Local News

Wetherby Lions Senior Citizens Party, Saturday 27th January 2018

Wetherby Lions still have spaces available for their annual S.C.P. on the above date from 12 noon to 3.30 p.m. at Wetherby High School. The afternoon includes complimentary drinks, a beautiful hot roast dinner , a game of bingo, entertainment and meeting old and new friends. THE EVENT IS FREE TO ANY 60+ YEARS WETHERBY RESIDENTS.

To book a place please contact Lions’ President John Boulton on 0845 8339529. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bee Together!

Are you aged 50+?  Do you have a Learning Disability?  Do you feel lonely?  Would you like to get out more?

Bee Together would like to help.

We would first like to ask you questions about how you feel and about the difficulties you have getting out.  Do you have someone to go out with?  Do you know what things are going on?  Then we will put you in touch with people who may be able to help you do the things you want.

Contact: Anna-Marie Garbutt 07375 700117  anna-marie.garbutt@healthforall.org.uk


Mint Festival Meeting Cancelled

You are probably aware that the Mint Festival organisers and Stockeld have agreed to cancel the Licence and not hold the event again. Unfortunately about 400 letters were posted out, to local residents, on Friday inviting objectors to attend a public meeting in Wetherby Town Hall on Wednesday 13th December just hours before the announcement. This meeting has now been cancelled. Please let any interested parties know 

Wetherby Lions Urgently Need Elves And Fairies!

A major highlight of the year for many Wetherby children (and adults) is when Father Christmas arrives outside their house in December on his sleigh ably assisted by Wetherby District Lions and helpers.

This year Father Christmas has asked us to find more elves and fairies aged 18 years and over to help Wetherby Lions with their cash collection with all money raised going towards our Senior Citizens Party in January 2018. Can you and/or any friends spare a few hours in December to help?

From Tuesday 5th December to Wednesday 20th December (weekdays only) we will be visiting houses throughout Wetherby from 6 – 8 p.m., meeting at 5.30 p.m. at the Wetherby Police Station where Santa has left his sleigh safely.

We really would appreciate your help, so I would be grateful if you would please reply as soon as possible with the day that you can help along with a contact telephone number in case of inclement weather on the night.

If you require any further information please visit our website or contact me at any time.

Thank you in advance for your positive response.

Best wishes on behalf of Wetherby District Lions

John Boulton

W.D.L.C. President

Mobile 07843384125  

Wetherby’s Fallen Wall Saga

As can be seen from this photo taken on the 19th October, the wall reconstruction is complete.  A final handover inspection was completed on Friday 20th October and the road opened to 2 way traffic later that day, ahead of the scheduled completion date of the 3rd November.

In addition to the new stone wall and the concrete strengthening wall behind, a total of 93 steel strengthening ties have been sunk into the rock behind to a depth of 7 to 8 metres and each tested to a tensile strength of 40 tons.   It is likely therefore that this wall will be here for some time to come.

I am sure that all the residents of Wetherby will be delighted that another job has been well done and will have been worth the wait.


 ‘York Inspirational Kids'(a support group for families with a disabled child) is setting up Stimul8 which will be a leisure and training facility for disabled children and young people in York. It will be the first of its kind in the UK and is a Community Interest Company.

” This venture will cost £400,000, most of which is coming from private sponsors but we’re raisng £50k ourselves. We’ve written to every school and most businesses in our region, and so far we have had unbelievable responses, and ask them to join in our ‘Dress Down Day’ on 20th Oct. If everyone got involved, our £50k investment would fall very quickly which means our facility could be up and running all the more sooner, how amazing would that be for our children and young adults.”

If you would like to support this, please refer to the following webpages:

The Wetherby 10K

The 12th Annual Wetherby 10K took place during the afternoon of Sunday 3rd September, with a record entry of over 1,100 competitors The race is run under UKA Rules and is a ‘Run Britain’ event.

The course records were not beaten, but the 1st Man, Rob Scott completed in 32:39, with the 1st Women, Lucy Crookes at 35:06

Linton Bridge has now re-opened

With much ceremony the Lords Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jane Dowson, officially re-opened the Linton Bridge at midday on Saturday 2nd September, following the completion of an extensive repair project.  The grade II-listed structure over the River Wharfe, which connects the communities of Linton and Collingham is now open to all traffic for the first time since being closed due to significant flood damage caused by the impact of Storm Eva on the 27th December 2015.  The bridge is now fully restored to all road users, including full bus routes and services.  While the bridge was closed a free shuttle bus service, supported by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), was in operation.

