Anne Richards

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Bilton Community Centre Open Day: is this Saturday, July 20 between 2-4pm. The event will be opened by the Mayor of Harrogate. At this annual favourite in the Bilton calendar there will be a variety of stalls run by local organisations including books by Bilton and Woodfield Community Library and cakes by St John’s and St Luke’s, plus plants, produce, hand made cards and crafts. The big a raffle is raising funds for the community centre, which is at 48 Bilton Lane. Home made afternoon teas can be enjoyed on the rear patio at very reasonable prices. This is a good chance to catch up with friends and perhaps, make some new ones; also to discover what facilities Bilton Community Centre has to offer, meet some of the user groups and find out how to join them. Admission to the event is free and all are welcome. The 2b bus stops nearby.

Saving sight with the Lions: the Harrogate Lions Annual Charity Walk takes place this Saturday, July 20. It will follow the Nidderdale Greenway between Harrogate and Ripley. Proceeds are for the Eye Laser Project which aims to raise £80,000 for a new eye laser machine for Harrogate District Hospital. Email to find out if there are any last minute places available.

Summer Reading Challenge: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library in the Old Vicarage on Bilton officially starts on Saturday, July 20 but children can sign up for it now. The theme this year is Creepy House. It will be a lot more fun than scary. The idea is for children of primary school age to read six books during the school summer holidays, collect prizes along the way and a certificate on completion. There is a lot more happening at the library during the school holidays so call in during normal opening hours to find out more.

Richard Taylor School: would like to remind all neighbours that term ends at 2.15pm on Tuesday, July 23. The usual traffic congestion at school closing time will therefore be one hour earlier on that day.

Brigantes Lacemakers: are having a bring and buy stall as part of their meeting on Saturday, July 27 at Bilton Community Centre 10am-3pm. The group then takes a break until September. For further information telephone the chairman, Mrs Kathleen Barnett on 01377 288076.

Songs of Praise: everyone is welcome to the Songs of Praise at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, July 27 which will start at 3pm and finish by 5pm. For further information telephone 01423 522828

Thirst: is the coffee morning held every Wednesday morning at Dene Park Community Centre between 10am-noon. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a drink and cake at these friendly events which are run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s. The 2a bus stops at the door.

Meet your local councillors: at one of the monthly surgeries where you can pop in to have a chat about a problem or an idea to improve the area. The next one is on Thursday, August 1 at Bilton Area Methodist Church between 6pm-7pm. No appointment is necessary. The church is on Skipton Road and has a rear entrance and car park off Bar Place.

St Michael’s Hospice: improves the lives of local people affected by terminal illness and bereavement. All its services are free to patients and their families. Its shop in Church Avenue is seeking volunteers to carry out half day shifts, including a Saturday morning, once a week. In addition to serving in the shop there is also behind the scenes work of receiving, sorting and pricing donations of clothes, books and bric-a-brac. Call into the shop for an application form or telephone Deborah on 01423 879687 or email

Judgement day at the allotments: took place a couple of weeks ago but the local sites, Northern Outfall and Pine Street, will have to wait until the Allotment Federation Show takes place in the Valley Gardens on August 18 to find out if either have won the best site in Harrogate District. In 2012 this title was won by Pine Street with Northern Outfall a close second. Whatever the outcome this year both sites are looking good and there is a chance to look round Pine Street at its open day on Sunday, August 4. There will be more details next time.

Congratulations: to the individual plot winners at Pine Street Allotments. They are best plot, Gwyn Groves; best senior, Vic Lokie; best lady, Pat Inman; best half plot, Michelle Hill and best newcomer, Steve Addyman. See these plots, and many more which just missed out on the prizes, on August 4.