Christine Stewart

01423 545024

At last summer seems to be here with sunny days and nice light evenings.All the plants are in place and starting to grow and look more colourful -now it is lots of watering! Lots of dates for your diaries too

Supa Shop competition: this is unique to Starbeck and helps to praise our wonderful local shops. The annual competition is judged each year by a local business person and this year it is Nick Greenall from Greenalls Carpets who will go to each shop on Wednesday, July 24. They are judged on Courtesy and friendliness,clean frontages-no litter or weeds and clean windows and if it is possible, floral displays. Each shop gets a certificate and the winner receives a plaque to say they are the Supa Shop for 2013.Winners in the past have included Art of Hair ,The Wedding Shop,Julies Cafe and Nixons Opticians.Who will it be this year? Check to see that your favourite shop has entered and watch to see how they do. We are very lucky that we have so many individual shops in Starbeck and that they all take pride in their business.

Annual Garden Competition: this year the competition will be judged on Friday, July 26 by Martin Fish Director of Harrogate Flower Shows. There is a new class for a garden who hasnt previously entered and a Champion Garden class for previous entries. There is one for a wildlife garden,either a whole garden or just a corner,a class for the Best hanging basket or tub, a prize for Best pond,small or large. Businesses can enter their frontages and a class for communal gardens such as the church.The entry forms are available at Hair Stop or Starbeck library and it is free to enter.Everyone receives a certificate and there are trophies for the class winners.

Annual Fruit Flower and Vegetable Show: entry forms and schedules are now available at Hair Stop and the library. Please pick one up and have a look -I’m sure there will be a class for any of your talents! This year the date is August 17 from 11am-3pm, entries cost just 25p

Starbeck Gala: this has always been on Bank Holiday Monday but sadly this year there will not be a gala. Jo Nolan tells me that they haven’t been able to find enough people to put on the show and a decision has been made. There will be the Starbeck Christmas Lights as there are some funds still in the account and the Christmas Fair and the lights switch on will still go ahead. It is sad when no one feels able to help with this annual event-it does take a lot of organising ,planning and work on the day but hopefully a group may be formed to put on a gala in 2014. Over the years many people have helped, supported and enjoyed the gala and I’m sure this news will come as a shock to all. If you feel that you could help save this event for the future please contact Jo Nolan on 01423 888538.

Starbeck Library: AGM of the Friends of Starbeck Library was held last week and was a positive meeting; The extra voluntary hours that are being supplied are working well and in September the hours are to be further increased due to the number of volunteers! The opening hours for Fridays are to be extended from noon to 2pm then the afternoon as normal by our library staff. It has proved to be a good working relationship with full library staff and volunteers and all the extra groups, the book group and the knitters are all thriving. The old library building on The Avenue has been sold to St Michaels Hospice for use as an Out reach Centre which will be a good use for the old building rather than be changed to housing.

Starbeck in Bloom teatowels: these are on sale at Hair Stop price £4, they are selling well apparently - people getting ready for Christmas! They are also selling Starbeck in Bloom keyrings,f ridge magnets and greetings cards -all at £1 each.All the money goes into our funds to pay for all the plants and hanging baskets. Our bill is over £2,500 to keep Starbeck flowering, none of our floral displays are paid for by Harrogate Council so it is a large amount of money to raise and we rely on the generous help of everyone -so do buy!

Good news!: Starbeck school have just received their latest ofsted report. In the last one they were found ‘to need to improve’ but this one says It is a Good School. Well done to all who have obviously worked hard to achieve this recommendation, both teachers , govenors and pupils. Well done!

Remember that if you would like to add anything to the next column the details should be with me by July 8.

And don’t forget Starbeck is being judged on Thursday, August 8 please prepare to cut hedges and mow your verges every little thing helps!