Carnival news: excitement is building as carnival Sunday, July 28 approaches. Planning started last September, to make the event bigger and better than last year. The day starts with a parade of more than 25 floats, with a film and television theme. The parade will end at Magnets Sports and Social Club. Here an afternoon of arena activities and live music will entertain everyone free of charge. Many local bands will be performing throughout the day including up and coming York band Littlemores and Copmanthorpe band The Forenzics. In the evening there are two fantastic tribute acts and the ever popular Big Ian and Huge, before a spectacular firework display in the evening. The Carnival this year will be opened by the Carnival Ambassadors, children chosen by their schools in Tadcaster for being good students either academically or sportingly, for being a good friend, raising money for charity or just been generally good eggs. The carnival itself represents all that is good in the town, and the ambassadors are there to celebrate this. The organisers are very proud that their fundraising means that the carnival will be a free event for the public, and they are looking forward to seeing everyone there and giving the town another day to remember.
Coming up at Kelcbar Community Centre: on Friday, July 19 there’s a coffee morning, from 10.30am. The following day, Saturday, July 20 is a summer special with a strawberry fayre light lunch at noon, costing £3. Regular chairbased exercises are on Mondays, July 22 and 29, from 2pm. Bingo sessions are on Wednesdays, July 24 and 31, starting as usual at 7.30pm. The monthly art session with Denise is on Thursday, July 25 from 1-4pm. There’s a lunch followed by a chance to chat on Friday, July 26 at 12.15: tickets are £5 and you are asked to book your place before Friday, July 19. Finally this month the walking group meets at the centre at 10am on Tuesday, July 30.
Book sale: Tadcaster and Wetherby Committee of Arthritis Research UK are putting on a book sale on Saturday, July 27 at The Horsefair Centre, Wetherby. All donations of books welcome, please bring them along to the stall between 9am-4pm
Hearing concerns: do you have an NHS hearing aid, or do you think that you’re losing your hearing? If so, you can go to the monthly drop-in session for free batteries, retubing, and help with your concerns. Sessions are held on the fourth Monday of every month from 10-11.30am at Popple Well Springs, on Leeds Road. Volunteers are also wanted to help with this service: full training will be given. If you’re interested, come to one of the sessions, which are organised by Action on Hearing Loss (the new name for RNID). Please note that there are no sessions when the Monday is also a national holiday.
Pub game challenge: Tadcaster Social Club on Chapel Street hosts the 2013 Tadcaster open classic pub game challenge over two days, Saturday, July 20 from 2pm and Sunday, July 21 from noon. Games include chess, draughts, dominoes, cribbage, shove ha’penny, crash, pool, and darts. For more information contact Cliff on 01937 833498, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tadcaster market: last week’s item on the Thursday market failed to mention that there’s a regular pet food stall. The market is always worth a visit, and the traders there are nothing if not friendly and helpful.
News from St Mary’s: the parish church has recently welcomed their new curate. Jackie Doyle-Brett. The Tadcaster benefice covers Newton Kyme, Kirkby Wharfe, and Church Fenton, as well as the town, and in a break from past practice the curate is living in Church Fenton rather than in Tadcaster. She was ordained deacon in York Minster on June 30. Before that she had been a teacher in Hull for a number of years.
Tadcaster Jive Freestyle night: the next Freestyle night is on Friday, July 26 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 email@example.com, or look on the web at www.cerocyorkshire.com
TadChorale concert success: the Riley-Smith Hall concert given by TadChorale with the York Concert Band and the Kendal Concert Band in June raised over £500 for hall funds. Many thanks to all the performers, helpers, donors of raffle prizes, and everyone who helped make this an enjoyable evening.
Tadcaster RockOut: carnival Saturday, July 27 is the date for the second Tadcaster outdoor music festival, Rockout 2013. We’re promised a full day outdoor music festival featuring the best live music from around the region. The RockOut will take place in the car park of Tadcaster Social Club on Chapel Street, with real ales and lagers provided in both indoor and outdoor bars. There will be entertainment for the kids in the afternoon with a bouncy castle and an inflatable slide. Food will be on sale from various stalls and vendors. The event starts at noon, and admission is free. There’s an impressive line-up of talented live bands, not just backing tracks. The provisional line-up includes Outbreak UK, Inside the Lion, Shupadum, The Elmcats, Spirit of Harmony (a prizewinning barbershop choir), Wilson Brown, Variation 4, Rosie, Stimpy Myth, and Sean Dunning. In addition this year, Sonic Tractor will be re-forming for the event.
Planning applications: one of the plans considered by the town council at their July 9 meeting was a retrospective application for a glazed atrium at the rear of the Coach and Horses. The council repeated their support for this plan. Although the building is in the conservation area and so applications have to have extra consideration, it was noted that the atrium can’t really be seen except from the top deck of a bus, and fits in with the medical centre next door.