Bilton news – May 24
Coffee, history and fire safety: the monthly coffee morning at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library is on Saturday, May 26 10.30am-noon. Not only will there be coffee/tea and cakes and biscuits, Bilton Historical Society will be present with a display, publications for sale and a costumed member giving away old recipes. There is more, subject to there being no emergency a member of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue will be present to offer advice on the safety of white goods. Normal library services continues throughout between 9.30am-1pm. The library is on Woodfield Road on the same site as the school and Children’s Centre. There is a car park. There is something for everyone and everyone is welcome.
Bilton Historical Society: over the years the Society has produced a variety of reasonably priced publications on the history of Bilton. The library coffee morning is a chance to peruse them. One of the most popular booklets is “Forest, Farms and Families” and this has recently been reprinted with financial support from the North Yorkshire County Council Locality Budget arranged by Councillor Paul Haslam. The Society study group meets every Tuesday morning at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane and visitors are welcome to drop in.
Local Councillors: owing to lack of space last week congratulations to the newly elected councillors representing Bilton are a little late. Councillor Trevor Chapman formerly represented New Park has been elected to represent Bilton Grange. He has been in touch to say how delighted he is to be elected and is looking forward to helping all ward residents with issues they may have. Councillor Paul Haslam, formerly representing Bilton and now Old BIlton, intends to promote the idea of a country park for North Harrogate between Ripley and Knaresborough including the wider Nidd Gorge area. A new Councillor, Matt Scott, has been elected to represent Bilton Woodfield. Many people have yet to meet him but hopefully there will be plenty of opportunities to do so at several forthcoming community events.
Petition: a country park is an idea that has been talked of informally for some time and is likely to receive a lot of support, but before anything is can happen the issue of the Harrogate Relief Road has to be resolved. There is an online petition for those who are against it on http://www.niddgorgeca.org For those who prefer a paper version here are four more businesses where one can be found; Harrogate Timber just off Ripon Road, Gardeners Arms pub, Bilton Pet Hotel and Bilton Village Farm Caravan Park all on Bilton Lane beyond the houses.
Jumble sale: at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on Saturday, May 26 at 11am. Proceeds to Christian Aid. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. All welcome.
Services at St John’s: on Sunday, May 27 Holy Communion is at 8am and 10am. At St Luke’s morning worship is at 10.30am. There is no morning prayer on Bank Holiday Monday but it takes place as usual next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9-9.30am. On Wednesday, June 30 Holy Communion at 10.30am.
Thirst: the coffee morning every Wednesday at Dene Park Community Centre, 10.30am-noon. There is good coffee and cakes, friendly company and help with laptops, ipads and tablets for anyone needing it. This event is run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s. All welcome. The 2a bus stops at the door.
Wellbeing Café: every Thursday at St Luke’s 1-3pm. Go along, enjoy a fresh pot of tea, a warm bowl of suit and cakes a plenty. Relax, find new friends, join in a craft activity, play some games, have fun. Run by St John’s and St Luke’s in partnership with Dementia Forward.
Bingo: at Bilton Working Mens Club every Wednesday and Saturday, noon-3pm. Membership of BWMC not required. Entry free, bingo books to pay for.