Bilton Conservation Group: a note has been received from the secretary, Keith Wilkinson, detailing some recent activities. Balsam bashing has taken place at Grange Quarry and timber has been carried into the Nidd Gorge in advance of construction work currently taking place on Milner Lane. Anyone wishing to know more, or perhaps take part in a working party, should telephone Keith on 01423 564708 or email

St John’s coffee morning: next takes place on Saturday, September 14 in St John’s Church Hall from 10am-noon. Admission of 70p includes tea/coffee and a biscuit. There will be a home made cake stall, raffle, tombola and hot buttered toasted tea cakes. The charity being supported this month is Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Did you know, it costs £9,990 a day to run the YAA, that is £3.6million a year. In 2012 the YAA attended 933 incidents resulting in 431 patients being flown directly to hospital. Go along, support a worthwhile cause you may need some day and, enjoy a pleasant morning out at the same time.

Thanks for support: St John’s Church and Bilton and Woodfield Community Library wish to thank everyone who supported the St John’s Coffee morning last month when a magnificent £422.15 was raised. This will be used to help cover the running costs of the library

Bilton and Woodfield Community LIbrary: will hold its first annual meeting on Saturday, September 21 at BIlton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2.15pm. Everyone with an interest in the library is welcome to attend. Trustees will report on the events of the past year, will be pleased to answer questions and receive ideas on future library activities and fund raising. Local volunteers have done extremely well to save the library from closure and the future looks good for the next year but, the continuing support of local people is vital now, and in the years ahead, to ensure the library survives.

Big Breakfasts are back: at Bilton Community Centre starting on Saturday, September 21. They are usually served between 9am-11am but watch the notice board at the front of the centre for more details.

Woodfield Gospel Hall: enters its 40th year in its current building on Woodfield Grove. An Open Day to mark this will be held on Saturday, September 21. Forty years ago the congregation vacated its site in Kings Road, which it had used since 1901, to make way for the conference centre. The open day event takes place between noon-4pm. Entry is free. There will be a barbecue and light refreshments which are also free. A warm welcome is extended to neighbours of Woodfield Gospel Hall and those who have attended the hall at any time in the past. Everyone will be able to view an exhibition on activities over the years.

Jumble sale: at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, September 21 at 2pm. Go along and pick up a bargain. For collection of jumble telephone 01423 870656

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: enjoy a good lunch for just £3.50 on Tuesday, September 17. To find out more or book a place telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road with an entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Men’s Forum: meet every Tuesday afternoon at Bilton Community Centre at 2pm for a cup of tea followed by a speaker at 2.30pm. On September 17, Mike Greatorex will give a talk on family history and on September 24 the talk will be on the austerity years, 1945-51 by David Davies. Visitors and new members are welcome. Telephone 01423 561540 for more details.

Bilton WI: on Wednesday, September 18 Sue Travina will give a presentation on health, wellbeing and stress management. The meeting takes place at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members and visitors are welcome.

Harrogate Stitch and Craft Group: this year takes the accolade for being the first group to mention Christmas. There is good reason though. On Thursday, September 19, at Bilton Community Centre from 7.15pm, Barbara will be giving a presentation on Beaded Christmas Baubles. If you want to make these you will need plenty of time and this seems like a good opportunity to find out how. Telephone Pauline on 01423 507617 or Sue on 01423 548388 for further details.

Tagg House Ladies: Brian Forshaw will give an illustrated talk on the history of Knaresborough on Friday, September 20 at Bilton Community Centre at 2.15pm. Visitors welcome. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuit.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: has a beetle drive on Monday, September 23 at 10.30am at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. The group meets fortnightly. For further information telephone 01423 50321.

Bilton Ladies Forum: Leslie Dalton will give a presentation on sugarcraft at the meeting on Tuesday, September 24 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members are welcome. To find out more, go to the meeting or telephone Sue on 01423 560934.

Thirst: is the coffee morning which takes place every Wednesday between 10am-noon at Dene Park Community Centre. You will not go thirsty at this friendly event where everyone is welcome. The coffee mornings are run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s. The 2a bus stops at the door.

Councillors surgeries: meet the Woodfield Ward Councillors on Thursday, September 26 at Bilton Community Centre between 6-7pm and on Saturday, September 28 at Dene Park Community Centre between 11am-noon. There is no need to make an appointment. If you have a problem your councillors may be able to help with or an idea to improve the area, just go along.