BILTON

Christmas cheer: Bilton will be well lit up over Christmas thanks to Roots and Fruits of King Edward’s Drive. Julian and Sarah have donated Christmas trees to St John’s Church, Richard Taylor School, Bilton Community Centre and Bilton and Woodfield Community Library. Hopefully, most people should get a chance to see at least one of these.

Woodfield Millennium Green: the final workday of the year is on Saturday, December 7 at 10am on the Green, which is on Albany Avenue. Some say this is the most important time of the year to prepare for good crops and flowers next summer so, go along, find out what is being planned, and give a hand if you are tempted.

St Luke’s Christmas Fair: takes place on Saturday, December 7 between 11am-1pm. There will be cakes, books, gifts, bric-a-brac, toys, jewellery, a raffle and tombola. Refreshments and light lunches will be served. Admission 50p, accompanied children free. The church is just off Kings Road in Franklin Square.

Activities for families: at Bilton Children’s Centre on Woodfield Road take place on Saturday, December 7 between 10am-noon. At least one child must be under five. The staff look forward to meeting you.

Councillors surgery: the councillors for Woodfield ward will be at Dene Park Community Centre on Saturday, December 7 between 11am-noon. There is no need to make an appointment. Just drop in for a chat about any problems or ideas for improving the locality.

Bingo: your last chance to win in 2013 at Bilton Community Centre bingo is on Monday, December 9 at 2pm. All are welcome to this event which is great fun. Admission is 30p including refreshments. Bingo books are 50p each.

Knox WI: David Alred will present NIdderdale Yesterday at the meeting on Monday, December 9 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm. Visitors are very welcome, free of charge.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: it is Christmas party time on Tuesday, December 10. Cost £5. For more information or to discover if there are any places left, telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600.

Bilton Ladies Forum: Tuesday, December 10 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30 is the time for the Christmas Party. The ladies are back on January 14 and the new programme is out now. Telephone Sue on 01423 560934 if you would like a copy.

Community Christmas Lunch: can be enjoyed at Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, December 11. For more details and to find out if there is still space, telephone Shirley on 01423 567939.

Bilton WI: Wednesday, December 11 is a Christmas Party at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm with A Friend Like Me by David Pye. For more details telephone the secretary on 01423 501723.

Jubilee Wood second time lucky: remember the Jubilee Wood planted last year which was accidently destroyed a few months later? Well, it is to be replanted and volunteers are welcome to lend a hand on Thursday, December 12. The Mayor of Harrogate, cabinet members, ward councillors and Harrogate Borough Council staff will all be there planting trees. The hope is that 2,000 whips, comprising of oak, field maple, holly, cherry, aspen, rowan, down birch, hawthorn, blackthorn, crab apple and wild pear, can all be planted on that day. Two royal saplings are also promised from the Queen’s estates. The site is close to the Nidderdale Greenway. For further information telephone the secretary of Bilton Conservation Group, Keith Wilkinson, on 01423 564708 or email keith2niddgorge@talktalk.net.

Meet your local councillor: if you have a problem or idea on how to improve the area why not call in to meet your local councillors who will be at Bilton Area Methodist Church on Thursday, December 12 between 6-7pm. No appointment is necessary. The church is on Skipton Road. The car park is accessed from the rear of Roberts Crescent.

Christmas coffee morning and Christingle making: at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, December 14 between 10am-noon. There will be the usual coffee, tea or juice with biscuits, plus a cake stall, raffle and tombola but also being served is filter coffee, mince pies and stolen. The highlight is helping to make Christingles for the Sunday services. Everyone is welcome. Admission £1. Proceeds are for the Children’s Society which supports disadvantaged children in this country and abroad.

Wanted: 350 oranges for the Christingle services at St John’s. If anyone can spare a few large oranges please leave them in the box at 1 Pecketts Way or at St John’s Narthex. Alternatively take them along to the coffee morning mentioned above. For further information telephone 01423 528283

Christingle celebrations: are taking place at St John’s on Sunday, December 15 at 4pm and 6pm, and at St Luke’s at 3pm. Everyone is invited to go along to these special services.

Bilton Conservation Group: is to be treated to another audio visual delight, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Morland, on Saturday, December 14 at Bilton Community Centre at 2.15pm. Admission £1. Everyone welcome.

Wesley Guild: is to spend the evening at Killinghall for Carols by Candleight. For more information telephone the secretary on 01423 505237.

Thirst: the coffee morning which takes place every Wednesday morning at Dene Park Community Centre between 10am-noon. Everyone is welcome to go along to this friendly event organised by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s.

Thanks for support: the organisers of the autumn fair at St John’s would like to thank everyone who helped at the event and those who supported it by visiting and spending money on the stalls and refreshments. A magnificent sum of over £1,200 was raised.

I am planning ahead: and, hopefully you will be too. Christmas deadlines are here. If you have news, or your organisation has a meeting before January 16 then tell me about it now, if you have not already done so. Pick up the phone, send an email, but do it now, or it will be too late to include in this column.