Roderic Parker

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Town Council meetings: the next council meetings are of the environment committee on Tuesday, November 12 and the finance & general purposes committee on Tuesday, November 19. It’s the time of year when the council starts to look at its budget for next year, and both meetings will have their budgets on the agenda. Both will be in The Ark on Kirkgate, starting at 7pm, and are open to everyone: time is set aside for members of the public to raise any issues concerning the town. The agenda will be published a few days before each meeting, on the council’s three noticeboards (outside The Ark, by the Stutton Road shops, and just above Costcutter on Hillside), and also on the council’s website (www.tadcastertowncouncil.co.uk).

Stutton Parish Council: the next meeting of Stutton Parish Council is on Thursday, November 14 at 7.30pm in Stutton Village Hall. The meeting is open to everyone.

White Christmas: the opening night is getting closer and rehearsals are getting more intense. Tadcaster Theatre Company presents the UK amateur premiere of Irving Berlin’s famous show White Christmas, based on the 1954 film. The show is on in the Riley-Smith Hall, Westgate, from Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, November 23 at 7.30 each night, with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. Tickets are from £12 in advance: contact the box office on 07748 812528, or visit their website at www.tadcastertheatrecompany.org. Tickets are also available from any member of the company.

Progress on the ex- Barnardo’s footpath: the process of making the entire footpath from Wetherby Road across the viaduct and on to Wighill Lane has moved on a stage. The only part that is not now on the definitive footpath map is the short section across the former Barnardo’s land, now owned by a company linked to Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery. It is some weeks since the county council made the formal order to modify the definitive map. This marked the start of the formal public consultation stage of the process. The order and map are posted at either end of the blocked off footpath: they have been published in the Selby Times and a copy can be seen at the Tadcaster Library during normal hours. They are also on the county website at www.northyorks.gov.uk/media/26238/Footpath-No-356428-Eastern-End-of-Tadcaster-Viaduct-to-Wighill-Lane-Tadcaster/pdf/Tadcaster_Viaduct.pdf. Any representation or objection relating to the order must be sent in writing to the definitive map officer at the county council, not later than Thursday, December 5 2013. If no representations or objections are made to the order, or if any are made but withdrawn, the council can confirm the order. If there are any outstanding objections then the order, with the objection, has to be submitted to the Secretary of State of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs for confirmation. He has a maximum of 35 weeks to resolve the matter. He may appoint an Inspector to investigate and arrive at a decision: the Inspector could hold a public inquiry locally to examine all the evidence before reaching a conclusion. But the Secretary of State or the Inspector may feel that the strength of the evidence is so strong that they can resolve the matter at an informal hearing, without the need for an inquiry. As things stand, the future of this much-missed local path could be decided before the end of the year, or it might take until August next year.

Pampered Chef Evening: Tadcaster Albion football club invites you to bring your friends for a fun-filled evening of cooking Ready Steady Cook style, and treat yourself to something you’ve always wanted for your kitchen! This is on Thursday, November 14 at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, in the clubhouse. Tickets are £1 (including a raffle ticket) and the proceeds will go to Tadcaster Albion Junior Football Club. For more information contact Helene Stone on 01937 520472 (email stoneys@ntlworld.com).

Garden of Remembrance: following a suggestion from the local Royal British Legion branch, the town council has agreed to turn one of the wooden planters around the war memorial into a permanent garden of remembrance. The planter will have a sand base in which small memorial crosses can be left at any time of the year. This will allow people to commemorate any member of the armed forces who has died, whether they are local or not, at a time appropriate to them, rather than just around Remembrance Day. The town council, as part of its obligation to maintain the war memorial, will ensure that the area is well looked after.

St Mary’s autumn bazaar: every November we can expect to see the annual autumn bazaar and craft fair put on by St Mary’s church, and this year is no exception. The bazaar is on Saturday, November 16 in the Riley-Smith Hall from 10.30am-2pm. There’s the usual range of fresh homemade produce of all sorts, crafts, and jewellery, as well as a tombola, a raffle, and children’s games. Refreshments and light lunches will be available upstairs. Admission for adults is £1.

Sponsored Swim for Martin House: Tadcaster Swimming Pool is hosting a 24-hour sponsored swim in aid of Martin House Children’s Hospice. It will start at 7am on Thursday, November 14 and carry on until 7am on Friday, November 15. Participants (individuals or teams) can swim for a minimum of one hour or for multiples of one hour, but they must book slots in advance. Swimmers of all ages are welcome to take part, but under-eight-year-olds must be accompanied by enough adults. The event is supported by BBC Radio York’s Good Night’s Sleep Appeal and Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool Trust. All proceeds raised will be split equally between Martin House and the pool. You can find more details, including how to make a donation using Virgin Money Giving, on the pool’s website at http://www.tadcasterpool.org.uk/news/tadcaster24.htm. One purpose of the event is to highlight how some parents who have a child with a range of disabilities can suffer from sleep deprivation, one of the worst problems they endure, over a prolonged period of time.