Volunteers lend a hand to ‘Love Starbeck’

Photos supplied by Ian Milne
Photos supplied by Ian Milne

VOLUNTEERS came out to ‘Love Starbeck’, for the fourth annual outing of the community imporvement event last Saturay.

More than 70 volunteers, mainly from the Starbeck area, turned up at St Andrew’s Church Hall to pick up litter, clean bus shelters, fix shelves and spruce up gardens for around six hours.

The event was organised by Stephen and Adrienne Amos and opened by Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones.

In total, 20 separate jobs were completed, some for people in the area who struggle to manage certain tasks by themselves, and also some communal work done in partnership with the Starbeck In Bloom team.

For the first time, the Scouts came to lend a hand, and, along with other new volunteers and some seasoned ones, the whole day was deemed to be huge success.

Mr Jones said: “Love Starbeck is a great event, bringing together residents to help those members of the community who find it difficult to do everyday tasks. The local volunteers who take part in are an inspiration and give something back to the community, showing that they truly love Starbeck.”

Rev Francis Wainaina, of St Andrew’s Church, said: “The whole venture of Love Starbeck is like the glue that offers the community to work together in a cohesive way; to be a blessing to one another.”

Christine Stewart, organiser for Starbeck in Bloom, said: “Saturday was an amazing experience – to be part of such a large enthusiastic team and to achieve so many of the jobs for our Starbeck in Bloom projects was thrilling.

“Our thanks to Steve and Adrienne for organising this mammoth event – here’s to next year!”

The Love Starbeck team has thanked various organisations which helped out, including: Starbeck In Bloom, Bettys And Taylors, Daleside Brewery, Mitchells Butchers, Elite Meat, Carmaster, Stoneacre Peugeot, Christopher Nixon Opticians, Bluestone Branding, Martin Gary Productions and Harrogate Borough Council.