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Ceroc Dance Tadcaster

A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of people so come on your own or with friends.


Ceroc Dance Tadcaster

Every Tuesday night at 7.30pm

Riley Smith Hall



“The only sociable way we know to keep fit…” FHM Magazine


Ceroc teach a funky fusion of salsa and ballroom with an eclectic mix of great music from the latest chart hits to the golden oldies. Its great fun, very easy to learn and you don’t even need to bring a partner… New members are always welcome and we have a beginners class each night with around 100 people learning to dance, it’s a fantastic night out!


“Possibly the most fun you can have mid-week…” Time Out Magazine


Ceroc is all Heart!

Forget tutus and spandex, modern Ceroc dance can get you fit, give you a seriously sexy body and be great fun.
Not everyone enjoys spending hours alone in a gym. Ceroc offers an exciting form of exercise that is effective and sociable so you can dance the night away. It will not o nly get you fit, its addictive qualities will keep you interested and motivated enough to stay fit!
James Cronin, founder of Ceroc says, “the amazing thing about Ceroc is that it’s so different to other forms of exercise. It’s not as repetitive, it’s social and fun, easy to learn and it exercises your mind as well as your body, giving you leaner muscles, increased stamina and energy, better posture, poise and co-ordination.”


The British Heart Foundation agrees that a dance like Ceroc is a great way to stay in shape and can also help your heart. The aerobic effects of Ceroc are great for overall fitness whilst the impact of the turns can actually help to protect against bone diseases, such as osteoporosis. And as if that’s not enough, dancing energetically can actually help to make you feel great. All in all making you a happier, fitter, sexier and a much more confident person.
Ceroc is great for anyone looking for a totally addictive and exhilarating way to get fit and have fun. It is highly recommended for anyone who wants to lose weight, as it really burns up calories. And once you get into the swing of things, your legs will tone up and you can help control your weight more.

What more could you ask for? Ceroc is definitely the easy way to get fit!


For more information please contact Chris:

email – dance@cerocyorkshire.com

phone – 07773013847


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Riverside Park Tadcaster


 This page was contributed by David Gluck
Executive Support, Tadcaster & Villages CEF


Riverside Park Tadcaster – Your Community Engagement Forum Partnership Board has been busy developing exciting and ambitious plans for delivering a new Riverside Park for Tadcaster, based on consultation from last year when we asked you what you would like to see improve in the town.

Working with our partner’s, we are now ready to show you the results of our work and ask for your feedback and ideas about the proposals.

We would be delighted if you would visit us at the venues shown on the right and let us have your views so that we can quickly develop a final set of plans and get to work on what we are sure will be a fabulous new facility.

Where And When?

Tadcaster Town Council, The Ark, Kirkgate

9th May 11am – 6.45pm
10th May 11am – 6.45pm
11th May 9am – 1pm

Tadcaster Swimming Pool

13th May 10am -7pm
14th May 10am – 7pm

Tadcaster Library

15th May 2pm – 7pm
16th May 9am – 1pm




1. The project aims to create a linear park along the west side of the River Wharfe, in Tadcaster town centre.

This will provide a pleasant recreational and exercise environment, supported by distinctive children’s play provision, outdoor fitness equipment, and new footpaths and seating, and will fill an important gap in Tadcaster’s provision, since the town has no park at present.

2. The project is a response to several stimuli, including


feedback from residents on the need for additional recreational space
feedback from young people on lack of play space
feedback on the need to improve the appearance and environment of the town centre
feedback from local retailers on the need to increase town centre footfall
the challenges of local health and obesity indicators for adults and children
the need to develop community confidence and to stimulate local excitement


3. Project benefits will include

an attraction to draw local people and visitors to Tadcaster, with spin-off benefits to local retailers through increased footfall in the town centre;
environmental improvements to a prominent, high-visibility area of the town, allowing closer access to natural beauty;
an opportunity to promote exercise at a variety of levels, and to engage with partners’ aspirations to widen and extend participation;
improved health and mental health for the community, and increased social interaction;
increased confidence in the community’s capacity to change for the better.


