Horticap: from now until Christmas, the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road will be displaying artwork 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. Until Saturday, November 30, a stained glass panel exhibition will be running, featuring the work of Yorkshire artists Pat Will and Emily Barraclough. The panels look lovely in the garden bringing light to a dull month. Horticap Christmas open weekends will take place on Saturday, December 7, Sunday, December 8, Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 from 10am-4pm. Christmas trees, decorations and gifts are for sale and don’t forget refreshments are also available. Santa’s grotto will also be fully operational! If you have not made the trip along Otley Road towards Beckwithshaw to Horticap, then I would urge you to do so! There are lots of treats to be had and some great gift ideas.
Men’s Forum: there are just two more meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum before a break for the Christmas holidays. You can join members to hear Frank Ellis talk about Lancashire’s favourite Yorkshireman, on Tuesday, December 3. Refreshments are served at 10am, followed by the talk. The annual Christmas lunch will take place on Tuesday, December 10 at the Ascot House Hotel. Meeting of the forum will then resume on Tuesday, January 7 when Dave Essam tells how a Cheshire cat strayed into Harrogate! For details of any of the events or the forum itself, you can contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendship Club: thanks to Pat Wormald for getting in touch with me about a slight change in time for the group for the over 50s which meets at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre on Harlow Avenue. The Christmas party takes place on Wednesday, December 4 but will commence at 12.30pm rather than the usual time of 2.30pm. The event will conclude at 2.45pm. Pat and the committee wish all members a happy Christmas and look forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas party. The first meeting of the New Year will take place on Wednesday, January 8, when Martin Brassington from the charity Essential Needs, will talk about its work. Details of the club are available from Pat on 508867.
Christmas Bazaar: this annual and popular Christmas event will take place at Harlow Hill Methodist Church on Saturday, December 7 from 10am-12.30pm. You are invited to come along and enjoy a variety of stalls run by church members as well as the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Scouts. Stalls include bric-a-brac, books, cakes and Christmas baking, tombola, raffle, jewellery and cards as well as some delicious refreshments. Your support for this event would be most appreciated. In the New Year, there will be a change to the regular monthly coffee mornings at Harlow Hill. Church members will be concentrating their efforts on four special events to coincide with the seasons changing. Watch this column for more details.
Messy Church: again at Harlow Hill Methodist Church, will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, December 7 from 4-5.30pm. This really is a chance to get involved in Christmas crafts and is open to all the family. Come and enjoy a creative hour, a short worship time and finally, afternoon tea.
Oliver: pupils at Rossett School are busy rehearsing for the production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver which will take place in the school hall on the nights of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday December 10, 11 and 12 commencing at 7pm. Tickets for this popular show are now on sale at a cost of £4 each or bargain deal of 3 for £10! To order your tickets, please call the school on 564444 during school hours.
Harlow Carr: there is a magical series of events on offer for the whole family this Christmas just up the road at Harlow Carr every weekend until Christmas! This is the time to enjoy writing and posting your letter to Santa or having a go at decorating a gingerbread man to take home. You can also help the Christmas robin on a Yuletide trail. Late night shopping takes place each Thursday night from now until December 19 when everything will be open until 8pm. On Friday, December 6, there is the chance to create your own willow Christmas garland and other decorations using natural materials. Finally Christmas stories with Santa will be told over the weekend of Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 and from Friday, December 20 until Christmas Eve. Tickets for this event are pre-bookable only. For full details check out the website www.rhs.org.uk
Carol services: there are two carol services at Harlow Hill Methodist Church coming up. The first is on Sunday, December 8 at 10am and will involve the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides in the service. You are warmly welcome to come along and enjoy singing lots of carols during this service which will last about an hour, to be followed by refreshments. On Sunday, December 15, the candlelight carol service will take place at 4pm featuring nine lessons and carols, Christmas readings and drama. All are welcome to this service
News: my last column before the Christmas holidays should appear in the paper on Thursday, December 12. Please let me have information on events or particular Christmas greetings for Tuesday, December 3. Many thanks.