Bilton News – 12th December 2019

Bilton news – December 12

Angels all over Bilton: Bilton Churches Together members have been knitting hundreds of angels which, between now and Christmas, will be found all over the area. Take a look at the hedge surrounding Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. If you find an angel pick it up and take it home with you. Those who created them would like to wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Coffee morning: on Saturday, December 14 in St John’s Church Hall 10am-noon. There will be several stalls including cakes, cards, a raffle and tombola. Join in with the Christingle making for the services on Sunday. Proceeds to Children’s Society. Admission £1 includes, tea, coffee and biscuits. Everyone is welcome.

Grand Christmas Raffle Draw: at a coffee afternoon at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 2pm. All are welcome to go along for tea/coffee and enjoy the excitement of finding out who has won one of the large number of great prizes. It might even be you.

Services at St John’s : on Sunday, December 15 Holy Communion is at 8am, morning worship at 10am. At St Luke’s there is Christingle making at 10.30am. The wonderful Christingle services take place in the afternoon; at St John’s the times are 4.30pm and 6.30pm, at St Luke’s also 4.30pm. Next week morning prayer takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, December 18 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Sew-cial: at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on Monday, December 16, 10.30am-noon. Go along for refreshments and a chat. Take some knitting, sewing or other craft. Beginners, learners, experts or just talkers and tea drinkers are all welcome.

Film Club: at BIlton Area Methodist Church on Tuesday, December 17. Tea is served from 1.30pm, the film, Lion King, starts at 2pm. Free entry though donations welcome. The church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Men’s Forum: on Tuesday, December 17 at Bilton Community Centre Stephen Luke is to give an illustrated talk on the adventures of Dick Turpin. Tea is served from 2pm. The speaker starts at 2.30pm.

Tagg House Ladies: it is the Christmas Faith Lunch on Friday, December 20 at Bilton Community Centre. Doors open 12.30pm with plans to eat at approximately 1pm. Everyone is welcome to come along, bring something good to eat and share with others then enjoy a couple of hours of good company and conversation.

Library Christmas closed days: anyone wishing to stock up on good books to read over the holiday period will need to note that Bilton and Woodfield Community Library will close on Saturday, December 21 at 1pm and re-open Thursday, January 2 at 9.30am. The monthly coffee morning will take place on December 21 with the usual opportunity to peruse the stock cupboard in search of second hand books for 50p.

Invitation to Christmas Dinner: share a meal at 1pm on Christmas Day with others in St John’s Church Hall. Families and individuals are welcome. To find out more please telephone the church office 0n 01423 565129 or Simon, the Rector, on 01423 431513 by December 22.

 

Bilton News – 5th December 2019

Bilton news – December 5

St John’s and St Luke’s Christmas Fair: to be held at St Luke’s Church, Franklin Square on Saturday, December 7 from 10.30am-1pm. There will be many stalls including jewellery, crafts, jam, cakes and books, plus a raffle and tombola. Light lunches and lovely deserts available. Admission £1 includes tea/coffee.

Decision time: the Trustees of Woodfield Millennium Green are considering closing the Green and giving the land back to the Council. Why? Because the site is often vandalised and used as a rubbish tip or dog lavatory and local people who use the green do not help to maintain it. The trustees see no point in putting effort and money into a project that is not wanted. Anyone who would like to have a say about this should go to a meeting at Woodfield Millennium Green, on the corner of Cecil Street and Albany Avenue on Saturday, December 7 at 11am. The trustees will make their final decision at the end of the year.

Coffee morning: on Saturday, December 7 at Bilton Area Methodist Church 10-11.30am. The host this month is BIlton Area Methodist Lunch Club. All are welcome. The church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, December 8 Holy Communion is at 8am and 10am. At St Luke’s morning worship takes place at 10.30am. Next week morning prayer is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, December 11 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Bilton Grange URC Monday Fellowship: has a carol service on Monday, December 9 followed by lunch. For further details telephone 01423 503221.

Bingo: at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane on Monday, December 9 at 2pm. Admission 30p, bingo books 50p each. The Christmas tree is up and the Centre looks great. Go along and join in the fun.

