Anne Richards

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Bilton is best: when it comes to allotment sites it has no equal. At the Allotment Federation Flower Show in the Valley Gardens last week it was announced that both the sites, at Northern Outfall and Pine Street, had been awarded gold medals. The overall winner was Norther Outfall, by just half a point. Congratulations to both sites.

Good show for Northern Outfall: individual plot holders took several of the major prizes at the show. The array won by Clive Pickles included the Northern Outfall Autumn Cup, best vegetable exhibit, best vegetable exhibit in show and most points for vegetables. Fiona Walker took the trophy for most points for a novice and Louisa Pearl won the Northern Outfall Cup for the child with most points. For Pine Street Irene Meredith was awarded the Autumn Cup.

Marjorie Aird Trophies: winners of the awards for the best vase of flowers and the best tray of vegetables at the Show received specially commissioned prizes, in the form of a vase and a tray, made possible by a donation from the late Marjorie Aird. Marjorie was a well known Northern Outfall plot holder and perhaps even better known for growing and selling numerous plants for the benefit of Bilton Conservation Group. It was good to see her remembered in this way.

Summer Reading Challenge: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library finishes on September 7. If you have children or grandchildren who have not yet completed the challenge please remind them of the deadline as they will not want to miss out on their badges. The challenge has been a great success this year and children who start but do not finish will be disappointed when their friends, who may have completed, are presented with their certificates at school. A good number of Creepy House models have been entered into the competition and they can still be viewed at the library which is in the Old Vicarage on Bilton Lane. There are also lots of scary pictures on display, do go and see them.

Join a group: over the next few weeks various local groups will be returning from their summer breaks. This is a good time to do something new. The fact that a notice appears in this column means that you will be most welcome so, overcome your shyness and go along. Most are membership groups which allow visitors to go along once or twice without joining.

Yoga: at Bilton Community Centre recommences on Monday evening, September 2 and Thursday morning, September 5. Classes are run by British Wheel of Yoga teacher, Rachel MacLennan-Jones. To obtain more information or book a place telephone her on 01423 541176

Bilton Historical Society: anyone wishing to know more about the local area could do worse than visit Bilton Community Centre any Tuesday morning between 9am-noon when Bilton Historical Society holds its study group meetings. Find out what they are studying and what they have already found out. The monthly evening lectures begin again in October, there will be more details nearer the time.

Bilton Men’s Forum: resume their weekly meetings at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane on Tuesday, September 3 at 2pm, starting with a cup of tea followed by a speaker at 2.30pm.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: starts again on Wednesday, September 4. This is a chance to enjoy a really good lunch for just £3.50 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from September to June at approximately fortnightly intervals. To book a place or obtain more details telephone Molly England on 01423 564986. Bilton Area Methodist Church is on Skipton Road with parking and a rear entrance off Bar Place.

Meet your local councillors: at Bilton Area Methodist Church on Thursday, September 5 between 6-7pm. No appointment necessary, just pop in and have a chat about any problems or ideas to improve the area.

Arthritis Care: is a charity that aims to support people with arthritis. Harrogate branch meets on the first Thursday of most months at Bilton Community Centre 7-9pm. The next meeting is on September 5 when Christine Stewart gives a presentation on Starbeck in Bloom. For further information telephone 01423 566540 or email

Tagg House Ladies: next meet on Friday, September 6 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm. Speaker David Alred will show slides on the North West Highlands of Scotland. Admission £1.50 includes tea and a biscuit. Visitors and new members welcome.

Woodfield Millennium Green: help to keep this improving open space in good order by going along to the monthly work day on Saturday, September 7 from 10am. If you are just curious about what is happening on site you are equally welcome to go along. The Millennium Green is on Albany Avenue, just off Woodfield Road near its junction with Skipton Road.

Community Drop in Surgery: takes place on Monday, September 9 at Bilton Children’s Centre 1-2pm. The childrens centre shares the same entrance off Woodfield Road as Woodfield School. The sessions are to be run by James Skaith and Amanda Hanusch-Moore from the police alongside Harrogate Borough Council’s housing team, the local community fire safety officer and staff from the children’s centre.

Knox WI: on Monday, September 9 Mr Chris Powell will describe how he turns trash to treasure. The meeting takes place at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome and there is no charge.

Bilton Ladies Forum: begins its season with a presentation by Sue Wood on Starbeck in Bloom. The meeting takes place on Tuesday, September 10 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. New members are welcome. Just go on along on the evening or telephone Sue on 01423 560934 for more details.

Community Lunches: have a great lunch at Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, September 11 for £4. To find out more, or book a place, telephone Shirley on 01423 567939.

Kaleidoscope Ladies: are to be treated to a talk by the Friends of the Valley Gardens on Wednesday, September 11 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.45pm. Telephone 01423 870440 for further details.