Local News

The Martin House Glitter Ball Virtual Event

on the 2nd October was great success with over £28,000 raised

A recording of the full event can be seen  VIEW HERE

Are you thinking of or in the middle of redecorating your


Do you Want to be on Television?

Read on…………..

Are you  getting a new kitchen installed within the next two months? Or know someone who might like to document their kitchen upgrade on TV? 

An exciting new show will be on Channel 5 if you are interested in sharing your plans for your dream kitchen, send a brief description of the work you will be carrying out to make your dream come true.

Send your details to:



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.

We are looking for volunteers to befriend an elderly person.

If you can spare an hour a week and would like to help or receive more information call: Carole McLelland 588994.

Remember we all need friends.

5K RUN: around Boston Spa.

Join us every Saturday Morning


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

Ready to run at 8:00a.m.

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

West Yorkshire Trading Standards



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.

Mummy Meet Ups

Mummy Meet-Ups Wetherby


We are a new group for the local Wetherby area, trying to reduce the loneliness in the first few years of parenthood.

Kelly and I met when our babies were just 8 weeks old, at a baby group in Boston Spa. We were both initially very apprehensive to visit the groups, as it is something we had never done before and felt that others would judge our ways of parenthood.

After visiting a few groups in the local area, we realised this is not the case at all, everyone has their own ways of parenting and everyone should accept that. As our babies grew and we found many friendships within the different groups, we felt that we wanted to encourage others to join us and possibly organise our own meet-ups outside of the playgroups. Our babies have both recently turned one, and we are exploring new places each week, so why not get others to come along and join too.


  • Reduce the initial fear of meeting new mums- we are all in the same boat
  • Spread more awareness of how lonely parenting can be if we don’t get out and meet new people
  • Want people to feel comfortable asking for advice- the best advice comes from someone who has been there and done it
  • Encourage people to get out the house- some people don’t like to explore new places on their own
  • Create a friendly atmosphere so people feel they can turn to the group for support and advice


We aim to be a relaxed version of a parent support group, from sleeping habits to weaning, someone has been there and experienced the same problem. There has been countless times where I have learnt something I didn’t know about my own babies habits and routine, all on an afternoon at a softplay centre.

We have just organised to have a few ‘Mums Night’s out’ each month, on the first and last Friday. It would be amazing for true friendships to form in our group, even when it doesn’t include our little ones.

We are welcoming, supportive and we enjoy ourselves. We don’t take life too seriously and we have fun! What more could you ask for? 

Boston Spa


The Parish Council would like to plant more trees at Church Fields and would like to give residents, businesses and organisations the opportunity to sponsor a tree (or trees!).

Tree sponsorship was very popular at Stables Lane, they got snapped up very quickly, so if you didn’t get chance to sponsor a tree at Stables Lane perhaps you would like one at Church Fields.

 email the PC Clerk, Deborah Marshall with you contact details. clerk@bostonspapc.org.uk

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

Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group

(Follow the link below)



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.”

Miscarriage Support Group for Leeds and the Surrounding Area

Currently the nearest Miscarriage Association Support Group is in Manchester, which is why Alison Szustakowkski is setting up a group for Leeds and the surrounding areas and is the volunteer Group Leader for this group. Miscarriage is the most common kind of pregnancy loss, affecting around one in four pregnancies.
“We want to offer those that are going through this a place where they can feel a real understanding and a listening ear. Miscarriage can have a profound emotional impact, not only on the woman herself, but also on her partner, friends and family. Miscarriage can cause feelings of anxiety or depression and can lead to relationship problems. We’re hoping that this support group can help ease these feelings by providing an outlet for people to talk. Partners are very welcome to attend too. Whilst the support group will be based in Wetherby, it is open for anyone to attend.”
The meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Mercure Wetherby Hotel, LS22 5HE. 
Alison Szustakowkski thanks the Mercure Wetherby Hotel for offering the use of one of their beautiful rooms, with refreshments, free of charge.

