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Roderic Parker

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Children’s Heart Surgery Fund: there’s a craft and gift fair in the Riley-Smith Hall from 10am-2pm on Saturday, June 22. Admission is free. On offer will be Pampered Chef, Usborne books, knitted and crochet items, beauty items, jewellery, paintings, cards, baby items, a tombola, and lots more. If you want to donate anything for the tombola, you are welcome to bring it on the day. There will also a licenced bar and cafe. The fair is raising money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, which supports the work done at the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. They fund equipment, resources and research for the treatment of children with heart defects, and provide a support service for both the children and their families along the way.

Arthritis Research events: Tadcaster and Wetherby branch of Arthritis Research have a couple of fundraising events coming up. On Saturday, June 22 they’re holding a table top sale in Wetherby Town Hall. A table costs £10, and to book one please ring Sheila Clayton on 01937 842954. A few days later, on Tuesday, June 25, they are holding a coffee morning at The Manor, Wetherby, from 10am-noon, with coffee, cakes, tombola, books, greeting cards and a raffle. Admission is free.

Coming up at Kelcbar Community Centre: on Friday, June 14 Kelcbar will host a guest speaker, Mr George Goodair, who will be talking about the hilarious experiences of a traffic warden at 2pm. Sessions of chair-based exercises are on Mondays, June 17 and 24, at 2pm. Bingo sessions are on Wednesdays, June 19 and 26, starting at 7.30pm. The regular art class is on Wednesday, June 19, from 1-4pm, and on Thursday, June 20 from 2-4pm is chess for beginners. The walking group leaves the centre at 10.30am on Tuesday, June 25, with refreshments afterwards. Everyone is welcome to any of these activities.

Gary B’s Freestyle night: Gary hosts another session at the Riley-Smith Hall on Friday, June 21. There’s four hours of modern jive, from 8pm to midnight. Enjoy the best dance tracks new and old from DJ Gary B, and the licensed bar. Tickets are £8 per person. There’s no need to book, just pay on the door. For details contact Gary on 07578 423979. You can find out more about Gary’s night and similar events across the country from the UK-jive website, uk-jive.co.uk.

Land’s End to John O’Groats: by now Tadcaster’s two cyclists, Albert Tether and Derek Marshall, should be well on their way from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, travelling around 1,200 miles and aiming to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. To donate online go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraiser/search.html and type Derek Marshall in the search box to take you to Derek’s page. All donations to Macmillan Cancer Support will be really appreciated.

Tadcaster Railway Station: a website simply called Disused Stations (http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/) seeks to record information about all closed railway stations in the country. The compilers of the site are now looking at the Church Fenton to Harrogate line (the line that served Tadcaster), which has the dubious honour of been the first line to fall under the Beeching axe, with all stations closing to passenger traffic in 1964. They are asking for copies of any photographs, plans, tickets etc. relevant to Tadcaster Station, Tadcaster viaduct and other stations or engineering structures on the line. Please get in touch by email to nick@catford.orangehome.co.uk if you can help. The Tadcaster Community Archive would also be interested in any local material.

MoorsBus and DalesBus services: the summer schedules are now in use on the MoorsBus service, which runs to the North York Moors national park, and the DalesBus service, to the Yorkshire Dales. Both services run only on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The best way to connect with two of the MoorsBus routes is to use the Coastliner to Pickering. The DalesBus 800 service goes through Tadcaster to Ilkley and on to Hawes, while the 823/825 will take you to Harrogate, Pateley Bridge, and all the way up Nidderdale. There’s only one return service each day, but even so the buses can get you out and about. Timetables are available in the library on Station Road, or online.

Maps online: you can now look at ordnance survey maps of Tadcaster and the whole of North Yorkshire online. A series of maps is available, covering the periods 1846-1863, 1889-1899, 1907-1924, 1930-1954 and 1953-1958. They’re available on the county council website at http://maps.northyorks.gov.uk/connect/?mapcfg=historic_maps. If you zoom in far enough you can see the modern map outlines (though the old and the new are slightly mis-aligned). It’s fascinating to see how the town and the area around have changed over the years.

Christian Aid Week: on behalf of Churches Together in Tadcaster, who organise the collection for Christian Aid week, a very big thank-you to Sainsbury’s, who let the volunteers collect there during the week, the collectors in Sainsbury’s, the church congregations, and others who all gave generously. The amount raised came to £1825.64. This included a donation from Christine Bennett, a Methodist local preacher, who before she died put aside a donation for Christian Aid.

Music Quiz: Tadcaster Social Club is putting on a music quiz on Friday, June 14 at 8pm. The night begins with Sticky Fingers and moves on 50 questions, with bits and pieces, picture questions, and a specialist round. There are generous cash prizes and some spot prizes, and food will be served at half-time. This should be another great night. And don’t forget that, on Friday, June 21 and every other Friday night, the social club hosts a general knowledge quiz, starting at 8pm. Cash prizes are on offer

TadChorale at Church Fenton: TadChorale are singing in a concert in Church Fenton Village Hall on Friday, June 21. Tickets cost £7, which includes a light supper and a raffle.