Bilton News


Anne Richards

01423 508771

Bilton and Woodfield Community Library: congratulations to all concerned on the highly commended award for organisation of the year announced at the recent Volunteer Oscars. Last year at this time all but the hardy had given up on Bilton Library. North Yorkshire County Council said it was going to close and a lot of people thought it would, but that did not happen. The NYCC establishment was replaced by Bilton and Woodfield Community Library, a registered charity run and largely financed by local volunteers and now open longer hours than when under the direct management of the council. If so much can be achieved in such a short time the future must look good. To find out more telephone 01423 508771 or email

Calling all children: to a winter arts morning at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library on Saturday, December 8. Help to create a fantastic winter collage for the library and see your work on display. Drop in any time between 9.30am-1pm. Suitable for all ages, which means mum and dad can come too. A small treat will be provided for all artists.

Coffee morning: on Saturday, December 8 at St John’s Church Hall, 10am-noon. Admission 70p. There will be children’s crafts, cake stall, face painting, tombola and raffle and an opportunity to make a Christingle. If you can spare a few large oranges for the Christingles take them along to the coffee morning. Proceeds are for The Children’s Society, which raises funds for children in the UK facing life’s harshest challenges.

Big Bilton Bike Ride: to book telephone 07525 988160 or email If you are new to the saddle or a returning rider, want more exercise or a chance to get out and enjoy the local area then this could be for you. Rides are at a steady pace with plenty of stops and last 30-60 minutes. The next ride is on Saturday, December 8 meeting outside St John’s Church, Bilton Lane, 10.30am, which means there is time for a quick coffee in the church hall before and after the ride.

Church services on Sunday, December 9: Bilton Area Methodist Church has a Christingle service at 4pm , starting with creative/messy activities for all in the church hall, plus mince pies. Another Christingle Service, for the Children’s Society, takes place at St John’s at 4pm and also at 6pm.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: has a carol service followed by lunch on Monday, December 10 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, 10.30am. For further information telephone 01423 503221. The church is on the corner of Woodfield Road and Skipton Road.

Knox WI: has its Christmas party on Monday, December 10 at Dene Park Community Centre, 7.30pm. For more details telephone the secretary on 01423 501603

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: has something special on Tuesday, December 11 because it is Christmas party time. Cost £5. To find out more, or book a place, telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road and has a rear entrance and car park off Bar Place.

Bilton Ladies Forum: brings the year to a close with a Christmas dinner at Ascot House. The group will be back at Bilton Community Centre on January 8 and a new programme is available now. If you would like one, telephone Dawn on 01423 565447 or Ann on 01423 521814.

Singing Storytime: all join in at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library on Tuesday, December 11 at 10am. An event with stories, songs and crafts for the under 5s. If you fancy this and care for a child of the appropriate age then do go along. Library membership is not necessary, but joining is free.

Community Christmas Lunch: it may not be too late to book for this fabulous feast of festive fare on Wednesday, December 12. Give Shirley a ring on 01423 567939 to find out if there are any places left. Cost £6.

Thirst: the coffee morning at Dene Park Community Centre is on Wednesdays, December 12 and 19, 10am-noon. These events are run by volunteers from St John’s and St Luke’s who will then take a break until the New Year.

Bilton WI: has its Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 12 at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm with Harrogate Harmony. For more details telephone the secretary on 01423 568176.

Big Breakfast and Christmas raffle: at Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, December 15 from 9-11am. Breakfast , egg, bacon, beans, tomatoes, sausage, toast and as much tea and coffee as you can drink, £3.50. For anyone not wishing to purchase a breakfast tea/coffee and mince pies will be served from 10.30am onwards.

Grand Draw: Bilton Community Centre is organising a grand draw to run throughout 2013. Price of joining is £10 per annum. In return there will be two draws each month worth £10 and £40 except in December when the prizes will be £25 and £50. Pick up an application form from the Centre entrance hall, at the Big Breakfast or telephone 01423 522264

Bilton Conservation Group: welcomes visitors to its meeting on Saturday, December 15 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane, 2.15pm to see slides from the collection of Anne Richards on local landmarks. Admission £1.

Nidd Gorge Calendar: local photographer, Steve Tomlinson, has produced a truly remarkable calendar for 2013 made up entirely of photographs of the wild life and scenery in the Nidd Gorge. The calendar is being sold on behalf of Bilton Conservation Group to raise funds for conservation in the Nidd Gorge. At a cost of only £5 is in not surprising that demand has been high and, at the time of writing, almost all have been sold. However, if there is sufficient interest a re-print will be ordered. To find out more telephone Keith Wilkinson on 01423 564708 or email

Church services Sunday, December 16: Bilton Area Methodist Church has a choir led Christmas service at 10.30am. At 3pm is a Christingle service at St Luke’s for the Children’s Society. St John’s has Christmas Theos at 6pm and at 6.30pm Bilton Area Methodist Church has DIY Nativity, meaning and mayhem as the cast and congregation connect with the characters from the Christmas story.

Bilton Gala: with all the talk of Christmas is it worthwhile thinking about Bilton Gala? If you want to have a stall there, it is. Prices need to increase next year but they will be held at 2012 rates until December 31. Anyone intending to book a stall at the Gala, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, should visit for an application form, and apply now.