Harvest festivals: it’s the time of year when many churches celebrate the harvest, with services of thanks for old and young alike. The medieval church of St Andrew in Newton Kyme held its festival on Sunday, October 6 and was fully decorated in a traditional way. As it has for some years, the church combined the harvest with its annual open day, the day before, giving an opportunity to see this old church, its monuments and farming traditions. St Mary’s in Tadcaster celebrated the harvest on the same day.
Walk for Macmillan: as if all the coffee mornings, lunches, and other events on or around the World’s Greatest Coffee Morning on September 27 weren’t enough, there’s a sponsored walk to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support on Saturday, October 12. Two teams, led by Clare Clayton and Chantell Reynolds, will set off from York College, on Tadcaster Road, at 9am and walk the ten miles from York to Tadcaster. The walk is organised by Nigel Dunbar and Keith Hudson. It’s not too late to sponsor the teams: there is a good number of sponsorship forms around the town, or just ring Nigel on 01937 833136. The local Macmillan fundraising committee, which covers Tadcaster and Sherburn, is always glad of helpers: if you are interested, please contact Janet Burgis on 01937 557697 or Roderic Parker on 01937 833502.
Riverside Park: the Community Engagement Forum has issued its September newsletter. It reports that, following objections from local residents and a local landowner, the proposed support for the Riverside Park was re-visited by the town council who (as covered in this column in July) decided to withdraw their previous commitment to the project. As a result, the partnership board has now written to the town council asking for them to come forward with alternative proposals that would meet overcome their objections and allow for a revised scheme to be developed.
An opportunity to help: the Tadcaster and Villages Community Engagement Forum Partnership Board has gained two new community representatives in the past few months, local resident Bea Rowntree and local Methodist minister Rev Amy Walters. However, they are still on the look-out for new members, especially a local business champion and more representatives from the community. For more information on the work of the CEF and Partnership Board, contact David Gluck, by phone on 07905 766831 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New email address for the town council: you can now contact the town council on its new email address, email@example.com. The old email address will be deleted in a few weeks so please use the new one.
New in town: Carol’s Hair Studio on Commercial Street is now under new management, with a new name. It is now Vanity Hair, with the same phone number (01937 833668), and with Sarah Bristowe as the new owner. They offer the full range of hairdressing services to women and men.
Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts: the next session is on Sunday, October 20 in the Riley-Smith Hall, from 8-11pm. Entry is £5 per person, and you can pay on the door, as there’s no need to book. Dancing includes ballroom, sequence, Latin American and jive. The doors open at 7.30pm.
Gary B’s Freestyle night: the next modern jive freestyle night is on Friday, October 18 in the Riley-Smith Hall from 8pm-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.
Mr. Tadcaster: Tadcaster Magnet Sports and Social Club on Queens Gardens is hosting a bodybuilding competition, the Calcaria Classic, on Sunday, October 20. Starting at noon, there are classes for juniors (21 years old and under), beginners, and others. There are also a number of challenges to compete in. Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for children, with under 10s getting in free. The bar will be open and food is available. The event is organised by MBS Gym, which is next to the Magnet clubhouse. To enter, get tickets, or just find out more, ring 07855 518374.
Move it lose it: the leisure centre on Station Road is offering a weight management programme, Move It Lose It, launching on Monday, October 14. It offers the chance to lose weight with advice from acclaimed Slimming World professionals, and to enjoy a healthier and happier you. The fee is £24, and you get 12 weeks membership at the leisure centre in Tadcaster and 12 weeks membership at Slimming World. For more details ring the leisure centre on 01937 834375. Places are limited and offered on a first come first serve basis. The programme is available only to those with a body mass index of 25 or more, and certain health conditions will require a referral note from your GP to ensure you are safe to take part in the programme.
Cheesy disco: to celebrate his first year as licensee of The Queen on the High Street, Scott is putting on a cheesy disco on Saturday, October 12. The fancy dress theme is dead celebrities, so there’s plenty of scope. The party starts at 7pm, with prizes for the best dressed and the partygoers’ choice of music all night long.
Halloween festival: the social club on Chapel Street will spawn a crypt (actually the upstairs function room, suitably decorated) for its Halloween festival. Entry is free. There will be at least six real ales laid on. The crypt opens on Saturday, October 19 at 2pm till late, with live entertainment. On Sunday, October 20 there’s skaryoke (or karaoke for the uninitiated) from 2-6pm. Come along and enjoy the mummy’s cave, the pirates’ den, and some other spooky places. For more information contact Cliff on 01937 833498, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.