Jumble sale: the members of Harlow Hill Methodist Church would like to thank everyone for their generous support for the jumble sale held recently at the church. Thanks for all the donations of jumble and for coming along on the day. A very busy and successful morning all round. To book the church hall for an event, please contact Lorna on 521086. The Easter Sunday service this year will be held at 10am. Please bring along fresh flowers to decorate the Easter cross.
Harlow Men’s Forum: meetings take place each Tuesday morning at Harlow Hill Methodist Church commencing with refreshments at 10am. On Tuesday, March 26 members welcome John Bevers who will speak on World Heritage sites in the north. There will be no meeting on Tuesday, April 2 due to the Easter break. The next meeting will follow on Tuesday, April 9 and will be a charity talk on behalf of the Jennyruth workshops. For more details on the Forum, please contact secretary Neil Ramshaw on 8879535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scout event: following a very busy two weekends with a Beetle drive, Mother’s Day celebrations and a coffee morning, the regular fundraisers of the 20th Harrogate Scout Group, the Lions, based at Twenden on St Mary’s Walk, will be holding a table top sale. This will be on Sunday, April 24 at the Scout hut and will cost £7 for a table. To book contact Phil or Gill Pawson on 522968 or E mail Harrogate20thscoutsfundraising@hotmail.co.uk
Friendship Club: this Harlow Club for the over 50s meets at the Green Hut, Harlow Community Centre, on Harlow Avenue. Following the cancellation of a meeting in mid-February due to snow, members are delighted to fit in an extra meeting before Easter, on Wednesday, March 27 when they will welcome Terry Williams with his re-scheduled talk on songs from the 60s. There will then follow a two week break for the club, with meetings resuming on Wednesday, April 17 when David Andrews will talk on the hidden meanings of music. To book facilities at the Green Hut please call 568344.
Social Club: thanks to Helen for providing me with the details of events being held at Harlow Hill Social Club on College Street. On Saturday, March 23 there will be a Soul and Motown Night with Kevin Curtin performing live. On Easter Sunday from 4-6pm there will be a children’s Easter party with disco, an Easter bonnet parade, Easter egg hunt and many more activities. The club will be open on Easter Monday from 12noon. A warm welcome is extended to all to come along for a taster session and to meet members.
Harlow Carr: the foodies amongst you can rejoice, as Harlow Carr brings a weekend to tickle your taste buds. It doesn’t matter how much space you have or your level of experience, there will be something for everyone. Find out how to create your own small holding, sample the best regional produce and learn how to cook up a storm with fresh produce during the grow your own weekend at Harlow Carr on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24. Children’s storytime for the under 5s takes place from 11am-noon. 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. Brighten up the Easter holidays with colours of the rainbow events! Meet Easter Bunny, go mad with craft, and hunt down every colour of the rainbow on the exciting Easter egg activity trail. Also running over this period will be the Art 2Enjoy events, where a range of original artwork will be on show and available to buy throughout the Easter break.
Rossett Sports Centre: a full programme will be available in the Hotspots programme at Rossett Sports Centre over the Easter holidays. Activities over the two week period include games and crafts, sports day, miniature spring gardens, team challenges, March madness, picture this, skates, scooters and skateboards, multi-sports and Rossett’s very own Springwatch. There will also be trampolining running on Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4. To find out full details of costs and to book spaces on any of the evens mentioned, please contact Rossett Sports Centre on 841122.
Coffee morning: thanks to local resident Sammy Ashman for getting in touch with me about an event to be held on Wednesday, April 3 at Wesley Chapel in the town from 10am. Sammy’s son Henry, former Harrogate Grammar School pupil, is now studying at Hull University. He has set himself a personal challenge to climb Killer in September 2013 with the charity Childreach International. To raise funds for his event, he will be running a fund-raising charity coffee morning with book sale. His sister Hattie will be offering a nail file and polish or hand massage for £3 to help her brother, and Sammy will be selling books donated by Harlow Hill Methodist Church. All welcome.
Horticap: the Bluecoat Wood Nurseries on Otley Road on the way to Beckwithshaw are open every day now from 10am-4pm. Come up and enjoy a walk around the lovely garden created here and browse in the greenhouses and shop! During the month of April from Friday, April 5 until Sunday, April 28 the Jo Dunn art exhibition will feature. Jo’s paintings include oil and watercolour landscapes, war paintings and abstracts. Horticap will also be running a stand at the Spring Flower Show at the end of April.
Messy Church: this regular event at Harlow Hill Methodist Church runs on the first Saturday of the month from 4 – 5.30pm for all the family, with craft centred activities, worship and a meal for everyone to enjoy. The next event will take place on Saturday, April 6 on the theme of Pentecost, new life in the Spirit. A warm welcome is extended to all. Watch out in my next column for news of a similar venture taking place at Trinity Methodist Church! Harrogate in Bloom: news now that the Harrogate in Bloom committee has decided that, in an effort to increase interest in improving the town it would like to encourage local residents to get together and appoint a co-ordinator to enhance the floral look of their street, or part of it [minimum of six houses]. An award will be presented to the street adjudged to be the best. I wonder how this will appeal to the folk of Harlow Hill, many of whom I know, love their gardens. If you are interested, why not get together and start planning! Entries need to be with Geoff Scurrah by June, 30 by contacting him on 509889. Judging will take place in the week commencing July 15. Do let me know if you plan to enter.
pic of henry attached