Duck race: Saturday, September 28 is the date for this year’s duck race, organised by the Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust. From 11am you can try out canoeing, but the event fully opens at noon, with a number of stalls along the riverbank. Members of the River Wharfe Community User Group will be on hand to talk about the importance of Tadcaster’s water. The ducks will be launched from the viaduct at 2pm and will make their way to the finishing line under the road bridge just as quickly as the current allows. Tickets are on sale at the pool and at various places in the town, at £1 for each duck. First prize is £100, second is £50, and third is £25, and all the profits go to the pool. The ducks are looking forward to a proper race: we certainly don’t want a repeat of last year’s, which had to be abandoned because the water in the river was so high and the whole riverbank impassable. Even so, St Joseph’s school is prepared as the reserve venue.
Macmillan coffee mornings: the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has been running for some years to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, and there are several events in the town this year. You can join in on Friday, September 27 at The Ark on Kirkgate, between 10am and noon. Needlecase, opposite The Ark at 28 Kirkgate, is hosting two events. On Friday, September 27 they are having a special evening for their customers when they will be open from 7-9pm and everyone is welcome to come along. On Saturday, September 28 they are holding a coffee morning in the afternoon. Both events will have tea/coffee and cake available, with all money raised from these going towards the charity.
Gary B’s Freestyle night: the next modern jive freestyle night is on Friday, September 20 in the Riley-Smith Hall from 8pm till midnight, with a licenced bar, dancing and socialising. There’s no need to book, just pay on the door: £8 per person. DJ Gary B provides the music. For details contact Gary on 07578 423979.
Historical Society: the society resumes its meetings after the summer break with a talk on Hadrian’s Wall, given by Jim Birdsall. There is even a promise of some Roman food, though the society is not yet certain what this will be. The meeting will be on Thursday, September 26 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Coffee Room. Everyone is welcome: admission for non-members is £1.50.
Ceroc Freestyle night: the next Ceroc night is on Friday, September 27 at the Riley-Smith Hall, from 8pm till 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. There are also dance classes there every Tuesday (apart from the second Tuesday of the month). These classes are suitable for anyone over 14 years old, with no upper age limit. The midweek evening starts with a class suitable for brand new members, then an intermediate class in the middle, and social dancing for the rest of the night. For more details phone 07773 013847, email email@example.com, or look on the web at www.cerocyorkshire.com.
Christmas lights: a recent town council meeting heard that planning for this year’s Christmas lights is well under way. However, councillors were concerned about the string of lights across the river by the bridge. This very obviously needed some immediate maintenance as some of the lights were dropping close to the river. Some councillors thought that the whole string was no longer an attractive feature. Councillors decided to remove the string of lights altogether, rather than repair it and improve the electrical connections to it which have been a problem in the past. Ideally they would like to see strings of lights above both parapets, rather than the one to one side.
Lighting in Queens Gardens: the town council has received complaints about the poor street lighting in Queens Gardens. Discussions with North Yorkshire Highways have made it clear that the town council is responsible for these lights, not the county council. A costed design of what could be done has been commissioned, so that the council can decide what to do within the limits of the budget it has available.