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By Anne Richards
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Monday, October 05, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News
Graham Cornish To Retire
As Graham Cornish approaches his 67th birthday he has decided to step down as Associate Priest in the parish of St John's and St Luke's. Graham joined St Luke's thirty nine years ago and exercised a ministry, first as Reader, then as priest, and for the last thirteen years at St John's as well. His last service at St John's is on October 25 and at St Luke's on November 1.

New Rector
Rev Alister Mort is to be the new Team Rector at St John's and St Luke's. It is expected that he will move into the Rectory in late November and the Licensing Service will take place on December 16. There will be more news nearer the time.

Thanks For Support
The organisers of the MacMillan Coffee Morning recently held at Bilton Area Methodist Church would like to thank everyone who supported it. An amount of £300 was raised.

Police Surgery
Today, at Bilton Community Centre between 10am and noon local Police Officers will hold their monthly, informal surgery where you can go and speak with them about anything you believe the police ought to know about or may be able to help with.

U3A Gardening Group
Peter Foley of Holden Clough Nursery will give a talk on Container Growing today, Friday October 9 at Bilton Community Centre at 2pm. Visitors are welcome to attend and discover more about gardening and the U3A.

Coffee Morning
There will be a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, December 10 at St John's Church Hall between 10am and noon. Go along and enjoy hot buttered toasted teacakes, home made cakes, a raffle and tombola. The admission price of 50p includes tea/coffee and biscuits. The coffee morning is being held in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and everyone is welcome.

Harvest Festivals
The lovely weather of September meant conditions for harvesting most crops were very good, even if a lot of cabbages grown on the allotments had to be shared with the biggest invasion of caterpillars for years. Richard Taylor and Bilton Grange Schools held harvest celebrations to which members of the public were invited and harvest festivals have taken place at most of the churches, but not yet all. The Harvest Parade will take place at St Luke's on Sunday October 11 at 10.30am, there will also be a Traidcraft stall.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
On Monday, October 12 Jill Smith will give a talk on Carers Resource. The meeting takes place at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road, at 10.30am.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network Fellowship
Ghana Revisited is the title of the presentation by Mrs Dorothy Parish on Monday, October 12. The following week, October 19 Ms Sylvia Worrel will describe Reflexology. Meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Knox WI
The next meeting is on Monday, October 12 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm when Neil Robertson will speak about Harrogate Spa Water. Visitors welcome.

Bilton Mens Forum
Clive Roberts will be Meeting the Hollywood Stars of Yesteryear on Tuesday, October 13 and the following week, October 20 Prof Martin Curzon will give a slide presentation on Arctic Dentistry. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm.

Wesley Guild
On Tuesday, October 13 Hannah Beck has a Message of the Bells and the week after, October 20 Rev David Barker and the Ashville Music Group will present A Musical Evening. Both meetings take place at Bilton Area Methodist Church, Bar Place at 7.30pm. There is a pedestrian entrance on Skipton Road.

School Admissions
A series of consultation meetings are taking place at schools over the next couple of weeks. The local dates and school venues are New Park - October 13, Woodfield -October 14, Bilton Grange - October 19, Grove Road - October 20, Richard Taylor - October 21. All the meetings start at 6.30pm.

Community Lunches
If you have been waiting for an opportunity to join the Community Lunch Club and enjoy a delicious lunch for £3 every month at Bilton Community Centre then this is your lucky day. There are now vacancies and new members are most welcome. Perhaps you do not know whether Community Lunches are for you, then this is the chance to find out. Telephone Shirley on 567939, she will tell you all about them and you can book a place for the next lunch which is on Wednesday, October 14.

Stitch And Craft Group
The meeting on Thursday, October 15 at Bilton Community Centre is all about Christmas Decorations. Doors open 7.15pm with speakers at 8pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more information telephone Pauline on 507617 or Elsie on 569123.

Tagg House Ladies
Terry Williams will give a presentation on the New Park Heritage Centre on Friday, October 16 at 2.30pm. It comes as a surprise to discover that not everyone in north Harrogate is aware of New Park Heritage Centre, this wonderful facility on our doorstep. For this reason the meeting is an open meeting and everyone is welcome, including men. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits.

Bilton Conservation Group
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, October 17 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2pm. The meeting is not expected to take very long and will be followed by a presentation by Geoff Readman on Nidd Gorge Bird Calls. Non-members are welcome, though they will not be able to vote at the AGM.

Jumble Sale
There will be a jumble sale at St John's Church Hall on Saturday, October 17 at 2pm.

Harrogate And District Group Of The National Autistic Society
A talk has been scheduled for Monday, October 19 at Bilton Cricket Club on Bilton Lane between 8pm - 10pm. For further information telephone 07824 473871.

Bilton Ladies Forum
Enjoy An Audio Visual Display with Mr and Mrs David Morland at the meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm.

Bilton WI
The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 21 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Dr Albert Day will present The Sailor and the Stage. Visitors welcome.

Monday, September 21, 2009
Bilton News
BILTON NEWS Anne Richards
Congratulations Bilton Dragon Bowling Club
News of Bilton Dragon Bowling Club is well covered in the sports pages of this newspaper but the occasion of its one hundredth birthday cannot be allowed to pass without offering it congratulations on reaching its centenary.
The celebratory day itself is Sunday, September 27, and members will be holding a day long competition to mark the event. It is hoped that past members will go along to renew acquaintances, catch up on the gossip and join in the celebrations Also welcome is anyone interested in finding out more about the club. There may well be an opportunity to try your hand at bowling, which is a real family sport enjoyed by people of all ages. The competition starts at 10am and will go on until about 5pm so call in any time. Bilton Dragon Bowling Club is behind the Skipton public house on Skipton Road.

Macmillan Coffee Morning Today
Today, Friday September 25, is the Biggest Coffee Morning in the World. An event takes place at Bilton Area Methodist Church, Bar Place (pedestrian access from Skipton Road) between 10am and noon. Everyone is welcome to go along, enjoy the company, enjoy the cakes, pick up a bargain on the bring and buy stall and raise funds for this very worthwhile cause.

Brigantes Lace Makers
The next meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, September 26 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane between 10am-3pm. Jo Firth will be demonstrating "Stumpwork". Call into the Community Centre or telephone the secretary on 01535 653825 for more information.

Craft Workshops With Anne Rowntree
The next workshop is on Sunday, September 27 at Bilton Community Centre between 10am- 3.30pm. Cost £25. Tea/coffee provided but bring your own sandwiches for the half hour lunch break. These are friendly, relaxed classes in parchment craft. To book a place telephone 501486.

Harvest At St John's
Sunday, September 27 is the Harvest Festival at St John's at 10am. In the evening at 6pm there will be Hymns and Songs for Harvest

Pine Street Allotments - Something To Celebrate
Last week, at the Social Event held at Bilton Cricket Club, the plot holders were celebrating being judged the best allotment site in the Harrogate District for the second year in succession. Trophies were presented to individuals judged to have the best plots on the site. Vik Lockie was the overall winner but only by one point, just behind was Gwynne Groves. Best lady was Irene Meredith, best senior, Don Chapman, best newcomer Val Ackerley and best half plot Julian Butler. That is not all there was to celebrate. In spite of showery weather the Open Day was the most successful yet making it possible for a cheque of £700 to be presented to MacMillan Cancer Care.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
Poetry and Potatoes is the intriguing title of the presentation at Hilton Grange United Reformed Church on Monday, September 28 at 10.30am.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network Fellowship
There is more poetry on Monday, September 28 at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm when Mrs Marian Bucktrout will talk about Poems I Enjoy. Telephone 567288 for further information.

Bilton Men's Forum
A talk with music by Colin Gaden describes The Magic of the Musicals on Tuesday, September 29. The following week, October 6, Mrs Dorothy Burrows will give a slide presentation Amsterdam to Vienna. Meeting take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm.

Wesley Guild
Jill Fellerman from Harrogate Library describes A Good Read on Tuesday, September 29. The following week, October 6, Phil Willis will talk about My Work as an MP. Meetings take place at Bilton Area Methodist Church, Bar Place at 7.30pm. There is pedestrian access at the side of the church on Skipton Road.

Tagg House Ladies
On Friday, October 2 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm the ladies will be entertained by Keith Wilkinson, secretary of Bilton Conservation Group. Keith has something so new that he was still working on it when he agreed to do the talk. It will be a local topic and definitely something to look forward to.
This group was in danger of closing just a year ago but now it is on the way up. A programme for 2010 is currently being compiled. New members are always welcome. Admission £1.50. Annual Subscription £3.50, due now.

Bilton Ladies Forum
Mrs Michelle Horton will present Duttons for Buttons at the meeting on Tuesday, October 6 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. There will also be harvest produce.

Bilton Historical Society
The monthly winter series of Wednesday evening lectures starts on October 7 at Bilton Community 7.30pm with A Sniff of Snuff by Jenny Stacey, an informative and entertaining slide show on the secretive sensation which has left our lives for good. There will be no free samples but a good cup of tea is included in the admission price of£l.
The Society has recently published its 54th newsletter containing an article on the Lamb family. The newsletter requests information about the Harrogate Branch of the Band of Hope; can anyone help? Another question pondered over is whether or not there were once liquorice fields in Bilton. There is correspondence, photographs, a brief report on the AGM and the full programme of winter lectures. The newsletter is free to members. To find out more go along on October 7 or call in to the Community Centre any Tuesday morning when the study group meets.

Bilton Gala
At the recent AGM the ups and downs of the past year were discussed. The balance sheet showed a surplus of £579, a disappointing amount considering the effort put into the Gala and the number of people visiting the event. However, the financial position is healthy and that is good news as provision always has to be made for that dreaded rainy day.
During examination of the accounts it was thought that the cold windy weather likely accounted for the slight fall in gate receipts and savings on small items of expenditure were suggested. It was obvious though that the only way to make a significant saving would be to cancel the parade. Insurance and the cost of complying with new regulations which have come into force over that last couple of years amounted to more than £2200. This figure is only likely to increase. So, the question had to be asked. Should the parade be cancelled? It did not take long to find the answer. Bilton Gala without a parade would not be the same and it will take place as usual in 2010. If you missed the parade in 2009 then see it on You Tube. There will be more Bilton Gala news next time but if you cannot wait that long visit the website www.biltongala.org.uk

U3A Gardening Group
The U3A Gardening Group meets on the second Friday of each month. In summer it visits gardens and in winter looks at slides of gardens at Bilton Community Centre. The next meeting is on October 9 at 2pm when Peter Foley of Holden Clough Nursery will give a talk on Container Growing. Anyone desiring more information is most welcome to attend.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Bilton Area Methodist Church
On September 1 Grove Road Methodist Church and Bar Methodist Church became one Church. The name for the combined Church is Bilton Area Methodist Church. In a few weeks the church building on Grove Road will close and all services and other meetings will take place at the former Bar Methodist Church on Skipton Road/Bar Place. In the more distant future it is hoped that it will be possible to construct a new church building.

St John's Coffee Morning
There is a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, September 12 at St John's Church Hall between 10am and noon. There will be a raffle, tombola, greetings cards, jam, marmalade and home made cakes. Admission 50p including tea/coffee and biscuits. All proceeds are for the refurbishment of St John's Church kitchen, making it more suitable for community use. A new cooker, fridge and storage facilities are on the shopping list. Everyone is welcome.

Thanks For Support
The organisers of the August St John's coffee morning would like to thank everyone who supported it in any way. The Church Mission Partners in Bolivia, Lico and Rosa, will be receiving over £200 as a result.

National Autistic Society
The local branch arranges a variety of activities in places as diverse as Tockwith, Boroughbridge and Bilton. Branch Committee meetings are held every month on a Monday and everyone is welcome. The next one is at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, on September 14 between 10am and noon. To allow as many people as possible to attend committee meetings some are held at Bilton Cricket Club in the evening.
Support Group Meetings take place on the fourth Wednesday of every month at Bilton Community Centre between 10am and noon. The next one will be on September 23. Go along for a coffee and meet other parents and carers. Sometimes speakers or professionals from health, education and social care organisations are present. Telephone 07824 473871 for further details.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
The season starts on Monday, September 14 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am with speaker Rev Bob Jones followed by lunch. The church is at the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. For more information about this small group which meets fortnightly to enjoy a varied programme of activities telephone 503221. The yearly subscription is £1 and admission to each meeting is 50p.

Police Surgery
This months neighbourhood surgery is at the Oakbeck Public House on Woodfield Road between 10am and noon on Monday, September 14. This is an opportunity to speak with the local police about any issues they may be able to help with, to tell them about criminal/suspicious activity you have become aware of or simply to meet and talk with your neighbourhood officers.

Knox WI
At the meeting on Monday, September 14 at Dene Park Community Centre 7.30pm Barry Bishop will give a talk on Garden Birds. Visitors are welcome. Further details from the secretary on 01423 566310.

Bilton Men's Forum
Be Spellbound in Egypt with videos by Gordon and Ann Sharp on Tuesday, September 15. The following week, September 22, Eric Forster will give a talk entitled "Yesterday's Papers". Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre and start with a cup of tea at 2pm with the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bilton WI
Visitors are welcome at the meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm when Mrs Barton will give a presentation on Dolls Houses.

Bilton WI Craft Group
In addition to the monthly meetings Bilton WI have a completely separate craft group. It meets every Thursday afternoon at Bilton Youth Club on Bilton Lane. This group has an ongoing project raising funds for charity. In the past it has raised money for Air Ambulance, Heart Foundation and Meningitis Trust. The current charity is Help the Heroes and this is where money raised at the recent Community Centre Open Day is going. To find out more just call into Bilton Youth Club any Thursday afternoon. You do not need to be a member of the WI.

Stitch And Craft Group
The autumn season opens with a work night at Bilton Community Centre, on Thursday, September 17 between 7.15pm-10pm. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the activities of this group. Go along or telephone Pauline on 01423 507617 or Elsie on 01423 569123 for more information.
The group is interested in a variety of needle crafts and the public were given an opportunity to see them at the Open Day last month. Money from this event, plus more collected during the year, will be donated to Air Ambulance.

Tagg House Ladies
"2010 and all that" is on the agenda on Friday, September 18 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm. A year ago this group was planning to close but it changed its mind because new members and helpers came forward. It is now planning for 2010. However, this is an important meeting and 2010 depends on its success, in other words firm offers of help are needed from volunteers willing to compile a programme. This is now a really good group so let us hope someone comes forward. If there is any time left after the business there will be another dip into Anne's diary. New members welcome. Admission £1 including tea and biscuits.

Coffee Morning At Wesley
A coffee morning will be held at Wesley Chapel, Oxford Street on Saturday, September 19 between 10am and 2.30pm. If you want to stay for lunch sandwiches and cakes will be available, then pick up a bargain on the bric-a-brac stall Proceeds will go to the Bilton Area Methodist Church Development Fund. Donations of baking or bric-a-brac may be taken to Bar Place on Friday, September 18 between 6pm and 7pm or directly to Wesley on Saturday after 9.30am. If you are in town call in and support the efforts for the New Church.

Bilton Ladies Forum
At the meeting on Tuesday, September 22 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm the well known archaeologist, John Buglass, will give a presentation on The Disappearing Yorkshire Coast. You may have seen him on television, now you can see him in Bilton. New members welcome.

Wesley Guild
A new season, a new Church, but not yet a new building. The Wesley Guild of Bilton Area Methodist Church will meet on Tuesday, September 22 at Bar Place at 7.30pm. The speaker is Rev Dr. Roberta Topham. For more information telephone the general secretary on 505237. Bar Place is off Roberts Crescent.

Macmillan Coffee Morning - Advance Notice.
It's that time of year again. The time for the Biggest Coffee Morning in the World raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. As is tradition there will be an event at Bar Place (Bilton Area Methodist Church) on September 25 between 10am and noon. There will be a cake stall and bring and buy sale. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, August 24, 2009
Bilton News
BILTON NEWS - Anne Richards
Community Centre Open Day
August is usually quiet, but not this year. Bilton Community Centre held its first ever open day and it was a great success. Several of the groups which use the Centre mounted displays including Bilton Conservation Group and Bilton Historical Society The visual show stoppers were the craft stalls of the Stitch and Craft Group, Brigantes Lacemakers, Bilton WI, Crimple Valley Quilters and Nicola Staniforth. The taste bud tickler was the Luncheon Club's cake stall. There were lots of bottles and books: Bilton Mens Forum, Tagg House Ladies, the Camcorder Group and the National Autistic Society were there too.
The Mayor of Harrogate stayed nearly all afternoon and took a great interest in all the activities. The weather behaved so tea in the garden beneath the sunshade marquee was a real pleasure. Thanks are expressed to Bilton Working Mens Club for the loan of the marquee. I heard one person say "Isn't it wonderful to see all these people come through the door with a smile on their faces". I could not put it better myself.

Allotment Federation Show
The following day gardeners were at the Sun Pavilion early to display their best exhibits. There were lots of Bilton names amongst the prize winners but there is only room to mention the main cup winners here. Best Allotment Site was Pine Street with Northern Outfall being placed third. The best individual plot belonged to David Allen from Unity Grove. The best exhibit cakes/preserves was awarded to Lily Whitehead from Pine Street, Sam Frost from Northern Outfall won the new category of Children's Cup for the nines and under; he also won the Northern Outfall gift token for the child with most points. Sue Brayshaw and Sue Dalby shared the prize for the most points for a plot holder from Unity Grove, the Pine Street Cup for most points was won by Irene Meredith and at Northern Outfall it was Clive Pickles who amassed the greatest number of points. Congratulations to everyone concerned, not just the prize winners, it was a really good show this year.

Muriel Sutton's 100th Birthday.
A few days later Bilton Cricket Club was the venue for a wonderful party. Muriel Sutton was 100 years old on August 19. I was thrilled to be invited to join her family and friends for this memorable occasion. Muriel has a lot of friends because she is still active in several organisations though, she regrets, not as active as she was. Her memory is excellent and she made a short speech, her strong clear voice could be heard by everyone.
St John's Church, Bilton WI, Community Lunch Club and Bilton Conservation Group were all represented. Also invited were members of the North Yorkshire County Council care team who had become a second family to Muriel. Photographs from as early as Muriel's childhood were circulated and we heard how she lived through the blitz in Manchester, this was a very special part of her life because her first child was born then. Then there was a big surprise. Muriel has always enjoyed writing to celebrities ranging from Gordon Brown to the cast of Coronation Street^ but this time they had written to her. Her grandchildren presented her with a big box containing their letters. So many people have lovely memories of Muriel and the 100th birthday party is one more to add.

Model Railway Exhibition
It is time again for this popular event at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church. The model railway exhibition takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31 between 10am and 4pm. Refreshments will be served all day. Not only do some of the trains move, they have sound effects too. Over 12 layouts are expected. There will be other attractions including trade stalls and possibly dolls houses and model boats. Whether you are aged 2 or 102 there will be something here to interest you. Admission £2.50 adults, £1 children. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. Buses stop close by on Kings Road.

Tagg House Ladies
Rosemary and Sylvia will be doing "Something Theatrical" at the meeting on Friday, September 4 at Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm. Go along and join in. Admission £1 including a cup of tea.

Sale For Air Ambulance
On Saturday, September 5 at Bilton Working Mens Club on Skipton Road (next door to United Reformed Church) between 11am and 3pm there will be stalls selling bric-a-brac, books, home made whisky marmalade, cakes and much more. Go along and support this worthy charity as you never know when you, or someone you know, may need it.

Jumble Sale
There will be a jumble sale in St John's Church Hall on Saturday, September 5 at 2pm.

Friends Of Bachelors Field
On Sunday afternoon, September 6 there will be a small working party followed by a social bar-b-que at around 5pm and a short meeting. The Field is looking good and lots of people have been using it over the summer, but why not go along and see for yourselves.

Bilton Men's Forum
The Autumn season starts with Lancashire Laugh a talk with music by John Wallis. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane on Tuesday, September 8. Tea is served from 2pm and the speaker starts at 2.30pm. New members are always welcome, just go along you will not regret it.

Bilton Ladies Forum
The Ladies are starting their season with A Box of Junk to be described by Mrs Dayne Swires. The meeting is on Tuesday, September 8 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. If you would like to know more telephone Dawn on 565447 or Ann on 521814 or go to the meeting where visitors and new members are welcome. The Forum has a new chair person, Dawn Burrell. Former chair person, Ivy Robinson is now President. Ivy was delighted with the bouquet of flowers presented to her at the summer party and with all the cards she received in appreciation of her five years in the chair.

Community Lunches
The summer season of picnics is almost over so now is a good time to turn your thoughts to a good cooked lunch at Bilton Community Centre. They usually happen on the second Wednesday of the month and the next is on September 9. Cost £3. To book a place or for more information telephone Shirley Anderson on 567939.

Bilton Gala AGM
Last but not least is one of the most important meetings in the Bilton calendar, but sadly not one of the most popular. The Annual General Meeting of Bilton Gala will take place at The Granary, Knox Arms, Knox Lane at 8pm on Thursday, September 10. Everyone is welcome. Find out how well the Gala went in May, what worked, what did not, and make suggestions for next years event.
Why do people not go to the AGM? One reason is because they are worried they will be given a job that they do not want or do not have time to carry out. The committee knows that most stall holders are too busy to help but their feedback is invaluable. Most of the time things go well but just sometimes they don't work out according to plan. The committee, which is made up entirely of volunteers, need to know about these occasions and would welcome suggestions as to how any past problems can be prevented in future.
It is fair to say that there is a need for more people to become involved with the Gala, especially nearer or at the event. New committee members will also be most welcome. If you are not heavily involved with any of the stalls or activities but want to play a part in Community life this could be for you. Go along and see what is involved, there is no obligation to do anything but by just being there you will be giving encouragement to a very dedicated committee.


Monday, August 10, 2009
Bilton
Bilton Community Centre Open Day: Bilton Community Centre is holding its first Open Day tomorrow, Saturday, August 15 between 2pm and 5pm. The event is to be opened by the Mayor of Harrogate. The centre is opposite Hill Top Avenue at its junction with Bilton Lane, the 202 bus stops nearby. Admission is free so you do not have to spend anything but the organisers hope you will. To tempt you are stalls selling cakes, produce, garden plants, books, home made cards and Christmas decorations (so Bilton Community Centre wins my unofficial competition for the first organisation to mention the C word this year). There will also be a tombola and raffle and an opportunity to "Name the Dog" Throughout the afternoon teas will be served at very reasonable prices.
Displays by groups which use the centre include lacework, cross stitch, history, conservation, to name but a few. This is a chance to find out what goes on in Bilton and how to join in. Some groups may also be running stalls or competitions to raise funds for themselves.
The aims of the Open Day are to welcome existing friends, encourage people who have not used the centre before to go along and see what it has to offer, raise money for the Community Centre, promote awareness of the user groups and have a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Do not miss it and persuade your family and friends to go along too.

Neighbourhood Police Surgery: There is a surgery today, Friday, August 14 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane between 10am and noon. This is an opportunity to discuss any suspicions you may have about criminal activity or any other concerns the police may be able to help with. This is an informal meeting.

Craft Workshop: The next opportunity to join a workshop in parchment craft is on Sunday, August 16 at Bilton Community Centre between 10am and 3.30pm, with half hour for lunch. Cost £25, drinks provided but take your own sandwiches for lunch. To find out more or book a place telephone 01423 501486.

Allotment Show: Harrogate and District Allotment Federation is holding its 49th Annual Show on Sunday, August 16 between 11am and 4.30pm at the Sun Pavilion in the Valley Gardens. Go along and discover how well our local allotment holders from the sites at Unity Grove, Northern Outfall and Pine Street have performed in the competitions. See the displays of flowers and produce, solve your horticultural problems at the Gardeners Question Time or have your face painted. There will be children's activities, plant sale, cake stall, tombola, raffle, auction of produce, the Dixieland Jazz Quartet, willow weaving, competitions and much more. The Show is raising funds for local charities. Admission is free.

Tagg House Ladies: John and Dorothy Willby will entertain at the meeting on Friday, August 21 at Bilton Community at 2.30pm with one of their popular talks. Visitors are most welcome. Admission £1. The Ladies will be at the Open Day tomorrow so meet them there too.

British Red Cross: Volunteers are urgently needed for the Care in the Home service in our area. Anyone requiring more information should telephone 01423 553636 or email: abaskind@redcross.org.uk or go to http://www.redcross.org.uk/careinthehome

Bilton Historical Society: The search is on for old photographs of Bachelor Gardens in particular, Bilton and Knox in general. If you have any that may be of interest please contact Mr Coates on 01423 561866. Alternatively go along to the Community Centre Open Day tomorrow or call into the Community Centre any Tuesday morning. The Historical Society can scan your photographs in just a few minutes so if you do not wish to part with your images there is no need. Computer technology allows you to keep your photographs and share them with others at the same time.

Diary Date: Do not forget to make a note of the annual model railway exhibition at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31 between 10am and 4pm. Full details next time.

Monday, July 13, 2009
Bilton
Summer Time: It has not been sunshine all the way but there has been quite a lot and it has been warm. Good news for all those summer fairs and picnics most of which, so far, have been quite lucky with the weather. A few years ago there was a feeling that community spirit was on the way out but it has not happened yet. True, some long established groups have closed but many existing organisations seem to be going through a new phase of life and are trying different things, all of which helps with the community spirit. The latest is Northern Outfall Allotments. Last weekend about sixty plot holders enjoyed a barbecue on site on a fine summer evening. This was a first. Whether they will try the barbecue again is, perhaps, too soon to say but more warm summer evenings will not come amiss.

Tagg House Ladies: The Ladies are meeting today. Friday, July 17 at Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm. Entertainment will be provided by Terry Williams with one of his digital travel presentations. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £1.

Craft Workshop: There is a craft workshop at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane on Sunday, July 19 between 10am and 3.30pm. Cost £25. To find out if places are still available telephone Anne Rowntree on 01423 501486. The classes in parchment craft are relaxed and friendly.

Songs Of Praise: The next Songs of Praise at St. John's Church Hall is on Saturday, July 25 between 3pm and 5pm. Those present sit at tables and listen to Rev Caroline Falkingham tell funny stories and introduce the chosen hymns and songs. A break for tea is taken at about 4pm. There is no collection but a dish is available for donations which are given to charity. This is a lovely way to enjoy good company and everyone is welcome.

Pine Street Allotments Open Day: It is that time of year again, your chance to look round the best allotment site in Harrogate District in 2008 and see the best individual plot. The Open Day is on Sunday, July 26 between 11am and 2pm. You will be able to buy site grown vegetables, flowers and plants taken from the soil the same day. There will be a cake stall, jams and chutneys, garden equipment, tombola and more. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be on sale and Chris Powell, MBE, with the Cone Exchange will be present. The Allotment holders are raising funds for MacMillan Nurses.
This event is about raising awareness of allotments and encouraging people to grow their own. There is a waiting list for most allotment sites nowadays but you can still take away lots of ideas on what to grow at home, and perhaps just as important, what not to grow. If all that sounds a bit energetic just come along and enjoy the labours of others. You will not be disappointed. The winner of the best allotment site for 2009 will not be announced for a few weeks but Pine Street is sure to be a contender, it looks great.

Chris Powell - Cone Exchange: Chris was inspired by a visit to Springwater School some time ago. He saw a bobbin about to be thrown away but it was picked up by a child who wanted to make it into an angel. The bobbin was cone shaped. That year 546 angels were made for Christmas. They went into Starbeck shops and were sold for a small donation. The money was given to an after school gardening club as part of Starbeck in Bloom. Chris realised that it was possible to make wonderful things from other peoples scrap and he has been doing just that ever since. Chris will be at the Pine Street Allotment Open Day on July 26 and will welcome your old mobiles, ink jet cartridges, old spectacles, used stamps and foreign currency, all of which can be put to good use.

Bilton, Woodfield and New Park Safer Neighbourhood Meeting: Because I was away I could not attend the meeting on July 9. By the time you read this I will be back so, if anyone who was there would like to telephone and advise me of the key points which emerged I will be very happy to hear from them and will include a report next time.

Woodfield Millennium Green: The Green is still a cause for concern. In early June the grass was cut but it would appear from my last visit, about ten days ago, that it has not been cut since. There has been an improvement to its boundary with Albany Avenue but, at my visit, the boundary with Cecil Street was appalling. It is clear that work is taking place on the Green but not enough.
For some months there has been a notice on the gate asking anyone wishing to get involved to contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team. Either few have or the Safer Neighbourhood Team has higher priorities. Who are the trustees responsible for Woodfield Millennium Green? What are their plans for its future? What are they doing to inspire Joe Public to get involved in its day to day upkeep?

Traffic Monitoring: The wires and box have now moved from King Edwards Drive and are back on Bilton Lane in a different position, between Richard Taylor School and Hill Top Avenue. The results, no doubt, will be most interesting.

Summer Holidays are Coming: School holidays are almost here giving an opportunity for families to enjoy a well earned holiday. But what will they do for the rest of the time? Watch out for the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge organised by North Yorkshire County Council's Library Service. The 2009 challenge has a fantasy theme, Quest Seekers, and will take young readers into a mysterious and wondrous land where they will encounter Cadmus the gatekeeper who will challenge them to bring back a golden book.
The challenge is simple, children aged 4 to 11 are encouraged to read six books of their choice during the holidays, there are rewards along the way and a certificate and medal at the end. Sign up at any library (and there is one on Bilton Lane) from tomorrow, Saturday, July 18.

Monday, June 29, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Peace Garden Opening
All the children of Richard Taylor School and their guests gathered outside in the sunshine for the opening of the Peace Garden. This is the garden designed to provide colour, scent and texture all year round and be a haven of peace and quiet for pupils and staff whenever they may need it. The project was made possible by the generosity of many people and organisations who supplied expertise, labour and sponsored plants. The idea for the garden came when members of the school wanted to do something in memory of Ken Heaton, a former caretaker who loved the school and took great pride in his work there. His widow, Margaret, who also worked at the school cooking dinners and helping with cleaning, officially opened the garden. Before that though, the choir sang and the lovely voices of the children carried over Bilton on the breeze. This was followed by a wonderful display of dancing by Year 6. Mrs Heaton, with the help of some children, planted the final black and red currant bushes then cut the ribbon and declared the garden open. A special presentation was made to teacher Mrs Cockroft, everyone agreed she deserved it because she had done most of the digging, even in the rain. Many pupils helped to plant, water and weed the garden, which contains geranium, lavender, clematis, achillea and hebe, to mention just a few.
Rev Caroline Falkingham gave the blessing and then the ceremony was brought to a close with something nice to eat and drink for everyone. The children went back into the classrooms to enjoy their food whilst the guests had a good mug of tea and delicious scones alfresco. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Tagg House Ladies
The Ladies are meeting today, Friday July 3 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm to enjoy a slide presentation by David Beeken Finding France. If you are at a loose end then go along and enjoy it too. Admission £1 including a cup of tea. Raffle optional.

Family Fun Day
St John's Church is holding a Family Fun Day tomorrow, Saturday, July 4 between 10.30am- 2pm. There will be stalls and games, coffee, teas, cakes, sandwiches, fairtrade, home made jams and pickles, raffle, tombola and lots more. Sounds like a must not miss event.

Neighbourhood Police Surgery
The next surgery will take place on Friday, July 10 at the Oakbeck public house on Woodfield Road between 10am and noon. This is an informal opportunity to meet local police officers and discuss with them any suspicions you may have about criminal activity or any concerns that the police may be able to help with.

Knox WI
Life in a Village School will be described by Margaret Green at the meeting on Monday, July 13 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome. There is no meeting in August although the Group is involved in Ripley Show on August 8.

Bilton WI
Ruth Boyes will talk about Pets as Therapy on Wednesday, July 15 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome. August activities include planning for Ripley Show and an outing later in the month.

Stitch And Craft Group
Thursday, July 16 between 7.15pm and 10pm the group is having a work night at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane. New members and visitors welcome. For further information telephone Pauline on 507617 or Elsie 569123. There is no meeting in August but activities will resume in September.

Friends of Bachelors Field
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday, July 16 at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane at 7pm. Anyone interested in this open space off Bachelor Gardens, Bachelor Drive and Bachelor Road is invited to go along. There is no charge but drinks can be purchased at the bar. This could be a very important meeting so do go if you can.

Lights, Bins And Traffic
There has been a lot of activity from the local authorities over the past couple of weeks. Many streets have received new street lights or will do soon, because the old concrete lamp standards are reaching the end of their life. The new lights are supposed to give a better quality of light but, when I go to bed, it is not dark enough to tell whether this is true. Nights will start to draw in soon so we will know before long. (Sorry to remind you about that)
Lots of streets have acquired wheely bins for green waste. I like my wheely bin already, but still do not know where to put it. I make compost and am not going to stop but there are times when the garden produces more green waste than a modest home compost system can cope with. I am pleased that my good quality compost material is not going to landfill in those expensive green plastic sacks. Having the bin helps me keep the garden in much better shape, although it is not yet a Harrogate in Bloom contender.
It appears that some sort of traffic monitoring is going on. Cables and a box appeared on Bilton Lane outside Bilton Grange School, they did not stay long but have now re-appeared in King Edward's Drive. I am not aware of the purpose of this exercise but, hopefully, it will assist Councillors make a decision about measures to help with problems on the roads. A 20mph speed limit will not do any harm but how much good it will do in isolation is another matter.

Allotments In Bloom
The local allotment sites have recently had the "In Bloom" judges around to decide on the awards for 2009. Pine Street wants to keep its gold standard and its name on the shield, but Northern Outfall, Unity and other allotment sites throughout Harrogate want their names on the shield too. The competition is tough this year but whatever happens, plot holders everywhere have worked very hard and the results show in the appearance of their sites. Well done.

Monday, June 01, 2009
Bilton
The Peace Garden: Richard Taylor School has worked with garden designers to create a wonderful new peace garden. Visitors to Bilton Gala will have seen the results. It has been designed to create colour, scent and texture all year round. It is the aim that every child in the school will be involved in the planting.
Would you like to sponsor a plant in the garden? Plants can be bought in memory of someone, to celebrate links with the school or just because you think it is a great idea. The name of everyone who buys a plant will be recorded in a special book that will be kept in schooL
There are plants of every price. Your purchase will help to create a garden that will develop and grow for years to come and which will be enjoyed by future generations. If you are interested call into the school on Bilton Lane and select the plant you wish to sponsor or contact Carol Scarisbrick on 501619 or the school office on 563078.

Tagg House Ladies: The meeting today, Friday, June 5 at Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm welcomes Rene Murray who will gave a talk on "New Zealand". Visitors and new members welcome.

Jumble Sale: There will be a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, June 6 at St John's Church Hall at 2pm. Go along and pick up a bargain.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: On Monday, June 8 I will be providing the entertainment with a slide presentation "Yorkshire Year". The meeting starts at 10.30am at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, on the comer of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. The season is brought to a close on June 22 with the Annual General Meeting. To find out more come along to the meeting on Monday or telephone 503221.

Knox WI: Maureen Bennett and April Baskind will be describing "The British Red Cross Home from Hospital Scheme" at the meeting on Monday, June 8 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome. On the third Monday of each month the ladies enjoy an afternoon walk. To find out about these and other Knox WI activities go along to the meeting or telephone the secretary on 566310.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: Enjoy lunch for £3 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road on Wednesday, June 10. To book a place telephone Molly England on 564986. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Safer Neighbourhood - Surgery: The next surgery, where you can meet PC Tom Jackson and PCSO's James Scaith and Alex Sibbald, is on Friday, June 12 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, between 2pm and 4pm. This is an informal event and an opportunity to talk to the police about any issues you think they may be able to help with, to tell them about criminal/suspicious activity you are aware of, or simply just to meet them.

Bilton Ladies Forum: Mrs Jenny Stacey will be telling "A Whale of a Tale" at the meeting on Tuesday, June 8 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. This is a story of true love. The season is brought to a close on June 23 with an outing. Further information from Ivy on 523504 or Ann on 521814.