4. The project delivers significantly against strategic plans including the District Councils’ s Five Big Things (Tackling the Tough Stuff, Living Well, Changing Places) and its Programme for Growth; the County Council’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (it fits several key objectives), Selby’s Open Space Strategy, and Selby’s Economic Development Strategy (Raising the image of the area, Regenerating the Three Market Towns).


Project description

The project will create a linear park, along the western bank of the River Wharfe, and stretching north and south of Tadcaster Bridge. This is already an informal recreation area, and the project will enhance it by:

providing a new and more substantial and attractive footpath surface linking Bridge Street with the Riverside and continuing round the churchyard to connect with Kirkgate near the church’s main entrance;
lighting this footpath to form an attractive and safe evening amenity;
providing a group of five pieces of outdoor fitness equipment, of a suitable style and design, for use by the general public for ‘fun’ exercise and for more serious training;
installing a new and distinctive play area on the loop of land close to where the footpath diverges away round the churchyard;
installing picnic benches and seating to enable relaxation with pleasant views across the river, to the viaduct and beyond into open countryside;
opening up access to the former Tadcaster Beach, a sandy area on the Wharfe that has historically been a local recreational space;
improving the gateways to this new footpath, at both the Kirkgate and Bridge Street ends, as a means of enticing people to explore further and find the linear park;
providing a second footpath, south of the Bridge, between the existing gates, suitable for use by cyclists and pedestrians;
providing seven pieces of appropriately designed ‘trim trail’ equipment for use by the general public, by supervised groups of fitness learners, and potentially also by Tadcaster Albion footballers for fitness training purposes;
clearing overgrown vegetation and opening up vistas and access


At a later stage, and subject to agreement with the Environment Agency, it may also be possible to open up one of the arches of the bridge to provide a pedestrian throughway linking the north and south of the park without the need to cross the road. This project might be undertaken as an enhancement by volunteers. Other elements to be included in a second phase are

additional seating, bins and dog bins;
information signage at entrances;
interpretational signage
additional planting of trees and shrubs, including shrubs to attract butterflies etc.
The following maps illustrate:









 This page was contributed by David Gluck
Executive Support, Tadcaster & Villages CEF


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Events List

Tadcaster Events

Riley Smith Hall – Every Tuesday evening – Tadcaster Jive, 7:30pm till 10:30pm. Excellent tuition, and freestyle, great music and licensed bar. www.cerocxtra.com

Riley Smith Hall – Every Thursday evening – Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from 7:30pm.

Riley Smith Hall – Regular class ZUMBA 6pm – 7pm every Tuesday evening. No need to book, just pay on the door £5 per session, discount for bulk bookings for more details contact Kayti on -kayti@ktdancefit.co.uk www.ktdancefit.com

Tadcaster Methodist Chapel – We have a sisterhood meeting once a month on the second Monday at 2.15pm for about one hour, we have a speaker and finish with the usual cup of tea and a biscuit there isn’t any age limits or faith just a willingness to come down and meet some like minded people for a chat.



Riley Smith Hall – Friday 3rd May – Rayners Rock and Roll, For tickets contact Eileen on 07752333094 or raynerrocknroll@yahoo.co.uk – Doors open at 7:15pm, dance starts at 8pm.

Tadcaster – Monday 6th May – Tadcaster Triathlon – The bike takes a rural route towards the villages of Boston Spa and Bramham before returning to Tadcaster. The run follows the road to Newton Kyme along a tarmac path by the road where it turns back towards Tadcaster on an unsurfaced footpath along the river bank.  More information can be found here – http://www.pdsportsmanagement.co.uk/events_tadcaster.html

Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club – Saturday 11th May – Acoustic Night playing the music of Adele, George Michael, Elton John, Snow Patrol and many more. 7:30pm start £10 per ticket – All proceeds going to the Tadcaster Carnival

Riley Smith Hall – Sunday 12th May – Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts. £5 per person, no need to book, pay on the door. Dancing includes Ballroom, sequence, Latin American and Jive. 8pm till 11pm Doors open at 7:30pm.

Riley Smith Hall – Friday 17th May – Gary B’s Freestyle night. Licenced bar, dancing and socialising. No need to book, pay on the door £8 per person. Music from DJ Gary B. For details contact Gary on 07578423979.