Knox WI: it is the Christmas party on Monday, December 9 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm. For further information or to reserve a 2020 programme when available please telephone 01423 564986.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: has its Christmas party on Tuesday, December 9. To find out more or book a place telephone Averil on 01423 506600.

Bilton Ladies Forum: is also in party mood with its event on Tuesday, December 10 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm featuring the Harrogate Spa Town Ukes. To find out more or reserve a 2020 programme please telephone 01423 545511.

Bilton WI: no surprise as to what is happening at Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, December 11 at 7.30pm. It is the Christmas party. For more information or to request a 2020 programme telephone 01423 564978.

At the library: next week at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library is Storytime for pre-school children and their carers on Tuesday, December 10 from 10am, this is a free event. It is not too late to take part in the book bingo and maybe win a prize, find out how in the library. The Library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre.

Pantomime tickets; are now available for Dick Whittington at St John’s Church on February 6 and 7 at 7pm and February 8 at 2pm. £8 adults, £5 under 16s, including ice cream in the interval. Apply at St John’s Church office . For opening hours telephone 01423 5656129.5

Bilton News – 28th November 2019

Bilton news – November 28

Christmas Fayre: on Saturday, November 30 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church from 11am. Entry is free. There will be stalls including cakes, books, jewellery and fancy goods, bric-a-brac, Christmas, soft toys, a raffle and tombola. Light lunches will be served. Everyone is welcome. The church is on the corner of Skipton Road and Woodfield Road. The 2a and 2b buses stop nearby on Kings Road.

Bilton Conservation Group: it is the Annual general Meeting on Saturday, November 30 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 10am. The meeting will be followed by a talk/slide show on the brown plaques of Harrogate by Peter Barnes. All are welcome though only members can vote at the AGM. Refreshments will be served and a raffle held. The 2020 calendar will be available to buy £5.50 as will the newly reprinted book “Bilton Through the Ages” by Bill Williams £4. Both make excellent stocking fillers.

Jigsaws, crafts, coffee and HELP: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library on Saturday, November 30, 10am-noon. There will be children’s Christmas crafts, help for anyone having difficulty with a laptop, mobile phone or tablet, advice from H.E.L.P. on support with keeping warm in winter and other concerns for those trying to live independently in their own homes, plus optional coffee and cakes £1. New is a jigsaw borrowing service. Borrow a jigsaw for one month for a £1. Initially the opportunity to borrow will only be at the monthly coffee mornings though jigsaws can be returned at any time. If popular the service may be extended. The Library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre. All welcome.

Music and Mirth: at St John’s Parish Church on Saturday, November 30 at 3pm. Celebrate Advent and Christmas with the Wesley Singers. Programme/tickets £5 including refreshments. Under 16s enter free.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday December 1 Holy Communion is at 8am and 11am. There will be a parade and toy service at 9.30am and an Advent Carol Service at 6pm. At St Luke’s there will be a parade service at 10.30am. Next week morning prayer is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, December 4 Holy Communion takes place at 10.30am.

Here to Help: join Jen Sonley from H.E.L.P on Tuesday, December 3 at Bilton Health and Wellbeing Hub, 69 Bilton Lane, 11am-noon for a free cuppa and a chat. This is a chance for everyone to enjoy some company and find out where to turn for community activities and support. No need to book, just turn up. For more information telephone Jen on 01423 813090 or email help@harcvs.org.uk

Bilton Men’s Forum: Norman Oberheim will be showing his latest wonderful photos on Tuesday, December 3 at Bilton Community Centre. Tea is served from 2pm Norman starts at 2.30pm. New members welcome. Next week the Men will be out enjoying their Christmas Lunch but will be back at the Community Centre on December 17.

Bilton Historical Society: on Wednesday, 4th December at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm John Buglass is to give a presentation on archaeology on the River Aire entitled “Boats in a Coal Mine.” Everyone is welcome. Admission £2 includes refreshments and a raffle. The study group meets every Tuesday morning at the Community Centre 9am-noon and visitors are welcome to drop in and find out what is happening.

