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Fundraising Day: members of Tadcaster Methodist church will be travelling to York today, Thursday July 19, when they will be holding their annual Fundraising Day at St Crux Church at the bottom of the Shambles. As well as various stalls there will be refreshments served all day (hopefully outside).

Track 10k: Tadcaster Harriers will be running their Track 10k this evening on Tadcaster Grammar School’s track starting at 7.30pm.

Give Blood: a blood donation session is taking place today, Thursday July 19, in the Riley Smith Hall with sessions from 2-4pm and 5-7.30pm.

Freestyle Night: tomorrow night, Friday July 20 there will be another Gary B’s Freestyle Night taking place in the Riley Smith Hall with dancing, socialising and music from DJ Gary B. The licenced bar will also be open. No need to book, just pay £8 on the door. For more details contact Gary B on 0757 84283979.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic: Friday July 20 is the last day of term at Riverside school and, dry weather permitting, a Teddy Bear’s Picnic is planned to be held out on the school field from 3.30pm when families can bring their own picnic and join in some games. The friends of Riverside have even arranged for an ice cream van to be present on the field but there may be quite a queue.

Stutton Songsters: on Friday evening, July 20 starting at 7.30pm the Stutton Songsters Summer Show will be taking place in St Aidan’s Church in the village. There will be excerpts from many well known shows such as Mary Poppins, Joseph, Jungle Book as well as a Jubilee song, plus Ken Waller and friends and the usual corney jokes. There will also be a raffle and light refreshments available. Admission is £2 with all proceeds to St Aidan’s.

Council Clerk Wanted: Tadcaster Town Council is looking for someone for the permanent post of Clerk to the Council for 20 hours per week. Duties will include acting as adviser to the council and keeping them updated on new local government matters and procedures responsible to Finance Officer and line manager. Previous local government experience is desirable but not necessary as training will be given. Application forms are available from the Ark, 33 Kirkgate phone 01937 834113, email tadcaster.towncouncil@virgin.net. The closing date is July 27.

Panto Meeting: Tadcaster Theatre Company held the first meeting in the Boys Sunday School last Tuesday about their forthcoming family pantomime Cinderella, which will be presented in the Riley Smith Hall from November 7- 10th. Anyone who was unable to attend the preliminary meeting and would still be interested in taking part, either on stage or backstage should contact 01937 834248 for more details or log onto their website Tadcastertheatrecompany.org

Man Who Found Hope: many people in Tadcaster may still remember former Barnardo’s boy John Robinson or have read his book, Nobody’s Child, about how he turned his life around. John, his wife Gillian and family are making a return visit from Thailand to Tadcaster this week and on Sunday July 22 they will be leading the 10.30am morning service in St Mary’s church and using a DVD to illustrate something of their time and work at “ A Place of Grace” in Thailand. After rthe service from 12.30pm onwards ther will be a buffet lunch in the Boys Sunday school to give time for an informal chat with John and Gillian. As Part of the Robinson’s visit there will also be a Young People’s drop-in on Friday July 20 at the Alternative on Chapel Street starting at 7pm where there will be a chance to meet and chat with Natts and Leah Robinson.

RAMP: a 3 day introduction to Off-road Motorcycling starts on Monday July 23 to Wednesday July 25 at Tadcaster Grammar School from 10am to 2pm each day. The course is for youngsters aged 11 and over who are able to sit astride the bike and hold it upright unaided. There are only 12 places available and the course costs £75 per participant. For more information contact Rose Cottage at the Grammar School or phone 01937 837614. There will be another course scheduled from Tuesday August 28 until Thursday August 30 should the first be fully subscribed.

Pool Summer Programme: Tadcaster’s Community Swimming Pool starts its Summer Holiday Programme on Monday July 23 and continues until September 2. There will be courses on offer for non swimmers, nearly swimmers, improvers and advanced stroke clinics. A 3 day canoeing course begins on Tuesday July 24 from 10-11am and costs £30, it is for swimmers NPTS 6 and above or age 8+ who can swim 200 mtrs and be confident under water. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the school holidays there will be a Crazy Fun session between 2-3.30pm when the pool’s Giant Inflatable ice run, surfboards and woggles provide the fun and excitement with music and bubbles adding to the excitement. The session costs £3 per person and an adult must accompany children under 8 years old with a maximum of 2 children per adult. Crazy Fun is very popular so be sure to arrive early. Full details of the pools summer holiday opening and swimming times may be found on their website tadcasterpool.org.uk or by calling in at their reception or phone 01937 833001.

Family of Schools: Tadcaster and Sherburn Family of Schools have arranged a 5 day primary sports activity week in partnership with Selby leisure services for youngsters aged 8 to 10. You can have a go at different sports, learn new skills and meet new friends. The cost is £15 per place. Next Thursday there is to be a family visit to Scarborough. The cost is £10 per adult and £4 per child and there will be pick up points in both Tadcaster and Sherburn leaving at around 8.30am, returning at 6.30pm. For details of both events contact the Partnership Team at Rose Cottage, Tadcaster Grammar School on 01937 832899, or email to partnership@tadcaster.n-yorks.sch.org A small amount of funding to help young people who are eligible for free school meals to attend the activities offered through local schools may be available.

Care Club: Riverside school will be operating a Care Club, open to all local primary school pupils, for the first 4 weeks of the summer holidays. Bookings to be made via the school on 01937 832899. There will be one trip out on each week.

Strawberry Fayre: Kelcbar Community Centre are having a Strawberry Fayre on Saturday July 21. Doors will be open from 11.30am with food being served from midday onwards. There will be a cake stall, raffle, tombola, bric a brac stall etc. Proceeds are to be divided between the Tadcaster Voluntary Car Service and the Kelcbar Community Centre fund. This Friday, July 20 at the centre, Chatterbox starts at 2pm and on Monday chair based exercises begin at 2pm. The regular Wednesday Bingo and hairdresser is at 7.30pm and next Friday, July 27 the Coffee morning starts at 10.30am followed by lunch at 12.15pm but this has to be pre booked by this Friday July 20.

Summer Tennis Club: the Wimbledon Championship may be over for another year but the Olympic tennis will soon be starting and at Tadcaster Grammar School a Summer Tennis Club will also be taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays. This starts on Wednesday July 20 from 10am until 12 noon with qualified tennis coach James Chapman. The Tennis club costs £5 per session with all six sessions costing £25. To find out more and reserve a place phone the partnership team on 01937 837614 or e mail partnership@tadcaster.n-yorks.sch.uk

Ralph Harvey

01937 833003

ralphharvey@btinternet.com