Happy New Year: what it has in store no-one can be certain but already I know there is a lot planned. Could it possibly be as eventful as 2012? We shall see. Whatever happens, do not forget to keep sending news of your events and celebrations. A new year can be a new start. All organisations that supply a programme for inclusion in this column would really like to see you at their events. Do not be shy, if there is something that takes your fancy, go along. You will be most welcome.
Tagg House Ladies: journey across America with Geoff Badger from New York to San Fransisco is the entertainment tomorrow, Friday, January 4 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2.15pm. Admission £1.50 including tea and biscuit. Telephone 01423 508771 for further information or to request a programme.
Hatha Yoga: classes start at Bilton Community Centre on Monday, January 7 from 7.30-9pm and Thursday, January 10 from 10.15-11.45am. Telephone Rachel on 01423 541176 for more details and to book a place.
Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: as memories of Christmas food fade away thoughts turn to the good lunch that can be had at Bilton Area Methodist Church. The next opportunity is on Tuesday, January 8. To book a place or find out more information telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. Price £3.50. The church is on Skipton Road and there is a rear entrance and car park off Bar Place.
Bilton Men’s Forum: the first two meetings of the year are talks with videos. On Tuesday, January 8 Tony Brown will be exploring Waterburg, South Africa and on January 15 the presentation by Steve Peyton is entitled From the Boiler to the Deep Freeze. Meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting at 2pm with a cup of tea followed by the speakers at 2.30pm. The secretary can be contacted by telephone, 01423 561540
Bilton Ladies Forum: has a fun night at Bilton Community Centre on Tuesday, January 8 at 7.30pm. For a programme telephone Dawn on 01423 565447 or Ann on 01423 521814.
Kaleidoscope Ladies: start the year with a talk on Harrogate Magistrates Court at Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, January 9 at 7.45pm. Telephone Maureen on 01423 870440 for more information.
Community Lunches: start again on Wednesday, January 9 at Bilton Community Centre. Price £4. There is no longer a waiting list for these events so if you would like to attend regularly now would be a good time to join. Alternatively, if you are not sure about a regular commitment why not go along and try it first? Telephone Shirley to find out more and book a place, 01423 567939
Coffee morning: at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, January 12 between 10am-noon. Go and enjoy a chat over a cuppa, it is only 70p. Browse the stalls, cakes, cards, bring and buy and have a flutter on the raffle. Proceeds are for Church mission partners Anna and Chris Hembury who work with young people in Hull, and Dan and Phillipa Munday in Kathmandu.
Big Bilton Bike Ride: travels again on Saturday, January 12 starting at 10.30am outside St John’s Church on Bilton Lane. Rides last 30-60 minutes so there is time for a coffee in the church hall before and after the ride. It is suitable for those new to the saddle or returning after a break, those who want to work off a few calories after the Christmas excesses or anyone just wishing to enjoy the local area. To book telephone 07525 988160 or email Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Restoration of the Barber Engine: this presentation by Brian Craven has to be a must not miss event for anyone interested in local history. The Barber Engine is an unforgettable part of Bilton’s past, remembered in street names, plaques and in the memories of many people. Barber was the engine which plied its way from Bilton Junction to New Park gas works along the long disused narrow gauge railway. This presentation comes to you courtesy of Bilton Conservation Group and takes place on Saturday, January 12 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm. Admission £1.
Bilton Conservation Group: continues its work in the Nidd Gorge and other areas of the locality. To find out about working parties contact Keith Wilkinson on 01423 564708.
Knox WI: Terry Williams entertains with a slide show on Egypt on Monday, January 14 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm. There is no charge for visitors. For further information go to the meeting or telephone the secretary on 01423 564986.
Wesley Guild: January 15 is a members evening and New Year celebration taking place at Bilton Area Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Find out more from the secretary, telephone 01423 505237
Bilton WI: Changing Hats is the title of the presentation by Joan Jarrett on Wednesday, January 16 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. More details form the secretary, telephone 01423 501723
Spring plants: this is the time of year to seek out the first snowdrops. I have not seen one yet but a bright orange wallflower has just made an appearance in my garden.