St John's Coffee Morning: "Blast Off', St John's Youth Group are organising the coffee morning on Saturday, June 13 at St. John's Church Hall between 10am and noon. The tombola has a prize every time and there will also be a raffle. All the favourite stalls will be there including cakes and books, but something different too - craft materials, cross stitch patterns, silks and materials. Children's activities will also be on offer. Admission is 50p and includes tea/coffee and a cake. Proceeds will support "Trouble" the boy "Blast Off' supports in Malawi. Yes, Trouble really is his name. Go along for a great morning out.

Bilton WI: "Sunshine and Shadows" is the title of the presentation by MacMillan Nurse Clare Fitzgibbon at the meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome.

Stitch and Craft Group: On Thursday, June 18 at Bilton Community Centre between 7.15pm and 10pm those present will be enjoying "Stitchers Garden". The speaker starts at 8pm. Further information from Pauline on 507617 or Elsie on 569123.

Friends of Bachelors Field: The recent meeting was a little downhearted. People are not losing interest in the field, they want to help develop it and hold events in it, but they are getting tired of the bureaucracy and lack of progress. This is a pity because a lot of hard work has successfully gone into cutting the red tape to enable this group to be set up. It seems progress cannot be made without an official plan, the Council is reluctant to make one without more input from the Friends but when the Friends do make suggestions they are often overridden for one reason or another.
On the positive side the Parks Development Officer for Harrogate Council hopes to be in a position to have a basic Five Year Plan to present to the Friends at its next meeting in July, the AGM. Several Friends will be forwarding suggestions for inclusion. If you would like an input telephone Brian Selvidge on 509065. Other enquiries about the Friends of Bachelors Field should go to Eric Wright on 567505.
Make a note of the AGM date, July 16 at Bilton Cricket Club at 7pm. I will remind you nearer the time but put it in your diary now because the Friends will need you to be there. Yes, it is frustrating trying to work with the Council but it is worth doing. Think of the possible implications if local people abandoned the fate of Bachelors Field to those who do not have its very local interests as their main priority.

Community Coffee Mornings Cancelled: Edie has cancelled all future Bilton Community Centre Coffee Mornings until further notice. The one scheduled for June 20 will not now take place.

Monday, May 18, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Spring Fair At Dene Park
Pick up a bargain at Dene Park/Woodfield Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, May 23 at the Spring Fair between 10.30am-12.30pm. Stalls include books, bric-a-brac and cakes. There will be a raffle and tombola. Admission is 50p and this includes tea/coffee and a scone. Proceeds are for the Community Centre which organises various events for older people. Find out more about these at the Spring Fair. The 201 bus stops at the door, there is a bus every 20 minutes.

Thanks For Support
The coffee morning at St Johns a couple of weeks ago was really enjoyable. £285 was raised for The Junction, the local organisation for people with learning difficulties. The organisers would like to than everyone who helped and all those who came.

Knox Ford Grass Cutting
Sometimes, events occur which leave you wondering whether to laugh or cry. The latest is the saga of the grass cutting at Knox Ford. Harrogate Council has cut the grass since 1939 but stopped last year because it discovered it did not own the land. Representations from Knox Valley Residents Association and others resulted in the Council agreeing to resume grass cutting and the good news was broadcast in campaign literature produced for a by-election. Post election it seems that whoever agreed to cut the grass exceeded their authority and the decision was rescinded. The Council, presumably seeking ways to save money, must have employed someone to look into the ownership issue. I wonder how much that cost? Sadly, those who made the discovery did not finish the job by finding out who does own the land and thus help to ensure its long term care. Those responsible have not done the community any favours. The environs of Knox Ford may not be the main jewel in Harrogate's crown but it is one of the gems and should be managed accordingly. A photocopy of a 1788 Enclosure Map shows this area does not appear to have been allocated to anyone when the Forest of Knaresborough was enclosed. It looks as though it is part of the highway and it is a very similar width to other parts of that same highway, Knox Lane, the grass verges of which are cut by the Council. The Highway Authority is North Yorkshire County Council, which sometimes delegates its responsibilities to Harrogate Council. Hopefully these organisations are not wrangling over this because^f it is a highway, one of them is responsible and both are funded from Council Tax. Of course, I could be wrong, a lot of water has flowed under Spruisty Bridge since 1788.
That Harrogate Council is seeking ways to save money is commendable and by not cutting the grass at Knox Ford money will be saved, but not much. In return for this we are losing a valuable streamside amenity. The area looks unkempt, gullies are becoming overgrown and potentially dangerous and some dog owners are not entering the long grass to clean up after their pets.
There is an election approaching for North Yorkshire Count Council. If any prospective councillors call at my door I will be asking them to find out when and how the public can enjoy this area in safety again and when its visual amenity will be restored. If you wish, you can do the same.

Well Done Darren
Darren West of Bilton Lane is raising money for Diabetes UK in memory of his mother, Anne. His eventual target is £5,000 to be raised over a series of sponsored events. He made a start last week by completing the Leeds Half Marathon in one hour and forty five minutes. So far the half-marathon has raised £720. He was hoping for £1000. If you would like to help give him get there ring him on 07968 434105.

Tagg House Ladies
At the meeting today, Friday, May 22 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm John Whiteley will be entertaining the ladies. Visitors and new members welcome. Admission £1.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
Dorothy and John Willby are the speakers at the meeting on Monday, May 25 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am, their presentation is entitled Life with the Girls. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
Enjoy a good lunch for just £3 on Tuesday, May 26 at Bar Methodist Church on Skipton Road. To book telephone Mrs Shirley Saville on 561250. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Ladies Forum
At the meeting on Tuesday, May 26 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm Terry Frazier will be showing slides and talking about all sorts of things you may not know about Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

Bilton Historical Society
Summer is a good time to find out about the Historical Society, especially if you are interested in local research. The group meets every Tuesday morning at Bilton Community Centre from 9am. Why not call in to find out what they are doing? If research is not for you then there are the monthly lectures on a Wednesday evening in winter and a regular newsletter. The last newsletter, which I have had for some weeks, contains the annual report, an article on Park House Farm which was situated where the Knox estate now stands, and item on shopping in the 1940s, a correspondence page and a photograph of a Bilton Bottle with some words of explanation. Annual subscription is £5.

Bilton Conservation Group
Another newsletter recently delivered is that of Bilton Conservation Group. It contains photographs, latest news and an article The Sex Life of Pteridophytes by Jack Bouckley. Yes, it is suitable for family reading. Pteridophytes are ferns and Jack Bouckley is a leading expert on the subject. To find out more about the Conservation Group or if you would like to join one of its working parties, contact secretary Keith Wilkinson on 564708.

That Reminds Me
I have good reason to remember Jack's ferns. Some years ago at an event on the fields near the viaduct Jack brought along some plants for people to see, some of them were very rare. I had the job of guarding them. That would have been fine if a five a side football match was not taking place only yards from the tent where they were on show. Fortunately my goal keeping skills were not put to the test and the ferns survived.

Advance Notice
There will be jumble sale at St John's Church Hall on Saturday, June 6 at 2pm.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Coffee Morning For The Junction
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 9 there will be a coffee morning at St John's Church Hall between 10am and noon in aid of The Junction, the local organisation helping people with learning difficulties. There will be a cake stall, raffle, bring and buy and a tombola. Admission 50p. For further information telephone 564711, otherwise just go along, the organisers will be pleased to see you.
Coffee Morning For Air Ambulance
There will also be a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday May 9 at Dene Park Community Centre between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Admission is 50p, all are welcome and proceeds are for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The 201 bus stops outside the door. It is a good day for coffee mornings so if you are undecided which one support, why not do both?

Jumble Sale At URC
If you want to pick up a bargain there is a jumble sale tomorrow too. It takes place at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road, on Saturday, May 9 from 11am. Admission 20p. Teas/coffees availalble. Proceeds to Christian Aid.

Knox Valley Residents Association
At the recent AGM, Chairman, George Tickle gave a brief report supplementing the information in the newsletter which had been delivered to over 1000 houses in the Knox, Bachelor and part of Hill Top areas.
KVRA has been active in maintaining and improving the Knox County Park. Bulb planting over a number of years resulted in a spectacular display this year. The group continues to monitor planning applications and comment when appropriate. KVRA works closely with Bilton Conservation Group and jointly the groups have cleared the ponds in the wetland area at the bottom of Bachelor Gardens. The ponds had become silted up during the 15 years of their existence. After a long battle with red tape work has finally commenced on repairing and renewing boardwalks in the Nidd Gorge. Success can also be reported in the efforts to persuade the Environment Agency to remove the tree trunk impeding the flow of Oak Beck. The offending tree had been washed downstream during the 2007 floods.
KVRA representatives regularly attend Safer Neighbourhood Meetings. The New Park Community PC was at the AGM and an interesting and informative discussion took place. This was followed by an excellent presentation by Philip Broadbank on "Edwardian Bilton" One of the many things learned was that some Edwardian Crime was not a lot different to that of today.
To join Knox Valley Residents Association send £1 to the treasurer at 16 Old Trough Way. Membership signifies your support for the work of the group but does not commit you to doing any work yourself, unless you want to. In that case, and for general information telephone the secretary on 569907.

Tagg House Meeting
Sylvia and Rosemary will entertain with a quiz We Still Have Brains at the meeting today, Friday, May 8 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30prn. This is a rearranged date from the one that was cancelled in January. New members and visitors welcome. £1.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
Mary Brownbridge asks Do you want to visit Alaska? She is bringing along some slides to help you decide. The meeting is on Monday, May 11 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am.

Grove Road Church Network Fellowship
On Monday, May 11 at Grove Road Methodist Church 2.30pm Mr S Richardson will give a presentation on Drug Education. The following week, May 18, is a lunch followed by the AGM. The season closes with an outing in June. Telephone 567288 for further details.

Knox WI
It's Members Evening on Monday, May 11 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome to go along and see what the members get up to. A good time to decide if you would like to join them.

Bilton Ladies Forum
Popular local speaker Peter Barnes will give a digital slide presentation A Tour of Rajahistan at the meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The next opportunity to have a lunch for £3 is Wednesday, May 13. To book a place or find out more telephone Molly England on 564986. Bar Methodist Church is on Skipton Road and there is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Police Surgery
The next surgery will take place on Friday, May 15 at the Oakbeck Public House, Woodfield Road between l0am-noon, PC Tom Jackson and the local PCSOs will be glad to see you there to discuss anything you believe the police may be able to help with or simple just to meet them. This is an informal gathering.

Community Coffee
Saturday, May 16 between 10-11.30am is the date of the next coffee morning at Bilton Community Centre. Raffle. Admission 50p. Proceeds to Community Centre.

Bilton WI
On Wednesday, May 20 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm enjoy Egyptian Belly Dancing with Dance Kiya. Visitors and new members welcome to go along for an evening that promises to be a little different.

Stitch And Craft Group
Thursday, May 21 is a Work Night at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane. Doors open 7.15pm. An ideal opportunity to find out about the activities of the group. Go along or telephone Pauline on 01423 507617 or Elsie on 01423 569123 for more information.

Friends Of Bachelors Field
Anyone interested in the open space at the bottom of Bachelor Gardens, Bachelor Drive and Bachelor Road is welcome to attend the meeting on Thursday, May 21 at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane at 7pm. Admission free. The bar is open. Come and meet neighbours you never knew you had.

Thanks For Support
The organisers of the April coffee morning at St John's would like to than everyone who supported it. £270 was raised for Leprosy Mission, this will help treat and train sufferers so that they can lead fulfilling lives.


Monday, April 27, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Bilton Gala
The big day is almost here. On Monday, May 4 Gala Queen Lauren Woodhall and attendants Rachel Close and Grace Plant will be at the head of the parade which starts at Meadowcroft at 12.30pm. Leading the procession will be the full band of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in ceremonial uniform. There will be floats, old vehicles and people in fancy dress. The parade follows a slightly different route this year. On leaving Meadowcroft it will turn right into Bilton Lane, left into Grosvenor Road, right into Poplar Grove, right into King Edward's Drive before arriving at Richard Taylor School. Those taking part will want to see crowds of people lining the whole route. Do not let them down. Anyone wishing to join the parade in fancy dress should meet on Meadowcroft at noon.

Fancy Dress
The theme of the Gala is Britain through the Ages and this should be reflected in the parade and fancy dress competitions. There is still just time to think of characters from the past to dress up as. There are two categories, under fives and 6 to 15. Judging takes place in the main arena at 1.30pm

Some Attractions
Following the Fancy Dress judging the West Yorkshire Fire Service Band will perform a marching display at 1.45pm. Above and Beyond is a daring, fast moving trapeze act that will take place over the main arena. A legendary Spitfire aircraft will be on display, There will be the Army Rifle Paint Ball Range, a Roller Rock Climbing Wall, crazy golf, a children's magician, a miniature children's farm, fairground organ to name just a few. Children will be able to take a ride on the Blackpool donkeys. Rolo and Polo are two tiny Shetland ponies who will charm everyone as, no doubt, will the Nidderdale Llamas, Harry, Jack and one year old Ted, there is even an opportunity to win a trek with them.

Stalls
At the last count there were over forty stalls booked in. For many of our local groups Bilton Gala is their biggest fund raising opportunity and they put weeks of preparation into it. Expect to see representatives from local schools, churches, rainbows, brownies, guides, beavers, cubs and scouts; plus charities that are important to local people. Bilton Conservation Group will be selling their famous plants and home-baking. If conditions permit there should be a small wildlife display for children and photographs of the group activities over the past year.
Bilton Historical Society is likely also to have photographs for you to see but going back much further than the last year. It will also have its range of publications for sale. For the Historical Society the Gala is an opportunity to meet lots of people and to share knowledge of past times. Help the group fill in pieces of the historical jigsaw by sharing your information with them.
Find out about Bachelors Field. The Friends will be there to tell you all about it with the added bonus of some fun activities.

There is never a bad time to find out about the Women's Institute because it is an all the year round organisation. The area has two branches, Bilton and Knox. The Bilton ladies offer a chance to win something through an activity involving hundreds of jam jars, you will have to seek them out to find out how it works. The Knox ladies are having a bric-a-brac stall and their ever popular children's bran tub. No-one I have spoken to has mentioned a tombola, but someone is sure to have one.

Admission And Raffle
Admission to the field is £1.50 per person, accompanied under 16s are free. The raffle is huge with a list of prizes too long to list here, you can see it on the website www.biltongala.org.uk Admission to various attractions and shows, meals, hair dos are just as a few examples of the prizes. Raffle tickets are £1. Any last minute gala information can also be found on the website.

The Purpose Of The Gala
Is to give the whole community and visitors to it a fabulous time on May Day Bank Holiday Monday but, it is far more than that. Already mentioned is the opportunity for groups and charities to raise money for themselves. Any surplus generated through admission and the gala raffle, for example, is given back to the local community through the Bilton Community Fund. As a registered charity this is the purpose of Bilton Gala. A good gala is good news all through the year so please support it and have a wonderful time.

A Reminder
Don't forget the coffee morning at Grove Road Church on Monday, May 4 10am-l 1.30pm with stalls and bacon butties. Bargain hunters should also not miss the jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, May 2 at St John's Church Hall 2pm.

A Correction
There is no Ladies Forum Meeting on May 8, this was a misprint last week. The meeting on May 8 is Tagg House Ladies, Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm with Sylvia and Rosemary - a quiz. The next Ladies Forum Meeting is Tuesday, May 12 Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm with a presentation by Peter Barnes.

Monday, April 20, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Bilton Gala
Monday, May 4 is the big day and it will soon be with us. The parade will take a slightly different route this year. It starts at 12.30pm from Meadowcroft, heads up Bilton Lane into Grosvenor Road, turns right into Poplar Grove, right onto King Edward's Drive before arriving at Richard Taylor School. The theme is Britain Through The Ages. That should give entrants to the fancy dress competition lots of ideas on how to dress up. Hopefully those who do enter will join
the parade, just meet up on Meadowcroft at noon. There are two categories, under fives and six to fifteen. Judging takes place at 1.30pm in the main arena. Attractions on the field include all the old favourites. New for 2009 is a legendary Spitfire aircraft, an iconic symbol of British aviation history. New also is crazy golf, a children's magician, donkey rides, a miniature children's farm and a traditional fairground organ.
The star attraction is Above and Beyond a thrilling, breathtaking, speciality aerial act. Thrills and spills will be taking place high above the main arena with a daring,fast moving trapeze act. One not to be missed. Back down to earth are the attractions provided by more than 40 stall holders raising money for a variety of causes. Read more about some of them next week in a special
Bilton News all about the Gala.

Woodfield Millennium Green
As a result of all the voluntary effort last year the Green, which is on Albany Avenue, has looked wonderful this spring, the daffodils have been a picture. There are still jobs to do and the Green is not perfect but the good news is that the Air Cadets will be helping once a month and Young Offenders once a fortnight. Indications are favourable that the progress made last year will continue. There could be some exciting new plans in the pipeline so watch this space for details when they emerge.

Bachelors Field
Lots more people are now enjoying the Field. The good weather over the Easter holidays enabled youngsters to play rounders and football in the kickabout area. Many more dog walkers are passing through and they, and their dogs, are most welcome. Sadly, not all of them are cleaning up their dog waste and it is beginning to cause problems. If this is you, please take your dog excrement home. It is hoped to provide bins in the future but they are expensive to empty and will not materialize for some time. Do continue to enjoy the Field and if you have a dog please clean up after it.

Tagg House Ladies
The Ladies meet today, Friday April 24 at 2.30pm at Bilton Community Centre and I will be providing the entertainment. At the recent AGM the decision was taken to become a summer group. The Community Centre has been booked through to mid October. The day of the Tagg House Ladies meetings often coincides with the day this column appears, so if you read your newspaper in the evening you will have missed the meeting. To avoid disappointment ask for your own programme. This is being prepared now and will consist of a variety of speakers and other activities. Telephone 508771 for a copy. All ladies are welcome. The meetings are particularly enjoyed by those who are retired.

Charity Coffee Morning
A coffee morning takes place tomorrow, Saturday April 25 between l0am and noon at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. There will be several stalls including nearly new. Proceeds are for local charity Breatheasy which helps people with breathing problems and raises money to buy equipment for Harrogate Hospital. The admission price of 50p includes coffee/tea and biscuits.

Songs Of Praise
Favourite hymns can be sung and enjoyed at the Songs of Praise tomorrow, Saturday April 25 between 3-5pm at St John's Church Hall. Everyone is welcome to join in.

Service Of Remembrance And Thanksgiving.
This service, held twice a year, is an opportunity for local bereaved families and friends to spend time at a quiet, thoughtful and reflective service that allows them space to remember those they have lost. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and consists of readings, prayers, hymns and, often, the lighting of candles. The next service is on Sunday, April 26 at St John's Church at 6pm.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
At the meeting on Monday, April 27 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am there will be a presentation on Jennyruth Workshop.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network
Miss M Hambrecht is the speaker on Monday April 27 at 2.30pm at Grove Road Methodist Church. Her subject is From My Memory Box. Please note this is a change form the published programme. Take a note also of the coffee morning to be held at Grove Road Church on Monday, May 4 between 10-11.30am. There will be stalls and bacon butties. This is the same day as Bilton Gala but the timing means those wanting to start the day with a tasty snack need not miss a thing.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The next lunch is on Tuesday April 28 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road. Cost £3. To book a place telephone Mrs Shirley Saville on 561250. There is car parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Ladies Forum
Mr D Manson will present The Lore of Flowers at the meeting is on Tuesday May 8 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm. There are lots of flowers about now so discovering more about them promises to be very worthwhile.

Scientastic At Bilton Grange
Make rockets, exploding cake, quicksand, gloop and much more at the family fun events at Bilton Grange Primary School, Bilton Lane on Wednesdays April 29 and May 6 between 3.15-4.45pm. Adult accompaniment required. To find out more or book a place telephone Nicki Power on 07967 309855.

Jumble Sale
There will be a jumble sale at St John's Church Hall on Saturday May 2 at 2pm. For collection ring 531634 or 526355.

Monday, April 06, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
memorial seat for ron fry
The late Ron Fry was well known in Bilton because he lived here at one time, he had an allotment at Pine Street, he was chairman of Harrogate Horticultural and Pot Plant Society, held many positions in horticultural, allotment and "in bloom" organisations and was well known throughout cricket circles. The Harrogate Allotment Federation is planning to place a seat in the Valley Gardens near the Sun Pavilion in his memory. A short ceremony will take place at the Allotment Flower Show in August. Anyone wishing to make a contribution towards the seat may telephone Clive Pickles, the secretary of the Allotment Federation on 01423 564782.

Bilton Gala
Organisations wishing to book a stand for the May Day Monday event should do so soon as space is now limited. Prices range form £25 to £65 depending on size required and whether trade or non trade. Application forms are available via the website www.biltongala.org.uk
If you have not seen the website lately do take a look at it. It has been completely redesigned by Kevin Moran. Kevin's company, Harrogate Web Design, host the website and carry out all their work for Bilton Gala free of charge. At the present time this is the only company providing this kind of support and sponsorship. Bilton Gala is a registered charity and makes many donations to local causes. Any company wishing to offer support to the gala is invited to contact the committee via the website.

St Johns Coffee Morning
There will be a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, April 11 at St John's Church Hall 10am - noon in aid of Leprosy Mission. In some third world countries leprosy is still a problem and Leprosy Mission helps people find healing and suitable work. There will be a stalls, including cakes, plus a raffle and tombola. Admission 50p.

Thanks
The organisers of the March St John's coffee morning would like to thank all who helped and came along on the day to support the event. £172 was raised for CMS.

Knox WI
Astrology - Sense or Nonsense is the title of the presentation by Brenda Skeath. Go along to the meeting on Monday, April 13 at Dene Park Community Centre 7.30pm and decide which you think it is. Visitors are welcome.

Bilton Ladies Forum
Mrs Eileen Burgess will give a talk entitled Folk of Nidderdale on Tuesday, April 14 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Eileen is well known as a founder member of the Nidderdale Museum Society and is a published author.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The next lunch is on Wednesday April 15 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road. To book a place telephone Molly England on 564986. Cost £3. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton WI
On Wednesday, April 15 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm the presentation is Under the Hammer (Life as an Auctioneer). Visitors are welcome.

Stitch And Craft Group
Kimono is the title of the presentation by Katie Chaplin on Thursday, April 16 at Bilton Community Centre. Doors open 7.15pm, the speaker at 8pm.

Coffee Morning At Wesley Chapel
Bar and Grove Road Methodist Churches are working towards becoming one Church. The Development Group is holding a coffee morning on Saturday, April 18 at Wesley Chapel, Oxford Street between 10am-3pm. It is more than a coffee morning as light lunches will also be available. There will be bric-a-brac and cake stalls. If you are a town centre Saturday shopper the problem of where to eat has now been solved. Everyone is welcome.

Community Coffee
The next coffee morning at Bilton Community Centre is on Saturday, April 18 10-l 1.30am. Admission 50p

Craft Workshop
Sunday, April 19 is the date of the next craft workshop in parchment and rubber stamping at Bilton Community Centre 10am-3.30pm including half hour lunch break. Cost £25. For further details or to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913

Knox Valley Residents Association
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, April 20 at The Granary, Knox Arms, Knox Lane at 8pm. Afterwards Philip Broadbank will give a presentation on Edwardian Harrogate. KVRA covers the Knox, Knox House Farm, Bachelor and part of the Hill Top estates. If in doubt contact the secretary on 569907.

Bilton Mens Forum
On Tuesday, April 21 at Bilton Community Centre Peter Barnes will give a talk with slides Walking in Iceland. Please note this is a change from the published programme. The meeting starts at 2pm with a cup of tea followed by Peter at 2.30pm. The season is brought to a close with an outing on April 28 and the AGM on May 5.

Marriage Course
This is a series of 8 sessions designed to help any married couple, not just newly weds, strengthen their relationship. It is an chance to look, as a couple, at the important issues of marriage with time to discuss the topic. Every week the participants will be given the opportunity to enjoy a meal together and listen to a talk. No group work is involved at any stage. Whilst the course is based in Christian principles, couples are welcome with or without a church background. The course starts on Wednesday, April 22 at St Johns. Call Sue or Tim Davis on 506415 or Liz Meade on 875253 for more information.

Scientastic At Bilton Grange
These are family fun events at Bilton Grange Primary School on Bilton Lane. Those taking part will make rockets, exploding cake, quicksand, gloop and much more. The events take place on Wednesdays April 22, 29, and May 6 between 3.15-4.45pm. Adult accompaniment is required. For more information or to book a place telephone Nicki Powell on 0796 7309855

Bar Methodist Church Network
The Ladies bring their season to a close on Thursday, April 23, 2.30pm when they will be preparing for Network Anniversary. On Sunday April 26 Deacon Rosemary Coggrave will lead the service at 10.30am and at 6.30pm the service will be led by Rev Irene Lincoln. The last meeting is the AGM on April 30, 2.30pm. All meetings are at Bar Methodist Church.

Safety Issues On Roads Near Schools
This important topic is not currently being covered by this column because the Harrogate Advertiser has mounted a campaign. Bilton schools feature prominently and several local people have already contributed to the debate via the letter page. Please continue to send letters to the editor or speak directly with the staff at Cardale Park.

Tagg House Ladies
The group has decided to become a summer group and will meet fortnightly from April 24 to mid October. Meetings are at Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm. There will be more details later but further information can be obtained now by telephoning 508771.

Dates For The Diary
Charity Coffee Morning at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on April 25 10am-noon. Songs of Praise at St. John's 3-5pm on April 25. Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving on April 26 at St John's 6pm. More details next time.

Monday, March 23, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
Bilton Gala
IT’S just over a month to the gala on May Day Bank Holiday Monday. The theme is Britain through the Ages. Groups, businesses, schools, churches, families are all welcome to join the parade which starts at 12.30pm from Meadowcroft. A lot of walking floats took part last year so entries do nit have to be on the back of a lorry. The theme should allow plenty of room for imagination and give everyone lots of ideas on how to dress up. Anyone thinking of taking part is encouraged to contact the committee through the website www.biltongala.org.uk where all the latest gala news can also be found.
The Committee is proud to announce that this years parade will be led by the full band of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in ceremonial uniform. The band will also be performing a marching display in the main arena. Previously it has played at the Royal Albert Hall and for Her Majesty the Queen so to see this band in Harrogate is an opportunity not to be missed.

Friends of Bachelors Filed
Limited progress has been made in some areas of the Field but not as much as was hoped. The boundary bank/path with Bachelor Gardens has been lowered and the bank seeded. The level of the pond has been adjusted and frog spawn in now present. It is hoped to plant up the pond sides very soon.
It is no secret that there have been problems concerning the Field over the past few months so it is good to be able to report that discussions appear to have produced a better understanding and a way forward. Chairman Eric Wright should be congratulated for his patience in working through the issues.
The recent meeting was very positive producing new ideas which will be reported in a future Bilton News. In the meantime, anyone wishing to take part in one of the Saturday morning working parties can telephone Brian for more in formation on 01423 509065.

Community Coffee
The re-arranged date for the Community Centre Coffee Morning is tomorrow march 28 at Bilton Community Centre 10-11.30am. Admission 50p. All welcome.

Grove Road Methodist Ladies Fellowship
The meeting on Monday March 30 is CHAT. April 6 is a Communion with Rev L Wassell followed by the Easter break and a half day outing on April 20. Meetings take place at Grove road Methodist Church at 2.30pm. 01423 567288 for more information.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
To book a place at the lunch on Tuesday, March 31 at Bar Methodist Church Skipton Road, price £3 contact Mrs Shirley Saville on 01423 561250. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Men’s Forum
On Tuesday March 31 John Whitley will be showing slides on Central America. The following week April 7 the title of the slide presentation by Mrs Gill Lindsay is New Zealand. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm. The men will be taking a break at Easter but will be back on April 21.

Bilton Ladies Forum
Harrogate Ladies barbershop will be providing the entertainment on Tuesday, March 31 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Telephone Ivy on 523504 or Ann on 521814 for more details.

Bilton Historical Society
The AGM will take place on Wednesday April 1 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm. The short meetings will be followed by Postcards from Harrogate by David Hurd. It may be April Fools Day but there will be no fool wanting to miss this presentation. Visitors are welcome to the AGM, although they will not be able to vote. Admission £1 including refreshments.

Tagg House Ladies
The AGM will be on Friday April 3 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm. Six months ago this group looked as though it was going to close but it is still here. That is because new members and helpers have come along. There is a really good atmosphere and the Ladies hope that it will be possible to keep going. This will be decided at the meeting. To ensure continuity a vital helper or helpers is/are still required, someone who can open up the Community Centre and welcome the speakers when Edie is unable to do so. also to be discussed is whether the group should meet in summer and close in winter rather than the other way round as at present. Normally only members can contribute to discussion at AGMs but on this occasion prospective new members will be very welcome. Afterwards enjoy a good cup of tea. Anyone requiring further information please telephone 508771.

Bar Methodist Church Network
On Thursday April 9 at Bar Methodist Church 2.30pm Rev Irene Lincoln will conduct an Easter Service.

Neighbourhood Police surgery
An invitation from our local police officers PC Tom Jackson and PCSOs James Skaith and Alex Sibbald is extended to anyone who would like an opportunity to talk to them about issues the police may be able to help with or simply just to meet the officers. The next surgery is at Bilton Community Centre on Thursday April 9 between 2-4pm.

Community And Police/Safer Neighbourhoods
The recent CAP meeting was so well attended it took the organisers by surprise. The name of the group has changed to the Bilton Woodfield and New Park Community and Police Safer Neighbourhood Group. The format of the meetings has changed too. A general introduction starts things off followed by a look at the crime statistics which, over a 12 month period, show a generally downward trend. There are some exceptions and plenty of stories behind the statistics.
The meeting then split into three, one for each ward. In theory this was so that residents from each ward could focus on their immediate concerns. It was a good idea but the venue was not big enough to cope with the noise of three meetings. Even so, those present managed to have some interesting discussions about, for example, the 20mph speed limit outside schools and when is it appropriate to call 999. A list of priorities for the police was drawn up. It included illegal and inconsiderate car parking, antisocial behaviour, litter, dog fouling, boy racers, drugs, and motorbikes on the cycle tracks. Do not be concerned about what may seem a rather long list. The problems tend to occur in certain hotspots and, in most instances, the police know where they are and are already on the case.






Monday, March 09, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
gala queen chosen
The 2009 Bilton Gala Queen is Lauren Woodhall. Her attendants are Rachel Close and Grace Plant. All the girls are 11 years old, Lauren and Rachel attend Richard Taylor School and Grace is at St Aidan's. The panel which had to choose the Queen/King thought it was the best, hardest and worst job in Bilton. It was made the best job by all the wonderful young people they met. It was the hardest job because it was such a difficult choice, all the candidates would have made excellent Queens or Kings. The worst job was when the panel had to tell most of the applicants they had not been successful this year. The good news for the boys and girls who were not chosen is that they are all young enough to try again and the panel hopes that they will. As boys have begun to show an interest the time of a Gala King may not be far away.

Harrogate Horticultural And Pot Plant Society.
The "Pot Plants" have decided to call it a day. At the last meeting most present could not imagine a future without Ron Fry who died in January. A decision was taken to wind up the Society and this will happen when the committee has gone through the formalities. Sadly this is likely to be my last report on the activities of the "Pot Plants."
The occasion cannot be allowed to pass without mention of Betty Carter. Not only did Betty carry out all the secretarial duties she found the speakers, made the tea, looked after the publicity, made mouth-watering jam for sale and organised the huge raffle at the annual show. Betty is wonderful and everyone who has enjoyed the activities of Harrogate Horticultural and Pot Plant Society over the years owes her many thanks and much gratitude.

Secretary Needed
Barry Jeffrey is still doing two jobs for Bilton Community Centre. He is the chairman but is acting as secretary. Allowing one person to do too many jobs is a recipe for chaos should anything happen to that person. The position of secretary could be split, one person to look after room bookings another to deal with minutes and correspondence. It would suit someone who wants to be involved in community life but does not wish to join any of the groups. The Community Centre has a good committee under the leadership of Barry and anyone joining will be well supported. There must be someone out there who would like the job. Go on, give Barry a ring on 522264 and make his day.

Coffee Morning
There will be a coffee morning at St John's Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, March 14 between 10am -noon. Attractions include cake, book, toy, bring and buy stalls, tombola and raffle. Admission 50p including tea/coffee and biscuits. All proceeds to Church Mission Society for the welfare of children here at home and abroad.

Jumble Sale
Tomorrow, Saturday March 14 there will be a jumble sale at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 11am. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. Admission 20p.

Bilton Conservation Group
The last indoor meeting before summer is tomorrow, Saturday, March 14 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm when David and Dorothy Morland will give an audio visual presentation. Admission £1 to include refreshments. Raffle. All welcome.

Craft Workshop
There is a workshop on rubber stamping and parchment craft at Bilton Community Centre on Sunday, March 15, 10am-3.30pm. Cost £25. To find out if there is space and to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913

Grove Road Methodist Church Network
At the meeting on Monday, March 16 at 2.30pm the speaker is Rev D Bucktrout. The following week, March 23 Miss M Hambrecht will present From My Memory Box with lunch and a stall. Telephone 567288 for more details. The gatherings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church.

Bilton Men's Forum
On Tuesday, March 17 Ray Coggan will entertain with Musical Miscellany and the following week, March 24 Fred Mitchell will talk about Aerial Navigation in WWII, please note this is a change from the published programme. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum
Mrs Anne Emmet will present F stands for Families, Fun, Friendship and Foreign, on Tuesday, March 17 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm.

Wesley Guild
Summer is coming, the following are the last meetings of the season. They all take place at Bar Methodist Church on Skipton Road at 7.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place. On Tuesday, March 17 is An Evening with Taylors Teas, on March 24 PC Graham Maxwell will present Tales of My Police Work and on March 31 is the AGM. For further information telephone the secretary on 505237.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
To book for the lunch on Wednesday, March 18 at Bar Methodist Church, Cost £3, telephone Molly England on 564986.

Bilton WI
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 18 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm. Anyone requiring further information should contact Gail Peckett on 01423 886416.

Friends Of Bachelors Field
The next meeting is on Thursday, March 19 at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane at 7pm. Anyone who is interested in the future of Bachelors Field is welcome.

Stitch And Craft Group
At the meeting at Bilton Community Centre on Thursday, March 19 the title of the presentation by Anne Holden is Scissor Keep. Doors open 7.15pm, the speaker starts at 8pm. For further information telephone Pauline on 01423 507617 or Elsie on 01423 569123.

Tagg House Ladies
Enjoy The Way it Was with Sylvia and Rosemary on Friday, March 20, Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome £1.

Community Coffee
There will be a coffee morning at Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, March 21 10-11.30am. Admission 50p. Raffle. Proceeds to Community Centre.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
On Monday, March 23 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, 10.30am Ken Haw will give a presentation on Breatheasy. This is the charity which supports people with respiratory problems. Watch out for details of the coffee morning in April raising funds for this cause. The talk will be followed by lunch. More details from 01423 503221.

Bar Methodist Church Network
The next meeting is on Thursday, March 26 at Bar Methodist Church 2.30pm. Mrs Irene Berson is the speaker.

Jumble Sale
There will be a jumble sale in St John's Church Hall is on Saturday, March 28 at 2pm. For collection ring 508952 or 524351.

