Community Engagement Forum (CEF): the next meeting of the Tadcaster and Villages CEF will be on Monday, April 8, in the Riley-Smith Hall. Everyone is welcome. From 6.30pm you can discuss local issues with a number of council and public service providers. Staff from the district council are expected to be present to explain the changes to council tax benefit and how they affect local residents. Over 1,100 people in the district are affected, though how many of them live in Tadcaster is not known. The meeting itself starts at 7pm.
New line dance class: starting on Thursday, April 11 is a new line dance class for beginners, in the Boys Sunday School from 10-11am. These classes are for those who are brand new to line dance and want to learn the basics. People who can already line dance and want to relearn some old favourites are also welcome, but this is very much a beginners’ class, taking things nice and easy, with no intermediate routines. Each session costs £3.50. There’s no need to book, just turn up and have fun. For more details contact Viv Bolton on 07931 508444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Viv already runs Wiggle n giggle, a weekly dance class on Tuesday mornings in the Boys Sunday School.
Blood donor sessions: the next visit of the Blood Donor service to Tadcaster is on Friday, April 12. They will be at Tadcaster Leisure Centre on Station Road between 1.30-3.45pm, and then from 4.45-7.30pm. You can book a session online at http://blood.co.uk/, or phone them on 0300 123 23 23. As they say on their website, “96 per cent of us rely on the other 4 per centto give blood. Please don’t leave it to someone else.”
Volunteer Centre drop-in session: Selby District Volunteer Centre will be holding a drop in session for people interested in volunteering at Tadcaster Library on Thursday, April 11 from 10am-12.30 pm. The Volunteer Centre matches people wanting to volunteer with organisations, so if you want to find out about volunteering or have skills and experience to share with others do come and find out more about how you could be involved. If you are an organisation looking to recruit volunteers they can help you too, by promoting what you do and reaching out via the website www.do-it.org.uk to lots of different people interested in volunteering. There are lots of different activities to choose from, ranging from driving, befriending and mentoring to helping outdoors on environment and conservation projects, and helping organisations with their promotion and marketing. To book a time slot at the drop in session or to find out more contact Kathy Donnelly, the volunteer champion, on 01757 291111, or email email@example.com.
Bev Jones Tribute: Sunday, April 14 sees a remarkable show in the Riley-Smith Hall. The Bev Jones Tribute Company is putting on My life in music, a song and dance extravaganza in tribute to Bev Jones, who has done so much for musical theatre in York and the surrounding area over the years. There are two performances, at 2.30 and 7.30pm, and all tickets cost £10. You can buy tickets by phone from 07877 691259. Many people will remember the three packed performances that Bev put on in the Riley-Smith Hall in September 2011, in memory of his friend the late Geoff Pears, who managed the hall for some years. Now a number of performers in Bev’s past shows are returning for Bev himself, using his own arrangements, routines and costumes. Proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Road surfacing: County Highways are hoping to do some road resurfacing work in the next few weeks. Much depends on the weather, which has already caused delays to work on Wighill Lane, so it isn’t clear when work on Windmill Rise, originally planned for April, will be done. Information boards will be displayed in advance of the work at each location and letters or leaflets delivered to the residents of the affected properties.
Twinning news: Tadcaster Twinning Association is looking forward to the visit of a group of students from St Chely d’Apcher, Tadcaster’s twin town, after the school’s Easter break. At their recent AGM Steve Gallagher stepped down after 10 years as chairman, with Jon Palmer being elected to take his place. Jon has been working hard with staff at the Grammar School to build links between the school and its St Chely equivalent. Twinning meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7.15pm in the Fox and Hounds on Leeds Road, and anyone interested in twinning is welcome to attend.
Central Car Park: the town council was told at its last meeting that the judicial review of the district council’s plans has been held in London, but that the judge hearing the case was unable to give as quick a decision as had been hoped. The council is all set to proceed with the planned resurfacing and other works, if the review finds that it has acted properly.
Annual Town Meeting: the town council is holding the annual town meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 7.30pm in the Ark on Kirkgate. This isn’t an ordinary council meeting, it’s where the town council reports back to residents about what it has been doing over past year. The Mayor and the three committee chairmen cover what has been done, and the council’s representatives on other bodies also account for what they have been doing for the town. The town council will also be presenting three merit awards to local groups or people to mark work done for the community. Everyone is welcome to attend, and there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions about local issues. There should also be an update on the work being done by Heineken and staff from Your Square Mile who are helping them contribute to improvements in the town.