Snow: as I write my column for this week, the snow is heavy on the ground and outside my window a winter wonderland has appeared! A walk through the Pinewoods this morning was beautiful and very quiet as most folk stayed in the warm indoors. For many of our children, an unexpected day off school with most local schools closed, was enjoyed, playing in the snow and some lovely snowmen have appeared on Harlow Hill!
Coffee mornings: your support would be most welcome this Saturday, February 2 at Harlow Hill Methodist Church from 10am-noon when the monthly coffee morning and cake stall will take place. A warm welcome is extended to you all. To book any of the rooms at the church please contact Lorna on 521086 for full details. On the following Saturday, February 9, members of Harlow Hill Methodist Church will be running another big fund-raising event at Wesley Chapel in the town, when they will be running the refreshments for a large part of the day from 10am. If you are shopping in town, please do come in and enjoy some excellent cakes and sandwiches are also available.
Messy Church: also at Harlow Hill Methodist Church on Saturday, February 2 from 4-5.30pm, the second Messy Church will take place, this month on the theme of the flood! Messy Church is for adults and children to enjoy together, is fun and is all age. It will include some creative time to explore a biblical theme through getting messy, a celebration time and a meal together. This is a new initiative at the church to welcome families, so please come along! Messy Church will be held throughout the year of the first Saturday of the month at the same time 4-5.30pm. Men’s Forum: Harlow Men’s Forum meets each Tuesday of the month from 10am commencing with coffee before the main meeting at Harlow Hill Methodist Church. On Tuesday, February 5 members welcome Moira Smith who will tell members something about Bolton Abbey. The following week, Tuesday, February 12, Alun Pugh has a talk entitled Dei goes to war. New members are most welcome at the Forum and for more details you can contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on 879535 or by E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendship Club: this Harlow club meets in the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue on Wednesday afternoons at 2.30pm. The club was included recently in the December community fund at Asda, raising a total of £50, so thanks to everyone who supported this by putting your green tokens in the appropriate pot! On Wednesday, February 6 members welcome former Tiller girl Pam Harcourt with her talk I did it for kicks! On Wednesday, February 13 Terry Williams takes a walk down memory lane with vocals from the 1960s and beyond to enjoy. To book the facilities of the Green Hut for an activity, please ring 568344.
Meet your councillor: thanks to David Siddans for getting in touch with me about some events he has planned. He has arranged two sessions intended for you to get to know him. These meet your local councillor sessions will take place on Thursday, February 7 and on Thursday, March 7 from 3-4pm at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. These are non-political and are designed for you to come along and talk about anything of concern or of interest to local residents. Bookings are not necessary. David looks forward to arranging further sessions in the spring. In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch with him about any matters of local concern, you can contact him on e mail email@example.com or by telephone on 531300.
Scout events: fund raising events continue by members of the 20th Harrogate Scout Group, the Lions based at Twenden on St Mary’s Walk. This month already, the group has held a coffee morning and a table top sale and they have three events coming up for February. On Saturday, February 17 there will be a coffee morning with cake stall at Harlow Hill Methodist Church from 10am. On Saturday, February 23 a refreshment day at Wesley Chapel in the town and on Sunday, February 24 a table top sale at the Scout Hut on St Mary’s Walk from 9.30am-12.30pm. To book a stall, at a cost of £7 (pre-booking price), please contact Phil or Gill Pawson on 522968 or email Harrogate20thscoutsfundraising@hotmail.co.uk All money raised is being put towards the on-going project, the building of a new scout hut on the existing site.
Horticap: following a successful Christmas season, fans of the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road, home to Horticap, will be delighted to read that the shop will be opening during the week in January and February from 10am-4pm for the first time. Your support would be welcomed
Yoga classes: if you feel like taking up something new after the Christmas break, British Yoga Wheel instructor Zanna Dent has some vacancies in her classes held locally. These mixed ability classes take place on a Monday evening at Ashville College Pre-School from 7-8.30pm and on a Tuesday evening at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue from 7-8.30pm. Booking is advisable and you can contact Zanna direct on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 567262 for more information.
RHS Harlow Carr: there are lots of events coming up in February to enjoy at Harlow Carr Gardens. On Saturday, February 2, find out how to make bags and other items from recycled crisp packets! On Saturday, February 9, there will be a course on growing vegetables under cover, with radio presenter Joe Maiden. Scarecrow building workshops will take place over the first weekend of half-term Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17. All entries will be displayed in the garden during the Scarecrow Festival week which runs until the end of half-term, Sunday, February 24. During this week also you will be able to seek out Sammy Scarecrow’s belongings on a secret trail or join in a fun craft activity. For full detail on all the items included in this column, please check out the website on www.rhs.org.uk.
Jumble sale: on Saturday, March 2, members of Harlow Hill Methodist Church will be holding a jumble sale at the Church on Harlow Hill from 10am. Jumble is now being collected for this event. If you attend any classes or meetings at the church, jumble can be dropped off at the same time. If you would like to arrange for the collection of jumble and you live locally, please call or Email myself on the numbers above or give Judith a ring on 879636.