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Bilton news – November 30

Bilton Conservation Group: at the recent AGM Chairman, Warren Considine, described the many and varied activities of the past year. More about these next week. Of immediate and future interest was the recently published Harrogate District Local Plan document and the unrelated, but very important, report from North Yorkshire County Council which will contain a recommendation on whether a relief road is needed for Harrogate and Knaresborough. The report was not available at the time of writing but should be now. This recommendation is awaited with both anticipation and trepidation as a relief road could have a massive impact on the Bilton area. The report will be debated at the NYCC Harrogate Area Committee on Thursday, December 7 at the Cairn Hotel, 9.30am. The public can attend but will not be able to speak unless a prior arrangement has been made. Bilton Conservation Group has, once again, produced its popular calendar and this can be obtained at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library, £5.

Tagg House Ladies: another welcome visit by John Wallis with stories and music of the wartime years tomorrow, Friday, December 1 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2.15pm. His presentation is entitled “Variety in Wartime”. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits. Visitors welcome

Children’s Christmas Crafts: children and their carers are all welcome to go along to Bilton and Woodfield Community Library on Saturday, December 2, 10am-noon to have some fun making Christmas cards and decorations. This is a free event. The library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre.

St John’s and St Luke’s Christmas Fair: at St Luke’s Church on Franklin Square on Saturday, December 2, 10.30am-1pm. Among the attractions will be jewellery, gifts, Traidcraft, Christmas craft, toys, books and cake stalls; a hamper raffle, tombola and a visit from Father Christmas. Delicious refreshments will be available including light lunches and, not to forget, the famous puddings. There will be live music and plenty of Christmas cheer. Admission £1 includes a cup of tea or coffee. Franklin Square is behind the original St Luke’s Church on Kings Road. Everyone welcome.

Woodfield Millennium Green: there is always plenty to do in a garden and the volunteers continue to meet on the first Saturday of each month to keep the Green in good shape. Why not take a break from the Christmas preparations and join them for a breath of fresh air from 10am. Woodfield Millennium Green is on the corner of Cecil Street and Albany Avenue.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, December 3 Holy Communion is at 8am and 11am. There will be a toy service and parade at 9.30am and an Advent carol service at 6pm. Holy Communion takes place at St Luke’s, 10.30am.

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