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Bilton news – March 15

St John’s tower: the scaffolding has been hiding it from view for much longer than expected but this is good news. The Church has successfully applied for a grant which will enable far more pointing and replacement stonework to be carried out than the original money available would have allowed. The extra work would have been necessary in the foreseeable future so doing it now, whilst the scaffolding is in place, makes a lot of sense. Whilst it will be nice to see the tower back to normal, it is good to know that it should be in good repair for many years to come.

Bilton Gala: the committee is receiving a lot of applications for stalls. If you don’t want to miss out apply now through the website http://www.biltongala.or.uk

Tagg House Ladies: will either feel young again or learn something about the history of music tomorrow, Friday, March 16 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 2.15pm when Malcolm Johnson presents “Children’s Favourites – the 1950s” songs of the era based on the BBC Light Programme. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits. Visitors welcome.

Scrabble: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library, Friday March 16, 2-4pm. Admission £1 towards library running costs. All welcome. The library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, March 18 Holy Communion is at 8am and there will be a Healing Service at 10am. At St Luke’s Contemplative Holy Communion takes place at 10.30am and Café Church at 4.30pm. Next week morning prayer is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, March 21 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.

Bilton Men’s Forum: is to be entertained by the Spa Ukulele Band on Tuesday, March 20 at Bilton Community Centre. Tea is served form 2pm, the music starts at 2.30pm. Admission £2 includes refreshments. New members welcome.

Bingo: at Dene Park Community Centre every Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4pm. If you enjoy bingo, tea biscuits and good company this could be the place for you. Entrance 30p, bingo books extra. The 2a bus stops at the door.

Wesley Guild: the final meeting of the season is the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 20 at Bilton Area Methodist Church, 7.30pm followed by a bring and share supper. Telephone 01423 505237 for more information.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: this popular event next takes place on Wednesday, March 21. The cost is just £4 for an excellent lunch. To find out more or book a place telephone Molly England on 01423 564986. The church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Thirst: the coffee morning every Wednesday at Dene Park Community Centre, 10.30am-noon. The place to be for good coffee, excellent cakes and advice on problems with laptops, ipads and mobile phones for those who need it. The coffee mornings are organised by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s. Everyone is welcome.

Bilton WI: has an auction evening on Wednesday, March 21 at BIlton Community Centre, 7.30pm. Joan Weirs is the auctioneer. Sounds like a lot of fun. New members and visitors welcome.

Knox Lane Development: the date of the public consultation has been changed again. It did not happen on March 8 as expected but was altered just before this date, presumably because no publicity had taken place. It is understood it will now take place on March 22 at Bilton Community Centre, possibly in the early evening but, at the time of writing this is all I know. The development concerns the erection of affordable homes on a field adjacent to Knox Lane. Be prepared for last minute official notification from the developer.

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