Bingo: at Dene Park Community Centre every Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4pm. Enjoy bingo and have a cup of tea and a chat. Entry 40p, bingo books extra. All welcome. The 2a bus stops at the door.

Tagg House Ladies: on Friday, December 6 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm Dr Baker is to give a slide presentation on the Nidd Gorge. Visitors welcome. Admission £1.50 including tea and biscuits; optional raffle.

Bilton News – 21st November 2019

Bilton news – November 21

Christmas Fair: on Sunday, November 24 at Bilton Working Men’s Club, Skipton Road, 1-4pm. All proceeds to Fighting Ependymoma which researches brain tumours in children. The event is in memory of Chris Bramall who passed away from the condition six years ago. There will be a Santa’s grotto, a tombola, glitter tattoos, crafts and several Christmas stalls. The grand raffle has a top prize of £100 M&S vouchers. Everyone is welcome. Membership of BWMC is not required.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, November 24 Holy Communion is at 8am and 10am. At St Luke’s morning worship takes place at 10.30am where there will be a Traidcraft stall selling a range of dry goods and sweets. Next week morning prayer is on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday, 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, November 27 Holy Communion takes place at 10.30am.

Bingo: at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane on Monday, November 25 at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and join in the fun. Entrance 30p, bingo books 50p each.

Bilton Men’s Forum: Claro Ceilidh Band is providing the entertainment on Tuesday, November 26 at Bilton Community Centre. Tea is served from 2pm, the music starts at 2.30pm. New members welcome.

Bilton Ladies Forum: on Tuesday, November 26 at BIlton Community Centre, 7.30pm Mike Bevington is to give a presentation on “A Walk Round Fountains Abbey.” New members are welcome.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next opportunity for an excellent lunch at £4 is on Wednesday, November 27. To find out more or book a place telephone Molly on 01423 564986. The church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Kaleidoscope Ladies: Anne Richards will be Remembering the 70s” on Wednesday, November 27 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.45pm. Please note this is a change from the published programme. Visitors welcome, admission £3.50 including refreshments. The year is brought to a close with a Christmas lunch in December. To find out more or reserve a 2020 programme telephone 01423 870440

Christmas shopping and fizz night: go along to St John’s Church on Thursday, November 28, 7-9pm and browse the gorgeous festive stalls. Tickets are £3 at the door and include a glass of fizz. Refreshments are also available. Proceeds to Richard Taylor School.

Congestion problem: but not the sort we usually talk about. It is a congestion of things to do on Saturday, November 30. There are several events, all different and, sadly, it is not going to be possible to attend them all so below are full details a week earlier than usual to give everyone a chance to plan their day.

Bilton Conservation Group: the annual general meeting is to take place on Saturday, November 30 at Bilton Community Centre, 10am. The meeting will be followed by a talk/slide show entitled “The Brown Plaques of Harrogate” by Peter Barnes. All are welcome to attend the talk but only members can vote at the AGM. However, should you wish to join membership is a bargain at £2.50. Refreshments will be served and a raffle held. The ever popular calendar for 2020 will be on sale £5.50. Also on sale is the book “Bilton Through the Ages” by Bill Williams first published in 1995 now updated and reprinted £4.

Coffee, crafts and H.E.L.P: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library where Christmas starts on Saturday, November 30, 10am-noon. The ever popular children’s Christmas craft morning will be in full swing. Jen Sonley from H.E.L.P. is to be present giving informal advice on anything that can help people stay in their own homes. Advice on keeping warm in winter is often sought at this time of year. The computer help desk will be open for anyone experiencing difficulty with a laptop, tablet or smart phone. The usual big sale of second hand books will take place and, last but not least, coffee and cake for £1, juice and biscuits 30p. Everyone is welcome. Admission to the library is free. It is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre. There is a car park and the 2a bus stops nearby. Library opening hours on Saturday are 9.30am-1pm.

