Christine Stewart

01423 545024

Big Bird Watch: this Saturday, January 26 from 10am-noon in front of the library Starbeck in Bloom along with Harrogate Biodiversity Action group are holding an RSPB Bird watch on Belmont Field. We need everyone to come along and help count the birds in our area. There will be help with spotting and identifying them and our local Scout group has made and set up a bird feeding station to encourage extra birds to visit. They have made different feeders from recycled materials and it is in the shrubbery near the entrance to the library. Sally at Forest Feeds has kindly donated all the seeds and nuts so the birds will be well fed! Refreshments will be available free in the library to warm you if it turns out to be a cold or snowy day and there are craft activities inside the library for children. Forest Feeds on Spa Lane stock a large selection of feeders and food and you will be able to buy some to take home to continue to feed the birds in your own garden. We need lots and lots of people to come along and take part-young and old! This is the first time the Big Bird Watch has been held in Starbeck so lets make it a success!

Starbeck Library: a new Knit and Stitch group has been started using the library as its venue. It will be held every Friday afternoon starting on February 1. It is from 2-3.30pm and all ages and abilities can get together to inspire each other and offer help. This is a new group run by volunteers and I hope it turns out to be a great success. The Book Group that meets in the library on the second Wednesday of each month has just celebrated it’s first anniversary. There are nearly 20 people in the group now, not all make it each month but the chosen book is supplied and we have lively discussions ! The library is a lovely venue for groups like this and makes good use of the facilities that we are lucky to have here in Starbeck.

Fit 4 Fun: the Harrogate Borough scheme supplying fitness instructors throughout the district has sent me a long list of activities and groups that are organised by them. Our green gym here in Starbeck has an instructor on Belmont Field every Friday from 10-11am who will help you get the most from the equipment, all free of charge. If you would like to join a running group there is one that does three mile runs every Monday from 5.30-6.30pm starting at Harrogate District Hospital. A cheer leading group meets at Harrogate High School every Monday from 8-6pm and Zumba classes are at Fairfax Community Centre every Tuesday from 10.30-11.30am. A huge range of classes and many for young and old with disabilities too. If you would like more details contact Natalie Smith on 07525988160 or

Trees on Golf course: what a shock to see so many trees being cut down! It really has devastated the area at the edge of Harrogate Golf Course. They have been such good custodians encouraging so much wildlife that it will take years for the balance of nature to be restored. The groundsmen are using the logs to create log piles for insects etc and doing all they can to make the area look better.

Design a Library Card: hurry -you have just a week left to enter your design for new library cards. The closing date is January 31 and there are prizes for all age categories, age six and under, age seven-11, age 12-17 and adults. There are more details on how to enter at Starbeck library.

While I am writing the snow is falling-do hope it doesn’t last or I will go into hibernation! Keep warm!