Roderic Parker

01937 833502


Tadcaster Jive Freestyle night: a reminder that the next Freestyle night is on Friday, June 28 at the Riley-Smith Hall, from 8pm till midnight. Entry is £8, just pay on the door. For more details telephone 07773 013847, email dance@cerocextra.com, or look on the web at www.cerocyorkshire.com.

Civic Society booklets: over the years Tadcaster Civic Society has published a number of useful and informative booklets about the town and its history. Many of these are now out of print, but local newsagents should still have copies of the third Photo Album and A walk around historical Tadcaster. Some things have changed since the latter was published (the old vicarage has been restored, for one) but the picture of Allens the ironmongers looks reassuringly familiar, with only the shop owner behind the counter having changed.

Planning application: at their June meeting the town council considered their response to the third revision of a plan to demolish and rebuild four derelict cottages on Wighill Lane, and to build three houses on empty land behind them. Local residents were again present to make their views known. The council was disappointed that issues that they had raised earlier had not been dealt with by the revised plans, and repeated their concerns about the building of the three new houses. They were still anxious that the existing cottages, most of them empty for many years, should be rebuilt. The residents were assured that the plans would go before Selby’s planning committee and not be decided just by the District’s planning staff.

Fewer District Councillors: plans to reduce the number of district councillors have moved a stage further, with the publication of draft recommendations by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. They are still anxious to reduce the total number from 41 to 31, but the details now available show that Tadcaster will lose one of its present four councillors. At present there are two wards, each with two councillors (east ward covering the east and centre of the town plus Oxton, and west ward covering the rest of the town, Stutton, and Newton Kyme). They propose one ward with three councillors, covering the whole town, Stutton, and Newton Kyme, and gaining Healaugh but losing Oxton. The commission say that they welcome your views on any aspect of the review, which should be received by September 9. Full details are available on their website at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/__documents/lgbce/reviews/selby-fer/draft/selby-summary-june-2013-final.pdf. The final changes will come into effect at the next district council elections, in May 2015.

Riverside Park update: the town council will be holding a meeting to consider the revised plans for the riverside park on Tuesday, July 16. At their June 18 meeting they decided not to pass on the £80,000 that they have committed to this project until the revised plans have been seen and discussed, though they remain committed in principle to making the riverbank land that they own more attractive to local people and to visitors alike. Other funding is coming from the District Council and other sources.

Sycamore Farm Shop: Sycamore Farm Shop at 11 High Street has been trading in Tadcaster for over a couple of months now. They sell fruit and vegetables (some grown on their own farm, all locally-sourced where possible), eggs, and a range of chutneys and jams, including many suitable for diabetics. They also have fish from Whitby. They already sell from their farm in Church Fenton, and they had a stall at last year’s Christmas market. Their phone number is 07717 750175.

Knitting Circle: Needlecase on Kirkgate invite you to join their friendly and informal Saturday afternoon knitting circles, from 1.30-3pm. The next one is on Saturday, July 6, then there’s a gap until August. For more details you can ring them on 01937 830422.