The public reopening was led by Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning Councillor Richard Lewis, joined by invited partners and community representatives.  The Grade II-listed structure which was built in the early to mid-19th century suffered major damage to its foundations during the floods, with the south pier visibly sinking along with cracks in the central and southern arches and damage to the stone parapets and walls of the bridge.

Working with Historic England and the Environment Agency, Leeds City Council developed and carried out an intricate programme to repair and strengthen the bridge while retaining its original appearance. The final repair cost of £5.1million, fully funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), reflects the complex and unique challenge of successfully carrying out the project.

Many hundreds of local residents turned out for the re-opening in what became a ‘party atmoshere’.

Tempo FM took the opportunity to interview several of the leading people in the project, including the Lords Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jane Dowson.  Alec Shelbrooke the MP for Elmet & Rothwell.








The first car to cross the bridge was that of the Lord Mayor.  Shortly after the bridge was opened to normal traffic 

New Recreational Space for Boston Spa

Boston Spa residents are being urged to have their say on ambitious plans to create a new recreational space for the town.  The plans for the Stables Lane development include a wheelchair-friendly perimeter path around the whole site, a nature area, a garden with seating area, a play area and multi-use games area, mini football pitches, and a performance stage area.

Residents are now being encouraged to state which out of two designs they prefer and to vote for a name for the facility before the final plans are submitted to the council.

For further details on this worthwhile community project, please email Councillor Kevin Alderson kevin.alderson@bostonspa-pc.org.uk

Boston Spa Men’s Forum

Meetings are held each week on a Wednesday morning at the Clifford Village Hall, 9:30 for 10am, with a variety of guests speaking on subjects of interest.  New members are welcomed, so please come along.  There is a small weekly subscription, with free trials visits available – Contact 842665 for further information.

Interested in Poetry?

A very friendly informal group of people reciting poetry, either their own or from other poets, meet every other Thursday.  There is a new topic every session and everyone is very welcome to join them!!  Held at the Boston Spa Village Hall from 2pm – 3pm.  Admission £2 including refreshments.

£475k upgrade to Boston Spa gas distribution network

The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £475,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in and around High Street, Boston Spa.

The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area, and will involve replacing 3.5km of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes, to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The project, which will begin on Monday 10 July and last approximately 30 weeks until 16 February 2018, has been planned in conjunction with Leeds City Council to ensure all works are completed with as little disruption as possible.

Works will begin on High Street at the junction of Clifford Road.

In order to carry out the work safely and efficiently, two-way temporary traffic signals will be placed on High Street from Monday 10 July for approximately 12 weeks.  The lights will be manually operated all day every day for the first week then will be manually operated during peak times thereafter.

In addition to the lights, there will also be a road closure introduced on Grove Road from Monday 31 July for approximately three weeks.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times with engineers working Monday to Friday from 8am and 5pm, with possible weekend work carried out at the request of the council.

Russ Oxley, Construction Services Area Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Leeds City Council to carefully plan these works in order to minimise any disruption to customers.  We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these works, and thank our customers for their patience and support in getting them completed as quickly as possible.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766 or or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk

Become a WiSE Volunteer!

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, use your hidden talents and gain a real sense of community.  If you enjoy talking to people, have some time to spare and want to make a real difference to someone’s life, come along and meet us, make new friends, use your skills and gain new ones!

There are some very rewarding things you could become involved in.  Depending on your interests and availability, you could help at one of our monthly Memory Cafes in either Boston Spa or Collingham, assist at the WiSE Owl Café for the community in Boston Spa village hall or at one of the fantastic entertainments or activities run by WiSE.  You could also become a friend to an elderly person or join us as a volunteer for our transport scheme.

To find out more, please contact the WiSE office on 01937 588994.  To enquire about becoming a driver, call 01937 222066 or visit the website www.w-ise.org.uk

Tempo FM Radio Academy

The three Wetherby Ward Councillors visited Wetherby High School on Wedneday 16th November to see the Tempo FM Radio Academy in operation.
Left to right – 4 WHS students, Cllr. John Procter, Cllr. Gerald Wilkinson, Cllr. Alan Lamb, Alan Everard, Mike Davison and George Watts (Tutors at the Academy)

Students took the opportunity to interview the Councillors and included them in their regular “Radio High FM” show, broadcast on Tempo FM every Friday at 4pm.


Students using the studio facilities
built by Tempo FM in the High School