Historical Society: the society’s next meeting is on Thursday, May 23 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Coffee Room. Helen Cox will be talking about Life in the time of Towton, and how people lived their lives in the late fifteenth century. As part of her talk she is expected to show the kind of clothes that they wore. Everyone is welcome: admission for non-members is £1.
Footballing memories: Tadcaster Albion are hosting an evening with Ken Monkou on Thursday, May 23 at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. He’ll be talking about his career and answering questions. Ken Monkou had a distinguished playing career. He was raised in the Netherlands but played for Chelsea from 1989 until 1992. At Southampton he was involved with several relegation struggles. In 1999 he joined Huddersfield Town but returned to Chelsea during 2002 before retiring from the game. Tickets, including a pie and pea supper, are £10 each. For further information ring Kevin Derry on 07836 712708.
Classic cars: Tadcaster Classic Car Club held their annual rally recently, with John Smith’s car park full of cars made throughout most of the twentieth century. Every one looked in superb condition, and the owners were all obviously proud of them. A vintage John Smith’s wagon and a few motorbikes added variety, and several owners drove their cars round, adding a healthy noise. A few days later a cavalcade of Austin Sevens and the like passed through the town, reminding us that they were made for real driving and enjoyment, not just for display.
Land’s End to John O’Groats: two intrepid Tadcaster cyclists are soon to cycle from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, aiming to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Albert Tether (who has done the ride before so is an old hand) and Derek Marshall, both now retired, start on Saturday, June 1. With a planned detour through the Cairngorms and along the Moray Firth in the North of Scotland the overall route (assuming no wrong turns) is around 1200 miles, with daily ride lengths being from 65 to 90 miles per day. To donate online go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraiser/search.html and type Derek Marshall in the search box to take you to Derek’s page. All donations to Macmillan Cancer Support will be really appreciated.
Rosemary House: if you enjoy playing bingo, Rosemary House Community Centre has sessions every Monday and Friday. Players gather from 7pm onwards and it’s eyes down at around 7.30pm. The centre is on Rosemary Court, behind Costcutters.
Gary B’s Freestyle night: Gary hosts another session at the Riley-Smith Hall on Friday, May 17. There’s four hours of dancing, from 8pm-midnight. Enjoy the best dance tracks new and old from DJ Gary B, and the licensed bar. Tickets are £8 per person. There’s no need to book, just pay on the door. For details contact Gary on 07578 423979. You can find out more about Gary’s night and similar events across the country from the UK-jive website, uk-jive.co.uk.
Speed limit sign on Wighill Lane: the county council will soon be setting up a temporary vehicle activated sign on Wighill Lane to remind drivers that they are in a 30mph zone. This will be like the permanent signs at either end of Towton village. The council’s research shows that these signs, telling drivers how fast they are travelling, lose their effectiveness after a few weeks, so the sign will be here for six weeks, then moved on to a few other locations in turn, and then brought back for another six weeks. They can record the speeds of the vehicles going past them (but not their registration numbers), so their effectiveness can be measured. Observant drivers may already have spotted three 30mph repeater signs that have been put up recently, to reinforce the speed limit.
Dog training club: The Tailwagger Club - Tadcaster is a reward based dog training club for pet dogs of all ages and abilities. It offers a range of classes including puppy training and socialisation, novice and adolescent classes, advanced pet dog classes and the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme (GCDS). Classes are held on a Tuesday evening at The Boys Sunday School, Kirkgate. Courses run for six weeks, and one to one training is also available. The aim is to help owners to have a well-trained, happy, social dog whilst increasing their mutual bond and having fun. Training methods are based on a modern understanding of canine learning rather than traditional practices. For more information and to book your place contact Jane on 07799 896146 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennis club open day: Tadcaster Tennis Club is holding an open day on Saturday, May 18 from 10am-2pm at the clubhouse at the top of Fairfield Road (opposite the side of the police station).They are offering games and free coaching from their new resident coach, Peter Roberts. Refreshments will be available, and everyone, of all ages and abilities, will be welcome. To contact Peter ring 07957 910878. To find out more about the club ring the secretary on 833552 or the treasurer on 832316.
Town mayor re-elected: the town council’s annual meeting re-elected Steve Cobb as its chairman for the next year, and thus re-elected him to serve as mayor for the next twelve months. Ted Mansfield was elected as deputy mayor. The council has decided to disband one of its committees to save costs, so there are now two regular committees, with Greg Lodge elected as chair of Finance and General Purposes, and Roderic Parker elected as chair of Environment. In his formal address Coun Cobb spoke of the exciting events in the town in the last year and of the friendliness of the people. He had raised money for dementia and Crohn’s disease charities. Looking forward, he would be raising money for Martin House. He was excited by the riverside project and hoped that local businesses would continue to become more involved in the community.