Grammar school art exhibition: Year 13 students from Tadcaster Grammar School are currently showing their artwork at an exhibition at Gallery 42, which is at 42 St Joseph’s Street. The exhibition runs until Friday, July 26. It features paintings, film, sculpture and much more. Some of the paintings are for sale – indeed, some had already been sold before the exhibition opened.
Tadcaster Rockout: a reminder that on carnival Saturday, July 27. Tadcaster Social Club is hosting Rockout 2013, the second Tadcaster open air music festival. It starts at noon and goes on all day. Admission is free. We’re promised the best live music from around the region from an impressive line-up of talented live bands. Real ales and lagers will be available in indoor and outdoor bars, food will be on sale from various stalls, and there will be entertainment for the kids in the afternoon.
Carnival news: yes, Sunday, July 28 is carnival day. The parade of floats and majorettes (the Morley Bluebells) through the town will reach Magnets Sports ground at around 1pm. On the ground there will be live music throughout the day with some fantastic local bands (Littlemores, The Primates, and Radio Mojo), displays in the arena, competitions, stalls, lots of yummy food, and fairground rides. In the evening there’s a musical extravaganza with Saturday Night at the Movies tribute act, a fantastic Robbie Williams tribute, and the incredibly popular Huge. The day will end with another amazing firework display. Entry is free of charge. For more information you can go to the carnival Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tadcaster-Carnival/174438362660407, or contact Kirsty Poskitt on 07711 659759 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It may not be too late to ask about a stall email Christine Bleasby at email@example.com.
Stepping Stone: on Kirkgate, will be closed for refurbishment for a week, from Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2. If all goes to plan they will re-open with a fresh new look on Monday, August 5.
Land’s End to John O’Groats: a few weeks ago we noted that two Tadcaster cyclists were planning to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Unfortunately one fell ill enroute and had to abandon the ride after a few days, but Derek Marshall completed the ride on schedule (and was glad to be back home a few days later). At the last count Derek had raised £881 for Macmillan Cancer Support from the ride, so congratulations to him, commiserations to Albert Tether for not being able to complete the course, and thanks to all those who supported them.
Swimming pool times: the summer holiday swimming pool timetable comes into effect on Monday, July 29 and will run until September. There are many small changes, with more public swimming and crazy fun sessions on some afternoons. You can get copies of the timetable from the pool on Westgate, or go to their website at http://www.tadcasterpool.org.uk/pool/timetable.htm.
Saviour’s Circus: the Lower Wharfe Ecumenical Youth Project is hosting Saviour’s Circus Holiday Club from Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2. This is for ages five-11 and runs from 10am-12.30pm each day, in the Girls Sunday School building at 5 Westgate (backing on to the green area by the war memorial). They promise lots of clowning around, taming lions, and enjoying loads of games, crafts, activities, and much more. For more information contact Kim by phone at 07850 038307 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Angel & White Horse: it’s good to see this landmark pub open again after some months of refurbishment. The character of the pub as we knew it has been retained, though a new internal wall (a replacement of one removed in an earlier refurbishment) has allowed an extra fireplace. Food is served seven days a week, at lunchtimes and in the evenings, with a good-looking menu.
Stutton art exhibition: the Elmet Art Club are putting on their annual exhibition from Saturday, August 3 to Saturday, August 10. They’ll be in their usual venue, St Aidan’s church building in Stutton. Opening times are from 11am-4pm at weekends and from 6-9pm on weekdays. Entrance is free, and nearly all the works on display will be for sale. For more information ring Rod Coope on 01937 835550. New members of the Elmet Art Club, which is based in Sherburn-in-Elmet, are always welcome.
Knitting circle: the next friendly and informal knitting circle at Needlecase at 22 Kirkgate is on Saturday, August 3 from 1.30-3pm. You’re invited to chat and knit. For more information call 01937 830422.
Leisure centre news: the Leisure Centre on Station Road is offering summer student memberships. Students can get six weeks membership for £35. Student ID must be shown and an induction completed before these can be used. To book or to get more details ring 01937 834375 or follow them on Twitter @TadcasterLC
Riverside Park: the town council held an extra meeting on Tuesday, July 16 to discuss an update by members of the Community Engagement Forum Partnership Board on their plans for this project. About a dozen members of the public were also there. A number of issues that had been raised in the earlier consultation or at earlier meetings were covered, including the covenant on part of the land, the need for planning permission, access for the disabled and baby buggies, parking for those coming to use the playground or outdoor gym equipment, maintenance costs, flooding risks, antisocial behaviour, and the adequacy of the consultation held in May. Many of those present expressed their concerns and doubts. One particular concern was whether, if the town council withheld the £80,000 it had set aside for the project, the whole project would be halted and those providing the other £170,000 (mainly the district and county councils) would withdraw their support. Councillors clearly were not happy with particular parts of the plans, and voted not to commit town council money to the present proposals but to ask the partnership board to enter into discussions about revised proposals.