Local News

danSing at Christmas” – A Magical Family Christmas Concert

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Wetherby, 21st December 2018 – 7pm

Yorkshire performing arts group, danSing, will host a festive charity concert to raise funds for WISE, a local charity which supports the elderly in Wetherby and the surrounding villages.

Headlining this magical evening will be British recording artist, composer and international flautist, Simeon Wood. Simeon recently appeared on the popular TV show, Britain’s Got Talent and, when not touring, is regularly commissioned to write music for television and theatre productions. Other special guests for the concert include TV journalist and News Presenter, Christine Talbot, and acclaimed tenor, Christian Lunn.

The impressive concert line up also features vocal duo, Lydia and Jonathan Bradd, close harmony trio, The Duchy Belles, Music for Youth award winners Brackenfield Junior Choir, popular Wetherby singer, Sadie Yarwood, musical theatre artists Coraleigh Hobson (Phoenix Dance, NYMT), Lucy Sherman (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, National Tour and Strictly Ballroom) and Niamh Hendron, and danSing’s own talented, young performers and creative team Helen Leaf and Jane Waring.

danSing at Christmas” is an event for all the family, with a special appearance from Father Christmas himself, and promises to be a magical way to start the festive season.

The concert starts at 7 pm and there will be no interval. Festive refreshments will be served after the event. Tickets are £15 for adults with free admission for children aged 12 and under. Children are invited to bring along a wrapped gift for the elderly which will be collected by Father Christmas and distributed by WISE.

Tickets are available from Jane Waring

tel: 07900 430 448 or email janewaring@hotmail.co.uk

Christmas Day Dinner
Churches Together will be serving a traditional Christmas dinner
St. James’ Church Centre, Wetherby
Christmas Day
12noon till 3pm
Cost £5

A Warm Welcome, Friendly Faces


Turkey and Trimmings

Transport Provided If Necessary.

If you’d appreciate spending some of Christmas Day
with other people or know someone who would…

Tickets are available from
St. James’ Parish Office,

Church Street, Wetherby LS22 6LP
01937 583074
or for more Information
Telephone Nic & Sally: 01937 919158


Jubilee Award  –  the Search is ON

Wetherby Lions Christmas plans could be SLEIGHED but have now been rescued but there’s a new problem….

Lion Lesley (Lesley McIntee)the recently appointed Wetherby Lions’ Publicity Officer reports that:-
“The Lions run a charity Santa’s sleigh around the town in December to raise money for the Senior Citizens party, an event which, for some, may be their only chance to get out all winter.”

“Unfortunately, right now, due to circumstances beyond our control we have nowhere in Wetherby to put our sleigh when it’s not out on the road and are facing having to bring the sleigh in from as far as 5 miles away. This means, potentially that we may have to reduce the number or time of runs and will struggle to make this established feature of Wetherby’s Christmas season run as smoothly as we would like for ourselves, our volunteers and our community at large.”

“We don’t want to leave anyone out,we want to give our volunteer elves and pixies an enjoyable evening’s collecting and we want to raise as much as we possibly can for our Senior Citizens.”

“We are looking for a community-minded individual or business who will donate secure storage space for the first few weeks of December. This needs to be for a vehicle 15.62ft long by 7.41ft wide- it’s battery powered so we need access to a socket and also a light source, for safety.”

“We are also looking for adult volunteers to help on our collecting runs in the first three weeks of December.”

If you can help, please contact Leslie McIntee by email at ambassadormollari@btopenworld.com

We have been informed to say a home within Wetherby has now been found for the sleigh and Christmas is safe.


Santa needs your help – again ! !

Santa has found somewhere to park his sleigh whilst he is visiting Wetherby in December, however this is outside and the sleigh needs to be covered. Please can anyone loan Santa a 6 m X 5 m waterproof sheet or caravan cover for the duration of his visit.

If so, please contact Wetherby Lions Club at secretary.wetherbylions@gmail.com or on their website contact page https://www.wetherbylions.org/contact .

Thank you from Wetherby Lions.

New 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

Reopens after the Summer break on Monday, September 3. 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.

Walks Around Boston Spa

Six routes taking you all around the village      

Ranging from 2 miles to 7 miles Get a map from:

Yeadons or Boston Spa Library just 20 pence.

Or why not download a map from the village website at : http://www.bostonspapc.org.uk

Table Tennis

Senior Table Tennis Group at Boston Spa Methodist Church

Club Nights: Monday 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Strictly over 18s only.

All enquiries to David Howell 07817 769259

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.

A training course is starting in York on September 8th 2018. Cruse Bereavement Care supports hundreds of people from York and throughout North Yorkshire. 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 http://www.yorkcruse.com

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


Wetherby Town Council is pleased to be able to announce that it has recently taken over ownership of land known as the Devil’s Toenail so that it can be redeveloped by Wetherby Bike Trails and SingletrAction as a mountain bike skills area.

The site is located just off Quarry Hill Lane near the Harland Way. The project builds on the success of the ‘Little Toe’ project which was constructed last year, marking completion of one of the early phases of Wetherby Bike Trail’s ambitions.

The group had always had their eye on the Devil’s Toenail as the perfect location for a more difficult route and securing tenure over the land became their next challenge. Rob and Ann Watson, who had retained the land despite moving from Wetherby many years ago, agreed that now was the right time to release ownership of the site and generously agreed to sell it to Wetherby Town Council for £1. Wetherby Town Council will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the new pump track once constructed.

After hearing about the Watson’s kind offer, local firms of solicitors HartLaw and Ware & Kay were pleased to become involved and it became a team effort to help drive through the sale which was completed in early May 2018.

Daniel Cooil of HartLaw commented that “as a local firm it’s good to support local initiatives like this”, with Richard Peach of Ware & Kay keen to note that they have “supported several cycling events over recent years and we are very happy to assist in the growth of the sport in the town. I look forward to using the facility myself!”

It was the new Mayor of Wetherby’s first task to visit the site and oversee completion of the land purchase. Councillor Galan Moss said that he is: “Pleased to see local firms, volunteers from community organisations and the Town Council working together to help deliver new recreation facilities for Wetherby. Cycling is now such a big part of Yorkshire life and it’s good to see the town being a part of this trend.” Although the land has been temporarily closed to the public it is hoped that the new cycling facility can be quickly constructed and the site re-opened in its new incarnation. Wetherby Bike Trails are working hard on proposals to fund the cycle track which it is hoped can be constructed and ready for use later this year.

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 https://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.


TABLE TENNIS: The Senior Table Tennis Group at Boston Spa Methodist Church are talent spotting seeking new members.

Club nights are on Monday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00pm with Home matches played in the Harrogate League on the same night. Enquiries to David Hovell 07817 769259 – over 18’s only

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

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.

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

Activities for the Over 60’s in Wetherby

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