Christmas Fayre: at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on Saturday, November 30 from 11am. There will be lots of stalls including cakes, books, Christmas, jewellery and fancy goods, bric-a-brac, soft toys, tombola and a raffle. Light lunches are also being served. Everyone is welcome and entry is free. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Music and mirth: at St John’, Church, 3pm on Saturday, November 30. The Wesley Singers perform music for Advent and Christmas. Programme/tickets £5 include refreshments. Under 16s go free.

Bilton News – 14th November 2019

Bilton news – November 14

Outstanding: one of the words on the certificate presented to three representatives of Bilton and Woodfield Community Library at a recent countywide library conference. The certificate was for outstanding performance on the Summer Reading Challenge. More than 200 young people signed up for the challenge over the summer holidays and 193 of them completed it. The hard working volunteers well deserve this accolade. All the primary school children who helped achieve such a fantastic result deserve our congratulations too.

At the library this week: tomorrow, Friday, November 15 is the Scrabble Club, 2-4pm. Entrance £1, all welcome. On Tuesday, November 19 is Storytime for pre-school children and their carers from 10am free, and on Friday, November 22 a free family history drop in session 2-4pm ideal for anyone wishing to get started. The design a book cover prize competition finishes on November 17. The library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the Children’s Centre and school.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, November 17 Holy Communion is at 8am and morning worship at 10am. At St Luke’s all-age Communion is at 10.30am and Café Church at 4pm. Next week morning prayer takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, November 20 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Ice cakes for hedgehogs: actually the cakes will be iced and decorated by children at the above mentioned Sunday service at St John’s, 10am. They will then be sold after the service. The proceeds go to a cause chosen by the children, the Bilton Hogspital. The Hogspital cares for, heals and rehabilitates local hedgehogs, including feeding babies using a pipette; there are about 30 patients at any one time.

Chat and Craft Group: has been responsible for over 300 of the knitted poppies to be seen around the cenotaph this week. Currently the group is making various bits and pieces for Christmas sales which will enable them to raise money for charities. The most recent donation was to Saint Michael’s Hospice. As the title of the group suggests, whilst working on their various crafts, lots of chatting is going on. The group meets at Dene Park Community Centre on Mondays 2-4pm. It costs £3 a session. If interested telephone Dorothy on 01423 506599

Yoga: there are now vacancies on the Monday evening Hatha Yoga sessions at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 7.30-9pm. The sessions are suitable for beginners and intermediate. £7 a class. Telephone Rachel MacLennan-Jones on 07896 772889 for further information.

Film club: at Bilton Area Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 19. Tea served from 1.30pm the film, “A Month in the Country” starts at 2pm. The church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place. Free event but donations appreciated. All welcome.

Something different at the Hub: Rave-fit is a dance class in the dark with disco lights and finger lights. Al different styles from the 80s and 90s including dance music, musicals and much more. It takes place on Tuesdays 7.30-8.15pm at Bilton Health and Wellbeing Hub, 69 BIlton Lane. Also on Tuesdays, 8.15-8.45pm is Metafit, a HiiT workout. To find out more and if you wish to attend telephone Laura on 07972 124004 about both events.

Bilton Men’s Forum: Robert Steemson is to show his photos of New York and New England at the meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at Bilton Community Centre. Tea is served from 1.30pm, the speaker starts at 2.30pm.

BIlton WI: on Wednesday, November 20 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm, “The Chocolatier” is the title of a presentation by Andrew Thwaite. Visitors and new members are welcome.

Bingo: at Bilton Working Men’s Club, Skipton Road every Saturday and Wednesday from 1pm. Entrance free just bingo books to pay for. This is a community event and membership of BWMC is not required. All welcome.

Stitch and Craft Group: concludes its 2019 season with a social evening on Thursday, November 21 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Telephone Pauline on 01423 507617 for further information and to request a 2020 programme when available.

Bilton News – 7th November 2019

Bilton news – November 7

Coffee morning: on Saturday, November 9 in St John’s Church Hall 10am-noon. Entrance £1 includes drink and biscuits. There will be several stalls including books, tombola, cakes, cards, plants and a raffle. Proceeds to go towards supporting youth work in Bilton. Everyone is welcome.

