Adult Education: adult education classes start up again after Easter, on April 23. Most classes are held at the grammar school on Tuesdays, from 6.30-8.30pm. The courses on offer are: sugarcraft; pilates (one hour only, fee £48); British Sign Language; digital photography; beginners and intermediates Spanish; sewing and needlecraft skills; karate for beginners; beginners Greek; flower arranging; art for all; creative writing; local history and folklore; and introduction to Chinese medicine. Also on Monday evenings at Tadcaster East School is a yoga class one and a half hours, £78). The fees, unless shown otherwise here, are £84 for a two hour, 12 week course. For further information look on the internet at https://vle.tadcaster.n-yorks.sch.uk/moodle/course/view.php?id=319, call 01937 837614 or email email@example.com.
The Tadcaster Open Quiz Challenge: Tadcaster Social Club is organising an open quiz challenge for teams of up to six members (minimum age 18years-old). Although the quiz isn’t till Saturday, May 18, you may want to get your team together now. The quiz will have 50 questions in five rounds, with themes to be selected from music, art and books, sport, history, geography, film and television, politics, and general knowledge. The closing date for entries is Saturday, May 11. There’s a £10 entry fee for each team, and there are generous prizes: £100 for first place, £50 for second and £25 for third. You can get more details from the club by telephone at 01937 833498 (after 4pm) of from their website http://taddysoc.org/index.php?page=the-big-quiz.
Hatha Yoga: all abilities from beginners upwards are welcome at British Wheel of Yoga classes in Hatha Yoga, in the Boys Sunday School (opposite St Mary’s) on Fridays from 10-11.30am. The next term runs from April 19 to July 19, with a half-term break on May 31. Fees are £60 for the 10-session term, or £7 a session. More details from Julie Lumley on 01937 830925 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Historical Society: the society’s next meeting is on Thursday, April 25 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Coffee Room. Dr Keith Jones will be talking about Markenfield Hall, near Ripon. The hall was noted in the Domesday Book and may well be the most continuously inhabited house in the country. Everyone is welcome: admission for non-members is £1.
Tadcaster Jive Freestyle night: the next Freestyle night is on Friday, April 26 at the Riley-Smith Hall, from 8pm till midnight. Entry is £8, with dancing downstairs and upstairs, a licenced bar, and socialising. There’s no need to book, just pay on the door. For more details telephone 07773 013847, email email@example.com, or look on the web at www.cerocyorkshire.com.
Crime figures falling: Inspector Richard Abbott was pleased to tell the last Community Engagement Forum meeting that crime figures in the area last year had fallen again. Tadcaster East had 114 crimes reported, a drop of 36, and Tadcaster West had 70, a drop of 52. Over the area of Tadcaster and the surrounding villages the year-on-year fall was 23 per cent, with last year being the fifth year in a row that numbers had gone down. Inspector Abbott was anxious to reassure the public that the level of police cover would stay the same, and he thanked members of the public for the part they had played in preventing crime, for example by being more careful to lock things out of sight. The police priorities for the year ahead will be cross-border crime, theft from motor vehicles, and domestic burglary.
Police Station to be open for longer: Inspector Abbott also told the CEF meeting that there are plans to have the local police station open to the public for longer, on some afternoons and evenings, and Saturday mornings. This will depend on volunteers coming forward to work for short periods, a couple of hours or so. This scheme has already worked successfully in Eggborough and Sherburn. They hope to start this service in April. Applications from prospective volunteers are welcome. Initial enquiries should be made to John Fleming by phone to 07730 978207 or by email to John.Fleming@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk .
Town Guide online: the town council decided a couple of months ago that it would not produce another printed edition of the Town Guide (formerly the Town Directory). Advertising no longer covered the production costs, and the guide was out-of-date as soon as it was published. However, it is now available online on the council’s website, at http://www.tadcastertowncouncil.co.uk/Core/Tadcaster-TC/Pages/Default_5.aspx. Updating the present content is continuing, but if you find anything which is out-of-date or incorrect, or if you have a suggestion for further content, please contact the Town Council (telephone 01937 834113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Merit Awards: the Mayor of Tadcaster, Coun Steve Cobb, was pleased to present three town council merit awards at the annual town meeting on April 9. Kevin Derry received an award for his many years’ service to Tadcaster Albion Football Club, including the encouragement given to young players. Kirsty Perkins received an award for her work in the community, reviving the carnival for the Jubilee in 2012. The local Fire & Rescue Service received an award, which was collected on their behalf by Colin Hunter, in recognition of their outstanding service during the floods of 2012. All three recipients spoke of the help and support that they received from other people in the town.
Missing: readers may have noticed that there was no local news column in the newspaper two weeks ago. It is not clear why the column submitted didn’t make it to the online or printed version of the newspaper.