Free wi-fi in Tadcaster Library: wi-fi has been installed in the town’s library on Station Road, so that you can use the internet on your own tablet, smartphone, or laptop without any charge. The library offers a welcoming, comfortable space to anyone who wants to work or study, or just check emails or social media, away from the office, college, or home. You don’t even have to be a library member, just follow the simple online instructions to create an account and get going. The library is open on Mondays and Tuesdays 2-6pm; Wednesdays 2-7pm (this is the session run by volunteers); Thursdays and Fridays 9am-1pm; and Saturdays 10am-noon. This service may soon be complemented by a free town-centre wi-fi zone, if our MP’s work on such a scheme comes to fruition.
Women’s Institute: Stutton cum Hazlewood Women’s Institute meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Calcaria House. Meetings start at 7.15pm, often with a guest speaker. For more information please contact Kathleen Bissett on 01937 530384.
Gallery 42 exhibition: the next special exhibition put on by Gallery 42 at 42 St Joseph’s Street will show the work of Matthew Dixon, a talented local photographer who is setting out on a career in the profession. It is called “Filters, Forms and Colours” and runs from Saturday, September 28 to Saturday, October 12. The exhibition shows some vivid and stunning high-resolution photographs of buildings, edited to explore the impacts that shapes, colours and perception have on our lives. Prints will be available for sale. The gallery is open from 9.15am-5pm on Monday to Saturday (except for Wednesday, when closing time is 12.30pm). Matt has had several exhibitions in the area, including at the Riley-Smith Hall, and you can see some of his work on his website, www.focusphotomd.com, and find out more about the exhibition from the gallery’s website, http://gallery42.com.
Flower club: the next meeting of the Tadcaster & District Flower Club will be on Thursday, October 3 at 7.30pm in the Boys’ Sunday School. Davina Briggs will be giving a demonstration. Visitors are very welcome. Admission is £5, payable at the door. If you’d like to know more about the flower club, ring Debbie Pascoe 01937 831255 or Christine Hunt on 01937 833349.
HS2 worries: HS2, the proposed high-speed rail line from London to Manchester and Leeds, was discussed at the Community Engagement Forum on September 16. There is particular concern locally because a spur is planned from near Leeds, passing through Church Fenton and joining the existing railway network just outside Ulleskelf. People living in the area affected are clearly concerned about the effects of having this new railway line close to them, even though construction won’t start for some years and isn’t expected to be finished until 2033. One issue raised which may be of concern in Tadcaster is the severe disruption that could be possible while the line is being built, with all sorts of building materials and excavated material having to be transported by road. It was suggested that localities up to 15 miles away from the route could be affected during the 7 to 9 years at it would take to build the line. Nigel Adams, our MP, would not say clearly whether or not he was in favour of the line at the moment, saying that he wouldn’t support the scheme unless adequate compensation was paid to those affected. HS2 is holding a number of information events close to the planned route as part of the consultation that ends in January 2014. The nearest one to Tadcaster will be at Scarthingwell Golf Club on Wednesday, October 30. Other events are being held in Leeds and Garforth.
Swim squad: the Tadcaster Swim Squad will be undertaking a bag pack at Sainsbury’s Mill Lane store on Saturday, September 28. They’re hoping to raise funds for the purchase of new swimming equipment.
Crime report: residents attending the Community Engagement Forum on September 16 heard an update on local crime figures. Figures for most kinds of crime continue to decrease. There have been no reports of antisocial behaviour in Tadcaster in the past few months. The district has seen a rise in the number of bicycles stolen, possibly by thieves noticing bikes that have not been properly secured. The greatest concern concerns burglaries where thieves break into a house just to steal car keys, and then steal the car. It is thought that criminals from West Yorkshire are crossing the county boundary to operate in this area. Several arrests have already been made. Concern was expressed to the police about speeding issues on Wighill Lane and Leeds Road, and about parking outside Riverside School when children are being taken to or from school. The data from the reactive speed sign recently placed on Wighill Lane has not yet been made available, so we do not know how effective this temporary sign has been: the police were asked to reintroduce random speed checks.
Central Car Park: in response to a question at the recent Community Engagement Forum, district councillors were unable to say when the planned resurfacing work in the car park would start. There was also some discussion of the new Samuel Smiths Old Brewery plans for the town centre, though no details had at that time been released.
Goshin-kai karate: new karate classes are starting at Tadcaster Leisure Centre on Station Road. They will be on Wednesdays from 5-7pm and Saturdays from 3-5pm, with the first class on Wednesday, October 2. The classes are suitable for adults and juniors aged six plus. They are focussed on self-protection ability, and combine the three aspects of karate: impact, sport, and kata (combat). The instructors all have many years of experience, and have sent squads to compete at a national level. The first lesson costs £4, after which there are several very reasonable price plans to choose from. For more information contact Steve Jones 0n 07827 587260, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check Facebook at British Goshin-Kai.