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Towton celebration: Palm Sunday, 1461. A strong wind, a chilling snowstorm, thousands of cold and already tired men assembled for battle. Join the Towton Battlefield Society this Palm Sunday, March 24, to celebrate this battle, and the greatest loss of life in battle in one day on British soil, where the victorious Yorkist forces were led by Edward IV, elder brother of the nine-year-old boy who was to become King Richard III. Many of those who died were retreating from the field of battle, making their way as best they could to Tadcaster and safety beyond. The society has a range of events planned between 9.30am and around 4.15pm. Guided battlefield walks depart every 15 minutes. In the arenas and the barn are a Living History camp, demonstrations, traders, and a range of displays. Refreshments will be available through the day. Shows include archery, fighting methods, medieval fashions, and falconry. At 1pm is the memorial service. The day finishes with a re-enactment of the fall of Lord Dacre. Parking is available off the road towards Saxton, and the main entrance is in the village. You can find more about the society and the day itself from their website, http://www.towton.org.uk.

Stutton seeks a new Parish Clerk: Stutton with Hazlewood Parish Council is looking for a new parish clerk. Helen Smith, the present clerk, started in December 1997 but has decided to retire at the end of May. This paid position is part-time, officially 17.5 hours per month, but the clerk can work pretty independently and set most of her or his own working hours. The work centres round the monthly meetings of the parish council: the clerk makes sure that all relevant matters are put on the agenda, takes the meeting minutes, and follows through on any actions, in conjunction with the chairman. The clerk (whose full job title is Clerk And Responsible Financial Officer) also has to keep the accounts and prepare them for external audit. The position requires a highly motivated and enthusiastic person who enjoys dealing with members of the public as well as acting as advisor to the council. Candidates should also be IT-literate and be prepared to work towards a professional qualification. The parish includes not just Stutton village, but the land out to Hazlewood Castle and a large part of the Woodlands estate (below Woodlands Avenue), even though many people think this is part of Tadcaster. You can get more information about what is involved from Helen by email at smith.hp@gmail.com.

Tadcaster Jive Freestyle night: the next freestyle night is on Friday, March 29 at the Riley-Smith Hall, from 8pm till midnight. Entry is £8, with dancing downstairs and upstairs, a licenced bar, and socialising. No need to book, just pay on the door. For more details phone 07773 013847, email dance@cerocextra.com, or look on the web at www.cerocyorkshire.com.

The Sandow Clowns Show: the Sandow Clowns are putting on a fabulous circus party for children on Wednesday, April 3 in the Riley-Smith Hall, starting at 2pm. They promise all the fun of the circus on stage, with classic clowning, stilt walking, juggling, balancing, a comedy musical car, and various prizes. The show is in aid of CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. The doors open at 1.30pm, and tickets cost £3.50 (it’s free for two years and younger). For more information ring 07969 933236 or look on the web at www.childrenschoices.co.uk

Good Friday March of Witness: Churches Together in Tadcaster will be marking Good Friday, March 29, with their annual March of Witness. Participants assemble in Spring Hill Court, at the top of Oxton Lane, and will process through the town. Hot cross buns will be served afterwards in the Boys’ Sunday School.

Tadcaster Albion: the Albion have two home NCEL Premier Division games coming up. On Tuesday, March 26 they play Long Eaton United, with an evening kick off at 7.45pm. The following Saturday, March 30, they play Barton Town Old Boys, an evening kick off again, at 7.30pm.

Planning applications: Selby District Council is considering a number of local applications: the erection of a two storey side extension and single storey rear extension to 1 Tower Crescent; the sub-division of an existing flat into two self-contained flats at 34 Commercial Street; and an application for consent to fell a sycamore tree at 35 Fairfield Road. The district council has also granted three local applications: the erection of a single storey extension to The Mistle, Manor Farm, Leeds Road; a single storey extension to Northbank House, Ouston Lane; and an external bin store, new perimeter fencing, and the replacement of the main entrance curtain wall/door at Tadcaster Health Centre.