Coffee morning: the next coffee morning at Harlow Hill Methodist Church will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 10am-noon when refreshments will be served. Homemade cakes, books and jigsaws will also be available. Please support your local church in this community activity.
Messy Church: this also takes place on Saturday, November 2 at Harlow Hill Methodist Church from 4-5.30pm, come along and enjoy and afternoon of family craft and messy activities followed by a short period of worship and a shared meal to finish. All are welcome! The theme this month is the Good Shepherd.
Residents Association: thanks to Murray Trantor, chair of the Harlow and Pannal Ash Residents Association, for getting in touch with me about the AGM to be held on Monday, November 4 at 7pm at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. At the meeting, there will be the usual business of an AGM, including an update on the council’s plans for new housing, traffic congestion on Arthur’s Avenue and the changes to the Number 6 bus route. New members are always welcome.
Men’s Forum: regular meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum take place each Tuesday morning at Harlow Hill Methodist Church commencing at 10am with refreshments. On Tuesday, November 5 member Judge Derek Clarkson will entertain with his talk entitled More of the Same! On Tuesday, November 12, Professor Martin Curzon will talk about Honey, Sugar And Spice and All Things Nice. New members are always welcome at the forum and full details can be obtained from secretary Neil Ramshaw on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 879535.
Friendship Club: members of this Harlow Club for the over 50s, meet each Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. On Wednesday, November 6 Christine Stewart will present a talk on the Turkish Baths and on Wednesday, November 13 Sarah Fowler from the Honey House, will be the guest speaker. For more details please contact Pat Wormald on 508867.
Horticap: from Friday, November 8 until Christmas, the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road will be displaying art work completed by students who work at Horticap. After the fantastic success of an exhibition in June, there will be more pieces of work by students who attend a weekly art class. All work is available for purchase. Horticap is open every day from 10am-4pm and is always a pleasure to visit at any time of the year. Is it too early to mention Christmas? Christmas trees will be available from Horticap from Saturday, November 23.
Harlow Carr: there is always a lot going on at the RHS garden and these next two weeks are not exception! Discover creative crafts with the Cone Exchange on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from 11am-4pm. November is a great time to look out for birds coming into our gardens, so why not join members of the East Dales Ringing Group, part of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), to help them out with a special bird survey? Watch their specially trained bird ringers identify, ring and record the birds that call Harlow Carr home, forming part of an important national study. Also learn about how to attract birds into your garden and help the BTO with their national Garden Bird Watch survey on Sunday, November 3. Get creative with the RSPB who have everything you need to feed the birds in your garden at home. Also at Harlow Carr until Wednesday, November 6, enjoy an art in the garden exhibition featuring a group of talented local artists. Friday, November 8 is Free Day Friday! You can take this opportunity to visit Harlow Carr free. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce friends or family to this wonderful garden, right on our doorstep. From Friday, November 8 until Sunday, November 24 there will be a Christmas Craft Exhibition featuring 36 stalls from various local craftspeople. If you are looking for early present, this is definitely the place to be! For full details of all events at Harlow Carr, check out the website www.rhs.org.
Afternoon tea: thanks to Anne Harding for contacting me with details of this event coming up in November for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Saturday, November 9 from 2-4pm at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. This will take the form of an afternoon tea with tea/coffee and cakes and several stalls including cakes, raffle, Christmas, toiletries and crafts.
News wanted: as I write this column looking ahead over three weeks, Christmas has suddenly made its appearance and I know that locally there will be many events coming up to share with the folk of Harlow Hill. It is not too early to get in touch with me about any local events you are planning related to Christmas. I would be delighted to receive your information as soon as you know it! Please contact me either by email or telephone and don’t forget that I am always delighted to receive any information about any special events including new arrivals, weddings or birthdays.