Starbeck News

Coronation film: do you remember last year I was asking for information about people in an old Coronation photo for Yorkshire television? I had lots of replies and manage to identify nearly all the children and mothers in the street party in Starbeck. I work part time at the Harrogate Pump Room museum and they are showing the original film! Most of it is set in Harrogate but there is the Starbeck street party and parties in Knaresborough too. The propaganda film to encourage southeners to come north to work at ICI is also showing so why not pop into town and for a small entry fee see who you can spot.

St Andrews Allotments AGM: the date has now been changed -it is now on Thursday, March 14 at 7.30pm in the Conservative club on The Avenue. The waiting list is shortening so if you live in Starbeck and are interested in starting an allotment pop along to AGM.

Starbeck Methodist Church: the last concert of the season is on this Saturday, March 9. A Brass Bonanza - joint concert The Harrogate Band with the Knaresborough Silver Band at 7.30pm Starbeck Methodist Church. Tickets: Adult £6, child £3, family £15 (two adults two children). Available at the door or from email, Tel 01423 887939. Last year was the first time the two bands had performed exclusively in a concert together and it was such a success that they are doing it again and what better place than Starbeck. Expect an evening of traditional brass band classics and solos mixed in with a few pieces for the aficionados all compered by the two musical directors. Light refreshments are available during the interval. It’s a two bands for one deal.

Starbeck in Bloom: lots of projects are underway at the moment to get ready for our special year as an entrant in Britain in Bloom. The newly resited boundary railway near the golf club now has a flower bed - but it won’t get flowers planted til the spring. Near the swimming pool is another new flower bed with a figure of a swimmer. Again this will get planted in the spring. The first fund raising event is the Big Bag pack at Morrisons on Easter saturday and then a spring event on April 20 at the Library. We hope to include some tree planting, wild flower seed sowing, a bug hunt and even a litter pick with lots of youth groups. There will be a giant cake stall and refreshments and hopefully raise money for all the new flowers and plants.

Starbeck Community Fund Grants: these were announced at the Starbeck Residents Association AGM on Tuesday, February 26 at the Conservative Club. In the April round of grants an individual award of £200 was given to Luke Hobbs, a young man who is doing very well in his sport of rock climbing. He gave a short presentation of his achievements and how the grant has helped to give him extra tuition. Starbeck Cons club were awarded £1000 towards new lighting and seating in the snooker area, Harrogate Railway were given £200 towards new equipment for junior groups. Starbeck Tennis club were awarded £1113 towards new nets and equipment for a new junior group and Starbeck guides received £200 towards a laptop to help train young leaders. In the autumn round of grants Starbeck Community school were awarded £1500 towards setting up a ukelele group and a kiln to help in art work. Starbeck Brownies received £140 towards new neckers and hats and St Andrews Allotments received £100 to help with maintenance of machinery. Starbeck in Bloom were awarded £850 for the new autumn tree planting scheme and towards the cost of the hanging baskets. In total over £5300 of grant money was allocated and each group gave an account of how the money would be spent. The application forms for 2013 are obtainable from Gary Atkins at Harrogate Borough Council, remember any Starbeck based group can apply for up to £2000 and individual awards for young people up to £200. The application forms must be returned by mid April for the spring round.

Red Nose Day : the Fit 4 Fun group are running fitness activities all week outside Victoria Shopping centre in Harrogate with an ambitious programme of events from boxercise to aerobics and fitness challenges and even fencing. Each day will have different activities and run every day from 10am-4pm until Saturday, March 9. Their slogan is We’re doing something Funny for Money. Sounds fun.

Remember if you have any function or event you can email me at Phone 545024 or call at 35 Millfield Glade.