Thanks for support: the organisers of the St John’s coffee morning in October would like to thank everyone who supported it and helped raise £440 for Tearfund.

CAT’s: Creative Adventures with Textiles welcome Wyn Jones to Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, November 9 at 10.30am to give a presentation on her work relating to Eleanor of Aquitane. Visitors welcome.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, November 10 Holy Communion is at 8am and 10am. There will be a parade service at St Luke’s 10.30am. Next week morning prayer takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, November 13 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Bilton Grange URC Monday Fellowship: What is Rotary? Those present will find the answer on Monday, November 11 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, 10.30am. Entry £2. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Bingo: at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, on Monday, November 11 at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and join in the fun. Entrance 30p bingo books 50p each.

Knox WI: has its Annual General Meeting on Monday, November 11 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm. For more information telephone 01423 564986.

Bilton Area Methodist Church Lunch Club: the next opportunity to enjoy a really good lunch for just £4 is on Tuesday, November 12. To find out more or book a place telephone Averil on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Men’s Forum: Jim Dedicoat is to give a talk with slides on “A North York Moors Railway Update” on Tuesday, November 12 at Bilton Community Centre. The talk starts at 2.30pm and teas are served from 2pm. New members welcome.

Bilton Ladies Forum: on Tuesday, November 12 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm Terry Williams is to present part two of “The Splendours of China.” New members are welcome. To find out more go along to the meeting or telephone 01423 545511.

Dancing for Wellbeing: at Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday afternoons is ideal for anyone with mobility problems and a wide range of health issues. It is great fun, a partner is not needed, dancing can be sitting down or standing up, and a good memory is not required. £5 a session includes refreshments. Telephone Jackie Terry on 01423 531235 to find out more.

Avalon Bilton Club: is a social group for adults with learning difficulties or disabilities taking place on Thursday evenings during term time, 7-9pm at Bilton Health and Wellbeing Hub, 69 Bilton Lane. Free taster sessions available. To find out more email avalonbiltonclub@outlook.com

Book bingo: many regular borrowers of books from Bilton and Woodfield Community Library choose the same style of book on most visits because they like them, which is fair enough. Some do state a wish that they had the will power to try something different. Book bingo may just be the incentive needed; it runs from now until January 4. Pick up a bingo card in the library for free. Complete lines by reading several different type of book. All completed cards will be entered into a prize draw and a chance to win a book token. If you have not yet discovered the wide range of books available in your local library why not go along and find something you may like to read. The library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre. Openings hours are Monday 1-7pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am-5pm, Saturday 9.30am-1pm.

Bilton News – 31st October 2019

Bilton news – October 31

Saint Michael’s Hospice: is a very popular local charity for very good reason. There are three shops in our locality. Those on King Edward’s Drive/Church Avenue and Kings Road next to Sainsbury’s will be familiar to most but did you know that, also on Kings Road, almost opposite the main shop, is another Saint Michael’s Hospice outlet? It is called Just B. It specialises in designer wear and party clothes. It is a little more expensive than the main shops but there are still great bargains to be had whilst raising funds for a most worthwhile cause. Just B is open Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. It is maybe worth a thought when planning your Christmas wardrobe.

Design a book cover: Bilton and Woodfield Community Library has a competition running until November 17 for children. There are three groups, pre -school, up to seven and up to eleven. The book cover for a favourite story must include a title. Pencil, crayon, felt tip, paint, stick on things can all be used. Go along to the library on Woodfield Road, on the same site as school and Children’s Centre, pick up a form and start designing.