Bilton Dragon Bowling Club
The Club is celebrating its centenary this year so expect to read much more about it in the coming weeks. Anyone requiring advance information on centenary events or the bowling club in general please contact secretary Jane Blackburn on 01423 563809. Bilton Dragon Bowling Club is behind the Skipton Pub, Skipton Road.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Meet The Police
PC Tom Jackson has been very pleased to meet local people at his Neighbourhood Surgeries. The next one is on Tuesday, March 10 at the Oak Beck Public House on Woodfield Road between 10am and noon. Go along, talk to PC Jackson in an informal setting about anything of concern you think the police may be able to help with.
Another opportunity to meet the police is on Thursday, March 5 at the Community and Police meeting at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 7pm. The CAP meeting is more formal than the neighbourhood surgeries. Crime statistics for the local area and action plans are likely to be discussed and there will be an opportunity for you to have your say. PC Jackson can be contacted through the Police Call Centre on 0845 6060247

New Park Mirror
The publication of the New Park Heritage Centre has just come through the letterbox. Hard to believe, but the Heritage Centre has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The "Mirror" contains a fascinating description of those first few months from inauguration to the opening of the Centre.
Also in issue 18 is an article about New Park soldiers who perished in the First World War. There is no war memorial in New Park and it has been suggested that the Heritage Centre may be a good place for an exhibit remembering those who died, not only in the World Wars but also in more recent conflicts. If you know of anyone you may wish to be remembered in this way please let the manager know. He can be contacted through New Park School, Skipton Road, Harrogate, HG1 3HF

Grove Road Methodist Network Fellowship
Rev S Swithenbank is the speaker at the meeting on Monday March 2 and the following week, March 9 there will be a Beetle Drive or a talk about Ilkley Playhouse/Theatre. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The next lunch, cost £3, is on Tuesday March 3 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road. To book a place telephone Mrs Shirley Saville on 01423 561250. There is car parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Wesley Guild
On Tuesday March 3 Rev David Barker, Chaplain of Ashville College, will lead a Christian Service and the following week Rev Mark Godfrey is the speaker at a Devotional meeting. Both events take place at Bar Methodist Church at 7.30pm.

Bilton Men's Forum
David B Tillotson will give a slide presentation on Railways Throughout the World on Tuesday March 3. The following week, March 10, Mogul Capitals is the title of the slide presentation by Dr Keith and Mrs Jenny Selkirk. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting at 2pm with a cup of tea and followed by the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum
On Tuesday March 3 Philip Broadbent will return with one of his popular Harrogate talks, this time it's Harrogate in the 50s. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Bilton Historical Society
Be "Spellbound" with Gordon Sharpe and take a historical journey with a difference with the help of his wonderful films on Wednesday March 4 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. All welcome Admission £1 including refreshments and a raffle.
A member of the Society is a room steward at the National Trust House, East Riddlesden Hall which, this year, is celebrating being open to the public for 75 years. To mark the event the Trust is to mount an exhibition of every day items in use in the early 1930s and suitable items are being sought. . If you may be able to help call in at the Community Centre any Tuesday morning and ask for Keith.

Women's World Day Of Prayer
The service for 2009 has been prepared by the women of Papua New Guinea on the theme "In Christ there are many members but one body". Men, women and children are welcome to share in a Service repeated all over the world on the same day. The day is Friday March 6 and there are two services from which to choose. The first is at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2pm where the speaker is Mrs Ann Coates. The second is at St. John's at 7.30pm with speaker Rev Clare MacLaren. Light refreshments are served after both services. If you have not been to one of these services before and would like more information please telephone Shirley on 01423 567939 or Sheina on 01423 567221.

Tagg House Ladies
If you have not seen Keith Wilkinson's digital presentation Bilton Conservation Group 1982-2009 there is a chance to put this right on Friday March 6 at Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
Caroline Shead of the Volunteer Centre will give a talk at the meeting on Monday March 9 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am. The church is on the comer of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Knox WI
On Monday March 9 at 7.30pm Russell Bloor will give a presentation on Dementia and Mental Health. The meeting is at Dene Park Community Centre and visitors are welcome.

Bar Methodist Church Network
At the meeting on Thursday March 12 at Bar Methodist Church at 2.30pm the speaker is Mrs Mary Brownbridge.

Smelly Yellow Welly Club
Plans for the big Easter event for young people are well in hand. The dates this year are April 8, 9 and 10. An early warning for adults wishing to help, there is a meeting at St John's Church on Wednesday March 18 at 7.30pm. For further information or to book a place contact one of the following;- Adult Recruitment, Jane Thompson, tel. 01423 521246 email janeandnige@hotmail.com Youth Recruitment, Ruth Yarborough tel. 01423 568688 email ruthyarborough@hotmail.co.uk Artistic Director Helen Tennison 01423 701116 email helen@tennison.org Helen would also like to hear from anyone who has any unwanted light coloured plain sheets, washing up bowls or large tarpaulins.

Dates For The Diary
On March 14 there is a coffee morning at St John's Church Hall l0am to noon and in the afternoon Bilton Conservation Group has an audio and visual presentation by David and Dorothy Morland at Bilton Community Centre 2.15pm. More details next time.

Monday, February 09, 2009
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Bilton Gala - King Or Queen?
The time has come to choose the person who will fill the leading role at the May Day Bank Holiday Gala. Who will it be this year? Boys and girls wishing to apply should be under 16 and live in Bilton/Woodfield or go to school there. Application forms are available via the website www.biltongala.org.uk as well as in schools and some local shops. Up to date news about the gala can also be found on the website. The King or Queen will be chosen on Wednesday, February 25 at Bilton Cricket Club at 6.30pm. Last year no boy applied. Who will be the first?

Coffee Morning For The Brownies
There will be a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, February 14 at St John's Church Hall between l0am and noon. There will be a cake stall, book stall and raffle. Admission is 50p and proceeds are for Brownie funds. All welcome.

Bilton Conservation Group
Tomorrow, Saturday, February 14 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2.15pm Spellbound Productions will present Wildlife Miscellany. Admission £1 to include refreshments. There will be a raffle.

Craft Workshop
There is a craft workshop at Bilton Community Centre 10am-3.30pm on Sunday, February 15, £25. For more details and to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913. Workshops in parchment craft and rubber stamping will take place at approximately monthly intervals.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network
The meeting on Monday, February 16 will be CHAT plus lunch and a stall, the following week, February 23 Rev B Hoare is the speaker. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bilton Men's Forum
Travelling is the theme over the next two weeks at Bilton Community Centre. On Tuesday, February 17 David M Shaw will give a talk entitled My Chinese Adventure and on February 24 Alan Thomas will take a light hearted look at travelling with a group when he talks about Travels of a Travel Agent. Both meetings start with a cup of tea at 2pm followed by the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. This will be followed by a presentation by John Branson on A History of Violin Making. For further information telephone Ivy on 01423 523504 or Ann 01423 521814.

Wesley Guild
Don Rolls is the speaker at the Devotional meeting on Tuesday, February 17. The following week, February 24, is a cultural and social event entitled Your Antique Oddities. Both meeting take place at Bar Methodist Church at 7.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The next lunch is on Wednesday, February 18 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road. Price £3. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place. To book telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw on 01423 523582.

Bilton WI
The Art of Patchwork will be described by Christine Rayner at the meeting on Wednesday, February 18 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

Tagg House Ladies
Enjoy A Theatrical Experience with Sylvia Iveson on Friday, February 20 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm.

Community Coffee
There will be a coffee morning, with raffle on Saturday, February 21 at Bilton Community Centre between l0-11.30am Admission 50p. Proceeds to Community Centre.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
On Monday, February 23, 10.30am the ladies can expect to enjoy Poetry and Potatoes plus lunch. The meeting is at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. Telephone 01423 503221 for more details.

Harrogate Horticultural And Pot Plant Society
Long time chairman, Ron- Fry, died last month. He is going to be missed. The last meeting he attended was the AGM and his closing remarks were "we should have a recruitment drive". He was right. It is time to broaden the appeal of the Pot Plants, as the group is known in Bilton.
The name of the organisation may give a false impression. Before I joined I thought it was full of experts who would laugh at novices like me. It was not like that. True there are experts, and they are happy to share their knowledge, but there are also people like me. The group is made up of, mainly, local people who enjoy horticulture in some form or other. There are those with allotments, big gardens, small gardens and even no garden at all. Owning a garden is not necessary to' enjoy horticulture because you can visit other peoples, grow plants in pots, photograph or paint plants and enjoy social evenings in winter, usually with a horticultural theme. A highlight of the year is the show in September.
Horticulture and things green are in vogue at present so why not come along to the meeting on Wednesday, February 25 at Bilton Community at 7.30pm, the talk will start at 7.45pm I will be providing the entertainment with my slide presentation Essex Gardens. As I said, I am no expert and these are my holiday slides, so I know this is not a good advert. Do not let that put you off though, I have been told the slides are not that bad. Come along and see for yourself, you will be most welcome.

Bar Methodist Church Network
Rev David Bucktrout is the speaker at the meeting on Thursday, February 26 at Bar Methodist Church 2.30pm.

Friends of Bachelors Fields
Weather permitting, work should be taking place about now to remedy some of the problems caused by the new path alongside Bachelor Gardens. It is unlikely that the Council will undertake any further work during the current financial year. It is obvious to the Friends that serious discussions will have to take place with local councillors and Council Officers to clarify matters regarding the relationship between Friends and Council. Anyone interested should make a note of the next Friends meeting which is on March 19 at Bilton Cricket Club at 7pm. A reminder will appear nearer the time.

Is It Cancelled?
As I write the snow is falling and children are being pulled along the street on sledges but by the time you read this we may be basking in early spring sunshine (I wish). Lots of calls have been received asking if meetings are cancelled because of bad weather but I usually do not know the answer. The best person to ask is the group organiser. I may be able to supply a telephone number if you have no contact details.

Monday, January 26, 2009
Bilton
Bachelors Field: There was consternation at the recent meeting of the Friends of Bachelors Field. The work on the bank and path alongside Bachelor Gardens, which is being carried out by Harrogate Council, is not what the group had been expecting. At the request of the Friends work was stopped and put on hold until the officer in charge returned from holiday. By the time you read this a meeting will have taken place. The outcome will be reported next time.
From the outset some people have been sceptical about the influence of Friends groups, some have doubted that the level of information and advice given by the council has been appropriate, and there are those who feel that less haste would have meant more speed. Council officers have an impossible task trying to please all the people all the time, they rarely receive praise for the good they do and are often blamed when things are perceived to have gone wrong. The Friends Group has shown that it is committed, enthusiastic and reliable. It is now up to the council to show that the sceptics and doubters are wrong. Let us hope they can do it soon.

Meet PC Tom Jackson: PC Tom Jackson is the Community Police Officer for Bilton and Woodfield. He would like to get to know the people on his beat and would like them to get to know him. He was at the Friends of Bachelors Field meeting with a colleague and was able to reassure those present that patrols do take place at night, often in unmarked cars, and have recently resulted in arrests at one of the antisocial behaviour hot spots.
PC Jackson has arranged for a series of Police Surgeries to take place. They will provide an opportunity to meet him and the PCSOs to discuss anything of concern. There was a surgery last week at the Oak Beck public house and the next is at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, on Wednesday, February 4 between 3pm-5pm. PC Jackson can be contacted on 0845 60 60 247.

Bilton Gala: The Gala committee has been granted charitable status and is now eligible for gift aid donation status and a number of tax breaks. A new charity fund, the Bilton Community Fund has been established and will raise money through the annual gala. Local, Bilton based, community groups and organisations are invited to apply for donations from the fund by visiting www.biltongala.org.uk where full information can be obtained. One group that has recently benefited is the Friends of Bachelors Field which has received a donation of £250 to be spent on tools.
Bilton Gala has always supported the local community by distributing excess funds. The difference now is that the aim is to actually make money for use in the community. The committee should be congratulated on bringing this development about, it has the potential to make a real difference to the aspirations of a wide variety of local organisations.

Coffee Morning: There will be a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, January 31 at St John's Church Hall between 10am and noon. Proceeds will go towards improved storage in the hall. One of the main beneficiaries will the Brownies, who are helping to organise this event. There will be cakes, games and a raffle. Admission 50p.

Brigantes Lacemakers: The first meeting of the year is tomorrow, Saturday, January 31 at Bilton Community Centre at 10am. Further information from Mrs N Shaw on 01423 879206.

Songs of Praise: There is a Songs of Praise, tomorrow, Saturday, January 31 at St. John's Church Hall between 3pm-5pm. Half way through is a short break for afternoon tea. Everyone welcome.

Last Service: February 1 is the last chance to attend a service conducted by Rev. Lesley Bentley at St. John's. Services take place at 8am, 9.30am and 11am. We hope Rev Bentley will be happy and successful in her new position with the Diocese of Lichfield.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network: Deacon R Coggrave is the speaker at the meeting on Monday, February 2, the following week, February 9 it is Rev. C Gillespie. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church, 2.30pm.

Bilton Men's Forum: At the meeting on Tuesday, February 3 Mrs Joan O'Neill will give a presentation on "The British Red Cross". The following week, February 10, John Gillegham MBE will show his slides and talk about "National Parks of Western America". Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm followed by the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bar Church Lunch Club: The next lunch at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road is on Tuesday, February 3. Cost £3. To book telephone Mrs Shirley Saville on 01423 561250. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Wesley Guild: A busy week for Wesley Guild at Bar Methodist Church starts on Tuesday, February 3, 7.30pm, with a social evening "Songs from the Shows" led by Kath and Derek Newton. The Guild Anniversary will be celebrated on Sunday, February 8, at 10.30am with Rev. Brian Hoare, followed by lunch, then at 6.30pm with Rev David Bucktrout. Finally, on Tuesday, February 10, 7.30pm Rosie Jones will present "My Visit to Malawi V.S.O." Readers may recall that Mrs Jones, a teacher at Richard Taylor School, spent a year teaching in Malawi and, since her return, has been fund raising for the school where she worked. For more information about these events telephone 01423 505237.

Bilton Ladies Forum: On Tuesday, February 3 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Mrs K Manson will present "The Lore of Birds".

Bilton Historical Society: On Wednesday, February 4 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm the eminent Egyptologist, author and television presenter Dr Joann Fletcher will give a presentation on "The Harrogate Museum Collection". It was Dr Fletcher who discovered the mummy of Nerfititti. A must not miss event which at £1 admission is one of the bargains of the week. All welcome.

Tagg House Ladies: At the meeting on Friday, February 6 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.30pm members of Bilton Historical Society will be bringing along a selection of material from its archives for people to look at whilst chatting informally. This is a great opportunity to see the work of the Society, especially for those who cannot go to the Tuesday morning meetings or have missed the Saturday Open Days. Visitors welcome.

Knox WI: Jocelyn Young will give a Homeopathic presentation at the meeting on Monday, February 9 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm. For further information telephone 01423 566310.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: At the meeting on Monday, February 9 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, 10.30am I will be showing a selection of slides "Highlights of the Dales". The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Bar Methodist Network:
Mrs Mary Tennyson is the speaker at the meeting on Thursday, February 12 at Bar Methodist Church, 2.30pm.

Monday, January 12, 2009
Bilton
It's Goodbye To Bilton Grange TWG: Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild has held its final meeting. The Guild opened on September 17, 1970 and some current members have supported it for many of its 38 years. The ladies have raised substantial amounts for charity as well as enjoying regular, very happy, social occasions. The decision to close was taken reluctantly but, because of advancing years and related health problems for a large proportion of its membership, it has not been possible to form a new committee. About twenty ladies attended the meetings regularly and for them it is the end of an era, they are, understandably, feeling rather sad.

Plight of some Groups: The problems encountered by Bilton Grange TWG are being experienced by other groups, not only in Bilton but across Harrogate. It was thought that Tagg House Ladies would close at Christmas but offers of help have given it a reprieve until Easter; after that its future is still uncertain. It may have to be accepted that some long established groups have run their course and may close in the foreseeable future. If several closed within a short timescale the number of people left without a social event and reason to leave the house would be considerable. This is why attempts are being made to keep Tagg House Ladies going, it is somewhere to go for an afternoon out. For men Bilton Men's Forum can be recommended. I am not aware of a general mixed group meeting in an afternoon but if anyone knows of one, or thinks there is a need, please let me know.
All the organisations mentioned below welcome new members and, in most cases, visitors and the welcome does extend to people who live beyond the bounds of Bilton.

Bilton Gala: So far Bilton News has been a bit depressing so its now time to cheer up and think about spring when the big event is Bilton Gala. Expect to hear a lot more about this over the next few months because a lot is happening. This year the theme is Bilton through the Ages. Many attractions for the May Day event have already been booked and there is a high demand for stands. If you have not yet booked your space then do so soon. Prices are £25 for a 10ft pitch and £45 for a 20ft pitch. Trade prices are £35 and £65 respectively. Keep in touch with Gala plans through the website, www.biltongala.org.uk

Bilton Conservation Group: Peter Barnes will present Travels in India at Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, January 17 at 2.15pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments. Admission £1. Visitors and new members welcome.

Grove Road Network Fellowship: On Monday, January 19 Mrs S Brownridge will show slides of Switzerland and the following week, January 26, Mrs J Burdon will relate Experiences of Being District President. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm. Telephone 01423 567288 for further information.

Bilton Men's Forum: Go In the Footsteps of Stevenson on Tuesday, January 20 with Alan Plowright and his slides. The following week, January 27, Mr Chris Freeman will give a slide presentation The King and Thai. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, starting with a cup of tea at 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm. Telephone 01423 569731 for more details.

Bilton Ladies Forum: My Garden - A Quart into a Pint Pot is the title of the presentation by Mr Tony Rymer at the meeting on Tuesday, January 20 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. Further information can be obtained from Ivy, telephone 01423 523504, or Ann telephone 01423 521814.

Wesley Guild: Rev. Philip Bee will give a presentation on The Oasis Trust on Tuesday, January 20. The following week, January 27, the Rev Caroline Falkingham is the speaker. Both meetings taking place at Bar Methodist Church at 7.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bar Church Lunch Club: The next chance to enjoy a great lunch for £3 at Bar Methodist Church on Skipton Road is Wednesday, January 21. To book a place telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw on 01423 523582.

Bilton WI: Colin Senior will give a presentation on the RNLI on Wednesday, January 21 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. Further information from 01423 886416.

Tagg House Ladies: A digital presentation by Terry Williams entitled Egypt is the entertainment at the meeting on Friday, January 23 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.30pm. Apologies to anyone who came last Friday and found the meeting not as advertised. The difficulty was no fault of Tagg House Ladies and the problem is not expected to occur again. Telephone 01423 508771 for a programme.

Last Service: On Sunday, January 25 at 10.30am Rev. Lesley Bentley will conduct her final service at St. Lukes before taking up her new position in the Diocese of Lichfield. Her last services at St John's are on Sunday, February 1 at 8am, 9.30am and 11am.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: It's Keep Fit for All at the meeting on Monday, January 26 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. Telephone 503221 for further details.

Bar Methodist Church Network: Rev Christine Gillespie is the speaker at the meeting on Thursday, January 29 at Bar Methodist Church at 2.30pm. For more information telephone 01423 886438.

Little Fishes: This is a St Luke's Church group for babies, toddlers and their grown ups. It meets every Thursday morning during term time at the Church in Franklin Square, off Franklin Mount. Pop in between 9am - 11am for refreshments, bible stories, fun and chatter. Admission 50p.

Date For The Diary: There will be a Songs of Praise at St John's on January 31 between 3pm-5pm. Telephone Linda Williams for more details on 01423 522828.

Out of Order: My telephone has been on the blink for a few days, sometimes working, sometimes not. If you have left a message and I have not replied please accept my apologies, but this is the reason. Please contact me again if you were expecting your news to appear this week and it has not. I am hopeful that the problem is now sorted.

Monday, December 29, 2008
Bilton
Happy New Year: I would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. Like all new years it will bring its mixture of ups and downs and I am looking forward to telling you about them as they happen. I do need your help though. Please let me know when you have some news to share with others.

Join A Group: A new year is a good time to take up a new interest. Any group mentioned in this column welcomes new members and, in most cases, visitors so don't be shy, go along and find out what you have been missing.

Some groups are seeking additional volunteers to help in a variety of ways. If you would like to make the locality an even better place to live let me know and I may be able to put you in touch with a group who would welcome your talents.

Bilton Historical Society: On the doormat along with the Christmas cards was the latest newsletter from the Historical Society. It contains a mixture of historical information, reminiscences, photographs and current news. You'll never guess what was in the Harrogate Advertiser in October 1858 so I had better tell you; a lengthy piece complaining about Skipton Road, its junction with Bilton Lane and the great risk and danger from the volume of carriages. So do things change? Yes, but you will need to join Bilton Historical Society to find out how. Call into Bilton Community Centre any Tuesday morning, visit the website www.harrogate.co.uk/biltonhistory/ or email peter.barnes21@ntlworld.com

Grove Road Methodist Church Network Fellowship: The first meeting of the year is on Monday, January 5 when Mr and Mrs D England give a presentation on Infant Home Malawi. The following week, January 12 will be C.H.A.T. lunch and a stall. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm. Telephone 567288 for further information.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild: From Russia with Love is the title of the presentation by Veronica Bird who will describe a visit and experiences of Russian prisoners. The meeting is at Bar Methodist Church on Monday, January 5 at 2.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: The effects of any excessive eating over the festive season should now have worn off so this is a good time to find out if there are any places left for the lunch on Tuesday, January 6 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road. Cost £3. Telephone Mrs Shirley Saville on 01423 561250. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Men's Forum: The Men are going Down the Ganges with Mike Bamford and his slides on Tuesday, January 6. The following week, January 13, Paul Gosling will be Swinging the Lamp (Tales from 50 Countries). Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, starting at 2pm with a cup of tea and the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum: I will be opening the New Year with my slide presentation Yorkshire Year. The meeting takes place on Tuesday, January 6 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm.

Tagg House Ladies: We still have brains is the claim on the new programme and to prove it the first event of the year on Friday, January 9 is Quiz Time. Ladies, if you feel a bit sluggish after the festive season go along and exercise the grey matter, it should be great fun. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm.

Girls going to Ghana - Coffee Morning: Charlotte and Louise would like to invite you to a coffee morning on Saturday, January 10 at St John's Church Hall between 10am and noon. The Girls are raising funds for their forthcoming trip to Ghana to undertake voluntary work. There will be a raffle, bottle bonanza and other attractions. Entrance 50p.

Knox WI: Michelle Horton will present All Buttoned Up - Part 1 at the meeting on Monday, January 12 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome, there is no charge but a donation may be made if desired.

Wesley Guild: A New Year Concert Party is the opening event of 2009. It takes place on Tuesday, January 13 at Bar Methodist Church at 7.30pm. This sounds like a good opportunity to find out more about this group. Telephone 505237 for further information.

Community Centre Lunch Club: The first lunch of the year is on January 14. The club is fully subscribed at the moment but names are being accepted on the waiting list as there are often a places available when regulars are unable to attend. To join the queue for a delicious lunch for £3 telephone Shirley Anderson 567939 and you should not have too long to wait. Anyone admiring the new crockery at the Community Centre can thank the Luncheon Club which made a substantial donation towards it.

Kaleidoscope Ladies Club: Sheila Wolstenholme will give a presentation on Allergies and Sensitivities at the meeting on Wednesday, January 14 at Bilton Community Centre 7.45pm. New members welcome, telephone Maureen Asher on 01423 870440 for more details.

Stitch And Craft Group: The AGM on Thursday, January 15 at Bilton Community Centre 7.15pm-10pm. will include a presentation by a representative from Yorkshire Air Ambulance at 8pm. The group will then make its own presentation to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a cheque, expected to be well in excess of £100. The new programme will be available. Visitors welcome £2. Telephone 507617 to find out more.

Friends of Bachelors Field: The next meeting is on Thursday, January 15 at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane at 7pm. It is open to all, there is no need to book in advance and it is free of charge. After the business, which is expected to take about one hour, there will be a buffet to celebrate the season. Those wishing to stay for the buffet must book and pay in advance, cost £5.50 per person, £2.75 per child. Cash or cheques, made payable to Bilton Cricket Club, should be sent to Sandra Selvidge, 20 Bachelor Drive, Harrogate, HG1 3EH before January 7.

Socatots: This is the pre school activity group at St John's Church Hall every Monday afternoon in term time between 1-2pm. Telephone Bridget on 545419 to book a place or for further information.

Monday Yoga: Anyone interested in finding out more about the Monday evening yoga classes at Bilton Community Centre should telephone Rachel McLellan-Jones on 01423 541176.

Diary Date: Bilton Conservation Group meeting on January 17 at Bilton Community Centre at 2.15pm with Peter Barnes Latest Travels.

Monday, December 15, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Is It Worth It?
During the frantic run up to Christmas many ask, is it worth it? Then something happens to dispel all doubts. Last week there was one of those occasions. Lots of lucky people were invited to Richard Taylor School to be entertained for the afternoon. The grown ups at our table were looked after by Hannah, Rachel and Sophie who showed us some of their work, which included an example of how to write for a newspaper. We had a mince pie, or two, and a cup of tea and then the music started. First was a choir made up of the youngest children, followed by violin and trumpet renditions and then the main school choir. All the performances were wonderful. Then came a surprise, a present for everyone. It was a hyacinth bulb with new growth peeping out above the soil. What a lovely gift, something to remind us of a special afternoon and something to look forward to as spring approaches. So, is Christmas worth the hassle? Of course it is.

Rector Leaving
Rev Lesley Bentley, Team Rector of St John's and St Luke's Together is leaving to take up the post of Director of Ministry Development in the Diocese of Lichfield. Rev Bentley says that she will be sorry to leave Bilton as she feels she has been made really welcome and has enjoyed her seven and a half years in the area.

Thanks For Support
The organisers of the recent St John's Coffee Morning in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance would like to thank everyone who supported it and helped in any way to raise the very creditable amount of £295.

Candlelight Carol Service.
It's magic. That is how a member of Bilton Grange United Reformed Church described the Candlelight Carol Service. Go along and share some of that magic, and the mince pies afterwards. The service is today, Friday, December 19 at 7pm. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Urban Circus Arts
Circus Nativity takes place tomorrow, Saturday December 20 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 4pm. All welcome. Admission free.

Sunday Services
There is a varied selection of church services on December 21. At St John's the Candlelit Carol Service is at 6pm followed by a Christmas Theos Service (Contemporary Worship) at 8pm. There is a Junior Church Nativity Service at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at l0am, an Advent Service at Grove Road Methodist Church at lO.30am and Carols by Candlelight at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 6.30pm.

Angels At St Luke's
Angels will be at St. Luke's, in Franklin Square off Franklin Mount, on Sunday, December 21 between 3-5pm. Angel activities to include stories, carols, candles and refreshments. The event is suitable for children of all ages.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
The closing meeting of the year is on Monday, December 22 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am. It will be a Carol Service followed by lunch. The new year will also start with a lunch, the Christmas Lunch on January 12. This is not a misprint. To find out more telephone 503221

Bachelors Field Friends Group
The Bachelors Field Friends Group has also decided to celebrate with food after Christmas. Full details are in the Group's first newsletter. This has recently been delivered to all houses surrounding the Field plus some further away where residents have expressed an interest. The newsletter describes what has been going on and the reason for any action plus contact details for anyone wishing to get involved with practical work, fund raising, public relations or planning. Anyone can have a newsletter, telephone me on 01423 508771 and you will be added to the mailing list. The next meeting is on January 15 at Bilton Cricket Club at 7pm followed by the Christmas Buffet. The meeting is open to all but the buffet has to be booked in advance so ask me for a newsletter if you are interested.

Room At The Inn
Celebrate Christmas at the Oak Beck pub on Woodfield Road on Monday, December 22 at 3.30pm. Journey to Bethlehem with members of St John's and experience the Roman census. There will be carol singing of course. Everyone is welcome and the event is suitable for children.

All Age Christmas Party
Music, crafts, snacks and bible stories will all help in the rejoicing at this special time of year. The place is St John's Church Hall on Monday, December 22 between 2-4pm. The party is for all children, from new born through primary school, and their parents/grandparents.

Christmas Eve Services
On December 24 there will be all age services, Family Christmas Praise, at St John's at 4pm and 6pm and Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. St Luke's will be holding its Candlelit Carol Service at 4pm and Bar Methodist Church has a Family Communion Service, also at 4pm.

Christmas Day Services
St John's will hold a Holy Communion Service at 8am on December 25 followed by an All Age Communion at l0am. There will be Family Communion at St Luke's at 10.30am. At Bilton Grange United Reformed Church Christmas Day Celebrations take place at l0am. Also at lOam Bar Methodist Church has a Family Communion Service.

That Christmas Feeling
Still feeling Christmasy? Then go along to Bilton Grange United Reformed Church for the Warn service entitled "That Christmas Feeling".

Bilton Ladies Forum
Ivy Robinson, Chairman of the Ladies Forum, would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and healthy New Year. The Ladies have, once again, enjoyed wonderful Christmas celebrations at Ascot House and are looking forward to 2009 They are back at Bilton Community on January 6. Full details next time.

First Week In January
Also starting again early in the year are Grove Road Network and Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild on January 5: Bilton Men's Forum and Bar Luncheon Club on January 6 and Tagg House Ladies on January 9. Full details will appear in Bilton News on January 2.

Happy Christmas
Well, that's it for 2008. I would like to wish everyone a very happy and enjoyable Christmas.

Monday, December 15, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Is It Worth It?
DURING the frantic run up to Christmas many ask, is it worth it? Then something happens to dispel all doubts. Last week there was one of those occasions. Lots of lucky people were invited to Richard Taylor School to be entertained for the afternoon. The grown ups at our table were looked after by Hannah, Rachel and Sophie who showed us some of their work, which included an example of how to write for a newspaper. We had a mince pie, or two, and a cup of tea and then the music started. First was a choir made up of the youngest children, followed by violin and trumpet renditions and then the main school choir. All the performances were wonderful. Then came a surprise, a present for everyone. It was a hyacinth bulb with new growth peeping out above the soil. What a lovely gift, something to remind us of a special afternoon and something to look forward to as spring approaches. So, is Christmas worth the hassle? Of course it is.

Rector Leaving
Rev Lesley Bentley, Team Rector of St John's and St Luke's Together is leaving to take up the post of Director of Ministry Development in the Diocese of Lichfield. Rev Bentley says that she will be sorry to leave Bilton as she feels she has been made really welcome and has enjoyed her seven and a half years in the area.

Thanks For Support
The organisers of the recent St John's Coffee Morning in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance would like to thank everyone who supported it and helped in any way to raise the very creditable amount of £295.

Candlelight Carol Service.
It's magic. That is how a member of Bilton Grange United Reformed Church described the Candlelight Carol Service. Go along and share some of that magic, and the mince pies afterwards. The service is today, Friday, December 19 at 7pm. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Urban Circus Arts
Circus Nativity takes place tomorrow, Saturday December 20 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 4pm. All welcome. Admission free.

Sunday Services
There is a varied selection of church services on December 21. At St John's the Candlelit Carol Service is at 6pm followed by a Christmas Theos Service (Contemporary Worship) at 8pm. There is a Junior Church Nativity Service at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at l0am, an Advent Service at Grove Road Methodist Church at lO.30am and Carols by Candlelight at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 6.30pm.

Angels At St Luke's
Angels will be at St. Luke's, in Franklin Square off Franklin Mount, on Sunday, December 21 between 3-5pm. Angel activities to include stories, carols, candles and refreshments. The event is suitable for children of all ages.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
The closing meeting of the year is on Monday, December 22 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am. It will be a Carol Service followed by lunch. The new year will also start with a lunch, the Christmas Lunch on January 12. This is not a misprint. To find out more telephone 503221

Bachelors Field Friends Group
The Bachelors Field Friends Group has also decided to celebrate with food after Christmas. Full details are in the Group's first newsletter. This has recently been delivered to all houses surrounding the Field plus some further away where residents have expressed an interest. The newsletter describes what has been going on and the reason for any action plus contact details for anyone wishing to get involved with practical work, fund raising, public relations or planning. Anyone can have a newsletter, telephone me on 01423 508771 and you will be added to the mailing list. The next meeting is on January 15 at Bilton Cricket Club at 7pm followed by the Christmas Buffet. The meeting is open to all but the buffet has to be booked in advance so ask me for a newsletter if you are interested.

Room At The Inn
Celebrate Christmas at the Oak Beck pub on Woodfield Road on Monday, December 22 at 3.30pm. Journey to Bethlehem with members of St John's and experience the Roman census. There will be carol singing of course. Everyone is welcome and the event is suitable for children.

All Age Christmas Party
Music, crafts, snacks and bible stories will all help in the rejoicing at this special time of year. The place is St John's Church Hall on Monday, December 22 between 2-4pm. The party is for all children, from new born through primary school, and their parents/grandparents.

Christmas Eve Services
On December 24 there will be all age services, Family Christmas Praise, at St John's at 4pm and 6pm and Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. St Luke's will be holding its Candlelit Carol Service at 4pm and Bar Methodist Church has a Family Communion Service, also at 4pm.

Christmas Day Services
St John's will hold a Holy Communion Service at 8am on December 25 followed by an All Age Communion at l0am. There will be Family Communion at St Luke's at 10.30am. At Bilton Grange United Reformed Church Christmas Day Celebrations take place at l0am. Also at lOam Bar Methodist Church has a Family Communion Service.

That Christmas Feeling
Still feeling Christmasy? Then go along to Bilton Grange United Reformed Church for the Warn service entitled "That Christmas Feeling".

Bilton Ladies Forum
Ivy Robinson, Chairman of the Ladies Forum, would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and healthy New Year. The Ladies have, once again, enjoyed wonderful Christmas celebrations at Ascot House and are looking forward to 2009 They are back at Bilton Community on January 6. Full details next time.

First Week In January
Also starting again early in the year are Grove Road Network and Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild on January 5: Bilton Men's Forum and Bar Luncheon Club on January 6 and Tagg House Ladies on January 9. Full details will appear in Bilton News on January 2.

Happy Christmas
Well, that's it for 2008. I would like to wish everyone a very happy and enjoyable Christmas.

Monday, November 17, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Tagg House Ladies - Glimmer Of Hope
The glimmer of hope is because this group, which looked as though it was going to fold, hopes it has found enough new helpers to keep going. The Community Centre has been booked for fortnightly meetings up to Easter 2009. To ensure its long term future though, new members and helpers are still needed. If you are tempted why not go along to Bilton Community Centre today, November 21 at 2.30pm to see a slide presentation by Terry Williams. Today is also the last opportunity to book for the Christmas lunch, a buffet at the Community Centre on December 5. For further information telephone 508771.

Community Centre AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Bilton Community Centre will take place tomorrow, Saturday, November 22 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2pm. The meeting will be followed by a free buffet. All Community Centre users are encouraged to go to this meeting. The Centre, which is not local authority owned or financed, depends on the support of its users for its future success. It is managed and owned entirely by volunteers. New committee members will almost certainly be needed. Committee members make decisions. They do not have to go on cleaning, maintenance or gardening rotas as professionals are employed for these purposes. Those attending need have no fears about acquiring an unwanted job. Go along, find out more about being a committee member, you could be pleasantly surprised.

Bilton Gala
It may feel like the wrong time of year to be thinking about spring but it would appear that a lot of people are thinking about it. Stand space at next years Gala, on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, is already filling up so if your organisation usually has a stand it could be a good idea to book space now, if not already done. Non-trade prices are £25 for a 10ft pitch and £45 for a 20ft pitch. Trade prices are £35 and £65 respectively. Application forms are available via the website www.biltongala.org.uk.
The website also has information on how local Bilton based community groups and organisations can a apply for a grant plus lots more about Bilton Gala.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network Fellowship
On Monday, November 24 there will be a presentation on the work of Dr Barnardos and the following week, December 1 Mrs A Buckley will lead Christmas Meditation. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bilton Men's Forum
On Tuesday, November 25 Eric Forster will give a talk on Kapitan Schweiglers's Medal. The following week, December 2 there is a change to the published programme, David AIred will give a slide presentation on The Northern Highlands of Scotland. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting at 2pm with a cup of tea followed by the speakers at 2.30pm. The season is brought to a close with a Christmas lunch at Ascot House Hotel in December. The Men will be back at the Community Centre on January 6.

Wesley Guild
There will be a Poetry Evening with Mrs Marion Bucktrout on Tuesday, November 25, this is a social event. The following week, December 2 Rev Canon Tony Shepherd will lead a Christian Service with the title My Card Collection. Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road, 7.30pm.

