STARBECK

St Andrews Welcome centre: this was a lovely day with a busy morning firstly with lots of groups taking part. So many voluntary groups are held in Starbeck and it was good to see their displays and chat to the various organisers. Then the new centre was cleared and the formal opening began. I was honoured to have been asked to unveil the plaque on behalf of the people of Starbeck and there were speeches from Andrew Jones MP, the Bishop and Mike Langford who has led the project. The builders, architects and surveyors all received presentations and a time capsule is to be placed behind the plaque. Next came lunch served in a transformed church complete with white cloths and silverware and flowers on all the tables. An excellent lunch was ably served by the youngsters from the church with a musical interlude. It was a pleasure to meet so many people and I’m sure the new welcome centre will be a great asset to our community.

Starbeck Community Fund: the applications have to be submitted by September 27 so hurry! You can send them in on line directly to Garry Atkins who deals with the applications on behalf of Harrogate Borough Council. The grant panel will sit in October and successful applicants will then be notified. This fund has been a tremendous help to many voluntary groups over the years,helping to buy equipment and improve facilities and to sustain the Christmas lights and Starbeck in Bloom.

Starbeck Library: at the latest meeting of the Friends of Starbeck Library Deborah reported that the library was continuing to perform well and now the library is open for even longer thanks to all the volunteers.There is now wi-fi in the library and you can even download books on to e-readers.All sounds very technical to me but I’m sure the librarians will explain it better! Do you know of anyone who would appreciate having books delivered? there are vacancies on the housebound delivery routes- just let the library staff know. Don’t forget the coffee morning every Saturday and the monthly second hand book sales to raise money for the friends .

Any old bikes: if you have an old bike, even a very broken down bike Starbeck in Bloom would like it! We are looking to paint and decorate as many bikes as possible for the Tour de France next July. If you have one hidden in a shed please give me a call on 01423 545024.

Anyone for Tennis?: the Starbeck Tennis Club on Bogs Lane is offering tennis coaching to children of all ages from five to 17 for only £4 a session. They are running courses every Saturday morning in term times with qualified LTA coaches. If you are interested call John Rowe on 07887998677-all abilities are welcome.

Barn Dance: St Andrews are holding a barn dance with a village hop band on Saturday, October 12 from 7-11pm The tickets cost £7.50 or £20 for a family. Pie and peas are served for supper and there is a bar too. The funds are in aid of church extension and can be bought from the welcome centre any day from Monday to Friday from 10am-1pm. Each day the centre is open for coffee, pop in and have a look! the entrance is straight off the High Street

Christmas: oh dear is it time to be talking about Christmas already and we havent even changed the summer flowers for winter pansies! A date for your diary, the Christmas Lights Fair will be held on Saturday, November 23 and the switch on of the Christmas Lights will be on Friday, November 29. The Christmas lights are definitely going ahead this year and these events support them.

Methodist coffee mormings: the coffee morning this Saturday is to support the Sundi club organised by Pauline Mulholland and as usual is from 9.30am with a cake stall too. The fun and fellowship functions also start in October with the first one on Saturday, October 12 with Echo 42 Big Band. All the concerts start at 7.30pm and the prices have been held for the third year at adulrs £6 child £3 and families £15.

Do get in touch if you have any events coming up ,pleased let me have the details well in advance so I can get it into the paper in good time My no is 01423 545024 or email christine,stewart37@ntlworld.com