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Inspirational pool: Tadcaster’s community swimming pool features in a story on the ASA website, one of a collection of success stories of pools that have been saved, and in some cases are now thriving, thanks to the support of local communities. The story begins at http://www.pool-watch.co.uk/be-inspired.html and is a good reminder of the highs and lows since the pool opened 18 years ago.

Paramedic trial: you may have seen a green and yellow emergency vehicle parked outside the medical centre recently. In a trial being run by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Ron Wilkinson will be based there till October. As a paramedic practitioner, he can be called out to any incident where a paramedic is needed, in the town or many miles away, though many of his calls are to Wetherby, Sherburn, and Boston Spa. When he’s called to a domestic emergency he is often able to do more than just deal with the immediate needs, and can assess extra help or aids that the person may need. In this way he works as a full member of the medical centre team. He is also helping to recruit community first responders locally. These are volunteers from the community who have been trained in life-saving skills, and who can be called on to help in an emergency until an ambulance can reach the scene. One of the ambulance service’s concerns is to get more people trained and equipped to deal with cardiac arrest, where quick action can really increase the patient’s chances of survival. If you want to know more about volunteering, ring 0845 120 3155 or email responders@yas.nhs.uk.

MP’s surgery: our MP, Nigel Adams, is holding an advice surgery on Friday, August 16 from 11.30am at his Tadcaster office, 17 High Street. To book an appointment, ring 01937 838088 or email hazel.dales@parliament.uk.

Creepy House: as part of the summer’s reading challenge for young readers, the last of the story and craft sessions, Spine tingling cellar, will be held at Tadcaster Library on Station Road on Wednesday, August 21. Please book in advance: phone 0845 0349542.

Tadcaster Jive Freestyle night: the next freestyle night is on Friday, August 23 at the Riley-Smith Hall, from 8pm till midnight. Entry is £8, with dancing downstairs and upstairs, a licenced bar, and socialising. There’s no need to book, just pay on the door. For more details telephone 07773 013847, email dance@cerocextra.com, or look on the web at www.cerocyorkshire.com.

Race Night: Tadcaster Magnets Cricket Club is hosting a race night in the Magnet clubhouse on Friday, August 23. The £2.50 entry price includes your race card and a pie and peas supper. Doors open at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome. You can get tickets from the bar, from most cricket club members, or by phoning Paul Clarke on 0794 7272668.

Albion’s new season underway: Tadcaster Albion’s new season in the NCEL (Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League) Premier Division started earlier in August. Their next games are at home on Tuesday, August 20 against Pickering Town (kick off 7.45pm) and away at Garforth Town on Saturday, August 24 (kick off 3pm). Ticket prices for home games are £5 (adults) or £3 (seniors): children under 16 get in free when they are accompanied by an adult.

Lifeguard Training: Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust is offering free lifeguard training for anyone aged between 16 and 24 who lives in the Tadcaster area. Sessions are being run in the pool on Westgate from Monday, August 26 to Sunday, September 1. Training is provided free of charge to volunteers in return for 50 hours lifeguarding over six months (two hours per week), or at £250 to non-volunteers. A £50 deposit is required on booking, which will be reimbursed to anyone volunteering once all their hours have been completed. For more information contact Chris Hirst at the pool on 01937 833001, or email chirst@tadcasterpool.org.uk, or pick up an application form from reception. The training is to national (Royal Lifesaving Society) standards.

IT help at the library: free computer help and basic IT courses are available at the library on Station Road on Saturday mornings. There is a free drop-in service for assistance and advice with general PC issues such as e-mail setup, virus and spyware removal, and application and hardware troubleshooting. The library also offers basic PC literacy and skills courses. You will need to book in advance with a staff member.