Harrogate Woman’s Luncheon Club: founded in 1928 with a current membership of 60, they meet on the first Monday in the month at the Ascot Hotel, Kings Road, Harrogate. The annual subscription is £20 and £14.50 is paid for each meeting. The speaker for Monday, November 5 is Chris Powell MBE who gained an award for inspirational recycling. The title of his talk is Trash To Treasure and to obtain more information call Christine Klar 01423 885204.
Lecture Series: at 2.30pm on Sunday, October 28 Marion Moverley will speak at the monthly meeting of the Friends of Harrogate District Museums Lecture Series. Held at the Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate, the title of the talk is Caught In Chancery which covers the position of women in society and the attitudes at Court in the seventeenth century. The cost for non-members is £5 and no booking is required although more information may be had from the secretary on 01423 565288.
Workshop for the school holiday: children aged eight to 12 are invited to an afternoon with Barnsley poet Ian McMillan and cartoonist of the year Tony Husband. Their talents will be joined together in a creative afternoon at the Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road on Monday, October 29 2-3.30pm. The children will have the chance to draw a cartoon and incorporate a poem under the guidance of Tony and Ian after they have talked about where their inspiration comes from. The event costs £6 and the evening event £10. The booking contact number and further details from 01423 556188.
Fundraiser for Parkinsons UK Harrogate Branch: there will be another Rock Up and Sing concert at the Royal Hall on Sunday, October 28 at 7.30pm. Rhiannan Gayle will be guiding the many voices through an engaging concert of popular music all hoping to raise much needed money for Parkinsons UK Harrogate Branch.
Musical Memories: the Medici String Quartet will perform Alan Bennett’s musical memoir – Hymn at the Royal Hall on Saturday, October27 at 7.30pm. They will also be joined by TV and film actor Alex Jennings as they perform the creative Suite for Strings composed by the film composer George Fenton. Tickets at £22.50 from the Theatre Box Office, Oxford Street 01423 502116.
Allotment Fundraisers: volunteers from Unity Allotments, Unity Grove raised £211 at the recent annual allotment show. The money was made by selling fruit and vegetables grown on their allotments and the funds made went to the Tidy Gardens Services, a social enterprise for adults with learning difficulties.
Throw Things At Griff Day: a real commitment to fundraising was shown by Alex Craven- Griffiths, a staff member at Sainsbury’s Local, Kings Road. He is known as Griff and recently staff at the store organised a Throw Things At Griff Day. This involved him sitting in medieval stocks in the store’s car park. Everyone was invited to pay £1 for the privilege of throwing eggs and buckets of water at him. All this was to raise funds for Chris’s Ependymoma Treatment Appeal. A friend of Griffs, Chris Bramhall, is suffering from ependymoma, a rare type of brain tumour. At least £160 was raised and there is a collection bucket in the store to help raise more money. This will all go to build up the funds Griff raised in July when he went to climb Mount Fuji. That was an even less pleasant experience as he spent eight hours climbing in darkness and heavy rain. For this effort he raised £180.
Epilepsy Action Harrogate: at their recent meeting at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, the Harrogate branch of Epilepsy Action had an interesting talk by Dr Merran Toerein, University of York. The subject was about how decision making works in real clinic appointments for epilepsy. The group have social events, monthly meetings and also organise fund raising. Full details may be had from Carl Donnelly 01423 873598.
Finland Inspiration: showing at the Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road is an exhibition by North Yorkshire Artists entitled Connections North. Artists, Tessa Bunney, Paul Clifford, Sally Greavesford and Debby Moxon visited Finland and this helped broaden their creative vision to produce this interesting collection which is on show until January 13, 2013.
Preparing for winter: this is the time of year to make sure we are booked in for our flu jabs. As well as being able to have them done at our doctor’s surgeries Asda are now offering the service for £7.
Morning Worship: on Sunday, October 28 the 10.30am service at Saint Luke’s Church of England Church, Franklin Mount will be Morning Worship as always on the fourth Sunday.
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