Harlow

Charlotte South

01423 563502

charlotte.south@btinternet.com

Horticap: from now 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. Horticap Christmas open weekend will take place on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 from 10am-4pm. Christmas trees, decorations and gifts are for sale and don’t forget refreshments are also available. Santa’s grotto will also be fully operational! If you have not made the trip along Otley Road towards Beckwithshaw to Horticap, then I would urge you to do so! There are lots of treats to be had and some great gift ideas.

Men’s Forum: meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum will resume on Tuesday, January 7 when Dave Essam tells how a Cheshire cat strayed into Harrogate! For details of any of the events or the Forum itself, you can contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on neil.ramshaw@mail.com

Friendship club: Pat and the committee wish all members a happy Christmas. The first meeting of the New Year will take place on Wednesday, January 8 when Martin Brassington from the charity Essential Needs, will talk about its work. Details of the club are available from Pat on 508867.

Harlow Carr: there is a magical series of events on offer for the whole family this Christmas just up the road at Harlow Carr every weekend until Christmas! This is the time to enjoy writing and posting your letter to Santa or having a go at decorating a gingerbread man to take home. You can also help the Christmas robin on a Yuletide trail. Late night shopping takes place each Thursday night from now until December 19 when everything will be open until 8pm. Finally Christmas stories with Santa will be told over the weekend of Saturday, December 14 and Sunday December 15 and from Friday, December 20 until Christmas Eve. Tickets for this event are pre-bookable only. For full details check out the website www.rhs.org.uk

Christmas at Harlow Hill Methodist Church: Carol service: on Sunday, December 15, the candlelight carol service will take place at 4pm featuring nine lessons and carols, Christmas readings and drama. All are welcome to this service which is followed by refreshments.

Carol singing: members and friends of the church will be taking to the local streets on the evening of Sunday, December 22 for carol singing for charity. If you would like to join the singers and musicians, you can share in a meal which starts at the church at 6pm [bring something to share] or you can meet at the church at 7pm. The round will cover streets in the immediate vicinity of the Church. If you hear your door bell this evening, please come and support everyone and enjoy the singing. Your support would be most appreciated! Last year this event raised £300 for the Harrogate Homeless Project. Christmas Crib Service: this takes place at 4pm on Christmas Eve and is a chance for those with younger children to come along and enjoy the preparation of the crib and hear the traditional Christmas story. All are welcome. Christmas Day: the family service at will take place at 10am on Christmas morning. A warm greeting is extended to all to come along.

Christmas greetings: and finally, to all my readers and contributors, can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and good wishes for 2014! Harlow News will be back with you in the New Year, so please keep on sending in your local news,