Open garden: thanks to Mike Foxon for contacting me with news from the open garden weekend he held in August for UNICEF. The afternoon teas were a great success and many local residents enjoyed viewing Mike’s lovely garden. The event raised £160 for UNICEF and a big thank you to all of you who attended.
Friendship Club: thanks to Pat Wormald for contacting me with detail of the new autumn programme for the Harlow Friendship Club for the over -50’s based at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. Over the past three weeks members have enjoyed a talk on the history of Waitrose from Kay McDonald, the trials and tribulations on researching family history from Mike Greatorix and the AGM of the Club held just yesterday, Wednesday, September 18. On Wednesday, September 25 there will be an outing and on Wednesday, October 2 Tony Cleaver has as the title of his talk karaoke to cabaret. For full details of the programme, please contact Pat on 508867. Pat also mentions in her note to me that club members are very much feeling the effects of the change in the number 6 bus route which used to stop right outside the Green Hut. Many concerns have been raised about this issue and as I write members are working away to try and restore the route to its original state! Thanks to all of you who signed the petition about the changes to the route.
Rossett Extended Schools: with September now upon us, a new course programme from Rossett Extended School is now available with many learning for pleasure course experiences to enjoy. The popular Rossett Lectures programme commences on Monday, September 16 from 7-9pm with Simon Thomson’s talk entitled discovering Pontefract’s black friars! Courses in the core programme include archaeology, counselling, first aid, painting, papercraft, contemporary art, ballroom dancing, tai chi, Pilates, yoga, singing, sugarcraft, massage, digital photography and many more on a list of 70 learning opportunities. In addition there is also a full programme of part time language courses at the school, including French, German, Italian and Spanish. To find out more or to enrol on to a course, contact Malcolm of Melissa on 563768, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web page www.rossetschool.co.uk/pages/community/adultlearning.
Harvest Festival: this annual service will take place at Harlow Hill Methodist Church on Sunday, September 22 at 10am. The family service lasts for one hour and donations are asked for of tinned or packet goods, jars, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors etc. as donations are being given to the Harrogate Homeless Project. The service will be led by Rev Mark Godfrey and all are welcome.
Afternoon tea: Anne Harding contacted me this week with news of her next fund-raising event for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This will take the form of an afternoon tea to be held on Saturday, September 28 from 2-4pm at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. Alongside tea and cakes, there will be several other fund-raising stalls.
Harvest events: Lynda Dale contacted me with news of some special harvest events taking place at Trinity Methodist Church on Saturday, September 28. These commence with a coffee morning at 10.15am. In the afternoon at 2pm, there will be a steel band workshop for you to come along and try. Admission to this workshop is just £1 to include refreshments. Please note that primary school aged children must be accompanied by an adult for this event. In the evening commencing at 7.30pm, there will be a Day Spring steel band concert with light refreshments being served. Tickets cost £5 on the door with free admission for children.
Men’s Forum: meetings of the forum will resume at Harlow Hill Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 1 commencing with refreshments at 10am. John Taylor will commence the programme with an open meeting for all on the theme Centenarians then and now. On Tuesday, October 8 Duncan Verity has as the title of his talk, songs of stage and screen. The forum programme runs right through until April 2014 and new members are most welcome to come along to this thriving men’s meeting. All are welcome. For more details about the Forum, please contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on 879535 or email email@example.com You can also check out the website www.harlowmensforum.org
Harlow Carr: from Wednesday, September 25 until Monday, October 7, local photographer, Paul Franklin, will be exhibiting a range of his work including abstract, wildlife and landscape photography available as mounted and framed prints, fridge magnets and greetings cards. On Friday, October 4 Marilyn Elm gives a garden heritage talk and looking ahead to the middle of the month, a grow your own festival will be held over the weekend of Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 to celebrate UK fungus day! For full details of all events coming up at the RHS garden at Harlow Carr, check out the website www.rhs.org
Community Centre: a date for your diaries is the AGM of the Harlow Community Centre which will take place at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre, Harlow Avenue on Monday, October 21 at 7pm
Local events: thanks to all of you who have got in touch recently with your local news. Please do keep the events coming. By the time you read this I will be looking ahead to the autumn and half-term, so do let me have your details in plenty of time. Remember I am always pleased to receive any news of family events such as special birthdays, births or weddings!