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Halloween at Sainsburys: on Thursday, October 31 Sainsbury’s Tadcaster will be hosting a Halloween dress up competition. Everybody is welcome. Judging will take place at 6pm with a gift voucher being given to the winner. Sweet bags will also be available to any trick or treaters.

Martin House: Rob’s Rolls, at 13 High Street, are raising funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice on Saturday, November 2. They aim to sell 365 sandwiches, one for each day of the year that a child needs to be cared for. There will also be a raffle. All proceeds will go to Martin House. Go along and show your support – and if you’re an early bird, they’ll be open from 7.30am. More details from Rob on 01937 835290.

New opening hours, new timetable at the leisure centre: the leisure centre on Station Road is now open longer, from 7am-10pm on Mondays and Fridays, 9am-10pm midweek (Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays), and 9am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Some of the morning opening times are earlier than before, for those who want to exercise before they start the rest of the day. Apart from the big sports hall, they have a fitness gym and an activity room. A crèche is available for some sessions, and it’s a popular venue for birthday parties. They also sell a range of sportswear. The new timetable offers a wide range of exercise classes: for example, there are aerobics classes every weekday, with a high intensity aerobic work-out on Saturdays and Tuesdays; there’s indoor cycling every weekday; there’s junior gym twice a week; or you can try your hand at circuits, pilates, tae kwon do, bodytone, or zumba. You’ll need to book in advance for many of the sessions, and to book a badminton court. If you’ve got an iPhone, you can download the centre’s new iPhone app, GymJam. You can find out more about the centre by phone on 01937 834375 or from their website at www.wlct.org/tadcaster, or just call in.

Selby Visually Impaired Walking Group: Carol Nardell is trying to set up a walking group for the visually impaired, based in Selby, which may be of interest to Tadcaster people. She is drawing on the experience of a very successful group in Sheffield. Some members there were born without sight, others were born sighted and lost their sight over different periods of time, quite a few with Age-related Macular Disease, an increasing problem as people live longer. The group will need walk leaders or other walkers of all levels, experienced sighted guides or people willing to be trained, people to transport members to and from the walk venues, and many more. If you are interested in helping in whatever way possible, regularly or ad hoc, or just wish to know more, please call Carol Nardell on 01977 682941 or 07753 695951, or email her at carol.viz-ability-vips@hotmail.com.

Car parking changes: since the end of May Harrogate Borough Council, on behalf of the county council, has taken over responsibility from the police for enforcing parking restrictions on public highways in our area. Some concern has been expressed that Tadcaster could be ‘forgotten’ under the new scheme, with priority being given to the larger towns covered by Harrogate. However, the Harrogate agency has told the police and the town council that, as agents for the county council, they will take their new responsibility to enforce on-street parking regulations very seriously, and work to the best of their ability within the resource levels agreed with the county. Indeed, a parking warden has been seen at work in the town, the first for some time. To report a contravention of a parking restriction in the area please call 01423 500600 or email parkingservices@harrogate.gov.uk.

Remembrance Sunday parade: the annual Remembrance parade will take place on Sunday, November 10. Led by the Golden Rail brass band, participants will include members of the Tadcaster branch of the Royal British Legion, the RAF Association, the Police and Fire & Rescue Service, and the Scouts and Guides. The parade ends with the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial, the two minutes silence, and the ceremonial march-past.

What’s on in Tadcaster Social Club: on Saturday, November 9 Tadcaster Social Club opens its doors at 7.30pm to all performers for the town’s only open mic night. Admission is free. This should be a good night of live entertainment from the best performers in the town and the area around. If you want to perform, contact girdard@gmail.com in advance. The club has a full sound system, all you need is your instrument and your talent. The following day, Sunday, November 10 the club is hosting a 40s singalong straight after the Remembrance Sunday parade. All the old favourites from the time, many of them still popular today.

Town council meetings: the next council meetings are of the full council on Tuesday, November 5 and of the Environment Committee on Tuesday, November 12. The second of these will have its budget for next year on the agenda. Both meetings will be in The Ark on Kirkgate, starting at 7pm. and are open to everyone: time is set aside for members of the public to raise any issues concerning the town. The agenda will be published a few days before each meeting, on the council’s three noticeboards (outside The Ark, by the Stutton Road shops, and just above Costcutter on Hillside), and also on the council’s website (www.tadcastertowncouncil.co.uk).

White Christmas: not a weather forecast, but the show! Tadcaster Theatre Company presents the UK amateur premiere of Irving Berlin’s famous show White Christmas, based on the 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney. The show is on in the Riley-Smith Hall, Westgate, from Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, November 23 at 7.30pm each night, with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. Tickets are from £12 in advance: contact the box office on 07748 812528, or visit their website at www.tadcastertheatrecompany.org. Tickets are also available from any member of the company.