Coffee mornings: there is now a coffee morning somewhere in Bilton on most Saturdays. On the first Saturday of each month the host is Bilton Area Methodist Church. This Saturday, November 2, 10-11.30am you are most welcome to go along. A warm welcome is assured. The church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, November 3 Holy Communion is at 8am and 11am. There is a parade service at 9.30am and at 4pm a service to remember and give thanks. At St Luke’s all-age morning worship takes place at 10.30am. Next week morning prayer is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, November 6 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Here to Help: at Bilton Health and Wellbeing Hub, 69 BIlton Lane on Tuesday, November 5, 11am-noon. Drop in for a free cuppa and chat, enjoy some company and find out where to turn for community activities and support. There is no need to book. If you would like further information telephone Jen on 01423 813090 or email halp@harcvs.org.uk

Bilton Men’s Forum: on Tuesday, November 5 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, Mel Clark is to give a talk with slides on Antarctica. Tea is served from 2pm, the speaker starts at 2.30pm. New members welcome

Bingo: at Dene Park Community Centre every Tuesday and Thursday between 1-4pm. Entry is 40p, bingo books extra. Enjoy good company and a cup of tea. The 2a bus stops at the door. All welcome.

BIlton Historical Society: Mike Bevington will be taking a walk round the Studley Royal Deer Park from within the comfort of Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, November 6. His illustrated lecture starts at 7.30pm. Admission £2 includes refreshments and a raffle. Everyone is welcome.

CATs: Creative Adventures with Textiles meets on the second Saturday of most months at Bilton Community Centre. On November 9 Wyn Jones is to give a talk on her creative work related to Eleanor of Aquitaine. The talk starts at 10.30am and there will be an opportunity to look at her work. After lunch members will be spending time on their own stitching. In December CATs is spending a day at Salts Mill. To find out more go along to the meeting or telephone Sue on 07731 507156

Coffee morning: in St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, November 9, 10am-noon. There will be cakes, raffle, tombola, cards, books, plants. Entry £1 includes drink and a biscuit.

Bilton News – 24th October 2019

Bilton news – October 24

Coffee, crafts and collections: on Saturday, October 26 at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library.  The Library opens at 9.30am then, between 10am-noon, coffee and cakes will be available; there will be children’s crafts when the wall boards in the library are to be decorated with pictures made by the children using various shapes; and last but not least Harrogate Philatelist Society will be there to share their enthusiasm by bringing along a collection of Harrogate postcards, materials linking Harrogate with the First World War, various stamps and other collectables.  There will even be packets of stamps to give away.  That is not all. The stock cupboard containing all the second hand books for sale will be open.  This is too good to miss.  The library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre.  There is a car park.  Everyone is welcome.

Songs of Praise: in St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, October 26 from 3-5pm.  Pam Mills will be leading, David is on the piano and Enid and her team will serve teas and refreshments.   Is a Songs of Praise afternoon for you?  Why not go along and find out.  A warm welcome awaits.  Telephone 01423 522828 for more information if required.

Services at St John’s:  On Sunday, October 27 Holy Communion is at 8am and all-age Communion at 10am.  At St Luke’s morning worship is at 10.30am.  Next week morning prayer takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-9.30am.  On Wednesday, October 30 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Bilton Grange URC Monday Fellowship:  will be exercising with Beryl on Monday, October 28 no doubt working up an appetite for the lunch to follow.  For further details telephone 01423 503221.  Bilton Grange United Reformed Church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Bingo: at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane on Monday, October 28 at 2pm.  Everyone is welcome to go along and join in the fun.  Admission 30p bingo books 50p each.

Film Club: at Bilton Area Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 29.  Doors open at 1.30pm for a cup of tea and a chat. The film, Fisherman’s Friend, starts at 2pm.  No entrance charge but donations are welcome.  The church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Area Methodist Church Lunch Club:  next takes place on Wednesday, October 30.  Enjoy a really good meal for just £4.  To book a place or find out more telephone Molly on 01423 564986

Parkinson’s classes: at Bilton Health and Wellbeing Hub, 69 Bilton Lane on Thursdays 1.30-2.30pm focusing on balance, coordination and strength.  The session is fun and friendly with refreshments at the end.  Cost £4.  Also on Thursdays 4-5pm an exercise class for people with Parkinson’s who prefer a smaller group, maximum 5.  Charge £10 a class.  Telephone Vicki on 07961 070159 to discuss.

Crimple Valley Quilters: meet at Bilton Community Centre at approximately fortnightly intervals on Wednesdays 9.30am-12.30pm.  The next meeting is on October 31.  The programme includes sewing days, workshops and the occasional guest speaker.  If you would like to sew with a friendly group in comfortable surroundings do go along.

