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Riverside Project meeting: the town council has arranged an extra meeting on Tuesday, July 16 at 7pm in The Ark, to update everyone on the community engagement forum’s plans for the Riverside Project, the proposed creation of a linear riverside park with a play area and exercise equipment. The revised plans were not available in time for the scheduled June 18 council meeting, as originally hoped.

Summer Reading Challenge: the county library is looking for volunteers to help with the 2013 summer reading challenge. This national event encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday. If you are aged 14-25, love books and reading, and enjoy working with children, then you’re just what they are looking for. By volunteering for this, you can help to encourage children in the area to enjoy books and have fun over the summer holidays. To find out more about the challenge, go to the Reading Agency website at http://readingagency.org.uk/children/quick-guides/summer-reading-challenge/. To apply to be a volunteer, go online at http://www.vinspired.com/. Please apply by Sunday, June 30.

Crime writer to speak at Tadcaster Library: ss part of National Crime Writers Month, Stephen Booth, who has written over a dozen crime novels, set in the Peak District, will be speaking and signing books at the library on Station Road on Wednesday, July 3, at 7pm. Tickets are £2 each. His talk is part of a national tour, as he’s in Coventry the previous day and in Congleton and Doncaster later in the week. For further information please call Tadcaster Library and Customer Services on 0845 034 9542 or email them at tadcaster.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Theatre Company auditions: Tadcaster Theatre Company is holding entrance auditions for anyone aged 16 years old or over who wishes to join the company. These will be held on Tuesday, June 25 in the Boys Sunday School, Kirkgate from 7.30pm. New members, and any former member who wants to re-join, is welcome to attend, but please contact Chris Day, the secretary, by email at cd.day@tiscali.co.uk. Their next production is Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, from November 20 to 23.

Coming up at Kelcbar Community Centre: sessions of chair-based exercises are on Monday, June 24 at 2pm. The walking group leaves the centre at 10.30am on Tuesday, June 25, with refreshments afterwards. Bingo is on Wednesday, June 26, at 7.30pm. On Thursday, June 27 at 2pm friends will plant a rose tree in the centre’s garden, in memory of Edna Whetstone. Edna lived on Kelcbar from when the estate was built 30 years ago until her recent death, and is much missed by those who knew her. The planting will be followed by afternoon tea (with a charge of £3). On Friday, June 28 there’s the regular coffee morning with a raffle, from 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to any of these activities.

Tadcaster Jive Freestyle night: the next Freestyle night is on Friday, June 28 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 phone 07773 013847, email dance@cerocextra.com, or look on the web at www.cerocyorkshire.com.

Vacancies for Town Councillors: Tadcaster Town Council should have 12 members, but following the resignation of Paul Britton now has two vacancies. Councillors are volunteers who want to put something into the town: is it something that you could do? The formal qualifications are not great: you have to be 18 or over and live in the town or within three miles of the town boundary. Informally, you need to have a strong sense of community and an interest in the town. What you do is partly up to you (apart from attending council and committee meetings every few weeks): you need to be prepared to be the eyes and ears of the town, to help sort out local issues, or to help with council events such as the annual Christmas Festival and Litter Pick. If you’re interested, please contact the town council office in The Ark on Kirkgate: either go there in person, or phone 01937 834113, or email tadcaster.towncouncil@virgin.net. Office opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 9.30am-12.30pm.

Town Council newsletter: every house in the town should have received a copy of the summer 2013 issue of the town newsletter in the past few weeks. It had articles on the three Merit Award winners, Kelcbar Community Centre, the work of Your Square Mile, litter, and super-fast broadband, as well a police report and the council’s report on its work in 2012/13.

Visit of Psychic Claire: York-based clairvoyant and medium Claire is making a return visit to Tadcaster Social Club on Monday, June 24 at 7.30pm. This outstanding paranormal lady will reassure you that your loved ones are still around and keeping an eye on you. This is your chance to get in touch with the other side. Admission is by ticket only: they are available from the club on Chapel Street at £8 in advance, or on the door at £10. You can reserve places by e-mailing girdard@gmail.com.

Open mic night: on Friday, June 28 Tadcaster Social Club opens its doors at 8.30pm to all performers for the town’s only open mic night. Admission is free. This should be a good night of live entertainment from the best performers in the town and the area around. If you want to perform, contact girdard@gmail.com in advance. The club has a full sound system, all you need is your instrument and your talent.

Active Life sport and leisure: Active Life runs sessions for adults aged 45 plus at Tadcaster Leisure Centre, promoting physical activity, sport, healthy ageing, well-being and fitness. Sessions are Monday afternoons from noon-2pm, costing £3.50 per person. A typical session starts with badminton, then moves on to boccia (a form of indoor bowls), health walks, Nordic walking, or other activities. For more information, contact James Chapman on 01757 213758 or e-mail: j.chapman@wlct.org.