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Bilton news – January 25

Not much time left: to vote for Rob Cowen’s Book “Common Ground” in the BBC competition for the title of the UKs favourite ever nature book. Rob’s book is all about the countryside bordering the housing estates of Bilton. To vote visit http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/favouritenaturebooks but do it now because voting closes at midnight tonight, January 25.

Call in for a cuppa: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library on Saturday, January 27, 10am-noon. Tea, coffee and biscuits are £1. There will also be cakes and a big book sale. Entrance to the library is free so anyone who just fancies coming along to browse is equally welcome. The library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre.

Song of Praise: in St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, January 25, 3-5pm led by Team Vicar, Andy. Refreshments available. Go along and enjoy singing favourite hymns.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, January 28 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. Holy Communion at St John’s takes place on Wednesday January 31 at 10.30am.

Chat and Craft Group: meet at Dene Park Community Centre every Monday afternoon 2-4pm. All are welcome to join regardless of abilities. Pop in, say hello and be sure of a warm welcome. Cost £2 including refreshments.

Aladin: the St John’s and St Luke’s pantomime that everyone looks forward to is happening on Thursday and Friday, February 1 and 2 at 7pm. Tickets are available for both nights. Price adults £8 under 16s £5. It is advisable to obtain tickets in advance from the Church Office. Any remaining tickets will be sold on the door. Interval refreshments are included in the price. Everyone is welcome.

Bilton Men’s Forum: on Tuesday, January 30 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane Noel Moroney is to give a slide presentation on Skipton Castle. Free tea is served from 2pm, the speaker starts at 2.30pm. Admission £2. New members welcome.

Thirst: the coffee morning every Wednesday at Dene Park Community Centre, 10.30am-noon run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s. Visit to find good cakes, good company and help with laptops, ipads and phones if it is needed. All welcome. The 2a bus stops at the door.

Bingo: at Bilton Working Men’s Club, Skipton Road every Thursday and Saturday, noon-3pm. Membership not required, entry free just pay for bingo books. Everyone welcome.

Wellbeing Café: at St Luke’s, Franklin Square, just off Kings Road, every Thursday 1-3pm, Supported by Dementia Forward. Go along to find new friends and have a chat, join in craft activities and play some games, not forgetting a fresh pot of tea, warm bowl of soup and cakes a plenty. To find out more telephone Victoria on 07930 559921 or Lizzie on 07876 754327

Arthritis Care: it is all change at Arthritis Care with a new venue and a new meeting time. Meetings are now held at Granby Care Home, Granby Road, HG1 4SR, 2-4pm. The next one is on Thursday, February 1 when Harrogate’s ukulele band, the Spa Town Yukes, will provide the entertainment. Refreshments provided. Entry £2. For further information telephone Nanci Downey on 01423 330428

Thanks for support: the organisers of the St John’s coffee morning earlier this month would like to thank everyone who supported it and helped raise the amazing amount of £600 for the Church Mission Society. The morning was cold and dull but there was plenty of warmth inside the hall. By 11am there was no room to move. Chris Henbury, the Mission Partner from Hull was present throughout and was very touched by the warm welcome he received and encouraged by the support for his work with very needy people.

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