Christine Stewart

01423 545024

Switch on: tomorrow evening, November 29 the Starbeck Christmas Lights switch on at 7pm. The large Christmas tree will be on the forecourt of the Prince of Wales and the lights will be switched on by the raffle winner! Tickets have been sold to choose this person so who will it be? The Starbeck Gala committee are organising this traditional evening with carols, refreshments and stalls from 5pm. Father Christmas will be there to make it a fun family event. Donations for the lights appeal can still be handed in to Mitchells butchers, Elite Meat or the post office. Once the lights are on we know Christmas isn’t far away!

Christmas Fair: the annual Christmas fair was last Saturday in St Andrews church and was a really good day. There were lots of different stalls and it was well attended. The event was organised by Starbeck Gala and the funds raised go towards the Christmas lights appeal. The Starbeck school drumming band was a good highlight,the youngsters are so good!

Tour de France: the public meeting was held in Starbeck Working Mens club and was well attended. A good presentation was given by Garry Atkins from Harrogate council and Nick Widdowson of N Yorks Police and I for one had no idea how big an event this is going to be! Apart from having a huge screen on Belmont field apparently Starbeck will be hosting a huge amount of visitors and even the trains will cease to run! A meeting will now be held on Thursday December 19 at 7pm at SWMC to form our Starbeck Group to decide on our activities for the Grand Depart weekend of July 5 and 6. Many of those attending the public meeting will help form the group but others are welcome to come along. It might be good to see some more of the local businesses as this is going to be a Once in a Lifetime event and really good for Starbeck and its economy.

Starbeck Christmas Concert: Starbeck Methodist Church presents A Christmas Celebration. Members of the church family will provide a programme of musical entertainment on Saturday, December 14 at 7.30pm Admission is free to this concert, there will be a retiring collection for church funds. Everyone is most welcome.

Springwater School Coffee Mornings: every Friday morning in term time the pupils and staff of Springwater school host a coffee morning from 10.30-11.30am .Fresh scones and cakes are on offer too! It is easy to access just walk down the drive to school and follow the signs. Springwater school has been part of our Starbeck community for years and we are all familiar with the pupils as they visit our shops and go for walks. This enterprise is the Sixth form section of the school as they prepare to enter the workplace, giving them opportunities to cook, serve and organise. Pop along tomorrow and enjoy a hot scone!

St Andrews Church: An Advent Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday 14th December from 10am to 1pm, in St Andrew’s Church tea and coffee and mince pies, stalls, cakes and preserves will all be available . Find the Angel competition will be held around Starbeck shops from December 1, entry forms available from the church and completed entries can be returned to the school and to the church by December 11. Shop window competitions are always fun so start to look out for the angels! If your little ones would like to dress up and go with you to the Advent Day a prize will also be given to the best dressed angel.

Christmas at Starbeck Library with Handprints: this was held on November 20 and it was lovely to see the crafts and cards that Handprints have created. They are available at the library and as always are really unique. Don’t forget the coffee bar in the library is manned everyday by the pupils of Handprints and they love to serve you. Every Saturday the coffees are offered by Friends of Starbeck Library for their funds and they also hold monthly book sales.

Poppleton Community Railway Nursery: you may remember during the spring Starbeck in Bloom went by train to Poppleton to collect the plants for the railway station? The community nurseries at Poppleton nurseries provided excellent plants and the railway station planters have looked really good this summer. On Saturday, December 7 they are holding a Christmas fair selling holly wreaths, table decorations and Christmas floral gifts so why not pop on a train to Poppleton and support them. The fair is from 10am-3pm .

If you would like a mention for your Christmas event let me know as soon as possible, posters also can be displayed in the community notice board on Belmont field.