Christmas market and festival: the traditional Christmas outdoor market in Westgate and Kirkgate will be held on Sunday, December 1 from 10am-3pm, with stalls and other attractions in the streets, in the Girls’ Sunday School, and in the Riley-Smith Hall. Bookings for street stalls have been heavy, both from local organisations looking to raise funds and from traders, so there should be plenty of things to look at (and buy). The Riley-Smith Hall will host a craft fair. Father Christmas will be there in his grotto, while from time to time a brass band will be playing Christmas music above his head. A joint schools’ children’s choir will be singing carols in the Market Place, at the foot of Kirkgate, at 3pm, and at 3.30pm St Mary’s Church will hold their annual Christingle service.
Methodist Church Christmas tree festival: one of the features of the Christmas festival weekend will once again be the display of Christmas trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses, schools and groups promoting their products and activities. The Methodist church once again hosts this, on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 from 10am-4pm on both days. Light refreshments will be available through the weekend. Proceeds are used to support the work of Tadcaster Methodist Church within the community.
St Mary’s nativity festival: St Mary’s church will again be using the room upstairs in the Boys’ Sunday School to create a wonderful stable scene for the Christmas festival on Sunday, December 1. They invite everyone who gets so much for Christmas to visit the ‘Bethlehem stable’ and give a present to be passed on to someone in need. You are asked not to wrap your presents, so that the church knows what is being given and can make appropriate gifts to families living in comparative poverty in the area. St Mary’s Church and the Boys’ Sunday School will be open from 11am. There will also be a number of nativity activities, and light lunches and refreshments will be available.
Central car park: last May the High Court backed Selby District Council’s proposals to make significant improvements to the central area car park, following a protracted legal battle. The time allowed for any challenge to that decision passed in June, with no challenge being made. Since then, the only visible work has been the recent resurfacing of the small area for disabled parking (which some residents think is in the wrong place anyway). The planning permission that had been granted was subject to a number of conditions requiring details to be submitted for approval before the development could commence. Since June the schemes required to meet theses conditions have been drawn up, submitted and approved, so that the council has been able to start the development. The disabled parking area was seen as a priority and so was the first to be dealt with. It seems that tenders for the work planned for the whole car park will not be considered until later in November. The district council anticipates that work will be complete in the new year, but the delays between last June and early next year do not sit well with what was said earlier about the urgency with which the work was to be tackled.
A new PCSO for Tadcaster: we have a new Police Community Support Office. PCSO Becky Goulding, who formerly worked in the Sherburn area, has taken over from Glen Cooper, who has moved to a new post in the Harrogate area. You can contact her by email to email@example.com. We wish her well in her new post.
Pop art exhibition: Gallery 42, at 42 St Joseph’s Street, is holding an exhibition of Pop Art, also featuring vintage and psychedelic poster art. This runs from Friday, November 22 to Saturday, December 7. The exhibition will have some original works and a range of prints and posters. The gallery is open from 9.15am-5pm on Monday to Saturday (except for Wednesday, when closing time is 12.30pm). More details are on their website at http://gallery42.com. You can contact them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone (01937 530465), or by dropping in.
Want to volunteer?: if you’d like to find out more about opportunities to volunteer in the area, and how you could get involved, Kathy Donnelly, from the Selby District Volunteer Centre, will be at Tadcaster Library on Wednesday, November 27 from 2.30-7pm. Volunteering is very flexible and you can give as much or as little of your time as you want. At the library Kathy can provide you with the information you need to make choice about what would suit you best. To find out more, contact her on 01757 291111 or email her at email@example.com.
Exhibition of paintings and sculpture: the Girls’ Sunday School building at 5 Westgate has been converted by the Lower Wharfe Ecumenical Youth Project for use as a drop-in centre for young people to come and socialise and enjoy various leisure activities. As part of their opening celebrations the acclaimed artist Paul Hobbs is mounting an exhibition of paintings and sculpture called Where’s Your Daddy Gone? This will be open to the public daily from Wednesday, November 27 to Tuesday, December 3 from 10am-5pm. Paul exhibited and held workshops at the Grammar School some years ago.
Town council newsletter: town residents should all have received the November issue of the town council’s newsletter. Contents included: details of the Christmas market and festival on Sunday, December 1; the Christmas window spotting competition; becoming a Youth Councillor; the new Garden of Remembrance; the delay in the riverside improvements known as the Riverside Park; the improvements made in the summer by a group from Tadcaster Grammar School to the woodlands play area; an article on the motte, a neglected and little known part of the Norman castle; and the Thursday morning district council ‘surgery’ held at Calcaria House. A full colour version of the newsletter is on the Tadcaster Town Council website at www.tadcastertowncouncil.co.uk