Anne Richards

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Bilton Gala Queen chosen: after a very tense wait Alec Cann, of Stray FM and a member of the judging panel, announced that the queen is to be Lily Robins, aged eight, who attends St Joseph’s Roman Catholic School. Her attendants are Laura Marshall, 11, Bilton Grange School and Freya Kesteven, eight, Richard Taylor School. Alec said it had been really difficult to make a choice because everyone who entered would have made a very good queen. The girls can now look forward to choosing their dresses and preparing for the big day. To see what is in store on May Day Bank Holiday Monday for the rest of us take a look at the website

Guiding and scouting family: Christine Raper’s family has been involved in the Scouting And Guiding movements for four generations. Guiding in Bilton was formed in 1929 and Christine’s mother, Vera Leach, was one of the first Brownies. When she became of age Christine joined the Brownies before moving to the Cadets. She has since served for 30 years holding various appointments including Brownie Guider in 2nd Bilton Brownies. Whilst Christine was Bilton District Commissioner her own sons, Gordon and Paul Flower, became members of the 3rd Harrogate Cub and Scouts in Bilton. In due course Paul’s daughters joined the Brownies. Emily joined last April and Kirsten has since moved on to 3rd Harrogate Scouts. Paul decided he would like to become an Assistant in Scouting and was invested on February 12. Both Vera and Christine are rightly proud of the achievements of their family.

February draw: the winning numbers of the Bilton Community Centre monthly draw are first prize of £40, number 51, and the second prize, £10, number 16.

Tagg House Ladies: has home entertainment tomorrow, Friday. March 15 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 2.15pm. The entertainment is a couple of quizzes prepared by members. Visitors welcome. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuit.

Coffee morning: at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, March 16 between 10am-noon is being organised by the Smith family and the Bilton Rainbows, Brownies and Guides with their leaders. Money is being raised for cystic fibrosis. There will be stalls especially for children including Easter crafts, lucky dip and prize every time, treasure hunt map, face painting motif and for the adults a tombola, raffle and cakes. A warm welcome is extended to all. Admission 70p

Thanks for support: the organisers of the St John’s coffee morning last month would like to thank everyone who supported it and raised a magnificent £475 for Water Aid

Arts and crafts day: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library on Saturday, March 16. The event is for children but parents and carers can come too. Drop in any time between 9.30am-12.30pm to help make the spring displays for the walls in the children’s library. The library is in the Old Vicarage on Bilton Lane.

Bilton Conservation Group: meet for the last Saturday afternoon gathering before a summer break on March 16 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm. Isobel Stirk is to give a talk on life in Haworth at the time of the Brontes. Admission £1. All welcome.

It’s the big one: for Bilton Men’s Forum on Tuesday, March 19. This will be the group’s 1,000th meeting. Quite an achievement. Needless to say there will be much celebration and much to celebrate at this meeting at which a number of special guests have been invited. Watch out for the report next time.

Bilton Ladies Forum: I did it for kicks says Pam Harcourt the speaker at the meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. To find out what she did for kicks you will have to go to the meeting where you will be most welcome.

Thirst: the coffee morning at Dene Park Community Centre every Wednesday morning 10am-noon. All are welcome to this event which is run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: is on Wednesday, March 20. To enjoy a good lunch for just £3.50 or find out more about it telephone Molly England on 01423 564986. The church is on Skipton Road with an entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton WI: Samantha Abbey has a presentation entitled Get Ahead Hats at the meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

Harrogate Stitch and Craft Group: discover What Baby Wore Yesterday with Ann Brown on Thursday, March 21 at Bilton Community Centre. Doors open 7.15pm. At its recent AGM the group presented a cheque of £200 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the monies accruing from monthly raffles and donations from the sale of craft goods. The total donated since 2009 is £960. To find out more go to the meeting or telephone Sue on 01423 543388 or Pauline on 01423 507617

Jumble sale: at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, March 23 at 2pm. Telephone 01423 505798 for collection of jumble. All welcome to pick up a bargain on the day.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: welcomes Chris Powell to its meeting on Monday, March 25 to describe how he can turn waste into treasure. Listen to him at 10.30am at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. Admission £1

Bingo: at Bilton Community Centre on Monday, March 25 at 2pm. Go along and have some fun. All welcome.

Bilton Men’s Forum: after the celebrations of the week before it is back to normal on Tuesday, March 26 when John Willis gives a talk on the magic of monologues. The meeting is at Bilton Community Centre and starts at 2pm with a cup of tea followed by the speaker at 2.30pm. New members always welcome.

Councillors Surgeries: the Harrogate Borough Councillors for Woodfield Ward will be at Bilton Community Centre on Thursday, March 28 between 6-7pm. No need to make an appointment. If you think your councillor can help with anything or if you would like to share a good idea, then just drop in.