Christine Stewart

01423 545024

St Andrews Welcome centre: on Saturday, September 14 St Andrews Church are formally opening their new welcome centre. It will be from I0am-noon and many of the local clubs, societies and groups in Starbeck will have stands showing what they offer and how you can help if you want to volunteer and help our community. They will also be selling and serving gorgeous cakes and coffee and there will be a second hand DVD and book stall selling items at ridiculous prices. Do pop along and support our community and see the official opening at 12.30pm. All are very welcome and if you organise a group locally and want to be seen let Mike Langford know as soon as possible so you can have a (free) table call 07733 150873.

Starbeck Community Fund: application forms are now available for this next round of grants, the closing date is September 27. This is Starbeck’s own grant fund and any group in Starbeck can apply for up to £2,000 to assist with buying equipment or improving the facility. The forms are really easy to fill in too! Individuals can apply for up to £200 and its always good to be able to help, in the past there have been grants to help youngsters with travel to swimming competition venues, with extra tuition for wall climbing, for Guides travelling to far destinations -it’s worth putting in an application if you live in Starbeck. Forms are on line or talk to him on 556723.

Grow it corner: the little corner on High Street near the Methodist church is a communal grow it area and this year the beans have gone berserk. There are lots of herbs there as well so do come and pick your own-no one will shout at you! There will soon be a good crop of apples too and maybe even tomatoes if they ever ripen, if not it will be a good picking for anyone who wants to make green tomato chutney! Do help yourselves!

Starbeck Gala meeting: unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend this meeting but the vicar told me there was quite a good attendance and that new ideas were put forward. I do hope so as the gala and Christmas lights is an important part of Starbeck’s community year. We have the Grand Depart of the Tour de France next year to look forward too, I’m sure committees will be forming soon to decide what Starbeck will do. I would like to see Yellow Jersey bunting the length of the High Street! Any more suggestions?

Starbeck Methodist Ladies Circle: I have been sent the programme for their new meetings and what a wide range of speakers they have. The group is open to all and meets on the first and third Wednesdays in the church hall from 7.30pm The yearly subscription is £20 or £2 a meeting including refreshments. Next week September 18 there is talk from Friends of Valley Gardens and October 2 the talk is a Walk around Pannal. More details can be found by speaking to Elaine Witham or Doreen Thompson on 889012.

Starbeck in Bloom Plant appeal: we are hoping to extend the flower border at the Starbeck Library and also renew a lot of perennial plants at the railway station. It will soon be time to divide your perennials at home and if you have any to spare could you offer them to Starbeck? Plants such as phlox, scabious, heleniums, michaelmas daisies all would be useful to expand our perennial border. If you have any please let me know and I will organise a plant day towards the end of month and next spring we hope to hold a plant swap day .

As always if you have any news or dates to be shared let me know and I will gladly publicise them for you either in the Advertiser or with a poster in the community notice board. Telephone 01423 545024 or email