Coffee and crafts: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library on Saturday, April 28 at BIlton and Woodfield Community Library. Coffee served from 10.30am-noon. Children’s crafts start at 10am, the idea being to decorate the wall boards with the theme “Dinosaur Land”. The computer help desk will be open so anyone with a problem with a laptop can go along and Chris will try to help. The library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre. There is a car park. All welcome.
Songs of Praise: Pam Mills will be guiding the audience at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, April 28, 3-5pm where everyone is welcome to go along and join in the singing of specially chosen hymns then enjoy refreshments.
Services at St John’s: on Sunday, April 29 Holy Communion is at 8am and morning worship 10am. Holy Communion takes place at St Luke’s, 10.30am. Next week morning prayer is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, May 2 Holy Communion is at 10.30am.
Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next opportunity to enjoy a good lunch for £4 is on Tuesday, May 1. To find out more or book a place 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.
Arthritis Care: meet at Granby Care Home, HG1 4SR on Thursday, May 3, 2-4pm when Steve Bathe, Team Leader at Harrogate District Hospital, is to give a talk “Living with Pain and Fatigue”. Entry £2. Refreshments available. For further information telephone Nanci Downey on 01423 330428.
Bachelors Field: at the recent meeting of the Friends Group it was reported that Harrogate Council had attempted to cut the grass but had to give up because of waterlogged ground. Maybe they will have better luck next time after the recent warm spell. Earlier in the year the snowdrops and crocuses had done well, the daffodils look good now and the bluebells are yet to look forward to. A number of tidying and maintenance tasks need to be carried out over the summer and a programme of work is being prepared. More help on the working parties would be appreciated. To find out more telephone 01423 567505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodfield Millennium Green: AGMs have to be held by most organisations but few people admit to enjoying them. There was an exception last Saturday when an enthusiastic group of people gathered round a table on the Green to enjoy tea, cakes and an AGM in glorious sunshine. This group is not short of ideas but it is a little short of people able to do the physical work that would bring those ideas to fruition. The Green is looking good and it is apparent that people enjoy walking through it. Anyone interested in giving a hand or finding out more can go along on Saturdays, 11am-1pm when the group working parties take place. Woodfield Millennium Green is on the corner of Albany Avenue and Cecil Street.
Big changes: to the local representation on Harrogate Borough Council will happen after the election next week as three of the four existing councillors are standing down. They are Val Rodgers, Andrew Goss and Bob O’Neill. We owe them a great deal of thanks for their work as they have always been approachable and tried their best to help individuals as well as the area on a whole. Paul Haslam is standing for election in the Old Bilton ward. Because of boundary changes to the wards do check where your polling station is. It may not be the same as it was at the last election.
Bilton Gala: just over a week to go to the big day, Monday, May 7, Richard Taylor School Playing Field from noon. Amongst the attractions will be lots of animals including donkey rides, reptile road show, birds of prey, alpacas, and a children’s farm with a calf, lambs and piglets. Admission £2, under 16s 50p.