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The Chechelele Choir meet weekly in York.   Applications for this position should be made by email to MDrecruitment@chechelele.co.uk before 22nd May 2022



(“We lost one of our own.”)

Tom Beevers was 32 years old when he sadly took his own life on 31st December 2021, leaving behind devastated friends and family including 2 young children.

We, as a Wetherby football team who played with him every week, are heartbroken; that we couldn’t help, that we didn’t see the signs and that there are two kids growing without a father.

Spurred on by this, we have decided to set up something that Tom loved doing; playing a lot of football.

All donations collected as team entries and on the day, will be set aside for when the children are older.
All donations collected via JustGiving will go to: “PAPYRUS”  Prevention of Young Suicide.

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people. Suicide is the biggest killer of people aged 35 and under in the UK. PAPYRUS delivers suicide prevention education and training packages to thousands of people each year, to create suicide-safer communities across the UK

Thank you  for your support. We need as much support as possible to firstly, set this up and then secondly, to try and score as many goals as Tom did during the football!


Just Giving

raised of £3,000 target

by 142 supporters

(As of 9th May 2022)

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

The Dog Academy – TV Series

TV company ‘Five Mile Films’ are making a series for Channel 4 called ‘The Dog Academy’, which is all about misbehaving dogs and their owners.  They are looking to hear from people who might be struggling with their dog’s behaviour and need help to overcome their dog’s issues.   From small quirks to life impacting behaviour, they will be assembling a team of the very best trainers in Britain to help owners transform their dogs once and for all.

The series will be filmed later this year, but they’d love to hear from people now.  Apply by email to:  dogacademy@fivemilefilms.co.uk


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.

Wetherby Gets New On-Street Recycling Bins!

Have you seen the new orange and yellow on-the-go recycling bins?

You’ll now be able to recycle cups, cans and plastic bottles while you’re out and about. The new bins are being introduced in 6 areas of the city including Wetherby. It builds on the success of the #LeedsbyExample city centre on-the-go recycling campaign during which the number of people reporting that they recycle in the city centre increased from 17% to 49%!

You can now recycle your empty coffee cups in the orange bin in Wilderness car park (non-recyclable lids should go in the adjacent black litter bin). Please put your empty cans and plastic bottles in one of the 5 new yellow bins dotted around Wetherby.  Bringing a reusable drinks bottle and coffee cup out with you is always the best option for cutting down on waste.

(Some cafes use compostable coffee cups which cannot be recycled in the new orange bins as they are processed in a different way. Maybe talk with your local coffee shop to find out how to dispose of these in the right way).

Find the bin locations here or make sure to follow @Zero Waste Leeds on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn to find out more about the campaign.

How to use the bins:

Please recycle your paper coffee cups in the new orange bins (non-recyclable lids should go in the adjacent black litter bin). Use the new yellow bins for your empty drink cans and plastic bottles. Although there are many environmental benefits to recycling these materials, bringing a reusable drinks bottle and coffee cup out with you is always the best option for cutting down on waste so please try to reuse as much as you can.


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.


We are Back!

(Held 1st Sunday of the month and every 3rd Saturday)

It’s all happening @ St Mary’s Church Boston Spa

Check out www.traidcraftshop.co.uk .



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


Queen Elizabeth II

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, a statue of the monarch, slightly larger than life and holding the historic symbols of monarchy – the Orb and Sceptre  – will be placed in a niche high on its medieval west front. The Queen will be the first British monarch to have reigned for 70 years. The statue will be the Centre point of a make-over of the open space in front of the Minster, where a new Queen Elizabeth Square is to be created. A letter from Sir Edward Young, private secretary to the Queen, to the Dean, says a design of the statue was shown to the Queen who approved it in principle.

(We’ll keep you informed on this one)


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


WETHERBY  “Artisan Market”  (by Little Bird)

Come along and buy “Handmade Goods” @Wetherby’s very own Artisan Market

Arts and Crafts, Fresh Flowers and all kinds of goodies produced locally for your perusal and delectation.

[Please do remember to OBSERVE social distancing, wear a facemask (unless exempt) and practice regular Hand Sanitizing.]

 The Artisan Market will take place EVERY SECOND SUNDAY of the MONTH


Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday

9am to 3pm

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




Boston Spa Village Hall will be serving take away drinks, cake and scones every Tuesday from 9am to 1pm from the Village Hall kitchen.

Proceeds to the village hall funds.

Outside seating available in line with government guidance.

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


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. 


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

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/


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.

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: