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Talk on Salvador Dali: following the success of his last talk, In The Footsteps Of Monet, Steve Lawson will bring together the culmination of his first term at Goldsmiths along with his knowledge of Dalí and surrealism to bring you a brand new talk titled Dali and Surrealism, focusing on the Catalan master himself and his relationships with surrealism and other artists. Comparisons will be drawn between the mad artist himself and other figurehead artists of the 20th Century. The talk is on Friday, December 13 from 6:30pm, at Gallery 42 on St Joseph’s Street.

Christmas Gift and Craft Fayre: in St Mary’s Sunday School Hall on Saturday, December 14 from 1-4.30pm. You’ll find Christmas music, plenty of gift and craft stalls, and they’ll be serving tea, coffees and yummy cakes! Children will be able to make their own decorations and Christmas presents at an interactive craft stall. Perfect for those last minute presents and stocking fillers.

Children’s party: at Tadcaster Social club on Saturday, December 14 from 4-6pm. Everyone is welcome. Party games and a kids’ disco should keep everyone busy, and there will be some prizes to be had. Santa will also be making an appearance.

Tots Nativity Play: by The Salvation Army on Sunday, December 15 from 4-5pm.

Carols at Kelcbar: at Eastside Home Christian Fellowship on Sunday, December 15 at Kelcbar Community Centre, starting at 3.30pm.

Newton Kyme carol service: in St Andrew’s church at 11am on Sunday, December 15.

Carol service in St Mary’s: at 6pm on Sunday, December 15.

Christmas music quiz: in Tadcaster Social Club on Sunday, December 15 from 8pm. Forty questions (one of which may have the answer White Christmas), with an introductory round of Sticky Fingers and food at half-time. Entry is £1 per person, and there will be cash prizes.

Christmas whist drive: by Tadcaster Magnet Bowls Section on Monday, December 16. This will be in the clubhouse on Queens Gardens, starting at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50.

Christmas freestyle night: by Gary B on Friday, December 20. Tickets are £10 per person and include a hot light supper and ice cream to cool you down. There’s no need to book, as you can pay on the door. For more details contact Gary on 07578 423979.

Open mic night: on Saturday, December 21 at Tadcaster Social Club. It’s open to instrumentalists and singers, and the full PA system will be available to them. Festive performances will be encouraged. Entry is free, so why not go along, to perform of just to listen.

Lessons and carols: St Joseph’s Catholic Church is holding a service of nine lessons and carols on Saturday, December 21 at 7pm, after the weekend Mass at 6pm.

Candlelight carol service: in the Methodist church on Sunday, December 22. This is at 6.30pm, and you can enjoy coffee and mince pies afterwards.

Live Nativity: by the Lower Wharfe Ecumenical Youth Project, with some real live animals taking part, in Healaugh Church on Monday, December 23 at 6.30pm and on Christmas Eve at 4.30pm. Entry is free but donations will be gratefully received. To find out more, ring 01937 833248 or 01937 830258.

Messy Church: Nativity service on Christmas Eve at 10.30am in the Methodist Church.

Christmas church services: the Methodist Church is holding a midnight communion service on Christmas Eve at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day itself there’s a family service at 9.30am. St Mary’s church is holding a crib service at 6pm on Christmas Eve, with Holy Communion later that day at 11.30pm: there’s a family service at 10am on Christmas Day. St Joseph’s Catholic Church is holding a Vigil Mass at 6pm on Christmas Eve, and Morning Mass at 10am on Christmas Day.

Recycling and waste collections: as Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Wednesday this year there are only minimal changes to the normal Tuesday collection services. Recycling and refuse bin collections will be made fortnightly as usual: the green bin collection will be suspended for a month, with no Tuesday service on December 24 and January 7. The district council says that a great deal of Christmas waste, including wrapping paper, cards, packaging, plastics, glass, cans and foil can all be recycled. They estimate that you can use our recycling service to get rid of almost three-quarters of your household waste. If you have a real (but not too big) Christmas tree to get rid of, you can put it in the green waste collection later in January.

Central Car Park: the promised improvements may be about to happen. A contract has been let and work should start in January. This won’t be simply filling in the holes and putting a new surface on top, but digging the surface out, repairing the drains and electricity supplies underneath, restoring a proper foundation and then resurfacing. It is not known how long the work will take, but the car park will remain open while the work is done, presumably with sections closed off one by one.

New Town Councillors: the town council has appointed two local people, Kirsty Poskitt and Ken Price, to fill the vacancies that it has had for some time. This brings the 12-member council up to full strength for the first time in a year or so.