Autumn: is well and truly here now - the autumn colours on the trees look glorious on the sunny days that we have had - mind you I’m not fond of the wet days when the leaves underfoot are soggy! The Britain in Bloom Awards were held in Guernsey and the Harrogate District did so well with Gold to Harrogate and Silver Gilt to Knaresborough. Starbeck in Bloom had been visiting Spofforth on their first time entry and when they received a Gold and Category winner as Best Village in UK we couldnt have been more delighted! Well done to all - we know how much work is involved but it has now been recognised! Enjoy living in your Gold Village!
Starbeck in Bloom work parties: when you read this all our winter work parties will be over and Starbeck ‘put to bed’ for the winter. All the planters have been replanted with yellow and white pansies and white hyacinths, the railway station and the wheels replanted too with bulbs and primulas and the Nectar beds on Belmont field have been tidied. The overgrown shrubbery at the library corner has been redone, the HBC treemen have thinned the trees and topped them to allow more light in to this previously gloomy corner and a work party of strong men has cleared the ground cover and planted some ornamental shrubs. They also have cleared out the ornamental grasses in the raised bed near the Indian restaurant and replanted with smaller plants. It was seven years since that was planted and had outgrown the space. Everyone that helps Starbeck in Bloom now has a ‘patch’ to keep an eye on in the winter so that we keep Starbeck looking tidy - remember everyone can help too - just pick up that bit of litter - dont walk over it!
Bulb planting: each autumn more bulbs are planted by different youth groups. It is now 15 years since the Brigades planted the first 500 daffodil bulbs near the wheel down Forest Lane. Since then several thousand daffodils, crocus, bluebells and tulips have been planted by different youth groups each year throughout Starbeck. This year the Guides are to plant 500 crocus on a corner along Forest Avenue around another new donated tree and then the young Railway footballers are to plant 1,000 daffodils near the football ground down Station View. We all have fun planting them but the benefit is for all to see year after year.
Half Term at the Starbeck Library: on Tuesday, October 30 there is a story time for children aged from three to seven. There will be scary crocodile stories by Colin the Crocodile with his big teeth - sounds great! It is in the Library at 2.30pm - no need to book just turn up.
Every Friday and Saturday there are IT support sessions to help if you struggle to use internet or emails. These are one-to-one sessions with young volunteers, you do need to book a slot. Friday from 4-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-noon. The book group meets in the library every second Wednesday of the month at 2pm. The books are sourced by library and this month it is The Suspicions of Mr Whitcher by Kate Summerscale. Just ask for more details from the library staff.
Fun 4 Fitness: don’t forget you can have free help on how to use our Green Gym on Belmont field every Friday from 11am. Check the noticeboard for other free activities in the district organised by Fit 4 Fun team.
Diary Dates: Saturday, November 24 Christmas Lights Appeal Annual Christmas Fair at St Andrew’s Church from 10am. Switch on of Starbeck Christmas Lights Friday, November 30 from 6pm. Saturday, December 8 Arts and Crafts fair selling all kinds of gifts, cards, handmade knitting and baking to aid the building of the Welcome Centre at St Andrew’s Church.