Tadcaster Historical Society: the Society’s next meeting will be on Thursday, January 24 at 7.30pm in the Coffee Lounge of Tadcaster Methodist Church. This will be their AGM and will be followed by a quiz and seasonal refreshments.
Burns Night Music Quiz: don’t forget Tadcaster Social Club’s Scottish-themed music quiz, on Friday, January 25. 8.30pm start, entry £1 per person. Traditional Scottish tatties neeps and haggis will be served.
Tadcaster Albion: most of the Albion’s scheduled games are away from home at the moment, which at least might give the pitch, which was partly under water in the recent floods, a chance to recover. The next home game is on Tuesday, February 5, an NCEL Premier Division match against Glasshoughton Welfare. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
Table top sale: the Wetherby and Tadcaster branch of Arthritis Research UK is running a Table Top Sale in Wetherby on Saturday, April 6 from 9.30am-4pm. A table costs £10. If you’re thinking of booking one, please contact Sheila Clayton 01937 842954.
Junior cricket: nets for Under 11s and Under 15s have now started each week at Tadcaster Leisure Centre, every Friday from 7-8pm. There’s also Under 15s Hardball, for experienced Years 7 to Year 10s, and Under 11s softball for Years 3 to Year 6. These supervised sessions are each Friday until April. The cost is £2.50 per session. Just turn up, there’s no need to book in advance. For more information contact Rob Hill, the juniors co-ordinator, on 07944 472793.
Wiggle n giggle: this weekly class offers you dance exercise in a friendly atmosphere, with clear easy to follow instructions. It’s held in the Boys Sunday School (by St Mary’s Church) on Tuesdays from 10-11am. Over 55s are especially welcome. The cost is £3.50 a week, and there’s no need to book. For more information please contact Viv Bolton on 07931 508444.
Rock and Roll at the Riley Smith Hall: another Rayners Rock and Roll night, this time with Downtown Daddyo’s band, on Friday, February 1. For tickets, contact Eileen on 07752 333094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The doors open at 7.15pm, the dance starts at 8pm.
Macmillan Cancer Support: the Tadcaster and Sherburn Communities Fundraising Group would like to thank local people for their continuing support. In 2012 over £1800 was sent to Macmillan to support their very necessary work, particular mention must be made of Popple Well Springs and the Tadcaster Bowling Club, both of whom had very successful fundraising events. The local committee is urgently looking for new members, so if you’re interested please contact Janet Burgis on 01937 557697.
Police and Crime Commissioner: last November Julia Mulligan was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and the City of York, and on Monday, January 14 she spoke at the Community Engagement Forum meeting in the Riley Smith Hall. There were only a few dozen in the audience, but they had some interesting questions, so that she was on her feet answering them for nearly an hour. One of the first issues to come up was simply how to contact her, hers is a new post and, like all her colleagues nationwide, she is starting from scratch. She has a website (soon to be redesigned), http://www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/, an email address (pcc@ northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk), and hopes to have a permanent office in central Harrogate soon. She is speaking at all sorts of local meetings and getting ideas about what local people want. She gave the example of speeding, which many towns and villages (including Tadcaster) see as a problem which they think the police may ignore, she has ideas about how to deal with this issue. Alcohol is also a county-wide problem, but perhaps different solutions will produce results in different areas. She clearly was concerned about anti-social behaviour, which may be low-level in crime terms but upsets a large number of people. She sees the need to form partnerships with local organisations, while at the same time acknowledging that in the long run only community-led actions will lead to permanent solutions. (One member of the audience spoke about how a local group in Tadcaster had helped deal with the early-hours drinking problem that we had a couple of years ago.) She was keen to emphasise that her post should cut out a lot of bureaucracy which the now defunct Police Authorities generated, and should lead to much quicker and better local decision-making with less interference from the Home Office. One of her main tasks is to develop a ‘police and crime plan’, setting out strategies for policing across the county. Although she didn’t say it in so many words, her role doesn’t handle complaints about the police service, though she will listen to what people say about what the police should do and work to get better scrutiny of county policing. She also warned us that the county Police faced funding difficulties from next year.
Crime figures down: straight after Julia Mulligan’s talk at the last Community Engagement Forum, Inspector Richard Abbott, who is responsible for community policing in Tadcaster and a large part of the district, spoke about recent crime statistics. Local crime rates have gone down for the fifth year in succession, though there’s never any room for complacency. In Tadcaster East recorded crimes were 27 per cent down last year compared to the year before, and in Tadcaster West they were down 41 per cent. He was clear that some of this drop was because people were being more careful, for example not leaving valuable items out in their gardens or visible in their cars. He too was asked about anti-social behaviour, and said that the police were always learning how to deal with it better.