Anne Richards

01423 508771

Councillors Surgeries: take place today, Thursday, September 26 at Bilton Community Centre 6-7pm and on Saturday, September 28 at Dene Park Community Centre 11am-noon. There is no need to make an appointment. If you think your local councillors can help with a problem or you would like to discuss an idea with them, just go along.

Drink to Macmillan: it is that time of year again. The largest coffee morning in the world is tomorrow, Friday, September 27 raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care. There is an opportunity to take part locally at Bilton Area Methodist Church on Skipton Road between 10am-noon. In addition to the coffee there will be a cake stall and bring and buy. Go along and support this very worthwhile cause. There is an entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Beer Festival: takes place tomorrow, Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 at Bilton Working Mens Club from 5pm-midnight both days. This is a charity event aiming to raise funds for Saint Michael’s Hospice. On both days there is a meet the brewer session with Craig Witty of Daleside Brewery. Tickets are £10 and include a souvenir glass and three pints of beer. To find out if there are any tickets left call into the club, which is on Skipton Road opposite the Kings Road junction, or go to

Brigantes Lacemakers: Saturday, September 28 is members day. This sounds like a really good opportunity to find out more about this long established group, which meets on the last Saturday of the month at Bilton Community Centre. Meetings are from 10am-3.30pm. To find out more telephone 01377 288076

Messy Church: at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church on Sunday, September 29 from 3-5pm. There will be fun, games and food, free for all children, who must be accompanied by an adult. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Bilton Men’s Forum: on Tuesday, October 1 Geoff Twentyman will give a talk on the golden age of radio. The following week, October 8, the title of the talk by Gordon Darlington is The Cover Up. Meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea from 2pm followed by the speakers at 2.30pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: will next be serving up a delicious lunch for £3.50 on Wednesday, October 7. To book a place, or find out more, telephone Molly England on 01423 564986.

Bilton Historical Society: starts its season of winter lectures on Wednesday, October 2 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm when David Alred will give a presentation on Nidderdale Yesterday. David is the author of a book of the same title. Admission £2 includes refreshments and a raffle ticket. Everyone is welcome. A study group meets on Tuesday mornings at Bilton Community Centre from 9am-noon and visitors are always welcome to drop in and see what the group is studying. The society is always on the lookout for old photographs of Bilton and its people.

Arthritus Care: the Harrogate branch meets on the first Thursday of each month at Bilton Community Centre 7-9pm. On October 3 there will be a presentation by David Davies entitled Opening Doors in Later Life U3A (University of the Third Ages). Arthritis Care is a local support group for people with arthritis, their relatives and friends. For further information telephone the co-ordinator, Lindsay Mitchell on 01423 566540 or email

Tagg House Ladies: meet on Friday, October 4 at Bilton Community Centre to hear a talk by Colin Alderson about the five years he spent at Buckingham Palace working in the Royal kitchens and on the Royal Yacht, as well as travelling extensively to different palaces. The meeting starts at 2.15pm. Visitors are welcome. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits.

Woodfield Millennium Green: the next work day on the Green, which is on Albany Avenue, is on Saturday, October 5 from 10am. Everyone is welcome to come and help, watch or ask questions. Just go along, you will be most welcome.

Bilton Ladies Forum: will hear about the work of a Councillor from Coun Greta Knight who represents Woodfield Ward on Harrogate Borough Council. The meeting takes place on Tuesday, October 8 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. New members are always welcome. For further information telephone Sue on 01423 560934.

Community lunches: the next opportunity to have a good lunch for £4 at Bilton Community Centre is on Wednesday, October 9. To find out more or book a place telephone Shirley on 01423 567939.

Kaleidoscope Ladies: next meet on Wednesday, October 9 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.45pm when there will be a talk by Bettys of Harrogate. Telephone 01423 870440 for more details.

Indoor bowling: quite a few Bilton people have already discovered the delights of indoor bowling. It is a game for all age groups, men, ladies, girls and boys. If you would like to try your hand at this activity there is an opportunity to do so on Sunday, October 6 at Harrogate Indoor Bowling Club, Harlow Moor Road between 10am-3pm. You will be most welcome. There is no charge. This seems like a chance that is too good to miss. For further information telephone 01423 509682

Date for the diary: coffee morning for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research on October 12 at St John’s Church Hall 10am-noon. More details next time.

Bilton Conservation Group: the AGM is to take place on Saturday, October 12 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2pm. This will be followed by a presentation on the British Trust for Ornithology. Put the date in your diary now, new members always welcome. More details next time.