Anne Richards

01423 508771

Tagg House Ladies: will be hearing about the social history of furniture, through the chair. This is a presentation by Tony Powell at the meeting tomorrow, Friday, January 31 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 2.15pm, Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits, visitors welcome. Tagg House Ladies does not cancel its meetings in bad weather though the entertainment on offer may differ from the published programme.

Bad weather: whilst on the subject, please do not telephone me to enquire whether meetings mentioned in this column are cancelled because of the weather, I usually do not know the answer. Please contact the meeting organisers.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next great value lunch for just £3.50 can be enjoyed on Tuesday, February 5 by simply making a telephone call to Averil Makinson on 01423 506600 and booking a place, Bilton Area Methodist Church is on Skipton Road and it has an entrance and car parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Men’s Forum: Martin Curzon presents Teeth, Trees and Totem Poles on Tuesday, February 5. The following week, February 12, the speaker is Brian Beeken with a talk and slides entitled The Broad Acres. Meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting at 2pm with a cup of tea followed by the speakers at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum: should enjoy the ever popular talk by Terry Williams A pictorial history of New Park, part 2 at its meeting on Tuesday, February 5 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm, Visitors and new members welcome.

Speaking of New Park: it was wonderful to see Bilton Community Centre so full of people eager to learn about the restoration of the Barber engine which once plied its way between Bilton Junction and the gas works. The enthusiasm of the speakers is certain to ensure that when Barber returns to Harrogate for its fleeting visit later this year there will be no shortage of people to welcome it.

Thirst: the coffee morning held every Wednesday morning at Dene Park Community Centre between 10am-noon, all welcome. These events are run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s.

Bilton Historical Society: welcomes a local speaker with a local theme to its evening meeting on Wednesday, February 6 at 7.30pm. Keith Wilkinson will present Harrogate September 1914. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre. Admission £2 includes refreshments and a raffle ticket, everyone welcome.

Historical Society newsletter: has recently been delivered. It contains a summary of the content of the lectures held to date, an article on memories of Bilton 1939-1980, a description of the winters of the 1930s and 40s with some pictures that make our recent spell of winter weather seem rather tame; some more lost buildings of Bilton and an update on Spruisty Bridge. The newsletter is free to members. To enquire about membership attend the lecture mentioned above, call into Bilton Community Centre any Tuesday morning or contact the membership secretary, telephone 01423 504828

Meet your councillors: New Park ward councillors on Harrogate Borough Council, Coun Matthew Webber and Coun Trevor Chapman, are to hold a surgery on Thursday, February 7 at Bilton Area Methodist Church between 6-7pm, no appointments are required. Residents with problems or ideas how to improve the area can just call in.

St John’s coffee morning: is on Saturday, February 9 at St John’s Church Hall 10am-noon. The coffee morning is raising funds for Water Aid, Admission 70p includes the coffee. In addition there will be the usual selection of goodies to eat, cards and cakes to buy and raffles and tombola on which to try your luck. Rumour has it there could also be a quiz.. Go along, it is an enjoyable morning out whilst raising funds for a good cause.

Big Bilton Bike Ride: next takes place on Saturday, February 9, Meet outside St John’s Church at 10.30am for an enjoyable run in the local area. Rides last between 30- 60 minutes and are suitable for those new to the saddle or who have not ridden for some time; they are easy paced with frequent stops. To book call 07525 988160 or email

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: has a quiz day followed by lunch on Monday, February 11 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am. Total cost £4. For details telephone 01423 503221. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Knox WI: Jocelyn Brooks opens her box of treasures at the meeting on Monday, February 11 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome free of charge.

Wesley Guild: the Choreo Dance Group is the subject of the presentation by Miss Heather Bellis on Tuesday, February 12 at Bilton Area Methodist Church at 7.30pm.

Community Lunches: in the depths of winter what could be better than a good lunch which someone else cooks for you? The next opportunity to enjoy this culinary delight at Bilton Community Centre is Wednesday, February 13. To find out more or book a place telephone Shirley on 01423 567939, Cost £4.

Kaleidoscope Ladies: has its AGM on Wednesday, February 13 together with cheese and wine and a beetle drive. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre at 7.45pm. The March meeting is to Harrogate Theatre, further information form the secretary, telephone 01423 870440.

Work Life balance: does anybody apart from me need help sorting this out? If you do an opportunity is about to arise, Bilton and Woodfield Community Library in conjunction with Cunningham Coaching are offering a unique opportunity for you to attend a half day workshop with a qualified coach on Wednesday, February 20, 10am-12.30pm or Thursday, February 21, 7-9.30pm. The normal cost of the workshop is £70 but it is being offered for a minimum donation of £10. The sessions are being run as fund raisers for the library. To find out more or to book call in to the library which is on the ground floor of the Old Vicarage, Bilton Lane, or contact Hilary at