Anne Richards

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Back at last: almost 50 years to the day since Beeching announced the closure of the railway to Northallerton part of it is now back in use, by walkers cyclists and horse riders. What an epic struggle this has been. The fight to retain the route from Bilton to Ripley for public access began almost straight away with the Ramblers Association taking an early interest. Lack of funds and political will meant it was not until Sustrans entered the scene some years later that things really started to move. Thanks to them and a dedicated group of local people from various organisations it is now possible to use a route which should never have been denied the public in the first place. It is hard not to agree with those who wish to see train services resume. If this happens it will be many years hence so, for now, let us enjoy the Nidderdale Greenway and give thanks to all those who never gave up on the vision.

New booklet: is now available from Bilton Historical Society on the history of libraries in Harrogate, particularly Bilton Library. It costs £1 and is available at Bilton Community Centre any Tuesday morning where the society regularly meets. The latest newsletter contains articles on memories of Bilton, lost tracks of Bilton and the annual report. Subs of £5 are now due and can also be paid at the Community Centre.

Meet your Bilton Councillors: today, Thursday, April 11. Councillors Val Rodgers and Claire McKenzie will be at Bilton Area Methodist Church betweem 6-7pm to hear about any local concerns you may have. No appointment necessary.

Coffee morning: on Saturday, April 13 at St John’s Church Hall between 10am-noon. Admission of 70p includes drink and a biscuit, in addition there will be a raffle, cake stall, teacakes, tombola and cards. The coffee morning is raising funds for Wellspring Christian Counselling which is based in Starbeck.

Charity coffee morning: also on Saturday, April 13, 10am-noon, at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. Admission 50p includes coffee and biscuits. There will be stalls including cakes, books and jewellery. Funds are being raised for the Premature Baby Unit at Harrogate District Hospital. All welcome.

Councillors surgery: will take place at Dene Park Community Centre on Saturday, April 13 between 11am-noon. If you have any problems your local councillor may be able to help with then go along. Appointments not necessary.

Bilton Men’s Forum: on Tuesday, April 16 Paul Kenny has a talk with slides on the legend of Robin Hood. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, starting with a cup of tea at 2pm followed by the speaker at 2.30pm. The following week is the annual outing and the AGM brings the season to a close on April 30. The men will be back on September 3.

Bilton Ladies Forum: a presentation by Asda will be given by Angela Smith on Tuesday, April 16 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

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

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next opportunity to enjoy a great lunch for just £3.50 is on Wednesday, April 17. To book a place or find out more telephone Molly England on 01423 564986. The church is on Skipton Road and has a car park and rear entrance off Bar Place,

Bilton WI: has an auction night and bring and buy on Wednesday, April 17 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome.

Harrogate Stitch and Craft Group: is to stitch a landscape with Sue at its meeting on Thursday, April 18 at Bilton Community Centre. Doors open 7.15pm.

Tagg House Ladies: Bob Mansfield will give alight hearted presentation, including a quiz, entitled Travels with a Gardener on Friday, April 19 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits. Visitors always welcome.

Spring Fair: at Dene Park Community Centre on Saturday, April 20 between 10am-12.30pm. There will be lots of stalls including books, CDs, DVDs, cakes, jams, tombola, bric-a-brac and a raffle. Admission 50p includes tea/coffee and a scone. Children accompanied by an adult free. Everyone welcome. The 2A bus stops at the door.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: Chris Powell will describe how to change waste to treasure at the meeting on Monday, April 22 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am.

Knox Valley Resident’s Association: theAGM is to take place on Monday, April 22 at The Granary, Knox Arms, Knox Lane at 8pm. After the business meeting PCSO James Skaithe will talk about security and related subjects and be available to answer questions.

Woodfield Millennium Green: the trustees invite you to their annual meeting which takes place on Tuesday, April 23 at Bilton Community Centre at 7pm. Tea and biscuits are provided. In addition to giving the annual report the trustees would like to answer any questions and receive ideas on how the Green is managed. All are welcome to attend.