Cabaret time: Tadcaster Theatre Company brings Cabaret to the Riley-Smith Hall from Thursday, March 21 to Saturday, March 23. There are four performances, each evening at 7.30pm and a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm. All tickets are the same price, £10 each. To go along with the cabaret theme, all seating is at tables of four, six or 10, so they invite you to bring a group along. You can get tickets from any member of the company, or ring the booking hotline on 01937 836078. The company is building on their successful cabaret-style show a year ago, with numbers from Glee, Smash, Wicked, and West Side Story, songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein and George Gershwin, and many other songs from stage and screen. For more information about the company, visit their website at tadcastertheatrecompany.org. New members are always welcome, and after Cabaret there will scarcely be a pause before they get to work on the next show.
Town Council Newsletter: Tadcaster residents should be getting the latest newsletter from the Town Council any day now, with another eight pages of local information. The lead article is about Riverside School’s involvement in the Eco-Schools project. Since January the school reckons that none of its waste has gone to landfill, with specialist contractors recycling it all – quite an achievement. The council’s newsletter comes out four times a year. If you’ve got some local news you’d like to see in the next issue (due in June), please contact the council in The Ark within the next few weeks: just email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The newsletter is also available on the council’s website, at http://www.tadcastertowncouncil.co.uk/Core/Tadcaster-TC/Pages/Tadcaster_Newsletters_2.aspx.
Town Twinning news: Tadcaster Twinning Association is looking forward to the visit by a group of students from our twin town, St Chely d’Apcher, from Monday, April 15 to Wednesday, April 17. This is a fairly brief visit, with the group spending one day at the grammar school and one day sightseeing in Tadcaster and York, with social events in the evenings. But before that the association has its AGM, on Monday, March 25 at 7pm in The Ark on Kirkgate. If you’re interested in town twining and want to find out more, you’ll be most welcome. Alternatively you can contact the secretary, Cath Grainger, on 01937 530990.
St Patrick’s day celebrations: Tadcaster Social Club is planning a special karaoke to celebrate St Patrick’s day on Saturday, March 16. They’ve called the event Paddyoke and they promise a wide range of Irish traditional songs as well as many other songs to choose from. The evening begins at 8pm and it is free to enter.
Popular music quiz: as if Paddyoke isn’t enough, Tadcaster Social Club are holding a popular music quiz on Friday, March 22. The night begins at 8.30pm with Sticky Fingers and leads on to the club’s usual eclectic mix of strange and odd categories. These are chosen from TV themes, faces, lyrics, and anything else the quizmaster can think of to confuse people. Admission is £1 per person. There’s a free supper at half time to revive the flagging brain cells, before the evening goes on to a climax ending at around 11pm.
Pub games: Tadcaster Social Club is offering teams of four the chance to take part in some traditional pub games. The games are being voted on during March, with five games to be chosen from a short-list of chess, draughts, dominoes, cribbage, crash, shove ha’penny, pool, and darts. Serious competition will start in early April. If you’re interested, call in at the club on Chapel Street during opening times, ring 01937 833 498, or email them on email@example.com.
Zumbathon: help raise funds for the charity Action for Children at the Zumbathon on Sunday, March 24 at the Riley-Smith Hall starting at 1pm. You’re promised three hours of zumba. The registration fee is £10, with a minimum sponsorship target of just £50. Everyone gets a free goody bag and wrist band, and anyone raising over £50 will be entered in a prize draw. There’s also raffle with fantastic prizes. For more information on how to sign up, contact Vicky on 0113 2007065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds go to Action for Children, and there’s more about them on their website, www.actionforchildren.org.uk.
Changes to Council Tax exemptions: Selby District Council has posted detailed information online about big changes to Council Tax exemptions and other benefits, to help local people find out more. You can see how the welfare reform changes will affect you by looking on the web at www.selby.gov.uk/welfare_reform. The council has already held drop-in sessions in the district, and is now contacting those affected. Community officers will visit in person those who may need extra support. The changes are part of the national reforms to the welfare system, with Council Tax Benefit moving to a new system called Council Tax Support. Everyone of working age who is eligible for this will be liable to pay a contribution of some sort, and council and Housing Association tenants of working age who are deemed to have spare bedroom space will face a cut in the amount of support they receive. Pensioners will be protected and will see no change.
MP’s surgery: our MP, Nigel Adams, is holding a surgery on Saturday, March 16 from 10.30am-noon in his Tadcaster office at 17 High Street. To make a booking to see him phone 01937 838088, or email email@example.com.