Spring event: this was held on Saturday, April 20 and was a glorious sunny day, a real spring day. Starbeck in Bloom had joined with members of Harrogate Biodiversity action group to hold a bug hunt and what fun the Brownies and other children had. Andrew Jones MP attended and was a great help lifting big stones to find the mini beasts! He and the Mayor of Harrogate then helped with the planting of some new trees in Addymans wood and the sowing of wildflower seeds around the children’s play area. Inside the library youngsters made bat boxes and bird boxes, crafty butterflies for the story corner and everyone enjoyed refreshments and purchasing lovely cakes from a giant cake stall. It was truly a spring event and hopefully the beginning of spring. Starbeck in Bloom would like to thank all who supported the day and all funds will go towards the flower displays for the summer.

Herb evening: Starbeck in Bloom’s next event is on Thursday, May 16 an evening talk and demonstration by Martin Fish, the director of the Harrogate Flower Shows. The evening will be a fund raiser and tickets cost just £3 available from Christine Stewart, telephone 545024 or on the door. It is to be held at Starbeck Working Mens Club on Forest Avenue starting at 7.30pm and there will be a raffle and a table selling herbs. Please support the event, we need to make Starbeck look really good this year for the national Britain in Bloom competition .

Love Starbeck: this annual Day of Kindness organised by St Andrews church group is on Saturday, June 15. This successful event aims to help all in Starbeck. In the past few years gardens have been cleared, the graffiti wall at Camwal play area has been repainted, bus shelters washed, the list of jobs done is long. Over 50 people turn out to help and working together to help others is very rewarding. If you would like to take part or would like help yourself pop into St Andrews Church and ask for more details.

Starbeck Centenary Swimming Club: I have been contacted by this long established group at Starbeck Swimming Pool with a plea for help! They need people to volunteer to take training, at their expense if necessary, to become qualified pool life guards or/and swimming teachers. They have a large waiting list of children waiting to join, and only a small band of dedicated teachers and lifeguards. If one of the teachers is ill or unable to be at the pool it means lessons have to be cancelled and children disappointed. If you feel you can help in anyway please come forward-either ask for more details at Starbeck pool or contact Mavis Wright <>

Wednesday Weed Nights: these evenings start at 6pm whatever the weather so if you can spare an hour of time the group of volunteers meet each Wednesday and work their way around Starbeck weeding, planting and keeping Starbeck ‘blooming’. The list of area to be worked on is in the community notice board on Belmont Field so join in, your one hour of work can make a difference! Call me on 545024 if you need more information.

Remember whatever event you have planned and you need publicity let me have the details and I will add it to the column which is fortnightly or put a poster in the notice board. Contact me on 545024, 35 Millfield Glade or email I am delighted to spread the word for any group