Welcome back: and a happy new year to all my Harlow News readers! If you have news you would like everyone in the Harlow area to know about, please do get in touch as soon as possible to ensure that there is plenty of time for me to include your news in the column.
Congratulations: our family was blessed with an early Christmas present with the arrival of baby Isla Mary, born on Monday, December 17 to our daughter Vicky and her husband Andy, weighing in at 7lbs 2ozs. All are doing well and thanks to everyone for good wishes received.
Carol singing: members of Harlow Hill Methodist Church went out and about carol singing on the night of Sunday, December 23 and received a wonderful reception. Particular thanks to the Firth family on Harlow Park Road, who served mulled wine and hot chocolate to the assembled company and to the Hall and Jones families who took a collection of £45 at their Christmas lights switch on earlier in the month! The grand total raised on the evening was the highest sum ever raised! A total of £357 has been donated to the Harrogate Homeless Project. Many thanks go to all those who answered their doors and came out to support the singers and musicians of the church. Your support was most appreciated.
Messy Church: the first Messy Church afternoon was held at Harlow Hill Methodist Church last week. Designed for families, this will become a regular event in the church calendar, taking place on the first Saturday of the month from 4-5.30pm. Thanks to Helen, Lily and Laura for enjoying yourselves so much!
Yoga classes: if you feel like taking up something new after the Christmas break, British Yoga Wheel instructor Zanna Dent has some vacancies in her classes held locally. These mixed ability classes take place on a Monday evening at Ashville College Pre-School from 7-8.30pm and on a Tuesday evening at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue from 7-8.30pm. Booking is advisable and you can contact Zanna direct on email@example.com or call her on 567262 for more information.
Men’s Forum: meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum take place each Tuesday morning at Harlow Hill Methodist Church commencing at 10am with refreshments. January meetings commenced with a talk entitled and actor’s life from Mike McKevitt. During this meeting John Taylor paid tribute to the enormous contribution made to Harlow Men’s Forum by John Pearce, who died just before Christmas. On Tuesday, January 15 Michael Langford shares with members his 80 reasons for going around the world. On Tuesday, January 22 David Davies has as the theme of his talk, the years of recovery and change. The Forum at Harlow Hill is thriving and new members are very welcome. For more details please contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 879535
Friendship Club: meetings of the Harlow Friendship Club resumed last week at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue, with a talk by Elizabeth Snow entitled Elizabeth down under! On Wednesday, January 16 Tony Bills will talk about windmills in the landscape and on Wednesday, January 23 Christine Stewart will speak on Starbeck in bloom. Meeting of the Friendship Club for the over 50s commence at 2.30pm and a warm welcome is extended to new members. Further details are available from Pat Wormald on 508867.
Horticap: following a successful Christmas season, fans of the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road, home to Horticap, will be delighted to read that the shop will be opening during the week in January and February from 10am-4pm for the first time. Your support would be welcomed.
RHS Harlow Carr: watch out this month for the big garden birdwatch to be held at Harlow Carr gardens over the weekend of Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27. The RHS is helping the RSPB with the world’s largest wildlife survey, the big garden birdwatch. Why not get involved and help to survey the birds in the garden at Harlow Carr? Wrap up warm and join the family and friends on one of the guided bird walks. There will be experts on hand from the RSPB to answer your questions. Children’s story time will take place on Thursday, January 31. These sessions for the under five’s will involve stories linked to the garden or the creatures that live in it, followed by a short walk or song.
Meet your councillor: thanks to David Siddans for getting in touch with me about some events he has planned. He has arranged two sessions intended for you to get to know him. These meet your local councillor sessions will take place on Thursday, February 7 and on Thursday, March 7 from 3-4pm at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. These are non-political and are designed for you to come along and talk about anything of concern or of interest to local residents. Bookings are not necessary. David looks forward to arranging further sessions in the spring. In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch with him about any matters of local concern, you can contact him on e mail email@example.com or by telephone on 531300.