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Roderic Parker

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Good Friday Procession of Witness: Churches Together in Tadcaster is organizing their usual Easter Procession of Witness on Good Friday, March 29. The procession will assemble at 10.15am in Spring Hill Court, off Oxton Lane. Starting at 10.30am, it will go through the town, up Chapel Street, and along Kirkgate to the old Market Square (the cobbled area outside the HSBC bank). There will then be a short service, followed by tea, coffee, and hot cross buns in the boys Sunday School.

Easter services in St Joseph’s: on Good Friday, March 29, St Joseph’s Catholic Church will hold the reading of the Passion, the veneration of the Holy Cross, and Holy Communion at 3pm. At 7pm they will mark the Stations of the Cross. On Saturday, March 30 the church will hold the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil at 7pm. Mass will be celebrated on Easter Sunday at 10am.

Easter services in St Mary’s: The Hour at the Cross will be marked on Good Friday at 2pm. On Easter Sunday there will be a sunrise service at 6am in the churchyard, with Holy Communion at 8am and 10.30am.

Easter services at St Andrew’s, Newton Kyme: Holy Communion will be celebrated on Easter Sunday at 9.15am.

Easter services at the Methodist church: after the sunrise service outside St Mary’s a Morning Service will be held at 10.15am. You’re invited to bring some spring flowers to attach to the Cross during the service.

Swimming Pool Easter timetable: Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool is changing its regular timetable for two weeks over Easter. The pool will be open for more public swimming, including on Easter Monday from 10am-4pm. They also have crazy fun sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in these two weeks. You can check out the full timetable on their website, http://www.tadcasterpool.org.uk/pool/timetable.htm.

Library Easter closure: the Library on Station Road will be closed for Easter, from 1pm on Thursday, March 28 to 2pm on Tuesday, April 2. If you’ve got books on loan that will become overdue, you can renew them online at http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3149

Vacancy for a Town Councillor: Tadcaster Town Council currently has a vacancy for a councillor to represent the West Ward of Tadcaster. Anyone interested in obtaining further details, or who wishes to apply, should contact the town council office in Kirkgate: either go there in person, or telephone 01937 834113, or email tadcaster.towncouncil@virgin.net. The closing date for completed applications to be returned to the council is Tuesday, April 30. You may have seen the advertisement in the latest town council newsletter, where they ask: could you be the eyes and ears of the town, or help sort out local issues, or help with council events such as the annual Christmas Festival and litter pick, or do you have a strong sense of community and an interest in the town? The main qualifications are that you have to be 18 or over and live in the town or within three miles of the town boundary. Being a town councillor is purely voluntary, there’s no payment involved.

Arthritis Research UK: the Tadcaster and Wetherby Local Committee raised £577 at their tombola and sale in Leeds in early March, and are now looking forward to their table top sale. This will be in The Deighton Room, Wetherby Town Hall, on Saturday, April 6 from 9.30am-4pm. Admission is free. Other charities hoping to raise funds at the sale are Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, where Tadcaster fundraiser Sue Natkus will have jewellery and gifts on her stall, and COCO, a small charity that aims to help, support and brighten the futures of children in Africa. The Arthritis Research UK local committee will serve tea, coffee and home-made cakes, and have good quality books and greeting cards for sale. For more details contact Sheila Clayton, the local Secretary, on 01937 842954.

Rayners Rock and Roll: Rayners next dance is on Friday, April 5 at 8pm (doors open at 7.15pm) in the Riley-Smith Hall. The band is The Revolutionairs. For tickets contact Eileen on 07752 333094 or email raynerrocknroll@yahoo.co.uk.

Work on the river bank: if you’ve walked along the river bank between St Mary’s church and the weir recently, you’ll have seen that work has started to improve that stretch of land, which is owned by the town council. Some rough vegetation has been cut back, along with a number of self-sown trees. The Norman motte is much more visible now, though scarcely what it was when it was first built. There’s more work to be done here, to try and make this a more pleasant area of river bank for everyone to enjoy. This was also one of the areas of the town covered by the litter pick on March 9.

Boundary consultation: the Local Government Boundary Commission for England is reviewing local government wards across England. They have already agreed to propose that Selby District should have 31 councillors in future, ten fewer than at present. They are now drawing up a new pattern of wards to accommodate these 31 councillors. They are asking for your help to tell them where the new boundaries should be drawn. For Tadcaster they propose to keep the exiting east and west boundaries the same, but to reduce the number of councillors from two for each ward to one. The East Ward covers the town east of the river, part of the town centre, and Oxton. The West Ward covers the rest of the town west of the river, Newton Kyme, and Stutton out to the A1. Comments need to be in by Monday, April 8. You can get further details from the website at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/650/la=142.