Bilton News


Anne Richards

01423 508771

Bilton Gala: has come round again. The big day is on bank holiday Monday, May 6 and most of the action is on Richard Taylor School playing field. This year Roots and Fruits of King Edward’s Drive are sponsoring the event. History is the theme of the gala. The gala queen is Lily Robbins and her attendants are Laura Marshall and Freya Kesteven. Admission to the field is £1.50 adults, 50p children. Read on for more information on what to expect. For up to the minute news and timing of events visit the website

The parade: assembles on Meadowcroft at noon before making its way along the approximately one mile route via Bilton Lane, Grosvenor Road, Poplar Grove and King Edward’s Drive, concluding at Richard Taylor School. The Sea Cadet Band will lead the way followed by Creative Dance Group, Volsung Vikings, ATC Band, ATC Armoured Car, Gala mascot Billowby Bear, Bilton WMC, Harrogate and District Travel, Harrogate Rugby Club, Killinghall Nomads, Harrogate Hornets Cheerleaders, National Martial Arts College, 4th Bilton Brownies, 3rd Harrogate Scouts and vintage cars. It promises to be the best parade ever.

Fancy dress: which historical character are you going to dress up as? The age categories are five and under and six-11. Participants are encouraged to join the parade on Meadowcroft at noon. The judging follows in the main arena.

Attractions and entertainments: are many and varied. In the main arena the Black Rock Llama Display Team will form two teams and compete in an obstacle race. Volsung Vikings will be recreating battle scenes; and children from the Creative Dance Group are to entertain the crowds with their dancing. Elsewhere is Diddy Dennis the chid friendly fire engine, junior quad bikes, children’s assault course, archery, crockery smash, pony rides, exotic animals, WYC Fire and Rescue Service, bouncy castles, giant slide, obstacle course, bungee trampolines, walk on water, fairground rides, face painting and a licensed bar. In addition there will be lots of stalls representing local groups and charities where all manner of goods can be purchased and lots of different competitions tried. It sounds good, do not miss it.

Bilton Historical Society: has a stall at the gala. On sale will be their popular books plus a new publication on Harrogate libraries at £1. The society has been working on a series of heritage walks in the area and hopes they will be ready in time for the gala. Pay them a visit and see what you can discover about the local area.

Councillors surgery: Woodfield ward councillors will be at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane on Thursday, April 25 between 6-7pm. If you have a problem they could help with or have ideas to improve the area then go along. No appointment necessary.

Brigantes Lacemakers: meet at Bilton Community Centre on Saturday, April 27,10am-3.30pm for a bead workshop. Further information from the chairman, telephone 01377 288076.

Songs of praise: takes place at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, April 27 between 3-5pm. Anyone is welcome to go along but if further information is required telephone 01423 522828.

Biannual memorial service: for those who have been bereaved will take place at St John’s Church on Sunday, April 28 at 6pm. Anyone who would like to remember a loved one or friend is welcome at this quiet service of thanksgiving.

Bingo: at Bilton Community Centre on Monday, April 29 at 2pm. All welcome at this fun afternoon. Admission 30p.

Bilton Area Methodist Lunch Club: next takes place on Tuesday, April 30. Where else can a really good meal be had for £3.50? For more information or to book a place telephone Averil Makinson on 01423 506600. The church is on Skipton Road and had a rear entrance and car park off Bar Place.

Bilton Ladies Forum: has a presentation by Horticap entitled Helping People Grow on Tuesday, April 30 at Bilton Community Centre at 7.30pm. Plants will be on sale. New members welcome.

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

Bilton and Woodfield Community Library: will be closed on Thursday, May 2 as it is being used as a polling station. Books normally due back that day can be returned up to one week later.

Tagg House Ladies: next meet at Bilton Community Centre on Friday, May 3 at 2.15pm for a presentation by Geoff Forster on the Leeds Library, 1768 to the present. Leeds Library is the oldest subscription library in the UK. Visitors welcome. Admission £1.50 includes tea and biscuit.

Woodfield Millennium Green: has its regular working day on Saturday, May 4 at 10am. Workers are welcome but if you are not sure whether this is for you then just go and watch. The green is on Albany Avenue a short distance from its junction with Woodfield Road.

Jumble sale: at St John’s Church Hall on Saturday, May 4 at 2pm. Go along and pick up a bargain. For collection of jumble telephone 01423 567110.

Community lunch: the next great meal for just £4 can be enjoyed at Bilton Community Centre on Wednesday, May 8. To find out more or book a place telephone Shirley on 01423 567939.