Roderic Parker

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Race Night: Tadcaster Magnet Football Club is hosting a race night on Saturday, March 16 in the clubhouse, starting at 7.30pm. Your £3 entry fee gets you a racecard and a pie and peas supper. You can look forward to half-a-dozen races, and the chance to win some generous prizes. Tickets are available from the club bar, and the proceeds will go to support the club. Previous race nights have been enjoyable events, and this should be no exception.

Gary B’s Freestyle night: Friday, March 15 in the Riley-Smith Hall. Licenced bar, dancing and socialising. There’s no need to book, just pay on the door: £8 per person. Music from DJ Gary B. For details contact Gary on 07578423979.

Northern Soul Night: the North Yorkshire Soul Club is putting on another Northern Soul Night in the Riley-Smith Hall on Saturday, March 16. The evening starts at 7.30pm, and dancing with top DJs continues till 1am using both the main rooms. Entry is £6 on the door. For more information telephone Dale Byers on 07709 276357, or look at the club’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/76841893859/

Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts: Sunday, March 17 in the Riley-Smith Hall. £5 per person, pay on the door, there’s no need to book. Dancing includes ballroom, sequence, Latin American and jive 8-11pm. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Stutton Parish Council: the next parish council meeting will be on Thursday, March 14 at 7.30pm in Stutton Village Hall. The meeting is open to everyone.

Tadcaster Town Council: the next meetings will be on Tuesday, March 12. The Publicity and Amenities Committee meets at 7pm, and the Finance & General Purposes Committee meets after that at 7.30pm. Agendas for the meetings will be posted on the council’s three noticeboards (outside the Ark, on Commercial Street just above Costcutter, and between the Stutton Road shops and the Jackdaw) a few days beforehand. They will also be on the council’s website at www.tadcastertowncouncil.co.uk.

Tadcaster Albion: the Albion have two home NCEL premier division games coming up. On Saturday, March 9 they have a difficult game against Bridlington Town. A week later, on Saturday, March 16 they play Thackley. Kick off for both games is 3pm. The team has been inching its way towards the top of the league and is looking to a strong end to the season.

Annual litter pick: a reminder that the town council is organising the 2013 annual litter pick on Saturday, March 9, from 10am-noon. If you want to take part, meet at The Ark on Kirkgate between 9.30-10am. You’ll be provided with black bags, litter grabbers (first come first served) and disposable gloves. Please wear all-weather clothing and appropriate footwear. Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult. You can find out more from the town council on 01937 834113, or from their website at http://www.tadcastertowncouncil.co.uk/Core/Tadcaster-TC/Pages/Whats_On_3.aspx.

Minor road improvements: the county council intends to carry out a very small improvement in Westfield Crescent, resurfacing some grass verges that are used most of the time for parking and have become a muddy mess. The roadside is used by parents dropping children off at Riverside School as well as by the residents.

Flood defences: the Environment Agency, who are responsible for the river bank flood defences, have been looking at possible minor improvements after the recent flooding. The town council has been told that they should be able to make some repairs where embankments have sunk slightly, so that floodwater flows more quickly on to the Ings beyond the Albion ground. The council also hopes that drainage between Bridge Street and the river can be improved, though when this could be done is far from certain.

Knitting and crochet skills: Needlecase, at 22 Kirkgate, have some more courses coming up to help you with knitting and crochet skills. On Thursday, March 7 they have Shaping- Increasing and Decreasing Techniques, and on Thursday, March 21 they have Picking Up Stitches. Each session runs from 7-9pm and costs £4. Space is limited so to book a place and check what you must bring with you for the session ring 01937 830422. Needlecase also offers informal knitting circles on occasional Saturdays from 1.30-3pm: the next ones are on March 2, March 16, and March 30. For more information give them a call on 01937 830422 or look at their website, http://www.needlecase.co.uk/knitting-courses-12-w.asp.