New Park mirror: the newsletter of the New Park Heritage Centre has recently arrived. It contains articles and photographs on New Park in the 1950s, one of New Park’s heroes, behind the scenes at the at the post office, New Park School goes to the movies and a letter from the manager. If you would like to receive this twice yearly publication send £2 to New Park School, Skipton Road, Harrogate, HG1 3HF and make cheques payable to New Park Centenary Fund.
Councillor’s surgery: local councillors will be at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane today, Thursday, March 28 between 6-7pm. If you have a problem your councillors can help with or ideas how to improve the area then go along. No appointment necessary.
Easter services at St John’s: tomorrow, Good Friday. March 29 there will be quiet reflective worship at 10am and at 7pm “The Wondrous Cross, by Alan Bullard. On Easter Day, Sunday, March 31 there will be Holy Communion at 8am and Easter Day Celebration Holy Communion at 10am. For services at St Luke’s see the Kings Road column by Margaret Garner.
Brigantes Lacemakers: it is members day on Saturday, March 30. This could be a good opportunity to find out more about this long established group. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre from 10am-3.30pm. For further details telephone the chairman on 01377 288076.
Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next chance to enjoy a really good lunch for just £3.50 in Tuesday, April 2. To book a place or find out more telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road and it has a car park and entrance at the rear off Bar Place.
Bilton Ladies Forum: Crime on the Doorstep is the title of the presentation by Ruth Andrews on Tuesday, April 2 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. New members welcome. Telephone Dawn on 01423 565447 for more details.
Thirst: the coffee mornings which take place every Wednesday morning between 10am-noon at Dene Park Community Centre. These events are run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s. All are welcome. The 2a bus stops at the door.
Bilton Historical Society: the final evening meeting before the summer break is on Wednesday, April 3 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. The short AGM will be followed by members of the study group giving a presentation of their work. For anyone interested in the local history of Bilton this is a must not miss event. Visitors are welcome. Admission £2. It is also a great opportunity to find out more about the Society which meets every Tuesday morning to unravel the intricacies of the web that is local history.
Tagg House Ladies: Nicola Down describes the thrills and spills of her life in television for the entertainment of the ladies on Friday, April 5 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits. Visitors are always welcome.
Woodfield Millennium Green: work is now beginning in earnest to prepare for spring and summer. Regular working parties will take place on the first Saturday morning of every month between 10am-1pm. This means the next one is on April 6. Anyone can go along to help move the vegetable plots and lay some top soil, which are some of the tasks scheduled for the day. A recent innovation has been a living willow cabin for children to play in. If you are curious but not sure whether you can help then go along and find out at first hand. The team will be very pleased to see you.
Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: at the meeting on Monday, April 8 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, 10.30am the ladies will be pricing items for the coffee morning on April 13, followed by lunch. Telephone 01423 503221 to find out more. Details about the coffee morning, which is raising money for the premature baby unit, will appear next time.
Knox WI: the time of your life is the subject of the presentation by David Davies. To find out if it is then go along to the meeting on Monday, April 8 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm. You will be very welcome and there is no charge for visitors.
The 1000th meeting: of Bilton Men’s Forum took place last week. To celebrate the men opened bottles of bubbly, enjoyed a buffet and delicious 1000th meeting cake. There was music in the background and all afternoon could be heard the happy hum of laughter and conversation, interspersed occasionally by short speeches delivered by some of the guests. What a great way to celebrate this important milestone. Bilton Men’s Forum meets weekly between September and May and details always appear in this column. For further information telephone the secretary on 01423 561540.
Bilton Mens Forum: on Tuesday, April 9 Michael Bevington of the National Trust is to give a presentation on the 18th century garden created by the Aislabie family. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm followed by the speaker at 2.30pm.
Community Lunch: can next be enjoyed on Wednesday, April 10 at Bilton Community Centre. Cost £4. To find out more or book a place telephone Shirley on 01423 567939.
Kaleidoscope Ladies: speaker Nicola Down will treating the ladies to some April foolery on Wednesday, April 10 at Bilton Community, 7.45pm. The meeting in May is an outing. For more information telephone the secretary on 01423 870440.
Thanks for support: the organisers of the recent St John’s coffee morning would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported it and helped raise a magnificent £655.50 for the Respiratory Children’s Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. They would also like to thank Asda, Bulmers Butchers, Roots and Fruits, and On a Roll for their donations, also Bilton Guiding and the family of Jake Brecken.
Winning numbers: of the March Bilton Community Centre Draw are No 48, £40 and No 37, £10.