New parish clerk for Stutton: Stutton cum Hazlewood Parish Council has a new parish clerk. Helen Smith has now handed over the reins to Howard Fothergill, who takes over fully from May 23. You can contact him by email at email@example.com or by phone on 01937 834338. Helen wishes to thank everyone for their support over the years that she has been clerk.
Tennis club: Tadcaster Tennis Club holds weekly junior coaching sessions, and coaching for adults is also available. The cost for individuals or small groups is £15 per hour. Club sessions are on Thursdays at 6.30pm and Sundays from 1pm. To find out more about the club ring the secretary on 833552 or the treasurer on 832316.
Tadcaster Jive Freestyle night: the next freestyle night is on Friday, May 24 at the Riley-Smith Hall, from 8pm-midnight. Entry is £8, with dancing downstairs and upstairs, a licenced bar, and socialising. There’s no need to book, just pay on the door. For more details phone 07773 013847, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or look on the web at www.cerocyorkshire.com.
Town councillor vacancy: the town council has a vacancy, following the resignation of Paul Britton. The district council has issued the formal notice to start the election process rolling: if ten electors write to the returning officer at the district council offices by Wednesday, May 29 requesting an election, then one will be held. Otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option. The vacancy is for the East ward, but any adult living in the town should be eligible to stand.
White Christmas auditions: Tadcaster Theatre Company’s next production is Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, from November 20 to 23. Open auditions, for anyone aged 16 or over, are being held on Saturday, May 25 at the Riley-Smith Hall between 1.30-7pm. This is the first time this musical has been performed by an amateur company in the area, and the company is looking forward to a great production. Rehearsals for most roles will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons, from September. If you’re interested in auditioning, or being in the chorus, or just want to know more, contact the secretary, Chris Day, by email at email@example.com
Butcher and son in fun run: Tadcaster butcher Nick Devine and his son Jay will be taking part in RU Taking the P?, a 5K male only fun run which is held each year on Father’s Day at Rowntree Park, York to raise money for prostate and other male related cancers. Two years ago Nick took part carrying a tray of pork pies and raised £500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research, but this year (Sunday, June 16) he and Jay intend to enter into the spirit by dressing up. If you would like to take part or pledge sponsorship please call into Devine Meats on Bridge Street and collect a registration form, or visit Yorkshire Cancer Research website on www.ycr.org.uk/running and register on line.
Car park decision: Selby District Council has to wait till the end of May to learn whether Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) will appeal against the High Court judgement on the central area car park. The High Court has backed the district council’s proposals to make significant improvements to the car park, following a protracted legal battle. The council granted itself planning permission to resurface the car park and improve access to the site in April 2011. Since then the brewery has sought to fight the redevelopment plans through the High Court, challenging the assessment of the planning permission. The lengthy legal process, culminating in a Judicial Review heard at the end of March, has meant that the council couldn’t make any changes or improvements to the car park. The council’s costs have been in the region of £30,000, though the judgement awarded costs (the amount to be confirmed later) to the council.