Riley Smith Hall – Saturday 18th May – Northern Soul Night, Sadly this event is Cancelled

Riverside School – Tadcaster Albion JFC annual tournament 18th and 19th of May at Riverside School, Wetherby Road, games kick off between 9.30 and 10 o’clock.

Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club – Safe Anchor Trust Charity Presents Companion Dog Show – Sunday 19th May 2013 – Held at the Tadcaster Magnet Sports & Social Club – Entries from 10:00am – Stalls and Competitions to join in, Come and enjoy a family day out with your pet, *** ALL DOGS WELCOME***

Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club – Help For Heroes is at Magnets on Sunday 19th May. Radio Mojo are on for first spot at 7:30pm and then again at 9:15pm. Tickets are available at Tadcaster Magnets Social Club and people can pay on the door.


Tadcaster Library – Digital Photography Workshop Wednesday 22nd May 2013 – 7.00pm at Tadcaster Library – How to get the best from your digital camera – Find out what all those knobs and buttons do! – How to store your photos – An informal workshop aimed at beginners but everyone welcome. For More info contact: tadcasterlibrary@hotmail.co.uk or 01937 831743.No need to book – just turn up


Tadcaster Albion Clubhouse – AN EVENING WITH WITH KEN MONKOU- THURSDAY 23rd MAY 2013 from 7:30pm. Dutch defender, Ken Monkou played for Feyenoord, Chelsea, Southampton and Huddersfield Town. He is best known for his career at Chelsea where in 1989, his first season with the club, he became the club player of the year. He remained with Chelsea until 1992, when he was sold to Southampton for £750,000. He remained The Saints for seven years before joining Huddersfield in 2000. Monkou made a return to Chelsea during the 2002-2003 season before retiring from the game. He will talk about his career & then there will be a question & answer session. Tickets are £10 each, which include a pie & pea supper. Contact Kevin Derry for tickets on 07836712708

Riley Smith Hall – Friday 24th May – Tadcaster Jive Freestyle night. 8pm till midnight, £8 entry. Licenced bar, dancing and socialising. No need to book, pay on the door. for details. www.cerocxtra.com

Riley Smith Hall – Friday 31st May – Gary B’s Freestyle night. Modern Jive night, bar, dancing and socialising. No need to book, pay on the door £8 per person. Music from DJ Gary B. For details contact Gary on 07578423979.




Riley Smith Hall – Friday 7th June – Rayners Rock and Roll, For tickets contact Eileen on 07752333094 or raynerrocknroll@yahoo.co.uk – Doors open at 7:15pm, dance starts at 8pm

Riley Smith Hall – Saturday 8th June – Music for a Summer Evening featuring York Concert Band, Kendal Concert Band and TadChorale. An evening of enjoyable, popular music for all. Beginning at 7.30pm, tickets £5.00 available from the Hall or ring Carole on 0113 2812957, or on the door. All proceeds to RSH.

Riley Smith Hall – Sunday 9th June – Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts. £5 per person, no need to book, pay on the door. Dancing includes Ballroom, sequence, latin American and Jive. 8pm till 11pm Doors open at 7:30pm

Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club – Friday 14th June – The North Yorkshire Rare Soul Revue. All proceeds go to Parkinsons UK, Resident DJ’s Andy Hudson, Dale Byers, Luke White and Guests. Phone Andy on 07895 394 513 for more info.


Riley Smith Hall – Friday 21st June – Gary B’s Freestyle night. Modern Jive night, bar, dancing and socialising. No need to book, pay on the door £8 per person. Music from DJ Gary B. For details contact Gary on 07578423979

Riley Smith Hall – Saturday 22nd June – Craft Fayre. Raising money for the Childrens Heart Surgery Fund at the LGI.
If you would like a table to sell your crafts/gifts here are some details.
6ft tables are £15

There also a few what I call “Premium” sections these are £20 and this includes a 6ft table and 2x2ft tables which will be set up in an “L” shape plus room for a small stand of your own. These are sections which are made inbetween the pillars of the hall when set up it will be like your own little area. These are on a first come first serve basis.
On the day there will also a licenced bar and cafe.
In the entrance hall there will be a Tombola raising money for the charity, so if you would like to donate anything for the tombola please bring it on the day.

