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Bilton news – January 11

Bilton Gala: it is now time to be thinking about Bilton’s big day on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7. Bilton Gala committee has preparations well in hand and the main attraction this year will be the Steve Colley Stunt Show. Any organisation thinking of booking a stand is encouraged to do so now as last years prices are being held until the end of January. On February 1 there will be a price rise. The Bilton Community Fund is the charitable trust funded by the Gala. It provides small grants to organisations and individuals for the purpose of bringing benefits to the local community. Applications are welcome. Details about the Fund, an application for a stand and all the latest Gala news are available at http://www.biltongala.org.uk

Coffee morning: in St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, January 13, 10am-noon. Admission £1 including coffee or tea and biscuits, accompanied children free. There will be several stalls including cakes, gifts, books, bring and buy plus a tombola and raffle. All proceeds in aid of CMS Mission Partners’ work here and around the world. Anna and Chris, mission partners in Hull, will be present. All welcome.

Thanks for support: the organisers of the St John’s coffee morning last month would like to thank everyone who supported it in any way. £470 was raised for the Children’s Society which helps young people and families in difficulty.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, January 14 Holy Communion takes place at 8am and 10am. There will be a parade service at St Luke’s at 10.30am. Next week, morning prayer is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, January 17 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Bingo: at Dene Park Community Centre every Tuesday and Thursday 1-4pm. A warm welcome is ensured plus tea and biscuits. Admission 30p, bingo books extra. The 2a bus stops at the door.

Bilton Men’s Forum: on Tuesday, January 16 at Bilton Community Centre the Men will be Spellbound with a presentation on Wainwright. It is some time since this small company visited Bilton, the audience is in for a treat. The presentation starts at 2.30pm though free tea is served from 2pm. Admission £2. New members welcome.

Bachelors Field Friends Group: is meeting at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane on Wednesday, January 17 at 7pm to discuss plans for the future and review work carried out so far this winter. Anyone interested in the attractive open space at the bottom of Bachelor Gardens next to the allotments is invited to go along. Telephone 01423 567505 to find out more or just go to the meeting.

Bilton WI: on Wednesday, January 17 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 7.30pm Brian Rankin, a forensic scientist, is to give a presentation. New members and visitors welcome.

Toast: go in for toast, chat, tea, coffee at Bilton Area Methodist Church every Thursday during term time 8.45-11am. Ideal for parents on the school run who have had no time for breakfast. Drop in or, to find out more, telephone Matt on 01423 501533. Bilton Area Methodist Church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Harrogate Stitch and Craft Group: starts 2018 with its AGM on Thursday, January 18 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. This could be a really good opportunity to find out more about this long established group which meets on the third Thursday of most months for a variety of talks and workshops. For further information telephone Pauline on 01423 507617

Bilton and Woodfield Community Library: the last date for collection of scarves for the Radio York project is Monday January 15, because of its popularity the date was extended. Storytimes for pre-school age children are every Tuesday, 10am when stories are read and children and their carers take part in craft activities. A date for the diary is Saturday, January 26, 10am when the first of new, regular monthly coffee mornings will take place.

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