Town Council News
Guides Having a Field Day
2016 Merit Awards
Flood Clean Up
STOP PRESS - Temporary Bus Service
Flooding Update - January 2016
Civic Service, April 2015
Merit Awards 2015
Beacon re-instated
Annual litter pick
Christmas Market success
2014 Duck Race
Roger Clarke Trophy presentation
Grabbers given to the Litter Collectors group
The 2014 Carnival
Heineken presentation to the Voluntary Car Service Association
Charity run for prostate cancer
Mayor opens 2014 Rockowt
Award to 1st Tadcaster Brownies
Merit Award for Joe Scrancher
50 years in business
Town Mayor supports Martin House at the Swimming Pool
Young Firefighters Presentation
Merit Awards 2013
Town Council Adopts the War Memorial

Guides Having a Field Day

The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Middlemiss, joined 1st Tadcaster Guides as they continued their annual tradition, planting 500 daffodil bulbs on the corner of Field Drive, which will flower next Spring.

Guides Bulb Planting
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Anyone who would like to join Rainbows, Brownies of Guides or volunteer can find out more at

Merit Awards 2016

Tadcaster Town Council Merit Awards are presented annually to individuals and/or organisations who, in the eyes of the Council have:
  • Selflessly applied themselves to the betterment of the community and the wellbeing of other people
  • Promoted the good name of Tadcaster through their endeavours throughout the local area, county or country
  • Without regard for their own personal wellbeing, performed a deed of outstanding valour and brought credit to both themselves and the town of Tadcaster
At the recent Annual Town Meeting certificates were presented to Andrew Charlesworth for his contribution to junior/youth football and to Christine Bleasby for her selfless involvement in community projects. Both seen here with the Mayor of Tadcaster, Councillor Don Mackay:

 Merit Award Andrew Charlesworth Merit Award Christine Bleasby 

Tadcaster Flood Clean Up - Update

As part of the Tadcaster post flood clean-up, children from all Tadcaster schools recently completed an impromptu litter pick. Below are some photographs of the children enjoying their chores!

2016 Litter Picking Litter Pick 2016 Image 2
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Litter Pick 2016 Image 4

Photos courtesy of Angela Rooke, Wendy Binns, Michelle Watson and Helen Wade.

Stop Press - New temporary bus service to/from East Tadcaster and York

Yorkshire Coastliner will be operating a service from Tadcaster Bus Station to York, along York Road. The new Tadfaster service will start on Monday 15th February and run Monday to Saturday hourly from 0700 to 1800 hours. Please see time table attached.

Details will also be available on the North Yorkshire County Council shortly.

Flooding Update - January 2016
For the latest updates on the flooding in Tadcaster please refer to the following websites and/or 

The 2015 Civic Service

The annual Civic Service was held this year in the Methodist Church.  The service was conducted by local church leaders, with some prayers being led by a member of the Scouts.   The sermon was given by the Methodist minister, Rev. Amy Walters.  Civic guests assembled in The Bridge on Westgate beforehand, and were joined by a number of townspeople there for coffee and brownies afterwards.

Guets at the Civic Service 2015

[Photo by Wendy Binns] 

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Merit Awards 2015

Town Council Merit Awards were presented to two Tadcaster people at the Annual Town Meeting on 7th April 2015.  The awards were presented by the Mayor, Cllr. Steve Cobb.
Wendy Binns was presented with a Merit Award “in recognition of her work to raise the profile of the town and its community through photography and publicity”.  Wendy sends photographs and local stories to the Wetherby News, and many Tadcaster pictures are published there because of her (unpaid) work to publicise the town.  (Some of her photographs are also on this website.)
Robert Ducat was presented with a Merit Award “in recognition of his selfless dedication and continuing work in the Tadcaster Cemetery in acting with dignity and care in the voluntary tending of the war graves”.  The War Graves have to be maintained to a very high standard, set out by the War Graves Commission, and Robert has been doing this for some years.












                       [Photos by David Binns and Wendy Binns]

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Beacon reinstated

The beacon at the top of Garnet Lane was originally erected in May 2002, to enhance the western approach to the town and to provide a lasting memorial to the Queen's Golden Jubilee.  Those who played an active part through their generous donations of time and money included Lambert Engineering, TadWeld, Payne’s Plumbers, Tadcaster Fire and Rescue Service, Wharfe Bank Contractors, Commer Group, and Tadcaster Commercial Services.