Riley Smith Hall – Friday 28th June – Tadcaster Jive Freestyle night. 8pm till midnight, £8 entry. Licenced bar, dancing and socialising. No need to book, pay on the door. for details. www.cerocxtra.com

Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club – Friday 28th June – Entertainment Night – this looks like a great night out, Tickets on Sale NOW!

Entertainment Night


Tadcaster Carnival – 28th July 2013 – All Day and Night Event


Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club – Friday 9th August – The North Yorkshire Rare Soul Revue. All proceeds go to Parkinsons UK, Resident DJ’s Andy Hudson, Dale Byers, Luke White and Guests. Phone Andy on 07895 394 513 for more info.

Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club – Wednesday 14th August, Bruce Dingerdik. Interactive musical comedy reinvented. £4.00 entry includes Pie and Peas and a free drink. 8pm start.

Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club – Friday 23rd August – Race Night… £2.50 entry fee (including pie and peas supper and race card) Doors open at 7:30pm, Horses will be auctioned on the night.

Tadcaster Albion Clubhouse – Sunday 25th August 2013, Family day out including BBQ, kids stalls, archery, fire engine and much more. Sponsors for the race night welcomed.

Race Night


Tadcaster Duck Race 2013

Tickets are on sale as of Monday 5th August from the pool. £1 each. The numbered tickets correspond to a numbered duck which is launched into the river from the bridge before the weir in Tadcaster

We have Chris Cook, former Olympic Swimmer assisting Claire Frisby from Look North opening the event. Adam Tomlinson, Radio York doing a commentary for the race itself

It is the swimming pools major fundraising event of the year and involves the whole community.

Any community groups in the town are welcome to have a stall to raise funds for their own cause.

I ask that reps contact me personally to arrange a stall as we don’t want 20 cake stalls!!  Fiona can be contacted on the above email address or 01937 833001.

We already have Cake Stall, Tombola, Wet sponge throwing, Lucky Dip, Bouncy Castle, Golf Ball Wizard, Face Painting, Penalty Football.

The Lower Wharfe Canoe Club have a ‘Come and Try’ hour prior to the duck race and they then assist us in getting the ducks out of the water at the end of the race.

It is a great event for all the family


Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club – Friday 11th October – The North Yorkshire Rare Soul Revue. All proceeds go to Parkinsons UK, Resident DJ’s Andy Hudson, Dale Byers, Luke White and Guests. Phone Andy on 07895 394 513 for more info.

On the 20th October 2013 at 12pm (noon), Neil Smithers and Paul Summers from The MBS Gym in Tadcaster will host the Novice Mr Tadcaster event at the Tadcaster Magnets Sports and Social Club…

Mr Tadcaster 2013


Tadcaster Social Club – Saturday 9th November from 7:30pm Open Mic Night.


Tadcaster Social Club – Sunday 10th November from noon – Sing along with Cliff in the remembrance knee’s up!

sing along

Riley Smith Hall – Wed 20th to Sat 23rd November 2013 7:30pm and Saturday Matinee at 2:30pm. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas performed by The Tadcaster Theater Company. Based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

White Christmas Tadcaster

You can also download the booking form from Here



Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club – Friday 13th December – The North Yorkshire Rare Soul Revue. All proceeds go to Parkinsons UK, Resident DJ’s Andy Hudson, Dale Byers, Luke White and Guests. Phone Andy on 07895 394 513 for more info.

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KT Dance Fit


Dance Yourself Fit






My name is Kayti. I have been dancing since the age of 3. All I have ever wanted to do is dance so at 18, I managed to win a place at London Studio Centre and moved to London. I trained professionally for 3 years and then went on to have a successful dancing and singing career for over 10 years. I have danced all over the world in shows, and on television. Home is where the heart is though and for the last 2 years I have based myself back at home in Leeds.



