Anne Richards

01423 508771

Bilton Conservation Group: the latest newsletter has dropped through the letterbox. It describes projects the group has recently been involved with including the restoration of the ponds in the wetland area alongside the Ringway footpath at the bottom of Bachelor Gardens and a mass tree planting of 1,800 trees on Harrogate Council land adjacent to the Nidderdale Greenway. An interesting case is made for the designation of the Nidd Gorge as a Local Nature Reserve. This would not prevent public access but would help protect the wildlife and scenery visitors enjoy. If you have an hour or so to spare and would like to join the working parties contact Keith Wilkinson by email or telephone 01423 564708, or visit

NIdderdale Greenway: Bilton Conservation Group had a stall at the official opening of Nidderdale Greenway. What a glorious day that was. Birds, blossom, bluebells, bikes, buggies and walkers were all in evidence making their way to and from Ripley. This is such a wonderful facility. If you have not tried it yet then do so as soon as you can.

Bachelors Field Friends Group: an enthusiastic group of volunteers help Harrogate Council to keep the open space between Bachelor Gardens, Bachelor Drive and Bachelor Road in good order and to plan for its future. It therefore seemed a pity that a meeting to consider disbanding the group was recently called. The problem was not that people did not want to continue but the task of raising money for the annual insurance premium, almost £300, was proving difficult. The group felt it had no option but to disband. Fortunately this did not happen. It appears that new committee members are willing to come forward at the AGM on July 16. If you would like to know more about the Bachelors Field Friends Group email

Tagg House Ladies: meet tomorrow, Friday, June 7 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 2.15pm for an amusing presentation by Ann Emmitt entitled F is for Fun, Friendship and Foreign. Visitors welcome. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits. The group meets on the first and third Friday of each month and does not take a summer break.

Woodfield Millennium Green: the next regular working day is Saturday, June 8 at 10am. Everyone is welcome to join in or go along to see what happens. The current long grass on part of the Green is the price to pay for a good display of naturalised spring daffodils. Cut the grass and leaves too soon and there will be no flowers next year.

Coffee morning: hosted by Knox WI on Saturday, June 8 at St John’s Church Hall between 10am-noon is in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Entrance 70p includes tea/coffee and a biscuit. There will be a home-made cake stall, hand-made cards, a raffle and toasted teacakes. All welcome.

Saint Michael’s Hospice – help needed: Saint Michael’s Hospice is looking for volunteers to help at its shop on Church Avenue. If you think you may be interested contact Deborah Tuddenham on

Knox WI: is to take a journey along the Leeds Liverpool Canal in the company of Alan Pugh who will be giving a talk on this subject on Monday, June 10 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm There is no charge for visitors.

Bilton Ladies Forum: It’s a Wand-erful Life is the title of the presentation by magician, James Ward on Tuesday, June 11 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. The final gathering before the summer break is an outing on June 25. For further details telephone Dawn on 01423 or Ann on 01423 521814.

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. The 2a bus stops at the door.

Community Lunches: a delicious lunch for £4 at Bilton Community Centre can be enjoyed on Wednesday, June 12. To book a place or find out more telephone Shirley on 01423 567939

Kaleidoscope Ladies: On Wednesday, June 12 is a quiz and supper at Bilton Community Centre, 7.45pm. For further details telephone 01423 870440. The ladies then take a break for summer but will be back in September.

Summer fete: run by The MS Society takes place at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, June 15 from 11.30am-2.30pm. There will be stalls selling plants, books, cakes, bric-a-brac, jumble and crafts, plus a tombola and face painting. Tea, coffee, lemonade, cakes and scones with jam and cream will be available. Access to the church hall is via a ramp. The 50p entrance includes a cuppa and a piece of cake. For more information contact Caroline, telephone 01423 547072.

Afternoon tea and homemade cakes: available at Bilton Community Centre between 2-4pm on Saturday, June 15. There will be a tombola plus jewellery, craft and cakes stalls. Proceeds are for The British Lung Foundation and Harrogate Breathe Easy Group. Everyone welcome. The 2b bus stops nearby.

Last lunch before summer: there is only one more chance to enjoy a good lunch for £3.50 at Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club before the summer break and that is on Tuesday, June 18. To book a place or find out more telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road with parking and an entrance at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton WI: will be learning some advanced driving techniques from Michelle Render at the meeting on Wednesday, June 19 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.

Richard Taylor School: is working hard to address issues of road safety and parking outside the school on Bilton Lane and Hall Lane. As part of this it is endeavouring to advise local residents when there is likely to be more traffic than usual outside normal school hours. The next occasion when this may occur is on June 19 when there will be a parents information evening from 6pm.

Thanks for support: Jess Stanley would like to thank everyone for the wonderful support at the coffee morning she organised at St John’s last month. She raised £424 towards the cost of her visit, as a volunteer, to the Watoto project in Kampala in July.

Stitch and Craft Group: meet on Thursday, June 20 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.15pm for a work night centred on making bunting.