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Successful Bike Recycling

Programme Under Threat

The Boston Spa, Wetherby and Villages Big Bike Fix is a successful bicycle recycling scheme run locally from Boston Spa. The scheme has been responsible for the repair and donation of over 700 second hand adult and children’s bicycles.

Bicycles are donated by members of the public and also by two local bicycle shops. A team of voluntary “fixerscontinues to grow.” repair and ensure the roadworthiness. The bicycles are then donated to families and individuals and individuals in need across Leeds.

We have links with a similar scheme run in South Leeds, surplus bicycles are donated on to “Upcycle” another recycling scheme in Shipley who run “Bike Repair” sessions in local prisons. The bikes are donated on to families in need in the UK and also to developing countries.

The scheme is run and coordinated on a voluntary basis. However, demand for this service continues to grow.

In order to continue to offer this service to our local communities and avoid unnecessary waste to landfill, we are in need of additional volunteers to continue with necessary administration as well as the bike fixing element.

In the future we are also looking to secure grant funding to develop a paid role (equivalent of 7 -8 hours per week) to take over the coordination and continue to develop the scheme. (This could possibly be a job share, We are flexible.

We are looking for people who have an interest in bikes and cycling and have some skills in repairing bicycles. (This is not essential, training can be offered.)

Good Communication Skills and Organisation Skills are essential as is flexibility.

We’ve started something amazing, that truly benefits the local community and puts to good use unused bicycles.

We don’t want to lose this valuable service. If YOU can make a difference (with admin. Fixing, Grant Application etc.) Contact:


Mason House

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Knaresborough Museum Association

Upcoming Events

 The Martin House Shop
Boston Spa 
 The shop was always good but now looks
 Full of  wonderful stock.
Karon and Sophie
 All the team are looking forward to seeing our customers old and new

Windsor Court Care Home, Sandbeck Way, Wetherby LS22 7DN         www.idealcarehomes.co.uk



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Meet at Wilderness Car Park near “The Bandstand”

“We tidy, we pot, we keep our town looking special. Just come along and join our friendly bunch of helpers. We even find time to have a brew!”



Meet: 9.30 am until 12 noon

“Just Turn Up All Welcome”

The Welcome Café

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(formally Pay As You Feel Cafe)

We are donation based cafe

Open to everyone, all ages

Every Tuesday from

We serves hot drinks, soup, rolls and cakes
in a warm, safe environment at:

Wetherby Town Hall

An Appeal For Your HELP

Our foodbank urgently needs donations

The on-going Cost of Living Crisis means we are currently experiencing a huge increase in need at the same time as a drop in donations.
In the period January to June in 2021, we fed 320 people. By comparison in the first half of 2023 we fed 1,229 people, that’s a four-fold increase.
We really need to boost our warehouse stock to be able to help all the families and individuals who might be struggling to put food on the table.
If you can help to support the work of the Wetherby and District Foodbank why not follow the links below to find out the most up to date needs.
Thank you

Food donations:  https://wetherbyanddistrict.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Financial Donations:  https://wetherbyanddistrict.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

To Volunteer: https://wetherbyanddistrict.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/volunteer/

Contact Telephone 07840 455725

Wetherby and District Foodbank

Wetherby Athletic Junior FC

Wetherby Athletiv Junior Football Club is an FA Community Club and a registered charity.  There are teams for girls and boys from ages 5 to 18 and  over 350 playing members.  The club ethos is to provide opportunities for all abilities to play football in a safe and friendly environment, in which all its members feel valued and supported.  They encourages all members of our local community to get involved whether playing, coaching, administrating or simply supporting.

All their coaches have an enhanced FA criminal records check (CRC) and all coaches undergo the following minimum training courses:

  • The FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football

  • FA Emergency Aid

  • FA Safeguarding Children Award

For information about joining a team, please visit their website:  Wetherby Athletic Junior Football Club (wetherbyathleticjfc.co.uk)


Toilet Twinning

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“Just log on to www.toilettwinning.org and follow the instructions.”

  You will receive a framed certificate which you can put on the back of your toilet door so that all users will be aware of your support for others less fortunate.

You will be sent a confirmation email with your order number on it.   Please send the order number and whether the toilet is for an individual or family, or for an organisation to Heather: 


so that we can count it against the number required to make Wetherby a Toilet Twinned Town.

Beginners Running Group Launches in Tadcaster

A weekly beginners’ running group has started in Tadcaster led by trained running leaders from:

Tadcaster Harriers

The group will meet on Thursday evenings: at 6.45 pm

 Magnet Sports and Social Club in Tadcaster

The programme will run for  12 weeks and is aimed at men and women who would like to try running, to get a bit fitter, to run with others. The group is aimed at brand new and returning runners.

There is a cost of £10 for the whole programme.

The Group is part of the RunTogether initiative organised by England Athletics.

