Christine Stewart

01423 545024

All the Starbeck in Bloom team: are recovering from the delight in not only being awarded a silver gilt in the national Britain in Bloom competition but also being nominated and cited for the best community participation in the urban category in the United Kingdom. We always knew we had a great community but now it is official! We are looking for some volunteers to join our winning team in 2014, especially a couple of people to help with the watering of all the flower tubs. We do have a watering machine and are hoping for a second one to spread the work load. The job would involve doing alternate weeks, working at whatever time suits, usually taking no more than an hour twice a week. If you feel you could help do give me a call and I’ll give you more details. We normally hibernate during the winter and start again in March! The weekly work parties will begin again then too, every Wednesday evening from 6pm. It would be great to have new members of the team.

Cenotaph Parade: this year the Remembrance Day services are on Sunday, November 10 and ours in Starbeck is at 3pm. The parade starts at 2.45pm at Starbeck Methodist Church followed by a short service at our cenotaph in front of Starbeck Primary school. Afterwards tea is served at the Methodist Church where everyone is welcome. We usually have a good turnout whatever the weather and I’m sure this year will be the same.

Tour de France: the public meeting for all Starbeck residents to get together and decide on the activities for the Tour de France passing through Starbeck in July will be held at Starbeck Working Mens club on Thursday, November 14 at 7pm, do come along with ideas and support -this is another once in a lifetime event. So many turned out for the Olympic Torch and I’m sure this will be an even bigger event. Starbeck in Bloom is doing a trail of decorated bikes through Starbeck and we have had many offers of old bicycles. We now do have enough but we are looking for suggestions on spray painting them. If anyone could help with this we would welcome help!

Ladies Circle: the Ladies Circle meets on first and third Wednesday each month at 7.30pm in Methodist Church and they have a very interesting programme of speakers. Next Wednesday, November 6 It is Community engagement in Saint Michaels Hospice. Very topical as the old library is at the moment being converted by Saint Michaels for the community involvement as an Outreach centre. On Wednesday, November 20 there is a talk for all lovers of shoes, The Allure of the Shoe by Mrs McRobert - should be interesting!

Fit 4 Life: Harrogate Borough Council Fit 4 Fun team will be running a Fit 4 life (nutrition and physical activity) programme that will last 12 weeks, the first and last weeks are consultation and measures. Then the remaining 10 week course will consist of nutritional information (45minutes) and physical activity (one hour). The course will explain fats, sugars, proteins, salts, carbohydrates, the eat well plate, how to read labels, it will look at your food diary and make recommendations if required, work out your BMR daily intake and many more, you will also have the option to be weighed weekly. The first programme started on Friday, October 18 9.30- 11.30am at Fairfax Community Centre, Fairfax Avenue Harrogate cost is £3 to book a place please contact Natalie Smith 07971879954 or There are still places and its ok to go along this Friday.

Methodist Church Concert: the second of the Fun and Fellowship concerts is on Saturday, November 9 at 7.30pm. Adults £6, children £3 and family £15. It is Ashville College Young Musicians in Concert. This is a return visit from these local young people and they are very talented.

St Andrews Barn Dance: this was organised by David Leonard and he was delighted with the response. Over 100 people young and old enjoyed themselves and raised £450 towards the building fund and would like to thank all who supported the evening.

Big apology!: in the last column I said the date for the Christmas Lights Appeal Christmas Fair was November 23 but it is actually on Saturday November 16 so not far away now It is to be held in St Andrews church Watch out for the posters as I’m not sure on the exact times but it is a date to remember!

Starbeck Library: there is a new volunteer with a background in IT who will be offering help on a Tuesday from 2-3pm. If you are a complete beginner or are stuck with a particular problem pop along to th library and they will sort you out, and free too!

Hookstone Cubs: they are searching for a willing helper for the Cubs in our Starbeck and Hookstone group. They are also looking for new Cubs too so if you would like more details just give me a call or email and I will pass on your details. The Scout group is now thriving in Starbeck into its third year but younger Cubs are now needed to fill the spaces of ones who have moved up.

Christmas Cards: Starbeck in Bloom christmas cards are now available at HairStop on Forest Avenue. They are snowy scenes of Starbeck and are £3 for a pack of four. Steph is so great at selling our goods - so good that we have now sold out of teatowels! We have gift cards, keyrings and fridge magnets all at £1 each, all good little gifts and every pound goes to buy more flowers for Starbeck.

If you have any events you would like publicising, posters can go in the community noticeboard just pop them through my door at 35 Millfield Glade.