Old London Road, Towton

Tadcaster and Rural is pleased to be part of the delivery team for the Old London Road project being led by Townton Parish Council and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We will be project managing the work and organising additional funding and events to add value to the dig and eventual resurfacing of the Road.

The archaeological excavations took place between Thursday 23 June and Monday 27 June 2016 on sections of Old London Road (now a public bridleway) starting at the Towton end. The work was managed by members of the University of York Archaeology Department. The project was directed by Tim Sutherland (Towton Battlefield Archaeology Project) and the excavation supervised by Rachel Wood and Paul Durdin.

There were a limited number of places each day for volunteers to assist by excavating the trenches (some prior experience preferable), sifting soil for artefacts, washing and categorising finds, helping with site safety and general logistics.

All volunteers that took part were directed by an experienced Archaeology Team Member and followed their guidance and instructions at all times, especially regarding safety. The dig operated between 09.00h and 16.00h between Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th June.

Other events are planned as part of the project to explore this historic roadway and appreciate its role in the way our community developed through the centuries.

The Parish Council for Towton, Grimston, Kirkby Wharfe with North Milford is very pleased to be awarded the Heritage Lottery Fund grant as it will enable local residents and interested parties to learn more about the heritage of our locality and help preserve Old London Road for future generations so they can access the Towton Battlefield site and the beautiful countryside that surround us.

Bid To Restore Ancient RoadIn Towton

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Local Food

Tadcaster & Rural CIC has been selected by Locality to be just one of 50 groups nationwide to participate in its new Community Economic Development programme. Our proposal – in a nutshell – is to work with our partners to produce and implement an Economic Development Plan aimed at enhancing the contribution of the local food and drink sector to the economic growth of Selby District.

Our objectives for the programme are:

1) To bring together policy makers, businesses, non-profit organisations and other stakeholders to develop and deliver an Action Plan for the development of the local food and drink sector.

2) To address deprivation through the improved availability of local food.

3) To increase public awareness regarding the link between local food, skills, well-being and the local economy.

You can read the final report of the project here. The work on implementing the report continues through 2016 with the partnership and updates will be posted here.

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Our Place

The Our Place programme was funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and delivered by Locality. It provided communities like Tadcaster with the opportunity to consider how services that the community considered to be a priority might be delivered better, locally. The project was led by Tadcaster&Rural and brought together a range of stakeholders, with an eventual focus upon regeneration, services for the young, and services for the vulnerable. The report below shows our conclusions, alongside an important report by Locality that argues the case for why – sometimes – delivering locally is a more cost effective solution – and always more responsive to local need of course.



Tadcaster Car Park

Over the last 2 years, Tadcaster&Rural have helped Selby District Council out on 3 separate occasions by undertaking monitoring work on the usage of our carparks – in order to inform future policy and to ensure that the High Street is not disadvantaged by off road space being taken up by those who are not coming into town to shop!

Most recently, we assisted after the Boxing Day floods to help enforce a short stay parking regime in central car park again primarily to ensure that spaces were available for people using the high street while our alternative car park at the bus station was unavailable to people on the west side of the town.

Tadcaster Carnival

Tadcaster Carnival is an annual event held by the Town Council which celebrates the town of Tadcaster. In 2015, Tadcaster&Rural were approached by the committee to help project manage the Carnival. We were delighted to do so and proceeded to Chair  steering group meetings and become very heavily involved in the organisation and delivery of a fantastic day for the whole town. We did this free of charge – part of our commitment to our town.

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Art Festival

Over the weekend of 1st and 2nd August 2015, Tadcaster&Rural organised the town’s first ever Arts Festival! It was held to coincide with Yorkshire Day and ran at the Riley Smith Hall which was packed out with local artists and displays – and visitors of course.

Of particular importance was the fact that the Festival managed to bring so much fabulous art from the Grammar School’s end of term display into town for the people of Tadcaster to admire. It is sometimes easy to forget that we have such an amazing educational facility on our doorstep up at Toulston – so we take every opportunity to engage with the school and to involve them in the community.

Christmas Lights

We worked with the Town Council on the Christmas Lights and each year we made our display bigger and better than before. In 2016 we had a real need to make the town look and feel special again, so wanted to raise more money to invest in new displays so that both east and west looked really fantastic and visitors were brought into the town to see them – good for shopkeepers, good for the community’s spirit and for showing how vibrant our town can be. The project involved purchasing new LED ropes, new street-wide displays and new artificial and real 25ft tall trees to decorate the whole town. We needed to start planning early so we could purchase equipment and put the plan in place for the big switch on to coincide with our Christmas market on the last Sunday in November.


Bright Sparks

Bright sparks is a programme designed to encourage and support entrepreneurship in Tadcaster and the surrounding villages. Start–up businesses and newly self-employed individuals with good ideas and energy will have access to accommodation, resources, advice and business support mechanisms in Tadcaster.

What does it have to offer?

  • FREE office space in Tadcaster Business Centre for up to 6 months
  • FREE printing facilities
  • FREE meeting rooms
  • Access to a personal business adviser from Business Support York & North Yorkshire
  • ACCESS to business networking through Tadcaster Business Forum and Enterprise Café meetings, etc.

Latest information for the BrightSparks initiative can be downloaded below:

What is Bright Sparks
Mentors Needed

You can do it!