18:00 – 19:00 : Riley Smith Hall – Tadcaster


18:00 – 19:00 : Tadcaster Methodist Church Hall

I guarantee that my easy to follow, fun and energetic classes will leave you feeling great, and wanting more!.
My classes are suitable for everybody and no experience is required, so come on, don’t miss out, come and join the Zumba & Bokwa dance craze.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

KT Dance Fit


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The Riley Smith Hall

The Riley Smith Hall is ‘the’ venue in Tadcaster, offering a large sprung dance floor its ideal for dances and classes alike.

For a show the hall can seat 362, with a large seated balcony.

We can accommodate 250 for a sit down meal.

Upstairs there is an art deco supper room, offering a smaller venue for more intimate dinners and smaller gatherings.

The Riley Smith Hall is Central to the busy town of Tadcaster. Within Walking distance of the central car park – ample parking for all your guests.

The hall is available to hire for any event; popular uses are;

  • Dances
  • Weddings
  • Birthday Parties
  • Shows
  • Meetings
  • Conferences
  • Dinners
  • Dance Competitions
  • Show Rehearsals


The Riley Smith Hall offers a beautiful setting for your wedding.

We have a range of excellent, and flexible packages with a high standard of service to suit all budgets.

We will meet with you to discuss your needs, show you photos of the hall and get to know you. Then we will help you plan every detail of your special day.

Here at the Riley Smith Hall we pride ourselves on offering a personal service, which is tailored to the couple. Your wedding is your day and we will cater for your needs from start to finish.


You can choose from a wide range of dishes for your guests – we have no set menus, simply a range of starters, main courses and desserts. If there is something you would like that’s not on our menus – Do not despair these are simply our popular options – tell us what you would like and we will oblige


Keep checking this site for more listings of up and coming events from the Riley Smith Hall Tadcaster.


Booking Details…

Lucy Tate – 07877691259 or 01937832289
website – www.therileysmithhall.co.uk

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Wiggle n Giggle Dancercise

Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise

Fun, friendly class
Easy to follow, clear instruction


Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes every Tuesday from 1000-1100 at the Boys’ Sunday School .

As the name suggests these classes are all about having fun while you wiggle to the music. Viv is a qualified jive instructor with experience in many other forms of dance which she brings into her classes. There’s a great mix of disco, cha cha, salsa, Charleston, shim sham, and even a hint of belly-dance.

All the routines are simple to learn and fun to dance and Viv teaches each one at a nice relaxed pace.

Anyone is welcome, everyone is friendly, you don’t need to be super fit, you don’t need a partner and you don’t need to book in advance. But you do need comfy clothes, soft soled shoes and a smile!

Each class costs £3.50.

For more details contact Viv on 07931 508444 or viv@wigglengiggle.co.uk

No Booking Required

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Dance Classes Tadcaster





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Dance Classes Tadcaster



4:00-4:30pm     BALLET/GREEK    5-8YRS
4:30-5:00pm     TAP/MODERN         5-8YRS
5:00-6:00pm    STREET DANCE    9-11YRS


4:00-4:30pm     LITTLE MOVERS    3-4YRS
4:30-5:15pm     BOOGIE KIDS         5-8YRS
5:15-6:15pm     STREET DANCE   12-16YRS


30 MIN LESSON £3.50











“To the uninitiated the Ginner method of Greek dancing may at first appear to be simple and easy of execution, that is far from the case, for this type of dance requires as much application and practise as any other form of dancing. The simplest form of the Ginner method is that which is known as ‘Lyric’, the more advanced form’s are known as Athletic, Pyrrhic, Ritual, Bacchic, Tragic and Choric”


I have studied Greek dance for 23 years and I was taught by Mrs Cynthia Carr, one of the great figures in Greek dance. I am a strong believer that it gives you something that no other form of dance can. It’s a shame that Greek is not as popular as other types of dance because it truly is  amazing . Many people who have never studied Greek dance think its all lyrical, but they could not be further from the truth, the power that is needed for Bacchic is outstanding. You learn about mythology so its also educational and more that anything its fun and it  really teaches you how to use your whole body to dance with.



TEL: 07572509386

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Tadcaster Carnival 2013

Tadcaster Carnival Day In…

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Sunday 28th July 2013

Hello all!

