Monthly Archives: June 2014
Another year, another Rock Owt…
Welcome to the Tadcaster Rock Owt section of the site. Below you can see some of the images from Today’s music festival in Tadcaster…
Some great local talent with extraordinary voices and musical skills to entertain you from 11am til 11pm.
This is a picture of our beautiful grandson Walter who is 7 months old.
Sadly Walter has been diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma, which is a very rare childhood eye cancer.
If you visit www.chect.org.uk you can learn more about this cancer, one which our family had never heard of before. Luckily for Walter he was born and lives in Sweden, at 6 months old in Sweden all babies are given a health screening which includes a doctor looking in the childs eyes.
The doctor examining Walter has practised medicine for over 40 years and had never seen retinoblastoma before, there are 3 cases a year in Sweden where the cancer affects both eyes, in the UK there are about 40 to 50 cases per year. Walter has undergone 2 sessions of chemotherepy and has had three tumors removed by laser treatment.
The care will continue until Walter is about 5 years old, this is when the eyes are fully formed, and the cancer can no longer grow, the survival rate for this cancer is 98% and Walter is receiving fantastic care. We do not yet know to what extent Walters eyesight will be affected, because the cancer was diagnosed early, it has not spread into the optic nerve, so we are all hoping that he will not be blind. If Walter had been born in the UK it is unlikely that his cancer would yet be diagnosed, babies in the UK do not get their eyes checked as a routine.
The prognosis is very good, Walter when not being ill from the Chemo is wonderful, happy, beautiful and so very precious to us all. The reason for my post is about awareness, we as a family will jointly in Sweden and the UK be embarking on fundraising and awareness campaigning in the new year. Any funds raised in the UK will remain in the UK, and the same for Sweden.
I will be keeping people informed of Walters progress.Walter Is now 2 years old and we thought it had been caught in time and was under control but sadly the cancer returned in his right eye and the eye had to be removed in January. He will continue with check ups until he is 5/6 years old and his eyes are fully grown and we hope and pray the cancer does not return in his left eye. He still has a long road ahead of him and we hope for a successful outcome.
We as grand parents have decided to fund raise and raise awareness, as the earlier it is diagnosed, the better chance of survival and sight
The Halifax Bank in Tadcaster are helping us raise funds and awareness by organising a “Pig Racing” night at The Jackdaw Pub on Saturday 9th August and 100% of the money raised will be donated to CHECT for ongoing research into this dreadful disease. The Halifax Bank Tadcaster are also offering to match the funds raised on the night to donate to the charity…
Included in the fundraising we would like to offer prizes for participants in the Pig Racing and also to be included in the raffle prizes. To end this we are asking if you have anything that you could offer to donate to enable us to raise as much money as possible.
You can also donate directly to Just Giving by clicking the link below
As Father’s Day approaches, men all over the country will be looking forward to being treated to Sunday lunch, or a day out with the family, but for many dads like butcher Nick Devine from Tadcaster, Father’s Day celebrations will be put on hold until they have taken part in a run in aid of prostate cancer.
This will be the third time that Nick has been involved with R U Taking the P?, York’s very own 5k men-only fun run, which is always held on Father’s Day. Last year he was accompanied by his son Jay, but this year youngest son Kian will be joining the Devine team, thanks to a new ‘father and son’ package introduced to entice boys from aged 11 years to support their dads.
“The Devine boys will be out in force this year,” said Nick, who has himself raised more than £1,000 in the last three years towards R U Taking the P?, thanks to generous donations from family and customers. He is also proud to be featured on this year’s official posters with television journalist and broadcaster Harry Gration, and a tray of pork pies, when they both took part in 2011. This year Nick will be rubbing shoulders with local celebrities once again as renowned York boxer Henry Wharton and York’s legendary pantomime dame Berwick Kaler have both signed up for the event.
“I really enjoy taking part in R U Taking the P?, because the atmosphere on the day is brilliant with everyone entering into the spirit and dressing up and obviously all the money goes to a very good cause, one which is close to our hearts as a family,” said Nick. “My wife Zoe’s grandfather Allan Cracknell died of prostate cancer two months before Jay was born and we named him Jay Allan,” said Nick. “All money raised from the run goes to Professor Norman Maitland at the University of York for research purposes which is so important in the continued fight against prostate cancer,” he added.
Jay, who will be 16 the day before the run and Kian, aged 13, both attend Tadcaster Grammar School and, while Jay is hoping to beat last year’s third placing, Kian is just happy to support his Dad and be part of the Devine team.
R U Taking the P?, under the umbrella of Yorkshire Cancer Research, will take place on Sunday 15 June at 9.30am starting in Rowntree Park, giving men and their families plenty of time to enjoy Father’s Day festivities afterwards. To register visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/running, or pick up a registration form at Devine Meats on Bridge Street in Tadcaster.
