A new Town Clerk: Jane Crowther has now taken over as the new Clerk to the Town Council. She replaces Avis Thomas, who has retired after 12 years in the post. Jane started in October, but was able to have a long hand-over period, getting to grips with the variety of things that the Town Clerk has to deal with. The term ‘Town Clerk’ sounds old-fashioned, but the Clerk is legally responsible for all the Council’s business, making sure that meetings are run properly, that all financial matters are dealt with as they should be, and managing the day-to-day work of the Town Council office in The Ark. Jane wrote in the Town Council’s latest newsletter “I’ve much appreciated the warm and friendly welcome from everyone. There is much to learn as this is a very varied role and feel sure I can rise to challenge and follow on in Avis’s footsteps as she has left a firm foundation on which I can build for the future”. The Mayor, Coun Steve Cobb, paid tribute to the work that Avis has done, saying “Councillors and town’s people have been so fortunate in having had Avis giving as Town Clerk for the last 12 years. She has shown professionalism, intellect and exceptional dedication to the role. We wish her an enjoyable retirement. Jane has a tough act to follow.” Councillors made a presentation to Avis, of jewellery and flowers, after her last Council meeting on December 4.
A temporary post for the Vicar: the Archbishop of York has asked the Rev Canon Sue Sheriff, the vicar of St Mary’s Church, to be the temporary Archdeacon of York until a permanent appointment is made. Sue will carry out many of the duties normally undertaken by the Archdeacon, as well as looking after her parishes. This post could last into Spring next year. During that time, many of the vicar’s duties (in Tadcaster as well as in Newton Kyme, Church Fenton, Kirkby Wharfe, and Ulleskelf) will be carried out by Rev Maggy Ellison.
Singers silent: many local people will be sad that Singers Restaurant has closed. It provided excellent food and good service for 15 years, but Phil, who has run the restaurant from the start, has decided to move on. There are hopes that the restaurant will re-open soon, under a new name and with a different kind of cuisine.
Santa’s visit: Boston Spa and Tadcaster Roundtable are helping Santa out, as they have in previous years, by taking him and his sleigh on a pre-Christmas tour around the local villages for a couple of weeks. He’ll be stopping off at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Tadcaster on Saturday, December 15, between 9.30am and 2.30pm. While Santa is checking if all the children have been good little children over the past year, and what they are hoping to receive for Christmas, Roundtable members will be shaking collection tins raising money which goes to help the group support causes within the local area. Last year over £5000 was collected, which went to a number of local groups.
Stutton Christmas Show: come to the show on Friday, December 21 at 7.30pm in St Aidans, Stutton. The show stars the Stutton Songsters, comedians, poets and the Boston Spa Boys Band. Seasonal refreshments will be available, and there will be a raffle. Tickets cost £2 at the door, with proceeds going to St. Aidans. For more information contact Rod Coope on 01937 835550 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol services: the Carols by Candlelight service in St Mary’s church, a mixture of carols and readings, is on Sunday, December 16 at 6pm. On Tuesday, December 18 Popple Well Springs hosts a carol service at 11am. Riverside School Key Stage 2 pupils will be in St Mary’s Church on Tuesday, December 18 at 1.45pm and on Wednesday, December 19 at 10am.
December round-up: last week’s column had news about the Tadcaster Social Club Children’s Christmas Party on Friday, December 14 between 6-8pm; the Rock ‘n’ roll Christmas party at Tadcaster Social Club at 8.30pm on Friday, December 14; and The Jingle Bell Bop in the Riley-Smith Hall on Sunday, December 16 between 2-3.30pm.
Christmas Market: the weather was kind this year for one of the best Christmas markets that Tadcaster has had. No rain, no wind, in fact bright sunshine, even if the air was a bit chilly. This year there were more stalls than ever, but as the Girls Sunday School was used for the first time, packed with stalls and a steady flow of visitors, there were fewer stalls in Westgate. The Riley-Smith Hall was a hive of activity, with the Brass Band playing carols on stage. Outside, Minster FM made their presence felt outside The Ark. Later in the afternoon children from the primary schools sang there, before the Christingle service in St Mary’s church. The Methodist Church had a steady stream of visitors to its Christmas tree display, the 24 trees filling the church, all meriting close inspection to see how local groups and businesses had decorated them: anyone judging the best tree would have had a hard task. Many local groups reported that they had raised some much-needed funds for their activities, and all the visitors to the market looked as if they were enjoying what was on offer.
Planning applications: the application to remove some trees at the Tadcaster Albion ground has been withdrawn. Selby District Council has recently granted applications for extensions to 30 Grange Crescent and 36 Marlborough Drive.