Remembrance Sunday: this was a fine dry day for a change and well attended as ever. It is great to see so many youngsters in the parade and in the family groups in the crowd. This year the Air Cadets joined with the Scouts, Cubs, St Johns Cadets and others to march and carry standards led ably by the band and marching group of brigades from Methodist church. Ministers from all four churches in Starbeck led the service which included the minutes silence and the Last Post. Wreaths were laid by our two local councillors Philip Broadbank and Janet Law ,our County Coun Margaret-Ann de Courcey-Bayley and our MP Andrew Jones. Then representatives from many groups in Starbeck laid their wreaths including the bunch carried by Gordon Beer’s little grand daughter laid “From the villagers of Starbeck”. Gordon was instrumental in restoring our cenotaph many years ago and his friend Nigel Parry still arranges the service for us all. Starbeck may be small but the crowds so how much of a community we are.
Starbeck Christmas Fair: this Saturday, November 24 is the Christmas Fair held by Starbeck Gala committee to raise money for our Christmas Lights. This is now an annual event and is always well supported and a good day to get your Christmas cards and start your Christmas shopping. It is held at St Andrews this year, not in the church but in the halls, as the new building work for the extension has started. It is from 10am-3pm with lots of stalls and raffles and refreshments. Do try to go along and show your support.
Christmas Lights Appeal: the envelopes have been distributed throughout Starbeck for you to send a donation, if you haven’t received one donations are also being accepted at Elite Meat and Mitchells Butchers. The lights switch on is Friday, November 30 where there will be carols, Father Christmas visiting, refreshments and a raffle. All this takes part in front of the Prince of Wales from 5pm with switch on at approx 6.30pm. Join in with this annual get together and see the Christmas tree light up.
Cone Exchange: last week members of Starbeck in Bloom had a trip to Taylors factory to see their extensive and well kept grounds followed by a visit to Pirate Captain Rummage at the unique Cone Exchange. Chris Powell runs this factory waste swap shop facility in a building behind Bettys Cookery school. It is an amazing Aladdins Cave full of craft materials, things like hessian coffee sacks that have many uses, buckets, waste packaging materials, ribbons and knitting wool - the list is endless! Anyone can visit and purchase and now it is open on Thursday until 8pm .Tuesdays and Thursdays during term times are the normal opening hours from 10am, do visit, it is amazing! There are lots of packs now if you like to make your own cards and a selection of craft packs at £5 for children of all ages that make wonderful Christmas presents. It is easy to find, just down the road by the big carwash on Hookstone Chase, on the right hand side before Bettys gate. There is parking there so no problems!
Harrogate Volunteering Oscars: this event is on Friday before you read this column. It is at Old Swan and I will be there to support Pat Roberts who has been nominated for a Community Volunteer award. Fingers crossed for her but you will know by now! Pat has volunteered all her life but is most active in the Scout movement and many former Beavers,Cubs and Scouts in the area will know her. She helps at the Cone Exchange and at St Andrews Holiday at Home so is worthy of the nomination. Good Luck! Do you know of any other volunteers in Starbeck that have been nominated?
Starbeck Community Fund Grants: the October applicants have now been informed if their grant applications have been successful. £3,890 was give out in this round with grants to Starbeck Christmas Lights, Starbeck Brownies, St Andrews Allotments, Starbeck in Bloom and Starbeck Primary school. This money will be used wisely by the groups and is very welcome when money is hard to come by. At the AGM for Starbeck Residents later this year the cheques will be presented. The grant to Starbeck in Bloom has funded the newly replanted copse near the library and the raised bed near the Indian takeaway and will help fund the flowers for next spring and summer. The school are hoping for a kiln and to buy ukuleles to form a new band, the success of their drumming band is great so now ukuleles! St Andrews Allotments has help with machine servicing and the Brownies have money for new equipment. Our Starbeck Fund has helped so many over the years and is a valuable asset to our community.
Arts and Crafts Fair: this new event will be held on Saturday, December 8 with proceeds to help Welcome Centre appeal at St Andrews Church, There will be gifts,cards,knitting and baking on sale from 10am. More details in next column
Starbeck Methodist Functions for Fun and Fellowship: their next concert is Saturday, December 8 at 7pm and this month features Joseph Smith and Friends in an acoustic concert. More details in next column.
As you know the last column didn’t make it to print so was put in out of sequence. I apologise to those whose publicity was then too late -hence me adding dates for future just in case! Hopefully it was just a little blip and this one will go out on time! If you do have any events coming up please try to let me have them well in advance and I do hope that the ones that were missed were still successful Phoenix Players concert and Handprints and Library Christmas event.