Anne Richards

01423 508771

Keith Wilkinson, MBE: congratulations to Keith on the award of the MBE in the Birthday Honours List. The award is richly deserved. The 30 plus years Keith has worked for conservation have been entirely voluntary. Although his award is for services to conservation what he has accomplished is a service to the whole community. His enthusiasm and willpower has opened up the Nidd Gorge for many to enjoy, and many do. His achievements have not been restricted to the Nidd Gorge. Through BIlton Conservation Group thousands of bulbs have been planted along grass verges and in open spaces, ponds have been created, footpaths and bridges built, rubbish cleared, trees planted and children, as well as older folk, enthused and entertained by his talks and presentations. He has also rarely failed to support other local community groups in achieving their aims. Keith will be the first to admit he has not worked alone, his loyal band of helpers deserve our thanks too, but it was Keith who supplied the motivation and vision to go on when times were tough. Keith should be proud to use the MBE after his name. Bilton people are proud of him and owe him unlimited thanks for his huge contribution to the improvements in the quality of life in the area.

Lucky winners: the winning numbers in the Bilton Community Centre draw for June are no. 93, £40 and no. 70, £10.

Tagg House Ladies: the meeting tomorrow, Friday, July 5 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 2.15pm welcomes a return visit by John Whiteley who will give a slide presentation entitled Peru and the Inca Trail. Visitors are welcome. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits. The programme July to December is now available. Telephone 01423 508771 if you would like one. Meetings take place on the first and third Friday of most months and the group does not take a break for summer.

Woodfield Millennium Green: the next monthly work day is on Saturday, July 6 from 10am. With the growing season in full swing there will be plenty to do and just possibly some fruit and vegetables may be ready to harvest. Everyone is welcome to go along and help, or just watch and ask questions. The work days take place on the first Saturday of each month. I regret the wrong date appeared in this column last month and I am sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: the last regular meeting before the summer break takes place on Monday, July 8 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am. For further details, telephone 01423 503221. There will be fish, chips and a chat on August 12. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Knox WI: on Monday, July 8 it is a members evening. The meeting takes place at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. This sounds like a really good opportunity to find out more about this active group which meets on the second Monday each month except August and holds an afternoon walk on the third Monday of each month. In August the group does not take a break because it is involved in Ripley Show. To find out more, telephone 01423 501603.

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

Community lunches: the next chance to enjoy a delicious lunch for just £4 is on Wednesday, July 10 at Bilton Community Centre. To book a place, or find out more, telephone Shirley on 01423 567939. There will be no lunch in August. The luncheon club will be back in September.

St John’s Garden Party: is on Saturday, July 13 between 11.30am-2pm. The theme is To the Manor Born so the Church is asking as many people as possible to wear bow ties and/or tiaras. There will be lots of stalls and attractions, including a bouncy castle.

Richard Taylor CE Aided Primary School: as part of its effort to advise local residents of possible road congestion outside normal school opening and closing times the school has advised that it is holding its sports day on Monday, July 15 at 1pm. Additional traffic can be expected around that time.

Bachelors Field Friends Group: is holding its annual general meeting on Tuesday, July 16 at Bilton Cricket Club, Bilton Lane at 7pm. As well as the formal business of reviewing the past year and making plans for the next one there will be a short talk on the history of Bachelors Field and its surroundings by Anne Richards. Bachelors Field is best known as the area at the bottom of Bachelor Gardens where there is pond just before the allotments. It is also bordered by Bachelor Drive and Bachelor Road. The meeting could be of interest to residents of this local area and those from further afield who visit. All are welcome. Telephone 01423 525443 for more information.

Bilton WI: meets on Wednesday, July 17 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm for a presentation on flower arranging by Janine Jennings. Visitors welcome. In August the WI will be at Ripley Show and will be going to the Millstones on August 21 for Let’s Boogie – 50s, 60s and 70s. For further details telephone 01423 501723.

Saving sight with the Lions: as part of its effort to raise £80,000 for Harrogate District Hospital to purchase a new eye laser machine, Harrogate Lions Club is holding its annual charity walk along the Harrogate Greenway on Saturday, July 20. For more details and sponsorship forms write to Harrogate Lions, 36 Woodlands Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 7SJ and enclose a stamped addressed envelope. Alternatively, email

Date for the diary: also on July 20 is the annual Grand Open Day at Bilton Community Centre from 2pm. More details next time.