Tonight: at 7pm this evening there is meeting to discuss plans for the Tour de France passing through Starbeck. Come along with your ideas-this is an open public meeting in Starbeck Working Mens Club on Forest Avenue.

Volunteering Oscars: this ceremony was held last week at the Old Swan and is now in its 6th year. Supported by Ackrills and organised by Coun John Fox it is an exciting evening with a room packed with volunteers of all ages, there was even a gentleman of 96. There were many nominations for each category and the Starbeck in Bloom team were nominated for Three! They took a Highly Commended for The Community Volunteer Team and won an Oscar for the Environmental Volunteer award. This year the Starbeck in Bloom team have worked extremely hard to make Starbeck look good through rain and sunshine and well deserved the award. On stage to collect it were Margaret Manning, Chris Wardle and Charisse Stewart one of the young group SIBZ who help. The carriage clock presented has been given to Elliott Clark who has been the chairman of SIB since 1999, he no longer can weed the streets but is still part of the group.Moira Smith from Starbeck was also nominated for an award for her many hours of time that she gives to the library as organiser of Friends ot Starbeck Library. Well done-every single nominee deserves praise and recognition. It was a very humbling evening to hear of the time and efforts given by so many to so many good causes.

Starbeck Christmas Fair: this is on Saturday at St Andrews Church from 10am-2pm and is in aid of Starbeck Christmas Lights.The group is hoping that a new team may be formed to run next years gala and are determined that the Starbeck Lights will continue. This Christmas Fair is always good and gives time to buy more individual types of Christmas gifts and at the same time supports the lights appeal. Do pop in and have a look and a mincepie and coffee. The individual envelopes are being distributed around Starbeck for donations and can be handed in to Mitchells Butcheres, Elite Meat and the post office. The switch on night is Friday, November 29 from 5.30pm with stalls outside the Prince of Wales, a Santa, a raffle and carols and refreshments, a real Starbeck get together and tradition!

Yorkshire Countywomens Association: they hold their meetings on second Monday of each month at 7.15pm and have just changed their venue. They now meet in the welcome centre at St Andrews Church with the entrance off the High Street. New members are always welcome.

Starbeck Residents Association: the AGM and presentation of this years awards from our Starbeck Conmmunity fund will be held on Thursday, January 30 in the welcome centre at St Andrews Church. New members to sit on the committee are welcome, this group is crucial in putting Starbeck’s voice forward on planning issues or other matters that affect Starbeck and of course part of their responsibily is to oversee the grants applications. The group meets only a few times a year so it isn’t an onerous commitment but extremely important for Starbeck. Please volunteer!