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Bilton news – March 29

Knox Lane Development: plans were available to view at a meeting last week. The development is for 70, mainly affordable, houses on what is presently a green field. First impression is that there were rather a lot of houses for the space, though existing trees will be retained and there is provision for open space. Proposals for housing on this site have been rejected in the past on planning grounds. If these planning grounds no longer apply and the field has to become a housing estate, I made the suggestion that a small number of houses could be removed so that the area of open space could be extended to allow the Harrogate Ringway footpath to be diverted from Old Trough Way on to a traffic free route. A lot of people were concerned about the effect of an extra 100 cars on the narrow Knox Lane. This figure was quoted by a representative of the developers who said Knox Lane would need to be widened in places to accommodate them. We now wait to see if a formal planning application is submitted.

Good Friday services: on March 30 the congregations of St John’s and St Luke’s are to join the Churches Together Service at the Cenotaph at 11am. There will be “An Hour by the Cross” at St Luke’s 2pm. Music and Words for Good Friday at St John’s, 7pm, will be a reflective service of readings and selected music from Handal’s Messiah with St John’s Church Choir.

Coffee, an author and computers: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library on Saturday, March 31, as well as a full library service 9.30am-1pm. The author is Graham Berry who is promoting his book “Aftermath” about the years immediately following the First World War. Books will be available to buy or order. By popular demand Chris will be on hand to help with laptop problems from 10am. Coffee and cakes/biscuits served 10.30am-noon and, as is usual at this monthly coffee morning, there will be a large number of second hand books for sale. The library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre. There is a car park. All welcome. The library will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Easter Day: Sunday, April 1 there will be a sunrise service at St John’s at 6.30am. Holy Communion takes place at 8am and All Age Celebration with Communion at 10.30am. At St Luke’s there will also be an All Age Celebration and Communion at 10.30am. Next week the routine is different. There will be no morning prayer, Wednesday Holy Communion or Thirst coffee morning. Instead St John’s Church, hall and grounds will be teaming with young people enjoying the Smelly Yellow Welly Club.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next opportunity to enjoy a good lunch for £4 is on Tuesday, April 3. To book a place or find out more telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road with the main entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Historical Society: on Wednesday, April 4 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm the Society will hold a short Annual General Meeting followed by a lecture by Anne Jenner on Roman finds from the Newington Hotel, York. The finds include pottery and burial materials which will be compared with those found alongside the old Roman Road from York to Tadcaster. Admission is £2, including refreshments and a raffle. Everyone is welcome.

At Granby Care Home: on Wednesday, April 4 at 2pm “The Importance of Eating and Drinking Well as You Age” is the topic under discussion. To find out more or book a place telephone the care home on 01423 582736

Arthritis Care: on Thursday, April 5 at Granby Care Home, 2-4pm Nic Willis from the RSPCA is to give a presentation. Entry £2, refreshments available. For further information telephone Nanci Downey on 01423 330428.

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