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Covid 19

How the rules will change on 12 April

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will change on 12 April.

From 12 April:

  • non-essential retail will be able to reopen
  • personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • you should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)

  It’s Good News Week……..


“We know you have been waiting patiently for news, and we are delighted to announce that we can finally welcome you al​l back on Monday 17th May with our first release of tickets going on sale Tuesday 4th May.



Brown bin icon

Find out when your brown bin collections start again

Check your bin day(leeds.gov.uk)

Click on the link above and it will take you to the Leeds Website where you can find out what date to expect your first and subsequent

Brown Bin Collection Date

Brown bin collections are due to start again from 22nd March. These have been slightly delayed due to COVID-19 and the recent lockdown.

Here’s a reminder of what you can and can’t put in your brown bins.


Yes please

  • Flowers and plants

  • Grass cuttings

  • Hedge clippings

  • Leaves

  • Twigs and small branches (no more than 3 cm thick)

  • Windfall fruit

  • Weeds (except noxious weeds)

Please put these into your bin loose and do not use any plastic bags.


No thanks

  • plastic of any kind, including compostable and biodegradable

  • glass

  • food waste (including fruit and veg peelings)

  • pet bedding, pet waste or cat litter

  • soil

  • compost

  • rubble

  • noxious weeds

Covid 19

Regulations in a Nutshell:


 “…Digital access is the ability to fully participate in society. This includes access to tools and technologies, such as the internet and computers, that allow for full participation.”

The current Covid 19 crisis has created greater demand for connectivity. This project aims to help by matching people who have spare machines with those who require them. We’re a group of volunteers with a background in refurbishing and distributing tech, digital inclusion, education and community development. We came together as conversations with people working directly with families across communities have revealed there is an immediate requirement to resolve the need for connectivity and devices.

Do you or your organisation have devices no longer in use?

We are seeking machines which work, are safe and run a minimum of Windows 7. Ideally they should be under 5 years old.”

Initially Contact: https://accesswy.org/.


These are coming thick and fast and feature on many social media sites.

They purport to come from Amazon, your bank, inland Revenue, Royal Mail, TNT, UPS.HM Revenue & Customs, Sky, Virgin Media.

If you are contacted think carefully these people are good at their game. They are unscrupulous and will go to any lengths to get at your hard earned money.

Remember the adage:

 “If it sounds to go to be true then it probably is!”

Computer repair scams

 Scammers never miss a trick and may call you claiming to be from the helpdesk of a well-known IT firm, such as Microsoft.

They’ll tell you that your computer has a virus and will ask you to download ‘anti-virus software’, possibly at a cost.

This turns out to be Spyware, it is used to get your personal details.

Legitimate IT companies don’t contact customers this way.

A little note, just to remind people that they are not alone.

 Remember  support is available particularly for those who are shielding, vulnerable or needing help.

If you need help or know someone who could do with help call:

0113 376 0330


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.

The Community Green Group

Boston Spa

TAKE AWAY COFFEE POTS NO LONGER A PROBLEM:  Have you noticed the massive increase in waste produced from the increase in takeaway coffees?

Filling  bins and spilling over onto the streets and riverside.

The Community Green Group has decided to do something about it.

 WE are holding a competition to design new bins to recycle coffee cups that can be industrially composted.

The winner will receive £50 vouchers for Stew & Oyster and Tom Foolery.

See details on our website: bostongreengroup.co.uk


Enjoy a walk around the lovely village of Boston Spa and explore the sights around the village.

 BOSTON SPA:  the Parish Council has developed:

6 walking routes

around the village ranging from 2 to 7 miles. Download the walks from the PC website

https://www.bostonspapc.org.uk/Local_Walks_26749.aspx .

You can also explore the High Street and the riverside by following our blue plaque trail – download a leaflet.

Boston Spa

Friends of Stables Lane are seeking a unique sign:

Design a sign


Twelve entries submitted.


 Cllr Alderson announced: The Friends of Stables Lane would judge the competition

You can do no more, the judging is almost under way….

Commences at the start of March

Watch this space for the Results….


Continues to participate in the Yorkshire and North Hockey leagues, closely following the Covid protocols required by England Hockey. We are always looking for new players; we run three men’s and one ladies’ team. Should you be interested in playing please contact:

Graham on 07783 336135

or find us on Facebook. We are temporarily playing our home matches at Tadcaster Grammar School, where our men train on a Tuesday evening and ladies on a Wednesday evening. 

Kirk Deighton Rangers

A message from

KIRK DEIGHTON RANGERS: under 11’s are looking for 2-3 players to help us improve our already talented team of year 6s. 

We play in the Harrogate and District Junior League.

We are a friendly, inclusive club with excellent facilities, club house and a team of experienced, friendly Level 1 coaches.

