Thanks: David Siddans contacted me in the week to tell me how pleased and grateful he was to have received so much support at the recent election when he was voted in as a new councillor for the Rossett Ward. David asked me to pass on to you all that he is very much looking forward to serving his local community and will strive to do his best to ensure that the views of local residents are fully represented on the council.
Community centre: thanks to Pat Wormald who contacted me with news about the recent celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the Harlow Community Centre. The event was held at the community centre base, the Green hut on Harlow Avenue. Afternoon tea was served and craft, cakes and cards were on sale, all proceeds going to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Pat would like to pass on thanks to all who helped with the delicious refreshments and to those came along on the day and I gather it was a most enjoyable afternoon. Special thanks also go to Crafty Kids who kept the children busy making Christmas stockings and also to Age UK who had a splendid display about their gardening and writing groups who meet regularly at the Green hut. The Harlow Community Centre Association has spent over £90,000 improving and repairing the Green hut over the last ten years and it is indeed a wonderful community facility to have. If you are interested in hiring the venue please contact Carol on 568344.
Horticap: I had the pleasure of visiting the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road last week, the home of one of my favourite local charities, Horticap. Now running until Friday, December 21, there will be a Christmas art exhibition at the Nurseries by Neil McBride, a British visual artist and maker of original paintings and prints. The exhibition will include a selection of framed and unframed prints and greetings cards as well as some original work. Christmas open days will be held on Saturday, December 1, Sunday, December 2, and Saturday, December 8 and Sunday December 9 from 10am-4pm. Enjoy the Christmas party in the shop and seasonal refreshments while you choose gifts, cards and decorations and buy your Christmas tree and wreath.
Concert: thanks to Lynda Dale from Trinity Methodist Church for getting in touch with me about some future events at the church. On Friday, November 30 there will be a concert at Trinity Methodist Church by our own Harrogate Band. This was a resounding success last year and it is hoped as many people will come along and enjoy another great evening of brass band music. Mulled punch and mince pies will be served in the interval, and there will be a chance for you to vote for your favourite piece of music to be played. Entrance on the door is £5 with children free. Christmas trees will be in place for the second Christmas Tree Festival which is to be held over the weekend of Saturday, December 1from 10am-6pm and Sunday, December 2 from 12-4pm. Refreshments will be available. The theme this year is Angels. You are warmly invited to come along to either if these events.
Christmas Bazaar: on Saturday, December 1 from 10am-noon at Harlow Hill Methodist Church, the annual Christmas Bazaar will take place. During the morning you are invited to come and enjoy a variety of stalls including cakes and preserves, Christmas produce, a bric-a-brac stall, raffle, book stall and fund-raising stalls run by the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides who meet at the church. This event is always popular and your support would be most appreciated. Don’t forget that the church facilities are available for hire for the community and you can do this by contacting Lorna on 521086 for full details. The first carol service of the season will take place on Sunday, December 9 at 9.45am and will involve the young people’s organisations that meet at the church. Refreshments will be served after the service and all are welcome.
Men’s Forum: meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum take place each Tuesday morning at Harlow Hill Methodist Church commencing with refreshments at 10am followed by the main business of the meeting. On Tuesday, December 4 Richard Willis will tell members something of the magic of the waterways. The annual Christmas lunch will take place on Tuesday, December 11 at the Ascot House Hotel. For further details about the Forum please contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on 879535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendship Club: the Harlow Friendship Club for the over 50s will celebrate their Christmas party on Wednesday, December 5 with an earlier start at 12.30pm running until 2pm at the Green hut on Harlow Avenue. New year meetings commence on Wednesday, January 9 when Elizabeth Snow has Elizabeth down under, as the topic of her talk.
Scout news: thanks to Debbie for sending me all the news from the 20th Harrogate Scout Group based at Twenden on St Mary’s Walk. On Wednesday, December 5 at 6.30pm, the annual Christmas Group performance will take place featuring all the Beaver, Cub and Scout units. Mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies will be served and there will be a Christmas tombola and Christmas produce stall. Having been involved with the Scout group for so many years, I always find it most enjoyable to come along to this annual event. If you would like to help the Scout group raise funds for the new building, you can do it in a very easy way with online shopping. You shop directly with the retailer as normal, but if you sign up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/20thharrogatesg for free and use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer, then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to us at no extra cost to yourself so far we have raised £1253.98 through this scheme.
Harlow Hill Club: thanks to Helen McCallum for sending me information from the club based on College Street. Harlow Hill Club welcomes members new and existing to their forthcoming events. Free membership until January 2013 is available and you are invited to come for a taster of this family friendly community club Tickets cost £5 from the club. On Saturday, December 1 Nigel Harrison and Phil Dean are featured. On Sunday, December 8 there will be a disco and the children’s Christmas party with Santa takes place on Sunday, December 16 from 4-6pm.To find out more about the club, please contact Paul or Carol on 569730. You can also find out more on Facebook and click on like for updates, photographs and reviews.
Harlow Carr: with Christmas just around the corner why not take advantage of these lovely events happening at the RHS garden at Harlow Carr over the next few weeks? The magic of Christmas events for children will take place every weekend up until Christmas in December from 10am-4pm. You can decorate your own gingerbread man to take home, write and post a letter to Santa before he leaves for the North Pole and see is you can spot the hidden presents around the garden in Santa’s secret trail. More details about Christmas stories will appear in my next column. The Christmas arts exhibition began on Tuesday until Sunday, December 9. Back again by popular demand, the art exhibition will be on site showcasing the very best artists from around the region. Perfect for those last minute Christmas presents! For full details about all Christmas event check out the website on www.rhs.org.uk.
Christmas Fair: thanks to Gail from the Little Crickets Pre-school for this notice about the annual Christmas Fair and Open Day which will be on Sunday, December 2 from 10am-2pm, at Little Crickets Pre-school, Harrogate Cricket Club. All are welcome to come and celebrate the Christmas season with us. Many fun activities for children and families including including Santa’s Grotto, stalls, games, face painting, tombola, lucky dip, cake stall, refreshments and much more. Call the pre-school for more information on 01423 561352.