Bus service: thanks so much to Jen Bursell for calling me today about the No 6 Pannal Ash service. Regular readers will know how I feel about the poor service that we now have of one bus every 40 minutes. Bus users on Beckwith Road have no bus shelters or seats to sit on. The other day one local resident kindly brought out a stool for an elderly lady to sit on! If you miss the bus now, it is a long wait for the next one! Another friend, in her 70s ended up having to walk home and got completely soaked in the rain. Jen has two children aged one and three-years old and used to use the bus regularly to take her children to visit Harlow Carr. She has not visited the gardens since the new service started as it is too far for her three-year old to walk. She won’t be the only young mum affected either. Surely providing a good local bus service for everyone should be an essential of society today? With the Tour de France coming to town, should we not be encouraged to ride in on the bus rather than take the car, assuming we have one? Your thoughts would be welcome. Perhaps we should all complain again and really make our voices heard?
Community Centre: 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.
Men’s Forum: belated congratulations to forum member Reg Jackson who celebrated his 100th birthday at the end of September and was present at a recent forum meeting to enjoy some reflections on 100 years and a special celebration cake. Regular meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum at Harlow Hill Methodist Church have commenced once again following the summer break. Meetings take place each Tuesday morning with refreshments at 10am. On Tuesday, October 22 Roy Cressey will have all members shipshape with his talk of the same title, whilst on Wednesday, October 29, David Alred will give some reflections on Nidderdale yesterday. New members are most welcome at this popular group and if you are interested, please get in touch with secretary Neil Ramshaw on 879535 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendship Club: meetings of the Harlow Friendship Club for the over 50s meet each Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm at the Green hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. On Wednesday, October 23, there will be a popular bring and buy sale. On Wednesday, October 30 Jeni Pollard will be spinning a yarn! Again, new members are most welcome to this group and for more details you can contact Pat Wormald on 508867.
Harlow Carr: with the half term holiday ahead, there is a full programme of activities at Harlow Carr gardens during holiday week. Trevor the troll has lost his senses, sight, hearing, feeling, smell and taste. Follow the garden trail to restore his senses in this fun trail which is available daily. Also daily, a sensory creatures craft workshop from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm to design a creature to take home. The RSPB will run mini demonstrations on bat boxes, hedgehog homes, bird boxes and insect homes at different time daily. Discover creative crafts with the Cone Exchange on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from 11am-4pm. November is a great time to look out for birds coming into our gardens, so why not join members of the East Dales Ringing Group, part of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), to help them out with a special bird survey? Watch their specially trained bird ringers identify, ring and record the birds that call Harlow Carr home, forming part of an important national study. Also learn about how to attract birds into your garden and help the BTO with their national garden bird watch survey on Sunday, November 3. Get creative with the RSPB who have everything you need to feed the birds in your garden at home. From Monday, October 28 – Friday, November 1, get sticky and make a tasty treat for the birds or make a bird badge. The Yorkshire Rotters Wormery workshops will be held at the beginning of the week when you can learn how to turn your rubbish into something great and make your own mini-wormery to take home. Also at Harlow Carr until Wednesday, November 6, enjoy an art in the garden exhibition featuring a group of talented local artists. For full details of all events at Harlow Carr, check out the website www.rhs.org.
Rossett Hotshots: over the half term holiday week, there is a full programme of activities offered at Rossett Sports centre for pupils in Year 1 – 7. These include themed days on fun, frightening cycling devilish delights, pumpkin sculpture and making your own Guy Fawkes! To book on to any of these days or to find out more details, please contact the centre on 841122.
Coffee morning: the next coffee morning at Harlow Hill Methodist Church will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 10am-noon when refreshments will be served. Homemade cakes, books and jigsaws will also be available. Please support your local church in this community activity
Messy Church: this also takes place on Saturday, November 2 at Harlow Hill Methodist Church from 4-5.30pm, Come along and enjoy and afternoon of family craft and messy activities followed by a short period of worship and a shared meal to finish. All are welcome. The theme this month is the good shepherd.
Afternoon tea: thanks to Anne Harding for contacting me with details of this event coming up in November for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Saturday, November 9 from 2-4pm at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. This will take the form of an afternoon tea with tea/coffee and cakes and several stalls including cakes, raffle, Christmas, toiletries and crafts
News wanted: it is always lovely when people get in touch with me to pass on their news of events happening, special birthdays, births, weddings or other celebrations. I would be delighted to hear from you if you would like your items included in Harlow News.