It was lit on 3rd June 2002 as part of the national celebrations, and has since been lit for Trafalgar Day in 2005 and for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Since then the original wooden pole had rotted, and the beacon blew down in recent exceptionally strong winds.  The beacon was reinstated on 26th March 2015, with the original brazier sitting on top of a new pole ready for the next time it is used.

The Town Council is very grateful to B K Parnaby & Sons for removing, storing, repairing, and re-erecting the beacon, and  to Lambert Engineering for their ongoing support of this project and for supplying the new metal post to ensure it is a permanent landmark at the corner of Garnet Lane and Leeds Road.  Lamberts  also sponsor the adjacent flower bed.











[Above] Roderic Parker (Deputy Mayor) and Steve Cobb (Mayor) with the beacon before it was lifted on to the new supporting pole.

[Right] Town Councillors Richard Sweeting, Don Mackay, Roderic Parker, and Steve Cobb (Mayor) in front of the new pole, with Ian Hemingway, the Environmental, Health & Safety Manager for Lambert Engineering, and Jane Crowther, the Town Clerk.

Photos by Ted Mansfield 

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Annual Litter PickIst Tadcaster Scouts at the 2015 Litter {PIck

Over 30 local people, ranging in age from 7 to over 70, helped with the Town Council’s annual litter pick on Saturday 21st March.  Among the volunteers was a group from the 1st Tadcaster Scouts (some of them pictured here), as well as old hands and newcomers to the town or to the litter pick. Equipped with litter-grabbers and black plastic sacks, they roamed through the town picking up litter from places where the normal sweeping doesn’t reach.  We couldn't match last year's recovery of a supermarket trolley from the river but, as ever, there were plenty of small items which had been dropped in the street without any thought about disposing of them properly.  

Many thanks to these volunteers and to Selby District Council and Amey for providing equipment and removing all the full sacks.  

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Christmas Market success

The 2014 Christmas market on 30th November was a great success, with good weather encouraging good crowds onto the streets.  A record number of stalls filled Kirkgate, Westgate, the Bridge (the new name for what was the Girls Sunday School), and the Riley-Smith Hall, and all the other events that day were well supported.  Local groups were very happy with what they'd raised at their stalls, and many town centre shops were also open during the day.

[left]  Organisers and helpers switching on the tree in the Market Square: left to right - Richard Sweeting (Director of Tadcaster Community Interest Company), Nick Devine (Devine Meats), Zoe Devine (Tadcaster Carnival), Kirsty Perkins (Tadcaster Carnival), Steve Cobb (Mayor of Tadcaster), Roderic Parker (Deputy Mayor of Tadcaster), Cath Grainger (Tadcaster Twinning Association), Ellie Bell (Tadcaster Carnival), Sharon Conway (Tadcaster Carnival) and David Gluck (Chief Executive of Tadcaster Community Interest Company and Editor of Tadcaster Today. Photo by Wendy Binns.

[above] The Craft Fair in the Riley-Smith Hall - Photo by Wendy Binns


Tadcaster Twinning Association's tombola - left to right Debbie Palmer, Alison Wilkinson and Cath Grainger - Photo by Wendy Binns


Fundraising for the Community - Tadcaster Volunteer Car Service Association (TVCSA) with their stall - Pat Lockwood (Community Fundraiser) (left) and Ann Robertshaw (right) - Photo by Wendy Binns  

Scout Jamboree - Raising money for the 2015 Scout Jamboree at their stall were Katie Jackson (left) and Hannah Walker (right) - Photo by Wendy Binns


Bringing Gifts to the Baby Jesus - St Mary's Church Crib Scene - left to right - Winnie Lambert (3), Anabelle Carter (6), Hannah Carter (7), Thomas Carter (5) and Elliot Carter (3) - Photo by Wendy Binns.