Harrogate Horticultural and Pot Plant Society
Mrs Angela Henson will present Madeira - The Garden in the Atlantic on Wednesday, November 26 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Network
The speaker on Thursday, November 27 is John Willby. The meeting takes place at Bar Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Craft Workshops
The last craft workshops of the year at Bilton Community Centre are on Thursday, November 27, 7.15-9.15pm cost £10 and Sunday, November 30, 10am-3.30pm £25. To book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Bilton Grange URC Christmas Fayre
The Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday, November 29 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 11am. Admission 30p. Refreshments and light lunches will be served. Stalls include cakes, fancy goods, books, games, jigsaws, bric-a-brac, jewellery and scarves. In addition to the familiar raffle and tombola there will be several other competitions to try your luck. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild
Entertainment will be by Lilian Eyre and there will be a Christmas Stall at the meeting on Monday, December 1 at Bar Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road at 2.30pm. Sadly, owing to problems brought about by the advancing years of most of its members and insufficient new members joining, the decision has been reluctantly taken to wind up the group at the end of its financial year, which is the end of January.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The next good lunch at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road is on Tuesday, December 2, cost £3. To book telephone Mrs Shirley Saville on 561250. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Ladies Forum
It's Christmas Celebrations at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 2. The Ladies will be back in January.

Bilton Historical Society
Terry Frazier will present The Cistercian Monks at Fountains on Wednesday. December 3 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Admission £1, visitors welcome. Now that the Society has completed its project Forest, Farms and Families it is considering what to do next. Whatever it decides it will include a substantial social history element and the group would like to make contact with anyone who has something interesting to say about the area. The Society would like people to describe what it was like growing up, living and working in Bilton. It would like to know how you think the area has changed and who the local personalities were. If you are willing to be interviewed, in your own home if you prefer, please contact the secretary, Geoff Deighton, telephone 866977. Alternatively speak to a committee member at the above meeting or call into Bilton Community Centre any Tuesday morning. You do not have to be old to talk about Bilton yesterday but it is one occasion when advanced age is not a disadvantage.

Dates For The Diary
Christmas Fair at St Luke's on December 6, 11am-1pm. Community Centre Carol Service, December 6 at 2pm. More details next time.

Monday, November 17, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Tagg House Ladies - Glimmer Of Hope
The glimmer of hope is because this group, which looked as though it was going to fold, hopes it has found enough new helpers to keep going. The Community Centre has been booked for fortnightly meetings up to Easter 2009. To ensure its long term future though, new members and helpers are still needed. If you are tempted why not go along to Bilton Community Centre today, November 21 at 2.30pm to see a slide presentation by Terry Williams. Today is also the last opportunity to book for the Christmas lunch, a buffet at the Community Centre on December 5. For further information telephone 508771.

Community Centre AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Bilton Community Centre will take place tomorrow, Saturday, November 22 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2pm. The meeting will be followed by a free buffet. All Community Centre users are encouraged to go to this meeting. The Centre, which is not local authority owned or financed, depends on the support of its users for its future success. It is managed and owned entirely by volunteers. New committee members will almost certainly be needed. Committee members make decisions. They do not have to go on cleaning, maintenance or gardening rotas as professionals are employed for these purposes. Those attending need have no fears about acquiring an unwanted job. Go along, find out more about being a committee member, you could be pleasantly surprised.

Bilton Gala
It may feel like the wrong time of year to be thinking about spring but it would appear that a lot of people are thinking about it. Stand space at next years Gala, on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, is already filling up so if your organisation usually has a stand it could be a good idea to book space now, if not already done. Non-trade prices are £25 for a 10ft pitch and £45 for a 20ft pitch. Trade prices are £35 and £65 respectively. Application forms are available via the website www.biltongala.org.uk.
The website also has information on how local Bilton based community groups and organisations can a apply for a grant plus lots more about Bilton Gala.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network Fellowship
On Monday, November 24 there will be a presentation on the work of Dr Barnardos and the following week, December 1 Mrs A Buckley will lead Christmas Meditation. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bilton Men's Forum
On Tuesday, November 25 Eric Forster will give a talk on Kapitan Schweiglers's Medal. The following week, December 2 there is a change to the published programme, David AIred will give a slide presentation on The Northern Highlands of Scotland. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting at 2pm with a cup of tea followed by the speakers at 2.30pm. The season is brought to a close with a Christmas lunch at Ascot House Hotel in December. The Men will be back at the Community Centre on January 6.

Wesley Guild
There will be a Poetry Evening with Mrs Marion Bucktrout on Tuesday, November 25, this is a social event. The following week, December 2 Rev Canon Tony Shepherd will lead a Christian Service with the title My Card Collection. Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road, 7.30pm.

Harrogate Horticultural and Pot Plant Society
Mrs Angela Henson will present Madeira - The Garden in the Atlantic on Wednesday, November 26 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Network
The speaker on Thursday, November 27 is John Willby. The meeting takes place at Bar Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Craft Workshops
The last craft workshops of the year at Bilton Community Centre are on Thursday, November 27, 7.15-9.15pm cost £10 and Sunday, November 30, 10am-3.30pm £25. To book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Bilton Grange URC Christmas Fayre
The Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday, November 29 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 11am. Admission 30p. Refreshments and light lunches will be served. Stalls include cakes, fancy goods, books, games, jigsaws, bric-a-brac, jewellery and scarves. In addition to the familiar raffle and tombola there will be several other competitions to try your luck. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild
Entertainment will be by Lilian Eyre and there will be a Christmas Stall at the meeting on Monday, December 1 at Bar Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road at 2.30pm. Sadly, owing to problems brought about by the advancing years of most of its members and insufficient new members joining, the decision has been reluctantly taken to wind up the group at the end of its financial year, which is the end of January.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The next good lunch at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road is on Tuesday, December 2, cost £3. To book telephone Mrs Shirley Saville on 561250. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Ladies Forum
It's Christmas Celebrations at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 2. The Ladies will be back in January.

Bilton Historical Society
Terry Frazier will present The Cistercian Monks at Fountains on Wednesday. December 3 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Admission £1, visitors welcome. Now that the Society has completed its project Forest, Farms and Families it is considering what to do next. Whatever it decides it will include a substantial social history element and the group would like to make contact with anyone who has something interesting to say about the area. The Society would like people to describe what it was like growing up, living and working in Bilton. It would like to know how you think the area has changed and who the local personalities were. If you are willing to be interviewed, in your own home if you prefer, please contact the secretary, Geoff Deighton, telephone 866977. Alternatively speak to a committee member at the above meeting or call into Bilton Community Centre any Tuesday morning. You do not have to be old to talk about Bilton yesterday but it is one occasion when advanced age is not a disadvantage.

Dates For The Diary
Christmas Fair at St Luke's on December 6, 11am-1pm. Community Centre Carol Service, December 6 at 2pm. More details next time.

Monday, November 03, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
Well Done
Congratulations Bilton Historical Society on the completion of the project Forest Farms and Families and the recent Open Day. Everyone is talking about the wealth of information on display and people are asking when the next Open Day is. I guess it will not be for some while but call into Bilton Community Centre any Tuesday morning, find out what is going on and buy the £3 booklet if you missed the Open Day.

Wish Granted
Some months ago I expressed a wish that the planned improvements to the bus stops on the 202 route would be carried out before the onset of winter. As I write the sloping grass verge on Knox Lane is receiving attention, so hopefully no-one will slip on that again, and I have already made use of the bus shelter on Knox Avenue, it was much appreciated on a wet and windy morning. Thank you Harrogate Council.

Tagg House Ladies
The November meetings are today, Friday November 7 with speaker Dorothy Willby and in two weeks, on November 21 the speaker is Terry Williams. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome. The future was looking bleak for this group but I hope to have some good news to share with you next time.

St Johns
There has been considerable progress towards the re-opening of the south door at St John's Church. The hope is that it will be finished in time for the 40th anniversary of the re-ordering on November 16. It is hard to believe that all those major changes at the church took place forty years ago.

Community Coffee
There is a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday November 8 at Bilton Community Centre 10-11.30am. Admission 50p. Raffle. Proceeds to Community Centre. Make a day of it, have coffee here then go to St John's Autumn Fair for lunch.

Autumn Fair
The St John's and St Luke's Together Autumn Fair takes place tomorrow, Saturday, November 8 at St John's Church. Why not go and buy some Christmas presents? There is a lot to choose from including jams and preserves, cakes, toys, bric-a-brac and second hand books. Refreshments and light lunches will be available. Admission SOp, accompanied children free.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
Terry Williams will describe A Visit to Egypt at the meeting on Monday, November 10 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am. The church is at the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network Fellowship
On Monday, November 10 Mr and Mrs F Muncaster will give a presentation on Friends of the Mettupalayum Trust, the following week, November 17 Mr and Mrs K, Nowell are the speakers. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Knox WI
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, November 10 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. Further enquiries to secretary, Margaret Powell on 566310.

Bilton Men's Forum
Mrs Sue Scarborough, on behalf of Eddie Brown Tours Group, will give the Diamond Anniversary Presentation on Tuesday, November 11. Please note this is a change from the published programme. The following week. November 18 Mrs Angela Henson will show slides on Norway - Land of Mountains and Flowers. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm.

Wesley Guild
On Tuesday, November 11 Mrs Elizabeth Wearing will present Yes Miss at a cultural and social evening. The following week, November 18 Rev. Nick Witham will lead a devotional evening. Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 7.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Community Lunch
The next opportunity to have a good lunch for £3 at Bilton Community Centre is on Wednesday, November 12. To enquire about bookings telephone Shirley Anderson on 567939.

Kaleidoscope Ladies Club
From Russia with Love by Veronica Bird is the entertainment on Wednesday, November 12 at Bilton Community Centre 7.45pm. The final meeting of the year is a Christmas meal on December 10. For more information, or to request a 2009 programme, telephone 870440 Maureen Asher.

Bar Methodist Church Network
Rev Irene Lincoln will lead Gift Day and Communion Service on Thursday, November 13 at Bar Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bilton Conservation Group
Keith Wilkinson will give a presentation on Bilton Conservation Group 1982 - 2008 on Saturday, November 15 at Bilton Community Centre 2.15pm. This will be a fascinating talk illustrating the many and varied activities BCG has been involved in since its inception. Digital technology will enable old photographic prints to be shown for the first time so, if you think you have seen a presentation like this before you would be wrong. The need for the Conservation Group is as strong as ever, even though priorities have changed. Come along, enjoy a good afternoon out, talk to Keith and other committee members and find out how you can become involved. Admission £1.

Bilton Ladies Forum
Mr G Sharpe will be holding the Ladies "Spellbound" at the meeting on Tuesday, November 18 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The next good lunch for £3 is on Wednesday, November 19. telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw on 523582.
To book a place

Bilton WI
Mrs Erica Miller will give a presentation on Traidcraft on Wednesday, November 19 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome.

Stitch And Craft Group
Thursday, November 20 at Bilton Community Centre 7.15pm - 10pm will be a social supper, jewellery party and bingo. Further information from Pauline Cadogan on 01423 507617 and Elsie Moorhouse 01423 569123.

Date For The Diary
Bilton Community Centre AGM will be held at the Community Centre on November 22 in the afternoon. More details next time.

Can We Have Our Christmas Tree Back Please?
A recent newsletter issued by one of the political parties expressed pleasure that the CCTV cameras placed on the library building appear to be the solution to the problem of the crime being committed in that area. This area was where Harrogate Council once had a Christmas tree complete with lights, but it was taken away because of vandalism. If the problem is now solved can we have our Christmas back please? I know it is too late for this year but what about next year?

Monday, October 20, 2008
Bilton News
Autumn Fair: Woodfield Dene Park Community Centre is holding its Autumn Fair tomorrow between 10.30am and 12.30pm. There will be cakes, bric-a-brac, raffle and tombola. Admission is 50p, children free, and it includes tea/coffee with a scone. Everyone is welcome. The 201 bus stops at the door every 20 minutes.


Bilton Historical Society - Open Day: There will be an Open Day tomorrow, Saturday, October 25 at Bilton Cricket Club on Bilton Lane between 10am and 4pm. To mark the completion of the lottery funded project Forest Farms and Families the Society would like to welcome everyone to come and view the comprehensive display of material which has been amassed over the last couple of years. The report is available to buy in booklet form and contains colour photographs, price £3. The Society has been looking into the transition of Bilton from a township within the Forest of Knaresborough to a thriving agricultural community before becoming a, largely, built up area in north Harrogate.

If you are interested in the area where you live, would like to find out more about Bilton Historical Society, its Wednesday lectures, regular newsletter and Tuesday morning study group then do go along to the Cricket Club tomorrow.


Songs Of Praise: The next Songs of Praise at St John's Church Hall is tomorrow, Saturday, October 24 3-5pm. If you have been tempted to go to Songs of Praise but are unsure whether or not it is for you then there is only one way to find out; go along, you will be most welcome. There is high tea part way through proceedings.


Soca Tots: Bilton now has a new pre-school activity group for girls and boys. It takes place in St. John's Church Hall during term time between 1pm and 2pm. For more information telephone Bridget on 01423 545419.


Church Roof - Cause For Concern: There is disappointing news in the October edition of "Focus" the church magazine of St. John's and St. Luke's Together. It has been known for several years that major problems with the roof of St. John's Church would have to be addressed and local fund raising is underway. The church architect has advised that the roof will have to be replaced within in the next few years. As a Grade II* listed church the present appearance of the roof will have to be preserved as far as possible and appropriate materials used, making the cost high. An application for a grant was submitted to English Heritage but this has been rejected on the grounds that the case was not urgent enough. This is disappointing and worrying. What sort of state does it have to be in before it is considered urgent enough? The Team Rector says that small scale repairs will be carried out as necessary, the bid for a grant will be renewed and other possible funding sources investigated. It is to be hoped that some sort of financial assistance can be found for few, including those who do not go to church, will want to see the roof fall in.


Bilton Conservation Group: Good news from BCG. One of the three vacant committee places has been filled and several volunteers have come forward to help with distribution of the newsletter. If you would like to help in any way please contact secretary Keith Wilkinson, tel 564708. The next big event is bulb planting some time in November, possibly in conjunction with Knox Valley Residents Association.


Brigantes Lacemakers: The next meeting is tomorrow, Saturday 25 at Bilton Community Centre 10am-3.30pm. During the day John Reeve with Simon will present Lacemaking and Waterways in Ireland and Simon will bring some supplies. Further information from Chairman Nancy Shaw on 01423 879206.


Craft Workshops: There is a workshop on Sunday, October 26 at Bilton Community Centre 10am-3.30pm, cost £25. To enquire further or book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913. Thursday workshops take place on November 6 and 27 between 7.15pm-9.15pm £10 each.


Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: There will be a Beetle Drive on Monday, October 27 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road at 10.30am.


Grove Road Methodist Church Network Fellowship: On Monday, October 27 Mr J Clough will describe the work of the Town Pastors and the following week, November 3 Rev. M Godfrey is the speaker and there will be lunch and a stall. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.


Bilton Men's Forum: Philip Tordoff MA (Cantab) FRCO will present Musical Memories on Tuesday, October 28. The following week, November 4, Mrs Ruth Nettleton will give a talk with slides on Tasmania. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre at 2pm starting with a cup of tea followed by the speakers at 2.30pm.


Wesley Guild: Rev Darren McLintock is the speaker at the Devotional meeting on Tuesday, October 28. The following week, November 4, is a cultural and social evening with Barry Bishop (RSBP) taking A Walk Round an English Village. Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 7.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.


Harrogate Horticultural and Pot Plant Society: At the meeting on Wednesday, October 29 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm Terry Frazier will give a talk with slides entitled Neptune's Coastline.


Bar Methodist Church Network: Peter and Audrey Kershaw are the speakers at the meeting on Thursday, October 30 at Bar Methodist Church at 2.30pm.


Tagg House Ladies: Tagg House Ladies will meet at Bilton Community Centre on Friday, October 31 at 2.30pm. Telephone 508771 for more details.


Remember Someone Special: Anyone who has lost a friend or loved one is invited to St John's Church on Sunday, November 2 at 6pm for a quiet memorial service of remembrance and thanksgiving.


Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild: India - The Highs and Lows by Mrs Jocelyn Brooks MBE is the title of the presentation on Monday, November 3 at Bar Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road at 2.30pm.


Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: The next Lunch Club is on Tuesday, November 4. Cost £3. To book a place contact Mrs Shirley Saville on 561250.


Bilton Ladies Forum: Tuesday, November 4 is Members Evening at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. This sounds like a good opportunity to find out more about this lively group which meets fortnightly. More details from Ivy, tel. 523504 or Ann tel. 521814.


Friends Of Bachelors Field: Everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting on Thursday, November 6 at Bilton Cricket Club at 7pm. Come and hear the latest news about the open space at the bottom of Bachelor Gardens.



Monday, October 06, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
Harvest At Richard Taylor
Last Friday I joined local residents at a harvest celebration at Richard Taylor School. We were looked after by individual pupils, including Hannah, Bethany and Samantha at my table, who showed us samples of their work and served us with a cup of tea and a scone. Entertainment was provided by a group of excellent dancers performing a dance on the theme of Harvest of the World; the choreography was arranged by the girls themselves. The 40 strong choir followed with a wonderful selection of songs sung beautifully. Before the distribution of harvest gifts Paul Tennyson, on behalf of all those present, thanked everyone who had contributed in any way to the success of the occasion.

Best In Harrogate
At the AGM of Pine Street Allotments Association, taking pride of place was the shield awarded by Harrogate in Bloom for best allotment site. The Association also received a gold award. This is the first time Pine Street has won the shield. Will it be the last? Not if the committee has its way. There are three blank spaces remaining on the shield and the aim is for the name of Pine Street to be engraved on them over the next three years. Neighbouring allotment sites, Northern Outfall and Unity Grove, were awarded silver gilt and silver respectively. No doubt these Associations have other ideas as to which name should appear in the blank spaces. For this year though, it is congratulations to Pine Street, the accolade is well deserved.

Thanks For Support
Margaret and friends at Bar Methodist Church would like to thank everyone who helped with and supported the recent Macmillan coffee morning. A magnificent £300 was raised.

Parish Harvest Supper
Food and fun, a variety of entertainment including live music will be available this evening, Friday October 10, at St. Luke's Church on Franklin Square, behind the original church on Kings Road, 7pm. All welcome.

Congratulations
Bilton Grange United Reformed Church is celebrating its 80th birthday this weekend with a Spud, Pud and Race Night tomorrow evening and a special service on Sunday October 12 at l0am.

Coffee Morning For Air Ambulance
This months St John's coffee morning is tomorrow, Saturday, October 11 in the Church Hall between l0am and noon. There will be a raffle, tombola and hot toasted teacakes. Admission 50p. Proceeds to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The organisers of the August coffee morning would like to thank all who supported it and helped raise £200 for the Children's Society.

Bilton Conservation Group
The Annual General Meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, October 11 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane 2pm. This will be followed by A Walk in the Park by David Metcalfe however, you do not need your hiking boots as it will all take place within the comfort of the Community Centre. Everyone is welcome but only members can vote at the AGM. There is no admission fee although a donation for refreshments would be appreciated.
Bilton Conservation Group is like a well oiled machine on which the community has come to depend but sooner or later the machine will need some new parts. Tomorrow is a good opportunity to provide some because there are three vacancies on the committee. BCG holds an abundance of knowledge on wildlife conservation, flora and fauna, local history, practical footpath and habitat maintenance, to name just a little of what it becomes involved with. There must be people who would love to tap into this wealth of experience. If you are one of them call secretary Keith Wilkinson now on 564708 and tell him you would like to be on the committee. Alternatively see him before the meeting tomorrow.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network Fellowship
On Monday, October 13 Ruth Boyes will give a presentation on PAT (Pets as Therapy) and the following week, October 20 I will be showing a selection of slides entitled Highlights of the Yorkshire Dales, Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
On Monday, October 13 Sylvia Iveson is the speaker with a presentation entitled Theatre. The meeting takes place at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, at the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road, at 10.30am.

Knox WI
David Newbould will present Painting with a Talk on Monday, October 13 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £2.

Bilton Men's Forum
Alan Scott will talk about My Life in Variety on Tuesday, October 14. The following week, October 21, Eric Biddulph will give a slide presentation The Karakoram Highway by Bike. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre at 2pm starting with a cup of tea with speakers at 2.30pm.

Wesley Guild
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? If you do, go along to the Wesley Guild on Tuesday, October 14 for a cultural and social quiz night. Winning a million is doubtful but an enjoyable evening is a certainty. The following week, October 21 is a Christian Service and Rev Richards Kayes with My New Book One Man And His God. Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 7.30pm.

Bilton WI
On Wednesday, October 15 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm Bernie Neillings will talk about The Life of a Court Bailiff.

Bar Methodist Church Network
Mandy Scott will be speaking about BelWick Grange at the meeting on Thursday, October 16 at Bar Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Stitch And Craft Group
What I found in my Aunty's Drawers will be described by Ann Brown at the meeting on Thursday, October 16 at Bilton Community Centre. The doors open at 7.15pm and the speaker starts at 8pm. Visitors and new members welcome.

Tagg House Ladies
There will be an afternoon of Poetry with Sylvia Pearson on Friday, October 17 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm. .

Community Coffee
The next coffee morning at Bilton Community Centre is on Saturday, October 18 - 10-11.30am. Raffle. Admission 50p. All proceeds to Community Centre.

Jumble Sale
There will be a jumble sale in St John's Church Hall on Saturday, October 18 at 2pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum
Join the Ladies with Manhunt on Tuesday, October 21 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Roy Cummings is the speaker. .

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The next lunch, cost £3, is on Wednesday, October 22. To book a place telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw on 523582. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Craft Workshops
There will be a Craft Workshop at Bilton Community Centre on Thursday, October 23, 7.15- 9.15pm, cost £10. To enquire about bookings telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913. The next full day Sunday Workshop is on October 26.

Date For The Diary
Bilton Historical Society Open Day at Bilton Cricket Club on October 25, 10am­4pm. Woodfield and Dene Park Community Centre Autumn Fair on October 25, 10.30am-12.30pm. Songs of Praise at St John's October 25, 3pm-5pm More details next time.

Monday, September 22, 2008
Bilton News
Well Grown: At a recent social event held by Pine Street Allotments a cheque of £500 was presented to John Bachelor and Anne Routledge of Harrogate and District Visual Impairment Centre. The money was raised at last months open day, one of the few occasions when the sun shone. People from near and far came to look round the gardens, buy the produce and take a chance on the tombola.
Trophies were also presented to Vic Lokie for the best plot, Ralph Dykes the best senior plot and Irene Meredith the best lady's plot.

Pensioners Plight: A group in Bilton has decided to face up to something that has been worrying it for some time but rarely spoken of in public - its future. It has a problem, one shared by other groups, and that is its aging membership. Many groups are made up largely of octogenarians. Nowadays the newly retired have a great range of activities from which to choose and they have not been choosing to join some established groups in sufficient numbers to keep them viable. Fashions change, perhaps it should be accepted that some groups are going to fade away; but is this a good thing? Not for the group members who may find themselves deprived of their main social event, good company and an excuse to leave the house. This is a Harrogate wide problem. In the foreseeable future, potentially, scores of elderly people may become much more lonely.

Can Anything Be Done?: The best remedy is an influx of new members. Perhaps a short but intense publicity campaign with the aim of increasing numbers to a viable level may be one option. Once recruited the question of how to retain members would need to be addressed; an attractive programme of events which they have helped to plan could help. Then there is the issue of transport, lack of it is the reason why many have to relinquish their membership so, transport requirements need to be identified then a way forward found. Who is going to do all this planning and publicising? I said I would help but other commitments prevent me from doing it on my own. If there is anyone else interested in finding a way to try and save some of these groups please contact me.
The groups I am interested in are those that are self supporting and not receiving help from the Coun assistance from salaried personnel like social workers, project workers/co-ordinators. However, advice, freely given, from any professionals in this field would be most welcome.

Tagg House Ladies: This is the group that has decided to face up to its future, or lack of it. It may have to close at Christmas. We hope it will not happen and are doing our best to stop it but we need more through the door so please come to the meeting today, Friday, September 26 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm when I will be talking about the history of Nidd. If you are reading this and it is too late for today then make a note of the next date, October 17; there will be reminder next time.

World's Biggest Coffee Morning: Taking part for Macmillan Cancer Care today, Friday, September 26, is Bar Methodist Church on Skipton Road between 10am and noon. There will be a raffle and cake and bring and buy stalls. Everyone is welcome. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Autumn Concert: A concert at St. John's Church takes place tomorrow, Saturday, September 27 at 7pm. Go along and hear our local talented musicians. Admission £3, children £1. Proceeds to the work of Frederico and Rosa Bascunan (SAMS) working in Bolivia.

Harvest Services At St. John's: There will be special harvest services on Sunday, September 28, the first being Holy Communion at 8am, then Parish Communion at 10am and a Harvest Celebration at 6pm.

Craft Workshops: The next Craft Workshop at Bilton Community Centre is on Sunday, September 28 between 10am-3.30pm. Cost £25, tea/coffee included but bring your own lunch. To find out if there are places telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913. At the same time you could enquire about the next Thursday Workshop on October 2 between 7.15-9.15pm cost £10.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network Fellowship: Meetings take place each Monday afternoon at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm. On September 29 the title is CHAT. There will also be lunch and a stall. The following week, October 6 Mr A Jewitt will talk about Leeds District Children's Holiday Scheme. Telephone 567288 for further details.

Bilton Men's Forum: An afternoon of talk and music is on offer when John Wallis presents Variety Wartime at the meeting on Tuesday, September 30. The following week Peter Dransfield, MBE will have More of Switzerland with the help of his slides. Meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm.

Wesley Guild: Meetings take place on a Tuesday evening at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 7.30pm. On September 30 there will be a Christian Service and Rev. Catherine Askew speaking on My Reflections on Working in Calcutta with Mother Teresa. The following week, October 7 is a Devotional meeting with Rev. Lee Wassell.

Bilton Historical Society: The Winter series of lectures starts on Wednesday, October 1 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm with 2000 Years of walking in the Dales by Angela Henson. Admission £1. The Society study groups meets every Tuesday morning at Bilton Community Centre from 9.30am. Anyone is welcome to drop in, there is no charge but the cup of tea is 50p.

Bar Methodist Church Network: Meetings take place fortnightly on a Thursday afternoon at Bar Methodist Church at 2.30pm. On October 2 Rev. Dr Roberta Topham is the speaker. Further details from the secretary, tel. 886438.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild: At the meeting at Bar Methodist Church Hall on Monday, October 6 at 2.30pm I will be presenting Yorkshire Year - From Harvest to Harvest. Hopefully, this will complement the Harvest Stall also at the meeting. Please note that this is a change from the published programme.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: To book a lunch on Tuesday, October 7, cost £3, telephone Mrs Shirley Saville on 561250.

Bilton Ladies Forum: On Tuesday, October 7 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm Miss Tina Holroyd will give a presentation on St. Michael's Hospice.

Community Centre Lunch Club: To book a place at the next lunch, £3, on Wednesday, October 8 at Bilton Community Centre telephone Mrs Shirley Anderson on 567939.

Kaleidoscope Ladies Club: Sarah Molyneux will give a presentation on Cross Stitch on Wednesday, October 8 at 7.45 at Bilton Community Centre.

Dates For The Diary: Parish Harvest Supper at St Luke's Church on Friday, October 10 7pm. Bilton Conservation Group AGM and slide talk Saturday, October 11 Community Centre 2.15pm. Bilton Grange United Reformed Church 80th birthday, October 11 and 12. More details next time.
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Monday, September 08, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton Gala: At the recent AGM those present received an explanation of the accounts and financial position, which is sound; details of attractions already booked for 2009 and suggestions on possible local good causes to be considered for a grant. A meeting with the Police Service will take place to ascertain whether any support can be expected next year; an opinion was expressed that if a standard CSO patrol had been scheduled for the end of proceedings in 2008 it may have deterred the small number of youths from causing upset and damage.
Views on the new parade route were sought and there was general agreement that it would be a great morale booster if more people could be persuaded to watch it on Fountains Avenue. Has anyone any ideas how this could be achieved? Remaining attractions will have to be booked very soon so, if you have ideas and not told anyone about them you will have to be quick.
The preferred method of communication is via the web: www.biltongala.org.uk but if this is not for you a telephone call to Chairman, Stuart Frost on 01423 509113 will suffice.

Friends Of Bachelor's Field: The recent meeting was very positive and everyone left feeling things were really about to happen. The essential background work on matters such as a constitution and policy is almost complete and there is optimism that a full complement of officers will be in place very soon.
Knox Valley Residents Association has expressed a desire to work with the Friends and will make a donation, possibly for the purpose of producing a newsletter. Bilton Gala has indicated it would look favourably on a grant and £50 has been offered by an individual. Richard Taylor School has expressed an interest in erecting bat boxes.
Harrogate Council's winter maintenance programme includes clearing brambles and other invasive shrubs, tree safety work and the creation of a shallow wetland area as part of drainage improvement work.
Sub groups have been established to deal with finance, planning, working parties, school liaison and PR. If you would like to get involved telephone chairman, Eric Wright on 01423 567505.

Tagg House Ladies: The first meeting of the season is today, Friday, September 12, at Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm. I will be opening proceedings with one of my slide presentations Yorkshire Travels. The group meets fortnightly for a varied programme of entertainment. New members and visitors welcome.

Coffee Morning: The next St. John's Coffee Morning in the Church Hall is tomorrow, Saturday, September 13 10am-noon. There will be a raffle, tombola and home made cakes. Admission 50p to include tea/coffee and biscuits.

Bilton Men's Forum: At the meeting on Tuesday, September 16 Comic Monologues will be presented by Mrs Beryl Jenkins, with an emphasis on Bernard Miles and Pam Ayres. The following week, September 23, Phil Willis, MP will give a non-political talk entitled Life at Westminster. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm followed by the speaker at 2.30pm.

Wesley Guild: The opening night on Tuesday, September 16 is a devotional meeting led by Rev. Dr. Roberta Topham. The following week, September 30 is a cultural-social/open meeting with Andrew Johnson and Classics Matter. Both events take place at Bar Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Further information from secretary, Miss J Daly on 505237.

Bilton WI: Fr Tony Callan-Travis will present Faith and Humour at Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, September 17 at 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome. More details from Gail Peckett 01423 886416.

Stitch and Craft Group: It's a Work Night on Thursday, September 18 at Bilton Community Centre. Doors open 7.15pm. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the group. Take along a piece of craft to work on whilst chatting over a coffee with like minded people. For more information contact Pauline Cadogan 01423 507617 or Elsie Moorhouse 01423 569123.

Community Coffee: There will be a coffee morning on Saturday, September 20 at Bilton Community Centre 10am-11.30am. Admission 50p. Raffle. Everyone welcome. Proceeds to Community Centre.

Bring and Buy: Bilton Grange United Reformed Church Ladies Fellowship is holding a bring and buy on Monday, September 22 at 10am. Proceeds are for the Mikoroshoni School in Kenya. For further information telephone 503221. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network Fellowship: Mrs I Berson is the speaker at the meeting on Monday, September 22 at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum: Rev. Caroline Falkingham presents Tongue in Cheek at the meeting on Tuesday, September 23 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane 7.30pm. There will also be a Harvest Stall.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: If you would like a delicious lunch for just £3 on Wednesday, September 24 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road then telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw on 523582 to book a place. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Harrogate Horticultural and Pot Plant Society: The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 24 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a faith supper and a chance to chat and find out about the group.
Several people thought last Saturdays flower show would have to be cancelled after the prolonged torrential downpour but no way. The sanity of some individuals gathering dahlias in the pouring rain was questioned but the result was worth it. The Community Centre looked lovely with the colourful blooms and pot plants on two sides, delicious looking baking on another and vegetables in the middle Janet Smith made a clean sweep by winning all three trophies, most points for baking and preserves, flowers and vegetables.

Advance Notice: The World's Biggest Coffee Morning, the annual event raising funds for MacMillan Cancer Care, is on September 26. Bar Methodist Church on Skipton Road will be holding an event between 10am and noon. There will be a cake stall. bring and buy, plus a raffle. Everyone is welcome, so make a note in the diary now to go along and support this worthwhile cause.

Monday, August 11, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
Harrogate And District Allotment Show
The Show is on Sunday, August 17 from 11am-4.30pm at the Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens and admission is free. Fund raising is taking place for the Young Carers Team at Carers Resource. There will be lots of stalls including locally grown produce and plants, cakes and preserves, books, honey and smoothies, as well as a gardeners advice stall, the Cone Exchange, raffle, tombola, competitions, kids corner, Dixieland Jazz Quartet and refreshments. There will probably be several local gardeners exhibiting and all our local allotment sites, Northern Outfall, Unity and Pine Street will be hoping to be the best site in Harrogate District. Go along and see how they get on and support a really good cause at the same time.

Pine Street Allotments
It was good to see so many people at the recent Open Day including the deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate, Coun Morris and Mrs Lightfoot, and representatives and guide dogs from Harrogate and District Society Visual Impairment Centre, the charity to benefit from the fund raising. A cheque will be presented at a forthcoming social event and the final amount will be announced then, but its looking good.

Model Railway Exhibition
On Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church 10am- 4pm is the popular Model Railway Exhibition celebrating its tenth year. There is something for all the family with a Kiddies Corner and Thomas the Tank Engine, also dolls houses. Refreshments will be available all day. Admission £2.50 adults, £1 children. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. The 201 and 202 buses stop close by on Kings Road.

Bilton Gala
The Annual General Meeting of Bilton Gala will take place on Wednesday, August 27 at The Granary, Knox Arms, Knox Lane at 8pm. Please feel free to attend if you have an interest in the Gala or wish to contribute ideas towards next years event. The Gala committee invites local, Bilton based organisations and good causes to submit requests for a donation from the proceeds of the 2008 Gala. If you think your organisation or good cause would benefit from a grant please contact the committee in the first instance via the website: www.biltongala.org.uk
A start has already been made on preparations for the 2009 event. The theme will be Britain Through the Ages. The parade was spectacular this year but the aim is to make it even better next year. All local groups and businesses are encouraged to take part; if you are tempted to enter a float please contact the committee through the website. Although still many months away companies such as Hewden and Blakedale are already confirmed and La Classique Majorettes will also be returning.

We Are Curious
A few months ago a seat appeared in the field between Willow Wood and the Viaduct with a plaque In Loving Memory of Ernie Booth. A Dear Husband and Father. There was no publicity and no fuss. The path through the grass to the seat indicates that many are enjoying resting there whilst admiring the view across the valley of the Oak Beck to Spruisty and the hills of Upper Nidderdale beyond. Who was Ernie Booth? Many people have asked but the answer has yet to come to light. If you knew of him and can help please let me know.

New Park Mirror
Another fascinating edition of New Park Mirror was recently delivered. This is the newsletter of New Park Heritage Centre based at New Park School. The Centre, which is in the old outside toilet block, will soon be boasting a fine new sign thanks to the generosity of the School. This edition tells of the New Park grandparents of Barbara Taylor Bradford and discovers that a son of a gasworks railway driver was called Harry Potter. There are snippets from the earliest school log book plus some old photographs of the gas works railway and a not so old photograph of the off licence on Skipton Road where new dwellings now stand. It is another good read.

