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Roderic Parker

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Community Archive: the Tadcaster Community Group Archive collects photos of the town and its people, so that they can be copied, saved, shared, and displayed for everyone to see. So if you come across some old photos, for example if you’re clearing out your house, the archive may be interested, even if you’re not sure exactly who or what is in the picture. The archive wants to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen on June 2, so they are looking especially for photographs taken on that day, to form a special display. If you can help, contact Peter Bradshaw on 01937 832726. Any photographs will be scanned and returned to you. For most weeks in the year there’s a display of archive material in the shop window next to Kirkgate Fisheries.

Fashion show: Simply Devine, the specialist hat shop on York Road, has joined forces with two other firms to put on a special Mother’s Day Mother of the Bride Fashion Show and afternoon tea on Sunday, March 10 at 2pm in Thorpe Park Hotel, Leeds. The ‘tea’ is billed as “a vintage themed afternoon tea comprising three courses, a glass of champagne and a box of chocolates”. Tickets cost £20 each, and you can get them from their website (www.simplydevine-shop.co.uk) or by phoning June on 0777 5942 775 or Liz on 0796 8268 403. Proceeds will go to OPT IN (the Overseas Partnering and Training Initiative), a charity which aims to share the knowledge and skills of NHS staff (principally from the Leeds area) with partner hospitals in low income countries.

Yorkshire Countrywomens Association: the Tadcaster branch of the YCA meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Methodist Church. The association has over 4,000 members throughout the county of Yorkshire, who meet together for a range of activities, and your local branch will give you a warm welcome.

Women’s World Day of Prayer 2013: this annual service will be held on Friday, March 1 at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church Tadcaster. The service is written by a different country each year: for 2013 the women of France have prepared it on the theme I was a stranger and you welcomed me, which will cover some stories and experiences of France’s many asylum seekers. All the churches in Tadcaster come together for this international service, and this year the speaker is Rev Amy Walters, our Methodist Minister. A very warm invitation is extended to everyone – men as well as women. Light refreshments with a French flavour will be served after the service.

Lent Course: the Churches Together in Tadcaster Lent Course meets each Thursday at 7.30pm in the Kelcbar Community Centre, up until March 21. The course is looking at a series entitled In Pursuit of Justice.

Fair Trade Fortnight: this national event runs until Sunday, March 10. St Mary’s Church is holding a special Fair Trade coffee morning in the Boys Sunday School on Saturday, March 9 between 10-11.30am. You are invited to have coffee and home-baked Fair Trade cakes, and to try your luck in the raffle. The money raised will be given to Fairtrade, to help support smallholder farmers who produce 70 per cent of the world’s food but are often hungry themselves.

Planning applications: Selby District Council is considering an application for the change of use of 56 Stutton Road (formerly Celebration Cakes & Crafts) from a shop to a café/tea room. The council has refused an outline application to demolish the four empty terrace houses on Wighill Lane and build seven houses, with a new access and service road, between Wighill Lane and Prospect Drive. The town council had listened to objections from some of those affected by these plans at a meeting last November, and had commented that although they welcomed the proposal to develop the cottages on Wighill Lane, they considered that the proposal for the site as a whole was over-development, with inadequate space for parking, and would lead to traffic problems at an awkward junction.

Tadcaster Albion: the Albion have three home NCEL Premier Division games coming up. On Saturday, March 2 they play Maltby Main (kick off 3pm), on Tuesday, March 5 they play Long Eaton United (kick off 7.45pm), then on Saturday, March 9 they have a difficult game against Bridlington Town (kick off 3pm). The team is looking to a strong end to the season.

Tadcaster Physio celebrates its first year: Tadcaster Physio & Sports Injuries Clinic, situated opposite the swimming pool in Westgate, is celebrating one year since starting up in the town. The clinic offers a high quality, specialist service to the local community and local businesses. Owner Dave Baxter has many years of clinical experience and leads a team of chartered and HCPC registered physios offering a wide range of services. To find out more about them visit their website, www.tadcasterphysio.co.uk, or phone 07972 068959. Dave has found the local people very supportive, and says “I’ve had countless people recommend friends, family and work colleagues to me, which has really helped the business grow. I have been amazed at how keen people have been for me to do well, as this had been a resource that Tadcaster had previously lacked. Opening here has been an entirely positive experience for me and I have grown from just myself to now three physios and a massage therapist working regularly.”

Theatre Company AGM: at Tadcaster Theatre Company’s recent AGM chairman Catherine Marshall looked back on a successful year, with the spring cabaret show and the autumn pantomime drawing new members and good audiences, as well as being profitable financially. TadChorale, which is part of the company, had a very busy year and was able to donate over £750 to St Gemma’s Hospice, their charity for the year. This year’s spring cabaret will be in the Riley-Smith Hall on March 20 to March 23.