Tadcaster news by Ralph Harvey

Women's World:

Women's World Day of Prayer will be commemorated in Tadcaster Friday, March 2, with a special service in St Mary's Church starting at 7pm.

The speaker will be Mr Anthony Brill, a Methodist lay preacher from Copmanthorpe and the theme will be ‘Under God’s Tent’ which has been prepared by the women of Paraguay and will be the common theme in more than 150 countries and islands through the World and celebrated on the first Friday in March.

Methodist General Meeting: The general Church meeting of Tadcaster Methodist Church, to which all are invited takes place in the chapel on Sunday, March 4 at approximately 11.45 am following the 10.15 am morning service which will be led by the Rev Ray Coates.

Circuit Quiz:

There is to be a Quiz night for the Tadcaster Methodist circuit on Monday, March 5 and this will take place at Boston Spa starting at 7.30pm and proceeds are for the National Children's Home.

Lent Meeting: The Rev Ray Coates will be leading the Lent Meeting in Tadcaster Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 6 starting at 7.30pm.

Busy Week:

The ladies of Tadcaster Arthritis Research Committee have a busy week ahead for on Wednesday, March 7 they will be rattling their collecting buckets outside Tesco's in Garforth and next Saturday, March 10 they will be travelling to Wetherby Town Hall where they have arranged a Coffee Morning from 9.30am to 1.30pm, with stalls selling jigsaws and games, cakes, souvenirs, new items, bric a brac and tombola .

Admission is free and light refreshments will be available.

Romanian Evening:

The Y W group of Tadcaster Methodist church are holding their Romanian Evening on Wednesday, March 7 starting at 7.45pm when Caroline and Eileen from the White Rose Initiative will be coming along to show slides and talk about their ongoing work in Romania.

Once again the Y W group have been busy collecting , knitting and assembling mother and baby bags as well as knitting over 25 single bed blankets for the appeal and would still welcome donations of baby toiletries and cash.

An invitation is extended to anyone interested to come along on Wednesday night.

Ways of Sheep:

Members of Stutton cum Hazlewood Women's institute will be hearing all about ‘The Ways of Sheep’ from Robin Jactison of Farlington when they meet in Calcaria House on Wednesday, March 7 starting at 7.15 pm.

Bugsy Malone:

The Splurge guns will be primed and ready for Tadcaster’s Young Stagers production of ‘Bugsy Malone’ which takes place in the Riley Smith Hall on Thursday, March 8 and again on Friday,March 9 starting at 7pm.

Admission is 6 with concessions 5 payable on the door.

Stutton in the News:

A local history slide show and talk based on actual news items that have taken place in Stutton and were recorded in the newspapers of the day, is to take place on Tuesday,March 13 in St Aidans Church, Stutton starting at 7.30pm.

Some of the headlines include a Royal Visit, Brawl in Mill Lane, Assault on Train at Stutton Station, Massive Fire at Wingate Hill, and many more.

Also find out what the Vikings have to do with Stutton and when there was a 90 year old landlord at the Hare and Hounds.

As a local history talk last year proved so popular with standing room only this years talk is by ticket only, priced at 2 and may be obtained from Dave Teal at Chapel Cottage or Joyce Webster at East Wind, both of which are on Green Lane just round from the pub. Proceeds are towards the St Aidans/ Stutton community centre funds.

Musical Meeting:

The annual general meeting of Tadcaster and District Amateur Operatic Society was held on Tuesday,February 20 in the society’s rehearsal room in the boys old Sunday School.

In her address, Chairman Catherine Marshall told of a year of roller coaster rides, especially when a major health and safety problem with the Riley Smith Hall's stage equipment posed serious doubts about it being able to be used for their production of ‘Annie’ which was well into its rehearsals. Fortunately all the problems were resolved in time and that ‘Annie’ proved to be a resounding success playing to almost full capacity houses.

Officials elected were Chairman- Catherine Marshall. Secretary -Ray Dowdall, Treasurer- Linsey Fone, Publicity- Keeley Gothard, Bookings- Celia Oldroyd,Stage Manager- George Beattie, programmes-Hazel Smith.

As soon as the business of the meeting was concluded it was straight back to rehearsing for the societies Spring Show ‘Mad About Musicals’ which will be presented in the Riley Smith Hall from Tuesday 17 to Saturday, April 21

The society has also arranged a Quiz Night next Saturday, March 10 in the boys old Sunday school starting at 8pm and costing 5 per head.

Teams of up to eight are invited and to book a table contact Jilly-Anne on 07957 124922 or 01423 524445