Congratulations: to Lucy and Mark Westmoreland on the birth of you lovely daughter Chloe Katharine and to Holly on the arrival of your new little sister! Best wishes go to you all at this happy time.
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. The children’s Christmas party with Santa takes place on Sunday, December 16 from 4-6pm. On Boxing Day evening, the club welcomes the return of the popular Rob Donnelley for an evening of entertainment. 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.
Christmas Bazaar: a big thank you to those of you who came along to the annual Christmas Bazaar at Harlow Hill Methodist Church last week. The event raised a grand total of over £500 for much needed church funds. Your support for the event was much appreciated.
Christmas services: most of you who live in and around Harlow Hill Methodist Church will have had posted through your door a card with all the Christmas services on it which are taking place at the church. Those of you who may not have received one may like to join any one of the events listed below and a warm welcome is assured!
Carol service: the first carol service of the season took place last Sunday morning in the form of a parade service attended by many of the girls who attend the Rainbows, Brownies and Guide units at the church. On Sunday, December 16 at 4pm a carol service by candlelight will be held at the church featuring many of the best loved carols and Christmas readings. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be served after the service.
Carol singing: the singing of carols on Harlow Hill has become something of a tradition and is enjoyed every year by local residents. This year the event will happen on Sunday, December 23 commencing with a bring and share meal at Harlow Hill Church at 6pm. If you would like to come along, just bring something to eat with you to share with everyone. If you want to join in the singing without the meal, at 7pm the musicians and singers will set off around Harlow Hill singing carols on your local streets and raising money for the Harrogate Homeless Project. If you hear you doorbell go, please answer it and come out to enjoy the singing.
Crib service: this is always a very popular event at Harlow Hill Methodist Church and takes place at 4pm on Monday, December 24, Christmas Eve. The Christmas story is told especially for young children and their families during a short service. Bring your children along to help set the crib for Christmas today and to enjoy some craft and singing!
Christmas Day: the Christmas morning service will take place at 10am and will be led by the Rev Mark Godfrey. If you have opened your presents, please bring one along to show to everyone. Everyone at Harlow Hill wishes all members of the community here and far away a very happy Christmas and a peaceful 2013!
Messy Church: a new venture for Harlow Hill Methodist Church will take place on Saturday, January 5 from 4-5.30pm when for the first time, Messy Church will happen! This is a family based activity for you to enjoy. There will be lots of crafts, some worship and some food! If you have a favourite Christmas present to show, do please bring that along too. Messy Church will run on the first Saturday of every month at the same time.
Horticap: do take a little time out over this festive time to visit the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road, the home of one of my favourite local charities, Horticap. Now running 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. Enjoy the Christmas party in the shop and seasonal refreshments while you choose gifts, cards and decorations and buy and I am sure there will still be some lovely presents to buy following the success of the two Christmas open weekends. There is good news for Horticap fans in that for the first time, the shop will be open in January and February from Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm!
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 magic of Christmas events for children will take place every weekend up until Christmas in December from 10am-4pm. You can decorate your own gingerbread man to take home, write and post a letter to Santa before he leaves for the North Pole and see is you can spot the hidden presents around the garden in Santa’s secret trail. Christmas stories with Santa will take place on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 and from Saturday, December 20 every day and including Christmas Eve from 10am-4pm every 45 minutes. Why not book on to one of the story sessions with Santa? Get comfy and listen to his adventures in the North Pole! All good children will receive an early Christmas present for good behaviour! You will need to book early to secure a place on 08456121253. There is a charge for this event on top of the normal garden admission prices. For the adults, late night shopping will take place on Thursday, December 13 and Thursday, December 20 from 5-9pm. You can take advantage of these opportunities to get all your gifts under one roof and there is something for everyone! For full details about all Christmas event check out the website on www.rhs.org.uk
Christmas greetings: and finally, after another busy year of Harlow News, I would like to join with my family in sending my best wishes to you all for a happy and peaceful Christmas and I look forward to being with you in the New Year bringing you all your local news. Don’t forget to get in touch soon with your new year items!