Wellbeing Café: at St Luke’s Church, Franklin Square, just off Kings Road on Thursdays 1-3pm. Relax, find new friends, join in with a craft activity, enjoy a fresh pot of tea, bowl of soup and cakes a plenty.  For more information telephone Victoria on 07930 559921 or Lizzie on 07876 754327.  This event is run by St John’s and St Luke’s Churches and supported by Dementia Forward.

Tagg House Ladies: on Friday, November 1 Alicia Lugg will give a presentation on the joy of music at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm.  Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits.  Raffle.  Visitors welcome.

Bilton News – 17th October 2019

Bilton news – October 17

Furiously knitting: are the residents of Granby Care Home.  They are supporting the Mayor’s Poppy Appeal by creating a large display of red poppies to hang from the front of the building.  They need lots of poppies as well as help in putting the display together.  You are invited to go along for coffee and cake and to give a hand today, Thursday, October 17, 2-4pm, tomorrow, Friday October 18, 10am-noon and 2-4pm and Monday, October 21, 10am-noon and 2-4pm.  There is no need to book, just go along.  Telephone 01423 505511 for further information.

Love Bilton Feast: at St John’s Church on Saturday, October 19 at 6pm. If you act now there may still be time to obtain your free ticket from the church office by email church@stjohnsandstlukes.org.uk   All you will need to take with you is a bottle and something tasty to share.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, October 20 Holy Communion is at 8am and morning worship at 10am.  At St Luke’s all-age communion is at 10.30am and Café Church at 4pm.  Next week morning prayer takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-9.30am.  On Wednesday, October 23 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Diverse Paths Art Group: meet on Mondays at Bilton Health and Wellbeing Hub, 69 Bilton Lane, 9am-4pm.  This is an independent art class. To find out more telephone 01423 226303 or email northyorkshiresports.co.uk

Bilton Men’s Forum: David Ashworth is to give an illustrated talk about his work in a steel foundry at the meeting on Tuesday, October 22 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane.  Tea is served from 2pm, the speaker starts at 2.30pm.  New members welcome.

Bilton Ladies Forum: on Tuesday, October 22 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm Bernard Higgins is to give a presentation on the life and achievements of one of our most famous Yorkshiremen, John Metcalfe, otherwise known as Blind Jack of Knaresborough.  New members are welcome. For further information telephone 01423 545511. 

Friends of Bachelor’s Field: convene for their quarterly meeting at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane on Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm.  Anyone with an interest in the attractive open space between Bachelor Gardens, Bachelor Road and Bachelor Drive is invited to go along and find out what has been happening over the past few months and help to make plans for the coming month.  Just go along or email bachelorsfield@gmail.com for more information.

Kaleidoscope Ladies: are in for a treat on Wednesday, October 23 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.45pm when either Derry Jones or Jo Jones will be presenting either “My Life in Music” or “Harare to Harrogate.”    Visitors are welcome, entry £3.50.

Something to look forward to: at Bilton and Wodfield Community Library next Saturday, October 26.  It is the monthly coffee morning plus lots more.  Members of Harrogate Philatelist Society will be there to share their enthusiasm and will bring along a display of Harrogate postcards, materials linking Harrogate with the First World War, various stamps and other collectables, plus packets of stamps to give away.  Between 10am-noon children are invited to go along and decorate the wall boards using shapes to make pictures.  There will be the usual big book sale and coffee and cakes but no computer help desk on this occasion. It will be back in November.  The library is on Woodfield Road, HG1 4HZ, on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre.  There is a car park.

Brigantes Lacemakers: has a member’s day on Saturday, October 26 at Bilton Community Centre, 10am-3.30pm.  This could be a good opportunity to find out more about this long established group. Email buzzvicky1@outlook.com for further details.

