HARLOW

Charlotte South

01423 563502

charlotte.south@btinternet.com

Bus route: as I write my column this week I note that the new bus route has now started with buses only going every 40 minutes into town. It looks as if the decisions have all been made in spite of the protests from local residents! As I went along the footpath this morning the bus stop sign on Harlow Avenue was being taken down, a sure sign that those of us living on the hill who use the bus now have a much reduced service. If you read this column I would be very interested to hear what you have to say about these changes. Do let me know.

Rossett Extended Schools: a new course programme from Rossett Extended School has now begun at the centre with places available on many learning for pleasure courses. The popular Rossett Lectures programme is now well underway and features on Monday, October 7 Sue Seeger talking on warp and weft and on Monday, October 14 Peter Russell with stories of a hand engraver. The lecture series runs from 7-9pm every Monday night in term time. Courses in the core programme include archaeology, counselling, first aid, painting, papercraft, contemporary art, ballroom dancing, tai chi, Pilates, yoga, singing, sugarcraft, massage, digital photography and many more on a list of 70 learning opportunities. In addition there is also a full programme of part time language courses at the school, including French, German, Italian and Spanish. To find out more or to enrol on to a course, contact Malcolm or Melissa on 563768, email adultlearning@rossettschool.co.uk or visit the web page www.rossetschool.co.uk/pages/community/adultlearning/

Men’s Forum: meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum began at the start of October and a full programme will run right through until April next year. The meetings take place on Tuesday mornings at Harlow Hill Methodist Church commencing at 10am with coffee, followed by the main business of the meeting. On Tuesday, October 8 Duncan Verity has as the title of his talk, songs of stage and screen. On Tuesday, October 15 Gordon Darlington will be the guest speaker with a talk entitled the great cover up! New members are always welcome at the forum and if you would like more details please get in touch with secretary Neil Ramshaw on neil.ramsahw@mail.com or on the telephone 879535.

Friendship Club: thanks to Pat for getting in touch with me about the meetings of the Harlow Friendship Club held at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue each Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm. On Wednesday, October 9 Christine Stewart will tell members about Starbeck in bloom. On Wednesday, October 16 Granville Dobson will speak of his experiences as a magistrate. For more details about this friendship club for the over 50’s please contact Pat on 508867.

Harlow Carr: autumn is always a lovely time at the RHS garden at Harlow Carr with a really special grow your own autumn festival weekend coming up on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. Over the weekend there will be the opportunity to look at lots of different types of mushrooms and to discover the fresh fungi and edible mushrooms at Harlow Carr. You can learn to grow your own crop of mushrooms and taste lots of different kinds thanks to local chef Lionel Strub who will create some recipes for the occasion. If you prefer apples then there are lots of things happening with them too! Over the weekend you can try apple tasting and identification and apple-pressing. You can also enjoy the market with stalls selling a variety of local produce from chilli plants to herbs, preserves and cider. There will be jazz from local jazz group Swingplicity. A children’s creative craft workshop will run to make a model mushroom to take home and you can find out about seed sowing, perennial planning and get some general advice on growing your own cut flower patch at home. Looking ahead to the week of Wednesday, October 16, you can enjoy a combined harvest art exhibition featuring works from artists Rachel McNaughton, Julie Cross and Vivienne Rawnsley with a range of original paintings, prints and greeting cards to browse and buy. For full details about all events at the garden, check out the website www.rhs.org

Community Centre: a date for your diaries is the AGM of the Harlow Community Centre which will take place at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre, Harlow Avenue on Monday, October 21 at 7pm

Local events: thanks to all of you who have got in touch recently with your local news. Please do keep the events coming. By the time you read this I will be looking ahead to the autumn and half-term, so do let me have your details in plenty of time. Remember I am always pleased to receive any news of family events such as special birthdays, births or weddings!