Christine Stewart

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A couple of reminders for events this Saturday, December 14: the concert at Starbeck Methodist church starts at 7.30pm. It is A Christmas Celebration with members of the church family providing a programme of musical entertainment. Admission is free to this concert, there will be a retiring collection for church funds.Everyone is most welcome.

St Andrews Advent coffee morning, Saturday, December 14 10am-1pm in St Andrew’s Church. Tea/coffee and mince pies, stalls, cakes and preserves will be available. The results of Find the Angel competition being held in the Starbeck shops will be announced and there is a prize for the best dressed angel on the day. So come on all you girls find that fairy costume!

Starbeck Christmas Lights: the switch on was a success with the usual large crowd of people! The weather was cold and windy but fine and dry. Everyone loves to see the lights go on and it certainly brightens up the High Street for the whole month. The Christmas fair at end of November was also a success raising money for the lights this year and the committee have plans for next years too!

Starbeck Library: the Friends of the Library hold a booksale on the second Saturday of each month - Decembers is this Saturday, December 14. Every Saturday there is a coffee morning and on Saturday, December 21 it will be a special one for all the many friends and supporters of the library.

Tour de France meeting: this is on Thurdsay, December 19 at 7pm in Starbeck Working Mens Club. We hope to form a working group and move ahead with plans for the Tour next July. All are welcome

Starbeck in Bloom: the last work party of 2013 was last weekend when we tidyed up the wildflowers from around the play area and also tidyed Addymans Wood. Thank you to all who keep an eye out for us and especially the many dog walkers who help keep down the litter. Unfortunately during this summer we have had problems with the bark of the trees being torn and damaged. It is quite a mystery as to why this is happening but it could be that some of our trees may die this winter because of the damage. Please all continue to be vigilant and do tell the local police if you see this happening. They are aware of the situation but so far have had no success in stopping the damage. Sadly also this week we have had the seat of the owl bench stolen. If any one comes across it please do let me know, we fear it may have been taken as a prank then abandoned. It is carved with Addymans Wood so easily recognisable.

Good news: to end on a more positive note we have just received a cheque for Starbeck in Bloom from Starbeck Working Mens Club. It is from their charity evening and is extremely generous! I understand that we were a joint charity with BLISS and I’m sure they are equally delighted. Thanks to all who supported the evening to raise such a large amount,we assure you all that we will make very good use of it and sets us off in good stead for 2014.

May I wish all the readers of the Starbeck column a very Happy Christmas and thanks to all who keep me informed of events and activities throughout the year.