Starbeck Awards evening: this was a very successful evening and well attended. This year it was held at Methodist church and we filled the hall. The Mayor opened the evening by congratulating Starbeck on its Gold award in Yorkshire in Bloom and the Starbeck Gala Queen presented the trophies to the Annual Produce show winners. Martin Fish, director of Harrogate Flower Shows then handed out certificates to all the garden competition entries. On the big screen were photos of all the gardens and Martin praised the high standard of all the gardens. The trophies for Best Communal garden was won by Ravenscourt, Best Business floral display won by Greenalls Carpets, Best Container was won by Marcia Weatherhead and Champion Garden Trophy went to Joan Harrison. Tea and cakes were served after we had all enjoyed a presentation of the year in Starbeck set to rousing music. A good evening and highlights the great community spirit of Starbeck.
Cone Exchange: this is the amazing recycling enterprise in Starbeck run by Taylors with Pirate Chris Powell at its head. Waste products such as coffee sacks, paper, buckets etc are recycled instead of going to landfill. The products make wonderful craft materials and are used by youngsters and crafty people throughout the district. Pirate Rummage collects from several other factories and then inspires groups to collect rubbish to swap for the produce. He then ‘sells’ the rubbish, old mobile phones, inkjet cartridges, old spectacles to raise money for Taylors Rain Forest Appeal and then shows the groups the variety of items that can be made with the factory waste. He won the MBE for his innovative work and along with groups from Henshaws and Forest School is now making craft kits for sale. The huge variety of craft items has to be seen to be believed and now his Cone Exchange shop is open for even longer hours to the public, group leaders, schools etc. In termtime it is now open every Tuesday from 10am-4pm and Thursdays from 10am-8pm. The Cone Exchange is on the righthand side of the road leading to Bettys Cookery School - off Hookstone Chase just by CarWash. There is easy parking and it really is worth a visit.
Hospital Radio Challenge: the dieting DJs, Scott Wall and Shaun Gill have been raising money for Harrogate Hospital Radio to celebrate its 35th anniversary on Monday, October 22 by each losing 35lbs in weight. They started in June and now have four weeks to get to target, so far they have lost a combined six stone with Scott having lost 40lbs and Shaun 44lbs. They have raised over £3,500 whilst doing so and exceeded their weight loss target. These funds are to be used to update the technical broadcasting equipment in the Hospital Radio Studios. On the last weekend of the challenge on Saturday, October 20 the dieting DJs will be presenting live from 10am-4pm at The Victoria Shopping Centre, whilst each power-walking a distance of 35kms (21.75 miles) on two treadmills. This is called the Treadmill Transmission which will be broadcast to the patients at Harrogate Hospital, as well as piped throughout the Victoria Shopping Centre. What a wonderful achievement and if you would like to help, this is a link to their justgiving site http://www.justgiving.com/dietingdjs or text the word DIET99 and then £Amount to 70070. or why not go to see them and support them at Victoria Centre .
Coffee Morning: don’t forget the coffee morning this Saturday, October 13 organised by Starbeck branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association at St Andrew’s church hall 11.15am. Admission free but tea/coffee and scone available for £1.50. Various stalls including raffle tombola and cakes.
Concert at Methodist Church: this is also this Saturday, October13 at 7.30pm. This is the first concert of the season for Functions for Fun and Fellowship and is The Fisher Singers - Bringing harmony to the community. Concert admission is £6 adult, £15 family. Everyone is welcome
Harvest Festival: autumn is definitely here now that we have the Harvest Festivals. The Methodist church are holding theirs on Sunday, October 14 starting at 10.30am to include parade service for Brigades.
It won’t be long before we are talking about Christmas dates: so far for your calendar I have the switch on of Christmas lights on November 30 and Christmas Fair Saturday, November 24. Let me have your dates for your evevnts in good time and I can also put posters up for you in the community noticeboard.