We train at 10am on Saturdays at Grange Park in Wetherby and play our matches on Sunday mornings (usually).

We currently have 2 teams, 1 registered for the league and 1 playing friendlies. We would dearly like to register a second team for the league and to do that we need 2-3 players who have experience of playing competitive football.

This is a great opportunity to join a club with a wonderful history, amazing facilities, and opportunities to develop as a player to senior level. If you are interested, please text:

Chris Barty 07854 276001 / Paul Brook 07444 538379


PM Chris Bartoszewicz.

 Hope to be back playing soon – please contact for more details


We  have over 30 members and hope to get back to some decent numbers on the road as soon as possible. We have new kit which some may have spotted on the roads.


Please call Jonathan 07791 177117 for more information.

5K RUN: around Boston Spa.

Join us every Saturday Morning


Meet in the car park by the Stew and Oyster
Warm up at 7:45m 

Ready to run at 8:00am

Join us every Saturday

. Completely free, bring a friend

“Press Release”

Help us to Help the NHS

Users and patients are requested:

Please return on-loan equipment to the NHS.

If you have any ” NHS on-loan equipment” that you no longer require please endeavour to return this.

This can be done through our network of Community Equipment providers.

 If you require any further information, please email: bhta@bhta.com as our offices are closed for direct contact.

 British Healthcare Trades Association

Cycling around Boston Spa

CYCLING IN THE AREA: New to cycling?

Boston Spa Green Group have some ideal safe rides listed on their website:    bostongreengroup.co.uk/cycling/cycle-routes/

Walking For Health

Boston Spa

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month

The Walk takes place every 2nd and 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 60 minutes – depending on the weather, walking conditions and participants. ” The walk” walks will utilize footpaths and quiet roads around Boston Spa.   At the end of the walk, refreshments will be available at The Methodist Church.

Medicine collection and deliveries to Housebound Residents

Harrogate District Green Party is organising medicine collection and deliveries from a rural pharmacy to housebound residents.   Springbank Health in Tockwith & Green Hammerton previously relied on volunteers to deliver prescibed drugs, but many of these volunteers are themselves now self-isolating, leaving the delivery service under threat.

Arnold Warneken of Cowthorpe is co-ordinating a group of 20 volunteers, delivering medicines from Monday to Friday.   Volunteers observe the 2m distance rule, making sure that the patient receives their drugs safely before the volunteer leaves.

This team is performing an invaluable service to those unable to collect their own prescriptions.  The local pharmacy is already suffering serious staff shortages, and it is vital that patients receive their medicines promptly.  There is no charge for this service, but donations have been accepted on behalf of Springbank Health Patient Group and will be used to improve facilities or equipment at the practice.

Arnold Warneken: 07702 121386     arnold@selby.greenparty.org.uk


Boston Spa Volunteer Action Group should now have delivered postcards through every letter box in Boston Spa asking if anyone who is self-isolating needs support.

It will give the local volunteer name and contact phone number. The card offers: help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking or a friendly chat. There is a strict protocol that will be followed, recommended by the NHS, which is on the reverse of the postcards Penny Stables is co-ordinating the service, in liaison with the Parish Council penny.stables@gmail.com 07941 797902.

Please contact Penny if you have any questions or wish to assist.

Leeds City Council

Volunteering during  COVID-19

Leeds City Council is partnering with Voluntary Action Leeds to introduce a structured approach to volunteering during COVID-19. We are thankful for the kind offers from our communities to help provide care and support, but we need to ensure it is co-ordinated in a way which keeps everyone safe.

 Anyone wishing to help is asked to contact VAL :

at Doing Good in Leeds


or calling: 0113 297 7920.

Training will be provided so volunteers meet safeguarding standards.  

Community groups forming with the aim of providing help are also asked to contact VAL so a volunteer manager can be involved in the process.

Charity supporting disabled needs Coronavirus help

One of the UK’s largest charity providers of services for disabled people has launched a recruitment drive to ensure it has enough staff during the coming months of the Coronavirus crisis.

Leonard Cheshire operates residential care services in the north including Wharfedale House in Wetherby. Across the UK around 2,700 disabled adults with different levels of need have a home through Leonard Cheshire.

Frontline social care staff in these services have been designated as key workers by the Government as the fight against the spread of COVID-19 continues and the country adjusts to lockdown.

Social care providers are helping to ease pressure on the NHS, with Leonard Cheshire supporting and caring for people who could be more vulnerable to the virus.

The charity is now reaching out to workers affected by Coronavirus measures in sectors such as the hospitality, travel and other industries.

With UK cases of Coronavirus predicted to rise rapidly and peak in the coming weeks, Leonard Cheshire wants to fill current permanent and temporary vacancies and increase the bank of staff it can draw on for the next few months and beyond.

While it requires some nursing staff, most of the vacancies for roles such as support workers require no previous experience of the care sector. Being kind, willing to learn and help is the most important thing. Full training and support will be provided.

David Jessop, Executive Director People at Leonard Cheshire, said: “We are looking for people who want to make a difference during these uncertain times. We have some great permanent and temporary roles right now. If you are caring, compassionate and interested in supporting disabled people – we want to hear from you.

“Our staff and volunteers at our services have been incredible. But like every social care provider we are experiencing staffing pressures in some locations. While we are currently coping, we have to ensure we have a pool of motivated people we can draw on if this situation changes and gaps are filled.”

To find out more about the roles go to leonardcheshire.org/urgentvacancies

Jonathan Sim

External Communications Manager, External Communications
Leonard Cheshire
Telephone: 020 3242 0313
Email: jonathan.sim@leonardcheshire.org

Pre School Story Time


Boston Spa Methodist Church have created a YOU Tube page which can be accessed through our webpage. You will find Storytime twice a week for preschool children ( and adults of course) and Teatime Church. You will find the link on our page.



 You might be interested to see that the Wildlife Corridors sub-group of the Community Green Group have come up with a great idea to keep children busy and occupied in a creative way. Take photo of a bug send your photo to mike@bostondesign.co.uk.

Extra marks if you can identify the insect.

Two groups 12 and under and over 12s.

Winners announced at the end of each month of lockdown.

Prize is to have your photo on the website.

Please take care handling insects and return them to the wild as quickly as possible.

Boston Spa Walking For Health

Fourth Tuesday each month. Our next walk 21st January meet up at the Methodist Church at 10am

Or 11am (for just refreshments and a chat)

Easy Walk about one hour with refreshments £1 in church hall afterwards. More Information call:

Marjorie Boorman: 842444

Tockwith Village

New interest?:

Perhaps there is a club, group or activity in Tockwith which you might like to try. There are a number of classes at the village hall or perhaps you fancy the Ladies Social Drop-In Group or Art Group.

Tockwith Players Drama Group welcome new people as do the Singers – no experience necessary. A large group of people volunteer their services to keep the church gardens tidy – you might enjoy helping. Ainsty Conservation Society have regular maintenance work days at particular sites and on local footpaths. Contact details as follows:

Badminton: Bob and Fiona 01423 358808
Bowls Club: Ray Clark 01423 358939 or Roger McGlone 01423 358504
Tockwith Players: Sue on 01423 359254
Ainsty Conservation Society: Dr Barry Wright 01423 358791
Art Group: Janet on 01423 358253
Ladies Social Drop-In Group:
Fiona 01423 358808
Tockwith Church Warden: Deryck Wilson: 01423 358364 or Angela Jenkins 01423 358067
Church Music Group: Angela Jenkins 01423 358067
Singers: Fiona 01423 358808
Line Dancing and Wiggle & Giggle exercise: Viv – 07931 508444

Walks Around Boston Spa

You can pick up a map at Yeadon’s or at The Library for just 20p or the most popular links on the PC website are the village walks, the Parish Council has developed six walking routes around the village ranging from two miles to seven miles.

You can download the walks from the Parish Council website:



Sustrans are looking for helpers to create a greener environment. If you are interested:

email: volunteers-uk@sustrans.org.uk

to receive more information. 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 39.

The Marston Moor Youth Club

Friday evenings in Tockwith Church from 7 to 8.30pm
during term time and open to Year 6 to Year 9

For further details please contact :

Karen Stobert: 01423 358979
Angela Jenkins 01423 358067


The Civic Society is proud to have planted over 400 trees around the town, helped preserve & develop the Georgian Bath House & gardens, championed the siting of over 20 Historical Blue Plaques, and encouraged everyone to take greater pride in Wetherby as a unique and historic Market Town.
As part of it’s celebrations it has launched a lively and fascinating website featuring many of Wetherby’s features and fables as well as giving notice of events and outings organised by the Society. The Society is now turning to local residents and friends of the town from around the world to add to this collection of history and memories.
Take a look and find out something new and perhaps add something yourself…

“Wetherby Wheelers”
Nick Hopkinson tells us, “The club has going since 1985 and aims to provide a social aspect to various branches of cycling.  At present the regular rides are on Saturday morning (up to 50 miles at a brisk pace), Sunday (variable distance at touring pace) and for those who can make it, longer rides on Thursdays.
 More details of all these are available on our website but to encourage more people to cycle and join the club we are introducing easier rides on Saturday mornings as well and we would like to get the message out about this one as much as possible. All rides have a leader and whilst we try to keep together, no stragglers are left on their own.”