Starbeck News

Starbeck Christmas Church services: most houses have received a card with all details of Christmas services at our churches but in case you haven’t yet received one here it is. Sunday, December 23 at St Andrews church at 9am there is a Carol service followed at 10.45am by a Nativity service while at Starbeck Methodist church at 9am there is Advent Communion followed by service including Sundi Club at 10.30am Christmas Eve on Monday, December 24 has Christingle services at St Andrews church at 4pm and 6pm These are always very well attended and make a lovely start to Christmas for all the children. St Aelreds have a Vigil Mass at 6.30pm then Midnight Mass at 11pm and Christmas morning Family Mass at 10am. St Andrews Midnight communion is at 11pm with Starbeck Methodist Holy Communion at 11.15pm. On Christmas Day both St Andrews and Methodist have their morning service at 10am. Both churches are looking lovely with trees and decorations, all the flower ladies have worked really hard.

Starbeck Library: here are the opening hours for the library over the Christmas season- Christmas Eve they will be open with the help of Friends from noon and close at 5pm. They will then be closed over Christmas and New Year and reopen on Wednesday, January 2 at noon. All books will be issued for the extra week. The library is very successful and hitting all the targets set by NYCC except for hire of rooms, do the many groups in Starbeck realise how the meeting room can be hired for only £17 for a half day? That is a very competitive rate and it is a lively large room with tea making facilities. If you are interested call in at library and ask for more details. The active Friends group are serving free tea and biscuits each Saturday, a good place for a natter too! On Wednesday, January 16, February 6 and March 6 there is a musical story time for little ones from 0 to five years. They meet from 2 to 2.45pm and Mums, Dads and grandparents are invited to join in .

St Michaels Hospice: the shop in Starbeck is looking for volunteers and have vacancies for various shifts Contact Catherine Varley on 01423 884111 for more details.

Starbeck County and Borough Councillors: are holding a “Meet Your Councillor” surgery at the Starbeck Library on Saturday, December 22 between 10am and noon. Any Starbeck resident who would like to discuss a local issue and seeks advice on a county/borough council matter is very welcome to come along.

RSPB Bird Watch: this will take place on Saturday, January 26. Starbeck in Bloom are joining with Harrogate Bio diversity group to hold a Big bird watch on Belmont field for two hours from 10am to 12pm. We will use the library as the base,and we will serve free tea and refreshments, it could be cold! We hope the Scouts and Cubs will set up a bird feeding station and all are welcome to come and join in. More details after Christmas!

The next Starbeck News will be on January 3 so I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and to thank everyone for all the news items throughout the year. Remember it is your column and please use to publicise your events