Bilton News


Anne Richards

01423 508771

Sorry everyone – for some reason, unknown to me, the Bilton news that should have appeared two weeks ago did not. Most of the events have now happened and I am sorry that they did not receive the mention you were expecting.

Autumn Fair: on Saturday, November 10 at St John’s Church and Church Hall 10.30am-2pm. There will be lots of stalls including cakes, preserves, cards, bric-a-brac, toys, books, Traidcraft, plus a raffle, tombola, children’s crafts, refreshments and lunches. Do not miss it. Everyone is welcome.

Fifth Bilton Brownies: have recently moved to New Park School, the Omega Street entrance. They meet on Wednesdays, term time only between 6.15-7.30pm. Brownies is for girls aged seven to 10-years old. Anyone interested is most welcome to call in to find out more. Alternatively call the leader, Anne Swainston-Rainford on 01423 525249 or 07809 445159 or email

Bilton Grange Ladies Fellowship: will be looking into the memory box with Rhoda Fraser, followed by lunch, at the meeting on Monday, November 12 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road, 10.30am Total cost of entrance and lunch £4. For more details telephone 01423 503221.

Knox WI: has its AGM on Monday, November 12 at Dene Park Community Centre at 7.30pm. This could be a good opportunity to find out more about the group. Telephone the secretary on 01423 501603 for more information.

Storytimes: at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library take place every Tuesday morning at 10am. On November 13 there will be an extra special Singing Storytime with All Join In.

Storytimes are for the under fives accompanied by a carer. The library is in the Old Vicarage on Bilton Lane close to St John’s Church.

Bilton Men’s Forum: has a slide presentation on Hong Kong and New Zealand by John Whitley on Tuesday, November 13. The following week, November 20, Colette Lain will speak on the RNIB and talking books. Meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, starting with a cup of tea at 2pm followed by the speaker at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome.

Bilton Ladies Forum: on Tuesday, November 13 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm Maggie Poppa of Down Your Way magazine will present Retirement? What Retirement? Visitors are welcome.

Wesley Guild: Why bother with mission? asks Matthew Lunn at the meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at Bilton Area Methodist Church, 7.30pm. For further details telephone the secretary on 01423 505237. The church is on Skipton Road and there is an entrance and car park at the rear off Bar Place.

Community Lunches: the next chance to enjoy a great lunch for £4 at Bilton Community Centre is on Wednesday, November 14. To book a place or find out more telephone Shirley on 01423 56793.

Kaleidoscope Ladies Club: next meet on Wednesday, November 14 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.45pm. The published speaker had to cancel so to find out what is on offer telephone Maureen on 01423 870440. Visitors are welcome. The season is brought to a close on December 12 with a Christmas dinner.

Stitch and Craft Group: Christmas is coming and the group intends to enjoy its party on Thursday, November 15 at Bilton Community Centre from 7.15pm. This is the last meeting of the season. To enquire about the 2013 programme telephone 01423 569123 or 01423 507617.

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

Tagg House Ladies: start their Christmas celebrations with a presentation by Jenny Stacy entitled Victorian Noel on Friday, November 16 at Bilton Community Centre at 2.15pm. Visitors are welcome. Admission £1.50 including tea and biscuits.

Big Bilton Bike Rides: are on Saturday mornings, November 10 and 17. The meeting place is St John’s Church, Bilton Lane. Rides last 30-60 minutes. To find out the start time and to book telephone 07525 988160 or email These events would suit anyone new to the saddle or returning after a break. The pace is steady and there are frequent stops.

Big Breakfast: just the thing before or after a bike ride. However no excuse is needed to go along to Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, November 17 between 9-11am to enjoy its popular Big Breakfast. Great value at £3.50. All welcome.

New volunteer at the library: just for a couple of hours at the end of the morning Andrew Jones MP is to help the regular team of volunteers on Saturday, November 17. Why not call in and see how he gets on? If you are not a library member ask him to enrol you, it is free. Since May Bilton and Woodfield Community Library has been run entirely by volunteers and is now a registered charity.

Bilton Conservation Group: another Spellbound Production is on offer on Saturday, November 17 at Bilton Community Centre, 2.15pm. Gordon and Anne Sharpe will entertain with a miscellany of their top quality videos on wildlife, travel and local scenes. All welcome.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: is on Wednesday, November 21 at Bilton Area Methodist Church. To find out more and book a place telephone Molly England on 01423 564986.

Bilton WI: Sarah Savory will give a presentation on Marks and Spencer at the meeting on Wednesday, November 21 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome.