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Announcement from Wetherby Town Council

PRESS RELEASE

 Free public WiFi is coming to Wetherby, West Yorkshire, bringing a stream of benefits for residents, businesses and visitors in the historic market town. The best-in-class network will offer speeds of up to 1 gigabits per second, which is faster than virtually all home WiFi networks and on a par with the best business services. This means users can enjoy ultrafast access to the internet via their phones, laptops and computers without running up large bills for data usage. Depending on device, an HD feature film could be downloaded in less than a minute using the network,’_wetherbyfreewifi’. IntechnologyWiFi, the Harrogate-based provider of robust next-generation digital infrastructure, is managing the free public WiFi on behalf of Wetherby Town Council and there is no cost to the taxpayer. The company is also providing its lifestyle app, Citi-Wise, featuring relevant local content about things to do and see in Wetherby. The roll-out will support local businesses such as market traders, retailers, food and beverage operators and self-employed entrepreneurs and will encourage visitors to spend more time in the town centre and its attractive open spaces. A spokesperson for Wetherby Town Council has said that: “We are delighted that IntechnologyWiFi is investing in Wetherby to increase our access to the digital economy.We appreciate that we have a charming, historic town and we like that, but equally we recognise that technology is always moving forwards and creating new opportunities for business and tourism.It’s wonderful that Wetherby will be at the forefront of technology. Free public WiFi will attract more people into our town centre and is a real advantage for us and for local businesses.”Local businessman Jamie Coulthard Hullah, director of Sports Telecomms, introduced the opportunity to IntechnologyWiFi. He said: “WiFi is very important for everyone and so many people rely on it for their day-to-day business and leisure. Free public WiFi in Wetherby will help bring the town together around the centre.”Natalie Duffield, chief executive of IntechnologyWiFi, said: “Wetherby is a beautiful town with a rich history but internet access has been patchy which can limit opportunities in this digital age.“We have installed the best available technologies across the town centre for the benefit of local businesses, residents and visitors.”

 Leeds City Council supported the project by providing access to street furniture.


Notification from 1st Wetherby Beavers
1st Wetherby Beavers, are opening a 2nd  Beaver colony to be held on  Tuesday evenings 6-7pm at the Scout Hut on Barleyfields Lane, Wetherby.   This is for boys and girls aged 5 1/2 to 8 years old.
Beavers have lots of fun with a full range of activities and we have a fun-packed programme planned for this term.
If you think your child would be interested in joining our fun packed Beaver group then please contact us and we will be happy to give you some more information.
Email:-  gsl1stWetherby@gmail.com who will be able to give you any further information about the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.


Events at our Local Libraries:-


Events in Tockwith:-

Conversation Spanish: Would you like to learn to speak Spanish? Already have a smattering of Spanish but want to practice your skills? Then why not pop along to the back room of Tockwith Village Hall every Tuesday evening between 7.30pm and 8pm. £5 a week. For more details contact Susan Mackenzie on 07539 355527 or email suebeaumontuk@yahoo.com

Bilton in Ainsty Cricket Club: have two teams who play in the Wetherby and York Saturday cricket leagues and are recruiting now for the 2019 season. If you are interested contact Andy Walker, 1st team Captain on 0784 3086062 or email biacc@hotmail.com.


Local RSPCA Animal Home is looking for cyclists

Your local RSPCA York, Harrogate & District Branch is looking for cyclists to sign up for their popular bike ride/sportive, the Yorkshire100, on Sunday, August 4th.

Anyone taking part will be helping to raise funds to help the many animals they care for at their York Animal Home and those in foster care in the community.

The Yorkshire100 sets out from the University of York in Heslington and heads out along mainly quiet roads into the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds and back – taking the riders out into beautiful Yorkshire scenery. There are three distances to chooses from: The Bunny Hop at c33miles, the Cat’s Whiskers at c56miles and the Dog’s Dinner at just over 100miles.

The fully supported ride offers a great day in the saddle, with free refreshment stops, including a lunch stop on each route, mechanical and medical support etc plus medal, goody bag and cake and a cuppa at the finish.

Entry is only £36 with no obligation to fundraise or make a donation – although the animals will appreciate any extra funds!

Val Hogg, Branch Fundraiser says:

Many people don’t realise that as we are a separately registered charity to the national RSPCA that we need to raise money locally to help local animals in need. We care for dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits and other small furries, many of whom have been abused, neglected, abandoned or are simply no longer wanted.

