Bilton News


Anne Richards

01423 508771

Pine Street Allotment Association: presented a cheque for £1,200 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance at a recent social event. The money was largely raised at the open day held at the end of July. Thanks were expressed to everyone who helped and supported the event and to Roots and Fruits of King Edwards Drive for the donation of a hamper for the raffle and plants to sell. The occasion was an excuse to celebrate the winning of the shield for being the best allotment site in the Harrogate District. Awards were also presented to individual plot holders. The best newcomer was Marcus Hartley, the best half plot Peter Cracknell, best senior citizen Barry Canham, best lady Lily Whitehead and the best plot overall was Janet Plumpton.

Magnificent £500 for MacMillan: Margaret Cracknell was thrilled with this record breaking amount raised at the recent Biggest Coffee Morning in the World at Bilton Area Methodist Church. She would like to thank everyone who helped organise the event and all who supported it on the day. Not only was the amount raised the highest ever but the number of people who attended was too.

Coffee morning: on Saturday, October 13 at St John’s Church Hall between 10am-noon. As well as coffee there will be a cake stall and handmade cards. Proceeds are for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Admission 70p. Have a pleasant morning out whilst supporting this very worthwhile cause.

Thanks for support: are expressed to everyone who helped and supported the September coffee morning at St John’s where £270 was raised for Leprosy Mission.

Bilton Conservation Group: will hold its annual general meeting on Saturday, October 13 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to this event though only members can vote. It is a good chance to find out more about this busy local organisation and perhaps volunteer your services. After the meeting Sue Wood, the Harrogate Horticultural Officer will give a presentation entitled Park Life.

New Park Mirror: was a welcome delivery this week. This is the newsletter of the New Park Heritage Centre based at New Park School. Issue 25 includes an article on the Skepper family with photographs and information on the Barber restoration appeal. There are photographs also of another locomotive to serve on The Harrogate Gas Works Railway, the Peckett. Excitement is mounting at the thought of a fully restored Barber. If everything goes according to plan Barber will once again pass through Harrogate on its way to York Railway Museum at some time in the future. To find out more about the New Park Heritage Centre telephone New Park School on 01423 503011 or email

Bilton Men’s Forum: the videos of Gordon and Anne Sharp will render the audience yet more spellbound on Tuesday, October 16. The following week, October 23, Harry Jackson is to give a talk and slide show on Himmler and the SS. Meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm followed by the speaker at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome.

Wesley Guild: a quiz evening with Colin Mann is the entertainment on Tuesday, October 16 at Bilton Area Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Further details can be obtained from the secretary, telephone 01423 505237. The church is on Skipton Road and has an entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Thirst: the coffee morning which takes place every Wednesday 10am-noon at Dene Park Community Centre. Do not be shy, go along, you will be most welcome. The 2a bus stops at the door. These events are run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s.

Bilton WI: Gordon and Anne Sharp of Spellbound Productions make an early return to Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, October 17 at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome. Anyone going along is sure to be spellbound by the top quality videos they will see.

Friends of Bachelors Field: next meet on Thursday, October 18 at Bilton Cricket Club on Bilton Lane at 7pm. Anyone with an interest in the open space between Bachelor Drive, Bachelor Road and Bachelor Gardens is invited to go along to hear what the local volunteers have been doing over the summer and to help plan future activities.

Stitch and Craft Group: has a presentation on Ripon lace by Avril Edmondson and Mary Mosely on Thursday, October 18 at Bilton Community Centre 7.15-10pm. Visitors are welcome. Go to the meeting or find out more or telephone Pauline on 01423 507617.

Tagg House Ladies: welcome Jocelyn Brooks to give a presentation entitled The Wild West on Friday, October 19 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm. It will cover Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Visitors are welcome. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits.

Big breakfast: at Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, October 20 from 9am to about 11am. If you have not yet experienced or tasted these popular events then perhaps you should find out what you have been missing. Full breakfast £3.50.

Jumble sale: at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, October 20 at 2pm. There are sure to be bargains galore so go along and pick one up. Admission 30p.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Forum: next meet on Monday, October 22 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am to enjoy a slide presentation by Norman Oberheim. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road. Visitors welcome. £1.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: where a great lunch can be enjoyed for just £3.50 on Wednesday, October 24. To find out more or book a place telephone Molly England on 01423 564986.

Councillors Surgery: the next opportunity to meet your local councillors in an informal setting to tell them about anything that is of concern to you is Thursday, October 25 at Bilton Community Centre between 6-7pm. Appointments are not needed.