Street works: over the Easter period the residents of Beckwith Crescent have been enjoying the company of the gas men who are fitting new piping along the whole street and this work is set to continue for a while yet. I have been impressed with the friendliness of the crew who are doing the work for us and would like to thank them publicly all for their politeness and consideration during a fairly disruptive period for everyone.
Afternoon tea: thanks to Anne Harding for getting in touch with me about her latest fund-raising event for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This will be held this Saturday, April 20 from 2-4pm at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. Tea and coffee will be served along with several stalls including cakes, crafts and cards. All are welcome.
Scout events: the next fund-raising events for the 20th Harrogate Scout Group, the Lions, based at Twenden on St Mary’s Walk, will take place on the same day, this Saturday, April 20. In the morning the monthly coffee morning will take place at Harlow Hill Methodist Church from 10am-noon with fresh coffee and a selection of delicious cakes for sale. In the evening from 7pm onwards and this time at the Scout Hut, there will be a family quiz and curry night. For full details of all events, to buy tickets of to make a donation, please contact Phil or Gill Pawson on 522968 or email Harrogate20thscoutsfundraising@hotmail.co.uk
Rossett Extended Schools: a brand new programme for the summer term has begun and includes more classes than ever at Rossett School. Amongst the courses on offer are digital photography, interior design, furniture restoration, acting, art history, yoga, Victorian art, ballroom dancing, salsa, painting, psychology, sugarcraft, astronomy, paediatric first aid and fiction writing. Holiday languages courses will be available in Greek, French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Polish and Russian. It is not too late to book on to many of the courses so for more information on courses available or to enrol, please contact Rossett Extended School centre on 563768 or on email firstname.lastname@example.org
Horticap: the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road on the way to Beckwithshaw are open every day now from 10am-4pm. Come up and enjoy a walk around the lovely garden created here and browse in the greenhouses and shop! During the month of April from Friday, April 5 until Sunday, April 28 the Jo Dunn art exhibition will feature. Jo’s paintings include oil and watercolour landscapes, war paintings and abstracts. Horticap will also be running a stand at the Spring Flower Show at the end of April. Arthurs Avenue: there will be a meeting on Monday, April 22 at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue commencing at 7pm for residents of the Arthurs Avenue area to meet the police to talk about issues of traffic regulation enforcement and parking problems. Parking in Arthurs Avenue and the side roads has long been a problem for residents with a lot of the activity being associated with the grammar school. Parking and traffic difficulties have increased. At the same time a questionnaire is being circulated to all residents this week to gauge the strength of support for any further measures that may be sought.
Men’s Forum: there are just two more meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum now before a summer break. Meetings are held at Harlow Hill Methodist Church on Tuesday mornings at 10am with refreshments followed by the meeting. On Tuesday, April 23 there will be an open meeting for members and guests, led by Eric Waters with his Himalayan tale. On Tuesday, April 30 the AGM will take place. The final meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 7 and will take the form of an outing to be arranged. Meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum will resume again in October, but if you would like to find out more information, please contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on 879535 or e mail email@example.com
Friendship Club: meetings of the Harlow Friendship Club for the over 50s take place each Wednesday afternoon at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue, commencing at 2.30pm. On Wednesday, April 24 members welcome speaker Dr Richard Shephard who will give a talk on York Minster. On Wednesday, May 1 Ken Humphries will speak on the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. For more information about the club, please contact Pat Wormald on 508867. To book the facilities at the Green Hut, please call 568344.
Harlow Carr: this weekend, Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, enjoy a wildflower seed bomb workshop at Harlow Carr Gardens as part of National Gardening Week. Garden tours and meadow seed sowing demonstrations will also be running, as well as a plant society open day (Saturday only) and a guest talk from former RHS curator Elizabeth Balmforth (Saturday 12.15pm, booking advised). On Saturday, April 21 from11am-3pm members of the Bonsai Group will be showcasing their prized Bonsai’s and also offering expert information on these unusual plants. Visitors are invited to bring their own specimens in order to obtain specific advice. Children’s story time for the under fives will take place on Thursday, April 25 from 11am-noon. From Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 28 Yorkshire painters Nikky Corker and Jane Refern will be using the Old Bath House as an artist’s studio for one week. Nikky will be adding to her collection of Gardening Girlfriends paintings, taking inspiration from her sketchbooks and Harlow Carr. Paintings and prints will also be for sale. For more information about RHS Garden Harlow Carr visit the website at www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr or call the gardens direct on 565418.
Waste collection: local residents will have received letters from the council detailing the new waste collection service that will now include recycling of plastic bottles and card. The new service will cover all the streets in the Harlow area except the Wharfedales, College Road and West Lea Avenue which will be covered at a later date. This is good news as it will help to increase further our recycling rates. If any residents have queries on the new arrangements or other issues they can contact Jim Clark on e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 872822, Don MacKenzie at email@example.com or telephone 872211 or David Siddans on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01423 531300.
Residents Association: an advanced notice now from chairman of the Harlow and Pannal Ash Residents Association, that the spring meeting will take place on Thursday, May 16 at 6.30pm followed by entertainment. Please make a note in your diaries and come along to support your local association.