Snow: as I write this column for just after the Easter holidays, I can hardly believe that I am looking out on thick snow drifting up to the gate outside. This week I have woken up to four snowy mornings and the cold temperatures that followed. Today everyone seems to be busy clearing drives and chipping away at ice! Let us hope that things pick up enormously over the Easter period!

Special birthdays: belated congratulations for March 21 for Beckwith Crescent resident Collie Fishburne who celebrated her 90th birthday. Many who live locally will remember Margaret Fearnley who lived next door to Collie. Margaret now lives in Scotland but this week celebrated her 100th birthday! Happy birthday to both ladies! Don’t forget to get in touch with news of those special family events and celebrations.

Men’s Forum: meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum take place each Tuesday morning at Harlow Hill Methodist Church commencing at 10am with refreshments. On Tuesday, April 9 members welcome a charity talk from the Jennyruth workshops. On Tuesday, April 16 Eric Forster has as the intriguing title of his talk, why Geoffrey Layton hated boy scouts! A reminder that meetings of the forum will run until the beginning of May, the final meeting being an outing. For more details of Harlow Men’s Forum please contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on neil.ramshaw@mail.com or on 879535

Friendship Club: members of the Harlow Friendship Club for the over 50s have enjoyed a short break over the Easter period and will return on Wednesday, April 17 at 2.30pm when they welcome David Andrews talking on the hidden meanings of music. For more details or information about the club please contact Pat Wormald on 508867

Harlow Carr: Easter events at Harlow Carr gardens will run until the end of the Easter holidays, Sunday, April 14. Brighten up this Easter and enjoy activities with an explosion of colour at Harlow Carr. Meet Easter bunny, go mad with craft, and hunt down every colour of the rainbow on an exciting Easter egg activity trail. On the weekend of Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 enjoy a creative craft workshop with Captain Rummage from the Starbeck Cone Exchange! Using a host of recycled materials he’ll help you turn trash into treasure. With lots of cutting, sticking and fixing, kids can create their very own mini beast to take on an adventure around the garden. Sessions will run from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Inspiring, local art will also be on show, as exhibitors Art 2 Enjoy set up a pop-up gallery and run a have-a-go painting table for budding artists including artist Iain Will. National Gardening Week takes place from Monday, April 15 until Sunday, April, 21 Come and share in the RHS’s wealth of gardening knowledge. Over the weekend Harlow Carr’s garden team will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk to local horticultural specialists about how they got started in the industry. Other event highlights include wildflower seed bomb workshops and meadow sowing demonstrations. For full details of all these events and more at Harlow Carr check out the website www.rhs.org.uk

Messy church: thanks to Jenny Godfrey for getting in touch with me about the Messy Church session to be held at Trinity Methodist Church on the second Sunday of the month commencing at 4pm. The April meeting will be on Sunday, April 14 and all are welcome to this new monthly time for adults and children. Come and enjoy being creative together (including cooking, craft activities for all ages and levels of skill, messy activities such as painting, playing games + toys for very young children), experience short informal worship time and sharing a light meal together.

Scout event: following a very busy two weekends with a Beetle drive, Mother’s Day celebrations and a coffee morning, the regular fund-raisers of the 20th Harrogate Scout Group, the Lions, based at Twenden on St Mary’s Walk, will be holding a table top sale. This will be on Sunday, April 24 at the Scout hut and will cost £7 for a table. To book contact Phil or Gill Pawson on 522968 or E mail Harrogate20thscoutsfundraising@hotmail.co.uk

Horticap: the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road on the way to Beckwithshaw are open every day now from 10am-4pm. Come up and enjoy a walk around the lovely garden created here and browse in the greenhouses and shop! During the month of April from Friday, April 5 until Sunday, April 28 the Jo Dunn art exhibition will feature. Jo’s paintings include oil and watercolour landscapes, war paintings and abstracts. Horticap will also be running a stand at the Spring Flower Show at the end of April.

Rossett Extended Schools: a brand new programme for the summer term will include more classes than ever at Rossett School. Amongst the courses on offer are digital photography, interior design, furniture restoration, acting, art history, yoga, Victorian art, ballroom dancing, salsa, painting, psychology, sugarcraft, astronomy, paediatric first aid and fiction writing. Holiday languages courses will be available in Greek, French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Polish and Russian. For more information on courses available or to enrol on to a course, please contact Rossett Extended School centre on 563768 or on email adultlearning@rossettschool.co.uk. The majority of courses commence the week beginning Monday, April 15.