Masquerade Ball: Ceroc is putting on this dance on Friday, December 27, from 8pm-midnight in the Riley-Smith Hall. Tickets cost £10 each in advance and £12 at the door, and each ticket includes food and sparkling drinks. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07540 159658.
Adult education: classes start again at Tadcaster Grammar School on Tuesday, January 7 from 6.30-8.30pm. There’s a range of enjoyable adult classes running for 12 weeks. This covers British Sign Language, flower arranging, pilates, karate, art for all, digital photography, sugarcraft, sewing and needlecraft, and a new class for Hypno weight loss. The intermediate Spanish class resumes a day earlier, on Monday, January 6. As before, Tadcaster East Primary School is the venue for yoga classes, also starting the same Monday evening. All the classes are delivered by enthusiastic, qualified tutors. For further information contact 01937 837614 or www.tgsbec.com, or e-mail email@example.com. Classes cost £84 for the 12 weeks.
Town council: set its budget for April 2014 to March 2015 at their December meeting. They settled on a net budget of £104,500. The budget for the current year was more, at £113,600, but just over £10,000 of this was offset by a special Government grant passed on to Selby District Council, so that the town council had to raise £103,300 this year. The extra £1,200 decided on for next year means a small increase in the amount raised through the council tax (the ‘precept’). Councillors felt that they had looked at all that the council does and had cut back costs as far as they could, and that this small increase was unavoidable. They noted that the number of dwellings in the town on which council tax is paid has not changed, which some thought was a symptom of the lack of development in the town. One change that will help the budgets is being introduced in stages over the next few years: the cemetery on Leeds Road will be run differently, with the aim of recovering all its costs, which it doesn’t at present. Some councillors were concerned about the confusion about the £10,000 Government grant currently being paid: a Government minister has indicated that the grant has again been passed on to all the district councils and should again be passed on to town and parish councils. Selby however is refusing to pass it on, arguing that it does not need to do so, and so leaving many towns and parishes in the area with difficult budget problems. (Selby town stands to lose over four times what Tadcaster will lose.)
Paramedic trial ends: the six-month trial by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service of basing a paramedic at the medical centre in Crab Garth has come to an end. One of the objectives of the trial was to see if a locally-based paramedic could respond to emergency and non-emergency calls, carry out initial assessments, and deal with some of the patients himself. This would allow the doctors at the centre to focus on patients who went there, reduce the need for home visits by our doctors, and relieve the pressure on the A&E services in York. This objective was largely met, with improved response times to emergency calls. The trial also saw better relations established with the Fire & Rescue Service, Selby’s Housing department, and with local people as a whole: the Carnival was a very useful way for them to talk to people. A Community First Responder scheme has now been set up in the town.
Library opening times: the volunteer Friends of Tadcaster Library have been opening the library on Station Road on Wednesdays from 2-7pm for the past year, but the number of people coming in later on has been small. The Wednesday opening hours will thus change to 2-6pm from Wednesday, January 8. However, the Friends are anxious to see if opening for two hours on a Saturday afternoon would be popular. If anyone is interested in helping run the library then, please contact the Friends by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone Sara Gott on 01937 831743. The full library opening hours are now: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 2-6pm; Thursdays and Fridays 9am-1pm; and Saturdays 10am till noon.
Volunteer Car Service: will be offering only a limited service over the Christmas period. The office, normally open from 9.30am-4pm on Mondays to Fridays, will be closed on December 25 and 26 and on January 1, and open for limited hours on December 23, 24, 27, 30, and 31.
Rayner Rock and Roll: after their New Year’s Eve party with the Memphis Riders on stage and two DJs in support, Rayner’s resume their monthly dances on Friday, January 10 at 8pm in the Riley-Smith Hall. The live band leading the dance is The Mee Kats. Contact Eileen for details and tickets on 07752 333094, or email her at email@example.com
Youth Council: the town council has helped set up a Youth Council for the town. The purpose of this is to give young people between the ages of 12 and 19 the opportunity to discuss and develop their ideas about what is important to them in the town, and what could be done practically to put these ideas into practice. Member of the council should gain experience in decision making, budgeting and having a voice in the matters that affect them locally. They would also have opportunities to influence decision makers both locally and nationally. The council has already held three formal meetings in the town council chamber in The Ark on Kirkgate. To find out more, contact Will Lockwood at The Ark, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring 07515 450870.