Bilton News – 10th October 2019

Bilton news October 10

Thank you for Bilton Gala: in the Advertiser last week you will have read that there are to be no more Bilton Galas.  The Gala has brought enormous pleasure to thousands since 1977 so we cannot let the occasion pass without saying a big thank you to the committee, not just the present one but all those committee members and helpers who have served before.  Bilton Gala has been great for the people of Bilton so, thank you to everyone who has given so much for us to look forward to over the past 43 years. 

Coffee morning:  on Saturday, October 12 in St John’s Church Hall 10am-noon.  Entrance £1 includes drink and biscuit.  There will be a raffle and tombola plus stalls including books, cakes, cards and plants. Proceeds are for The Tear Fund in Uganda.  All welcome

Thanks for support: the organisers of the St John’s coffee morning in September would like to thank everyone who supported it in any way and raised an astounding £842.66 for Bunda Girls Secondary School.  This will cover 18 months of high school education, board, food, uniform, a bit of pocket money and travel home during the holidays for one pupil.

Bilton and Woodfield Community Library: the annual general meeting will take place at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library, Oakbeck House, Woodfield Road HG1 4HZ, the same site as the school and Children’s Centre, on Saturday, October 12 at 2pm.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.  The annual report and accounts will be available plus verbal reports on the activities of the year and an opportunity to make suggestions about the future direction of the library.  Many people still do not realise that North Yorkshire County Council does not run this library.  NYCC supplies the books, IT hardware and software and some support.  It is a partner of the registered charity Bilton and Woodfield Community Library Group.  The library is run entirely by volunteers and in addition to providing traditional library services and more it has to raise £9,000 a year to maintain the current level of services.  Do go along if you are at all interested.

Quiz for Bloodwise: on Saturday, October 12 at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane, 7.30pm.  There will be a raffle.  Everyone is welcome and members of Harrogate and District Bloodwise Fundraising Group are looking forward to seeing you on the night.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, October 13 Holy Communion is at 8am and Harvest Holy Communion at 10am.  At St Luke’s there is a Harvest Parade Service at 10.30am.  Next week morning prayer is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, October 16 Holy Communion takes place at 10.30am.  On Saturday, October 19 there is a “Love Bilton Feast” at St John’s at 6pm.  All are welcome to this community Harvest Feast.  It is a free event but please take along a bottle and something tasty to share.  For free tickets please reply by email to church@stjohnsandstlukes.org.uk

Bachelors Field:  the next working party is scheduled for Sunday, October 13.  Meet at the pond near the Bachelor Gardens entrance at 10am.  Harrogate Council will have mown the grass in late September so one of the tasks will be to inspect the scrapes that were created last year.  For further information email bachelorsfield@gmail.com

Bilton Grange URC Monday Fellowship: has something different on Monday, October 14 when members are to go and visit Chris at the Cone.  To find out more telephone 01423 503221.

Bingo: at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane on Monday, October 14 at 2pm.  Entrance 30p, bingo books 50p each.  Everyone is welcome to go along and join in the fun.

Fitmums: every Monday at Bilton Health and Wellbeing Hub, 69 Bilton Lane, 7.15-8pm.  This is a sociable and supportive running club for men and women.  You do not have to be fit already or a mum.   All abilities are welcome and the first three sessions are free.  To find out more email admin@fitmums.org.uk

Knox WI:  on Monday, October 14 at Dene Park Community Centre 7.30pm Keith Wilkinson is to give a presentation entitled “September 1914.”  New members are welcome.  There is a small charge which includes tea and biscuits.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next opportunity to enjoy a good lunch for £4 is on Tuesday, October 15. For more details or to book a place telephone Averil on 01423 506600.  The church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Men’s Forum: Mike Bevington is to give a talk with slides on the work of the National Trust at the meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at Bilton Community Centre.  Tea is served from 2pm, the speaker starts at 2.30pm.

Bilton WI: Ruth Haywood is to give a presentation on Haywood Botanicals on Wednesday, October 16 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm.    New members and visitors are welcome.

Stitch and Craft Group: will be making Christmas decorations with Judith on Thursday, October 17 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. Feel free to go along to the meeting or telephone Pauline on 01423 507617 for more details.