Festive Fayre at Farm Shop - Cheers from Phil and Karen Hirst of Sycamore Farm Shop who served sherry and mince pies to customers - Photo by Wendy Binns 

Official Switch On - The Mayor of Tadcaster, Steve Cobb, officially switches on the Christmas Tree lights at the start of Tadcaster's Christmas Market and Festival - Photo by Wendy Binns

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 2014 Duck Race Cllr. Cobb, the mayor, with Claire and Adam from the BBC

The Mayor, Councillor Steve Cobb, started the 2014 Duck Race in traditional style by dropping the ducks from the viaduct into the river.  He was assisted by Olympic swimmer Chris Cook and BBC television presenter Clare Frisby of BBC Look North. Race commentary was provided by Adam Tomlinson of BBC Radio York.
[Photo by Wendy Binns.]

The race is organised by the Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool and raises money for the Swimming Pool Trust. 

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Roger Clarke Trophy presentation

The Mayor, Cllr. Steve Cobb, together with Sandra Clarke, presented the Roger Clarke trophy to the 2014 winner, Kenneth Oaten, at a small ceremony on 2nd September at the Tadcaster Social Club.  The trophy is given each year to the person judged to have the best-kept plot on the Town Council's Stutton Road allotments.  About a dozen allotment holders were present and it proved to be a useful opportunity to discuss common problems and issues. Cllr Cobb congratulated Mr Oaten on winning the trophy but also commended the high quality of most of the other allotments.

The allotments were judged in July by Cllr. Shirley Fawcett, a very experienced Britain in Bloom judge.

Clarke Trophy presentation 2014     Clarke Trophy presentation 2014     

The photos show The Mayor and Mrs Sandra Clarke presenting the trophy, and some of the allotment holders present at the ceremony. 

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Grabbers given to the Litter Collectors group   

The Town Council has given some litter-grabbers to the Tadcaster Litter Collectors group, to help them with the voluntary work that they do around the town.

The photo shows Cllr Steve Cobb, the Mayor, presenting the grabbers to group members David March (the group organiser), Angela and Jessica Rooke, and Eddie Shepherd, on 29th July 2014.

For more information look up the group on Facebook, or contact David March by email at

 Litter grabber goft 2014

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The 2014 Carnival

Sunday July 20 was carnival day, with the parade through the town from Ripon Farm Services on the edge of the town down to the carnival ground at Magnet Sports and Social Club, then the events on the field through the afternoon and evening, with a fireworks display closing the day.  The Town Council was glad to help organise the parade.


(left) The parade was led for safety by the Fire & Rescue Service, with Samuel Smith's shire horses close behind.  
(above)  Tadcaster Theatre Company led the musical theme of the parade with a walking advertisement for their November panto, "Robin Hood". 


Yorkshire Air Ambulance, but not with their usual helicopter.


Tadcaster East County Primary School rolled out the
yellow bricks for "The Wizard of Oz".




(left) Richard Rooke Ltd. went up on the roof with "Mary Poppins". 

(above) 1st Tadcaster Scouts looked very hungry with "Oliver".



(left) The Community Swimming Pool wanted to ride their bicycle with Queen.
(above)  The Salvation Army Tad Tots were forever young with "Peter Pan".



(left) The Mayor, Cllr, Steve Cobb, formally opens the Carnival, accompanied by Bobby Collins of Magnets.
(above) Martin Kochl, Steve Cobb, and Chris the Head Brewer pull the first glass of Heineken's special Festival Ale.

The Carnival was opened formally by the Mayor, Cllr, Steve Cobb.  He spoke briefly to thank everyone who had worked so hard to put the event on, and to thank everyone who was taking part.  He said how pleased he was to see so many youngsters enthusiastically participating in the parade: the memories would stay with them. He closed by saying how glad he was that all the entrance money was going to support Martin House Children's Hospice, his charity for the year.

There are more photographs on the Carnival Facebook page at  (including a video taken by Newman Wray Photography), and on the Tadcaster Citizen website.
The photographs on this page were taken by Ted Mansfield and Roderic Parker. 

