Monthly Archives: September 2013
NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM – September 2013
Woodlands Play Area improvements
The Forum worked over the summer to bring together a partnership of the Grammar School, Groundwork, Access Selby and the National Citizen Service to undertake a programme of work with young people from the Grammar School focused around a project to improve the appearance of the play area at Woodlands – this work was done in August and very successfully too! This may be the first in a series of such projects, so any ideas for similar projects in the town or villages would be welcomed.
Following objections from local residents and a local landowner, the proposed support for the Riverside Park was re-visited by the Town Council who decided to withdraw their previous commitment to the project. As a result, the Partnership Board has now written to the Town Council asking for them to come forward with alternative proposals that would meet overcome their objections and allow for a revised scheme to be developed.
The Festival held over three days in June was a great success with great credit going to Councillor Richard Sweeting and Highfields Care Home for organising the event. The Festival was financially supported by the CEF and it is hoped for a repeat event to be held in 2014.
As a key part of its strategy to revitalise the town, the CEF is currently developing a new website that will focus exclusively on attracting visitors to the town and surrounding villages. The website is likely to launch this Autumn and bring together information on visitor attractions, accommodation providers, shops and services and wider attractions easily accessible from Tadcaster.
A Community Interest Company for Tadcaster & Villages
Following the closure of the Tadcaster Development Trust, the Partnership Board are actively looking at the potential for setting up a new company that will enable delivery of project work for the area. The model of a ‘community interest company’ is the one most favoured at present – a Limited Company that would deliver projects on behalf of the CEF and Selby District Council that would be non-profit making.
New to the Partnership Board
The Partnership Board is always on the look out for new members! This year we have been fortunate to have been joined by two new community representatives – local resident Mrs Bea Rowntree and local Methodist minister Reverend Amy Walters. We are still on the look-out for another Parish Council representative and are also interested in recruiting a local business champion and more community reps…any offers?
Appleton Roebuck and Acaster Selby Neighbourhood Plan
The CEF is supporting Appleton Roebuck and Acaster Selby Parish Council in taking forward their aspiration to develop a new Neighbourhood Development Plan under the new powers for Town and Parish Councils set out in the Localism Act. The CEF has helped in access to funding, setting up the groups necessary to take the Plan forward and guiding them on their way in their key task of gathering evidence about how local residents and stakeholders would like to see their parish develop over the next 15 years, in line with the Selby Local Plan.
Need help with funding your project? Get in touch and we can help. New funds launched recently include Efficiency North’s Framework for Good which seeks to fund projects that:
– provide local employment opportunities,
– encourage self-sufficiency,
– provide long term benefits for the community.
For more information on any of the above or on the on-going work of the CEF and Partnership Board, contact David:
A fantastic turnout for the Tadcaster Duck Race 2013 with BBC Radio York’s Adam Tomlinson commenting on the day. Chris Cook Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer, Claire Frisby from BBC Look North and Madeline Griffin, Tadcaster East Primary school winner of the School Paint a Duck Competition helped to launch the ducks into the water.
As hoped, all 2,000 ducks were bought in plenty of time for today’s race. The weather picked up and we were all treated to some glorious sunshine which lasted all day.
The duck race itself was quite eventful, instead of a record breaking 9 minutes (the duck race record) the ducks took their time due to a surface breeze which forced the ducks backwards on several occasions.
Also the Best dressed shop window in Tadcaster results were as follows:-
1st Place The Little Delicatessen
2nd Place Something Special
3rd Place Wards Butchers
There was a great attendance and a wide variety of stalls etc. Phil from Sycamore Farms brought some fresh produce, The Tadcaster Grammar Sax group played some lovely music, The Step 2 it Dance crew had the kids dancing, the Lower Wharfe Canoe Club showed people how easy it was to take to the water and many stalls were arranged by the Tadcaster Swimming Pool staff.
After the duck race there was an auction for a signed Leeds Football shirt and 3 iPod Nano’s to raise even more money for charity.
The Duck Race winners were:-
1st Place K Place
2nd Place C Goodman-Milne
3rd Place C Oakley
Friday 25th October 2013
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Another fab fundraiser for the carnival!! Tickets available via Carnival Facebook page, at Magnets Club or Devine Meats on bridge street, Tadcaster. Hurry, they are selling fast. See you there
1. On Friday 27th September 2013 Tadcaster Safer Neighbourhood police are holding a table top presentation regarding Doorstep Crime. Local officers PC Liz Hartley and PCSO Glen Cooper will be at Sainsburys Mill Lane Tadcaster from 11am onwards to give advice and distribute leaflets in relation to keeping safe and anything else the community would like to discuss. Please feel free to come and speak to your local officers who look forward to seeing you then.
