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Roderic Parker

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Historical Society: the last meeting of 2012 is on Thursday, November 22 at 7.30pm in the Coffee Lounge of Tadcaster Methodist Church. Katy Turner will be talking about Mary Queen of Scots in Yorkshire.

Remembrance Sunday parade: the sun shone on November 11, as the town showed its respects to those who had given all for their country in time of war. The parade to St Mary’s Church sets off at 9.45am, with the band leading the contingent from the Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron based at RAF Church Fenton. Behind them marched members of the local Royal British Legion branch, other ex-service personnel, representatives from the police and the fire and rescue service, members of the town council, and a good number of Scouts and Guides, from six or seven years old upwards. This made for a packed St Mary’s Church. People from all the town’s churches and from none then assembled by the war memorial before 11am to witness a dozen or more wreaths being laid. The Last Post sounded out, finishing just as the church clock began to strike the hour. Only the barking of a dog interrupted the two minutes silence. Two trumpeters played the Reveille, and the parade ended with a march past, with the Officer Commanding at RAF Church Fenton taking the salute.

Tribute to Special Constable Glenn Goodman: as they have done for some years now, members of the town council walked up to the Glenn Goodman memorial after the Remembrance Sunday parade. The Methodist minister, Rev Amy Walters, led a very short commemoration, and Police Inspector Richard Abbott and the Mayor, Coun Steve Cobb, laid wreaths. It was only a few months since local people had honoured the 20th anniversary of Glenn’s death whilst on duty.

Tadcaster Christmas Fair: takes place this year, with most of the activities on Sunday, December 2. Just as last year, there will be a Christmas outdoor market in Westgate and Kirkgate from 10am to 3pm. Local organisations, and traders from further afield, will have stalls with a range of goods and competitions, as well as food and drink. A small funfair will be out on Kirkgate. This year there will also be some stalls in the Girls’ Sunday School (the white-painted building on Kirkgate, nearly opposite the Riley-Smith Hall). Inside the Riley-Smith Hall will be a Craft Fair, and Father Christmas will also be present. Upstairs in the Boys’ Sunday School (across the road from St Mary’s Church tower) will be a stable scene: everyone is invited to visit and bring a gift for the baby Jesus. You are asked not to wrap your gift, as the gifts will be distributed to families living in local towns and cities where they will be most appreciated. Light lunches and refreshments will be available in the Sunday School. The Christmas Fair is run by a number of local people, co-ordinated by the town council.

Carols and Christingle: as the Christmas Fair draws to a close on Sunday, December 2, the joint schools’ children’s choir will sing carols at 3pm outside St Mary’s Church. After this is the Christingle Service in St Mary’s Church, starting at 3.30pm.

Tadcaster Christmas Fair- the prequel: this year there will be more going on on the day before the Christmas Fair. On Saturday, December 1 you will find a Christmas window spotting competition. This is a fun activity where the shops in Tadcaster hide something in their windows which wouldn’t usually be found there. The fun is finding all the objects from each shop! There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. We will also be holding a Christmas Painting Competition. If you’re a budding artist, another Van Gogh or Picasso, get your pens, pencils and paintbrushes ready! Look out for posters in the town very soon. Details will also be sent to schools and clubs. If you’d like to get in touch about the window spotting competition or the painting competition, please contact Kirsty on kposkitt@hotmail.com.

Christmas Tree Festival: as part of the Christmas Fair weekend, Tadcaster Methodist Church will be holding their annual Christmas Tree Festival, on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 from 10am to 4pm. Over 20 Christmas trees will be sponsored and decorated by local businesses, schools, local groups and associations to demonstrate their products and activities. Christmas music and slide shows will be on in the background, and the church’s Open Door Café will be open throughout the weekend.

St Joseph’s School Christmas Fair: the Parent Teacher Association is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 1, from 10am to 2pm. For further information, please ring 01937 832344.

Town council meetings: the next meetings are in The Ark on Kirkgate, on Tuesday, December 4. The Finance and General Purposes Committee meets at 7.30pm, followed by the full council at 7.45pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. Agendas will be published a few days before the meetings, but one item will be the council’s budget for the next year. This will lead on to setting the town council’s (relatively small) slice of the council tax bills that will drop on our doormats early next year.

Brass Band Christmas Concert: Tadcaster Methodist Church is once again hosting the Shepherd Group Brass Band Christmas Concert. This will be on Friday, December 7 at 7.30pm. If this is like their previous concerts, there will be a mixture of splendid band playing and Christmas carols for everyone to join in with. Admission is £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. Refreshments will be served in the interval, and there will be a raffle.