Christine Stewart

01423 545024

Is Spring nearly here?: I was walking down Forest Lane and was cheered to see all the snowdrops popping up and the yellow aconites.The daffodils are up everywhere, just a few inches of green leaves but a promise of what is to come. I hate winter but when the spring bulbs start to flower I can start to get ready for spring and summer. There is a lot of hard work ahead of Starbeck in Bloom members this year but we are ready for it! Last week Harrogate hosted the Britain in Bloom entrants seminar and several of our group were there to listen and learn. It was good to meet others in our category and to exchange ideas.

High Street banners: there has been a good response from businesses to our appeal to replace banners on High Street, so far Stoneacre Peugeot, Yorkshire Care Equipment, Cooperative Funeralcare, Taylors of Harrogate and Tetleys Electrical have all come forward as sponsors so soon the new banners will be flying. To make Starbeck look exceptionally good this year Starbeck in Bloom have lots of plans, so far we have replaced three old wooden planters and are planning a new flower bed at the boundary wheel near Harrogate Golf club and a new flower bed near the swimming pool. We have been very grateful to receive several private donations towards these projects and our thanks for every penny given! We do need rather a lot of money this year to do all that we plan so even a small donation makes a difference.

Bag pack at Morrisons: once again Starbeck in Bloom is having a bag pack this year on Easter Saturday. We are linking with youth groups and will divide the collections with them. plans are well underway but if you do have a group that would like to take part do contact Doreen Davies on 880076. This is a big fund raise for all of Starbeck so maybe plan your shopping at Morrisons for Easter Saturday!

Starbeck Residents Association: the AGM is to be held on Tuesday, February 26 at 7.30pm in Starbeck Conservative Club on The Avenue. This is open to all and a good chance to catch up on all the developments planned for Starbeck and to raise any queries or concerns you may have about Starbeck. The cheques awarded from Starbeck Community Grant will be presented and the groups will explain what they had applied for.

Starbeck Methodist Luncheon Club: a three course meal is provided every Tuesday at noon at the Methodist Church for only £3. At the moment there are vacancies with the only stipulation being that you are single/widow or widower. There are also vacancies for helpers too, these work on a rota system. If you would like to be a diner or a helper please contact Chris Thomas on 887504.

Starbeck Welcome centre: this new development, part of St Andrews Church is growing every day. It is going to be a great addition to Starbeck’s meeting places and if you go on website there are lots of artists impressions as to how it will look both inside and out. It should all be finished by the summer too.

Coffee on a Saturday: there is such a choice of venues for a Saturday morning cup of coffee and a chat. Apart from our three excellent cafes, Karens, Michaels and Tiffanys, the library serves teas and coffees from 10am. This is £1 a cup organised by Friends of Starbeck Library, the Methodist Church have a coffee morning each Saturday from 9.30am, each week for a different group. This Saturday, February 23 it is Traidcraft Fair Trade and March 2 it is organised by Starbeck Brownies. Unless the building work prevents access St Andrews Church Narthex is also open so we are all spoilt for choice!

Knit and Stitch: this new group started at the beginning of February meeting in the library every Friday afternoon at 2pm. They are a very welcoming group and if you are a beginner there is lots of expertise on hand. They would especially welcome young knitters in the school holidays.

Book Group: this also meets in Starbeck Library every second Wednesday in month and all are welcome. It is a very informal group reading a wide range of books for discussion. This month the book was one of Alexander Mc Call Smiths No 1 Detective Agency and for March it is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, a wide range! The books are sourced from NYCC Library service so its a free group to join and very welcoming.

This week I was approached to advertise a table top sale fund raising for Sea Cadets, unfortunately the date was last week so I couldn’t help. If you do have any events you would like publicising could you get the details to me well in advance -the next column is March 7 so I would need details by Sunday, February 24. Email is usually best or phone 545024 or drop posters etc through door at 35 Millfield Glade It is good to hear from everyone.