Local Development Framework
The last day for responses to the latest consultation is Friday, August 22. The LDF team is seeking to establish the areas of growth around Harrogate and Knaresborough up to 2021. In the main the preference of Harrogate Council is currently for development towards the west of town but there is nothing fixed yet and this could change; development anywhere has knock on effects on such things as traffic flow so do not fall into the trap of thinking this has nothing to do with us. To find out more telephone 01423 556586 or visit one of the libraries, council offices or website: www.harrogate.gov.uk/harrogate-3161

Bilton Historical Society
A quiet time for most groups has been a busy one for the Historical Society which has continued to meet every Tuesday morning to finalise its most recent project Forest, Farms and Families. We can look forward to an Open Day and publication in the not too distant future. The recent walk was a huge success. A leisurely stroll along the disused railway track, through Centenary and Jubilee Woods, Bachelors Field and a not so leisurely sprint up the hill in the rain to St John's gave us chance to discuss Bilton past, present and future. It became apparent that much of what we saw was as a result of voluntary effort over the past three decades: the planting of wildflowers and shrubs along the railway track and the young trees of Jubilee and Centenary Woods now emerging from their protective shields are just a couple of examples. We saw the work of Sustrans on the viaduct in preparation for the Bilton Ripley Cycle Track but learned that there were still unresolved difficulties beyond the viaduct meaning it will still be a while before Ripley can be reached by that route. We discussed the potential and history of Bachelors Field, but more about that next time.
Newsletter 51 has also been completed. It contains news about what the Society has been doing, snippets of history, then and now photographs and an old one for you to identify the location, more about burials in the churchyard and future plans at St John's, again more of which later. For further information about Bilton Historical Society call into Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, any Tuesday morning from 9.30am or visit the website:www.harrogate.co.uklbiltonhistoryl

Monday, July 28, 2008
Bilton News
Jumble Sale: There will be a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, August 2 at St. John's Church Hall at 2pm. All welcome.

Pine Street Allotments - Open Day: This year's Open Day is on Sunday, August 3 between 11am - 2pm. Coun Morris and Mrs Lightfoot, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate, will be in attendance as will Chris Powell, MBE from the very popular Cone Exchange. This is an opportunity to walk round the beautifully tended site, chat with plot holders and admire the vegetables, fruit and flowers they have grown. Not only that, you can buy some of the produce. In addition to the vegetables there will be a selection of stalls including jams and chutneys, plants, garden equipment, bric-a-brac, cakes, Recycle Cone Exchange and a tombola. Funds are being raised for the Harrogate and District Visual Impairment Centre and some of the staff will be in attendance.
The 201 bus runs half hourly from Harrogate Bus Station and stops on Rawson Street close to the allotment site, however anyone using the bus from the Dene Park area will need to alight on King Edwards Drive.

Annual Historical Society Walk: Visitors are welcome to join members and friends of Bilton Historical Society on its annual walk on Wednesday, August 6. Meet at the car park at Bilton Junction, Bilton Lane at 7pm for a walk of approximately two miles.
Places mentioned in the ne.ws over the past few months, like Nidd Viaduct, Bachelors Field and Jubilee Wood will be visited as well as Bachelor Gardens and Crab Lane to see some of the older buildings. The walk will end at St. John's Church where it will be possible to see the war graves in the church yard. Those with cars parked at Bilton Junction will return to them by walking down Bilton Lane, others will make their way home from the church.
Terrain will be varied as field paths, as well as pavements, will be used. Footwear suitable for wet and muddy conditions should be worn. I will be leading the walk so please contact me if you require further information.

Thanks for Support: Charlotte Thompson of Girls Going to Ghana would like to thank those who helped and supported the recent coffee morning. A wonderful £358 was raised. It was a real success and everyone enjoyed themselves. There will be another coffee morning in January so watch this space.

Craft Workshops - August Dates: The workshops in parchment craft and rubber stamping with Anne and Caroline at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane take place on Thursday, August 7 and 21 between 7.15-9.15pm and cost £10 per session; and Sunday, August 24, 10am ­3.30pm with half an hour for lunch (bring your own but tea/coffee provided) £25. For further details or to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

St John's Coffee Morning: The next coffee morning is on Saturday, August 9 at St John's Church Hall 10am­noon. Proceeds are in aid of the Children's Society and everyone is welcome. There will be a raffle, tombola and cake stall. Admission 50p.

Friends Of Bachelors Field: At the last meeting of the Friends it was strongly agreed that the area should not become a park with flower beds and formality and should remain as natural as possible. A question was asked as to whether Bachelors Field was to be a wildlife centre or facility for people. Generally, most people felt that, with appropriate management, it could be both and a start in this direction has already been made with the purchase of six bird boxes and the mowing of an area of grass for children to play on.
Already though it is apparent that long neglected agricultural land cannot be transformed into a children's play area by simply mowing the rough grass; brambles cut down in winter grow again in summer; paths disintegrate in heavy rain if not constructed to an adequate standard and trees blow down and block the paths in strong winds. To maintain a rural appearance in a semi-urban locality, provide habitats for wildlife, adequate access for people and a play area for children, doing nothing is not an option. Imagination and money will be needed. Eric Wright and his team, with the help of Harrogate Council, recognise this and are on the case working to make Bachelors Field an area to be proud of. If you would like to help, contact Eric on 567505 or email eric.wrightl@ntlworld.com
If you would like to visit Bachelors Field why not join me and Bilton Historical Society members on the walk mentioned above.

Spruisty Bridge Open Space: It cannot have escaped the notice of the many people who walk, cycle and ride horses down Knox Lane and over Spruisty Bridge that Harrogate Council has not cut the grass between the path and Oak Beck this year. The area has long been attractive, enhancing the bridge which is one of our precious listed buildings, but now it is a mess. The school holidays are upon us and the parents/grandparents who take children to play on the grass, paddle in the beck, fish with their nets and watch out for kingfishers and other wildlife are going to be very disappointed. It is now only possible for dogs to use the grass and their excrement is not always being cleared away, causing more concern. Knox Valley Residents Association has been in contact with Harrogate Borough Council to try and resolve this issue. If you agree that the area is unsightly and almost unusable perhaps you would like to do the same.

Bilton Gala: This is a very early notice of the AGM on Wednesday, August 27 at The Granary, Knox Arms, Knox Lane at 8pm. Because the Gala is the premier family event in Bilton, and because lots of families are on holiday in August it has been decided to advise people now to give them chance to express their ideas for the 2009 Gala even if they are away at the month end. There will be another reminder next time plus more news on the Gala but if you are likely to be away at AGM time, have some thoughts for next year or are considering getting involved please contact the committee via the website www.biltongala.org.uk

Monday, July 14, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
New Name
At its recent meeting, the Friends Group of the Bachelor Gardens Open Space decided to change the name of the open space to Bachelors Field. At the consultation stage the name, Bachelor Gardens, received the greatest number of votes, 27 per cent of the total cast; however, it was agreed, even by some of those who originally voted for Bachelor Gardens, that the name was unsuitable because of confusion distinguishing between the open space and street of the same name. It was felt that the open space needed its own identity and it now has one - Bachelors Field.

Friends Of Bachelors Field
A committee is being formed under the chairmanship of Eric Wright. On the committee, and within the Friends wider group, there are people with experience of managing land as well as those without but who are willing to learn and roll up their sleeves when the opportunity arises. There is an immediate need for a treasurer. Initially, counting the cash will not take up any time as the Group does not have any but, hopefully, the treasurer will be able to alter that. The usual bookkeeping/financial background is desirable and in addition the person appointed should be keen to raise money through the National Lottery, for example, with the help and advice of Harrogate Council. The Council has very limited financial resources and is restricted in ways it is allowed to raise money but a suitably constituted Friends Group will be able to apply for grants not available to the Council. As it could be some time before money starts to flow activity on Bachelors Field, in the short term, is restricted to cutting areas of grass in summer, the clearance of some brambles in autumn and some improvement to the paths. This work will be carried out by Harrogate Council Parks Department More news about Friends of Bachelors Field will appear next time but anyone needing information now or desiring to get involved, especially a potential treasurer, please contact Eric Wright, telephone 567505 or email eric.wright1@ntlworld.com

Community Coffee
There is a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, July 19 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane between l0-11.30am. Admission is 50p to include coffee. There will also be a raffle. Proceeds to Community Centre. Everyone welcome.

Craft Workshops
If you love crafts, classes in parchment craft and rubber stamping held at Bilton Community Centre may be just what you are looking for. The next is on Thursday, July 24 - 7.15-9.15pm, cost £10. There will be a full day class on Sunday, July 27 between 10am and 3.30pm, cost £25. Bring your own sandwiches for the half hour lunch break on the Sunday course, tea/coffee is provided. Telephone Anne or Caroline on 01423 501486 or 07973 856913 for more details or to book a place.

Brigantes Lacemakers
The next meeting will be on Saturday, July 26 at Bilton Community Centre. New members and visitors are always welcome to these full day events which take place on the last Saturday of the month. Telephone chairman, Nancy Shaw, on 01423 879206 for further information.

Songs of Praise
The next Songs of Praise at St John's Church Hall will be on Saturday, July 26 between 3-5pm with an afternoon tea served half way through. A really warm welcome awaits. To request a hymn telephone Linda Williams on 522828 by Sunday, July 20. If you need a lift to the event contact Linda before Friday July 25.

Bilton Youth Centre
With the school holidays almost upon us this would be a good time to check out the summer activities at Bilton Youth Centre on Bilton Lane. Telephone 0845 3002417 to find out more.

Bilton Library
The National Year of Reading continues in July with the theme Rhythm and Rhyme so look out for poetry and music. Story times for under fives will be held at all libraries with lots of rhyming fun. Storyteller, Joe Collins will be visiting Bilton during the morning of Wednesday, July 30. The Summer Reading Challenge, this year named Team Read, has a sports theme and a range of sporty activities. Hopefully, sporting medals will be in the news at the forthcoming Olympic Games but there is no need to miss out on winning a medal for yourself. All you have to do is read six books and collect stickers. Sorry adults, this is for children only. Pop into the library on Bilton Lane for more details of the above and other library services and events.

Local Development Framework
The latest public consultations on matters affecting development up to 2021 is now underway. It concerns the Harrogate and Knaresborough Urban Extension Study ­Volume 2 which covers biodiversity, landscape, green belt, green wedge, traffic, travel and accessibility assessments. All responses must be with Harrogate Council by August 22. Documents can be viewed at main Council Offices, libraries or the website: www.harrogate.gov.uk/harrogate-3161. If these options are unsuitable
telephone the LDF Team for more advice on 01423 556586 or 556584.
If you care about where you live as well as Harrogate District as a whole then it is worth taking a look. Once this chance to make your views known is past it may be too late to influence decisions on matters that are important to you.

Killinghall Open Gardens Day
Killinghall does not normally come under my remit but, by special request of several Bilton people seen at the Garden Open Garden Day just over a couple of weeks ago. I mention it this time. Several lovely, private gardens were open to the public, raising funds for various local causes. We had a wonderful day and, as well as admiring the gardens, were treated to a feast of fine food. We all hope the event was a success and that it can be repeated in the future.

Date For The Diary
Jumble Sale at St John's Church Hall on August 2 at 2pm. For collection ring 508952.

Advance Notice
The popular Pine Street Allotment Site Open Day and sale of produce for charity will take place on Sunday, August 3 from 11am. More details next time.

Bilton News
Bilton News will not be taking a break and will continue to appear at fortnightly intervals. August is traditionally a quiet month for news so if you are doing something special as an individual or would like people to know more about your organisation than can usually be included in the winter months then do get in touch.

Monday, June 30, 2008
Bilton News
Garden Party and Family Fun Day: Tomorrow, Saturday, July 5 it's all go at St. John's Church between 10.30am and 2.30pm as one of the big events of the year comes around - the garden party. Attractions include a bookstall, home preserves, cake stall, fairtrade stall, Phoenix greetings cards, face painting and hair braiding, children's play area and crafts, smash a plate, coconut shy, a martial arts display plus lots more. Light lunches and refreshments will be served throughout. Go along and enjoy the fun.

Race Night for Candlelighters: Bilton Working Men's Club on Skipton Road is holding a race night on Sunday, July 6 at 7pm. All the money raised will go to the children's charity Candlelighters. For more information, or to make a donation, call Wendy on 01423 540518.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild: The meeting on Monday, July 7 at Bar Methodist Church Hall at 2.30pm is a Members Afternoon with a stall: Flour/Flower. Visitors are welcome, this sounds like a really good opportunity to find out more about the group. Bar Methodist Church is on Skipton Road but there is parking at the rear off Bar Place There is no meeting in August but the ladies will be back on September 1.

Golden Girls: The support group for anyone affected by a gynaecology cancer meets on the second Thursday each month at Harrogate Fire Station on Skipton Road. The next meeting is on July 10 at 7.30pm. The aim of the group is to provide help and emotional support, arrange fundraising events, have meals out, listen to speakers and lots more. Therapeutic and pamper sessions are to be arranged. Drop in or telephone 01423 555732 for more information.

Craft Workshops: The timetable for the last half of 2008 is now available from Anne and Caroline. Telephone them on 01423 501486 or 07973 856913. The classes in parchment craft and rubber stamping take place at Bilton Community Centre. There is a full day, Sunday class once a month, cost £25, and Thursday evening classes approximately every two weeks at £10 per session, or six for the price of five if booked and paid for in advance. The next Thursday class is July 10, 7.15pm-9.15pm. Telephone to book a place.

Jumble Sale: Pick up a bargain at the jumble sale on Saturday, July 12 at 11am at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, on the corner of Skipton Road and Woodfield Road Admission 20p.

Ticket Collector: Graham Cornish collects railway tickets, not just old, antique railway tickets but the one you may still have in your pocket from your journey today. So, don't throw your railway tickets away, take them or send them to Graham at 33 Mayfield Road and they will find a very good home.

Girls Going to Ghana: The girls going to Ghana are Louise Cole and Charlotte Thompson and they need to raise £2,500 to get there. So far they have raised £830 and would like to thank everyone who supported them in the Nidderdale Walk. The reason they are going to Ghana is to help children overseas.
Charlotte has wanted to do this for some time but found it difficult locating an option suitable for her. Then she found that Louise wanted to do the same thing and they both discovered a family run organisation Friends of Ghana, which was able to use their respective skills. In March/April next year they will travel to Abura in Western Ghana for two weeks to be volunteers.
Friends of Ghana is the brain child of Philip Waterworth who spent two years teaching construction in Abura whilst on leave from York College. He returned to York but continued to work in Abura and has, so far, built a school and a local creche accommodating 240 babies. Louise, an ex school teacher, will be redesigning the school syllabus, Charlotte will help out in the creche and they will both help build a toilet block with some of the money they have raised. If you would like to know how you can help them email charlottelouise@friendsofghana.org.uk or visit www.friendsofghana.org. uk

Coffee Morning: The Girls Going to Ghana are having a coffee morning on Saturday, July 12 in St. John's Church Hall between Warn and noon. There will be a cake stall, lucky dip, tombola, chocolate hamper raffle and a bottle bonanza; the latter is type of lucky dip where the bottle you choose may be full of water or something stronger. Admission is 50pi and includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Go and meet the Girls, help them raise the cash and enjoy yourself at the same time.

Knox WI: To find out What I Found in Auntie's Drawers by Ann Brown you will need to go along to the meeting on Monday, July 14 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm, visitors are welcome £2. A hectic August, with Ripley Show and a walk, is planned then a return to Dene Park on September 6. Further details from secretary Margaret Powell, 01423 566310.

Bilton WI: Fade to Black (Politics on TV) is the title of the talk by Geoff Druett at the meeting on Wednesday, July 16 at Bilton Community Centre. Visitors are welcome. The ladies will be working hard at Ripley Show in August then enjoying an outing before returning to the Community Centre in September. Telephone President, Gail Peckett, 01423 886416 for further information.

Strawberry Tea: You are invited to a strawberry tea at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road on Thursday, July 17 between 3.30pm and 5pm. Admission £3.00. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Stitch and Craft Group: On Thursday, July 17 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, Alison Braine will give a presentation on Bead Figures. Doors are open 7.15pm, the speaker is at 8pm. There is no meeting in August but the group will be back in September. 01423 507617 to find out more.

St John's Playgroup: The playgroup takes place Monday and Friday 9.15am-11.15am and Tuesday and Thursday 12.30pm-3pm during term time. A waiting list has been opened for children born from September 2006. Telephone 506152 (term time) for more details.

Monday, May 19, 2008
Bilton News
Congratulations: Congratulations to Bilton Councillor, Morris Lightfoot and his wife Gill who are to be Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate for the coming year. We are looking forward to seeing Morris chair the Community Centre AGM wearing all the regalia.

Community Coffee: A coffee morning will be held tomorrow, Saturday, May 24 at Bilton Community Centre between 10am-11.30am. Everyone welcome. All proceeds to Community Centre.

Harrogate BSAC: This organisation deserves a mention in Bilton News because it supported the Bilton Gala parade by entering a float. Enquiries revealed that BSAC stands for British Sub Aqua Club. This is a national organisation and Harrogate Branch is one of the oldest being one of the originals. The Club meets at the Hydro Pool on Thursday evening between 8pm-9pm. Anyone interested is welcome to go along and find out what happens or, alternatively, telephone 01423 734810 for more information.

Bilton Gala: It seems to be generally agreed that the Gala was a good one this year. Once the administration is concluded, hopefully, the committee will be able to take a well earned break before starting detailed plans for 2009. Whilst memories are fresh it is a good time to reflect on what went well this year, what did not and how successful the new arrangements for the parade were. If you have any constructive thoughts on these or any other matters please let me know and I will pass them on.
Approximately 8000 people had a great day out so it was disappointing to hear that a small group of youths had stamped on one of the fences causing damage of £150. Another small group hurled verbal abuse at the volunteers who were clearing the field making it ready for use by Richard Taylor School the following day. What could have prevented these youths from spoiling an excellent occasion? A visible police patrol at the end of the day, perhaps?

Old Crocks Wanted: Preferably the pottery kind for a smash-a-plate stall at St. John's Garden Party in July. Please ring Susan King on 523238 if you can help. She will collect.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: To find out if there is time to book a great lunch for £2.50 on Tuesday, May 27 telephone Mrs Shirley Saville 561250. Bar Methodist Church is on Skipton Road but there is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Ladies Forum: The last indoor meeting before the summer break and outing is on Tuesday, May 27 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. The speaker is Clare Fitzgibbon with a presentation entitled Sunshine and Shadows. It sounds a bit like a British summer but if you want to know what it is really about then you will need to go along.

New Park Mirror: Always a welcome delivery and issue 16 is no exception. This is the newsletter of the New Park Heritage Centre based at New Park School and it contains old photographs, reminiscences and information from the log book of the School. There is a reminder that the new Hydro Pool is 10 years old; there is a photograph of the Focus store currently under construction showing that change is constantly taking place and, to illustrate just how much, it contains a long list of local retailers and businesses operating in 1939. A fascinating read. For more information about New Park Heritage Centre contact New Park School.

Bilton Conservation Group: Another newsletter through the letter box recently was that of Bilton Conservation Group. It contains a series of photographs taken earlier this year showing frog spawn, crocuses, a heavy fall of snow, group volunteers working on footpaths and planting new trees, plus a very unusual carved stone found in the River Nidd. There is an article about strange organisms in the garden, an update on Local Development Framework, other current news and a list of forthcoming events.
Secretary, Keith Wilkinson, would like to thank the volunteers who came forward after his last appeal and asks if there is any more support out there. Harrogate Council continues to research various matters concerning footpath routes and surface specifications and when this is complete it will be all systems go in the Nidd Gorge to resume outstanding work by the riverside. BCG is always striving to improve footpaths but regular walkers will have seen what the winter weather has done to some of the paths and will know that bringing them back to even the standard of last year will be quite an achievement. So, if you would like to help when the Group gets the green light telephone Keith on 01423 564708 or email
keith2niddgorge@talktalk.net

Tagg House Ladies: Keith Wilkinson will be giving a talk with slides at the meeting of Tagg House Ladies on Friday, May 30 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild: On Monday, June 2 at Bar Methodist Church Hall 2.30pm John Broadberry will give a presentation entitled Specsavers - Vision Aid Overseas - Ethiopia. If you have any old spectacles no longer of use take them along to the meeting or drop them in to Specsavers on Beulah Street; they will be used to help those in countries where eye care is hard to access for many.

Friends Of Bachelor Gardens (Open Space): An initial meeting will take place on Thursday, June 5 at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane at 7pm. Harrogate Council will run this meeting with a view that future, meetings will be run by an established committee with a representative from the Council in attendance. Apart from the election of a committee other items for discussion will include grass cutting, benches, dog waste bins, brambles, hedges, tree planting, position of kick about area and development of a master/forward plan. The Council would like as many people as possible to attend. The meeting will last no longer than two hours.

Thanks For Support: The Bilton Grange United Reformed Church Ladies Fellowship would like to thank everyone who supported the recent coffee morning which raised over £240 for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Bilton News
Blast Off - Coffee And Car Wash: Tomorrow, Saturday, May 10 between 10am and noon there will be a coffee morning and car wash at St. John's Church Hall. There will also be a raffle, tombola, cakes, biscuits and paninis. Admission 50p including coffee and biscuits. Blast Off is St. John's Youth Group. It holds a coffee morning every year to raise funds for a young person named Trouble Milazi who lives in Malawi. Trouble will now be 13 years old and the Group has been sponsoring him for several years. Support these young people, they deserve it, and get your car washed whilst enjoying a coffee and a chat. It sounds like a good deal.

Knox Valley Residents Association: At the recent AGM chairman, George Tickle, gave an update on the newsletter previously delivered to all houses in the locality. Nidd Viaduct now has a tarmac base in readiness for the Bilton Ripley Cycle Way however, the opening of this is still some way off as there is more work to do on the viaduct, including the addition of railings, and a research group is about to start work on the track beyond the viaduct assessing the current wildlife situation.
Concern was expressed that four fallen trees were impeding the flow of Oak Beck as debris was building up behind them. The Environment Agency will deal with this, hopefully before the next heavy rains as the presence of the trees can only make the area near the beck more prone to flooding than it already is.
The problem of how to allow wheelchair access to open space like Knox Country Park and Bachelor Gardens and yet prevent access by motor bikes was discussed but no solution found. Parked vehicles around the triangle at the junction of Crab Lane, Knox Lane and Bachelor Gardens was causing difficulties for some, it was also pointed out that finger posts on the Harrogate Ringway had recently gone missing; these matters to be referred to the Highway Authority.
A committee and officers were elected to continue the work of monitoring planning applications, attending various meetings including Local Development Framework, Community Police, Nidd Gorge Advisory Partnership; working with Bilton Conservation Group and dealing with other matters as they arose. To join the Knox Valley Residents Association send a donation of £1 to the Treasurer, 16 Old Trough Way. This does not commit you to anything but registers your support for the work of the group.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: On Monday, May 12 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am I will be showing slides from my Harrogate Collection of the town in 1992. Has it changed? Come along and find out. The last meeting before the summer break is the AGM on June 9. Further details tel. 503221.

Grove Road Network: The season is brought to a close with the Annual General Meeting and lunch on Monday, May 12 at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm. The following week is a full day outing. For further information about Network telephone 567288.

Bilton Grange Townswomens Guild: Sarah Molyneux from The Stitchers Garden will give a presentation on The History of Samplers. There will also be a stall with the theme Spring Clean. The meeting takes place at Bar Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road on Monday, May 12 at 2.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Knox WI: Member's Evening on Monday, May 12 at Dene Park Community Centre 7.30pm. should be a good opportunity to find out more about this branch of the WI. Visitors welcome £2.

Bilton Ladies Forum: Miss Joan Newbould will describe A River Journey at the meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Ring Ivy 523504 or Ann 521814 for more details.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: Dates for this month are Wednesday, May 14, telephone 523582 to book, and Tuesday, May 27, bookings tel. 561250. An excellent lunch for just £2.50.

Kaleidoscope Ladies Club: On Wednesday, May 14 at Bilton Community Centre 7.45pm the ladies will be enjoying a social evening with quiz and supper. Guests are welcome. Telephone Maureen Asher 870440 for more information.

Stitch And Craft Group: Katie Chaplin will give a presentation Painting on Silk on Thursday, May 15 at Bilton Community Centre. Doors open 7.15-10pm, the speaker is at 8pm. Visitors welcome.

Tagg House Ladies: The Annual General Meeting and Fund Raiser will take place on Friday, May 16 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 2.30pm. If more information is needed telephone Edie 560334.

Jumble Sale: There will be a jumble sale in St. John's Church Hall on Saturday, May 17 at 2pm. For collection ring 567221 or 524351.

Ceilidh For Malawian School: Reader may recall reading about Rosy Jones in the Harrogate Advertiser a few weeks ago. The popular Richard Taylor School teacher has recently returned from a year working in Malawi. Now she is raising money for Ngonoonda School to pay for a block of new classrooms. As part of this endeavour there will be a ceilidh at Richard Taylor School on May 17 For more information call Rosy on 01423 887284 or email rosy_jones@fsmail.net

Bilton WI: I did it for Kicks is the title of the talk by ex Tiller Girl, Pam Harcourt at the meeting on Wednesday, May 21 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

Craft Workshops: There will be workshops in parchment craft at Bilton Community Centre on Thursday, May 22 7.15-9.15pm £10 and Sunday May 25 10am-3pm £25. More details, or to book a place, telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Monday, April 28, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton Gala: It is not often the UK's Number 1 stuntman, Jez Avery, is in Bilton but he will be on Monday, May 5, jumping over cars and people on his motor bike and BMX and, if that is not enough, there will be vultures swooping around too. The two are connected, but you need not worry, they both form part of the entertainment on offer at Bilton Gala. A full list of events will be handed out to people on entry, here is a short preview; Bedale Brass Band, Le Classiques Majorettes, maypole dancing, a donkey sanctuary, exotic pets, bird of prey display, a huge army display including climbing tower, obstacle course and paintball rifle range.
For the children there will be a Find Billowby competition, bouncy castles, slides, bungee trampolines, go carts, a steam train, Punch and Judy, face painting, a fairground and much more. Strictly for the over eighteens, and for the first time at Bilton Gala, the Black Swan from Burn Bridge is providing a licensed marquee in the bottom field complete with its own security staff.
The parade starts at 12.30pm from Meadowcroft and will be led by Gala Queen, 10 year old Alice McAvoy and her attendants Georgina Webb and Jess Breeze. Bedale Brass Band will follow closely and after them a multitude of others including Asda, Hewden, Blakedale, Harrogate and District Travel, Jez Avery, Le Classique Majorettes, many other confirmed entrants from near and far and, hopefully, a lot of you in fancy dress. Please do not forget the new route. The parade leaves Meadowcroft, follows Fountains Avenue and Poplar Grove then turns right into King Edwards Drive and finishes on Hall Lane. Hard to believe, I know, but not everyone reads the Harrogate Advertiser so if you think you neighbour may not know about the new route, or if you see people waiting along the old route, then do them a favour and tell them where it is.
Back on the field the fancy dress will be judged on the main arena then it's all about enjoying the entertainment, taking part in the activities and visiting the record number of stalls, over 50, made up of the usual mix of trades, charities and local groups; newcomers include Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the National Trust.
Because of the size of the event the Gala has been extended on to the Hall Lane field where temporary fencing will be erected and where there will be a large entrance gate. There will also be an entrance on Bilton Lane. Work has been carried out on the fields to create larger and easier access between them
Admission is £1.50 for all adults and accompanied under 16s free. You can see full details and programme in advance by visiting www.biltongala.org.uk. Raffle tickets can be purchased now from Mann's Newsagent and Woodfield News. I am looking forward to seeing lots of you at the Gala, I'll be there whatever the weather, hope you will be too.

Grove Road Coffee Morning: Also now an annual event and preceding the Gala there will be a coffee morning for Network Mission at Grove Road Methodist Church on Monday, May 5 between 10-11.30am. Enjoy bacon butties and cakes and find a bargain on the bric-a-brac stall. All welcome.

Bilton Conservation Group: BCG will be at the Gala as usual with a stall containing lots to see and lots to buy. It is the group's main fund raising event of the year and vital in its efforts to conserve the local environment. Your continuing support in the form of home baking, plants and raffle would be much appreciated. If you can help please telephone Keith Wilkinson 564708 as soon as possible.

Coffee and Car Wash: May 10 at St. John's 10am-noon. More details next week.

Monday, April 21, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Bilton Cricket Club
THE Club is not often mentioned in Bilton News because its sporting activities are covered on the sports pages. We all know that cricket is played at the Cricket Club, but just how much may come as a surprise. There are several senior and junior teams playing in a variety of different leagues, the 4th team is captained by a lady.
The Club is particularly proud of its work with juniors, from under 9s to under 17s. Coaching sessions take place on Fridays and attract upwards of 70 players. Links have been established with local schools, Grove Road, New Park, Richard Taylor, Bilton Grange and Coppice. The Club provides fully qualified, insured and CRB cleared coaches, equipment, the chance for children to work towards Kwick cricket awards and an opportunity to enter a knock out tournament in July.
The club has been fund raising for some time to improve its net practice area and coaching facilities and was delighted to receive a donation of £500 from Bilton Gala. This will help the Club continue its good work helping young people, through sport, to develop social skills, value the community, and avoid the pitfalls of anti social behaviour, drugs and obesity. We look forward to hearing more from the Cricket Club and wish it a very successful season on the field.

Spring Fair At Dene Park
The Woodfield and Dene Park Community Centre is holding its Spring Fair tomorrow, Saturday April 26 between 10.30am and 12.30pm at the Community Centre on Dene Park. There will be plenty of stalls including books, bric-a-brac, cakes, chutneys and jams, plus a tombola and raffle. Admission is 50p and accompanied children are free. That in itself has got to be a bargain because it includes a cup of tea or coffee and one of Mrs Butter's scones. Proceeds are for the Community Centre and will support the wide range of events that take place there like bingo, fish and chip suppers and outings, to name but a few. The 201 bus stops at the door.

Coffee Morning For Hearing Dogs
Bilton Grange Ladies Fellowship is holding a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday April 26 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church between l0am and noon. Proceeds will go to the Fellowship's charity of the year, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. There will be stalls. Admission 50p. This event is only a ten minute walk from the one mentioned above so it should be possible for bargain hunters to visit both and, if the walk is too much, the 201 stops at the top of King Edwards Drive and at Kings Road Parade. The Ladies Fellowship will meet for its fortnightly gathering on Monday, April 28 at the Church at 10.30am. Find out more at the coffee morning.

Songs Of Praise
Another Songs of Praise is to be held in St John's Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday 26 between 3pm and 5pm. This event attracts a group or regulars who would really like to share the occasion with others so, if you like singing hymns and enjoy a rather good afternoon tea, you will be most welcome.

Memorial Service
There will be a Memorial Service at St John's on Sunday April 27 at 6pm. This is an opportunity for local bereaved families and friends to spend time at a quiet, thoughtful service that allows space for remembering the ones they have lost. The service lasts 30-45 minutes. If you would like to go but feel you need a little more information contact Helen Tennison on 701116.

Grove Road Network
Miss Sheila Colman will be providing "Musical Entertainment" at the meeting on Monday, April 28 at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The next lunch is on Tuesday, April 29 at Bar Methodist Church on Skipton Road. Price £2.50. To book a place contact Mrs Shirley Saville 561250.

Bilton Ladies Forum
At the meeting on Tuesday, April 29 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane 7.30pm there will be a presentation by Marks and Spencer. Further details from Ivy on 523504 or Ann 521814. .

Thanks For Support
The organisers of the Recent St John's Coffee Morning for the Bethesda Medical Mission in Haiti would like to thank everyone who came and contributed in any way. A magnificent amount of over £600 was raised.

Harrogate Horticultural And Pot Plant Society
At the meeting on Wednesday, April 30 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm Mr D Braithwaite will give a slide presentation entitled Gardens. This is the last indoor meeting of the winter. In, hopefully, better weather the group will organise a series of nursery visits, including one to Mr Braithwaites's nursery at Leeming Bar. There will be a lunch in July and the Annual Show in September. Further information from the secretary 564042.

Tagg House Ladies
Terry Frasier will give a talk on Friday, May 2 at Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm. New members and visitors welcome.

Bilton Gala
After the well publicised problems concerning the parade it looks as though the efforts will be worthwhile, as this years gala promises to be something special. A top stunt rider is the star attraction, the Army will be there and you can try your hand on a Paintball Rifle Range, Assault Course and Climbing Tower. This is all in addition to all the stalls, rides and other entertainment. Because of the size of the event it has been extended on to Hall Lane field, where there will be easy access.
The parade is expected to fill up the whole of Meadowcroft where the competition for the best decorated float will be judged by Phil Willis MP and the Mayor of Harrogate. As well as local community organisations, Asda, Harrogate District Travel, Hewden, Blakedale, Barnardos and North Yorkshire Fire Service will be taking part, as will vintage vehicles, including a double decker, and people in fancy dress. At 12.30pm the parade will move from Meadowcroft to Fountains Avenue, Poplar Grove, King Edwards Drive and Richard Taylor School Field. Fancy dress will be judged on the main arena by Gala Queen Alice McAvoy with the assistance of Phil Willis MP and the Mayor and Mayoress. The categories are under 5s, 5 to 11 and over 12s.
Raffle tickets are available now from Woodfield News and Mann Newsagents and by visiting www.biltongala.org.uk where the fantastic prizes can be viewed, these include a break for two at a Ramada Hotel, £50 Cafe Rouge Voucher and tickets for Doncaster and Ripon Races.
Finally, a reminder of the date, May 5, Bank Holiday Monday.

Bilton News Special
Normaly Bilton News appears fortnightly but, as a one off, there will be a special next week for all the latest gala information. If you have an event between May 2 and 9 it can be mentioned. Anything for inclusion on May 2 must be with me by April 26. There will be a Bilton News on May 9 as usual, the deadline is April 30.

Monday, April 07, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
Coffee Morning
The coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, April 12 at St John's Church Hall 10am to noon is in aid of the Bethesda Medical Mission in Haiti. This is where Rev Darren McClintock's brother is coming to the end of a three year term as a doctor. It will be the last coffee morning for the Mission before he comes home so the organisers want it to be a good one; and it sounds as though it will be with a tombola, raffle, cakes, greetings cards and bric-a-brac. Admission 50p children free.

Bilton Gala - Fancy Dress Competition
This year, the date is May 5, the fancy dress competitions will include categories for the under 5s, those aged 5-11 and the over 12s. The latter category includes adults, so don't be shy, share some of the limelight with the youngsters. Great prizes are on offer for all age groups and entrants are encouraged to take part in the parade which sets off from Meadowcroft at 12.30pm The winners of each category will be chosen by the Gala Queen Alice McAvoy assisted by Phil Willis MP and the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate.

Bilton Gala - Stalls
Over 40 stands are already confirmed and joining the many local groups this year are The National Trust and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. A minimal number of spaces remain so if anyone wants a stand they must act quickly by downloading the form at www.biltongala.org.uk or by contacting Stuart Frost on 01423 509113.

Bilton Gala - The Parade
The issues, problems and crippling costs associated with parades have been well covered by this newspaper. The time taken by all this bureaucracy has been given less attention and, after reading the statement by the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire published in last weeks Harrogate Advertiser, I thought it was time to mention it. The Chief Constable indicated that "lack of preparedness by others had exacerbated the issues - ". He was vague about who the "others" were but he cannot possibly have meant Bilton Gala Committee. For most of the year since the last gala the committee has been negotiating with the relevant bodies to ensure the Gala kept its parade. I cannot say how many hours have been spent on this, but it is a lot. The committee chose not to publicise and raise awareness of its difficulties, instead it devoted its time to identifying problems and working through them.
The Gala Committee was well prepared and now it is up to us to show our appreciation by fulfilling Stuart's hopes and making the 2008 parade the best ever. So, do consider walking round in fancy dress, are there any Easter bonnets left over? Wave some flags, line the streets, try and think of other ways to contribute. Of course, we always do these things but extra effort is called for this year. The committee deserves to reap the rewards of its labours and it is up to us to deliver.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network
On Monday, April 14 Mrs Pat Webber is the speaker. The meeting takes place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm. Summer, hopefully, is on its way and the ladies are looking forward to a half day outing later in the month. For further information tel. 567288.

Bilton Men's Forum
On Tuesday, April 15 Geoffrey Queen will give a talk/slide presentation entitled Bermuda Requiem. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm with the speaker at 2.30pm. The following week is the annual outing and on April 29 the AGM, then that's it until September 9. Cedric Wilkinson has already arranged a great programme of Autumn entertainment so if you would like a copy when available give him a ring on 569731.

