Christine Stewart

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Herb evening: this was held in Starbeck Working Mens club on May 16 and was a very successful event. Martin Fish, director of Harrogate Flower Shows was the speaker and kept everyone entertained with so much information on the use and varieties of herbs. As a fund raiser for Starbeck in Bloom we were delighted to raise over £200 towards our flowers for the coming summer and our thanks to all who supported the event. Ross and Fiona from Brookside Nurseries brought a selling table of herbs that was very popular. Our special thanks go to the SWMC who so generously gave us the use of their facilities. It wasn’t a venue we had used before and for many of the audience it was a first time visit but everyone agreed it was spacious,welcoming and ideal for the evening. Steve the manager tells me that there are vacancies for new members and enquiries are welcome.

Teamfrancis: Canon Francis Wainaina and his wife Elaine arrived back from their tandem bike ride, Zurich to Starbeck on Pentecost Sunday. They both look really well and what a feat to ride all along the Rhine! They are raising funds for the new welcome centre at St Andrews church and hope to raise ‘a goodly sum’. Donations can be given on line or by calling in at St Andrews, the new centre is not far off being finished and certainly looks good from outside.

Saint Michael’s Hospice Shop: volunteers are needed to help in the Starbeck Saint Michael’s Hospice shop. If you can spare a few hours a week please call in and see if you could help.

Friends of Starbeck Library: don’t forget the friends serve coffee every Saturday morning from 10am-noon and once a month also hold a sale of books, ideal if you want a book for the holidays and don’t want to take a library book! Soon you will be able to sit outside too as a new seating area is being set up in the little garden next to the library. The friends have generously give funds for new plants and Starbeck in Bloom have been preparing the borders. If you wondered where the bird feeding station had gone, it is now in the library garden! So a little oasis of calm to sit in. Tidy Gardens are to help with the maintenance so another joint venture in Starbeck.

Support for Starbeck in Bloom: two new businesses are showing support for Starbeck by having new planters outside their premises, the new landlord of the Prince of Wales public house has put up new window boxes which will soon be planted up and outside the new estate agents there is a special feature. This new planter is actually the light fitting from above the snooker table in the Starbeck Veterans club that has now closed down! Starbeck in Bloom were offered it and it will look good along the wall .Wayne Fitzmaurice is keen to support Starbeck in Bloom and promises to water the flowers making another colourful little area.

Flowers by Train: On Friday, June 14 there will be a special delivery onto Starbeck station of trays of plants to fill the new barrels on the platform. Many years ago the British Rail nurseries at Poppleton near York supplied flowering plants to all the stations in the north of England, delivering them by train. This year Northern Rail have agreed that Starbeck in Bloom could repeat history and have theirs delivered too! A group of volunteers will travel by train to Poppleton to collect them and bring them back on the 12.15pm train prior to planting. The nurseries at Poppleton are now run by a charitable trust and grow a wide selection of bedding plants so we are pleased to support them as well as re enacting an old custom. Come along and see them arriving!

Love Starbeck: Saturday, June 15 is the day this year when lots of volunteers will be going all around Starbeck gardening, litter picking,bus shelter washing and generally doing acts of kindness. This day is organised by St Andrews Church and is a great day, a real community day showing the very best of Starbeck’s people.If you would like to take part contact Stephen Amos <> or pop into St Andrews Church.

Talks: this year Sue Wood and I have being giving talks to groups to help with our fundraising for Starbeck in Bloom and last week I visited Probus. A first for me, I didn’t know the group or the venue but they turned out to be a lovely group of retired ladies, professional and business hence the name and they meet in The Club on Victoria Avenue. It continues to surprise me how many groups there are ranging from small ladies groups like Ladies Circle to large groups of mainly men such as Rotary Club. I have really enjoyed meeting so many different people, people I would never have met otherwise and we still have lots more talks to give, in fact some are booked for 2014. It is good to be able to publicise Starbeck to such a diverse audience. If any group is interested in a talk ,we just ask for a small donation, please contact me.

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