Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal: time is running out for you to take part in the world’s largest Christmas shoebox appeal. The Shoe Box Appeal is a charity run by Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritans-purse.org.uk) and each shoe box goes to a child in need all over the world. The local appeal is being run by Churches Together in Tadcaster, who have taken it over from Stepping Stone. If you would like to make up a shoe box, it needs to be with Jane Tillett by Sunday, November 17 at the latest. You can leave your shoe box at the back of St Mary’s church, or ring Jane on 07840 397512 to arrange collection. There are quite a few do’s and don’ts to make sure that your box can be delivered, so please check all the details on the website at www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/getting-started. Good things to add to your shoe box are gloves, scarves, hats, solid sweets (with a use-by date of at least March 2014), toys, puzzle books, colouring books, drawing pencils, crayons, jigsaws, non-liquid toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, flannels, hair bobbles, brushes, combs etc. Please don’t include chocolate or liquids of any kind, but please do include £3 for postage and packing for each box you make up.
Fire Station coffee morning: Tadcaster firefighters invite you to join them for a brew and a bun at a coffee morning, on Saturday, November 16, from 9am to noon at the fire station on Station Road. There will be a tombola and a giant maze, and children are welcome. All proceeds will go to the Firefighters Charity. You can get more information from the fire station on 01937 832223.
A busy week in the Riley-Smith Hall: the hall will be a hive of activity next week. Tadcaster Theatre Company will be having their final rehearsals for their show White Christmas before the performances from Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, November 23 (7.30pm each night and a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday). Tickets are from £12 in advance: contact the box office on 07748 812528, or visit their website at www.tadcastertheatrecompany.org. After the show it’s a quick change-round to allow the monthly session of Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts on Sunday, November 24. The doors open at 7.30pm, with dancing from 8-11pm. Entry is £5 per person: you can pay on the door, as there’s no need to book. Dancing includes ballroom, sequence, Latin American and jive.
100 Years of Toulston Polo Club: this is the title of a book by Sarah Lloyd and Robin Gallagher published earlier this year. It’s a 68-page paperback costing £15: you can get it from Amazon or Waterstones, or direct from one of the authors. There’s more detail on the Tadcaster Historical Society website at http://www.tadhistory.org.uk/breadcrumbs.html.
Carnival 2014: planning has already started for next year’s carnival. The date has been set for Sunday, July 20 and the first fundraising event has just been held. Get the date in your new 2014 diary!
Consultation on household waste recycling centres: the county council is currently consulting the public on changing the way they deal with waste at household waste recycling centres, such as the one off Station Road. Because of Government funding cuts they need to reduce what they spend, and one area for savings is the household waste recycling centre service. This currently costs £5.9million a year to run, and the council needs to save £240,000 in 2014-15. Their suggestion is to charge customers for soil, rubble, and plasterboard, or to refuse to accept these materials at the recycling centres. They also have ideas about how to save more money in the future. The council wants to know what people think about their proposals. You can find out more, and reply to the consultation, from the county council website at http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/hwrcconsultation. The consultation ends on Sunday, December 22 2013.
Marie Curie Fundraising: Marie Curie Cancer Care are holding a meeting for anyone interested in joining a fundraising group in Tadcaster, raising money for this good cause. This is on Wednesday, November 20 at the Angel & White Horse on Bridge Street. The evening will start at 7.30pm and they invite anyone interested to come along, grab a drink at the bar, and join them to find out what being a part of a Marie Curie Fundraising Group will be like, and what activities you may be getting up to. To find out more phone Marie Curie on 07771 963631 or email then at email@example.com. Marie Curie Nurses give professional care to patients who are dying of a terminal illness as well as emotional support to families and friends.
Knitting socks: amongst their other courses, Needlecase at 22 Kirkgate are running a sock knitting workshop on Sunday, November 17 from 10am-4pm. It costs £45. For more information ring them on 01937 830422 or look at their website at www.needlecase.co.uk.
Home fire safety visits: North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service can carry out a home fire safety visit to your home, completely free of charge. Fire Service personnel will come to your home to give you advice on fire safety in the home, actions you can take to reduce the risk of fire, and discuss escape routes should fire occur. As part of the visit they may identify that you need smoke alarms fitting in your home if you don’t already have them, or that existing faulty alarms need replacing. You can book a home fire safety risk visit by calling the Fire Safety Advice Line, 01609 788545, or on their website, www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/communitysafety/fire-safety-visit.
Martin House: congratulations to staff and customers who helped Rob’s Rolls on High Street meet their target of selling 365 sandwiches on Saturday, November 2 to raise funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Selling 368 in the day took them over the mark, raising over £1430, and a donation took them up to £1500.