Tadcaster and Selby Civic Dignitaries
Unite With York City Councillors and Officials
To Run for Prostate Cancer
Two weeks into office and the Chairman of Selby District Council is already making a difference to the lives of others.
Not content with naming St Leonard’s Hospice, York Against Cancer and Selby District Vision as his chosen charities, Councillor John Cattanach, who was invested as the 41st Chairman of Selby District Council on 13 May, has signed up for a prostate cancer charity run and is keen to help as many other charities as he can during his term of office.
Several York City Councillors have already pledged their support by signing up for R U Taking the P?, the 5k men-only fun run held annually on Father’s Day in York, and now Councillor Cattanach has added his name to that ever-growing list. Councillor Richard Sweeting (Vice-Chairman of Selby District Council), Councillor Steve Cobb (Mayor of Tadcaster) and Roderic Parker (Deputy Mayor of Tadcaster) are also taking part.
“I am entering R U Taking the P? because Richard, my new Vice-Chairman told me about it and, whilst I am collecting monies for my chosen charities, I am wanting to help as many causes as I can within my year of office,” said Councillor Cattanach. “I also had a stroke last August, so this will be good exercise, although I think I will be walking rather than running,” he stressed. “You wouldn’t want the story of ‘Chairman has heart attack’!”
Prostate cancer affects more than 41,000 men in the UK each year and has a mortality rate of 10,000. Whilst Councillor Cattanach does not know anyone personally who has been affected by prostate cancer, he knows only too well the devastating effect being diagnosed with cancer can have on a family. Sadly, his mother and sister were both diagnosed with terminal cancer and subsequently died.
Councillor Sweeting who is Activities Co-ordinator at Barchester Healthcare’s Highfield Care Home has first-hand experience of caring for residents living with cancer, including prostate cancer.
“If York City Councillors are taking part, then so should we and unite in our support for this charity,” said Councillor Sweeting, who is also a Tadcaster Town Councillor. “Men just don’t discuss cancer like women do and they should because they are not immune. If we as leaders of the community can show our support and make more men aware of the effects of prostate cancer, then hopefully we can get the message across,” he added.
Councillor Cobb 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,” he added.
R U Taking the P?, now in its fifth year, raises money for prostate cancer research at the University of York’s YCR Cancer Research laboratory, led by internationally-renowned scientist Professor Norman Maitland. Since 2010, the event has raised more than £46,000.
“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,” stressed Councillor Cobb.
York City Councillors taking part in R U Taking the P? include Councillor Keith Aspden (Liberal Democrat, Fulford), Neil McIlveen (Labour, Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without), Chris Steward (Conservative, Rural West) and Nigel Ayre (Liberal Democrat, Heworth Without). Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones MBE, who is Director of Public Health and the Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, has also signed up and the Lord Mayor of York Ian Gillies will be starting off the run at Rowntree Park at 9.30am. Legendary pantomime dame Berwick Kaler and York boxer Henry Wharton will also be there.
If you would like to take part in R U Taking the P?, which will be held on Sunday 15 June, please sign up at www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/running or collect a registration form from Brian’s Hair Fashions, South Bank Avenue, York or Devine Meats, Bridge Street, Tadcaster. A special Father and son package has been introduced this year to entice Dads and their lads to take part for Father’s Day.
For further information please contact the founder and organiser of R U Taking the P? Brian Hughes on 01904 656427, or Publicity Officer Wendy Binns on 01937 830418.
Tadcaster Albion Under 11’s football team were presented with The Garforth League Divisional secretary’s recognition award for outstanding sportsmanship, after a tough season it was just what the players needed after being inadvertently put in the wrong division in September. After a difficult summer including the departure of their head coach and four players, it was an achievement just to put a team out on the opening day. Through the season there was little to cheer, but parents and players alike kept their heads up and maintain high spirits, even on the coldest, wettest Sundays, and a meagre point was their only reward.
So it was a fitting tribute to the players when the Coaches were contacted by the Under 11’s league secretary and informed they would be receiving the award, it was kept secret by Coaches and Parents and all of the lads who were available were taken down to Bradford City’s Valley Parade Stadium, where the leagues presentation was taking place.
It made the whole season worthwhile to see their faces when they were called up, and a fitting ended to a troubled year.
As we move forward into the 2014/15 season, the team have moved into the York Mitchell League, and into the third division, which means they will face teams of their ability and huge score lines will be a thing of the past. We have signed several new players, and now have three coaches in place, and with the exciting developments at the senior club this promises to be a season to remember.
Well done all at Tadcaster Albion Under 11’s and here’s to next season!!!!