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Heineken presentation to the Voluntary Car Service Association
Martin Kochl, the Tadcaster Site Manager for Heineken UK, presented the Tadcaster Volunteer Car Service Association with a cheque for £1,500 at a ceremony in The Ark on Friday June 20.  Before presenting the cheque Mr Kochl said that during last year Heineken had been made aware of some of the transport problems in the town, and the Association’s role in meeting them. The company was glad to be able to help financially and to encourage staff at John Smith’s brewery to spread the work about the Association and their need for volunteer drivers. Our MP, Nigel Adams, and the Mayor, Steve Cobb, also spoke about how vital it is for local people, many of whom might be house-bound, to be able to get to hospitals, clinics, the shops, hairdressers, and other places where transport isn’t easy. Attending the ceremony were a good number of the volunteer drivers, some regular clients, the office staff, and senior members of the local Heineken team. The photograph shows  Martin Kochl (3rd left), the Mayor (2nd left, Nigel Adams MP (1st right), the deputy Mayor (1st left), and other guests in between.
[Photo by Siena Parker.]

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Mayor and Deputy Mayor run for prostate cancer charity.
The Mayor, Councillor Steve Cobb, and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Roderic Parker, took part in “R U Taking the P?”, a 5 kilometre charity run in York on Fathers Day, Sunday 15 June.   The run, now in its fifth year, raises money for prostate cancer research at the University of York’s YCR Cancer Research laboratory.  Other participants included a number of civic dignitaries including the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Selby District Council (Cllr John Cattanach and Cllr Richard Sweeting) and a number of York City Councillors.

For the run itself the Mayor and Deputy Mayor joined a small group from the Tadcaster Theatre Company and walked rather than ran the course, singing on the way round.  A number of Tadcaster Albion players as well as other local people also took part.

The Mayor said: “Close friends of mine have been treated successfully for prostate cancer and I am really happy to be supporting this very worthy cause. Men are reluctant to communicate when faced with the subject of prostate cancer, but I am hoping that by taking part in this run, we can raise vital funds and encourage men to talk about it and discuss it openly.  I hadn’t realised that the research was carried out in York, but that makes this event even more special because all the money stays locally.”  The Deputy Mayor was treated for cancer in York Hospital three years ago. 

Prostate cancer run 2014

Getting in training with (left to right) Richard Sweeting, John Cattanach, Steve Cobb, and Roderic Parker.   Photograph by Wendy Binns.

Finish on YCG Prostate Cancer run 2014

The end of the race with (left to right) Steve Hastings, Roderic Parker, Chris Day, David Binns, Steve Cobb, and Terry Welsh.  Photograph by Wendy Binns.


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Mayor opens 2014 Rockowt

The Mayor, Councillor Stephen Cobb, is seen here with Tadcaster Social Club manager and show co-organiser Cliff Edwards opening the third Tadcaster Rockowt, held as in previous years at the Social Club on Chapel Street, on Saturday 14th June.  A good number of local bands took past, the weather was good for the most part, and a cheerful crowd enjoyed a really good afternoon and evening.  

In his opening speech Steve Cobb thanked the co-organisers Cliff Edwards and Mark Allison. He also thanked the many volunteers and the musicians,  He said how uniquely fortunate Tadcaster is in having such a vibrant live music scene based on the Social Club. He commented on the exceptional standards of the Friday night Open Mic sessions which usually occur on the last Friday of each month.  He reminded the crowd that there will be another Rockowt next year 

The crowd enjoyed 25 bands, who finally stopped playing in time for the first of England's World Cup games to be shown on an outdoor screen.

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Mayor opens Rockowt 2014



Award to the Brownies
One of the successful applicants for a grant from the Town Council this year was the 1st Tadcaster Brownies, who were given £500 to help towards one of their special events in the year.  Their thank-you letter was in the form of a Brownies badge made of paper flowers, with the members each signing it on the back.  The photograph shows the Mayor, Cllr Steve Cobb, holding the badge, surrounded by the Brownies and accompanied by Cllr Margaret Middlemiss and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Roderic Parker. 
The photo was taken on May 14th, when the girls were busy preparing cards for their US pen-pals and making wands for the following weekend's Big Brownie Birthday celebration on Wetherby racecourse, celebrating the movement's 100 years.
 1st Tadcaster Brownies May 2014

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Merit Award for Joe Scrancher
Joe Scrancher was presented with a Merit Award at the Council meeting on 3rd December 2013.  The inscription says that he "has been presented with this Merit Award by Tadcaster Town Council in recognition of his long term service and dedication to give help, assistance and advice to the elderly and vulnerable within the community of Tadcaster.”

