Anne Richards

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Knox Valley Residents’ Association: at the recent AGM the previous 12 months were reviewed. The association helped with work at Spruisty Bridge, was represented on the Nidd Gorge Advisory Partnership for Conservation, has supported Bachelors Field Friends Groups and Bilton and Woodfield Community Library and has responded to the Harrogate District Plan, plus other activities. The meeting agreed to make a donation of £250 to the St John’s Church Roof Appeal. After the formal meeting PCSO James Skaith gave a talk on home security and warned that sheds and high end cycles are currently being targeted by thieves.

Congratulations: to Richard Taylor School which has been part of the community for 40 years on its present site. It moved from Bilton Endowed School in 1973. The Endowed School, on Bachelor Gardens, had been in existence since 1793. To celebrate there will be a summer party at the Sun Pavilion with a gourmet barbecue and live music.

Bilton and Woodfield Community Library: also celebrates a birthday this month. It is one year since the community group took over the running of the library. Not only has it increased opening hours it has now reduced computer/internet charges. All library members can now enjoy one hour of use for free with just £1 for each further half hour or part thereof. Non-members pay £1.50 per half hour so it certainly pays to join the library as membership is free. It only takes a few minutes to sign up then begin using computers and borrowing books. Printing charges are 10p per sheet for black and white and 50p for colour. Partners North Yorkshire County Council continue to supply high quality books with regular new issues.

St John’s coffee morning: is on Saturday, May 11 in the church hall between 10am-noon. Jessica Stanley is raising funds for her six week trip to Uganda where she will be volunteering for a charity called Watoto which aims to address the epidemic of abandoned babies prevalent across Uganda. She will be working in the main babies home in Kampala and hopes to raise £600 at the coffee morning. There will be toasted teacakes, Jarbola, children’s story books, cake stall, face painting, bric-a-brac, tombola and a children’s craft stall. Admission 70p includes a drink. Children go in free.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: has a talk and demonstration by Wiltshire Farm Foods on Monday, May 13, 10.30am at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Knox WI: on Monday, May 13, at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm, Mike Paxton will give a talk on identity theft. There is no charge for visitors.

Bilton Ladies Forum: next meet on Tuesday, May 14 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, at 7.30pm for a presentation by David Newbould entitled Yorkshire’s Answer to Rolf Harris.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next chance to enjoy a good lunch for £3.50 is on Wednesday, May 15. To book or find out more telephone Molly England on 01423 564986. The church is on Skipton Road with a car park and entrance at the rear off Bar Place

Bilton WI: Mike Greatorax will give a presentation on family history on Wednesday, May 15 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome.

Councillors surgery: will take place on Thursday, May 16 at Bilton Area Methodist Church between 6-7pm. Meet the Bilton Ward councillors to share ideas on how the area can be improved or seek their assistance in solving problems. No appointment necessary.

Harrogate Stitch and Craft Group: learn to crochet with Sue and June on Thursday, May 16 at Bilton Community Centre. Doors open 7.15pm. Telephone Pauline on 01423 507617 for more details. Congratulations to the team from the group which won the recent community centre quiz raising funds for Bilton and Woodfield Community Library.

Bachelors Field Friends Group: is holding a special meeting at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane on Thursday, May 16 at 7pm. This will be an important meeting at which the future of the group could be decided. Anyone interested in the group and its activities is urged to go along and make their views known. The group holds regular working parties to keep the area tidy and improve its appearance by planting trees and bulbs. Last year it organised the popular Diamond Jubilee Fun Day. Bachelors Field is the open space between Bachelor Gardens, Bachelor Drive, Bachelor Road and adjacent to Northern Outfall Allotments. For further information please telephone Robin Adderley on 01423 or Email at

Tagg House Ladies: Walking the Wall is the story of Shelia Fisher’s trek in China in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research. Visitors are welcome to come along to enjoy her presentation at Bilton Community Centre on Friday, May 17, 2.15pm. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits.

Coffee morning: 1st Bilton Brownies are running an extra special coffee morning at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, May 18 between 10am-noon. They are raising funds for Finding Fraser’s Feet. Fraser is a local boy suffering from spastic diplegia cerebal palsy. Entrance £1 includes tea/coffee/juice and biscuits. You will be welcomed by eager, smiling Brownies working towards their hostess badges. There will be lots to do including guess the name of the teddy, decorating biscuits, face painting, tombola, raffle, guess the sweets in a jar and a cake stall. Do go along if you can.

Want to be a brownie: if you are between 7-11-years old and would like to know more then contact Brown Owl, Jane Thompson, telephone 01423 521426.

Thanks for support: the organisers of the April St John’s coffee morning would like to thank everyone who supported it and helped raise £253 for Wellspring Christian Counselling Service.

Community Centre Draw: the winning numbers for April are number 34, £40 and number 34, £10.

Woodfield Millennium Green: a full report on the AGM will appear next time but there is no need to wait to discover what is happening. Take a stroll along Albany Avenue and see for yourselves.