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Bilton news – March 8

Bilton Gala: by now most will be aware that there will be no parade this year, or in the future. To halt a 40 year tradition must have been a hard decision for the committee to take, but it was the right one. Whilst many people still did enjoy the parade it has been apparent for a year or two that its popularity was on the wane. Stopping it now rather than allowing it to fade away is for the best. Activities on the main field continue to move with the times and defy the decades. We are promised a bigger and better Gala than ever on May 7. Only two months away, so it should be hot and sunny by then, maybe. Keep up to date with Gala news via the website http://www.biltongala.org.uk

Coffee morning: The Crafty Ladies are hosting this event on Saturday, March 10, at St John’s Church Hall, 10am-noon. They are a group of friends who meet to make various crafts which they sell for charity. The proceeds of the coffee morning are to be split between Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Harrogate Heart Support Group. The Harrogate Heart Support Group is self- financing though affiliated to the British Heart Foundation. The group has been specially chosen as a beneficiary because friend and fellow crafter, Val Walker, recently died. She had heart problems and attended exercise classes organised by the Group. Val was a very active member of the Bilton community being Chair of Bilton WI, a member of Bilton Ladies Forum and Bilton Area Methodist Church Ladies Circle. Go along to the coffee morning, remember Val and support two excellent causes. Admission £1 includes drink and biscuit. There will also be cake, handicraft, hand-crafted cards and book stalls, plus a raffle and tombola.

Thanks for support: the organisers of the February St John’s coffee morning would like to thank everyone who supported it and helped raise a magnificent £447 for Community First Responders.

Model Railway Exhibition: Harrogate Model Railway Club is holding its spring exhibition on Saturday, March 10 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, 10am-4pm. There will be several layouts and refreshments. Admission £3, accompanied children free. All welcome. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, March 11 Holy Communion is at 8am and 10am. There will be a parade service at St Luke’s, 10.30am. Next week, morning prayer takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, March 14 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Bilton Grange URC Monday Fellowship: has a text morning followed by lunch on Monday, March 12 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church. Telephone 01423 503221 for more details.

Bingo: at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton, on Monday, March 12 at 2pm. If the weather is getting you down, this should cheer you up. All welcome. Admission 30p, bingo books 50p each.

Knox WI: on Monday, March 12 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm Dr R. Baker is to give a talk on the Yellowstone National Park. Visitors welcome. There is a small charge.

Bilton Men’s Forum: Graham Read will give a slide presentation on “Iconic Road Cars” at the meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at Bilton Community Centre. Tea is served from 2pm, the speaker starts at 2.30pm. Admission £2.

Bilton Ladies Forum: on Tuesday, March 13 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm Helen Richardson is to give a presentation on the RSPCA. New members welcome. Telephone 01423 545511 for more information.

Harrogate Stitch and Craft Group: “Folded Flowers with Ann” is the theme of the meeting on Thursday, March 15 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. Telephone Pauline on 01423 507617 to find out more.

Woodfield School: Chair of Governors, Graham Hyde, has been in touch to say that the opportunity has arisen to appoint two new governors from within the local or wider Harrogate communities. If this may be of interest to you please telephone him for a chat on 07764 753066.

Nidd Gorge Community Action: St John’s Church was almost full to capacity at the recent AGM. An objective of NGCA is to stop the proposed relief road. The audience was given reasons why the proposed relief road would not offer relief to Harrogate’s congestion problems, how it would destroy a much valued area of wildlife and recreational value and alter and increase traffic flows through residential streets to such an extent that quality of life for thousands would deteriorate irrevocably. This was not simply a gathering of people determined to stop the road at all costs. It was a well-mannered meeting of people who recognised that, at times, Harrogate has a congestion problem. A large proportion of time was spent discussing ways this could be alleviated. There were plenty of ideas put forward. The overwhelming view was that these alternatives be given a chance before subjecting the District to a devastating relief road that would offer no relief to Bilton and very little to anywhere else. Keep in touch with NGCA through http://www.niddgorgeca.org

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