Roderic Parker

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Coming up at Kelcbar Community Centre: Kelcbar has another busy month planned. On Friday, June 7 they have a coffee morning with a raffle at 10.30am. Sessions of chair-based exercises are on Mondays, June 10 and 17, at 2pm. Bingo sessions are on Wednesdays, June 12 and 19, starting at 7.30pm. On Friday, June 14 they will host a guest speaker, Mr George Goodair, who will be talking about The hilarious experiences of a traffic warden at 2pm, which is not to be missed. They round off early June with the art class on Wednesday, June 19, from 1-4pm. Everyone is welcome to any of these activities.

Courses and special events at Needlecase: Helen Jordan is visiting Needlecase, at 22 Kirkgate, on Saturday, June 15 for a beginners crochet course, from 10am-4pm. These courses book up very quickly so please contact them by phone on 01937 830422 or email info@needlecase.co.uk to check if there’s space available. The course costs £30 (paid in advance) and includes all materials needed. Needlecase also have a couple of special events in June. On Friday, June 21 they are having a celebration evening for their customers, from 7-9pm, with a workshop and wine and nibbles provided. Saturday, June 22 is an all day long strawberry tea party raising money for Breast Cancer Care. Visit their website at www.needlecase.co.uk to find out more details and to register in advance for these events.

TadChorale concert: a reminder that TadChorale are performing with the York Concert Band and the Kendal Concert Band on Saturday, June 8 in the Riley-Smith Hall. The concert starts at 7.30pm, and tickets cost £5 each.

Carnival news: Tadcaster Carnival will be on Sunday, July 28. It isn’t too late to book a stall on the carnival ground: if you’d like one please email Christine Bleasby at christine.bleasby@btinternet.com.

Stutton Parish Council meeting: the next parish council meeting will be on Thursday, June 13 at 7.30pm in Stutton Village Hall. The meeting is open to everyone.

Tadcaster Town Council meeting: the next meeting of the full town council is set for Tuesday, June 18 at 7pm in The Ark, Kirkgate. The agenda won’t be published till a few days beforehand, so it isn’t yet known if the revised plans for the riverside park will be available for discussion. If they aren’t, the council may convene a special meeting to discuss them, rather than wait for its next scheduled meeting, in view of the mixed views expressed by local people about them. The agenda is published on the council’s three noticeboards (outside The Ark, between the Stutton Road shops and the Jackdaw, and just uphill from Costcutter): it will also be available on the council’s website at http://www.tadcastertowncouncil.co.uk/Core/Tadcaster-TC/Pages/Agendas__and__Minutes_1.aspx .

Car parking changes: it’s not certain when we last saw a traffic warden in Tadcaster (except at Kelcbar Community Centre, as in the item above), but from the end of May the county council has taken over responsibility for enforcing parking restrictions on public highways throughout the county. Actual enforcement will be carried out by Harrogate Borough Council in our district, as well as in Craven and in Harrogate itself. Penalties have been standardised across the county, at either £70 or £50, depending on the severity of the obstruction caused. To report a contravention of a parking restriction in the area please call 01423 500600 or e-mail parkingservices@harrogate.gov.uk.

Community Engagement Forum Partnership Board: the board’s recent annual meeting confirmed its membership for the year ahead. Members include all the district and county councillors for the town and the nearby villages, Inspector Richard Abbott from the police and Colin Hunter from the fire & rescue service, town and parish council representatives (including Margaret Middlemiss for Tadcaster), and four community members (Jeanette Barlow, Phil Back, and two new members, Bea Rowntree and Rev Amy Walters). Chris Metcalfe was re-elected as board chairman, while Don Mackay had already been re-appointed chairman of the forum. The CEF is set up and funded by the district council and brings them together with the police, the fire & rescue service, and various county council departments. Forum meetings give the public a chance to speak directly to the people who deliver our local services, for example policing, street cleaning and road safety, and to have a say about any important local issues. The next meeting is on September 16. The Partnership Board is a business meeting which is open to the public, and next meets on July 22.