Did you know the countdown has started for Tadcaster Carnival 2013?  Very much looking forward to what I know is going to be a spectacular day (with sunshine, I promise)
Things are heating up at Carnival HQ so I just wanted to let you all know about the developments.

As you all know the day will once again start with a parade through the town, the floats will all have a film and television theme this year and trust me there are some corkers already! Anyone can enter the parade, businesses, groups, societies all are welcome, if you’d like to take part please email me kposkitt@hotmail.com

The parade will arrive at the Magnets Sports ground at around 1 where the fun starts! There will be live music throughout the day with some fantastic local bands and a musical extravaganza (big word!) in the evening (more on that in a second) We’ll have displays in the arena, competitions, stalls, lots of yummy food, fair ground rides all ending in another amazing firework display. I guarantee a totally fab day out for all.

We are still looking for stalls for the day, anything goes, from baking to gardening, handy crafts to henna tattooing! If you would like a stall please get in touch with Christine christine.bleasby@btinternet.com

The day will end with a truly amazing line up of some incredibly talented musicians. We are very proud to announce that the following acts will be playing at the Carnival………………….

Littlemores, The Primates, Radio Mojo and in the evening we have a Saturday Night at the Movies tribute act a fantastic Robbie Williams tribute and the incredibly popular Huge will have you all up dancing and singing!! This will be a day/night not too be missed. Check out our line up on youtube.

Phew! Any questions or for info please do get in touch with me either on here or via email!


Kirsty XXX

by Kirsty Poskitt

Tadcaster Carnival 2013

Tadcaster Carnival Parade 2012 Below – Look for some familiar faces …

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The End of Hibernation

It’s the time of year that we humans start to come out of our winter slumber and try and catch up with all the things that have been on hold over the long, dreary winter. This often includes returning to exercise and this rush to get back into it often catches people out!

The end of hibernation – It hThe end of hibernationas been a common pattern over the last few weeks at the clinic whereby the sun comes out and the running shoes go on. This is generally a good thing however the drive to get back to a previous fitness level or train for some summer event can often push people to push themselves too hard and too fast.

These sudden, extra strains on the body often ‘find out’ any underlying weakness, tightness or biomechanical issue. Generally speaking these can be easily resolved with the right kind of exercise and the odd tweak here and there however the old adage that prevention is better than cure rings true in this situation.

By maintaining a decent underlying level of fitness throughout the colder months these peaks and troughs can be avoided plus you don’t have to play catch up to achieve your previous level of fitness. It is easy to just say increase your exercise in controlled and sensible manner but this is the approach that is needed.

It is always worth working on stretching and a certain amount of sport specific conditioning exercise, just work out what your sport requires from your body and then work on these individual components. This will inevitably lead to the exercise being more enjoyable and more rewarding and therefore more likely to feature on your winter calendar next year!



By Dave Baxter

Tadcaster Physio & Sports Injury Clinic



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The Last Post

At 12:53 today the funeral car carrying Freddie Johnson arrived outside St Mary’s church in Tadcaster. An honour guard made up from RAF Personnel and members of the Yorkshire University Air Squadron lined the path to the church to say the final farewells to a hero.

At exactly 1 o’clock the pall bearers took their places to carry Freddie into the church. Canon Sue Sheriff conducted the service which included the life and times of Freddie Johnson. Although Freddie lived until the age of 92, only 5 of those years were spent in the RAF. Sue quoted “He was a family man at heart with so much love for his wife, children, grand children and great grandchildren” which is a side that many people from Tadcaster will remember him for.

Freddie flew 92 missions during World War II and was shot down twice. The average life span of a plane crew during the war was only 3 weeks, but somehow Freddie spent 5 years in the air and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross among several others medals.

many people attended the service where family members paid their respects through poems and stories. Freddie’s youngest son who now lives in New Zealand also had a recording of a prayer for Freddie which one of his children had recorded in Maori.

A slide show of Freddie’s life was shown which showed many aspects of his adult life including his marriage and his children.

A prayer was also read out by a member of the RAFA (Royal Air Forces Association) donations were also collected for RAFA in lieu of flowers.

