A Happy New Year to all, I hope you all enjoyed Christmas and had a good holiday period despite the wet, wet weather! It didn’t seem very seasonal but I did have a carol singer for the first time! A young boy who sang all the verses of Hark the Herald and very well too! Thank you, it started off my festive period very well.
Big Bird Watch: on Saturday, January 26 Harrogate Bio diversity Group are joining with Starbeck in Bloom to hold a Big Bird watch for the first time in Starbeck. It will be on Belmont Field near the library from 10am-noon and refreshments and activities, all free, will be in library. Our local Scout group is making a special bird feeding station and we need lots of people to come along and spot our local birds! I will include all the final information in the next column and watch out for the posters,
Starbeck in Bloom: great excitement! Starbeck has been chosen by Yorkshire in Bloom to represent Yorkshire in the national Britain In Bloom competition in 2013. This is a great opportunity to show off our community to all UK and put us on the map. Starbeck in Bloom are all prepared to make a huge effort to make Starbeck really special this year but we will need lots of help! We would like to replace the banners on the High Street and are looking for businesses to sponsor a banner for £120 each. We would like to create a new flower bed around the boundary wheel when it gets replaced near the golf club, we hope to create a feature bed near the swimming pool and of course replant all the High Street planters and wheels. This in addition to our normal projects will all cost extra money. So far we have been very grateful to Harrogate Flower Shows for a generous donation and to Starbeck Veterans Club who have given a cheque from the closure of their club. This along with the grant from Starbeck Community fund and a grant from Taylors of Harrogate will start us off well but we need to look for even more support. If any one feels that they could help please do contact me on 545024. New ideas on how to make Starbeck look better would also be welcome!
Starbeck Library: Don’t forget that each Saturday you can stop by for a cup of tea and support Starbeck Library Friends for just £1. The Friends provide extra hours to our library opening times and this way they will raise a little amount of funds and keep the library a welcoming place. Throughout the weekdays the Bakewell section of Handprints man the cafe so now you can have a cuppa every day. Gift vouchers are now available at the library and make a good gift. They are from £5 and can be used against book reservations, use of computers or hire of DVDs etc, something very different as a birthday gift! Don’t forget the Book Group meets at the library every second Wednesday at 2pm and all are welcome. The books are sourced by library service and the group chooses a different book each month. It’s good fun and we have some lively discussions!
Gluten free: Andrew at Mitchells butchers tells me that he now has a range of products, sausages and pies that are gluten free. If you need to be on a gluten free diet this is often an area that is difficult to fill so go along and ask his advice. All his sausages are really tasty and I’m sure these will be too!
Methodist church concert: this Saturday, January 12 the York City Gospel Choir will be performing gospel songs by well known gospel artists and original songs led by musical director, Kofi Mensah. The choir’s music can be described as contemporary/urban gospel with choir members from all walks of life, living in and around York and they enjoy the privilege of performing to audiences in several towns and villages in North Yorkshire and beyond. Musical director, Kofi Mensah, is an accomplished song writer and arranger. He has directed several choirs and ensembles in the UK in the past 25 years and founded the York City Gospel Choir in 2007. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Admission £6 Child £3 Family £15 (2 adults 2 children). This is one of the monthly concerts for Fun and Fellowship which have had a really varied programme this season.
Don’t forget if you would like any events publicising just let me know, but well in advance! I can also put posters up in the community board on Belmont Field near bus stop. Contact me on 01423 545024 firstname.lastname@example.org 35 Millfield Glade HG2 7EB.