Tadcaster News

Roderic Parker

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Leeds Arms show: the annual show of garden produce and baking, organised by the Leeds Arms in early September, raised £700 for Martin House. The standard of produce was as high as ever, and many thanks go to those who those who had items on display, as well as to those who took part in the auction afterwards.

Star speaker at Tadcaster Albion: Matt Le Tissier is speaking tonight (Thursday, October 3) at 7.30pm in the Albion clubhouse. club members have been looking forward to this event for some months. Guernsey-born Matt had a very distinguished career with Southampton (his only professional club) and England, and is now an established television football pundit. Please phone Kevin Derry on 07836 712708 to see if there are any tickets (£35 each) left.

Free computer use in the library: the library on Station Road has eight public access computers available to library members, who can use these computers for free for half an hour each day (or for an hour if you’re either 16 or under, or in full-time education up to 18 years old), and pay for longer access. Several standard software applications are installed and, though you can’t save any personal files on the computers themselves, you can save work onto your own floppy discs, writable CDs or memory sticks.

Town council meetings: the next two council meetings are on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm, and a week later on Tuesday, October 15, also at 7pm. The first of these is a meeting of the full council, the second is an Environment Committee meeting. Both are in The Ark on Kirkgate. The meetings are open to everyone, and time is set aside for members of the public to raise any issues concerning the town. The agendas will be published a few days before each meeting, and you can see them on the council’s three noticeboards (outside The Ark, by Stutton Road shops, and just above Costcutter on Hillside). Agendas are normally also published on the council’s website (www.tadcastertowncouncil.co.uk) though it may not be possible to add the October Environment meeting agenda beforehand. One issue that will be discussed at the October 8 meeting is the council’s initial response to some very interesting plans put forward by Samuel Smiths Old Brewery.

Stutton Parish Council: the next meeting of Stutton Parish Council is on Thursday, October 10 at 7.30pm in Stutton Village Hall. The meeting is open to everyone.

Home security: one of the speakers at the September meeting of the Community Engagement Forum was from CASAC, Community Action & Support Against Crime. This Leeds-based organisation, Yorkshire’s crime reduction charity, was set up over 10 years ago to work with local communities, West Yorkshire Police and other statutory agencies tackling crime and the fear of crime, and they are now moving into North Yorkshire. They offer a free home security assessment, checking the security of door and window locks, garages, and sheds. They also give advice on other home security issues. Sheds are one of their concerns, as they are often insecure but contain tools that a burglar can use. Another concern is locks for uPVC doors that are easier to break than you might think, The figures that they keep show that the work that they do leads to a clear reduction in crime, especially in repeat burglaries once their advice has been taken. They also maintain a list of safe and trustworthy trades people, though this may still be limited to West Yorkshire businesses. For a free home security assessment call them on 0845 519 2122, or visit their website at www.casac.org.uk. Leaflets about their services have been delivered in some parts of the town by Neighbourhood Watch groups.

Rayner Rock and Roll: Rayner’s next dance is on Friday, October 4 at 8pm in the Riley-Smith Hall. The live band leading the dance this month is The Twangmasters. The doors open at 7pm, and the dance starts at 8pm. There’s a raffle and a door prize. Tickets are £8 each. For tickets or more information contact Eileen on 07752 333094 or email raynerrocknroll@yahoo.co.uk. You can also follow Rayner’s on Facebook.