Anne Richards

01423 508771

Nidderdale Greenway: everyone is invited to the grand opening event this Saturday, May 25 at Ripley on the field next to the car park. The new bridleway links Bilton with Ripley along the disused railway line. People are encouraged to walk, cycle or ride by horse. Walkers can return on the 36 bus or, alternatively, take the 36 bus to Ripley and walk back. The event takes place between 11am-3pm with an official ribbon cutting around lunch time. There will be various stalls on the field. It has been a long time coming so let’s go and celebrate.

Brigantes Lacemakers: also on Saturday, May 25 Mary Moseley will be holding a chicken scratch lace workshop between 10am-3.30pm at Bilton Community Centre 48 Bilton Lane. Further information can be obtained from the chairman, telephone 01377 288076

Jumble sale: there is something for everyone on Saturday, May 25. Bargain hunters will not want to miss the jumble sale taking place at St John’s Church Hall at 2pm. All welcome.

Bank Holiday Bingo: yes, you are reading this correctly. The bingo afternoon at Bilton Community Centre, which takes place on the last Monday of each month, is going ahead on May 27 even though it is bank holiday. This is a great opportunity for those who can only partake of day time events at weekends and bank holidays to go along and enjoy a fun afternoon. The sessions start at 2pm. Entrance 30p includes tea/coffee. The bingo tickets themselves are priced at 50p for a book of 8 games. There is also a raffle. No need to book, just go along.

Woodfield Millennium Green: at the recent AGM progress over the past year was reported and plans for the future revealed and discussed. The raised vegetable beds, which produced good crops last year, have been moved to create more space. It is hoped to install a badminton net soon. Raised flower beds are in place and the spring bulbs looked lovely. The currant bushes are looking good and potatoes, strawberries, rhubarb, carrots and parsnips have been planted and there are plans for lots of salad crops. Keep an eye on the notice board on the Green, which is on Albany Avenue, for news of when these crops are ready for you to pick and enjoy.

Compost at the Green: the Woodfield Millennium Green compost bin is available for you to use. The trustees welcome uncooked vegetable waste, shredded paper, the contents of hoover bags and cleanings from small animal cages like hamsters and guinea pigs. This is useful because Harrogate Council does not want these items in its green waste bins. However, the council will take woody material and weeds but the millennium green does not want these items. Between them the council and millennium green take a wide variety of green waste. There is a notice on the compost bin explaining how to use it.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next opportunity to enjoy a good lunch for just £3.50 is on Tuesday, May 28. To find out more or book a place telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road with a rear entrance and car park off Bar Place.

Change of date: the dates for June lunches at Bilton Area Methodist Church have changed from the published programme. Lunches will now take place on Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 18. If you wish to book for June 5 contact Molly England, telephone 01423 564986. June 18 details will appear next time.

Bilton Ladies Forum: Gloria Cooke is to give a presentation on first aid at the meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members always welcome. Details from Dawn, telephone 01423 565447 or Ann, 01423 521814

Thirst: the coffee morning which takes place every Wednesday between 10am-noon at Dene Park Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a drink and cakes at this event which is run by volunteers from St John’s and St. Luke’s. The 2a bus stops at the door.

Advance notice: it is the 20th birthday celebrations of the Harrogate Stitch and Craft Group on June 20 at Bilton Community Centre from 7.15pm. It will be a work night centred on making bunting. Visitors can bring their own fat quarters of fabric or use some of the group’s material. There will also be a birthday cake. Further information from Pauline, telephone 01423 507617 or Sue, 01423 548388.

Bilton Gala thank you: it seems a long time ago but this is the first opportunity I have had to write about the gala. Thanks are due to the committee for all its hard work. Bilton Gala is a wonderful day out but the committee is at work planning it throughout the year. We tend to forget this. On the day committee members are first on the field early in the morning and when we have all gone home they are still there picking up litter and make the field ready for school children to use the next day. So thank you once again for Bilton Gala. If anyone wants to give the committee a hand next year it can be contacted through the website