Meet your councillors: today, Thursday, February 28. New Park Ward councillors on Harrogate Borough Council, Coun Matthew Webber and Coun Trevor Chapman will be at Bilton Area Methodist Church, Skipton Road between 6-7pm. Councillors for Woodfield Ward, Coun Greta Knight and Coun Andrew Goss, will be at Dene Park Community Centre between 11am-noon and Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 6pm-7pm. No appointments required. Residents with a problem or ideas to improve the area can just call in.
Women’s World Day of Prayer: is tomorrow, Friday, March 1. Services will be at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road, at 2pm and at St John’s Church at 7pm. The speaker in the afternoon is Rev Pam Mills and in the evening Karin Shaw. The women of France have prepared the service this year, their theme I was a stranger and you welcomed me. France and Britain have many similar problems of relevance to men and women and all will receive a warm welcome at either of the services.
Bilton and Woodfield Community Library: there is just time to catch the tail end of the 40th anniversary celebrations by calling in today or tomorrow, Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1 to enjoy a cuppa, test your local knowledge on the quiz or try your luck on the raffle. Refreshments are available both days 10am-noon and 1.30-3.30pm. The library is open as normal until 5pm and is situated on Bilton Lane in the Old Vicarage. Everyone welcome, membership not necessary.
Tagg House Ladies: welcome back Clive Roberts to continue his walk down memory lane and recall his Hollywood memories. The meeting is tomorrow, Friday, March 1 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuit. Visitors always welcome.
Mini model railway exhibition: at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on Saturday, March 2 between 10am-4pm. Light refreshments served all day. Admission £1.50 adults, children 50p, or family ticket £3 to cover two adults and two children. This is something different for early March so go along and enjoy the trains.
Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: next meets on Tuesday, March 5. If you would like a good lunch for just £3.50 or more information telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road with a rear entrance and car park off Bar Place.
Bilton Men’s Forum: a matter of grave concern at the meeting on Tuesday, March 5, but it is nothing to worry about as this is the title of a talk by Eric Forster. Meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm and the speakers at 2.30pm.
Bilton Ladies Forum: Richard Willis gives a presentation on the wonders of the waterways on Tuesday, March 5 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members always welcome.
Bilton Historical Society: the next evening lecture is on Wednesday, March 6 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm when Natalie Raw presents Dress in the 19th century. Admission £2 includes refreshments and a raffle ticket. All are welcome.
Big Breakfast: at Bilton Community Centre, Saturday, March 9 from 9.30am until about 11am. A great way to start the day for just £3.50.
Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: meet on Monday, March 11 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am to enjoy favourite hymns followed by lunch. For further details telephone 01423 503221.
Knox WI: Mrs S Benson is to give a talk on Nidderdale Llamas at the meeting on Monday, March 11 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm. There is no charge for visitors so, if you have not seen this most enjoyable presentation, why not go along?
Author event: another first for Bilton and Woodfield Community Library, on Wednesday, March 13, local author of The Gilded Lily, Deborah Swift, is to give a talk at 11am. Tickets are £2.50 and include light refreshments. Numbers are limited and almost half have already been sold. Do not miss out. Go along to the library during normal opening hours to book your place.
Community Lunch: the next opportunity to enjoy a great lunch for £4 at Bilton Community Centre is Wednesday, March 13. To find out more or book a place telephone Shirley on 01423 567939.
Harrogate in Bloom: is to award a new trophy this year, for the best street, or part of a street. The minimum is six dwellings. If any group of neighbours is interested in trying for this then they will need to appoint a co-ordinator and contact Geoff Scurrah to find out more. His telephone number is 01423 509889. Entries need to be in place by June 30 and judging takes place on July 15. There are some lovely gardens in Bilton, Woodfield, Dene Park and Knox so why wait? Contact Geoff Scurrah now.
Date for the diary: coffee morning at St John’s Church Hall on March 16,10am-noon for Cystic Fibrosis run by Bilton District Guiding. More details next time