Tockwith Art Group

Do you enjoy painting or drawing? Perhaps you like the idea, but have never got round to trying it. Whatever your experience or skill you will be most welcome at Tockwith Art Group. We are a small diverse group with a common interest in making pictures. Some paint in oils, water colours or acrylics, others prefer pastels or collage. Whatever your preferred medium, you are sure to fit in. We also host occasional demonstrations and workshops by well-known and professional artists. For more information contact Janet on 01423 358253 or Donna on 07532 461501. Or just call in – Monday evenings 7.30 to 9.30pm at Tockwith Village Hall.

Bereavement Supporters Needed

Losing a loved one can be the most devastating experience to a person. Everyday life suddenly changes leaving a bleak and hopeless outlook. Help through this devastating time is available with Cruse Bereavement Care, the only national bereavement charity in the UK, who supports thousands of people annually.

York Cruse now needs more volunteers as demand for their service is increasing all the time, but is finding that fewer people are coming forward to train, possibly because they perceive it as a depressing service.

Sue, a Bereavement Volunteer with York Cruse says “Death is not an easy subject to talk about and people struggle to find help and support. However it gives a great feeling of satisfaction seeing them so much happier at the final session.”

We are looking for people who like helping people and are good listeners. Volunteers support each other and far from being depressing find the work stimulating and rewarding The commitment is just a few hours each week, with appointments fitting into the volunteers own schedule. Travelling expenses are reimbursed and volunteers are asked to attend the monthly volunteer’s meeting.

In a thank you letter recently received, a client said “I am glad I contacted Cruse. Without this help I would have struggled to come to terms with my loss. I’m so thankful for the help I received. You most definitely helped restore hope in my life.”

Last year York Cruse provided support to 512 people, including 90 children.

For information on the training course ring 01937 834702 Email: york@cruse.org.uk or visit www.yorkcruse.com

For individual referrals ring: 01904 481162 For more information on Cruse, visit the national website at www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

St Gemma’s Hospice are seeking volunteers to work in their Boston Spa and Wetherby charity shops

Our volunteers are at the heart of the care St Gemma’s provides to local people with life threatening illnesses. Whatever your skills, we have a role to suit you.

Working alongside the Shop Manager, you’ll become part of the team which generates as much income as possible to support patient care.

Tasks include:

  • receiving, sorting and pricing donated items including clothing, books and bric-a-brac
  • steaming clothes
  • serving customers
  • operating the till
  • window dressing and merchandising

Volunteers work in shifts, often donating one or two mornings or afternoons per week but two hours once a week is also valuable. Shops are open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm so there will be times which fit in with your other activities.

How do I become a charity shop volunteer?

It couldn’t be easier. Simply pop into or phone your local branch and arrange to meet up with the Shop Manager for an informal chat about the role. If all goes well, the Manager will ask you to complete an application form and will collect a reference. The Manager will contact you with a start date and will introduce you to your fellow volunteers and arrange training.

Alternatively, you can download the application form from this page, and submit your application online. Please remember to state at the top of the form the name of the charity shop that you would like to volunteer in. 

For more information visit recruitment.st-gemma.co.uk/home/charity-shop-volunteer/


In 2011 Hayley Dodsworth from Bardsey started a local group called FitNFun for people living locally and in the surrounding villages.

Since then over 65 people have signed up, joined in when they can, without cost or commitment, getting exercise and making friends with likeminded locals.

Hayley said, “The aim of the group is to get locals moving, either walking, jogging or running a route through our beautiful Bardsey countryside.“

They meet at the Bardsey Sports and Cricket Club, Keswick Lane, Bardsey at 7.30pm every Wednesday, between April and September, and return there after a 3km walk or 5km run, for well earned refreshments and to get to know the other members taking part.

All welcome to join us in the summer months and take part in something fun and good for you for free. Our group includes children (accompanied by adults), teenagers, men and women of all ages and abilities. (Pets are welcome on the route however they are not allowed on site in the sports club afterwards.)

Over the years we have set fundraising targets and trained and taken part as a team in many local fundraising events. We have found that signing up to a fundraiser is a great incentive to get people moving. If they have set themselves a goal to achieve and by doing this with others, keeps you motivated and on track to train and succeed whilst doing a very good thing for the chosen charity. The FitNFun nights provide safety in numbers for those who want to exercise in a group and the socialising afterwards helps people get to know each other who may live on the same street but never meet otherwise.

We have a website on www.fitnfunbardsey.com or Facebook: FITNFUN and would love to hear 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

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