The photo shows Joe receiving his award from the Mayor, Cllr. Steve Cobb.

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Joe Scrancher Merit Award Dec 2013 


50 years in business


28th November 2013. 

The Mayor, Cllr Steve Cobb, is seen congratulating Barry Hanby on being in business in the town for 50 years.  Barry first opened The Chocolate Box on Kirkgate, then expanded to take in other shops in the town, on Bridge Street and on Stutton Road, and in nearby Boston Spa.









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Town Mayor supports Martin House at the Swimming Pool
Councillor Steve Cobb, Mayor of Tadcaster, took part in a 24-hour sponsored swim at Tadcaster Swimming Pool on Thursday 14th November 2013.  This was in support of two charities – Martin House Children’s Hospice Good Night’s Sleep Appeal and Tadcaster Swimming Pool itself.  Martin House is the Mayor's charity for this year.

Martin House has a target of raising £120,000 over the course of the next year to fund a planned respite stay at the Hospice for all of our North Yorkshire families.

Cllr. Cobb said “The Swimming Pool is a wonderful facility to have in our town.  It is a centre for our community.  It is well used.  It is supported by volunteers and staff.  People often forget that the pool is kept open by charitable donations”.

Photo: Steve Cobb, the Mayor, and Chris Porter, the Pool Manager, being interviewed by Joules Belleby from BBC Radio York.

He added that he was keen to support the Martin House appeal too, and despite being a weak swimmer, managed to swim 4 lengths and raised more than £60.

BBC Radio York were present.  They are celebrating 30 years of being on air by supporting Martin House’s appeal.

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 Town Mayor at Young Firefighters Presentation

Young Firefighters 20 June 2013Councillor Steve Cobb, the Town Mayor, attended a presentation to Tadcaster Young Firefighters on June 20th.   Ten youngsters have spent their Thursday evenings training at Tadcaster Fire Station for a BTEC Level 2 in Firefighting.   On the evening they gave an excellent demonstration of the skills learnt in a mock real-life scenario, showing leadership, teamwork and discipline.  The exercise was most impressive and very successful.

The Mayor told the youngsters that they were a credit to themselves, their parents and their instructors who give up their time voluntarily.   He added “Tadcaster is so fortunate to have its Fire Station and I trust that the youngsters will continue to support their community, taking their lead from Tadcaster Fire and Rescue Service.”   Their qualification will help them when applying for jobs in the future.

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Merit Awards 2013

The Mayor of Tadcaster, Councillor Steve Cobb, was pleased to present three Town Council Merit Awards at the Annual Town Meeting on 9th April. Kevin Derry (pictured 3rd left here) received an award for his many years’ service to Tadcaster Albion Football Club, including the encouragement given to young players. Kirsty Perkins (pictured here on the left) received an award for her work in the community, reviving the carnival for the Jubilee in 2012. The local Fire & Rescue Service received an award, which was collected on their behalf by Colin Hunter (shown second left here), in recognition of their outstanding service during the floods of 2012. All three recipients spoke of the help and support that they received from other people in the town.

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Town Council Adopts the War Memorial

Tadcaster War MemorialOne of the great community events in Tadcaster is the annual Remembrance Day service at the war memorial.   Each year scores of people gather with representatives of the Churches and Armed Forces to remember those who died fighting tyranny in the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries.   It is clear that the event still strikes a chord with the local community, as the numbers attending have steadily increased.

The memorial itself was donated by Lord Brooksbank, who had lost two sons in World War I.  It was dedicated to the community of Tadcaster at a solemn service in July 1921.   Tadcaster Town Council has informally looked after the memorial for many years but recently decided to formally adopt the memorial with the full agreement of the current Lord Brooksbank.   What this means is that the Town Council is pledged to  clean, maintain and repair the memorial so that it remains the focal point of Tadcaster’s remembrance for years to come.

The Town Council also intends to organise a formal re-dedication ceremony for the memorial.   This will be some time off:  it is likely that the event will take place either on the hundredth anniversary of the ending of the First World War in 2018, or on the anniversary of the original dedication in 2021.

We can all now ensure the memorial stands proud in our town to recall for all generations the courage of previous residents who answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice.

“We shall remember them”.

If you would like to find out more about the people behind the names on the memorial you can look at this website.

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