Bilton Ladies Forum
Frank Flaherty will relate Tales of an Innkeeper on Tuesday, April 15 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. The Ladies meetings continue until the end of May with an outing in June. Further details from Ivy 523504 or Ann 521814.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
To book a lunch on Wednesday, April 16 telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw on 523582 and on Tuesday, April 29 Mrs Shirley Saville on 561250 Bar Methodist Church is on Skipton Road and there is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton WI
Brown Plaques of Harrogate is the subject of a talk by Peter Fargher at the meeting on Wednesday, April 17 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome.

Bar Methodist Church Network
After recovering from its Anniversary Weekend Network is now winding down for summer. At the meeting on Thursday April, 17 at Bar Methodist Church 2.30pm the speaker is Mary Brownbridge. On May 1 the final meeting of the season is the AGM.

Stitch And Craft Group
Flowers that Last is the subject of the talk by Chris Baillie at Bilton Community Centre on Thursday, April 17 , doors open 7.15pm, the speaker at 8pm.

Tagg House Ladies
Terry Williams will be providing the entertainment on Friday April 18 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2.30pm with an illustrated talk. New members and visitors always welcome.

Community Coffee
The Bilton Community Centre coffee morning will take place there on Saturday, April 19 between l0am and 11.30am. Admission 50p All welcome.

Quiz Night
There will be a Quiz Night at St Luke's on Franklin Square on Saturday, April 19 at 7.20pm. Tickets are £2.50 each or £12.50 for a team of five, they include nibbles and are available from the Church Office 565129 or Lesley Bentley 527811.

Knox V Alley Residents Association
The Annual General Meeting of the KVRA will take place on Monday, April 21 in The Granary, Knox Arms, Knox Lane at 8pm. The area covered by the Association is, approximately, Knox, the Bachelors and part of Hill Top. A newsletter is in the process of being delivered to over 1000 houses in the area and it contains details of the issues with which KVRA has been involved over the past twelve months including Local Development Framework, Knox floods, Bachelor Gardens Open Space, Nidd Gorge, Bilton Ripley Cycle Way, Centenary and Jubilee Woods. In addition the Association routinely monitors planning applications and draws the attention of Harrogate Council to any problems. Do go along to the AGM, it is all part of maintaining the area as a great place to live.

Community Centre Lunch Club
If you have been trying to get on to the Lunch Club waiting list then this is a good time to do it. It is that time of year when regulars go away for holidays so there are now vacancies. The luncheon club is on the second Wednesday of the month at Bilton Community Centre. Telephone Shirley Anderson 567935 or Sheena Hodgson 547327 for more information.

Dates For The Diary
There will be a coffee morning at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on April 26 in aid of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and on April 27 at St. John's Church 6pm is a memorial service for those who have suffered bereavement. More about both events next time.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
Have Coffee With The Mayor
There is a coffee morning, tomorrow, Saturday, March 29 at Dene Park Community Centre on Dene Park in aid of St Michael's Hospice. The event takes place between 10.30am and 12.30pm, there will be a raffle and tombola. The mayor of Harrogate will be present so drop in and enjoy a coffee whilst supporting an extremely good cause. Admission 50p. The 201 bus stops at the door.

Bilton Gala
At the launch of Bilton Gala 2008 earlier this month chairman, Stuart Frost, gave a presentation highlighting the things that are generally not known about the Gala. There was routine information concerning income and expenditure, why a reserve has to be kept for the rainy day we hope will not happen and, new for this year, the approximate figure of £2000 for the Traffic Management Plan and compulsory advertising in order for the parade to go ahead. However, it was not this potentially
gloomy information Stuart really wanted to talk about, he wanted to raise awareness of the distribution of excess funds to local good causes. Following the Gala in 2007 it was possible to make donations to the Harrogate Branch of the National Autistic Society which will spend the money on computer equipment, Barnardo's Short Break Service which will provide a bed settee that will allow a young lady with mobility problems to continue enjoying short breaks with a Bilton carer. Bilton Community
Centre received £400 which has gone towards the new chairs now in place and Bilton Cricket Club received a donation towards new nets. There is a lot more to Bilton Cricket Club than cricket so more about that next time.
Bilton Gala is proud to help local good causes and is looking forward to doing more of it. The Gala welcomes sponsors, there are a number of options available. Contact Stuart Frost on 07912 444088 for more information or www.biltongala.org.uk

Grove Road Network
On Monday, March 31 at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm I will be showing another selection of my slides and those of the late Tony Burnham depicting Harrogate in the not too far distant past but when some things were very different. The following week, April 7 it will be lunch, a stall and DIY entertainment.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The April dates for a delicious lunch for £2.50 are Tuesdays, April 1 and 29, telephone Mrs Shirley Saville 561250 to book and Wednesday, April 16, telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw 523582.

Bilton Men's Forum
Palace on Wheels: Tourist Train in India is the title of the slide presentation by Dr Keith and Mrs Jenny Selkirk on Tuesday, April 1. The following week, April 8 there is a change of programme, Terry Williams will return to complete his Around the World in 30 days which, on his last visit, just over 30 days ago, he did not quite finish; in addition he will also show slides on the West Coast of America. Both
meetings are at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea from 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm

Bilton Ladies Forum
On Tuesday, April 1 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm Ann Emmitt will give a presentation entitled Bed and Breakfast. There will also be a competition for a decorated Easter Egg. Sounds like fun. Go along and find out.

Bilton Historical Society
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 2 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm. The AGM does not usually take very long and will be followed by a presentation by Dr Edward Connell on Yorkshire Life in 1814. Admission £1, visitors welcome. Subscriptions are now due and for £5 a year, in addition to the winter lectures, there is a summer evening walk, occasional visits and a regular newsletter containing all sorts of information about Bilton's past. The Society is bringing to a close its project Forest Farms and Families so there could be another Open Day to look forward to later this year. Join at the meeting or send £5 to the Membership Secretary at 14
Sandhill Close, Harrogate, HG1 4JP. General information can be obtained from secretary, Geoff Deighton, tel. 01423 866977

Tagg House Ladies
On Friday, April 4 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm the Ladies will be entertained by the Accordian Group. Visitors and new members always welcome. Contact Edie 560334 to find out more.

Jumble Sale
There will be a jumble sale at St John's Church Hall on Saturday, April 5 at 2pm. For collection ring 503561 or 508952.

Lynn Semple
When Lynn Semple died earlier this month Bilton lost one of its well known residents. She was a member and supporter of several local organisations but there are two that were very special to her. She worked tirelessly for the Harrogate Branch of Leukaemia Research and had received a certificate in recognition of this. Her public profile in this respect may not have been very high but wherever this group was working she was there undertaking whatever task was needed. Everyone knew that Mrs Semple was a member of Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild, an organisation she was very proud of. She was vice chairman, programme secretary and, for many years, the writer of the monthly report for the Harrogate Advertiser. She worked to an extremely high standard and expected those around
her to do the same. She will be missed.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild
There will be sadness at the next meeting on Monday, April 7 at Bar Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road at 2.30pm especially as this is the first event of the new programme prepared by Mrs Semple. She always strived for quality and variety and must have been very pleased when Thelma Wilson agreed to talk about Guide Dogs For The Blind with the help of retired guide dog Alma. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more information go along to the meeting or contact the
secretary on 01423 560289.

Kaleidoscope Ladies Club
On Wednesday, April 9 Morna Murphy will give a presentation on Nutritional Therapy. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Craft Workshops
April dates for the Craft Workshops at Bilton Community Centre are Thursdays April 10 and 24 at 7.30pm cost £10 and Sunday April 13, l0am-3pm cost £25. For further information or to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Date For The Diary
Another St John's special coffee morning is to happen on Saturday April 12, l0am-noon. More details next time.

Monday, March 10, 2008
Bilton News

Bilton Gala - The Launch: Just over a week ago Bilton Gala had its official launch at the Majestic Hotel courtesy of Smart and Cook. This event was a first and its aim was to raise awareness of Bilton Gala within the business community. Why? Because Bilton Gala needs sponsors now and in the future. This meeting really was about the future, it was full of enthusiasm and optimism and I will tell you more about it over the coming weeks.
Right now though it is this years event that needs our immediate attention. Plans are well advanced for Monday, May 5 and new attractions have been booked as well the traditional favourites. Take up of space for stalls is going well and several organisations new to the Gala will be present. There is a suspicion that not all the local groups have booked yet. There is a long held notion in Bilton that if we are local and regular then everyone will know we will be there but, everybody does not know so please make contact if this is you, especially if you have specific requirements regarding location. Stall enquiries to Clare Bridge, 07730 203010.
Any organisation or individual wishing to buy a banner for display on Gala day should contact Kris Randall on 07810 648520 by March 31. Those interested in becoming a sponsor in exchange for a variety of benefits need to talk to Chairman, Stuart Frost on 07912 444088. Stuart would also like to hear from you if you would like to donate a raffle prize. Keep in touch with happenings as they unfold through the website www.biltongala.org.uk

Jumble Sale: The 3rd Harrogate Scout Group is holding a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, March 15 at 11am in the Scout Hut on Fountains Avenue. Admission 20p. The scouts are very active in Bilton and, like all voluntary bodies, have to address the matter of fund raising from time to time to be able to afford to keep their premises maintained and their equipment up to date so, go along tomorrow, pick up a bargain and help the scouts at the same time.

Community Coffee: There will be a coffee morning tomorrow, Saturday, March 15 at Bilton Community Centre between 10am and 11.30am. Raffle. Admission 50p. Everyone welcome, proceeds to Community Centre.
Bilton Conservation Group: The final social meeting before the summer is tomorrow, Saturday, March 15 at Bilton Community Centre 2.15pm. The speaker is Ben Emmett and his subject is Encouraging Bees. Bees are one of the most useful of insects but they are having a hard time of it at the moment so it is in all of our interests to help and encourage them. Mr Emmett will explain, in his informative and entertaining style, this can be done. Everyone welcome. Admission £1.

Bachelor Gardens Open Space: Harrogate Council has started initial work on the ex Richard Taylor Trust land now known as Bachelor Gardens. The hedge alongside the road has been reduced to 1.5 metres and other hedgerows are to be tidied up. Hard core on some paths is in the process of being laid, rubbish is to be removed and litter bins and notices installed. The main entrances will be on Bachelor Gardens, Bachelor Drive and Bachelor Avenue and will be for pedestrians only. Vehicle access for maintenance purposes will be via a gate from Bachelor Gardens which will be kept locked. As part of this first phase a short-cut grassed area is to be provided for leisure activities like ball games.
It is the intention of Harrogate Council to establish a Friends of Bachelor Gardens working group. This open space has the potential to be a valuable local asset so it is important to get its future management and development right. The Council has taken note of local concerns and issues in its initial plans so the signs for a successful partnership between Council and local people are encouraging. We look forward to hearing from the Council at the appropriate time.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network: Join the ladies for Easter Meditation with Rev. Roberta Topham on Monday, March 17 at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bilton Men's Forum: Be Spellbound in Switzerland with Gordon Sharp and his video presentation on Tuesday, March 18 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm, but get there early and have a cup of tea first.

Bilton Ladies Forum: Mrs Joyce Patterson will give a presentation on Hearing Dogs for the Deaf at the meeting on Tuesday, March 18 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Telephone Ivy 523504 or Ann 521814 for more details.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: To find out if there are any places at the next lunch date at Bar Methodist Church on Skipton Road on Wednesday, March 19 telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw, 523582.

Bilton WI: The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 19 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm. These occasions are a good opportunity to find out about an organisation so if you would like to know more contact Gail Peckett on 01423 886416.

Bar Methodist Church Network: The meeting on Thursday, March 20 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 2.30pm will be an Easter Service led by Rev Irene Lincoln BD. There is parking at the rear of Bar Place.

Stitch And Craft Group: Thursday, March 20 at Bilton Community Centre is a Work Night and a Show of Work. Go along and find out more about this group which welcomes new members and visitors. Doors open at 7.15pm. Further details from Pauline Cadogan 507617 or Elsie Moorhouse 569123.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: The meeting on Monday, March 24 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church 10.30pm will have an Easter theme and be followed by lunch. Telephone 503221 for more information. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Harrogate Horticultural and Pot Plant Society: Visitors are welcome to join with the members Exploring New Zealand with the help of the films of Miss Joan Kilburn on Wednesday, March 26 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm.

Smelly Yellow Welly Club: Easter is almost here and time for the Smelly Yellow Welly Club at St. John's. All children are welcome - Reception to Year 6. The dates are March 26-28 between 10am and noon and the cost is £1 per day, or £2 for all three days booked in advance. Advance booking is recommended as there is a form to complete and it will help the organisers to keep the queues down on the day. Contact Ruth Yarborough on 568688 or Jane Thompson 521426.

Craft Workshop: Telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913 to find out more or book a place at the next Craft Workshop at Bilton Community Centre on Thursday, March 27, 7.15pm £10.

Monday, February 25, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton Gala Queen Chosen: Alice McAvoy is the 2008 Bilton Gala Queen and her attendants are Georgina Webb and Jess Breeze. I was lucky enough to be there when the Queen was chosen. It was a pleasure to chat with all the entrants about their lives in Bilton and what they liked about the Gala. The only sad thing was having to disappoint those who were unsuccessful but, the good news is that they are all young enough to try again next year and the Gala Committee hopes that they will.
Alice is 10 years old and attends Richard Taylor School. She is a very active young lady who enjoys music, helping people and is on a play leader course. Together with Georgina and Jess she is looking forward to helping make the 2008 Gala one of the best ever. Boys were invited to apply for the first time this year but, as no boy applied, the time of a Bilton Gala King has not yet arrived.

Golden Blend: Thanks are expressed to everyone who helped and supported the recent coffee morning at St. John's in aid of the charity Golden Girls which supports women with gynaecological cancers. Individuals are not usually singled out but on this occasion the exceptional efforts made by Knox WI deserve a special mention. The organisers were determined to make this the best coffee morning ever; whether this was achieved may never be known but they must have been very close because a magnificent £770 was raised.
Golden Girls comes under the auspices of MacMillan Cancer Care. A support group meets on the second Thursday of each month at Harrogate Fire Station on Skipton Road. Further information can be obtained from MacMillan Nurse Marianne Webb telephone 01423 555732.

Bachelor Gardens Open Space: Following the consultation events it has been decided that the open space will officially be named Bachelor Gardens. Weather permitting work to clear and tidy the site should have commenced this week. It is the intention of Harrogate Council to establish a Friends of Bachelor Gardens working group in due course. More news about Bachelor Gardens will appear next time.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild: June Anstey will describe Oberammergau - A Dream Come True at the meeting on Monday, March 3 at Bar Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road at 2.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network: On Monday, March 3 Mrs Sally Elliss will talk about The Oak Tree Project and the following week, March 10, Mrs Shirley Fatkin will give a presentation entitled Songs and Stories. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: The March dates are Tuesday, March 4, telephone Mrs Shirley Saville 561250 to book, and Wednesday, March 19 for which bookings should be made to Mrs Pauline Shaw, tel. 523582. Enjoy a delicious lunch for just £2.50.

Bilton Men's Forum: John Branson will give a talk and demonstration on The History and Making of Violins on Tuesday, March 4. The following week, March 11, is John Whitley with a slide presentation entitled Antarctica. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome.

Bilton Ladies Forum: The Ladies will be Spellbound Again by Mr G Sharpe at the meeting on Tuesday, March 4 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. For membership details ring Ivy 523504 or Ann 521814.

Bar Wesley Guild: On Tuesday, March 4 Rev. Dr Mervyn Willshaw will lead a Christian Service and the following week, March 11 is the Annual General Meeting. Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Further information can be obtained from the secretary, tel. 505237.

Bilton Historical Society: The winter evening meetings have increased to monthly so do not miss this one on Wednesday, March 5 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm when Robin Warrdell will talk about The Romans in North Yorkshire. Everybody is welcome, admission £1.

Women's World Day Of Prayer: God's Wisdom Provides New Understanding is the theme of two services to be held on Friday, March 7 at St. John's. The speaker at 2pm is Rev Mary Gubbins BSc BTh from Leeds and at 7.30pm it is Rev Caroline Falkingham BA from St. John's. This year the services have been prepared by the Christian Women of Guyana. Guyana is on the north east corner of South America, it is Caribbean and part of the West Indies so the church will be appropriately decorated with exotic floral and fruit displays and music and dance will also reflect the location. Everyone is very welcome to join either or both services. Women's World Day of Prayer is an annual event which brings together all the local churches and is supported by several of the various local groups. To find out more telephone Sheina on 567221 or Shirley 567939.

Craft Workshops: The dates for March at Bilton Community Centre are Sunday, March 9 and Thursdays, March 13 and 27. The Sunday meeting is a full day between 10am-3pm with half an hour for lunch. Bring your own food, tea/coffee is provided. Cost £25. The Thursday meetings are 7.15- 9.15pm and cost £10. The classes in parchment craft and rubber stamping are friendly and relaxed. To enquire further or book a place contact Anne or Caroline on 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: On Monday, March 10 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am Joyce Patterson will talk about Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Knox WI: Dowsabella Dressed - Historical re-enactment by Murial Tucker will take place on Monday, March 10 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £2. In addition to the monthly indoor meetings Knox WI enjoys an afternoon walk on the third Monday of the month. Further details from secretary Margaret Powell, tel. 566310.

Smelly Yellow Welly Club: Bookings are now being taken for the Easter Club at St. John's which takes place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 26-28 between 10am and noon. The club is for all primary school children between Reception and Year 6. To find out more contact Jane Thompson on 521426 or email; n.thompson73@hotmail.uk Teenagers and young adults are most welcome to help and can obtain further information from Ruth Yarborough tel. 568688 or email: ruthyarborough@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
Woodfield Millennium Green
The Green has placed me in somewhat of a quandary this week. Mrs C Hainsworth says she does not know where I get the idea that the Green is used by local old folk. Well, I was told it was by someone who was in a position to know. Mrs Hainsworth, who lives locally, goes on to say that in her experience it is used solely by young people at night doing goodness knows what and people exercising their dogs, which is not allowed. As for myself, I have never seen anyone using Woodfield Millennium Green so, which one of us is right? I think we all are, we are describing situations that have occurred at some time.
Morris Lightfoot is trying to raise money for the Green and he is asking for help. Most people reading this will not even know where it is and are unlikely to come rushing forward, so where does the key lie? I believe it lies with the people who use it and those who live near it. Dog walkers use it, and my understanding of the sign on the gate is that it is alright to do so but if owners do not clear up any mess a dog leaves they risk a fine of £1000. So, dog walkers, you take advantage of this space which does not cost you anything through Council Tax so will you please help Morris to put something back?
As for young people, can they too be part of the solution? Groups of young people talking loudly can appear intimidating and it is easy to understand why some people are frightened to pass at night but, apart from being noisy, are these young people doing anything wrong? If I lived nearby, and the answer is yes, I would be asking the police what they were doing about it. If the answer is no, then the young people have as much right to use the Green as anyone else. Has anyone plucked up courage to ask them to help with the management, raise funds for facilities they could use or come up with ideas that would make their usage of the Green more agreeable to the neighbours?
As for the old folks, maybe they do not use it much. I do not know why they would be afraid in daylight hours, perhaps it is an excuse for not using it because they do not want to. If they do not want to, there is nothing wrong with that.
Those who live nearby suffer the consequences of negative aspects of the Green but they also have most to gain from any positive ones. Morris Lightfoot wants to make a difference but he needs help. If I lived nearby I would give him all the help and support I could because I would be worried that if he turned his back on the Green any problems would not disappear and could multiply. Morris would be delighted to hear from anyone who can help or offer constructive advice, contact him by telephone
01423 531959 or email morrislightfoot@ntlworld.com

Welcome
Bilton Grange United Reformed Church has a new Minister. Rev Bob Jones and his wife Anne have recently moved to the area. Since his induction in January Bob has been busy getting to know his congregation and others in the locality. Everyone at Bilton Grange URC is delighted to have a Minister again after a period of about two years without one.

Tagg House Ladies
The meeting today, Friday, February 15 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm is a talk with slides on Community Police.

Valentine Beetle Drive
It is a day late but Beetle Drive fans will not mind that. It takes place tonight, Friday, February 15 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church 7pm. Admission £2 adults £1 children, including supper. There will also be a raffle. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Bilton Conservation Group
The next social afternoon is tomorrow, Saturday, February 16 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane 2.15pm. The speaker is Philip Broadbent with Edwardian Harrogate. Everyone welcome £1 including refreshments. Raffle.

Grove Road Network
Mr and Mrs J Willby will provide the entertainment on Monday, February 18, the following week, February 25 it's DIY entertainment, lunch and a stall. Both events take place at Grove Road Methodist Church 2.30pm.

Bilton Men's Forum
On Tuesday, February 19 at Bilton Community Centre 2pm Simon Theakston will give a talk entitled Six Generations of Brewing and the week after, February 25 Terry Williams presents Around the World in 30 Days

Bilton Ladies Forum
Mrs Gill Lindsay entertains the Ladies on Tuesday, February 19 with Every Picture Tells a Story - Unique and Original Views of Australia. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm.

Wesley Guild
Rev Brian Hoare will preside over a devotional meeting on Tuesday, February 19 whilst the following week, February 26 it is a cultural/social evening entitled Pollyanna and the Glad Game. Both events take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road 7.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bar Lunch Club
To book a lunch at Bar Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 20 telephone Mrs P Shaw 523582. £2.50.

Bilton Wi
It's Cadbury's Quiz with Michael Dunwell at the next meeting on Wednesday, February 20 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £2.

Stitch And Craft Group
Masry Russel will give a presentation on Spiral Rope at the meeting on Thursday, February 21 at Bilton Community Centre. Doors open at 7.15pm, the speaker starts at 8pm. For more information contact Pauline Cadogan 01423 507617 or Elsie Moorhouse 01423 569123.

Bar Methodist Network
The next meeting is on Thursday, February 21 at 2.30pm Bar Methodist Church when Violet Davill and Shirley Saville will give a presentation on Easter Cards.

Line Dancing
For two nights only there is line dancing with Les and Viv Chandler at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church. The dates are Thursdays February 21 and 28 - 7.30-9pm. Admission £3 per session or £5 for both, half the proceeds to All-Sorts Disabled Childrens Group in Starbeck.

Jumble Sale
There will be a jumble sale at St John's Church Hall on Saturday, February 23, 2pm. Admission 20p. For collection ring 569134.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
Sylvia Iveson will be providing the entertainment on Monday, February 25 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church 10.30am.

Harrogate Horticultural And Pot Plant Society
The Pot Plants are back at Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, February 27 at 7.30pm with a travel presentation by Peter Barnes. More information from the secretary 564042.

Community And Police Meeting
It is always difficult to find out about these meetings but I have reason to believe there may be one in March. If someone involved knows for sure will they please contact me before Friday February 22 to confirm details and I will be happy to publish them in this column on February 29.

Monday, January 28, 2008
Bilton News
Bilton Gala - King Or Queen?: The Gala date is Bank Holiday Monday, May 5 so if you have not made a note of it yet do so now. The time has come to fill the top job and this year, moving with the times, it is open to both boys and girls. Selection night for a Bilton Gala King or Queen and attendants is on Monday, February 11 at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane at 6.30pm. Posters explaining how to apply are in local schools and the youth centre but the best method is to download from the web, www.biltongala.org.uk Anyone without access to the web may telephone Stuart Frost on 509113. Contact Stuart also if your organisation would like space for a stall at the event. Take up is much better than it was last year at this time so do not miss out, book your stall now.

Tagg House Ladies: The ladies meet today, Friday, February 1 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm for a talk on Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Craft Workshops: There will be a workshop in parchment craft and rubber stamping on Sunday, February 3 at Bilton Community Centre between 10am and 3pm. Cost £25. To find out if there are places still available telephone Anne or Caroline on 01423 501486 or 07973 856913. Sunday workshops takes place at approximately monthly intervals. Thursday evening workshops take place fortnightly between 7.15pm and 9.15pm cost £100 The February dates are 14 and 28.

Grove Road Network: At the meeting on Monday, February 4 Stuart Garside will present "Kaleidoscope" and the following week, February 11 Mrs Monica Woolcock is the speaker. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church 2.30pm.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild: "Gawdy Welch" is the title of the presentation by Mrs Tweedale at the meeting on Monday, February 4 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road, 2.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Men's Forum: Greville Moorhouse will give a talk entitled "Flying My Kite" on Tuesday, February 5 and the week after John Gillegham MBE presents his slides "Paris and Monet's Garden". Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre 2pm starting with a cup of tea and the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum: On Tuesday, February 5 the speaker will discuss "Harrogate Spa Water and The Thirsty Planet". The AGM will also take place. The meeting is at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane 7.30pm.

Bar Wesley Guild: The coming week is the Guild Anniversary. On Sunday, February 3 the service at 10.30am will be led by Rev. Ray Coates of Tadcaster and at 6.30pm by Miss AV Smith of Ripon. There will be an Anniversary Meal during the week and normal routine will resume on Tuesday, February 12 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road, 7.30pm with a presentation on Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Bar Church Lunch Club: To enjoy a good lunch for £2.50 take a note of the February dates and telephone to book a place; Tuesday, February 5, tel. Mrs Shirley Saville 561250 and Wednesday, February 20 Mrs Pauline Shaw 523582.

Bilton Historical Society: Katherine Barker will present "The History of Kirkstall Abbey" at the meeting on Wednesday, February 6 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Everyone welcome £1. To find out more about the Historical Society contact Geoff Deighton on 01423 866977.

Bar Methodist Church Network: Meetings resume again on Thursday, February 7 at Bar Methodist Church 2.30pm when Dorothy and John Willby are the speakers. For further information contact the secretary on 886438.

Coffee Morning for Golden Girls: The monthly coffee morning at St. John's Church Hall is on Saturday, February 9 between 10am and noon. There will be a tombola, raffle, cake, book and video stalls. Admission 50p.
All proceeds are for Golden Girls, a little known charity under the auspices of MacMillan Cancer Care supporting women with gynaecological cancers. A support group meets on the second Thursday each month at Harrogate Fire Station, Skipton Road when anyone affected can drop in for a chat. MacMillan Nurse, Marianne Webb, can be contacted first on 01423 555732 if preferred.
This coffee morning has become more poignant than most because its main organiser, Shirley Blakey, passed away last month. However, her efforts will not have been in vain as Knox WI, with the support of St. John's Church, aim to make this one of the best coffee mornings ever. If you would like to remember Shirley and support a cause which meant a lot to her then go to the coffee morning, a warm welcome is assured.

Community Coffee: There will be a coffee morning at Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, February 9 between 10am and 11.30am.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: The ladies will be enjoying a game of dominoes followed by lunch at their next meeting which is on Monday, February 11 at 10.30pm at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. For further details telephone 503221

Knox WI: Dorothy and David Morland will present "Magical Miscellany" on Monday, February 11 at Dene Park Community Centre 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £2 For further information contact secretary Margaret Powell on 566310.

Kaleidoscope Ladies Club: The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 13 at Bilton Community Centre 7.45pm. This will be followed by a Mock Auction by Sally Hobkinson. More details from secretary Maureen Asher tel. 870440.

Local Development Framework: As part of the LDF consultation an exhibition has been arranged for Wednesday, February 13 between 5-8pm at Harrogate Hockey Club, in the grounds of Harrogate High School, to enable the public to discover more about the Preferred Option of the use of land at Kingsley Road/Claro Road for sport and recreation. This borders the Bilton Triangle and is used regularly by dog walkers and ramblers. Planning officers will be available to give advice and answer questions. Further information from Rachel Hutton 01423 556578.

Smelly Yellow Welly Club - What Is It?: SYWC is a three day Easter Club held annually at St. John's Church. The theme is centred around the Bible and is open to all primary school children from Reception to Year 6. It runs from March 26-28 from 1 Dam to noon.
The children are divided into teams of varying ages which are led by enthusiastic young people aged 17 plus and assisted by gophers aged 12 plus. They make craft items for display in church as well as things to take home. They also listen to stories, watch drama, sing songs and compete in games. The average number of children per day is over 100 and Smelly Yellow Welly Club prides itself on being large with an emphasis on being big, bold and fun whilst getting across the Christian message. All this for just £1 a day. If you would like more information or to get involved contact Jane Thompson tel. 521426 or email n.thompson73@ntlworld.com

Monday, January 21, 2008
Bilton News
Sorry: We had a communication breakdown last week. Bilton News got lost and did not appear. This was a disappointment for those who were expecting notice of events which have now taken place. We apologise for this, especially to the groups who missed out, Tagg House Ladies, Grove Road Network, Bilton Men's Forum, Bilton Ladies Forum and the Wesley Guild. Fortunately a lot of the news is no worse for keeping and it appears below.

Urgently Needed - fundraisers: It is hard to believe that eight years have passed since the millennium. On of its enduring legacies is Woodfield Millennium Green in Albany Avenue with its claim to fame of being one of the smallest in the country. It was designed by the children of Woodfield Primary School and has been well used over the years especially by the elderly, many of whom live in nearby properties without gardens.
At the time, funds were available to create millennium greens but not to maintain them. Woodfield Millennium Green is not part of Harrogate Council but a registered charity with an active team of volunteers and a committee, but no income. The time has come to spend money on replacing plants that have outgrown their space or succumbed to old age, restoring or replacing garden furniture and maintaining equipment. There is a pressing need to raise £2,000 for this ongoing work. How to do it is the big question. People with an enthusiasm for raising funds are urgently needed to hep find the answer. If this is you please contact Morris Lightfoot by email morris.lightfoot@ntlworld.com of telephone 01423 531959 and if you happen to like grass cutting, shrub pruning and garden furniture maintenance, tell Morris about that too.

Leukaemia Research: A group of active fundraisers with a strong presence in the Bilton area is Leukaemia Research; so far this current financial year £15,500 has been raised by the Harrogate branch for this worthwhile cause. £420 came from the Christmas Coffee Morning and secretary, Christine Toulson, would like to thank everyone at the Gardeners Arms and Bilton Cricket Club who bought raffle tickets and all who gave help and support.
The committee will be meeting soon to discuss plans for the coming year. If you have any ideas, would like to help of make a donation then contact Mrs Toulson on 01423 508357.

Bilton Conservation Group: BCG also requires help, it needs more volunteers. Members of the public frequently contact the group to enquire when its members will resolve this or that problem in the local countryside, from litter and dog mess to overgrown footpaths and vandalism. These enquiries are help ful as they sometimes highlight issues the Group is unaware of, but when it comes to actually carrying out the work the Group only has a limited number of volunteers available. Bilton Conservation group, in fact, can do very little without the knowledge, permission and support of local authorities and landowners; it works closely with these bodies assisting them to carry our their statutory duties and others with are desirable. BCG volunteers hep gladly and enjoy it, but more are needed.
Activities already planned include the Nidd Gorge Bird Box Project currently underway, riverside footpath repairs form February onwards; in April litter picking in Knox Park, Hall Lane Park, Dene Park, Bachelor Gardens/sewage works area, Bilton Junction and the Nidd Gorge. Botanical recording takes place on Wednesdays throughout the year. Work has been planned but no date fixed yet for clearing overgrowth from the Fishermans Path, footpaths in Willow Wood, Nidd Gorge and the disused railway tracks; it is also planned to dig out the silted up ponds near Willow Wood and repair fences.
If any of the above appeals to you please contact secretary, Keith Wilkinson on 01423 564708. Every little helps and is most welcome.

Songs of Praise: You are invited to St John's Church Hall tomorrow, Saturday, January 26 at 3pm. Tea will be served part way though the proceedings which will finish about 5pm. Wheelchairs can be accommodated. If you would enjoy the companionship of others and a good rousing singing of hymns then go along.

Brigantes Lace Makers: At the meeting tomorrow, January 26 at Bilton Community Centre starting at 10am Jo and Ash Firth will be in attendance for the day. Visitors are welcome. further information from Yvonne Whiteoak 01535 653825 or Nancy Shaw 01423 879206.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: Keith Gough will be entertaining the ladies on Monday, January 28 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church 10.30am. The Church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road where junction improvements are currently taking place, so allow a little extra time to find parking. Telephone 503221 for more details.


Plan the Future with Us: the consultation paper from harrogate Council has now been delivered to all homes. It lists the preferred areas for development as well as those that have been considered. Housing development at Woodfield House is named as a preferred option. A final decision has not yet been taken so it is worthwhile telling the Council if you are happy with the plans, which are for the whole district. Responses must be in by the end of February. There is an exhibition tomorrow, Saturday 26, 10am-4pm and Monday, January 28, 10am-8pm at the Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens. Further information is also available at libraries and on the website.

Grove Road Network: On Monday, January 28, Frank Ellis will give a presentation "Lancashire's Favourite Yorkshire Man". The meeting takes place at Grove Road Methodist Church 2.30pm.

Bilton Men's Forum: Mike Blandford will give a talk with slides "Three Weeks in Tibet" on Tuesday, January 29 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.30pm, but come early and have a cup of tea at 2pm. Secretary, David Hird, a familiar figure walking his dogs, has been missed lately because he has a broken leg. Best wishes are sent to him and hopes for a speedy recovery.
Wesley Guild: January 29 is a cultural/social event, Mrs Brenda Umpleby will present "Life on the Farm". The meeting will take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 7.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Pace.

Tagg House Ladies: The next meeting is on Friday, February 1 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm when a speaker from marie Curie Cancer Care will be present. The new programme should also be available.

Bilton News: The column will appear as usual next week February 1 so those who are expecting a mention should not be disappointed.

Monday, January 14, 2008
Bilton News

Urgently Needed - Fund Raisers
IT is hard to believe that eight years have passed since the Millennium. One of its enduring legacies is Woodfield Millennium Green in Albany Avenue with its claim to fame of being one of the smallest in the country. It was designed by the children of Woodfield Primary School and has been well used over the years especially by the elderly, many of whom live in nearby properties without gardens.
At the time funds were available to create millennium greens but not to maintain them. Woodfield Millennium Green is not part of Harrogate Council but a registered charity with an active team of volunteers and a committee, but no income. The time has come to spend money on replacing plants that have outgrown their space or succumbed to old age, restoring or replacing garden furniture and maintaining equipment. There is a pressing need to raise “2000 for this ongoing work. How to do it is the big question. People with enthusiasm for raising funds are urgently needed to help find the answer, If this is you please contact Morris Lightfoot by email morris.lighfoot@ntlworld.com or telephone 01423 531959 and if you happen to like grass cutting, shrub pruning and garden furniture maintenance, tell Morris about that too.

Leukaemia Research
A group of active fund raisers with a strong presence in the Bilton area is Leukaemia Research; so far this current financial year £15,500 has been raised by the Harrogate branch for this worthwhile cause. £420 came from the Christmas Coffee Morning and secretary, Christine Toulson, would like to thank everyone at the Gardeners Arms and Bilton Cricket Club who bought raffle tickets and all who gave help and support. At the end of the month the committee will be meeting to discuss plans for the coming year. If you have any ideas, would like to help or make a donation then contact Mrs Toulson on 01423 508357.

Bilton Conservation Group
BCG also requires help, it needs more volunteers. Members of the public frequently contact the group to enquire when its members will resolve this or that problem in the local countryside, from litter and dog mess to overgrown footpaths and vandalism. These enquiries are helpful as they sometimes highlight issues the Group is unaware of, but when it comes to actually carrying out the work the Group only has a limited number of volunteers available. Bilton Conservation Group, in fact, can do very little without the knowledge, permission and support of local authorities and landowners; it works closely with these bodies assisting them to carry out their statutory duties and others which are desirable. BCG volunteers help gladly and enjoy it, but more are needed.
Activities already planned include the Nidd Gorge Bird Box Project currently underway, riverside footpath repairs from February onwards; in April litter picking in Knox Park, Hall Lane Park, Dene Park, Bachelor Gardens/sewage works area, Bilton Junction and Nidd Gorge. Botanical recording take place on Wednesdays throughout the year. Work has been planned but no date fixed yet for clearing overgrowth from the Fishermans Path, footpaths in Willow Wood, Nidd Gorge and the disused railway tracks; it is also planned to dig out the silted up ponds near Willow Wood and repair fences. If any of the above appeals to you please contact secretary, Keith Wilkinson, on 01423 564708. Every little helps and is most welcome.

