Starbeck in Bloom judging for Britain in Bloom: last Thursday was judging day and the weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot, no wind and blue skies. Starbeck looked perfect and justified all the hard work that the team and all the residents of Starbeck had put into making everywhere immaculate. A lone dogwalker was spotted at 5.30am picking up litter and that is just one example of the support that Starbeck in Bloom has! The judges were impressed by all that they saw, from Taylors to the golf club, from allotments to Spa Mews, from the station to Methodist Church, from library gardens to Belmont Field. All looked stunning and everywhere they met people who care so much for the areas of Starbeck. At the end of the route they were amazed by the number of people who greeted them at the new Welcome centre and the lovely lunch served by the Guides. Starbeck in Bloom would like to thank all who helped in both preparation for the day and to all who supported .Andrew Jones our MP, the Mayor of Harrogate and his consort, all our local councillors, the Friends of Starbeck in Bloom, all the groups that help during the year were all gathered together for a lovely get together. Outside on Belmont Field and in Addymans Wood was a teddy bears picnic. It was lovely to see so many children enjoying themselves, chasing butterflies, meeting the ‘real’ bear and listening to Elizabeth and Leonard entertaining them with music and songs. The picnic provided by Morrisons was soon devoured –we hadn’t anticipated such a turnout! Maybe it should become an annual event? Throughout the morning our Twitter line was open showing the judges and the places we went, there was a good following and do look on the website for more photos and on Facebook and Twitter @starbeckinbloom

Annual Show: this Saturday, August 17 is Starbeck’s Annual Fruit Flower and Vegetable show now in it’s 14th year. The show has 46 classes ranging fro big onions to cakes and knitting. There is something for everyone and the show schedules are available at HairStop and at Starbeck Library. Starbeck in Bloom organise the show and as we have been rather busy this year with the judging we have decided to extend the deadline so if you hurry along now we will accept entries up til noon tomorrow. The show opens to the public at 11am and is as usual in the Methodist Church. Refreshments are served from 11am-3pm so do come along , have a cup of coffee and marvel at everyone’s skills! The Mayor of Harrogate will be attending and remember there are seven silver trophies to win!

Starbeck Supa Shop: this competition was judged by Nick Greenall from Greenalls Carpets and the shops were judged for window displays, courtesy, accessibility and a warm welcome. The winner this year was Lorraine at Rainbow Tree Crafts –well done! Every shop that entered received a certificate so look to see if your favourite shop entered. Starbeck is still a thriving shopping area and our shops are all individual which makes for a busy centre. Well done to all who entered. Several businesses also entered in the business category of the annual garden competition too but the results of that are not announced until our award ceremony evening in October. Then we will also know the result of the Britain in Bloom judging so it should be a good celebration for everyone.

Councillors Surgery: your Borough Couns Philip Broadbank and Janet Law and County Coun Margaret-Ann de Courcey-Bayley are holding a surgery in Starbeck Library on August 24 between 10am-noon. Please go along and have a chat about any issues that you have.

Starbeck Library: the Friends of Starbeck Library took on the extension to our regular opening hours nearly two years ago and all the volunteers work well alongside our ‘official’ librarians. The library is open each day ,except Thursday, for two hours more than it would have been and this makes for a great service for the community. They now have even extra volunteers and are going to open on Fridays from noon-2pm .This will start in September. Congratulations to the dedicated group of Friends who work out the rotas and who also provide a coffee shop each Saturday morning and have funded the creation of an outdoor seating area with a lovely garden for all to enjoy. Tidy Gardens have worked alongside Starbeck in Bloom to create this little haven of peace – try it out next Saturday.