Christine Stewart

01423 545024

Starbeck in Bloom: it has been a long wait for the results of the Britain in Bloom judging but by the time you are reading this the results will be public knowledge. A group of our team is going to Cleethorpes accompanied by the Mayor of Harrogate for the weekend festivities, I do hope the results do us proud as Starbeck couldn’t have looked better. On our return last Monday we held our own awards evening in the Methodist church so we could show a presentation of everyones efforts during the year. Congratulations to the garden competition winners, Methodist Church gardens won a gold for Best Communal Garden, the Best Business was the Conservative Club, and Best Champion Garden went to Bob Waud. There were two new entries, Denny Levine and Kath Denny. In total there were 13 golds awarded showing the high standard of all the entries.

Tour de France: many thanks for the offers of old bikes to help decorate the High Street we now have to get them sprayed yellow! There is a general meeting on Thursday, November 14 at 7pm in the working mens club on Forest Avenue for people to come along and share ideas. Gary Atkins from HBC will chair the meeting and give us the details about exact times and what to expect. Do come along and make your suggestions, this is another once in a lifetime opportunity for Starbeck!

Pansies: we have now got all the summer bedding changed for winter pansies. It did seem a shame pulling out all the colourful flowers but we needed to get the new ones in to give them time to get established before the winter. In the High Street planters this year we have put pink and white tulips, pink bellis daisies and wallflowers with pansies and polyanthus in the cenotaph and station tubs. Many people ask where we source our flowers from as they are always of such good quality, we go to Harrogate Council Nurseries up Harlow Hill and now you can too. There is a sale of surplus stock, pansies, violas, polyanthus and much more at really competitive prices . They are open from Monday to Friday from 9am-3pm.

Starbeck Community Fund: the submissions for a grant are now all in and the results will be announced by the end of month. The next round for awards is in March/April 2014.

Starbeck Library: when the library moved into the premises on the High Street it wanted to become a centre for the community events and it certainly has. Just look at this list of events in the next few weeks. The Friends of Starbeck library run a coffee shop each Saturday morning as well as monthly book sales. The garden is expanding with all the recent donation of plants too and it is still warm enough to have your coffee outside! On Tuesday, October 22 – card making workshop (10am- 12pm); Wednesday, October 23 – police drop in (3-5pm); Saturday, October 26– councillor drop in session with Margaret-Ann de Courcey-Bayley(10am-12pm). On Wednesday, November 6 – all join in story time (2-2.45pm); Saturday, November 9 – FOSL Book sale (10am-12pm); Wednesday, November 13 – Book group (2 – 3pm); Tuesday, November 19– police drop in (10am-12pm); Saturday, November 23– councillor drop in session with Margaret-Ann de Courcey-Bayley (10am -12pm);. All useful dates to note. More details can be obtained from the library.

Methodist Coffee mornings: this Saturday the coffee morning is in aid of Brigades, October 26 it is for Ladies Circle and November 2 for church flowers and gardens.

Future Dates; Remembrance Day parade and service at Starbeck Cenotaph at 3pm on November 10, Christmas Fair for Lights Appeal Saturday, November 23 and Switch on of Christmas lights Friday, November 29. If you would like to publicise any others just let me know by email at or telephone 545024.