Thanks: to everyone who supported the coffee morning held recently at Wesley Chapel in the town organised by members of Harlow Hill Methodist Church. The event raised a marvellous total for church funds and your support was much appreciated. The next big event to be held at Harlow Hill Methodist Church will be the annual Christmas Bazaar which takes place on Saturday, December 1 at the Church from 10am and will involve many of the groups, including young people’s organisations, which meet at the church. Don’t forget that the church facilities are available for hire for the community and you can do this by contacting Lorna on 521086 for full details.
Harlow Community Centre: last weekend the Harlow Community Centre Association celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special afternoon tea event for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which was attended by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Coun and Mrs Ian Galloway. In the ten years since taking over the responsibility of the Green Hut, the HCCA has made many improvements to the building including the installation of a new kitchen, disabled toilet facilities, a side access door to the rear garden and most recently a brand new roof. This facility can be booked by calling Carol on 568344.
Scouts: following a successful Bonfire night stall on the Stray, fund-raising efforts continue to raise money to build a new scout hut on the site of the 20th Harrogate Scout Group’s premises on St Mary’s Walk. The fund-raising team will once again be providing refreshments this Saturday, November 17 at Harlow Hill Methodist Church with a coffee morning and cake stall from 10am-noon.
Men’s Forum: meetings of the Harlow Men’s Forum take place each Tuesday at Harlow Hill Methodist Church and are extremely popular and well attended. Last week members enjoyed the Ray Coggan Memorial Lecture with notable guest speaker and member His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson enjoying some reminiscences! Regular meetings take place from 10am with refreshments, followed by the main business of the meeting. On Tuesday, November 20 Frank Flaherty has as the title of his talk, tales of an Irish innkeeper! This is followed on Tuesday, November 27 by Vince Naylor sharing some impressions of India. For full details about the Forum, please contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on 879535 or at email@example.com
Friendship Club: this group for the over 50s meets at the Harlow Community Centre, the Green Hut, on Harlow Avenue each Wednesday afternoon from 2.30pm. On Wednesday, November 20 a popular quiz will be held. This is followed on Wednesday, November 28 by a presentation from Helen Ingle entitled physical activity and preventing falls. For more details about the Friendship Club, please contact Pat Wormald on 508867.
Horticap: I had the pleasure of visiting the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road last week, the home of one of my favourite local charities, Horticap. From Saturday, November 24 until Friday, December 21, there will be a Christmas art exhibition at the Nurseries by Neil McBride, a British visual artist and maker of original paintings and prints. The exhibition will include a selection of framed and unframed prints and greetings cards as well as some original work. Christmas trees also arrive on Saturday, November 24! If you are doing your shopping in Asda up until Friday, November 30, Horticap is an Asda nominated charity and you can put your tokens in the box! The first of the special Christmas themed weekends takes place on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 when you can enjoy seasonal refreshments whilst you choose gifts, cards and decorations.
Concert: thanks to Lynda Dale from Trinity Methodist Church for getting in touch with me about some future events at the church. On Friday, November 30 at Trinity Methodist Church by our own Harrogate Band This was a resounding success last year and it is hoped as many people will come along and enjoy another great evening of brass band music. Mulled punch and mince pies will be served in the interval, and there will be a chance for you to vote for your favourite piece of music to be played. Entrance on the door is £5 with children free. Christmas trees will be in place for the second Christmas Tree Festival which is to be held over the weekend of Saturday, December 1 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, December 2 from 12-4pm. Refreshments will be available. The theme this year is Angels. You are warmly invited to come along to either if these events.
Harlow Hill Club: thanks to Helen McCallum for sending me information from the club based on College Street. Harlow Hill Club welcomes members new and existing to their forthcoming events. Free membership until January 2013 is available and you are invited to come for a taster of this family friendly community club. On Saturday, November 17 there will be and Anniversary night with entertainment and a buffet. Tickets cost £5 from the Club. On Saturday, December 1 Nigel Harrison and Phil Dean are featured. The concert room is available for private functions and buffets can be provided on request. To find out more about the club, please contact Paul or Carol on 569730. You can also find out more on Facebook and click on like for updates, photographs and reviews.
Residents’ Association: a huge thank you must go to Terry Byrne who recently stood down from the chair of the Harlow and Pannal Ash Residents Association after a period of 23 years of hard work and commitment. In a speech at the recent AGM, Terry expressed his warmest thanks to all the officers he had served with since 1989 and all the members of the association for their support and encouragement over the time he had served on the committee. He asked for members support for the new committee over the years to come.
Harlow Carr: with Christmas just around the corner why not take advantage of these lovely events happening at the RHS garden at Harlow Carr over the next few weeks? The Christmas craft exhibition began last weekend and will run through until Sunday, November 25. This features a fantastic selection of modern handmade craft and is the perfect place to pick up Christmas presents. Exhibitors include jewellers, felt makers, textile artists, and many more. Back by popular demand, is the Christmas art exhibition showcasing work from the very best artists around the region. This will start on Tuesday, November 27 and run until Sunday, December 9. And finally on Thursday, November 29 for the under fives, come and enjoy a story with a link to the garden or the creatures that live in it, followed by a short walk or song. All children need to be accompanied by an adult. Full details are on the website www.rhs.org.uk
Little Crickets: many of you will recall that the Harlow Hilltop Pre-school left its premises at the Harlow Community Centre to meet in purpose built accommodation as Little Crickets Pre-school at Harrogate Cricket Club. Gail has contacted me from the Pre-school to invite Harlow residents to a count down to Christmas Event, an evening of shopping and pampering. This will take place on Friday, November 23, starting at 7pm at the Cricket Club. Stalls will include, Jamie at Home, the Cold Bath Toyshop, Phoenix Cards, Party Lite, Truly Scrumptious Cakes, and many more. Beauty therapists will be providing manicures, pedicures, shellac nails, back massage and reflexology (bookings being taken) Please call the pre-school for more information: 01423 561352. Your support would be most appreciated.