Tagg House Ladies
The Ladies are meeting today, Friday January 18 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2.30pm. I will be entertaining them with a slide presentation illustrating a fictitious journey between Flamborough and Flookburgh. Visitors and new members welcome.

Grove Road Network
On Monday, January 21 Mrs Ann Ellis will be answering questions on ‘Foster Care’, the following week, January 28, Frank Ellis will give a presentation ‘Lancashire’s Favourite Yorkshire Man’. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bilton Men’s Forum
It’s two for the price of one on Tuesday January 22 when Alan Plowright will give two talks with slides entitled ‘Summer in the Dales’ and ‘Autumn in the Dales’. The following week, January 29, Mike Bamford will give a talk with slides ‘Three Weeks in tibet’. Both meetings are at Bilton Community at 2.30pm, but come early and have a cup of tea at 2pm.
Secretary, David Hird, a familiar figure walking his dogs, has been missed lately because he has a broken leg. Best wishes are sent to him and hopes for a speedy recovery.

Bilton Ladies Forum
I will be showing some of my Harrogate Collection of slides at the meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at
Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. It will be entitled ‘How Well Do You Know the Harrogate Area?’ By request, it will contain a short, for fun quiz. This is a one off event guaranteed unique. Come along and enjoy it.

Wesley Guild
On Tuesday, January 22 Rev David Bucktrout will lead a devotional meeting. January 29 is a cultural/social event when Mrs Brenda Umpleby will present ‘Life on the Farm’. Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 7.30pm. There is parking at the rear of Bar Place.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
To make enquiries about the next lunch on Wednesday, January 23 contact Mrs Pauline Shaw, 523582. Price £2.50.

Songs of Praise
You are invited to St John’s Church Hall on Saturday January 26 at 3pm for Songs of Praise. Tea will be served part way through the proceedings which will finish about 5pm. Lifts can be arranged and wheelchairs accommodated so if you, or anyone you know, would enjoy the companionship of others and a good rousing singing of hymns then go along. Further enquiries to Linda Williams 522828 up to Friday January 25.

Brigantes Lace Makers
The next meeting is on Saturday January 26 at Bilton Community Centre starting 10am. Jo and Ash Firth will be in attendance for the day. Why not go and visit or telephone Yvonne Whiteoak 01535 653825 or Nancy Shaw 01423 879206 for further details.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
Keith Gough will be entertaining the ladies on Monday January 28 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Churchh 10.30am. The Church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road where junction improvements are taking place at the moment so allow a little extra time to find a parking spot. Telephone 503221 for further information.

Plan the Future with Harrogate Borough Council
The promised consultation newspaper highlighting preferred development areas and others have been considered is now in the process of distribution. Many areas around Bilton have been considered and housing development at Woodfield House has been named as a preferred option. Do look at this document and make your views known. If you find it hard to follow or the print too small then go along to the exhibition at the sun Pavilion Valley Gardens on Saturday January 26, 10am-4pm and Monday January 28, 10am-8pm where there will be large scale displays and people in attendance to explain them.

Monday, December 31, 2007
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards

Happy New Year: I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. The good news for me is that I will not be breaking any new year resolutions because I have not made any but if you have, then good luck in keeping them. You may have resolved to try something different in 2008 and if you are a regular reader you will know that there is no shortage of things to do around Bilton, Knox and Woodfield. A lot of groups are starting in the next couple of weeks and if they appear here they welcome new members and, in most cases, visitors. This week I have included a contact number for all groups so there is no excuse, if you would like to try something new go to a meeting or pick up the phone and find out more about it. I welcome news from everyone, not just groups, and it would be impossible to write this column without your help so do keep in touch.

Tagg House Ladies: The first group meeting of the year is Tagg House Ladies who will be at Bilton Community Centre today, Friday, January 4 at 2.30pm. Edie Newton is in the process of compiling a programme of speakers and events and it should be ready shortly. If you would like more details about this group call her on 560334.

Grove Road Network: Rev. Shaun Swithenbank opens the New Year on January 7 and the following week, January 14 there will be lunch, a stall and DIY entertainment. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm. Please telephone 567288 for further details.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild: I will be opening the season with "An Alphabet of British Islands" an attempt to find a British island for every letter of the alphabet. I hope my slides will bring a touch of summer to the proceedings which take place on Monday, January 7 at Bar Methodist Church Hall 2.30pm. The secretary is Mrs M Kendrew, tel. 560289.

Bilton Men's Forum: "Birds and Worms Across America" is the intriguing title of the slide presentation by Mrs Gill Lindsay on Tuesday, January 8. The following week, January 15, there will be music with Mr Geoff "Uke" Walker - Multi Instrumentalist. Both meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre at 2pm starting with a cup of tea, the speakers follow at 2.30pm. The secretary is Mr D Hird, tel. 561540.

Bilton Ladies Forum: It will also be a musical start to the year for the Ladies Forum on Tuesday, January 8 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm when Terry Harrison presents "Fun in Music". Terry was MC at the much acclaimed Victorian Music Hall at the St. John's 150th Anniversary so if you missed that you will not want to miss this. For details telephone Ivy 523504 or Ann 521814.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: January dates and contact details are Tuesday, January 8, tel. Mrs Shirley Saville on 561250 and Wednesday, January 23, Mrs Pauline Shaw 523582. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Bar Methodist Church for only £2.50. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Community Lunch Club: Bilton Community Centre Lunch Club is opening its waiting list again. Until a permanent place is available those on the waiting list are invited to fill the places of regulars who are temporarily away so it should not be too long before the opportunity arises to partake of the culinary delights available on the second Wednesday's of the month. To add your name to the waiting list or obtain further information telephone Shirley 567939 or Sheena 547327.

Wesley Guild: It sounds as though the Wesley Guild will be having fun with "New Year Frolics" a cultural and social evening on Tuesday, January 8. The following week, January 15 Deacon Keith Gough will lead a Christian Service "Street Angels". Both events take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 7.30pm. To learn more about this group contact the general secretary, tel. 505237.

Kaleidoscope Ladies Club: The first meeting of this group, which is new to Bilton, is on Wednesday, January 9 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.45pm. The speaker is Rachel McLellan-Jones and her subject, "Yoga". Rachel is well known at Bilton Community Centre for her Monday evening classes. Secretary, Maureen Asher says "the Club is really looking forward to its meetings at the Community Centre and welcoming local people to its events". So, if the second Wednesday evening of the month fits well into your diary why not go along and see what is on offer. Guests are welcome £2.50. Further information can be obtained from Maureen, tel. 870440 or from Jenny Grainger 500683.

Coffee Morning: The monthly coffee morning at St. John's Church Hall takes place on Saturday, January 12 between 10am and noon. There will be a raffle and tombola. Admission 50p. Proceeds are to go to the PDSA which not only helps animals but people who look after animals.

Bilton Conservation Group: On Saturday, January 12 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm Doug Simpson will give a presentation on "Yorkshire Red Kites". Many of us have been lucky enough to see these magnificent birds which are becoming widespread around Harrogate and this is a great opportunity to learn more about them and, if you have not seen one yet, to find out what to look out for. Visitors are welcome £1.

Information about the Conservation Group can be obtained from secretary, Keith Wilkinson tel. 564708.

Knox WI: "Norway - A Land of Mountains and Flowers" is the title of the presentation by Angela Henson at the meeting on Monday, January 14 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome £2. For further details about Knox WI contact secretary Molly England tel 564986.

Bilton WI: It's "Members Night" on Wednesday, January 16 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm which sounds like a good opportunity to find about more about this very lively group. Visitors welcome £2. Further details from the secretary tel. 562638.

Stitch And Craft Group: The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17 at Bilton Community Centre Doors open 7-10pm. The guest speaker is Sister Agatha from Bar Convent in York with a talk "Life is a Paradox". For further information telephone Pauline 507617.


Monday, December 17, 2007
Bilton News
Candlelit Carol Service: Bilton Grange United Reformed Church welcomes you to its Candlelit Carol Service tonight, Friday, December 21 at 7pm. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road and it always looks lovely on this occasion.

Bachelor Gardens Public Open Space: Harrogate Council officers who organised the consultation a couple of weeks ago at Bilton Cricket Club must have felt encouraged when they were joined by so much lively company, and all in the face of competition from two big coffee mornings, a slide show and awful weather. On display were plans of the area incorporating ideas gleaned from the previous consultation. Most people seemed generally happy but not necessarily with some of the detail like the need for a car park and the siting of play areas and picnic tables, for instance. If you could not attend but would like to complete the questionnaire addressing these, and other issues including the choice of a name, there is still time but you will have to be quick; the last date for receipt of questionnaires is December 31. Telephone Kate Dawson, Parks Development Officer on 841037 or email kate.dawson@harrogate.gov.uk

This is the last public consultation before initial work starts in February when some vegetation and accumulated litter will be cleared and agreed paths laid out.

Thanks For Support: One of the big coffee mornings was at St John's where 350 Christingles were made and £258 raised for The Children's Society. A further £400 approximately was raised at the Christingle services, an amount that should help to keep families together and some children off the streets this Christmas. The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed to these successful events by being there or supplying oranges or helping in the background.

Community Coffee: Bilton Community Centre would also like to thank its supporters and helpers for a successful coffee morning and raffle. It was wonderful that quite a few people did manage to get to both coffee mornings, which were taking place at the same time. Anyone who missed the raffle draw need not worry, a list of winning ticket numbers and prizes is displayed on the centre notice board and prizes can be claimed after Christmas.

New Group In Bilton: Kaleidoscope Ladies Club is moving to Bilton Community Centre from next month and new members will be most welcome. The Club will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.45pm and already a variety of speakers have been booked, other events are likely to include a theatre visit and, next December, a Christmas meal. It costs £14 per year to join or pay £2.50 at the door as a guest. The first meeting is on January 9 and is a talk on yoga. For further details contact secretary, Maureen Asher on 870440 or treasurer, Jenny Grainger 500683.

Nativity Service: If you love nativity services and have no friends or relatives young enough to invite you to a primary school play then go to Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on Sunday, December 23 at 10am where you will be made most welcome.

Also on the same day is a Candlelit Carol Service at St. John's at 6pm and a Carol Service at Grove Road Methodist Church at 10.30am.

Christmas Eve: At St. John's there are Family Christmas Praise Services suitable for all ages at 4pm and 6pm and Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. At St. Luke's there is a Candlelit Carol Service at 4pm and Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. Bar Methodist Church has a Family Communion Service at 4pm.

Christmas Day: Services take place at St. John's at 8am Holy Communion and at 10am All Age Communion. At St Luke's there is Family Communion at 10.30am, Bilton Grange United Reformed Church has its Christmas Day Service at 10am and Grove Road Methodist Church is holding a Family Christmas Service at lOam where participants are invited to bring a Christmas gift to show.

Advance Notice: The first group back after the holiday is Tagg House Ladies who will meet at Bilton Community Centre on Friday, January 4 at 2.30pm.

Happy Christmas: Well, that's it from me in 2007. All that remains is to wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year. I look forward to writing more Bilton News in 2008.


Monday, December 03, 2007
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
Bachelor Gardens Park
The next phase of public consultation is tomorrow, Saturday, December 8 at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane between 9.30am-12.30pm. The meeting will look at the results of the first consultation in October after which 280 responses were received. The overwhelming majority wanted the area to keep its natural appearance but with marked paths,a large number would like to see a wild flower meadow and features that will benefit wildlife. Other matters under consideration will be the location of entrances and the choice of a name.
The area, at the bottom of Bachelor Gardens once belonged to Richard and Francis Taylor who gave it, together with the old school house, to provide the endowment for Bilton Endowed School in 1793. The building was converted to private residences after Richard Taylor School moved to its present site in the 1970s. The old fields have never been built on but have been rather neglected of late so it is good that the Richard Taylor Trust has conveyed ownership of the land to Harrogate Council for use as public open space.
As for the name, I like Bachelor Gardens Park because this reflects its history. A look at old maps reveals that Bachelor Gardens was not the name of a street but the name of an area of land, part of which is the open space under discussion now and which eventually gave its name to the street. The bachelors are thought to have been Richard and Francis Taylor. That is my preference and you can state yours by going along tomorrow.

Community Coffee Morning
A warm welcome is assured at the Christmas Coffee morning with the big raffle which takes place tomorrow, Saturday December 8 at Bilton Community Centre between l0-11.30am. Please come early to help the organisers finish on time and help you visit the several other events happening the same day. All proceeds to Community Centre. Admission 50p.

Bilton Conservation Group
"Noel Nostalgia" with Jennifer Stacey should be well received along with the usual seasonal fare tomorrow, Saturday, December 8 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2pm. Members and visitors £1.

Coffee Morning And Christingle Making
Tomorrow, Saturday December 8 the monthly coffee morning at St John's Church Hall is in aid of the Children's Society and is being combined with Christingle making. There will be the usual raffle, cakes and tombola and everyone is welcome. Admission 50p. You may also like to join the Christingle Services which are at St John's on Sunday, December 9 at 4pm and 6pm and at St Luke's on Sunday, December 16 at 3pm. About 350 oranges are needed so if you can spare any they can be brought to the coffee morning. Contact Lynne Stott 528283 for further information.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
The next meeting is on Monday, December 10 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road, at 10.30am. Keith Wilkinson, secretary of Bilton Conservation Group, will describe "Twenty Five Years of Conservation in the Nidd Gorge". The following week, December 17 will be a carol service followed by lunch.

Grove Road Network
Richard Taylor School Choir will be serenading the ladies at their Christmas Lunch on Monday December 10 and the following week, December 17, Rev Shaun Swithenbank will lead Christmas Communion. Both events take place at Grove Road Methodist Church. Telephone 567288 for more details.

Knox WI
Julie Clarke will give a Cookery Demonstration at the meeting on Monday, December 10 at Dene Park Community Centre 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £2.

Bar Wesley Guild
The last meeting of the year is Devotional with Mr Stuart Garside, it takes place on Tuesday December 11 at 7.30pm at Bar Methodist Church.

Bilton Ladies Forum
The Ladies will be enjoying their Christmas Lunch at Ascot House on December 11 but will be back at the Community Centre on January 8. Ivy Robinson, on behalf of the group, sends seasons greetings to everyone and says the new programme will be ready soon, telephone her on 523504 if you would like a copy.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
To find out if there are any places remaining for the Christmas Lunch on Wednesday December 12 telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw, 523582

Bar Methodist Church Network
The final meeting of the year is a carol service led by Miss Doris Taylor on Thursday, December 13 at 2.30pm.

Bilton WI
It's Party Night for the WI at Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, December 12 at 7.30pm. Entertainment is by Michael Duncombe with "Music of the 50s and 60s" There will be a faith supper and a wrapped gift. A great way to round off the year.

Community Carols
Bilton Community Carol Service, followed by refreshments, will take place on Saturday, December 15 at 2pm. Everyone welcome.

Carols And Chips
From 6pm on Tuesday, December 18 members of St John's Church and Bar Methodist Church will be carol singing around the area finishing with fish and chips at Bar.

Carol Singing For Candlelighters
Everyone is welcome to join the carol singers at St Luke's on Wednesday, December 19. Meet at St Luke's at 6.15pm. The church is on Franklin Square behind the old church just off Kings Road. Return to St Luke's is expected to be around 8pm for mulled wine or hot Ribena and mince pies. If the weather is bad telephone 507410 to check the event is going ahead.

Vote For Connect2
We have been talking about it long enough and now is the chance to do something. This is the lottery bid by Sustrans which, if successful, should bring about the long awaited re-opening of the railway line to Ripley, not for trains but for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is hard to find anybody who does not want this to happen so help make sure it does by voting now. TV coverage of the competition has been ongoing all this week and there is a round up programme this evening on ITVl with details of how to vote by telephone. You can also vote by email www.thepeoples50million.org.uk up to December 10.

January News Now
It may seem early but with regular routines lost amidst seasonal festivities I need to know about your January events now. Please do not miss out, pick up the telephone if you would like your event to be mentioned, that includes group organisers who have not yet sent a programme.

Monday, November 19, 2007
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Christmas Fayre
Bilton Grange United Reformed Church is holding its Christmas Fayre tomorrow, Saturday, November 24 from 11am. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. There will be lots of stalls including a seasonal one for Christmas as well as books, cakes, games, fancy goods and bric-a-brac. There will be a tombola, raffle and light lunches. Admission 30p. Everyone welcome.

Tagg House Ladies
The last meeting of the year at Bilton Community Centre is today, Friday, November 23 at 2pm but the last event is in two weeks time on December 7 when the Ladies will be going out for Christmas Lunch. If you would like to know more call in today or telephone Edie 560334.

Bilton Community Centre
At the recent AGM secretary, Barry Jeffrey, gave a report describing a busy year for the Centre which has been well used throughout. Plans for a rear extension for storage purposes have been approved by Harrogate Council and financial support is now being sought. New chairs have been purchased and interior decoration has created a white wall on which visiting speakers can project images with ease. New railings and a gate have been erected on the Bilton Lane perimeter and further improvements to the grounds are scheduled over the winter.
Barry appealed for regular users who have not already confirmed their 2008 bookings to do so quickly in order to avoid the disappointment of finding the room has been let to someone else, this applies to all groups. Committee members were thanked for all their hard work and everyone was very pleased that all concerned were willing to stand for election again. There is always room for new people though and anyone interested in getting involved with the running of the Community Centre should contact Barry Jeffrey, 522264.

Thanks For Support
The organisers of the monthly coffee mornings at St John's would like to thank those who supported the recent event which raised £255 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Grove Road Network
On Monday, November 26 the speaker is Keith Nowell, the following week December 3 join Mrs Florrie Wylie "Getting in the Mood for Christmas." Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The two remaining 2007 dates are Tuesday, November 27, telephone Mrs Shirley Saville 561250 to book, and the Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, December 12 further details of which can be obtained from Mrs Pauline Shaw 523582.

Bilton Men's Forum
"Scouting - The Centenary Jamboree" will be described with slides by David Wilkinson on Tuesday, November 27, at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm following a cup of tea at 2pm. There will be more slides on December 4 when Mrs Jocelyn Brooks MBE will talk about "Moorish Spain". There is no meeting on December 11, instead the Men will wind up their season with a Christmas Dinner at Ascot House the following day. They will be back at the Community Centre on January 8 and anyone wishing to obtain a programme should telephone Cedric Wilkinson 569731.

Bilton Ladies Forum
The Ladies will be joining David Alred "On Safari - Tanzania" at their next meeting on Tuesday, November 27 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Christmas Celebrations will take place on December 11. For more details or to request a programme for 2008 telephone Ivy 523504 or Ann 521814.

Wesley Guild
Join in a social event on Tuesday, November 27 entitled "Where Did You Get That Hat"; the following week. December 4 the presentation is "Oxfam Unwrapped". Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church on Skipton Road at 7.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Harrogate Horticultural And Pot Plant Society
The last meeting of the year is on Wednesday, November 28 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm when Mr T Frazier will give a talk with slides entitled "Gardens Through the Ages." Visitors and new members welcome.

Scout And Guide Carol Concert
This popular event will take place on Saturday, December 1 at St John's Church at 7pm. There will be coffee and mince pies. Everyone is welcome and proceeds will go to charity.

Bilton Grange Townswomens Guild
The Christmas meeting around the Christmas tree when everyone brings a present is on Monday, December 3 at Bar Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road 2.30pm. Entertainment is by the U3A "Singing for Pleasure". There will also be a stall. New members and visitors always welcome.

Bilton Historical Society
If you have ever wondered what housekeeping was like before our time then go along to Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, December 5 at 7.30pm for a talk on "Running a Household in Tudor and Stuart Times" by Mrs Murial Tucker. All are welcome £1. to include food and drink of the period and season.
The latest newsletter includes memories of an ex Bilton resident living in Taiwan, extracts from the late Eleanor Dale's personal book as well a short article on Bilton Park and the railways and a mystery photograph. It also reminds members that the current project, "Forest, Farms and Families," has to be wound up over the next few months but there is still time to have an input. Anyone, including non members, with anecdotes that may be applicable is welcome to call into the Community Centre any Tuesday morning.
For a £5 annual subscription there are newsletters, a bi-monthly series of talks, an annual walk and the chance to take part in current study if this appeals. For more details telephone secretary, Geoff Deighton, 01423 866977 or email membership secretary, Shirley Dunwell SM@dunw.fsnet.co.uk

Bar Methodist Church Network
Mrs Audrey Brooks is the speaker on Thursday, December 6 at Bar Methodist Church 2.30pm.

Wanted - Old Youths
Bilton Youth Club has been given £300 by Harrogate Fine Art Society to create a new mural in the committee room. The project will be led by current members who would like to incorporate in the design memories of former members. If you have been involved in Bilton Youth Club anytime over the past four decades and would like to take part then contact 10 Giles on 01423 548844.

Bilton Ripley Bridleway
Watch out for the TV programme in December when you will get a chance to vote for lottery money to be allocated to Sustrans Connect2. If successful the re-opening of the disused railway line between Bilton and Ripley for use by pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders will become a little closer. Interest can be registered now at www.sustransconnect2.org.uk or by calling 0845 0581373

Monday, November 05, 2007
Bilton News
St John's Church 150th Anniversary: A warm welcome is extended to everyone to join in the celebrations this weekend, these include a Victorian Market, history exhibition, Victorian Music Hall and the Sunday services. At all events Victorian costume will be most welcome. There is a new book on the history of St. John's produced by Felicity Hildred and this will be available at the weekend events.
The Victorian market will take place tomorrow, Saturday, November 10 between 10.30am and 2pm, both the Church Hall and the Church will be used. There will be cakes, sweets, games, children's crafts, Usborne, Wesley Owen and second hand books, a men's stall, Fair Trade, jams, chutneys, a traditional bread and cake stall plus a new batch of St. John's own label Christmas puddings, or the chance to order one in time for Christmas if they sell out. In the church there will be spinning demonstrations, a power point presentation and pictures of St John's over the years, Bilton Historical Society has helped with this. Not to be missed are the Richard Taylor Singers at 11.30am. Coffee and cakes will be served from 10.30am and lunches between 11.30am and 2pm.
In the evening is a Victorian Music Hall at 7.30pm, a variety of variety under the Chairmanship of Terry Harrison with singing, can can, juggling, monologues and dance. Do dress up and enter the Victorian dress competition. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are £5 adults, £3 concessions. Telephone the parish office 565129 to find out if there are any left or make enquiries at the Victorian Market.
The Sunday services on November 11 will also be rather special. The preacher at the Victorian style Matins at 10am will be the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds. It is hoped as many people as possible will wear Victorian costume, including the Bishop. It has not been forgotten that this weekend marks another important anniversary and the traditional Act of Remembrance will be observed at 11am. Young peoples groups, Bright Sparks and Cafe Logo's will take place as usual, Bright Sparks will be in Victorian Sunday School style.
At 6pm Evensong will be sung according to the Book of Common Prayer and again Victorian dress will be welcome. This would be a good service for those who have never been to Church or have not attended for some time.
There seems to be something for everyone so let us all wish St John's a very happy anniversary and successful weekend.

Sponsor A Bulb: As part of the 150th celebrations 4th Bilton Brownies and 1st Bilton Guides are planting 150 daffodil bulbs in the church grounds to raise funds for Marie Curie.' Please sponsor a bulb for 25p to help them. Further details from Chris Smith 564816.

Tagg House Ladies: The next meeting is today, Friday, November 9 at Bilton Community 2.30pm. For more details just go along or telephone Edie 560334.

Grove Road Methodist Church Network: On Monday, November 12 there will be lunch, a stall and Do-it-Yourself entertainment, the following week, November 19 Rev. David Bucktrout is the speaker. Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Knox WI: The Annual General Meeting of Knox WI will take place on Monday, November 12 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. For further information contact secretary, Molly England 564896.

Bilton Men's Forum: On Tuesday, November 13, Mrs Dorothy Burrows will present a talk with slides on "Lakeland". There will be more slides the following week, November 20, with John Holroyd and his "A to Z of Yorkshire Transport - part 2" The meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane starting with a cup of tea from 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum: Angela Henson will give a presentation entitled" Madeira - The Garden in the Atlantic" on Tuesday, November 13 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Wesley Guild: On Tuesday, November 13 Derek Saville will speak on "Alcoholics Anonymous" and the following week, November 20, Rev Shaun Swithenbank is the speaker. Both meetings take place at 7.30pm at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club: The November dates are Wednesday, November 14, telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw 523582 to book; and Tuesday, November 27 telephone Mrs Shirley Saville 561250. Enjoy a good lunch for just £2.50.

Stitch And Craft Group: The last meeting of the year is a Social Supper and it takes place on Thursday, November 15 at Bilton Community Centre. Doors open 7pm. For further details or to find out about the 2008 programme telephone Pauline 507617 or Vera 884378.

Community Coffee Morning: The monthly coffee morning will take place on Saturday, November 17 at Bilton Community Centre between 10am and 11.30am. Raffle. Admission 50p to include coffee. All proceeds to Community Centre.

Bilton Conservation Group: The next social afternoon is on Saturday, November 17 at Bilton Community Centre at 2pm when Ian Wallace will show part two of his slide presentation "Veteran Trees". Those who missed part one will not want to miss this. Visitors and members £1.

Organ Recital: As part of the St John's 150th Anniversary celebrations in the church on Saturday, November 17 between 2.30pm and 3.40pm there will be an Organ Recital by Dr Simon Lindley, nationally renowned organist from Leeds Parish Church. Tickets can be purchased at the door £5 adults, £3 concessions.

Bilton WI: On Wednesday, November 21 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm Brian Beeken will be presenting his "Collection of Curiosities" If you are curious about what they may be then go along, visitors welcome £2.

Crafting Workshop: A crafting workshop will take place at Bilton Community Centre on Thursday, November 22 at 7.15pm cost £10. There will also be a Sunday workshop on November 18, cost £25, please note that this replaces the one planned for November 25. For more information or to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Bar Methodist Church Network: The next meeting is on Thursday, November 22 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road 2.30pm when Rev Irene Lincoln will preside over Gift Day and Communion.

Monday, October 22, 2007
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
Bilton Conservation Group
At the recent AGM chairman, Warren Considine, gave an annual report which he described as frustrating because most of the year had been spent in negotiations with Harrogate Council over maintenance of Nidd Gorge footpaths. Health, safety and disability access legislation has resulted in the reversal of the year on year improvements that had been taking place because it has not been possible to work in the Gorge for two years. The negotiations have not all been negative but as one problem was resolved another reared up. Inactivity is not what Bilton Conservation Group is good at so it has continued to lead walks, give talks, work in schools, help with Woodfield Millennium Green, plant bulbs, clean out and make new bird boxes. The opportunity to go ahead with a long planned new woodland has been warmly welcomed (see below)
The AGM was also a celebration of the Group's 25th birthday. There was the cutting and eating of a huge birthday cake and Keith Wilkinson was presented with a painting by Sandra Stockburn in appreciation of his large and consistent contribution to the work of the Group over its 25 years. Formalities were brought to a close with a lively slide show of Harrogate in the 1980/90s with lots of audience participation.

Centenary Woodland
In 2000 it was to be the Millennium Wood, in 2002 the Jubilee Wood and now it is definitely going to be the Centenary Wood. The former proposed names for the wood are no longer suitable so it is fortunate that an organisation that has continually worked with Bilton Conservation Group is celebrating its centenary this year; this organisation is the Scouts. Thousands of trees are being planted to celebrate 100 years of scouting. The Scouts are creating 100 woods and the one at Bilton will be the 100th. Some preparatory work has already taken place and today 100 scouts will descend on the field to the south of the Viaduct to start planting. Tomorrow, Saturday, October 27 between l0am-3pm is the opportunity for the public to get involved. All you will need is a spade. Telephone Keith Wilkinson 564708 for more details.

Tagg House Ladies
K E Hall will be the speaker today, Friday, October 26 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm.

Songs Of Praise
Anyone can go to the Songs of Praise tomorrow, Saturday, October 27 at St John's Church Hall at 3pm and everyone is welcome.

Bilton Men's Forum
On Tuesday, October 30, Harry Thacker will present a talk with slides entitled "European Resorts". The following week, November 6 there will be a talk on "Marie Curie Cancer Care". The meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea from 2pm and followed by the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum
At their next meeting, which is on Tuesday, October 30 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm, the Ladies welcome Rev Darren McClintock who will give a presentation on "Haiti" .

Wesley Guild
Rev Christine Gillespie is the speaker on Tuesday, October 30, the following week, November 6 Coun Geoff Webber will describe "My Mayoral Year". Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 7.30pm.

Harrogate Horticultural And Pot Plant Society
Bob Teasdale will entertain members with "Pot pourri" a selection of his films, on Wednesday, October 31 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm.

St John's Church
On Sunday, November 4 there will be a parade to include the 100th anniversary of scouting. Service l0am.

Grove Road Network
Rev Stanley Jackson is the speaker on Monday October 29 and the following week Rev Leonora Wassell will present "Remember, Remember". Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church 2.30pm.

Bilton Grange Townswomens Guild
It's bonfire night but will there be fireworks? You never know because there were some Nidderdale folk involved in the Gunpowder Plot and the speaker at the next meeting is Nigel Heptinstall with a presentation entitled "Nidderdale, Flora, Fauna and Folk". The meeting takes place on Monday, November 5 at Bar Methodist Church Hall at 2.30pm.

Bar Methodist Network
Stuart Garside is the speaker on Thursday, November 8 at Bar Methodist Church 2.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Crafting Workshops
The November dates for the crafting workshops in themed card making are Thursdays, 8 and 22 and Sunday 25. All sessions take place at Bilton Community Centre under the tuition of Anne and Caroline. On Sunday the class is a full day, lOam - 3pm cost £25 and on Thursdays it takes place in the evening at 7.15pm cost £10. You will need a basic tool kit and lunch on Sunday. For more information or to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Time For Change?
I have resisted entering the Tesco debate in this column as it is well covered elsewhere but a couple of weeks ago the Harrogate Advertiser carried a notice issued by North Yorkshire County Council advising of its intention to prohibit vehicles over 7.5 tonne from using the B6161 through Killinghall. There are lots of reasons why this is desirable but one of its effects will be to force heavy traffic on to the A59/A61 at New Park. In isolation this may not be so bad but, add it to the proposed development of the gas works site, development taking place at Oak Beck Park, proposals for mass housing and hopes for a tip to the west of town and it becomes another ingredient in the chaos that will be New Park Roundabout.
Personally, I have no problem with the development of the brown field sites of New Park but it would be lovely to see an imaginative, coherent plan for the whole area taking into account traffic issues of concern to all road users not just those affecting would be developers and their customers. Unsurprisingly, Tesco does not appear to have taken up my suggestion that it relocates the gasometer and the Little Wonder Pub. I admit a gasometer move could be a bit problematic but is it time to call time on the Little Wonder? Please do not telephone me if you have views on this, write to the editor.

Something To Look Forward To
There is a big event coming up on the weekend of November 10 and 11, the 150th Anniversary of St John's Church. There will be a Victorian Market, Music Hall, church services when it is hoped the congregation will dress in Victorian costume plus bulb planting. There will be lots more information next time but if you need details now telephone the parish office 565129.

Information Please
Travellers along Bilton Lane will have noticed that the wall belonging to the Dragon Bowling Club, behind the Skipton pub, was partially demolished recently. If anyone has any information as to how this may have happened please telephone the club secretary, Jane Blackburn on 563809.

Monday, October 08, 2007
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards

Bachelor Gardens Park
The long awaited public consultation on the ex Richard Taylor Trust land at the bottom of Bachelor Gardens happened last Saturday. The notice was a bit short but the 8000 leaflet delivery arranged by Harrogate Council was effective if the numbers I saw at the Cricket Club are anything to go by. A questionnaire was available and this was backed up by a pictorial display and Council Officers answering questions. This is just the start of a consultation period which hopefully will result in the most appropriate management of the site and the formation of a Friends Group to assist with the task.
Anyone unable to attend the Cricket Club consultation can still have an input by telephoning the Horticultural Officer, Sue Wood, on 01423 556757 and requesting a questionnaire by post. The photographs can be seen at the Council Offices and in certain circumstances can be brought to your home. To arrange this telephone the above number.

Harvest Tea
I was one of the lucky people invited to the recent Harvest Tea at Richard Taylor School. The adults at our table were looked after by Oliver, Jake, Stephen and Thomas who showed us their work on numeracy and healthy eating. We were entertained by the excellent school choir and a group of children performing the Dance of the Blue Lotus. The Blue Lotus is the national flower of Sri Lanka. Richard Taylor School has links with Sri Lanka through St Thomas's School there. Staff from St Thomas's were present as part of the Link programme. It was a lovely afternoon and a pleasure to be there.

Name To Watch Out For
Whilst at Richard Taylor School Oliver told me that he is one of the best 25 swimmers in the country for his age group and that he hopes to represent Britain at the 2016 Olympics. We wish him well and will follow his career with interest. The name to look out for is Oliver Bell.

Thanks For Support
Margaret Cracknell would like to thank everyone who supported the recent coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Care at Bar Methodist Church. A magnificent £250 was raised. Well done.

Tagg House Ladies
The meeting is today, Friday October 12 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm. Terry Frazier will be giving a slide presentation.

St John's Coffee Morning
The monthly coffee morning is tomorrow, Saturday October 13 between l0am and noon at St John's Church Hall. There will be a raffle, tombola, and home made cakes as well as the coffee. Admission 50p.

Bilton Conservation Group
The Annual General Meeting will take place tomorrow Saturday, October 13 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2pm. This will be followed by a slide presentation entitled "Harrogate - Do You Remember This?". I will be providing the commentary and showing slides from my own collection and that of the late Tony Burnham. As this is the AGM there will be no entrance charge. New members and visitors are welcome but only members will be able to vote at the AGM. Further details from secretary, Keith Wilkinson 564708.

Grove Road Network
On Monday October 15 the speaker is Mike Bratley and the following week, October 22, Margaret Allan will present "Red Letter Days". Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church 2.30pm.

Bilton Men's Forum
On Tuesday October 16, Dr Arnold Kellett will give a talk on "Yorkshire Dialect and its Humour". The following week, October 23 John Chillag will present an illustrated talk on "The Holocaust Revealed". The meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre at 2pm starting with a cup of tea and followed by the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum
The ladies will be "Exploring New England" with Miss Joan Kilburn at their next meeting which takes place on Tuesday October 16 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm.

Wesley Guild
"The Best Medicine" is the title of the presentation by Frank Ellis on Tuesday, October 16, the following week, October 23, the speaker is Michael Crosby on "Young Offenders". Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 7.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton WI
On Wednesday October 17 at Bilton Community Centre members will be "Climbing a Mountain in Colorado" with Doreen White. Visitors welcome £2.

Bar Methodist Lunch Club.
Contact Mrs Shirley Saville 561250, to book for the lunch on Tuesday October 17; for the lunch on Wednesday, October 30 telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw 523582. The lunches are at Bar Methodist Church and cost £2.50.

Stitch And Craft Group
Jan Parlby will give a presentation on "Crafts" at the meeting on Thursday October 18. Doors open 7pm with the talk at 8pm. New members and visitors welcome. For more information telephone Pauline 507617 or Vera 884378.

Autumn Fair - Dene Park
Woodfield and Dene Park Community Centre is holding its annual autumn fair on Saturday October 20 at the Community Centre on Dene Park between l0am-1 pm. There will be a raffle and tombola plus book, toy, cake and bric-a-brac stalls. Admission is 50p and includes tea/coffee and a scone. Everyone is welcome. The 201 bus stops outside the door.

Autumn Fair - St Lukes
It is a busy day for fair goers but possible to have morning coffee at Dene Park then catch the 201 bus to Franklin Road in time for a light lunch or refreshments at St Luke's Church, which is in Franklin Square behind the original Kings Road church. The St Luke's Autumn Fair takes place on Saturday, October 20 between 11am-1pm. There will be lots of stalls including toys, cakes, jewellery and books as well as a raffle and tombola. Admission 35p accompanied children free.

