Annual litter pick: the town council is organising the 2013 annual litter pick on Saturday, March 9, from 10am-noon. The idea has always been to ask volunteers to make the town look that little bit better, spending an hour or two picking up litter from the areas where the regular street cleaning doesn’t reach. This may be from hedgerows, parts of the river bank, or round the edges of open spaces. Volunteers are asked to meet at The Ark on Kirkgate between 9.30-10am. You’ll be provided with black bags, litter grabbers (only a limited supply so it’s first come first served) and disposable gloves. Please wear all-weather clothing and appropriate footwear. Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult. If you want to know more, contact the town council on 01937 834113.
Speeding on Wighill Lane: motorists breaking the speed limits on Wighill Lane remain a problem for local people. The town council heard recently that temporary flashing speed signs may soon become available. The county council no longer funds permanent signs like the ones at either end of Towton but, if its Selby Area Committee agrees, will obtain two signs that can be set up for six weeks at a time at different sites in the Selby area. Wighill Lane is known to be a prime site, though the town council will have to meet most of the costs. County highways engineers recommend that signs aren’t used in one place for too long at a time, as they have found that they become less effective in slowing traffic down after about six weeks in any one place.
Your Square Mile projects: Your Square Mile is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to help local communities make positive changes in their localities. They’ve been asked by John Smith’s owners, Heineken, to look at community-based projects and ideas for the town that the brewery might be able to help with. Several of their staff have talked to a wide range of groups over the past few months, and some of their ideas were presented to a meeting in the Riley-Smith Hall on February 6. A group of grammar school students gave a very good report on their work on establishing a permanent skate park. This was looked at by the town council and others some years ago, but no permanent site could be found, and the only equipment in the town is temporary. The students found that there is still strong demand for a permanent site and will continue to see if a site can be found and funded. Another group is concerned at the isolation of some Kelcbar residents, who cannot get to the bus service that runs along Wetherby Road: they are seeing if the bus company can be persuaded to route some of their services through the estate. Getting a mobile shop to serve the area has also been considered. A third group is seeing if local businesses could work with young people to help them with their CVs: an apprenticeship event in March is being looked at. Your Square Mile is eager for community groups to use their website (http://tadcaster.yoursquaremile.co.uk/) to publicise what they are doing.
Restaurant open: our new Italian restaurant, Sapori di Napoli, is now open, in the premises formerly used by Singers Restaurant. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-2.30pm and 5.30-9.30pm (last orders). The telephone number is 01937 835121.
Historical Society: the society’s next meeting is on Thursday, February 28 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church coffee room. John Fielden, the owner of Grimston Park estate, will be talking about the Fieldens of Grimston and Todmorden. Everyone is welcome: admission for non-members is £1.
Rayners Rock and Roll: Rayners next dance is on Friday, March 1 at 8pm (doors open at 7.15pm) in the Riley-Smith Hall. The band is Rockin’ the Joint. For tickets contact Eileen on 07752 333094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leisure Centre activities: why not have a game of badminton at the leisure centre on Station Road? Weekday sessions are available late mornings and afternoons, and through most of Saturday, though you are asked to book a week in advance (telephone them on 01937 834375). An hour on court costs £10.50 for four adults, £8.50 for two adults and £4.20 for children. For young people up to 16 years the leisure centre also offers children’s basketball on Thursdays from 4.15-5.45pm (£3.30 a session) and children’s gym sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4pm (£2.85 a session).
Planning applications: the town council has recently considered three local applications. These were for: a single storey extension to the rear of The Mistle, Manor Farm, in Toulston; a single storey extension to North Bank House, Ouston Lane; and constructing an external bin store, new perimeter fencing and the replacement of the main entrance curtain wall/door at Tadcaster Health Centre.
Introduction to Family History: Friends of Tadcaster Library are hosting an informal family history evening at 6.30pm on Wednesday, February 27 at the library. You’ll find out more about family history and tracing your family tree. There will be an introduction on how to use internet based search facilities with a chance to try out some of the free facilities available at the library. You’ll also get some pointers on other sources of information and how to access them. All are welcome, if you are a complete beginner or you have already started and want to find out more. Perhaps you may be able to share some of your own findings! If you would like to attend it would help if you could contact us or leave your name at the library so we know approximate numbers. Email email@example.com or telephone 01937 831743.