Anne Richards

01423 508771

Bilton Flower Show: since the demise of the Harrogate Horticultural Society there has been a gap in the Bilton calendar of events. No flower show. We have missed it so the Bilton Community Centre Committee has decided to do something about it and has brought it back. It will take place on Saturday, August 24 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane. There are classes for fruit and vegetables, flowers, pot plants, cakes and pastries, home -made jams and a children’s section. The event opens to the public at 11am. Entry is free. There will be a barbecue, stalls and refreshments. Everyone is welcome. Do go along to this new event, it should be most enjoyable. The 2B bus stops nearby.

How to take part: to enter one or more of the classes at the flower show or obtain more information telephone Barry Jeffrey on 01423 522264 or email It is only 50p per entry and there are prizes in all classes. Exhibitors can set up from 8am., judging is at 10am, then it is the turn of the public at 11am to decide if they think the judges have got it right. All good fun.

Jumble sale: after the flower show take the short walk up Bilton Lane to St John’s Church Hall where a jumble sale is to take place on Saturday, August 24 from 2pm. Go along and pick up a bargain. For collection of jumble telephone 01423 504828.

Model Railway Exhibition: the other big event of the bank holiday weekend is the Model Railway Exhibition at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church. This is on Monday, August 26. The exhibition has become a well established firm favourite, with extensive model railway layouts. There is a strong rumour that Thomas the Tank Engine may be there. The exhibition is open between 10am-4pm. Refreshments will be available. Admission £3 adults, £1 children, family ticket £6 covers two adults and two children. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road, opposite the junction with Kings Road. Buses 2A and 2B stop a short distance away near Sainsbury’s on Kings Road and, even on Bank Holiday Monday, there are three buses per hour from Harrogate Bus Station.

Thirst: is the coffee morning which takes place at Dene Park Community Centre every Wednesday morning from 10am-noon. Everyone is welcome to this pleasant occasion which is organised by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s. The 2A bus stops at the door.

Tagg House Ladies: on Friday, August 16 it is the annual visit to Anne’s garden followed by tea and cake at Bilton Community Centre. Members and non members are welcome to visit the garden between 1.30-2.45pm followed by the refreshments. Telephone 01423 508771 for more details. Admission is £1.50 including refreshments. The traditional talks start again in September and a programme can be obtained via the same telephone number.

Harrogate and District Allotment Federation Flower Show: takes place at the Sun Pavilion in the Valley Gardens on August 18. In addition to a bright array of flowers and vegetables there will be a variety of stalls and entertainments. Later in the afternoon the winner of the best allotment site in the district will be announced. Will one of our local sites, Pine Street or Northern Outfall take the prize? Go along and enjoy the afternoon.

The People’s Choice: exhibition at the Mercer Art Gallery on Swan Road is now open. Local people and celebrities have been given the opportunity to choose their favourite pictures from the Harrogate Fine Art Collection. A group of volunteers from Bilton and Woodfield Community Library were invited to go along and choose a picture. Visit the gallery and see if you agree with their choice. Admission is free and opening hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 2-5pm on Sunday.

Bilton Historical Society: some welcome summer reading has recently dropped through the letter box in the form of the latest newsletter which carries articles and pictures of the railway when in use, lost tracks of Bilton, plus memories of Bilton in general and Hall Lane in particular. Also included in the mailing was the programme of winter lectures which start in October. The Historical Society can be contacted at Bilton Community Centre most Tuesday mornings.

Yoga: at Bilton Community Centre starts again during the first week in September. There are classes on Monday evening and Thursday morning. If you would like further details or to book a place, telephone Rachel MacLennan-Jones, who is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher, on 01423 541176.