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Stutton with Hazlewood Parish Council: the next parish council meeting will be on Thursday, April 11 at 7.30pm in Stutton Village Hall. The meeting is open to everyone. The parish council is still looking for a new parish clerk. The salary is up to £8.50 per hour for 17.5 hours per month. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, April 16. You can get more information about what is involved from Helen Smith, the present clerk, by email at smith.hp@gmail.com.

Eggheads: a reminder that the eagerly awaited appearance of Tadcaster Social Club’s team on TV’s popular Eggheads show is nearly over, and the programme, recorded last September, will be broadcast on BBC2 on Monday, April 15 at 6pm. The team members were Roderick Allison, Vernon Coleman, Terry Welsh, Christine Page, and John Wilson.

Town twinning visit: the Twinning Association is looking forward to the visit of about 35 students and staff from the Lycee Polyvalent Theophile Roussel. This is the secondary school in St Chely d’Apcher, Tadcaster’s twin town. The group will arrive on Monday morning, April 15, straight into a full day at the Grammar School on their first day back after the Easter break. They’ll spend the evening with the host families. Next day they’ll become tourists for the day, looking round Tadcaster then going to York, ending with a disco and supper at the Tadcaster Social Club. This brief visit finishes on Wednesday morning when their coach starts the journey back to France. Most of the host families are parents of school students from the villages around Tadcaster.

Swimming Pool: Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool continues its special Easter timetable until Sunday, April 14. You can see the details on their website at http://www.tadcasterpool.org.uk/pool/timetable.htm, or get printed copies from the pool.

Underneath the arches: some local people have expressed concerns about the amount of litter in the area on the east bank where the riverside footpath goes underneath one of the viaduct arches. This is an area where some young people gather and, while they don’t appear to be causing a nuisance to anyone, they are leaving a lot of mess behind. Some of the drinks cans have been removed recently, but unfortunately there is still a lot of broken glass on and beside the footpath, which is used by people walking their dogs. The town council is also concerned that fires have been lit against the stonework, which has been permanently damaged by the heat. The police are aware of the situation and will keep an eye on it.

Empty houses: one issue that concerns local people is the number of empty houses in the town which could be brought back into use. The district council (not the town council) has some powers about such empty houses through the use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders, but their only successful application for such an order has been for a single house in the town centre, some years ago. The town council was told at its last meeting that the district council is working on a district-wide strategy for empty dwellings, which it is hoped will be finished by the summer.

Town Council grants: the town council has a small amount of money available each year for supporting local organisations. This year it has decided to make small grants to the Tadcaster Community Archive, to the Volunteer Car Service Association, and to the local branch of Age Concern. Age Concern does invaluable work in Tadcaster, providing lunches and company for elderly local residents.

Police report: the last town council heard a report on local police activity, which included positive reports about two recent crimes. In one, two CCTV cameras were stolen from Tadcaster East Primary School: camera footage showed one of the accomplices, and the thief has since been found and has admitted responsibility, though the cameras have not been recovered. In the other, a member of the public reported a burglary in progress at Eastfield Close, and was able to give a car registration number. A male was arrested a few days later and was charged with this burglary and with three others committed in the county on the same day.

Brewery visit: members of Tadcaster Social Club recently visited the new Moorhouses Brewery in Burnley. The new plant enables 600 barrels to be brewed each week, small by Tadcaster standards but showing that the smaller breweries are still making their mark. One beer they saw in a fermenting tank, Old Boss, used a 200 year old recipe: can any of our local beers beat that?

Open mic night: on Friday, April 19 Tadcaster Social Club opens its doors to all performers for another open mic night. Doors open 8.30pm, and admission is free. Everyone is welcome, whether to watch, sing, play, or perform in some other way.

Gary B’s Freestyle night: Gary hosts another session at the Riley-Smith Hall on Friday, April 19. There’s four hours of dancing, from 8pm to midnight. Enjoy the best dance tracks new and old from DJ Gary B, and the licensed bar. Tickets are £8 per person. There’s no need to book, just pay on the door. For details contact Gary on 07578 423979. You can find out more about Gary’s night and similar events across the country from the UK-jive website, uk-jive.co.uk.

Ballroom dancing: it’s dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts again, on Sunday, April 21. Dancing, from 8-11pm, includes ballroom, sequence, Latin American and jive. The doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £5 per person: there’s no need to book, simply pay at the door.