Happy new year: greetings to everyone on Harlow Hill. I hope you all had a good Christmas break and look forward to what the new year may bring. For Harlow News, hopefully lots of information on local happenings. You can easily get in touch with me with details of your event by dropping me a line on the email address above, giving me a call of catching me on Twitter @whirlybirdzcs. Carol singing: an intrepid band of carol singers and musicians took part in the annual carol singing expedition from Harlow Hill Methodist Church on the night of Sunday, December 22. Thankfully the weather was reasonably kind - just one or two hail flutters! In two hours of singing in the local community, Church members and friends raised just over £300 for their two charities this year, the Philippines Disaster Fund and for local based Horticap. Thanks to all those local residents who supported and in particular to Di and Chris Hall for their welcome refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies en route! Buses: and so our bus route returns to us! The Number 6 now back on its old route but sadly still only a 40 minute service. This leaves a lot of time to kill in town for many of our residents and my husband walks home. We need at least one every 30 minutes, better still every 20. I wonder what local residents think about this? Are you glad the service is back? Let me have your comments. Men’s forum: a new term with the Harlow Men’s Forum commenced on Tuesday, January 7 with a talk from David Essam entitled how a Cheshire cat strayed into Harrogate. This was followed by an open meeting on Tuesday, January 14 from Anne Cherry on Harrogate Theatre behind the scenes. On Tuesday, January 21 Michael Greatorex and Michael Morby will be talking about family history and the trials and tribulations research can bring. President’s morning will be led by the Rev Mark Godfrey on Tuesday, January 28. All meetings are held at Harlow Hill Methodist Church and commence at 10am with refreshments. Friendship club: meetings of the Harlow Friendship Club resumed after the Christmas holidays with a talk by Martin Brassington from Essential Needs, followed this week by Dr George Ingle talking on the Yorkshire Dales textile mills. On Wednesday, January 22 Christine Abbott will talk about wild flowers and folklore and on Wednesday, January 29 members can enjoy a quiz and friendship afternoon. Meeting are held in the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue and start at 2.30pm. The bus stop is now back right outside! Rossett Extended Schools: a new term is about to commence at the Rossett Extended Schools Centre based at Rossett School. Learn a new skill, broaden your knowledge and meet like-minded people. Courses are filling up quickly but there are still places on sugarcraft course, singing group, digital photography, Tai Chi, bridge, painting and drawing, massage, buying and selling on line, acting, yoga, psychology, salsa and foreign languages. You are invited to join a friendly, warm environment with over 1000 part time adult students currently attending. For full details of courses ring Malcolm or Melissa on 563768 or check out the website www.rossettschool.co.uk/adultlearning
Tewit Concert: on Saturday, January 18, the Tewit Youth Senior Band will be giving a concert in aid of the Harrogate Eye Lazer Project (HELP) to help raise £80,000 for the Harrogate Hospital to buy the equipment. This will be a very worthwhile fund raising event as it helps all the people in the district. The concert will be held in the ballroom of the Crown Hotel, Harrogate, commencing at 7.15pm. Tickets are £7 for adults and £3 for children under 15. If you’d like tickets for the event you can obtain them from Specsavers tickets. Harrogate Lions have worked extremely hard to raise this amount and deserve all the support they can get, so I hope that you will feel able to support them. I can guarantee that you will enjoy the concert from this really excellent youth band. Harlow Carr: this is always a rather quieter month at the RHS garden at Harlow Carr, but January walks are to be enjoyed, the winter walk showing vivid collections of winter stems and lovely winter-flowering shrubs.Now is also a good time to admire the garden’s renovated and expanded heather beds - a magnet for bees - where there is something in flower most of the year. A date for your diaries if you have young children is on Thursday, January 30 when children under five accompanied by an adults, can enjoy a story with a link to the garden or the creatures that live in it, followed by a short walk or song. There is no need to book this event.
Horticap: a reminder that if you visited the Bluecoatwood Nurseries over Christmas, buying your Christmas tree, wreath, plants or gifts, walking around the garden or enjoying refreshments, that the shop and tea room will only be open from Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm from now until the end of February.