Claire Wooldridge

01423 880206


Jumble Sale: Oatlands Junior School, Beechwood Grove are holding their annual jumble sale on Saturday, March 23 from 10am-noon. Everyone is welcome, so please go along and grab a bargain or two! They would also very much welcome any donations you may have including clothing, china, books, CDs, DVDs, bric-a-brac or toys. Unfortunately they are unable to sell any electrical items. Leaflets are being circulated to local houses with collection times, but if for any reason you haven’t received one and would like to arrange the collection of your donations, please call 07788 488741. All the proceeds from the jumble sale will go into the PTA funds to help renew the Home Reading books for the school.

Oatlands Fest: on Friday, March 22 from 7-11pm and Saturday, March 23 from 5-11pm Oatlands Fest is being held at Oatlands Infant School Hall on Hookstone Road. This is a community music and beer festival aimed at over 18s to raise money to improve the outdoor teaching facilities at the school which will benefit local children for years to come. The focus is on music, entertainment and good local food and drink including draft ales from Daleside, Roosters and Black Sheep, good wines and bottled beers from Ake & Humphris. Soft drinks will also be available.

The live bands and entertainment planned for the Friday night include The Nightjars, Lewis Fieldhouse, Rachel Goodwin, Paul Needham and the Lynton Academy Dance Group. Whilst on the Saturday evening there will be a chance to see Harrogate Rock Choir, Grand Old Uke of York Band, David Bell, Stefan Melbourne, The Stray Foxes, Paul Needham and the Lynton Academy Dance Group.

It should be a great couple of nights of entertainment, so get your tickets now from The Coach and Horses, The Old Bell, The Swan on the Stray, Ake & Humphris Wine and Beer Specialists on Leeds Road or online. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door and include six tokens to spend on local ales, wine, food or soft drinks. Top up vouchers will also be available on the night. Further information can be found on http://www.harrogateonline.com/oatlandsfest/

Essential Needs: you may be aware that based within our Oatlands Community we have some great charities, one of which is Essential Needs, located just behind the shops on Leeds Road. Essential Needs is a small independent charity, who, for a modest charge offer good quality, clean furniture, household and electrical items to people on low incomes or in receipt of income based benefit. They provide a wide range of items which have been donated, but they are all inspected and electrically checked before they are offered for sale. Essential Needs aim is to help as many eligible people as they can within the Harrogate District. If you are in receipt of an income based benefit and live within the Harrogate District you will be eligible to buy items from Essential Needs. If you would like to register, just go along to Essential Needs’ warehouse, Back Gladstone Street, Harrogate, HG2 8DF with proof of your benefit entitlement or a referral form. They will give you a membership card, valid for three months (people’s circumstances change, hence the reason to re-register after three months) which allows you access to their store where you can choose the items you require. They will also organise delivery for a small charge. Please contact Essential Needs if you need more information regarding eligibility, opening hours and directions on 01423 870040 or email martin@essentialneeds.org.uk

Any news: please do get in touch if you have any news or forthcoming events that you would like me to include in this column either by email Claire.wooldridge@btinternet.com or phone me on 01423 880206.