The Last Post

Freddie’s exit from the church was preceded by a flypast by a lone plane (not knowing about planes I was informed that this was most likely a Tucano) of the RAF’s Yorkshire University Air Squadron. As the coffin approached the funeral car, a lone trumpeter played the last post which was a very moving tribute to a hero.

After the service Freddie’s coffin as taken to Harrogate Crematorium, a wake was also held at the Tadcaster Social club where the flag flew at half mast.





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Goodbye To A Hero

Former rear gunner Freddie Johnson was awarded six medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross

FREDDIE JOHNSON A DECORATED war hero who was only able to attend the unveiling of a Bomber Command memorial after an outcry has died, aged 92.

Former rear gunner Freddie Johnson, from Tadcaster, was awarded six medals in the Second World War, including the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry, during five years’ service on Wellington and Halifax bombers, and was twice shot down, once behind enemy lines.

But The Press revealed last year how he had not been invited to the ceremonial unveiling of a £6.5 million memorial in London by the Queen. The story was picked up by other media, generating international coverage, local MP Nigel Adams intervened and he then found he was being invited after all.

His daughter Mandy said yesterday that Freddie had been very pleased that, thanks to The Press coverage of the story, he had been able to go to the ceremony after all.

She said he had died at home, in line with the family’s wishes, having only just returned from hospital.

She said he had left a widow Jean, herself and two sons, Simon and Nick, the latter of whom was flying back from New Zealand with his wife to attend his funeral.

She said until very recently, Freddie had been a very active member of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) and had also been a patron of the university cadets at RAF Church Fenton, and representatives of the association and RAF were set to attend the funeral and provide pall bearers.

She said the service would take place at 1pm on Tuesday, April 23, at St Mary’s Parish Church in Tadcaster, followed by cremation at Harrogate and then a gathering at Tadcaster Social Club, formerly the Royal British Legion.



Story By Mike Laycock, Chief reporter at the Yorkshire Evening Press



The funeral takes place today of World War Two hero Freddie Johnson. The former rear gunner, from Tadcaster, was awarded six medals and shot down twice in the war.

The Calendar region got behind him after it was revealed he had been told he couldn’t go to the unveiling of a Bomber Command memorial in London he’d helped raise money for.

After he appeared on the programme he was told he could go.

His daughter Mandy said he died at home, in line with the family’s wishes, having just returned from hospital.

He left his wife Jean, a daughter and two sons, Simon and Nick.

Freddie was a member of the Royal Air Forces Association and had also been a patron of the university cadets at RAF Church Fenton, and representatives of the association and RAF will attend the funeral and provide pall bearers.

It will take place at 1pm at St Mary’s Parish Church in Tadcaster, followed by cremation at Harrogate and a gathering at Tadcaster Social Club.


Story by Calendar News


Freddie was a well known member of the community in Tadcaster and will be missed. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.


Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour!” (Winston Churchill)

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Tadcaster Computer Services

Tadcaster Computer Services provide a  professional computer repair service in Tadcaster. Most of our clients don’t have the time to send their computers back to the manufacturer to wait weeks for repairs, they need the repairs carried out as soon as possible. That’s where Tadcaster Computer Services steps in. If your computer can be repaired the same day, it will be; if you need new components your system will most likely be repaired the next day. If special order parts are required, they will be fitted the day they arrive.

No one wants to be without their computer for any length of time which is why we offer a home visit assessment service. If you call for a repair, we turn up and tell you whether it can be resolved there and then or whether it’s going to take a while. Nothing happens unless our customers are happy with the price quoted, we charge accordingly per job, no set rates but pensioners do receive a discount.



We provide a range of services including the following:

  • Data (information) Recovery / Retrieval
  • Internet and LAN problems
  • No Power Faults
  • Software installation and faults
  • Password recovery / removal
  • Laptop LCD Replacements / Adjustments
  • Damaged AC power connector / socket
  • Charging Problems
  • Dropped / Physical Damaged

We do provide more services so call us to enquire.

Businesses in Tadcaster have also benefited from our services over the years, from fixing broken software, installing anti-virus software, all the way up to and including building and installing servers.

So! If you have any computer issues, repairs, or software problems please give us a call, we will be with you as soon as possible.

