Anne Richards

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New Park Mirror: the latest edition has found its way on to the doormat. On this occasion topics include an article with maps about a railway line that never was, future plans for the New Park Heritage Centre, a trip down memory lane by Mr Laurie Burn and photographs of the gas works engines, Barber and Peckett, at different stages of their restorations. If you would like to know more, in the first instance, contact New Park School.

Coffee morning: to be held at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, October 12 from 10-noon is raising funds for the Harrogate branch of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Admission is 70p including drink and biscuits. There will also be a cake stall, tombola, raffle, bookstall and hot, buttered tea cakes. The branch, which was founded in Bilton in 1973, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. This is the first of three events to take place in Bilton over the next two months. So far, well over £400,000 has been raised for research into all types of blood cancers. Go along, enjoy a pleasant morning, help swell the funds and beat blood cancer.

Bilton Conservation Group: is holding its AGM on Saturday, October 12 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 BIlton Lane at 2pm. The meeting will be followed by a presentation by Mike Brown, the British Trust for Ornithology regional representative, entitled Bird Migration through Nidderdale, new members are always welcome. The committee would welcome new initiatives and proposals and your ideas could be aired at the AGM. To find out more go to the meeting or email

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: fortnightly meetings have recommenced and the next one is on Monday, October 14 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am when Alec will talk about Oxfam. Telephone 01423 503221 for further details. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Bingo: back by popular demand are the bingo afternoons at Bilton Community Centre. They start on Monday, October 14 at 2pm and will take place every fortnight. Entrance is 30p and bingo books are 50p each. Refreshments are available in the interval free of charge. There will also be a raffle. Enjoy a fun afternoon in pleasant surroundings.

Knox WI: next meet on Monday, October 14 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm for a presentation by John Shackleton entitled Aid to Eastern Europe. Visitors will be most welcome and there is no charge.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: the next opportunity to enjoy a good lunch for just £3.50 at Bilton Area Methodist Church is on Tuesday, October 15. To find out more or book a place telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road with parking and an entrance at the rear off Bar Place.

Bilton Men’s Forum: is to be entertained by Alan Thain and the Daytones Barbershop Harmony Chorus performing on Tuesday, October 15. The following week, October 22, Ben Richard will give a talk entitled Tha’s Got to Laugh. Meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm followed by the speaker at 2.30pm.

Thirst: the coffee morning which takes place every Wednesday morning at Dene Park Community Centre from 10am-noon. You will be most welcome at these friendly events which are run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s.

Bilton WI: spend An Evening with Hornbeam Molly. That is the title of a presentation by Bob Barker to be delivered on Wednesday, October 16 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members and visitors are welcome.

Harrogate Stitch and Craft Group: next meet on Thursday, October 22 at Bilton Community Centre to hear a talk by Michael Brown about a funny thing that happened on the way to the police station. Telephone Pauline on 01423 507617 or Sue on 01423 548388 for more details. Doors open 7.15pm.

Tagg House Ladies: are looking forward to enjoying the second part of The Social History of Furniture – Through the Chair by Tony Powell on Friday, October 18 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuit. Visitors always welcome.

Autumn Fair: is to take place at the Woodfield and Dene Park Community Centre on Saturday, October 19 between 10am-12.30pm. There will be lots of stalls including bric-a-brac, books, cakes and jams, toys, plus a raffle and tombola. Entrance is 50p and includes tea/coffee and a scone. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. The 2A bus stops at the door.

Big Breakfast: before enjoying tea and scones at Dene Park there is time to indulge in a big breakfast at Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, October 19 serving between 9-11am. Cost for egg, bacon, sausage, tomato, beans, as much toast as you can eat and as much tea or coffee as you can drink is only £3.50. Go on, make a morning out of it.

Bilton Ladies Forum: will hear about lasting power of attorney, wills and probate from Leslie Tuck on Tuesday, October 22 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. New members welcome. Telephone Sue on 01423 560934.

Wesley Guild: next meet on Tuesday, October 22 at Bilton Area Methodist Church 7.30pm for a presentation by Alan Claughton From Propeller to Prayer. Meetings are fortnightly and friends from the Killinghall Guild have joined the Bilton Area Methodist Church Guild following amalgamation. For further information telephone the secretary on 01423 505237.

Come and sing Handel’s Messiah: book now for the tenth Nidderdale Messiah event to be held on Sunday, November 24 at 1pm, Holy Trinity Church, Knaresborough. Bookings are essential for singers and audience. The event is raising funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. For a booking form visit or telephone 01423 206535.

Creepy House: Bilton and Woodfield Community Library looked a completely different place when 28 creepy house models were on display. The competition for the best ones took place over the school summer holidays. The winning and highly commended entries were created by Maisie Goddard, Ella Askew, Cassidy Lane, Charlotte Jackson and Freddy McLaughlin