Bilton And Knox News by Anne Richards

New Park School Wildlife Garden:

Staff, parents and pupils of New Park School have been working hard to make their grey walled, tarmac playground a brighter space; modern picnic tables and murals have really helped and the plans do not stop there. Trees, flowers and a wildlife garden managed by the children are well on the way to becoming reality. Large wooden tubs have been built and planted to bring a splash of colour this spring. A section of old railway wall has been removed allowing access to a strip of land with an avenue of old apple trees. Keith Wilkinson, Bilton Conservation Group Secretary, has advised on the siting of four new bird boxes and all the indications are that they will be occupied by bluetits soon. This area is to be known as "The Secret Railway Garden" with seats, wild flowers, habitat piles and a compost bin to encourage organic recycling. Still to come is some form of commemoration to the "Barber" railway, a permanent play train, perhaps?

Who Was The Gala Queen In 1984?:

As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations Bilton Gala Committee is trying to name, and possibly locate, all the gala queens since 1977. It has almost succeeded in naming them. There is just one name needed to complete the list and that is for 1984. It may jog your memory to know that in 1983 the queen was Michelle Johnston and in 1985 Sarah Fay. If you know who the gala queen was in 1984 please let the committee or me know. There is still time to name the mascot and invite him to an event. Details are on the web www.biltongala.org.uk This web site is really good and is constantly being updated, it shows pictures of past galas as well as all the news of this year’s event as it unfolds. If you are not on the web don't worry, just watch this column for details as the big day approaches which is May Day Bank Holiday, Monday May 7.

Community Coffee:

There will be a coffee morning and raffle at Bilton Community Centre tomorrow, Saturday, March 17 between 10-11.30am. Everyone welcome. Admission 50p to include coffee and biscuits. All proceeds to Community Centre.

Grove Road Network:

On Monday, March 19 Mr F Thompson will show slides of the Canadian Rockies and the following week, March 26 Mrs Violet Davill and Mrs Shirley Saville are the speakers. The meetings take place at Grove Road Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

Bilton Men's Forum:

Entertainment will be provided by the Knaresborough Accordian and Fiddle Society on Tuesday, March 20 and the following week, March 27, the Rev Darren McClintock will talk about "The London Marathon". Meetings take place at Bilton Community Centre and start at 2pm with a cup of tea followed by the main events at 2.30pm.

Bilton Ladies Forum:

The tenth anniversary celebrations were hugely successful. Maureen Alloway made a beautiful iced celebratory cake, President, Rita Grainge gave a brief ten year history and everyone was really pleased to see Beryl Hunt again. To quote chairperson, Ivy Robinson "the Ascot House did us proud". Normal routine has now been resumed and the next meeting is on Tuesday, March 20, at Bilton Community Centre, 7.30pm. I am the speaker and we will be exploring "Gardens of the Borders" with the help of my slides. The border is that between England and Wales where there are some lovely gardens, on and off the beaten track.

Bilton WI:

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 21 at Bilton Community Centre, 48 Bilton Lane at 7.30pm. Usually only members can vote and speak on these occasions but they are a great opportunity to find out more about the organisation. Further information from Gail Peckett 01423 886416

Crafting Workshops:

Crafting workshops on themed cards will take place at Bilton Community Centre on Thursday, March 22 between 7.15-9.15pm, cost 10 and Sunday, April 1 between 10am-3.30pm, cost 25. To find out more or reserve a place telephone 01423 501486 or 07973 856913

Tagg House Ladies:

The Annual General Meeting of Tagg House Ladies will take place on Friday, March 23 at 2.30pm at Bilton Community Centre This will be accompanied by fund raising activities. Further details from Edie 560334.

Jumble Sales:

There are two jumble sales taking place on the same day, fortunately at different times so no one need miss out. The date is Saturday, March 24 and the first is at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church, on the corner of Skipton Road and Woodfield Road at 11am. Admission 20p. In the afternoon at 2pm the jumble sale is at St John's Church Hall, Bilton Lane. For collection ring 503561 or 508952.

Bilton Grange URC Ladies Fellowship: Jean Welch will give a presentation on "Fairtrade" at the meeting on Monday, March 26 at Bilton Grange United Reformed Church at 10.30am.

Harrogate Horticultural And Pot Plant Society:

"A Taste of Scotland" is the title of the film presentation by Joan Kilburn on Wednesday, March 28 at Bilton Community Centre 7.30pm. New members and visitors welcome, further information from Miss B Carter 564042.

Bar Church Network:

Mrs Mary Brownbridge will present "An Afternoon of Music" at the next meeting which is on Thursday, March 29 at 2.30pm at Bar Methodist Church, Skipton Road. There is parking at the rear off Bar Place.

Historical Society Open Day:

Saturday, March 31 is a date for your diary because it is the occasion when Bilton Historical Society is holding its next, not to be missed, open day at Bilton Community Centre. The displays will include exhibits compiled by pupils of Richard Taylor School More details next time.

Thank You For The Crocuses:

Walking round the area right now is a real pleasure because many of our green urban spaces are ablaze with a crocus carpet. For these we largely have to thank a diverse range of community groups which, year on year, add to this spectacular display. There are too many groups to mention individually but they know who they are; they deserve a big thank you for helping make Bilton, Woodfield, Knox and New Park even better places to live.