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Bilton news – December 14

Happier Christmas: for a great number of people residing in Bilton and Woodfield now that the spectre of a relief road and all its implications has receded. Last week, at the crowded meeting of the Harrogate Area Committee of North Yorkshire County Council an amendment was proposed by Harrogate Borough Council leader, Coun Richard Cooper, against package E, which contained plans for a new relief road through Bilton and Nidd Gorge. Amidst loud cheers, the meeting voted in favour of only supporting package B, a package of 22 sustainable measures to relieve traffic congestion.

Tagg House Ladies: is having a faith lunch tomorrow, Friday, December 15 at Bilton Community Centre 12.30pm. This will be followed by seasonal entertainment. A faith lunch is when everyone brings something to eat. All the food is arranged as a buffet. You never know what you are going to get, it is good fun finding out and, so far, it has always worked very well. Admission £1.50 including as much tea or coffee as you can drink. Everyone is welcome. The 2018 programme is available. To receive a copy telephone 01423 508771.

Scrabble: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library tomorrow, Friday, December 15, 2-4pm. Admission £1. Refreshments available. All welcome. The library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre.

Laptop information session: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library on Saturday, December 16, 10am-noon. Anyone experiencing a problem with a laptop is invited to go along and see if Chris can help. This is a free service. Take you own laptop or use one in the library. There is free wifi. A reminder to knitters, December 16 is also the last day to receive scarves for the BBC Radio York knit a scarf project. There is a scarf collection box in the library. Later this month Radio York will distribute the scarves to several charities supporting vulnerable people.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, December 17 Holy Communion is at 8am and morning worship 10am. At 6pm is the Christmas Carol Service. Next week, morning prayer takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, December 20 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Celebrating Christingle: at St Luke’s Church on Franklin Square on Sunday, December 17. There is no morning service, instead Christingle making will take place at 10.30am. At 4.30pm will be the Christingle Service. Everyone is welcome.

Bilton Area Methodist Church: invites you to join the congregation at the services on Sunday, December 17. At 10.30am there is a choir service and Sunday Club party. At 6.30pm is Blue Christmas, a service to address the sadness, the pain of loss and to remember that not everyone is celebrating.

Bilton Men’s Forum: 2017 is being brought to a close on Tuesday, December 19 at Bilton Community Centre when the Men will enjoy seeing more great pictures from Norman Oberheim. Norman starts at 2.30pm but free tea is served from 2pm. Admission £2.

Wesley Guild: travels to Killinghall on Tuesday, December 19 for Carols by Candlelight. For further information telephone 01423 505237.

Thirst: the final coffee morning of 2017 takes place at Dene Park Community Centre, 10.30am-noon on Wednesday, December 19. Good coffee, good company and good cakes all on offer, plus help with a laptop, ipad or phone should it be required. This event is run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s.

Wellbeing Café: at St Luke’s Church is going well and will be continuing in 2018. The last occasion this year to go along and enjoy soup, coffee, cakes, games, activities and company is on Thursday, December 21, 1-3pm. The Wellbeing Café is being supported by Dementia Forward.

Seasonal deadlines: are earlier than usual. This column will not appear on December 28 and will be back on January 4. Anything for inclusion on January 4 must reach me by December 21. Anything for inclusion on December 21 is needed now and by the morning of December 16 at latest.

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