Tadcaster Computer Services also operate a No Fix No Fee Service.

 Tadcaster Computer Services

Commer House

Tadcaster Enterprise Park

Station Road


LS24 9JF

01937 519 668

07876 492 617

Tadcaster Computer Repairs

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Tadcaster Physio and Sports Injuries Clinic

Situated in the heart of the historic market town, Tadcaster Physio is located opposite the Swimming Pool and a few seconds walk from the Leisure Centre.

Tadcaster Physio and Sports Injuries Clinic owner and Lead Physio Dave Baxter has over 12 years of clinical experience and heads the team of Chartered Physio’s delivering a range of services.


Our Services

    • Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy
    • Sports Injuries Rehabilitation
    • Acupuncture
    • Occupational Health
    • Ergonomics
    • Functional Capacity Evaluations
    • Fitness to Work assessments
    • Neurological conditions
    • Respiratory conditions
    • Spinal Injuries
    • One-to-one Pilates
    • Ante and Post Natal Exercise Groups
    • Skihabilitation & Pre-Ski MOT


Specialist treatment for a range of conditions

    • Low Back Pain
    • Neck Pain
    • Sprains & Strains
    • Tennis Elbow
    • Knee Pain
    • Ligament Injuries
    • Work Related/Postural Problems
    • Sacro-Illiac Joint Dysfunction
    • Chronic Pain
    • Post-Surgical Rehab
    • Arthritis
    • Whiplash
    • Hand & Wrist Pain
    • Headaches
    • Rheumatic Conditions
    • Joint Pains

Tadcaster Physio
27E Westgate
North YorksLS24 9JB

Tel: 01937 833976


Becky Potter FdSc SMA has just joined Tad Physio providing Sports Massage
Becky will have clinics on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons/evenings. Please call the clinic for more details or to book an appointment.

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Whitecote Caravan Park North Yorkshire

Whitecote Caravan Park North Yorkshire is a small family run site set in the beautiful Vale of York. The site is situated on the outskirts of the village of Ulleskelf which has a pub serving meals and a small village store with easy access to York, Harrogate, Leeds and the East Coast. The Site 4 miles from the Town of Tadcaster. Our site is an ideal base to explore the Yorkshire Dales and East Coast. Golf, fishing and swimming all within 4 miles.

There are 30 pitches for touring caravans, campervans or camping, all with electric hook-up.

There are full shower, waste and toilet facilities on site.

There is a Static Caravan available for hire (sleeps 5 with 1 double and 1 single bedrooms, shower/toilet, kitchen and lounge and private decked patio area).

Dogs on a lead are welcome.

There is a friendly bar on site which is open every Friday and Saturday night (plus Sunday night on Bank Holidays) with occasional entertainment; there is also a beer garden.

If you require further information, or wish to make a booking, please do not hesitate to contact :

Pauline & Richard Boyes
Whitecote Caravan Park
Ryther Road, Ulleskelf,
Nr Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24 9DY

Tel: (01937) 835231

Whitecote Caravan Park

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Your Square Mile

Media Trust, in conjunction with Your Square Mile and Heineken, would like to invite you to a Community Media workshop in Tadcaster.

This workshop is being held following feedback from the community that local people would like to be more involved in community media.

This free event will give you the chance to learn from media experts about how to create your own articles, radio pieces, podcasts, videos, photographs and blogs. There will also be an opportunity to get further involved with www.tadcaster.yoursquaremile.co.uk

Tad & Villages Community Engagement Forum Annual Meeting: monday 8th April at 6.30pm – at Riley Smith Hall – all are very welcome to attend – news of the work of the CEF this past year and all plans for next + presentation on the new arrangements for Health Services from the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group.

Monday April 15th is the day that Tadcaster Social Club’s Eggheads challenge will be broadcast.

In September last year, a team from The Social Club were selected to take on the Eggheads and we duly travelled up to Glasgow to do our damnest. The outcome of the sow is still a secret (well almost) but I can say that we were delighted to have taken part.

The show will be broadcast at 6pm and will be shown on our 5 foot projection screen telly. Our whole team will be there to take on challenges if you think you’re good enough.

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