All the monies raised from the event will help the animals at our York Animal Home”

Online entry is available until Monday, July 29th via the British Cycling website at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/193782/Yorkshire-100. Entries will also be available on the day, but at a cost of £40.

For more info please email Val Hogg, valh@rspca-yorkhome.org.uk




Wetherby Friendship Club

The club meets on the 1st Monday of the month at the Mason House Community Centre at 2pm.   New members would be very welcome, between the age of 55 and 100 years.   With all the retirement properties built over recent years, there maybe some lonely people in need of friendship.  A list of the activities, entertainment and outings are shown below.   Membership is just £2 per month.

Further details can be obtained from the Committee members:
Chair Person:     J Balby        583443
Secretary:         M Goodwin   589176
Treasurer:         P Docker      582255

PROGRAMME FOR 2019

4th March    Trevor Woodhead  (Singer/Keyboard)
18th March   Wakefield Wetherby Whaler
1st April        Bingo
13th May      Duncan Verity (Slide Show)
20th May      Bridlington Trip
3rd June       Kim and Dave (Duo)
1st July         Bingo
15th July       Redcar Trip
5th August    Paula Marie (Singer) plus Strawberry Tarts
2nd Sept       Young at Heart
16th Sept      Whitby Trip
7th Oct         Chris (Fashions)
4th Nov         Bingo plus Ginger Buns
2nd Dec        Peter Howard (It’s Christmas)

6th Jan 2020   AGM



We have received this appeal on our Facebook page:-

The Bone Cancer Research Trust (Charity Number 1159590) are the leading charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer, and we would love the support of your listeners.
It’s so easy for your listeners to get involved, we would like to ask them to save used and new postage stamps from the UK and overseas, any amount at any time of the year is very much appreciated. In 2018, we raised £12,775 just from stamps and stamp collections. In 2019 we wish to raise at least £25,000. I’ve provided some copy below, if you would be kind enough to include it in your broadcasts?
The Bone Cancer Research Trust is the leading charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer and they need your help! Please save your new and used stamps for their Stamp Appeal.

Christmas has gone, but you may have received a few Christmas cards with stamps on or maybe there’s a birthday coming up, or even your workplace receives lots of post! Don’t forget to ask your social group, school, church and so on to support us! Instead of throwing stamps away, send them to the Bone Cancer Research Trust Stamp Appeal and they can turn your stamps into funds, so they can continue with their life-saving research, providing reliable information, raising crucial awareness as well as offering support to those who need it. Find out more at www.bcrt.org.uk/stamps
Please send your stamps to:
BCRT Stamp Appeal
20 Bowers Road
Benfleet
Essex
SS7 5PZ



Thorpe Arch and Walton Ladies Group

(Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association)

Thorp Arch & Walton (YCA) ladies group has been in existence for over 80 years and for the last 30 years has been affiliated to the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association.  The group exists to promote friendship & support and is open to any women in the local community over the age of 16.  Visitors (Gents & Ladies) are welcome to all our open events.  New members are guaranteed a warm welcome.  We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at Boston Spa Methodist Church at 7.30pm and have a varied diary combining talks, trips, meals, tours and practical sessions covering a diverse subject base including food, drink, history, architecture, crafts, law & order, health and anything else that takes our fancy!  If you would like to know more, please contact us by email tawyca@outlook.com or visit our facebook page @tawyca.  We look forward to seeing you soon.


Youth Space in Tockwith

A proposed new venture for young people in Tockwith. It is hoped to re-establish a Youth Space for people aged between 11 and 19 at the Village Hall. A Sunday evening Drop In Cafe & Music Zone would be initially provided; however the main aim from the first Sunday session would be to collectively establish a plan of action that develops the following aspirations:-
Deliver a range of activities & projects to suit all tastes, interests and abilities.
Provide a welcoming and exciting space delivering social and educational opportunities for young people in Tockwith and the local community.
Offer positive opportunities for young people to engage with the local community and to create a sustainable and safe environment.
If anyone is interested in supporting and getting involved with this possible venture – please get in touch. Access to grants and training for people to become Youth Workers is available.
Contact michael.josh12@outlook.com or 07982 077 225



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

The Senior Table Tennis Group at Boston Spa Methodist Church are talent spotting and 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.    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



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/


 

FITNFUN!

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


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