Community Coffee
The monthly coffee morning is on Saturday October 20 at Bilton Community Centre 10-11.30am. Raffle. Admission 50p. Proceeds to Community Centre.

Crafting Workshops
There will be crafting workshops for themed card making on Sunday October 21 at Bilton Community Centre between l0am-3.30pm. Cost £25. A workshop will also take place on Thursday, October 25 at 7.15pm - cost £10. For more information or to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
Terry Williams will be entertaining the ladies at their meeting on Monday October 22 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road, at 1O.30am.

Bar Methodist Network
On Thursday October 25 Peter and Audrey Kershaw will present "A Visit to South Africa". The meeting takes place at Bar Methodist Church 2.30pm.

Songs Of Praise
The next Songs of Praise is on Saturday October 27 at St. John's Church Hall 3-5pm. If you would like to suggest a hymn, request transport or could offer help with the catering please telephone Linda Williams on 522828

Bus Shelters
I have not forgotten those of you who have been in touch about bus shelters. There is not enough space this week but we will look at this soon. Anyone with comments about bus shelters, please let me have them.

Monday, September 24, 2007
Bilton News
Bilton News Anne Richards
Coffee Morning For Macmillan
The biggest coffee morning in the world is today, Friday, September 28 raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. There is an event at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road between 10am and noon where there will also be cake and bring and buy stalls. Everyone is welcome. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Thanks For Support
The organisers of the St John's Coffee mornings would like to thank everyone who supported the occasion last month and helped raise £280 for the Children's Society.

Brigantes Lacemakers
The Autumn season starts tomorrow, Saturday, September 29 at Bilton Community Centre l0am with a class on Stump Work given by Jo Firth of Pudsey. Telephone 01423 879206 for further information.

Bilton Grange Townswomens Guild
Alison Wragg will give a presentation on Martin House Children's Hospice at the meeting on Monday, October 1 at Bar Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road at 2.30pm. There will also be a harvest stall. Visitors are always welcome.

Grove Road Church Network
Sister Janet Durbin is the speaker at the Network meeting on Monday, October 1. The following week. October 8 Ken Dransfield will present "Memories are Made Like This". Both meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
The lunch club October dates are Tuesdays October 2 and 30 and Wednesday October 17. To enjoy a good lunch at Bar Methodist Church for £2.50 telephone Mrs Shirley Saville 561250 for Tuesday and Mrs Pauline Shaw 523582 for Wednesday.

Bilton Men's Forum
"Zimbabwe" is the title of a presentation by Paul Tennyson on Tuesday, October 2 at Bilton Community Centre. Please note that this is a change from the published programme. The following week, October 9, Peter Dransfield will describe, with the help of slides, "Switzerland and its Railways". Meetings start at 2pm with a cup of tea and the speakers are at 2.30pm.

Wesley Guild
On Tuesday, October 2 Father Callen-Travis will lead a Christian Service "Faith and Humour". The week after, October 9 a devotional meeting will be led by Rev Dr Roberta Topham. Both meetings take place at Bar Methodist Church at 7.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum
On Tuesday, October 2 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm the Ladies are looking forward to welcoming their speaker, Phil Willis, MP. Enquiries to Ivy 5035004 or Ann 521814.

Bilton Historical Society
The bi-monthly lecture, which is open to all, will take place on Wednesday, October 3 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, at 7.30pm. Robin Wardell will present "2000 Years of a Yorkshire Village" the village under discussion is Sheriff Hutton. Admission £1. The Historical Society is still working on its project "Forest, Farms and Families" every Tuesday morning at the Community Centre. Why not drop in to see what is happening?

Coffee Morning For Air Ambulance
A coffee morning will be held at Dene Park Community Centre on Saturday, October 6 between 10.30am-12.30pm. There will be a tombola and raffle plus cake and bric-a-brac stalls. The admission price of 50p includes tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome. The 201 bus stops at the door. Proceeds to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Jumble Sale
There will be a jumble sale at St John's Church Hall, Bilton Lane on Saturday, October 6 at 2pm. For collection telephone 508952 or 569134

Bilton Grange Urc Ladies Fellowship
Enjoy a Beetle Drive plus lunch at 10.30am on Monday, September 8 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on the corner of Skipton Road and Woodfield Road. The meeting starts at 10.30am with a cup of tea. For more information about this group which meets fortnightly to enjoy a range of activities telephone 503221.

Knox WI
Jennifer Stacey will present "Christmas Medley" at the meeting on Monday October 8 at Dene Park Community Centre 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £2. Knox WI is this years winner of my unofficial competition to find the first local organisation to mention Christmas. Congratulations, but there is no prize.

Crafting Workshop
The next Crafting Workshop for themed card making takes place on Thursday, October 11 at Bilton Community Centre 7.15pm. Cost £10. To obtain more information or book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Bar Church Network
Rev Dr Roberta Topham will lead the Network meeting on Thursday, October 11 at Bar Methodist Church 2.30pm

Tagg House Ladies
On Friday, October 12 Terry Frazier will give a talk with slides. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre at 2.30pm. Visitors and new members always welcome.

Advance Notice
The AGM of Bilton Conservation Group takes place on October 13 at the Community Centre at 2pm followed by a slide show by me. More details next time.

Monday, September 10, 2007
Bilton News

Golden Harvest: Last night, Pine Street Allotment Holders celebrated the achievements of the year at a social held at Bilton Cricket Club. The shield for the Harrogate Borough Council Highly Commended Allotment Site was on display and trophies were awarded to Vic Lokie for the best plot, Ralph Dykes, best senior plot and Lily Whitehead, best lady. A highlight of the evening was the announcement that £600 was to be presented to Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group for Charlotte's Carriage. The money was raised at the Open Day in August.
Bilton Ripley Cycle/Pedestrian Route: There is another chance to see the Roadshow on Monday, September 17 at Bilton Library, Bilton Lane between 11am and 4pm. If the cycle/pedestrian route becomes reality it should be of enormous benefit to many local people so go along, see what may be in store, register your support or voice any concerns.

Thursday Themes and Fun: Already started at St. Luke's, off Kings Road, every Thursday during term time between 3.30pm-4.45pm are games, art activities, a short service and food for children 0-11 years. Everyone is welcome and the children are urged to bring a responsible adult with them.

Bilton Men's Forum: At the meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at Bilton Community Centre Mrs Angela Henson will present "China - A Wonder of the Ancient World". Please note this is a change from the published programme. The following week, September 25, Eric Forster will give a talk "Laurence and Lawrence". The speakers start at 2.30pm but cups of tea are served from 2pm.
Bilton Ladies Forum: Mrs Ann Emmitt will give a presentation on Tuesday, September 18 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm entitled "Tea, the Cup that Cheers." It sounds as though it should go down a treat.

Wesley Guild: A mix of devotional and cultural/ social events take place at the weekly, Tuesday evening meetings at Bar Methodist Church 7.30pm. The next one, on September 18, is a devotional meeting with Deacon Rosemary Coggrave as speaker. The following week, September 25, it is the turn of cultural/social when Kath and Derek Newton entertain with "Songs from the Shows".
Alpha: Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian Faith in a relaxed setting over ten weekly sessions which will be thought provoking, low-key, friendly and fun. There are evening courses as well as daytime. For more information about the evening courses telephone Sue and Tim Davis, 506415 and for daytime Sarah Scaife 500787. There will be an introductory evening on Wednesday, September 19 at St. John's with a meal and, hopefully, an international live artiste playing throughout; this to be followed by a talk "Christianity; Boring, Untrue and Irrelevant?" The cost for the evening is £4. The course itself is free although a contribution towards the cost of food may be requested.

Bilton WI: On Wednesday, September 19 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm Lilian Mina of the Royal Hall Restoration Fund will Present "A Case Study for Conservation". Please note that this is a change from the published programme. Visitors welcome £2.

Bar Methodist Lunch Club: The Lunch Club next meets on Wednesday, September 19 and Tuesday, October 2. If you fancy an excellent lunch in good company for £2.50 telephone Mrs Pauline Shaw 523582 for Wednesday lunches or Mrs Shirley Saville 561250 for Tuesdays.

Stitch and Craft Group: It's a Work Night on Thursday, September 20 at Bilton Community Centre between 7pm and 10pm. Bring along some stitching and enjoy a coffee and a chat with like minded people. New members always welcome. For more information telephone Pauline 01423 507617 or Vera 01423 884378.

Tagg House Ladies: The next meeting is on Friday, September 21 at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm. This group meets every two weeks and enjoys a varied programme of social activities. Further details from Edie, tel. 560334.

Coffee Morning: There will be a coffee morning at Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, September 22 between Warn - 11.30am. All welcome. Admission 50p to include coffee. Raffle. Proceeds to Community Centre.
Grove Road Methodist Church Network: On Monday, September 24 at Grove Road Methodist Church 2.30pm Fred Thompson will describe "My Visit to the Rockies". Network meets weekly. For more information telephone 567288.

Harrogate Horticultural And Pot Plant Society: The Annual General Meeting of Harrogate Horticultural and Pot Plant Society will take place on Wednesday, September 26 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 7.30pm. This is a good opportunity to find out about the activities of this small but lively group. Further information from secretary, Miss B. Carter, tel. 564042.
It has been a difficult year for the gardener but everyone pulled out the stops to make last weeks show one of the best ever. Trophies were awarded to Pat Brown for most points for baking and preserves, Richard Smith most points for flowers and Ron Fry most points for vegetables.

Bar Methodist Church Network: Network meetings take place every two weeks on Thursday afternoons at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road, 2.30pm. The season starts on September 27, the theme is "Harvest" with Miss Doris Taylor. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place. The secretary is Mrs Violet Davill, tel. 886438.
Bilton Gala AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Bilton Gala will take place on Thursday, September 27 at The Granary, Knox Arms, Knox Lane at 8pm. Anyone with an interest in the Gala is urged to attend. No-one will be coerced onto the committee although new members are welcome. This is your chance to express new ideas, say what you liked and disliked about the 2007 gala and generally get to know what goes on behind the scenes at Biltons biggest event.

Crafting Workshop: The next themed. workshop in card making will take place at Bilton Community Centre on Thursday, September 27 at 7.15pm cost £10. For more information or to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Yoga Classes: Yoga classes take place at Bilton Community Centre on Thursdays 10.15-11.45am. Everyone is welcome, please bring a mat and blanket. Email for further details, sadieyoga@hotmail.com

Biggest Coffee Morning In The World:
The date for this major fund raising event for Macmillan Cancer Care is Friday, September 28. As usual Bar Methodist Church on Skipton Road will be holding a coffee morning between 10am and noon; it will include cake and bring and buy stalls. Please support this event if you can either by attending and enjoying the coffee or making a cash donation.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Bilton News
Bouquets All Round
All the local allotment sites did well at the recent Allotments Show at the Sun Pavilion each one scooping a major trophy. Congratulations to Kirsty Flower of Northern Outfall who won the Children's Cup for most points gained by a child; the future looks good with people like Kirsty around. Clive Pickles won the Northern Outfall Autumn Cup. Mike Walmsley of Unity Grove won the John Angus McKay Shield for most points in the show for vegetables, he was also awarded the Arthur Taylor Trophy for most points for a Unity allotment holder.
Pine Street Allotment holders were thrilled with the shield awarded by Harrogate Borough Council for the Highly Commended Allotment Site, just reward for the year on year improvements on the site. Ron Fry won the Pine Street Autumn Cup. There were lots of other Bilton names on the prize winning tickets, congratulations to them all and for those who did not win anything, well done and better luck next year.

It's Autumn
I know it's autumn, even though the weather has picked up, because this is the week the round of social and fund raising events start. Any person or group asking for a mention in this column welcomes visitors and new members so, if you are looking for something new do not be shy, go along and you will soon feel at home.

Jumble Sale
There will be a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday. September 1 at St John's Church at 2pm.

Bilton Grange Townswomen's Guild
"Billies and Charlies" is the title of the presentation by Eric Forster at the meeting on Monday. September 3 at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road at 2.30pm. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place. For more information telephone Mrs M Kendrew 560289.

Bilton Ripley Cycle Track
There will be a public exhibition at Bilton Library, Bilton Lane on Monday, September 3 between 1pm-7pm. This new facility, for pedestrians as well as cyclists, depends on a successful bid to the Big Lottery Fund and, if it gets through to the next stage, a public TV vote scheduled for December. It would help if people registered their support before the TV stage and many have already done so, but more are needed. This is your opportunity to learn more about the proposals and how to register your support.

Bar Methodist Church Lunch Club
September dates are Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 19. Enjoy a delicious lunch for £2.50. For further information contact Mrs Shirley Saville tel. 561250 for Tuesday lunches or Mrs Pauline Shaw 523582 for Wednesday.

Bilton Mens Forum
The first meeting of the season is on Tuesday, September 4 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2.30pm (teas served from 2pm). Mr Chris Freeman will show slides on a trip to Australia with a difference entitled "Three Cities and a Wedding". The following week, September 11, John Wallis will give a talk on "Yesterday's Humour."

Bilton Ladies Forum
The Ladies also return to Bilton Community Centre on Tuesday, September 4 at 7.30pm they welcome the Harrogate Ladies Barbershop Singers with "Stray Sound". For more information telephone Ivy 523504 or Ann 521814.

Adult Education Classes
There is a good variety on offer this year details of most should have reached you via your letterbox. The literature describes lots of ways to enrol but of interest to local residents are a couple of special enrolment days for North Yorkshire County Council courses on Wednesdays September 5 and 12 at Bilton Library between 9am and 8.30pm.
For the making musical instrument courses mentioned last time telephone John Branson 01423 528071. At Bilton Community Centre the regular Crafting Workshops continue with September dates on Thursdays, September 6 and 27 from 7.15-9.15pm. Cost £10 per session but if 5 are booked in advance the sixth is free.
A workshop will also take place on Sunday, September 9 between l0am- 3.30pm. Cost £25, tea/coffee provided but bring your own lunch. These classes are themed workshops in card making, parchment craft and rubber stamping for all levels and abilities. You will need a basic tool kit but if you are not sure what is required or would like to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.

Acorns At Bilton Grange
New to Bilton Grange School from September 7 is Acorns Playgroup which operates during term time and accepts children from the age of two. Telephone 07952 963186 for further information.

Tagg House Ladies
On Friday, September 7 a talk with slides by Ian Hasden is the first of the season. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre 2.30pm. For more information telephone Edie on 560334.
Coffee Morning For St Michael's Hospice: The monthly coffee morning at St John's Church Hall on Saturday September 8 at l0am promises to be a good one because it is raising funds for the popular cause of St Michael's Hospice. There will be a cake stall, raffle and a tombola plus a stall from St Michael's which will contain lots of new merchandise.
It is much too soon to say shop early for Christmas but go along and see what you can find. Admission 50p.

Flower Show
The Annual Show of Harrogate Horticultural and Pot Plant Society takes place on Saturday, September 8 at Bilton Community Centre and is open to the public 2-4pm Everyone is welcome to come and view what should be a wonderful array of flowers, vegetables and pot plants and to buy some of the produce, including preserves and cakes. There is also a raffle and refreshments. Admission 50p.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship
Activities start again on Monday, September 10 at 10.30am at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. At the first session the ladies will be looking at old photographs and having lunch. For more information telephone 503221.

Knox WI
"Doing Our Own Thing" sounds like a good opportunity to find out more about Knox WI at its meeting on Monday, September 10 at Dene Park Community Centre 7.30pm. Visitors £2. For more information telephone Molly England, 564896.

Macmillan Coffee Mornings
There are usually several coffee mornings taking place for Macmillan Cancer Care as part of the biggest coffee morning in the world but I do not usually find out about them until it is too late for inclusion in this column. If you are organising an event on September 28 please let me know now. Here is one for your diary, Bar Methodist Church Skipton Road. More details next time.

Monday, August 13, 2007
Bilton News
BILTON NEWS Anne Richards
King Of Harrogate
Having supplied fresh milk in Harrogate for the past 47 years Jeff and Carol King have now retired. They have been overwhelmed with cards and kind messages from many of their loyal and friendly customers and would like to thank them for their good wishes. Jeff and Carol are still convinced that doorstep delivery of milk in glass bottles is the eco friendly way to supply milk and they send their good wishes to their successors, Mr Alex Brown and family, for a successful and rewarding future.
Jeff, in his milk van, has long been a familiar site around the local streets and he will be missed. The couple is not only famous for the milk round; they are members of several local organisations and were the driving force behind Bilton Gala for 25 of its 30 year history. Everyone who knows Jeff and Carol will wish to echo the good wishes of their customers and will hope that they achieve a long and happy retirement. They deserve to.
Make Music
Lots of people know John Branson even if they cannot connect the name to the face; he is actively involved in several local organisations and is often seen taking a walk in the area. What people may not know is that he is an amateur instrument maker and attends the Orchestral and Stringed Instrument Making Class at Harrogate High School. He wonders if anyone else would like to join the class to take up this fascinating hobby.
The classes are suitable for anybody who would like to make a hand crafted violin, viola, cello or even a double base, as one member of the class is doing for his son. It is not necessary to be a music player to experience the thrill of hearing the instrument you have made being played for the first time. John does not play himself but has made instruments for his family including a viola for his daughter and a three quarter sized violin for his grandson who has now progressed to playing a full size Guarneri style violin. At present John is making a cello but no-one on the family plays one, as yet.
No previous experience is needed, just enthusiasm. All training is given by
professional makers, Peter Hall of Beverley Music Centre and Mark Jackson. If you would like to know more about the class telephone John Branson on 01423 528071.
Adult Education Classes
If making a musical instrument is not for you then watch out for the North Yorkshire County Council co-ordinated programme of adult education classes starting in September which will be delivered to your door any time now. It contains lots of exciting ideas for taking up' something new or brushing up on dormant skills. There are lots of ways to enrol but if you like a personal and local method the dates to remember are September 5 and 12 at Bilton Library 9am- 8.30pm.
Acorns At Bilton Grange
A playgroup is opening at Bilton Grange School on September 7. It will be open during term time and will accept children from the age of 2. The Acorns Playgroup was formerly at Saltersgate School but is relocating to Bilton Grange. For further information please telephone 07952 963186.
Allotment Show
Sunday, August 19 is the date of the annual Harrogate and District Allotment and Garden Federation Show at the Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens from noon. Admission is free but funds are being raised for Henshaws Society for Blind People. There will be lots of stalls, music by the Dixieland Jazz Quartet, refreshments and, of course, the displays of flowers and vegetables grown by the allotment holders.
With three allotment sites nearby, Northern Outfall, Unity Grove and Pine Street, there is a lot of local interest and friendly rivalry in the competitions. Will any of our gardeners win some of the major trophies? Will any of our sites win the best allotment site? Go along and find out whilst enjoying a pleasant afternoon raising money for a good cause.
On The Wild Side
As part of the Big Wild Read summer activities for children at Bilton Library on Bilton Lane there will be a chance to find out about the local environment with Bilton Conservation Group on Wednesday August 15 between 2.15-3pm. The event is free but places must be booked in advance. To book or find out more telephone 01423 563609.
Craft Workshop
The next craft workshop in card making takes place at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane on Thursday, August 23 at 7.15pm. Cost £10. For more information or to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.
Model Railway Exhibition.
Almost last but definitely not least is the model railway exhibition at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. This annual event, which has become a firm favourite with both locals and those who live further afield, takes place on bank holiday Monday, August 27 between l0am-4pm. Refreshments will be served throughout. Admission £2.50 adults children £1. This is a really good family day out with something for everyone.
Bank Holiday Buses
On Monday August 27 Harrogate and District Travel will operate a Sunday service on all routes. If you want to go to the model railway exhibition by bus use services 201 or 202 and alight at Kings Road shopping parade which is only a couple of hundred yards away.
Advance Notice
Jumble sale at St John's Church Hall on Saturday September 1 at 2pm.

Monday, July 30, 2007
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
Bilton Gala: Has anyone ever wondered where the balloons released at Bilton Gala in May finally came to ground? Congratulations go to Niamh Johnson whose balloon was found the day after the gala in North Germany. The lucky balloon number was 748. Niamh, who attends St. Joseph's RC Primary School was presented with her prize when current Gala Queen, Amy Frost, and mascot Billowby Bear made a surprise visit to her school assembly.
The Gala committee are currently inviting local, Bilton based, organisations to submit requests for a donation from the Gala proceeds. If you think your organisation or good cause would benefit from a grant please contact the committee via the website, www.biltongala.org.uk or telephone Stuart on 509113.
So to next year, yes, plans are in hand. Due to popular demand for stalls the committee has extended the deadline for applications at this years rate until August 31. If you would like to ensure your pitch at £25 or a double for £45 download an application form from the website or telephone Stuart.
New Park Mirror: It is the time of year when the New Park Mirror comes through the letter box. The current edition tells the story of the creation of the Secret Garden at New Park School which, amongst other things, is wonderful for wildlife, encourages recycling and contains an approximately half scale replica of the Barber engine, constructed from recycled items. When the garden was officially opened by the Mayor earlier this year it was almost exactly 100 years after the gasworks railway opened in 1907 and also close to the 50th anniversary of its closure in 1957.
The pages of the "Mirror" also contain a description of the recent floods and a comparison with those of the 1920s plus an article on the history of New Park Methodist Chapel opened in 1899 and closed in 1972; the building was demolished in 2002 and the Skipton Road site is now occupied by flats.
If you would like to receive future copies of this twice yearly publication sent £1 with your name and address to New Park School on Skipton Road.
Pine Street Allotments Open Day: Last Sunday Pine Street Allotment Site opened its gates and welcomed visitors from Leeds, Knaresborough, Nidderdale, other allotment sites and crowds of local people. It was one of those perfect allotment days, sunny but not too hot and no rain. From early morning the site was full of laughter as people wheeled barrow loads of plants. vegetables and bric-a-brac to the grassy area where the stalls were. Some of the stalls were manned by families and young people which all goes to show that gardening appeals to all ages.
The aims were to raise awareness of allotments and to raise money for Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group - Charlotte's Carriage. Both were achieved. Experienced gardeners swapped notes and shared their knowledge with newcomers whilst super salesmen Nathan and others were busy taking the cash. Exactly how much cash was not known at the time of writing as plot holders were still selling vegetables, but it looks good. Watch this space.
The next date in the allotment gardeners calendar is August 19 when the annual show takes place in the Sun Pavilion. More details next time but note the date now.
Jumble Sale: There will be a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, August 4 at St. John's Church at 2pm. For collection ring 569134.
August Crafting Workshops: This months Crafting Workshops take place at Bilton Community Centre on Sunday, August 5 between 10am and 3pm, cost £25 and on Thursday, August 9 and 23 between 7.15pm and 9.15pm, cost £10 per session. These are themed workshops in card making for all levels of ability. For further information or to book a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.
Local Development Framework: The anxiously awaited next step towards a Local Development Framework, which will guide and manage development and conservation in the Harrogate District up to 2021, is now upon us. There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, August 7 at the Sun Pavilion, Cornwall Road at 6.30pm. Its purpose is to explain the present position, the next steps and to provide an opportunity for discussion. All relevant information is also available at libraries, council offices and on www.harrogate.gov.uk/ldf
Opportunities to influence this very important framework concerning housing provision and other development become fewer as its completion approaches so, if you are interested in the future of the local area make it your business to attend a public meeting or look at the documents at the other locations to see what they contain. Harrogate Council will be pleased to receive your comments up to September 14 but is unlikely to be able to accept later submissions.
Library on The Wild Side: As part of the Big Wild Read, summer activities for children, two special events have been organised at Bilton Library on Bilton Lane. Firstly, on Tuesday, August 7, 2.15pm-3pm is "Animal Antics" craft sessions and story time for 4 to 8 year olds. On Tuesday, August 21, 2.15pm-3pm is an opportunity to find out about the environment near you with Bilton Conservation Group. Both these events have to be booked in advance but tickets are free. Call in at the library or telephone 563609.
Holiday Coffee Morning: As so many activities take a break in August it is good to hear of one that does not. The monthly coffee morning at St. John's Church Hall will take place on Saturday, August 11 between 10am and noon. There will be a raffle, tombola and cake stall. Admission is 50p including coffee and biscuits. Proceeds are for The Children's Society, supporting youngsters who have run away from domestic abuse. So go along, enjoy a coffee and a chat and support a good cause at the same time. You will be very welcome.
At The Shows: Brigantes Lacemakers will be at Tockwith Show on August 4 and hope lots of Bilton people will go along and see them, and you do not have to go to Tockwith to do it; the poor weather has made Tockwith Showground unusable so instead the event will take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground at Harrogate. The following week, August 11 is Ripley Show where our Local WIs, Bilton and Knox, will be heavily involved; they too will be very pleased to see you.
Optimistic Sign: For several weeks now there has been a hand written sign outside the Skipton public house on Skipton Road. It simply says "Summer Barbecue Coming Soon". Let us hope that by the time you read this it will have arrived.

Monday, July 02, 2007
Bilton News
BILTON NEWS - Anne Richards
Time For A Chat: There has been a lot to talk about since the last Bilton News; the weather, of course. Some people in the area have suffered from flood damage and they must be feeling miserable, most of us however are just thankful that the worst we have endured is a battered garden. The weather has kept people indoors and prompted some of them to tell me about their autumn plans, which provides me with a good excuse to remind groups to let me have a copy of their autumn programmes as soon as possible. If anyone is arranging a one off celebration or fundraiser please let me know the date as soon as you know it yourself. It can never be too early but it can be too late, as the organisers of a coffee morning recently found. Because Bilton News only appears every two weeks my deadline can be much earlier than many people imagine. It does not matter if plans are not finalised initially because, if the deadline arrives and I know you are holding an event, I can telephone you for those final details. I do hope the weather picks up soon and, when it does, that you carry on telephoning me, its has been really good to hear from so many people.
On The Buses: There was plenty of talk about on the buses, most people agreeing that, on the whole, the bus drivers are alright. The first to call was Mrs Madge Malthouse of Bilton Lane who wanted to tell me about something that happened some time ago but which she has never forgotten. She purchased a return ticket then lost it. On the way home, when tendering her fare, she mentioned the lost ticket to the, now different, driver. He asked where she had got on and then produced the lost ticket. She had dropped it, someone noticed and handed it to the driver who told the second driver about it. Result, ticket and owner reunited and one happy customer. A caller from Knox generally agreed that the standard of driving is good and puts this down to the fact that many drivers wear blue badges to signify they have passed the advanced driving test. The caller, being an advanced driver, congratulates the bus company for encouraging its drivers to take the advanced test and comments that drivers with the blue badge provide passengers with a much smoother ride. A lady telephoned to report an incident that happened that very day. A passenger with a free pass got on the wrong bus, a 202 instead of 201. When the mistake was discovered there was some consternation but the driver, together with an off duty driver, was able to drop the passenger at the nearest stop and give directions on how to reach the intended destination. The caller felt that such incidents, which occur quite frequently, could be avoided if pass holders stated their destination to the driver, as requested by the bus company but rarely complied with. If people did this mistakes could be rectified before their journey begins. Of course none of us believe we would make such a mistake, until we actually do.
Knox WI: "I'll Lend You £10" says Pam Smith in the title of her presentation at the meeting on Monday July 9 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. Why not go along and
find out why Pam is making this offer. Visitors welcome £2. There is no regular indoor meeting in August but preparation will be in hand for Ripley Show and the walks which take place on the third Monday of each month. Contact secretary, Molly England 564896 for further details.
Crafting Workshops With Anne And Caroline: A series of Thursday evening workshops in card making for all levels of ability with friendly and informative tutoring in parchment craft and rubber stamping starts on Thursday, July 12. The meetings are every two weeks at Bilton Community Centre between 7.15pm and 9.15pm. Cost is £10 per session but if you book five in advance the sixth is free. A basic tool kit is required. If you are not sure what to bring, would like more information about the workshops or wish to reserve a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913.
Family Fun Day And Coffee Morning: St John's Church on Bilton Lane is the place to be on Saturday, July 14 between 10.30am-1.30pm. The traditional monthly coffee morning forms part of the proceedings but in addition there will be lots of stalls, home baking and preserves, games, a bouncy castle and lunch Everyone welcome.
Bilton WI: Christobel England will give a presentation entitled "Open Arms, Malawi" on Wednesday, July 18 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £2. This is the last indoor meeting until September but, like their colleagues in Knox WI, Bilton WI is involved in Ripley Show on August 11 and there will be an outing to Pickering followed by lunch at The Lion Inn, Blakey on August 15. For further information contact Gail Peckett on 886416.
Stitch And Craft Group: The next meeting is on Thursday, July 19 at Bilton Community Centre between 7-10pm. The speaker starts at 8pm and she is Alison Brain who will give a presentation on "Bead Figures". Further information from Pauline 507617 or Vera 884378. There will be no meeting in August.
Dates For The Diary: There will be a Songs of Praise at St Johns on July 28 but if you want to sing a particular hymn requests have to be in by July 22. Whatever hymn is asked for will be sung provided words and music can be found. Telephone Linda Williams 522828. Following a successful open day last year Pine Street Allotments is to hold another on Sunday, July 29. More details about both these events next time but make a note in your diary now.

Monday, June 18, 2007
Bilton News
Bilton News - Anne Richards
On The Buses: I was asked to say something nice about bus drivers and thought, why not? Alright, sometimes the bus driver is a bit grumpy but we all have off days and bus drivers do have to put up with other peoples bad driving, inconsiderate parking and some passengers who are a bit grumpy too. It is not too difficult to find good points though, perhaps we should do it more often so here is a start. As a regular bus passenger I can honestly say that I find the vast majority of drivers to be courteous, polite, helpful, and considerate, they look smart and drive well. Some of them have a smile and a cheery word for their passengers and that is really great, when the bus driver smiles the passengers do too. So, if you are a bus passenger and find your driver a bit down in the dumps why not give him or her a smile and see if it works the other way round.
Say Something Nice: Is there any other groups of people we should say something nice about? Please let me know if you have any ideas.
Thanks For Support: Pat Boutwood telephoned to say that over £600 was raised at the recent St John's coffee morning for the Bethesda Medical Clinic in Haiti. When Gavin McClintock heard the news he was delighted and said that the money would pay for two mobile clinics to go into the mountains for three days, during which time each would see approximately 140 people. Well done to everyone concerned, thanks are expressed to all who supported the coffee morning in a practical way, those who publicised it through posters and everyone who went along to enjoy it.
Jumble Sale: There will be a jumble sale tomorrow, Saturday, June 23 at St John's Church Hall, Bilton Lane. For collection ring 524351 or 508952.
Summer Fayre: The Bilton Grange United Reformed Church Summer Fayre is to take place on Saturday, June 30 at 2pm. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. There will be plenty of stalls including cakes, books, plants, bottles, nearly new, plus a tombola and raffle. Delicious afternoon teas will be served. Admission 50p, accompanied children free.
Brigantes Lacemakers: The monthly meeting takes place on Saturday, June 30 at Bilton Community Centre. This is a full day event starting with coffee at l0am which is usually followed by a talk/demonstration or workshop. You will need to bring a packed lunch. For more details contact the secretary, telephone 01377 288076.
Crafting Workshop: The next Sunday session of the Crafting Workshop is on July 1 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane between l0am and 3.30pm. Cost £25. Tea/coffee is provided but bring your own lunch for the half hour lunch break. You will also need to bring a basic tool kit. The themed workshops are in card making for all levels of ability with friendly, informative tutoring in parchment craft and rubber stamping. For more information or to reserve a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913. These meetings take place approximately once per month.
Bilton Grange Townswomens Guild: Monday, July 3 is "Members Afternoon" when members are encouraged to take along a photograph for display then tell the group why it has special memories. The meeting takes place at Bar Methodist Church Hall, Skipton Road at 2.30pm and new members are always welcome. There is car parking at the rear off Bar Place. There will also be a stall with the theme "Flour/Flower". The ladies are taking a break in August but will be back in September. Anyone requiring information in the meantime should contact secretary Mrs M Kendrew 560289.
Goodbye And Hello: Well known member of St John's, David Everett, has recently moved to Shadwell to serve as Curate in the Moor Allerton, Leeds team. He will have completed his three years ordination training by the end of June. Bilton people will wish to send congratulations and good wishes to David and his family and they will equally wish to extend a warm welcome to Caroline Falkingham who will join the St John's team in July. Both David and Caroline are being ordained in Ripon Cathedral on July 1. We wish them well.
Find The Lady: Bilton Historical Society had the pleasure of hearing a wonderful talk, supported with slides, by Mike Hine on the Empire Theatre in Harrogate. The building is still there and is now Pinocchios at the corner of Cheltenham Parade and Mount Parade, it started out as a Primitive Methodist Chapel in 1872 then for a couple of decades after 1911 was a theatre/music hall. Mike has been researching the theatre for over 20 years and collecting posters and photographs, surprisingly few of which appear to have survived. In his research he has been helped by many people, one of whom was Mrs Betty Thompson who lived at 168 Crab Lane until a few months ago. When she moved Mike lost touch but would like to speak with her again. If you know where Mrs Thompson is please ask her to telephone Mike Hine on 01423 880505 because he will be very happy: to hear from her.
Allotment Outing: Members of Northern Outfall, Unity and Pine Street Allotments would like to thank Molly Askew from Harlow Hill Allotments for organising the annual outing which, this year, was to Tatton Park. The weather was better in Cheshire than at home and a good time was had by all. By coincidence there was another coach from Harrogate in the motorway service area, it was taking the Archaeological Society to the Anderton Canal Lift; it was surprising how many people knew each other and lucky that everyone got back on the correct coaches after the reunion in the cafe. As for the allotments, they were in need of rain and on the following day they got it. Another good thing to come out of the trip was the experience of traffic congestion on the M62 which means there will be no more grumbling about Skipton Road for a day or two.

Monday, June 11, 2007
Community Centre Grounds
Community Centre Grounds:
Throughout the history of Bilton Community Centre the committee has taken great pride in the appearance of the property, both inside and out. The current committee is no exception and when it became obvious that the low boundary wall bordering Bilton Lane had seen better days it was decided to replace it with the smart new railings and gate now in position. It is still possible to view the millennium rose bed, the cherry tree and other colourful plants in season but in addition the Centre now has a modern, up to date appearance. Secretary, Barry Jeffrey, wonders if there is anything else that can be done to enhance the grounds of the Centre. He would like to hear from users, neighbours or anyone who just walks by with ideas on how Bilton Community Centre could look even better. Anyone with thoughts on this please telephone Barry on 522264.

On The Buses:

Two weeks ago I asked what you thought about the smaller buses on the 201 and 202 routes. The general consensus was that they are not ideal and Harrogate and District Travel agree. The Marketing Manager explained that the use of these buses is a temporary measure whilst the usual fleet is being adapted for wheelchair use. The small buses have already been removed from the 201 route where overcrowding was a problem and they are only being used on the 202 a few days a week, this will continue for a couple of months or so but things will be back to normal when the usual buses return. By special request I have been asked to say something nice about bus drivers, so I will next time. Please telephone me with any comments you would like to add.

Bilton Conservation Group:

Last time I said the annual subscription to BCG was £5 per year but membership secretary Sue Hughes telephoned to say it is only £2.50. I am very pleased to be able to correct this and say that membership of Bilton Conservation Group is an even bigger bargain than I thought it was. If I did not manage to persuade you to join a fortnight ago perhaps you would now like to reconsider, Sue will be pleased to receive membership enquiries and payment at 73 Hill Top Avenue, HGI 3BS.

Thanks For Support:

The St John's monthly coffee morning and plant sale in May raised £275 for Christian Aid. The organisers wish to thank everyone who helped, contributed and attended.

Coffee Morning:

The next St John's coffee morning will take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 9 in the church hall between l0am and noon. Admission is 50p including coffee and biscuits and there will also be a raffle, tombola, bring and buy and a plant stalls. The coffee morning is in aid of the Bethesda Medical Mission in Haiti where Gavin McClintock, the brother of Rev Darren McClintock, is a doctor. All welcome.

Knox WI:

Kaeli Moorhouse will give a presentation entitled "Viking Age" at the meeting on Monday, June 11 at Dene Park Community Centre 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £2.