Yard Sale: thanks to Janette for letting me know how well the recent yard sale went in aid of Open Arms in Malawi. She reports that the event was blessed with fantastic weather and a total of £360 was raised. The sale unexpectedly became a bit of a community event in the end, with several local residents turning up with donations of goods, or just leaving them on the doorstep. Tables were also loaned from a number of places. A very big thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to making the day a very successful one, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and Janette really appreciated the involvement and generosity of the people who were involved! It is hoped to raise a total of £700 for the Peaks to take with them when they visit Malawi in August. This amount will fund a member of staff for a whole year! If anyone would still like to donate you can visit the Just Giving site on http://www.justgiving.com/JandIPeak or by sending your donation to the Peaks at 51 Wharfedale Avenue, Harrogate HG2 0AU.
Friendship Club: this group for the over 50s based at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue, has just two more meetings in the current season before a summer break. On Wednesday, June 19 members will be entertained by the U3A singers. To complete the programme a cream tea will be enjoyed on Wednesday, June 26. Afternoon meetings commence at 2.30pm.
Rossett Nature Reserve: it was lovely to catch up with Sandra Jowett this week. Sandra was former head teacher at Rossett Acre Primary School and still maintains her local links by being very involved with the Rossett Nature Reserve. On Saturday, June 15 the nature reserve will hold its open day from 1- 4pm. Come along with the family to enjoy pond dipping, mini-beast hunting, face-painting, craft activities, welly-wanging, wildlife stalls and displays, refreshments and entertainment from the Tewit Junior Band. The entrance to this event is free but donations for the upkeep of the reserve would be most welcome. One important notice is that this event will be cancelled in the event of bad weather! Fingers crossed for a good day for everyone and all are most welcome.
Scout fundraising: more events are forthcoming for the 20th Harrogate Scout Group as they strive to raise funds for a new scout hut on their premises on St Mary’s Walk. Already this month a jumble sale, a bags to school collection and a family race night and barbecue have been held. The next coffee morning will be on Saturday, June 15 at Harlow Hill Methodist Church from 10am-noon and on Saturday, June 22 there will be a fund-raising coffee morning at Wesley Chapel in the town from 10am-3pm when fresh coffee and tea, soup, sandwiches and cakes will be served. On Sunday, June 16 bring your Dad to the Father’s Day big breakfast from 9-11.30am at the Scout hut on St Mary’s Walk. A menu of fresh fruit juice, a full cooked breakfast, toast and coffee or tea is available at a cost of £6 for adults and £3.50 for children. It is advisable to book in advance for this event. To do this, call 522968 or 500809 or email Harrogate20thscoutsfundraising@hotmail.co.uk
Pinewoods Conservation Group: thanks to Neil Hind from the Pinewoods Conservation Group for getting in touch with me about a variety of events which will be running over the summer. The first of these is on Saturday, June 22 entitled a Balsam Bash and Litter Pick from 10am -noon. This is a joint event between the Pinewoods Conservation Group and the Harrogate District Bio Diversity Action Group to remove litter and weeds from the Pinewoods. The meeting point is at the council nurseries on Nursery Lane and all are welcome! It is suggested that you bring your own protective gloves for this event. Harlow Carr: with summer upon us there are plenty of things going on our doorstep at the RHS garden at Harlow Carr. On Saturday, June 15 there is an all-day course on fruit for containers and small spaces. The summer arts exhibition commences on Monday, June 17 running through until September. This features 26 leading Yorkshire artists, showcasing the very best artwork from around the region. On Tuesday, June 18 another course is an introduction to using medicinal herbs at home with medical herbalist Bel Charlesworth and on Wednesday, June 19 discover the best edible flowers to grow and how to cultivate them. The storytelling session for young children takes place on Thursday, June 27. Looking ahead and the summer garden party will feature over the weekend of Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Full details of all these events can be found on the website www.rhs.org.uk
Horticap: I have just received the newsletter Horticap at the Bluecoat Wood Nursery on Otley Road on the way to Beckwithshaw. They have a special event coming up on Friday, June 28 with a midsummer garden party. During the day magician Bob McBratney and musician Ian Peak will be on hand to entertain. There will be a number of sculptures in the garden including the model of a Spitfire by Darrell Evanes. There will be a popular Gift tree with winning ticket every time and obviously the weather is going to be perfect! There will be members of staff and volunteers ready to conduct guided tours of the garden for those who are interested and there will be an exhibition of art produced by students at Horticap. Tickets for this event cost £17.50 each which includes a delicious cold buffet and a glass of Pimms. There will also be wine and soft drinks to accompany the meal. To order your tickets contact Horticap on 522876 or call in during opening hours every day from 10am-4pm. It is always a pleasure to visit the garden here and well worth a visit.
Summer events: thanks to all my contributors this week! It has been great to receive so many emails and notes. Please let me have all details of your summer activities as soon as you can so that I can include them in your Harlow News.