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TadChorale concert: Ulleskelf Methodist Church is putting on a concert by TadChorale, as part of their centenary celebrations, on Saturday, April 27 at 7.30pm in the church. Items will include show songs by Arthur Sullivan, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables), as well as many other 20th century classics. Tickets cost £4 (including light refreshments): you can get them from Ulleskelf Post Office or from Janet Allman on 01937 836065.

Junior cricket: junior nets have now started each week at Queens Gardens. Under 13s and Under 15s hardball nets, for years seven to 10 of all abilities, are from 5.30 to 6.45pm. Under 11s softball skills, for years three to six, are from 6.45 to 8pm. Sam Anderson of SA Sports Coaching will provide coaching, and weekly fixtures will be organised for everyone. Coaching continues until July 16, and the subscription is £35 for the 13-week session. For more information contact Rob Hill, the juniors co-ordinator, on 07944 472793.

Kirkby Wharfe walk and barbecue: On Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, St John’s Church, Kirkby Wharfe, is organising a guided family ramble and barbecue. This will take you round the village and nearby Grimston, with a barbecue lunch afterwards. The walk starts at the church at 10.30am. Lunch costs £5, and it’s all in aid of church funds. Please wear wellington boots or sensible shoes.

Local health services: Dr Cath Snape spoke to the recent Community Engagement Forum about the recent changes in how the NHS is organised locally, part of the nationwide changes being made. The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has now been set up, but Dr Snape was eager to assure us that this meant backroom changes only, with no changes to front-line services. The new CCGs are meant to give doctors, as providers of treatment, much more say in how it is provided, and should involve patients much more in making improvements. It joins up health and social care, which were separate under the previous arrangements. The CCG covers a wide area: York, Selby, Tadcaster, Easingwold, Pocklington and parts of Ryedale. The first question from the floor was about the appointment system at the medical centre, which many users don’t find very satisfactory, but that is something that the new CCG has no control over.

The Community Engagement Forum’s year: The recent CEF meeting also heard a review of the last year’s work from David Gluck. Four public forum meetings have been held, and eight partnership board meetings (which are open to the public). They have supported the community development plan, Groundwork Selby with the riverside park, a proposed festival at Scarthingwell, and the Tadcaster Jubilee carnival. They are also working with Your Square Mile and Heineken UK on the plans that they are making. The forum has made grants totalling over £6,000 to Barkston Ash and Ulleskelf parish councils, Selby Carers, Tadcaster Albion, and the Riley-Smith Hall. The next Forum meeting is on Monday, September 16.

Knitting Circle: the next knitting circle run by Needlecase at 22 Kirkgate is on Saturday. April 27, from 1.30-3pm. You’re invited for a friendly and informal chance to chat and knit and enjoy a coffee. For details ring 01937 830422

Rayners Rock and Roll: Rayners next dance is on Friday, May 3 at 8pm (doors open at 7.15pm) in the Riley-Smith Hall. For tickets contact Eileen on 07752 333094 or email raynerrocknroll@yahoo.co.uk.

Town Council annual meeting: one of the reports given to the town council’s recent annual meeting, sadly poorly attended, was from the Environment Committee. The council owns allotments on Stutton Road and Wharfedale Crescent, and all of them are now in good order. Regular inspections are carried out, and there is a lengthy waiting list. The judge of last summer’s competition for the Clarke Trophy was impressed by the high standards. The council has now released £80,000 towards the cost of the work being done on the river banks (both sides of the bridge, from the Albion ground up to the weir), with funding also coming from district and charity sources. The way that the community had come together to try to reverse the closure of the footpath between the viaduct and Wighill Lane, a vital link between east and west Tadcaster, was noted favourably. Lessons had been learned from last year’s flooding and Yorkshire Water have been doing some drain clearance work.

Town Councillor applications close soon: Tadcaster Town Council currently has a vacancy for a councillor to represent the West Ward of Tadcaster. Time is running out if you want to apply, as the closing date for completed applications to be returned to the council is Tuesday, April 30. If you’re interested, contact the town council office in Kirkgate: either go there in person, or telephone 01937 834113, or email tadcaster.towncouncil@virgin.net. The main qualifications are that you have to be 18-years old or over and live in the town or within three miles of the town boundary. Being a town councillor is purely voluntary, and a good way to put something into our local community.

Council tax bills: Selby District Council has now re-issued all its council tax bills after making a mistake with many of the ones sent out in early March. The mistake affected parish and town councils which, like Tadcaster, raise money through the tax. Tadcaster Town Council raised its budget this year by about 2 per cent: one of the main reasons for this increase is that it is now paying full pensions for its staff, which is has not done up to now. The incorrect bills issued earlier showed an increase of over 12 per cent. Setting the budget for next year will be difficult as a one-year grant tied to revised government policies will come to an end.

Low Impact Aerobics: why not try low impact aerobics? It’s suited for the over 50s and is a gentle pace of exercise. It runs at the leisure centre every Saturday morning at 10am and costs £2.90 or £2 for concessions.