Christine Stewart

01423 545024

The sun continues to shine: brilliant for Wimbledon, the Great Yorkshire Show etc but hard on the waterers of gardens and flowers! I have been judging in Yorkshire in Bloom and visited villages in the competition and one lady said ‘You can recognise a Bloomer by the extended arms and bulging muscles developed by carrying lots of watering cans!’ I’m sure you have seen lots of them in Starbeck as we struggle to keep the flower tubs looking good. Let’s hope we win the battle!

Annual Garden competition: you still have time to enter the garden competition to be judged next Friday, July 26. Entry forms are available at Starbeck Library and at Hair Stop and it is free to enter. The classes include Business and Communal Gardens, Best Pond, Best Hanging Basket, a Wildlife Friendly Garden - large or small, Champion Garden for previous entrants and a Newcomers Garden. Martin Fish Harrogate Flower Show director will judge this year so I hope we have lots of entries.

Holiday at Home: St Andrews church for many years has given a few days ‘holiday’ for those over 60s who may not get away on holiday. It runs this year on August 13,14 and 15 and includes crafts, games and lots of friendly faces for a chat. Teas and coffees are served all day with a splendid lunch and all for £3 a day! If you would like to join in on any or all of the days call in at the new welcome centre at the front of St Andrews Church between is a real fun time and everyone enjoys it .

Charity event for Horticap: Horticap, the nursery at Otley Road that developes adult students with learning dificulties in all sorts of life skills is a worthy cause at all times but a local man Charlie Fisher has organised a charity event especially for them. It starts on Saturday, August 3 with a coffee morning at the Starbeck Methodist Church with their various trade stalls and is followed by an evening event to be held at the Starbeck Conservative Club from 7.30pm with entertainment by the live band the Dog House Doctors a popular local group. Fund raising will include a tombola with sponsored prizes and a chicken curry supper at £1 a head. All are welcome to this special occasion. It sounds like a good event, let’s hope it raises lots of money, more details can be had from Charlie Fisher on 889933.

Starbeck Laundrette: changes have been made to the Starbeck Laundrette, it is no longer a place where you just go to do your laundry or wash curtains and duvets you can now visit and use their internet cafe! So you can browse or play on line games while your washing gets done! It looks clean and welcoming and is worth a visit!

Starbeck Judging day: the day for the Britain in Bloom judges to visit Starbeck is fast approaching, Thursday, August 8 starting at 9am. Hopefully Starbeck will be spick and span and sparklingly clean and tidy for the judges visit. The Starbeck in Bloom team has been extra busy these last few weeks working to perfect all the flowering tubs and flowerbeds. A work party takes place every Wednesday evening from 6pm and even more hands are needed in this last push. If you could spare a couple of hours details of each weeks plans are on community noticeboard on Belmont Field or telephone me on 01423 545024.

Teddy bears Picnic: if you go down to the woods you will see a surprise! Truly! In Addymans Wood at the side of Belmont Field a new bench has appeared. It is a squirrel bench to match our owl bench that has been so popular with children and adults alike. It has been funded by a gift from Starbeck Veterans Club when they closed down and will give pleasure to many. On Thursday, August 8 we are holding a teddy bears picnic and story time to welcome the judges and to show off the new bench. It will be from 11.30am-12.30pm and I’m told there is a bear visiting! All children and their mums are invited, I will give more details next time.

Don’t forget you can publicise any event or just share your news by contacting me by phone,letter or e mail at any time -it will be good to hear from you.