Bilton News


Anne Richards

01423 508771

Councillors surgeries: Woodfield and New Park wards are holding surgeries today, Thursday, October 25. Woodfield councillors will be at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane between 6-7pm and New Park councillors will be at Bilton Area Methodist Church, Skipton Road also between 6-7pm. No appointment is necessary. If there is something you think your councillors could assist with do go along and have a word with them.

5th Bilton Brownies: have recently moved to New Park School, the Omega Street entrance. Meetings are term times only on Wednesdays between 6.15-7.30pm. Brownies is for girls aged seven-10. Anyone interested can pop in and see what goes on or obtain more information from Anne, telephone 01423 525249 or 07809 445159 or email

Brigantes Lacemeakers: next meet on Saturday, October 27 between 10am-3.30pm at Bilton Community Centre. The day will include a presentation by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. For further details contact the chairman, telephone 01423 562613.

Songs of Praise: will be sung in St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, October 27, 3-5pm. The afternoon includes a delicious tea. All are welcome.

Bingo: the first session held last month was a great success. If you missed it do not miss the next one on Monday, October 29 at Bilton Community Centre, 2pm. Entrance is 30p including tea/coffee. There will also be a raffle.

Storytime: for the under five’s takes place at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library every Tuesday at 10am, the next one being on October 30. In addition there will be a special Halloween storytime on Thursday, November 1 for children aged five-eight also at 10am. It sounds like good fun. The Library is in the Old Vicarage on Bilton Lane near to St John’s Church.

Bilton Men’s Forum: We Apologise for the Delay is the title of the slide presentation by Geoffrey Queen on Tuesday, October 30. The following week, November 6, David Alred will show slides on Zion to Yellowstone. Meetings are at Bilton Community Centre starting with a cup of tea at 2pm. Regardless of the title of one of the presentations, the speakers will start promptly at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum: Gun Powder Treason and Plot with Jocelyn Brooks is the entertainment on Tuesday, October 30 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome. Membership details can be obtained by telephone Dawn on 01423 565447 or Ann 01423 560934.

Wesley Guild: the meeting on October 30 takes place at Killinghall. It will be a presentation by Mr and Mrs Muncaster entitled Update on Tamil (India). For further information telephone the secretary on 01423 505237.

Thirst: the coffee morning which takes place every Wednesday between 10am-noon at Dene Park Community Centre, the 2a bus stops at the door. These events are run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s. Everyone is welcome.

Tagg House Ladies: Madeira – the garden in the Atlantic is the subject of the slide presentation by Angela Henson on Friday, November 2 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm. Visitors are welcome. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuits.

Bilton Community Centre: the AGM will take place at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane on Saturday, November 3 at 2pm. This is a very important meeting for everyone with an interest in the Community Centre as it is proposed to adopt a new constitution which will bring about radical changes. All regular users are welcome to attend but only members will be able to vote. For further information contact the Chairman, telephone 01423 522264.

Memorial Service: for those who have lost someone and would like to remember them and give thanks at a quiet service to be held at St John’s Church on Sunday, November 4 at 6pm. Everyone is welcome.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: next takes place on Tuesday, November 6 at Bilton Area Methodist Church. Enjoy a delicious lunch for just £3.50. The church is on Skipton Road with an entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place. To book or find out more telephone Averil Makerson on 01423 506600.

Bilton Historical Society: will hear the Story of Guy Fawkes presented by Jocelyn Brooks on Wednesday, November 7 at Bilton Community Centre, at 7.30pm. Everybody is welcome. Admission £2, includes refreshments and raffle. A study group meets every Tuesday morning at Bilton Community Centre. Go along and see what the group has to offer. Why not enquire about membership at either of these meetings or through the membership secretary, telephone 01423 504828. It is £5 a year. This includes regular newsletters, the latest of which has just been issued. Inside is an article and photographs of some lost buildings of Bilton, a story by Cedric Wilkinson about a grandfather clock, short articles on dialect words, and a correspondence section with questions you may be able to help answer.

Bilton Conservation Group: the latest newsletter has come through the letter box. It contains lots of good photographs on the recent work carried out at Spruisty Bridge, and of Pecket and Barber. There are articles on balsam bashing at Grange Quarry, otters on the Nidd, New Park School Environment Day, plans for Willow Woods wetlands, obituaries to Marjorie Aird and Wendy Hall, the programme of winter slide shows and the story of replacing a bridge in the Nidd Gorge washed out by floods. It did not take too long to replace the bridge but recovering the four wheel drive from the mud and the mini tractor sent to rescue it, well that is a different story. Become a member of BCG and read it for yourself. Subscriptions of £2.50 a year are now due. For further information telephone the membership secretary on 01423 502587.