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Bilton news – May 17

Knox Valley Residents’ Association: the annual general meeting will take place on Monday, May 21 in the East End Room, St John’s Church at 8pm. KVRA was formed in the 1980s when the rural character of Knox was being threatened by the erection of 600 houses between it and Killinghall, effectively joining Killinghall to Harrogate. Because of local action here and at Killinghall this did not happen. However the need for a residents’ association had become apparent. The aims of KVRA were, and still are, to conserve the character of the area, take action on proposals likely to affect the area and its residents and communicate with local councillors on matters affecting the community. These aims are as relevant today as they were then. Over the past year KVRA has responded to the Harrogate and District Local Plan, responded to proposals for a Harrogate Relief road, engaged with consultants wishing to build 70 houses in a field adjacent to Knox Lane and cut back undergrowth in the Knox Country Park.

Is it about to end: sadly, Knox Valley Resident’s Association has not been successful in recruiting new committee members. Most of the existing members have served for over 20 years and feel the need to move on, but would sincerely like to pass their experience on to others. New groups have emerged to fight the relief road proposals but this does not mean there is no longer a need for KVRA. Far from it. KVRA inspects all planning applications affecting the area, reports potholes and other nuisances, over the years has planted thousands of bulbs, provided benches and often worked in partnership with Bilton Conservation Group and the Bachelors Field Friends Group. Does the local community really want this to stop? Unfortunately, if a new chairman and treasurer cannot be found at the AGM a meeting will be called to wind up KVRA. KVRA has achieved a lot and there are times of high activity but, overall, the roles are not onerous. They are, though, very valuable. If you would like to know more about how you may be able to help please telephone chairman, George Tickle on 01423 503581 or go to the AGM on May 21.

Relief road petition: the petition opposing the relief road is available at but for those who prefer a paper version one can be found at the following businesses, all in King Edward’s Drive. Roots and Fruits greengrocer, On a Roll café, Gilly’s Hair Port, King Edward’s Drive Post Office, Bilton Discounts, Korner Kabin newsagent, TCs Tanning Centre and Gymophobics. More names next week.

Bilton gala good news: the gala has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 22. Over the coming weeks more information will emerge and we will tell you about it as it does. For now, just note the date in your diary.

Tagg House Ladies: Friday, May 18 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2.15pm “From Forensics to Crime Fiction” is the talk by author Susan Parry who uses her experience in forensic analysis to inform her writing. Visitors are welcome. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits.

Services at St John’s: on Sunday, May 20 Holy Communion is at 8am and morning worship at 10am. At St Luke’s there is contemplative Holy Communion 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, May 23 Holy Communion takes place at 10.30am.

Bilton Ladies Forum: “Billy No Mates Does the Inca Trail” is the title of the presentation by Fiona Scott on Tuesday, May 22 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. New members welcome. Telephone 01423 545511 for further information.

Brigantes Lacemakers: on Saturday, May 26 at Bilton Community Centre is an antique lace day presented by members. If interested please email for more details.

Escape pain through sport: you may have noticed the building work and new sign at Bilton Youth Club. The building is now the Bilton Health and Wellbeing Hub and the first information about what is going to happen there is for those who wish to escape knee or hip pain. Two classes of seven weeks start on Monday, June 4, 2-3.30pm and Wednesday June 6, 1-2.30pm. Those who join will meet other people with similar problems, will gain information and learn simple ways to better manage knee and hip pain through a gentle, individualised exercise programme that matches the needs of the participant. The cost is £30 for the seven weeks. To book or find out more email or telephone 01423 226303

Date for the diary: Saturday, May 26 at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library when Bilton Historical Society has a display including old recipes and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue will be present to give out safety information, including on white goods that may be a fire risk. Coffee served from 10.30am. More details next week.


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