Friends of Bachelors Field: meet tonight, Thursday, January 17 at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane at 7pm. Anyone with an interest in the open space between Bachelor Gardens, Bachelor Drive and Bachelor Road is welcome to go along to hear what has been happening recently and to help make plans for the forthcoming months. Further information may be obtained from the chairman, telephone 01423 525443.
Stitch and Craft Group: also meets tonight, Thursday, January 17 for its AGM which takes place at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane from 7.15pm. This could be a good opportunity to discover what the group has been up to during the last year and what it is planning for this one. In addition to participating in various craft activities funds have been raised for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the group’s chosen charity. For a programme or for more information telephone Pauline on 01423 507617.
Tagg House Ladies: will take a journey from Prison to Palace by way of a talk by Veronica Bird who has been a prison governor at various prisons including Holloway and Armley. The meeting takes place tomorrow, Friday, January 18 at Bilton Community at 2.15pm. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuit. Visitors welcome.
Big Breakfast: as everyone should by now have recovered from the glut of food that usually accompanies Christmas and New Year this seems just the right time to enjoy a Big Breakfast at Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, January 19 from 9am until about 11am. Cost £3.50 for egg, bacon, sausage, tomato, beans, as much toast and marmalade/jam as you can eat and as much tea/coffee as you can drink. No need to book.
Bilton Mens Forum: next meet on Tuesday, January 22 for a presentation by Jim Dedicoat on the North York Moors, Festiniog and other railways. The following week, January 29 the Men will be entertained by Bob Manfield with a talk and video describing travels with a gardener. Meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting at 2pm with a cup of tea followed by the speakers at 2.30pm
Bilton Ladies Forum: hear about the work of a councillor at its meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. Greta Knight, the Woodfield Ward Councillor on Harrogate Borough Council, will give the presentation. Not only is this an opportunity to meet your local councillor it is a very good talk. New members welcome.
Thirst: the weekly coffee mornings at Dene Park Community Centre are back. They take place every Wednesday morning between 10am-noon. Everyone is welcome to these events which are organised by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s. The 2a bus stops at the door.
Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next opportunity to enjoy a good lunch for just £3.50 is on Wednesday, January 23 at Bilton Area Methodist Church. For further details or to book a place telephone Molly England on 01423 564986. The church is on Skipton Road with a rear entrance and parking off Bar Place.
Brigantes Lacemakers: meet at Bilton Community Centre on the last Saturday of each month except August and December. The meetings take place between 10am-3.30pm and the next one is on January 26 when Jo and Ash Firth give a presentation on suppliers. For more information contact the chairman by telephone, 01377 288076.
Songs of Praise: a warm welcome awaits all who come to St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, January 26 at 3pm for an afternoon of favourite hymns and to meet old and new friends in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. This event is for everyone. Further details available by telephone, 01423 522828 or just go along.
Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: meet on Monday, January 28 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church 10.30am for a slide presentation by Anne Richards entitled Day Trips from Harrogate. Admission £1. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. For more information telephone 01423 503221.
Thanks for support: the organisers of St John’s coffee morning in December would like to thank everyone who supported it. People of all ages, including the community policeman, were making Christingles, winning prizes on the tombola, buying cakes and raffle tickets and savouring toasted teacakes, biscuits and drinks. £400 was raised for the Children’s Society. There will be more of this at the coffee morning on February 9, minus the Christingles. More details next time.
Bingo: at Bilton Community Centre on Monday, January 28 at 2pm. The entrance fee of 30p includes tea or coffee at the interval. The bingo tickets themselves are priced at 50p for a book of eight games. There will also be a raffle. Go along and enjoy an easy, fun afternoon.
Wesley Guild: meet on Tuesday, January 29 for a presentation by Rev Christine Gillespie entitled First Mission to Sierra Leone. As this meeting is to take place at Killinghall prospective new members or visitors should contact the secretary for further details. Telephone 01423 505237.