow roads mean that it can take some time for the ambulance to arrive. The CFRs living in the area and with their local knowledge can get to a scene quickly in their own cars. Their aim is then to keep the patient alive until the professional paramedics arrive.

Community First Responding is a fascinating, exciting and satisfying voluntary activity and we can make a really significant difference. It also carries great responsibility and can be emotionally exacting, so it is not for the half-hearted or squeamish. It is an important example of the local community being involved in its own care.

We are a friendly group and will welcome new volunteers. To find out more please call Michael Turner on 01751 430996.

Kirby Kids’ Club

Kirby Kids’ Club was established in 1996. It is managed by a voluntary committee and provides out of school care for children from three to 11 years in the old school canteen adjacent to Kirkbymoorside Commmunity Primary School in Westfields, Kirkbymoorside, near York. During term time the club is open from 8am to 9am and from 3.30pm to 6pm from Monday to Friday. During school holiday periods, it is open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. A maximum of 26 children may attend at any one time.

Read 2010 Ofsted Report. The Old Canteen, Westfields
YO62 6AG

Telephone number: 07909 948261

Kirkbymoorside Menzown

Kirkbymoorside Menzown is, as the name suggests, a men-only group, that meets every month. It was initiated and grew from the Church but is now attended by non-Church men.

There are different speakers each month on a diverse number of topics.
For further information call Ray Shore 01751 433 320.

Moorside Quilters

Meets the 1st Thursday in the month at Manor Close Community Center, Manor Close, Kirkbymoorside. Runs 10.00am – 2.00 pm – £3.00 per session – please contact Janet Mcgregor on 01751 432050 or janet@farndale.com — Always welcome new members.

Kirkbymoorside Slimming World

Our friendly local Slimming World group meet the Friends Meeting House, West End, Kirkbymoorside every Wednesday at 7.00pm. Please call your consultant Anne on 01439 771126 / 07890 720484 or just come along.

Ryedale Natural History Society

Ryedale Natural History Society is based in Kirkbymoorside and holds indoor meetings in winter and runs field outings through the summer.
For further information please visit their website.

Kirkbymoorside Royal British Legion Club

The Kirkbymoorside Branch hold their meetings on a Monday of each month, at 8.15pm, in The RBL Club, Adele Shaw, Kirkbymoorside. For further information please contact the branch secretary Mrs Christine Kelloway on 01751 431179.

Ryedale Walking Group

The Ryedale Walking Group is a well established walking group with over 60 members based in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. Walks are organised regularly throughout the year. The group is affiliated to the Ramblers.

Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society

The Scarborough and District Astronomical Society was founded in 1976 by John Harper F.R.A.S., its Honorary President. After meeting at the Osgodby Community Centre on the southern outskirts of Scarborough, it moved to the old North Riding College on Filey Road, then into the town’s library. Its present home is Ayton Village Hall, four miles west of Scarborough. A few years ago the Society was renamed the Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society, to more accurately reflect its membership, and the establishment of the Astronomy Centre at Low Dalby. Sir Patrick Moore F.R.A.S. opened this facility in 2001. Currently there are approximately 50 members. The society is a registered charity (number 1092385) and is affiliated with the Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS).

For more information about the society and its events, please visit the Scarborough & Ryedale Astronomical Society website.

The Ryedale School of Music

The Ryedale School of Music is located behind the doctors surgery on Tinley Garth offering professional individual music tuition to both adults and children. We teach all brass and woodwind instruments as well as piano, theory, guitar and drums. Currently there are four teachers who all work within our local schools by day and at our studio on Tinley Garth most evenings.

For more information about the society and its events, please visit the The Ryedale School of Music website.

The Ryedale Wind Band

The Ryedale Wind Band is a recently formed wind ensemble that always welcomes new players. If you play a brass or woodwind instrument and are about grade 4 level or above we would really like you to come and join us. We meet at the Ryedale School of Music, Tinley Garth, on a Monday evening at 7.30pm. Come for a free trial and then we have a one off joining fee of £15 followed by a weekly subscription of 50p for students under 18 yrs and £1 for adults. We are a non profit organisation.

For more information about the society and its events, please visit the The Ryedale Wind Band website.

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