Men’s Forum: meetings of this popular local group take place each Tuesday morning at Harlow Hill Methodist Church commencing at 10am with refreshments. On Tuesday, November 19 Tony Brown will be the guest speaker with a talk entitled blown away by Patagonia. On Tuesday, November 26 members welcome David Winpenny with a talk featuring pyramids in Yorkshire and beyond! For further information about the forum, please contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 879535.
Horticap: from now until Christmas, the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road will be displaying art work completed by students who work at Horticap. After the fantastic success of an exhibition in June, there will be more pieces of work by students who attend a weekly art class. All work is available for purchase. Horticap is open every day from 10am-4pm and is always a pleasure to visit at any time of the year. From Saturday, November 16 every day at Horticap, a stained glass panel exhibition will be running, featuring the work of Yorkshire artists Pat Will and Emily Barraclough. The panels are sure to look lovely in the garden bringing light to a dull month. Looking ahead, and not too far now, Christmas trees will be available from Horticap from Saturday, November 23.
Friendship Club: this club for the over 50s meets each Wednesday afternoon in the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue commencing at 2.30pm. On Wednesday, November 20 Pat Clarke will give a presentation on the old market towns of the north and south, comparing Otley and Kingston. On Wednesday, November 27 Elizabeth Snow will give the final part of her stories of Elizabeth down under. Details about the club can be obtained by calling Pat Wormald on 508867.
Harlow Carr: from now until Sunday, November 24 there will be a Christmas Craft Exhibition featuring 36 stalls from various local craftspeople. If you are looking for early present, this is definitely the place to be! Tonight, Thursday, November 14, you are invited to join a special shopping experience, as some of Yorkshire’s favourite suppliers come along to Harlow Carr. Special guest star is popular artist Emma Ball. On Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21 there will be a weekend of botanical paining entitled wonderful winter weeds! If you have some experience of botanical illustration and would like to develop your skills by studying seedheads, stems and dying leaves, this is the course for you. Also on Thursday, November 21 and the following Thursday nights until 8pm before Christmas, come along and enjoy late night shopping in a relaxed and festive atmosphere. For full details of all events at Harlow Carr, check out the website www.rhs.org
Coffee morning: members of Harlow Hill Methodist Church will be running refreshments at Wesley Chapel in the town on Saturday, November 23 from 10am onwards. I know that many thoughts are turning to Christmas shopping now, so if you are in town on this day, do come along and enjoy delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches. It is also hoped to run a book stall on the day. Apologies go to anyone who came along to the monthly Saturday coffee morning on November, 2 which had to be cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances.
News wanted: as I write this column looking ahead over three weeks, Christmas looms large and I know that locally there will be many events coming up to share with the folk of Harlow Hill. It is not too early to get in touch with me about any local events you are planning related to Christmas. I would be delighted to receive your information as soon as you know it! Please contact me either by email or telephone and don’t forget that I am always delighted to receive any information about any special events including new arrivals, weddings or birthdays.