Carnival 2013: after the success of the Diamond Jubilee Carnival in 2012 (despite the day-long heavy rain), the organisers have set the date for this year’s carnival – Sunday, July 28. If you’d like to book a stall on the carnival field at Magnets Social Club, whether for a local organisation or a business, please contact Christine Bleasby, at 10 Edgerton Drive, Tadcaster, LS24 9QW, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre Company rehearsals: Tadcaster Theatre Company’s spring show will be on March 20 to 23 in the Riley-Smith Hall. Like last year’s show, it will be a ‘cabaret’-style production. The first meeting for the show will be on Thursday, January 17 in the Boys Sunday School (by St Mary’s Church) at 7.30pm. If you are interested in taking part please get in touch with the secretary, Chris Day, on 01937 835788. The main requirements are the ability to sing and to be able to dance a little (or maybe just to look as if you can). The company would particularly like to see some more male participants, preferably young! New or returning members will need to take a short entrance audition.
Kids Basketball: Tadcaster Leisure Centre, on Station Road, offers kids basketball coaching on Thursday evenings from 4.15-5.45pm. Dave Smith is the fully qualified CRB-checked coach. Each session costs £3.30 (less with a Lifestyle Card). For more details contact the Leisure Centre on 01937 834375.
Methodist Church Open Door Café: the first Open Door Café of the year will be on Saturday, January 12, between 9.30am-1.30pm in the church. Light lunches, or just tea or coffee, are available, and you are promised a very warm welcome.
Shoebox Appeal: the Methodist Church magazine reports that 109 boxes were sent from Tadcaster to various countries in East Africa towards the end of 2012. Many thanks to all who contributed.
Hidden Treasures: St Mary’s church shop, Hidden Treasures, will be closed for refurbishment until the end of January. They aren’t able to accept any donations until they re-open, as they have nowhere to store anything, so they ask you not to leave anything for them until they are open and back in business again.
Community Engagement Forum: a reminder that the next Forum meeting is on Monday, January 14 in the Riley-Smith Hall. The meeting starts at 6.30pm, but the hall will be open from 6pm for you to have light refreshments and talk to staff from various council departments. All members of the public are welcome to attend and hear about the work of local service providers as well as to raise their own issues of concern. One of the main features will be that Julia Mulligan, our newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner, will be there to talk about her new role and listen to what the public have to say. Other speakers will present the new Community Development Plan for Tadcaster & Villages, and give an update on the work of the Your Square Mile project. The meeting will close with the usual open forum for questions from the public.