Tadcaster News

Digital photography workshop: The Friends of Tadcaster Library are holding another workshop, this time on digital photography. It will be held in the library on Station Road on Wednesday, May 22 from 7-9pm. It’s aimed at beginners and those who know something but want to find out more, and will be led by Terry Welsh. To find out more, please contact the friends secretary by phone on 01937 831743 or by email at saragott@btinternet.com

Carnival news: a fundraising event is being held at the Magnets Sports and Social Club on Saturday, May 11 at 7pm. It’s an Acoustic Night and is hoped it will help pay for portaloos and the attendance of St John Ambulance. Tickets (£10 each) are probably sold out by now, but to check if there are any left or to find out more about carnival plans contact Kirsty Poskitt on kposkitt@hotmail.com or go to the carnival’s Facebook page.

Wighill Lane footpath: the County Council’s Planning & Regulatory Functions sub-committee, meeting in Selby at the end of April, agreed unanimously to make a Definitive Map Modification Order for the footpath between the viaduct and Wighill Lane that was closed by the new landowner over a year ago. This is the next stage in getting the path made a proper right of way, free for everyone to use. If there are formal objections to this, a public enquiry will have to be held and a government minister will make the final decision. Local campaigners, some of whom spoke at the meeting, know that it may take several years before the footpath can be reopened.

Kelcbar Community Centre: the centre is open to people of all ages, and everyone is made very welcome at any of the functions. Thursday, May 9 is when a small friendly group of enthusiasts meet for their monthly art session, from 1-4pm. This costs £1 including refreshments. On Thursday, May 16 is another in the series of chess for beginners sessions, from 2-4pm: all ages are welcome. It costs £1 including refreshments. There’s a coffee morning and raffle on Friday, May 17 at 10.30am, costing £1. A session of chairbased exercises is on Monday, May 20 from 2-4pm, with a qualified instructor. This costs £1.50 including refreshments. The monthly walking group meets on Tuesday, May 28, leaving the centre at 10.30am for a short walk of between two and five miles, with refreshments afterwards, all for £1. On Friday, May 31 is the monthly lunch, served at 12.30pm: this costs £5 but you’re asked to book your place and pay before Friday, May 24. You can enjoy bingo every Wednesday at 7.30pm. The centre will be closed on Spring Bank Holiday, May 27. If you have any enquiries or want to book lunch phone Carole on 01937 835462.

Marie Curie Cancer Care Great Daffodil Appeal: a big thank you to all businesses in Tadcaster who took a daffodil collection box and to all those who helped with collections in March. A total of £514.14 was raised in Tadcaster throughout March. This will go towards providing vital care to people with cancer who want to remain at home. Look out for forthcoming events in June and July, including the Great Big Tea Party and a special Anniversary Ball at York Racecourse. Further information is available from Sara Gott, the Tadcaster co-ordinator, on 01937 831743.

Tadcaster Citizen: a new website has been set up for Tadcaster, at http://tadcastercitizen.co.uk/ We’re all invited to send in news about local events and groups, and there’s already a good section about local businesses. You can email admin@tadcastercitizen.co.uk to become a part of this website.

Town guide online: the town council’s online Town Guide has been improved since it became available on the council’s website, at http://www.tadcastertowncouncil.co.uk/Core/Tadcaster-TC/Pages/Default_5.aspx. If you find anything which is out-of-date or incorrect, or if you have a suggestion for further content, please contact the Town Council (phone 01937 834113 or email tadcaster.towncouncil@virgin.net).

Riverside Park consultation: local residents should have received a notice about the displays and consultation sessions about the Riverside Park project along the banks of the Wharfe. These will take place between Thursday, May 9 and Thursday, May 16 starting in The Ark on Kirkgate for three days, moving to the Community Swimming Pool on Monday, May 13 for two days, and finishing in Tadcaster Library. It’s your chance to have your say. You can also see the plans online from May 9 at http://www.your-community.org.uk/northern_portal.html

Fire & Rescue Service training: North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service recently asked the town council to allow the Wharfe between the bridge and the viaduct to be used for training. At present Tadcaster and Selby personnel have to go to Malton or Richmond, when there’s a suitable place for swiftwater and boat-based rescue techniques on their doorstep. The council was very happy to allow the service to access the river from its own land, but that is only the stretch from the bridge to Castle Hill Field: the rest of the west bank and the whole of the east bank have other landowners, who would need to be approached.

Tadcaster Grammar School Big Band: the band will be playing on Friday, May 10 at 7pm in the Sixth Form Study Centre. Tickets, with a pie and peas supper, cost £5, and are available from the school’s main office or by phoning 01937 833466. Bar facilities will be available.

Riley-Smith Hall events: Sunday, May 12 from 8pm, Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts.

Kelcbar bus services: the town council agreed recently to support attempts, prompted by the work of Your Square Mile in the town on behalf of Heineken UK, to improve the bus services to the Kelcbar Estate. A bus service runs along Wetherby Road but many residents can’t get to the bus stops and there are no bus shelters, so either shelters there or diverting some services to go into the estate would help a good number of people. A petition was signed by 98 Kelcbar residents.