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Bilton news – December 21

No surprise: to hear that North Yorkshire County Council refused to abandon the idea of a relief road through the Bilton and Nidd Gorge area in spite of the overwhelming vote against it by local councillors. However, it has decided not to proceed immediately with a public consultation, as planned, but to delay it until later in 2018 to allow more facts to be gathered and more detailed plans to be presented. The delay does mean that those affected can relax and enjoy their Christmas. But watch out for more lively debate in 2018.

Carol pub crawl: organised by St John’s and St Luke’s on Saturday, December 23. The idea is to sing a few carols, enjoy a beverage and then move on to the next pub. Nativity fancy dress is encouraged. The carol singers will be at the Gardeners Arms 7pm, Bilton Working Mens Club 8pm and The Knox 9pm.

Christmas Eve: Sunday, December 24 there will be a carol service at St Luke’s at 4.30pm. At St John’s Holy Communion takes place at 8am and all-age Holy Communion 10am; Nativity is at 5pm and Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. At Bilton Area Methodist Church there is a crib service at 10.30am and carols and Christingle at 4pm.

Christmas Day: Monday, December 25 at St John’s all-age Communion is at 10am. St Luke’s has an all age celebration with breaking of bread at 10.30am. Celebrations take place at Bilton Area Methodist Church 10.30am

Other services at St John’s: on Sunday, December 31 there will Holy Communion at 8am and joint all-age communion at 10am. Morning prayer resumes on Tuesday, January 2, 9-9.30am and also takes place on Jan 3 and 4. On Wednesday, January 3 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Bilton and Woodfield Community Library: will close on Friday, December 22 at 5pm and re-open on Tuesday, January 2 at 9.30am. 2017 started badly for the library with the devastating flood which forced its closure for 3 months but the year is ending on a very positive note with lots of new ideas for 2018. Watch out for the junior scrabble club, an adult reading challenge and a monthly coffee morning, as well as the established favourites, Storytime, scrabble and the reading groups. All the volunteers would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas.

Thirst: the weekly coffee morning is back on Wednesday, January 3 at Dene Park Community Centre, 10.30am-noon. This is a welcome return, especially for those who miss the company of friends over Christmas. The event is organised by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s.

Well-being café: returns to St Luke’s on Thursday, January 4, 1-3pm. Run with the support of Dementia Forward this is a great opportunity to enjoy company, crafts, soup, cakes and tea.

Early 2018 dates for the diary: Tagg House Ladies returns to Bilton Community Centre on Friday, January 5 at 2.15pm for a welcome to 2018 afternoon comprising of a miscellany of mini talks and readings, and possibly left over mince pies. Admission £1.50 including tea and biscuits. Also on January 5 at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library 2-4pm the Scrabble Club returns.

Happy Christmas: as this is my final Bilton column for 2017 all that remains is for me to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and peaceful and healthy New Year. I look forward to reporting all your news in 2018.

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