2. Tadcaster SNT would like to make the community aware of the increase in burglaries across the Selby District. Offenders are entering properties primarily aimed at stealing the car keys and then taking the cars that are on the driveways. Please can everyone be vigilant in relation to strange vehicles and persons and also mindful to keep all personal items away from display especially car keys on display on the surfaces during the evenings. Please consider taking the keys with you to bed or secure out of display. Also be vigilant about securing windows and doors when you leave your property.
Tadcaster police and the RSPB are appealing for information after a Red Kite was poisoned in the area.
The bird was found at Toulston Polo Ground, Tadcaster in October 2012, by a member the public who contacted Yorkshire Red Kites, who in turn reported the suspected poisoning to North Yorkshire Police.
Following a post mortem examination and forensic testing it was found to have died from the illegal poison Carbofuran, which was banned in 2001.
Between 2002 and 2011, there were 292 confirmed cases of birds of prey being killed by Carbofuran poisoning in England.
PC Sarah Ward, of Tadcaster Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This crime is appalling. The use of Carbofuran is both unlawful and highly dangerous. It is highly toxic and a few granules could kill.
“Someone has put Carbofuran into the countryside unlawfully, risking the lives of people, domesticated animals and wildlife.
“I urge anyone with information to contact the police or RSPB immediately’.”
The red kite, which died, was born in Wales in 2009 and is believed to be one of a breeding pair, which first bred at Tadcaster Grammar School in 2012. They are the first-known Welsh born Red Kites to have bred in Yorkshire.
Bob Elliot, RSPB Head of Investigations said: “Since their successful release back into the Yorkshire countryside in 1999, Red Kites have suffered at the hands of illegal poisoning in North Yorkshire with this incident being the twentieth poisoned Kite since 2000.“
Mr Elliot added: “Birds of prey are still being targeted by those intent on killing our most protected species and it is simply not acceptable to still be finding poisoned, trapped and shot raptors in our countryside.”
Doug Simpson, Yorkshire Red Kites Co-ordinator said: “The loss of any bird through illegal poisoning is a big disappointment. It is particularly disappointing in this case, with this kite being of Welsh origin and the first from that source known to have bred in Yorkshire.”
Anyone who can help to identify those responsible for this poisoning should contact Tadcaster police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Sarah Ward.
You can also contact the RSPB on 0845 4663636 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Red Kites are a schedule 1 bird protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. An offence committed under the act can result in a penalty of a maximum £5000 fine or a 6 month custodial sentence.
RSPB Birdcrime article: Carbofuran: The poison of choice for more than a decade. Page 9 of 33. http://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/Birdcrime_2011_edit_tcm9-324819.pdf
Further information of the Yorkshire Red Kite group can be found at: http://www.yorkshireredkites.net
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With Andy Murray about to defend his US open title following on from his fantastic success at Wimbledon, Tennis is back at the top of the sporting pile again.
Tennis elbow has always been an injury which has interested me for a number of reasons, not least the fact that most people I have seen with it have never picked up a tennis racket in their life. Amusingly those tennis players who have actually had tennis elbow have almost ‘worn it as a badge of honour’; they must be playing really hard or really often to achieve such an iconic injury!
To give Tennis Elbow its more scientific sounding name also serves to confuse and often compound this injury to becoming a chronic issue. Often referred to as Lateral Epicondylitis due to its relationship with the lateral part of the elbow the suffix ‘itis’ is the issue. This refers to an inflammation and unless your tennis elbow has come on suddenly after a particularly long or hard session on court it is unlikely that you have an it is! If it has been lurking and creeping up it is likely that you actually have an ‘osis’ or an ‘opathy’ which relate more to degeneration.
This then has a massive impact on how to treat and the overall prognosis. It remains a very divisive area and endless studies and literature reviews still don’t reach a generally accepted consensus as to preferred management. Personally I discourage people from seeking steroid injection for a number of reasons (which I am happy to discuss but I have a word limit!) and encourage a variety of conservative treatments. Although long term-benefits of Physio also look sketchy in the literature in my experience most patents do well and very few end up seeking surgery (which also often has a poor long-term outcome).
There are some positive studies for what is termed the eccentric loading/training programme. As ever prevention is better than cure and considering technique, handle grip, stretching and hand use in everyday life all can make a difference. But just because it is called Tennis elbow doesn’t mean that tennis is always to blame.