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Christmas window spotting competition: time is running out to join in the fun and spot the objects in shop windows which wouldn’t usually be found there. Maybe a hairbrush in a butchers shop, or a pork pie in a hairdresser. Be warned, the object may be very small. Entry forms are available from the schools, from the town council on Kirkgate, or by emailing Kirsty Poskitt at kposkitt@hotmail.com. Competition entries must be returned to schools or the Ark on Kirkgate by Friday, November 29 or else hand them in at the Tadcaster Carnival bake stall at the Christmas market before noon on Sunday, December 1. There are prizes for first, second and third place. Santa will announce the winners at the Christmas market. The entrance fee is £1, with all proceeds going to the senior citizens’ annual dinner.

Christmas market: just a reminder that the annual Christmas market and festival takes place this year on Sunday, December 1, from 10am-3pm. We’ll see the traditional Christmas market stalls and other attractions in Westgate, Kirkgate, and in the Girls’ Sunday School, and a craft fair in the Riley-Smith Hall. Santa Claus and a brass band will also be in the hall. A 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. The Methodist Church is hosting their annual display of Christmas trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses, schools and groups promoting their products and activities, from 10am-4pm on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1.

Newton Kyme Christingle Service: St Andrew’s Church is holding a Christingle service at 10am on Sunday, December 1, Advent Sunday.

Tadcaster and District Flower Club: there’s a special Christmas meeting of the flower club on Thursday, December 5 at 7.30pm at Boys’ Sunday School. Joan Woodhead will be giving a demonstration entitled Cool Yule. The cost of admission includes festive food and a glass of wine. Visitors are welcome and tickets priced at £8 are available from Debbie on 01937 831255 or Barbara on 01937 833549. The club normally meets on the first Thursday of the month and their 2014 programme runs from February 6.

Rayner Rock and Roll: Rayner’s next dance is on Friday, December 6 in the Riley-Smith Hall. The live band leading the dance this month is The Bob Cats. The doors open at 7.15pm, and the dance starts at 8pm. There’s a raffle and a door prize. Tickets are £8 each. For tickets or more information contact Eileen on 07752 333094 or email raynerrocknroll@yahoo.co.uk. You can also follow Rayner’s on Facebook.

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund: there’s a Christmas craft and gift fair in the Riley-Smith Hall from 10am-2pm on Saturday, December 7. Admission is free. On offer will be cards, knitted and crochet items, beauty items, jewellery, baby and children’s wear, a tombola, pickles and preserves, a vintage sweet cart, and lots more. There will also be a café and live music. The fair is raising money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, which supports the work done at the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. They fund equipment, resources and research for the treatment of children with heart defects, and provide a support service for both the children and their families along the way.

Rock and Roll New Year’s Eve party: the end of the year, on Tuesday, December 31, may still be some weeks away but if you want to go to the party in the Riley-Smith Hall then you’ve got only till Sunday, December 1 to book and pay for your ticket. The £17 admission includes a buffet, and the Memphis Riders will be on stage, with two DJs in support. The doors open at 7pm, and the party lasts from 8pm-1am. Contact Eileen for details and tickets on 07752 333094, or email her at raynerrocknroll@yahoo.co.uk

Service of remembering and thanksgiving: St Mary’s Church is holding a service on Sunday, December 8 at 4pm. This simple service is a chance to remember those we love who have died, to give thanks for all they meant to us and all they mean still. All the families with whom the church has been involved following the death of someone close to them in the past year are invited. If you, or anyone you know, would like to have a name of someone else who has died included and come to light a candle in memory of them, please contact the church administrator, Tricia West, on 01937 835098 or email stmarystadcaster@googlemail.com.

Tadcaster Grammar School community carol service: the school is holding its annual carol service in St Mary’s Church on Monday, December 9 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to join with the choirs and musicians of the school as they lead a traditional service of readings and carols.

Horton Community Café: this service, provided by Horton Housing, funded by the county council’s Health and Adult Services Innovation Fund, is open every Thursday from 1-4pm in Calcaria House on Windmill Rise. It offers a range of daytime activities and informal learning opportunities for the elderly, and over-18s who are vulnerable or have a disability. The meeting on Thursday, December 5 will cover Christmas card-making, and a week later there will be a session on Christmas baking.

Town council meetings: the town council has back-to-back meetings in The Ark on Kirkgate on Tuesday, December 3. Members of the public are welcome to attend. At 7pm the Finance and General Purposes Committee meets to finalise the budget recommended for 2014/15. At 7.30pm, or as soon after as possible, the full council meets to accept (or modify) the budget recommendation, and deal with whatever else may be on the agenda. The agendas will be published on the council’s noticeboards and website a few days beforehand.