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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


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

Friday 25th January 2019

Outer North East
NeighbourHood Watch Association

6 North Grove Approach
Deighton Park
Wetherby  LS22 7GA

December 2018

Dear Resident

Following the last N H W meeting held at Mercure Hotel, Wetherby, we now have an Outer North East NHW Association. The Association will cover Wetherby out to Barwick in Elmet and Aberford along with areas Wetherby to Alwoodley.

We are now seeking nominations for Representatives from all these areas to form a Committee. Would you be interested in helping your Community in this way?

One of the aims of the Association is to keep you informed about new NHW activities within your area, especially crime updates to enable you to be more aware of what is happening around you and to be able to take precautions.

One way of circulating this information is to have several small Neighbourhood Watch Groups, with a Co ordinator, who would be willing to receive via email, regular crime updates for onward circulation to his or her group.

Would you be interested in assisting NHW? Maybe you are already a NHW Co ordinator. We would like to hear from you. This way we can have an up to dated NHW Co ordinator Register.

The intention is to hold a further meeting within the next few months to discuss in more detail the opportunities to be a member of this large UK wide Neighbourhood Watch Network.

Should you be interested please forward your name and contact details to me at the above address or via email at embeze@kalsom.co.uk.

Look forward to hearing from you, before Friday, 27th January, 2019.

Maureen Brewer. BEM
Telephone 01937 582 441
Mobile 07711 150 438

“The Wetherby”

Can you Help Us?

We Are Holding the First

Fur Babies  Pageant and Fun Dog Show at “The Wetherby” on Sandbeck Way. On 24 March 2019

Can you help us by loaning us a “red runner type carpet”, Poles and Ropes for the event.

If you can help please let the Organiser know by contacting us at “The Wetherby” or email:


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

Northern Gas Networks(NGN) have informed Wetherby Town Council that from the 7th Jan to 1st Feb 2019 they will be carrying out works on Spofforth Hill to divert their medium pressure gas main that is currently situated in the grassed area opposite Wentworth Gate, into the carriageway.
The gas main is currently too close to the houses that have been recently built and has to be relocated to meet with gas safety regulations.
To carry out the work safely, two way traffic signals will be in place to manage traffic around the works.
As I am sure you are aware , this particular stretch of road is highly traffic sensitive during the morning and evening peaks so delays should be expected.
The lights will be manually operated between the hours of 06.30 – 19.00 every day to ensure that the queues are being managed efficiently.
It has been agreed that the work will be carried out in 3 phases, each 50m in length, in an attempt to keep the work areas as short as possible to minimise disruption.
Works will be carried out 7 days a week with the teams working extended shifts to ensure that the works are completed as soon as possible.
Advanced warning signs will be placed out on site prior to commencement to alert regular road users of what to expect.
We have also asked NGN to install temporary electronic message boards in the area.
NGN will be starting to contact affected residents and businesses shortly and will answer any queries they may have.

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/



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