The entry system is online at


For further details contact Mark Swinden on 07789 512106 / swindenmark@sky.com


Donations to the local food bank in the  Boston Spa and Braham area have begun operating extended hours-

Donations can be made at:

Bramham Church porch 10am – 4pm, 7 days a week

St Mary’s Boston Spa 9am -3pm, 7 days a week, and Wed 2- 4pm

Specific items required, as follows: general food Items including:  pasta, rice, tinned potatoes, tinned spaghetti, cooking sauce, tinned meat and fish, rice pudding, custard, sponge puddings, biscuits. Dog and cat food. Baby products: nappies sizes 5&6 ( not UHT milk – they have plenty)

 Urgent appeal for: toiletries, including shaving foam, razors, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, tissues, toilet rolls. Cleaning products, including washing powder, washing up liquid, bleach, kitchen roll.

The Food Bank has been running since lockdown and attracted a lot of donations; they reported that nearly 1.5 tonnes of food and non-food items have been donated.

 A considerable number of cash donations have also been received


Walking for Wellbeing


BOSTON SPA : The Walking for Health has changed its name to Walking for Wellbeing.

The Walk takes place every 4th Tuesday of the month meeting outside the Village Hall the walks will be 30-60 minutes – depending on weather, walking conditions and participants, and will utilise footpaths and quiet roads around Boston Spa. Refreshments will be available afterwards at the:

 Methodist Church. High Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby, LS23 6AA


Ever wondered about the history of some of the old properties in Boston Spa?

You can buy a Trail Map 20p from Yeadon’s and have a relaxing walk along the High Street and riverside whilst viewing and reading about them.

After your walk why not return for a coffee or something more exciting in one of the lovely bars here in the village.


Sustrans are looking for helpers to create a greener environment.

If you are interested to receive more information: email :


No special skills required. It would be grand to turn the corridor from Wetherby to Newton Kyme into a Greenway; currently Sustrans have 38 such Greenways – we could be No. 39


Wetherby Mens’ Forum has re-commenced after 18 months, and is seeking new members. The Forum meets in the Scout Hall, Church Street, Wetherby, on Wednesday mornings between September and April, at 9.30am.
After refreshments, each week there is a guest speaker on a wide variety of subjects. Each season, the Forum also seeks to attract a celebrity speaker, and past speakers have included Amanda Owen, The Yorkshire Shepherdess, Sir Gary Verity, Gervaise Phinn and Harry Gration.

The annual subscription fee is £46, and the Forum is open to men who are retired, semi-retired, unemployed or who work part-time or shifts.

For further information, please ring 07956 002723, or visit the Forum on a Wednesday morning.


Volunteers needed!

Our much-loved WiSE Owl Café is on the lookout for extra volunteers, as an uncertain winter could potentially put its opening hours under threat.

Christine Hardman, who runs the café, said: “The WiSE Owl Café is an absolutely vital social lifeline to so many older people and their carers- as well as the wider community. We were so excited to open our doors again, and now we just want to make sure we are fully prepared, in case illness or other factors affect our staff numbers. We’re looking for anyone who doesn’t mind helping out, with anything from taking orders to clearing tables.

If you would like to volunteer, or to find out more information: email info@w-ise.org.uk     or phone 01937 588994.


 @ Boston Spa Village Hall

Lantern Room

Every Thursday between 10.30 am -12.30pm, hosted by Wetherby in Support of the Elderly.

Contact Debbie on 01937 588994 for more information.



The walk takes place every 4th Tuesday of the month. 

It starts and ends at Boston Spa Methodist Church, High Street Boston Spa.

The walks will be 30-60 minutes – depending on the weather, walking conditions and participants and will utilize footpaths and quiet roads around Boston Spa.

 At the end of the walk, refreshments will be available at the Methodist Church. High Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby, LS23 6AA


What is Wetherby park run?

It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock, every Saturday at 9am

The event takes place at:

Wetherby Sports Association, Boston Road, Wetherby, LS22 5HA

What does it cost to join in?     Nothing !!!!

Yes it’s free! but please   register   before you first come along.

You only need to register with Parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder)

If you forget it, you won’t get your time


Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday

9am to 3pm

It needs your support but more importantly – it has the best baked cakes. Go and enjoy


Extended hours – Bramham Church Porch 10.00am – 4 pm, 7 days a week.

St Mary’s Boston Spa 9am – 3pm, 7 days a week and Wed 2 – 4pm.

Items required:

Food, including pasta, rice, tinned potatoes, tinned spaghetti, cooking sauce, tinned meat and fish, rice pudding, custard, sponge puddings, biscuits. Dog and cat food.

Baby products: nappies sizes 5&6

Urgent: Food Banks urgently need  : toiletries, including shaving foam, razors, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, tissues, toilet rolls. Cleaning products, including washing powder, washing up liquid, bleach, kitchen roll.