New 30mph sign: the temporary ‘vehicle activated sign’ reinforcing the 30mph speed limit was placed on Wighill Lane over two weeks ago now. Unlike the one at Towton that is familiar to many drivers, this one comes on when it detects a car crossing into the restricted speed zone and flashes a reminder ’30 mph’ sign, not the car’s actual speed. Is it being effective? We won’t know until the county council releases the data that it measures, but your correspondent watched it for a while and reckoned that about half the cars entering the town activated the sign, including one 4x4 that was still activating the sign while the driver was overtaking a fast-moving cyclist.
Empty Homes Strategy: Selby District Council has its draft Empty Homes Strategy 2013-2016 out for consultation at the moment. They are seeking the views of both property owners and members of the public. The consultation will run until Tuesday, August 6. Through the strategy the council will target homes that have been empty for a long time and are not in the housing market, and also those which are unlikely to return to use without intervention. The strategy states that Tadcaster has 2806 properties, and that 40 of these have been empty for two years or more. This is the highest proportion of empty houses for any major settlement in the district, which has 211 such empty properties in all. The strategy identifies the scale of the problem, sets out our priorities for addressing the issue and explores the approaches and resources required to bring empty properties back into use. To see the full strategy and the consultation questionnaire, follow the links from the council’s web pages at http://www.selby.gov.uk/news_detail.asp?menuid=2&id=1641.
Tadcaster Grammar School: is presenting Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The second and final performance is on Friday, July 12 at 7.30pm in the Main Hall. The Parents’ Association will serve refreshments during the interval. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for students, or you can buy a family ticket (two adults, two children) for £14. Programmes coat £2. Tickets are available from the school’s main reception on 01937 833466.
Sponsored bike ride: the First Tadcaster Scout Group in partnership with Sainsbury’s will be undertaking a 100km sponsored bike ride on Sunday, July 14. They will be cycling a large section of the Trans Pennine Trail, starting at Worsbrough (near Barnsley), where the trail uses a former railway line, carrying on through Selby, and finishing at Millennium Bridge in York. The aim is to raise much needed funds for improvements to the scout hut on Firtree Crescent.
What’s on at Kelcbar Community Centre: on Friday, July 12 there’s an illustrated talk of some European holidays at 2pm. The following Friday, July 19 is a coffee morning, from 10.30am. The regular chairbased exercises are on Mondays, July 15 and 22, from 2pm. Bingo sessions are on Wednesdays, July 17 and 24, starting as usual at 7.30pm. On Saturday, July 20 the Centre is putting on a strawberry fayre light lunch at noon, costing £3.
Concerned about alcohol misuse?: Selby District Alcohol Service works with any individual aged 18 or over living in the Selby District who has concerns about alcohol misuse, whether it be their own or that of a friend or family member. All contact is treated with the utmost confidentiality. Appointments are conducted on a one to one basis, and can be held at their outreach clinic in Tadcaster. For support please contact Dee (phone 01757 293600) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story and rhyme time: every Thursday in Tadcaster Library on Station Road there’s a story session for the under 5s, from 10-10.30am.
Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts: Sunday, July 21 in the Riley-Smith Hall. £5 per person, you can pay on the door, as there’s no need to book. Dancing includes ballroom, sequence, Latin American and jive. 8-11pm. Doors open at 7.30pm.
Thursday mornings: why not combine a visit to the outdoor market, in the car park behind Tadcaster Social Club, with calling in to the Salvation Army coffee morning held every Thursday from 10-11.30am? You can be sure of some quality products at the former, and a warm welcome at the latter. The regular market stalls sell meat, fruit and vegetables, fish, eggs, cheese, toiletries and household goods, cakes and buns, greeting cards, plants and flowers, and clothes.
Carnival: the carnival weekend is fast approaching, with preparations for the parade and the big day, Sunday, July 28, well advanced. Look out for the programmes on sale in various outlets in the town. After last year’s weather (it rained and rained, on the carnival and everywhere else) the organisers are hoping for a bright sunny day.