Christine Stewart

01423 545024

Starbeck in Bloom Bag Pack: the Bag pack held at Morrisons on Easter Saturday was a great success for our finances-and for the youth groups that came to help. Groups of cubs and scouts, guides and the young girls football team all gave two hours of their time in rota along with Starbeck in Bloom young group SIBZ to help with shoppers. Each group was delighted with the donations towards their funds and it will become an annual event. It is the start of serious fund raising for Starbeck in Bloom’s entry into the national competition of Britain in Bloom. We are determined to make Starbeck look really extra good this year!

Spring Day at Starbeck library: this Saturday, April 20 Starbeck in Bloom is holding an event for all the family as part of the National Gardening Week. It starts at 10am in Starbeck Library with the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate, Andrew Jones MP and our local councillors in attendance. A bug hunt around Belmont Field begins at 10am led by Harrogate Biodiversity Action group who organised the big bird watch in January, this starts as a quiz and is followed by a hunt for real mini beasts! During the morning there will be tree planting, flower planting and wildflower seed sowing. All are welcome to join the cubs and brownies in these events. In the library there will be craft activities led by Pirate Rummage and bird and bat boxes can be made. There is a giant cake stall for Starbeck in Bloom and a plant stall by Tidy Gardens. Refreshments are served in the library so do come along and support the event whatever the weather. The morning finishes with a big litter pick of Belmont Field at noon. We hope to learn, have fun and at same time raise funds for 2013 campaign.

Shamrock Veterinary Clinic: is holding an open day on Saturday, May 11 2-4.30pm The clinic on Knaresborough Road up near the hospital invites you to join their team for a cup of tea and cakes! Enjoy the benefit of pet healthcare advice and information from local businesses that will be joining us on the day. Meet Moorview Dog Rescue team and a couple of the residents! Meet local dog walkers, groomers and doggy daycare! Browse through goodies from a local online pet supplier and buy your pet a treat or two! There will also be a raffle with prizes to include free vaccinations for your dog, cat or rabbit, an Ipod Shuffle and a chocolate hamper! Take the kids too as there will be face painting and cakes and a kids competition Take a painting or drawing of your pet and win a chocolatey prize!!

Methodist Church Coffee mornings: every Saturday morning from 9.30am different groups run the coffee morning to raise funds for their own funds. This Saturday it is for The Brigades and Saturday, April 27 it is for the Brownies. All serve coffee and refreshments and often a stall.

Barbershop Open evening: if you like to sing, find some happy harmonies with the Harrogate Ladies Barbershop Chorus. They are holding an open evening at Starbeck Methodist Church on Tuesday, 23 April 7.30-10pm. You are invited to go along to this informal rehearsal, join in or just watch. No training or experience required - everyone welcome! More details can be had by telephoning on 01423 887504 or 07910 765236.

St Andrews new Welcome Centre: this is coming along well now with a lovely wall being built in the front at the moment. Canon Francis Wainaina is off on his fundraising tandem again with his wife Elaine, this time I’m told they are doing Zurich to Starbeck! I think they leave at the beginning of May and return in time for Pentecost, I have seen them out practising on their tandem and we now await the huge poster going up in Starbeck to give us more details!

Starbeck in Bloom Wednesday Weeding nights: these start again on Wednesday, April 24 and run throughout the summer. The aim is to join a group each Wednesday starting at 6pm and do no more than one and half hour weeding and caring for the streets and areas of Starbeck. Some weeks it is planting, some weeks sweeping but mainly weeding. Last summer we had good size groups each week which makes it good fun. Anyone can join in and help,tools are provided just wear gloves! A list for each month is put on community noticeboard on Belmont Field so all know where to meet. Every single hour of help offered makes Starbeck a better place to live so remember Wednesday night is Weed it Night! The first work party is on Wednesday, April 24 at grow it corner next to the Methodist Church on the High Street at 6pm, see you there! More details from Christine Stewart 545024.

Date for Diary: Thursday, May 16 An evening of Herbs with Martin Fish. This is a fund raiser for Starbeck in Bloom and is to be held at Starbeck Workingmans Club on Forest Avenue. Martin Fish Director of Harrogate Flower Shows will give a talk and demo. More details next time with times and ticket availabilities but keep the date free.

Dog fouling: after the horrendous winter of snow and cold it was good to get out for a walk last weekend with some friends until I realised how much dog fouling there was on Belmont Field, down Bogs Lane and down all the snickets! I have now turned into a dog poo fairy trying to get around and pick up all the little plastic bags! If anyone has spotted a particularly bad area let me know, I can provide picker sticks or even come to clear the area with you. We must get Starbeck poo free for the summer again when the children are playing out and when we like to have walks. It always seems worse after the winter, there are never the same problems in the better weather, why?