Poppy Appeal: Tadcaster Royal British Legion branch would like to thank everyone for their generosity in this year’s Poppy Appeal. The final total raised locally isn’t yet known, but the amount raised from shops, pubs, schools, and door-to-door collections has so far amounted to £5,475. The branch acknowledges that, without fundraising like this across the country, the Legion wouldn’t be able to continue their vital welfare and benevolent work.
Scouting carol service: St Mary’s Church will host the District Scouting Carol Service on Friday, December 13 at 6pm.
Carol services in St Mary’s and its associated churches: Sunday, December 15 will be a busy day for St Mary’s and all the churches linked to it. St Andrew’s church in Newton Kyme will hold its service at 11am, and at 6pm there are services both in Tadcaster and Church Fenton.
Carol singing at Sainsburys: Churches Together in Tadcaster will be singing carols outside Sainsburys between noon-2pm on Sunday, December 15. They will be serving customers with mince pies and sweets and hope to make this a joyful time for everyone, whether shopping in the store or just going along to join in.
Riverside School Carol Services: our largest primary school is holding two carol services in St Mary’s Church, the first on Tuesday, December 17 at 1.45pm and the second the next day, Wednesday, December 18, at 10am,
50 years of the Chocolate Box: Monday, November 25 saw a small celebration of 50 years of the Chocolate Box on Kirkgate, and Barry Hanby’s ownership of it. Since this well-patronised shop opened Barry’s empire has expanded, and the family now also run Bridge Street News, Woodlands Post Office and Costcutter on Stutton Road, and two businesses in Boston Spa.
The Jingle Bell Bop: now in town for a third year, the Jingle Bell Bop is a festive event for families with young children. This year’s show takes place in the Riley Smith Hall on Sunday, December 15 between 1.30-3.30pm. It’s part party, part panto as Santa, his elves and his fairies take you on a magical interactive journey that’s sure to get you in the festive mood. Apart from the stage show there’s family fun and games, face painting, and Christmas crafts and other stalls. For details of costs and how to book visit their website at www.jinglebellbop.co.uk/
Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts: the last session of the year is on Sunday, December 15 in the Riley Smith Hall, 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. The doors open at 7.30pm.
New youth drop-in centre: the Lower Wharfe Ecumenical Youth Project has been running a youth drop-in centre in Tadcaster for the last six years. They now have their own premises, at 5 Westgate, which were originally the Girls Sunday School and more recently the district council offices. The renovated premises were formally opened on Tuesday, November 26 by Sister Agatha Leach from the Bar Convent in York. The building, now called the Bridge, will initially be open two evenings a week for young people to come and socialise and enjoy various leisure activities. It will be their place to meet and chill out, and trained volunteers will also be on hand to offer separate mentoring or job search advice if needed. Inside the building are now a large space for youth work and activities, a prayer room, and an office. To celebrate the opening, acclaimed artist Paul Hobbs mounted an exhibition of paintings and sculpture called Where’s Your Daddy Gone?
Tadcaster East Christmas Fayre: Friday, December 13 is the date for Tadcaster East Community Primary School’s annual fayre, put on by the Friends of Tad East from 6-8pm. A few days later the children are going to the pantomime in Leeds, which should be good fun all round.
Stutton Parish Council: the next meeting of Stutton Parish Council is on Thursday, December 12 at 7.30pm in Stutton Village Hall. The meeting is open to everyone.
White Christmas: Tadcaster Theatre Company’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas was truly superb, and those who don’t go to see it missed a real treat. An unexpected but very welcome visitor at the Saturday matinee was Bev Jones, who has years of experience in London, York, and elsewhere of producing and directing such productions. His appearance was a very emotional moment, as the company members to whom he spoke all knew that he is in poor health at the moment, but he told them that he thought it was the best show he’d ever seen the company, now over 60 years old, put on at the Riley-Smith Hall. Praise indeed!
Riverside Park: the town council was told, at their meeting on Tuesday, November 26, that the funding for the riverside park project was still available, should the council withdraw its opposition to the scheme. In discussion, councillors stressed that they accepted most of the plans, but had concerns about parts of them, such as the restricted access for the disabled, and the all or nothing condition that accompanied the plans presented in July. They decided to hold further talks with the scheme designers. The latest issue of the town council newsletter covers this project.
Annual Senior Citizens Lunch Party: each year, the Tadcaster Treat Association provides a lunch party in the Riley Smith Hall for residents of Tadcaster who are 70 years old or over. Although the next lunch isn’t till next March, you are asked to register in advance if you qualify, so as to make sure you receive an invitation. You should have had a form for this with the last issue of the town council newsletter, but if you’ve mislaid it please write, before Friday, January 4 to Mrs Bleasby, 10 Edgerton Drive, Tadcaster, LS24 9QW, giving her your full name, your address and postcode, your phone number, your email address (if you have one), and your date of birth.