Local News

Wetherby’s Fallen Wall Saga !!!

Councillor Gerald Wilkinson advises work will commence 17 July and take… wait for it … are you still there!! 18 weeks.    There will be a one-way traffic flow system in place.


New Recreational Space for Boston Spa

Boston Spa residents are being urged to have their say on ambitious plans to create a new recreational space for the town.  The plans for the Stables Lane development include a wheelchair-friendly perimeter path around the whole site, a nature area, a garden with seating area, a play area and multi-use games area, mini football pitches, and a performance stage area.

Residents are now being encouraged to state which out of two designs they prefer and to vote for a name for the facility before the final plans are submitted to the council.

For further details on this worthwhile community project, please email Councillor Kevin Alderson kevin.alderson@bostonspa-pc.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.

Heart charity appeals for Wetherby residents to join the fight against heart disease

BHF urges people to join local fundraising group to raise funds for research 

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on the people of Wetherby to help accelerate the fight against heart disease by joining their local fundraising group and raising money for lifesaving research.

Around 79,000 people across Leeds are fighting a daily battle with heart and circulatory disease. Each year these devastating conditions claim the lives of more than 1,816 people in Leeds alone.

The nation’s heart charity is calling on people across the Wetherby District to take heart and join the fight against heart disease by becoming part of their local fundraising group and raising vital funds for heart research.

Our fundraising groups are the face of the BHF in their local communities. From running fundraising events to supporting schools and local businesses and organising collections, they are a fantastic way to support our vital work.

Any time that you can give will be invaluable, because every pound raised from our fundraising groups will help fund vital research and identify new treatments that could help save lives.

Sue Green, BHF Fundraising Manager for West Yorkshire, said: “Heart disease is heartless. Too many lives are lost in West Yorkshire each year, and we’re determined to do everything we can to protect more families from this devastation.

“By signing up to your local fundraising group you can help us fund the research that’s so desperately needed to bring us closer to beating heart disease. Together we can save more lives. It’s also a fantastic way to meet new people and make a real difference in your community!”

Sue Green will be holding a meeting for all supporters who are interested in joining the group on 27th June at Wetherby Castle Garth Tennis Club 7pm till 8.30pm. If you are interested in coming along please contact her on 01274 548324 or email greens@bhf.org.uk

BHF research has helped halve death rates from heart and circulatory disease over the past 50 years, but there is still a long way to go. Through the public’s generosity the BHF will fund half a billion pounds of new research over the next five years.

For more information or to find your local group, please visit www.bhf.org.uk/localfundraising or contact Sue Green, BHF Fundraising Manager for West Yorkshire by emailing greens@bhf.org.uk or calling 01274 548324

£475k upgrade to Boston Spa gas distribution network

The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £475,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in and around High Street, Boston Spa.

The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area, and will involve replacing 3.5km of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes, to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The project, which will begin on Monday 10 July and last approximately 30 weeks until 16 February 2018, has been planned in conjunction with Leeds City Council to ensure all works are completed with as little disruption as possible.

Works will begin on High Street at the junction of Clifford Road.

In order to carry out the work safely and efficiently, two-way temporary traffic signals will be placed on High Street from Monday 10 July for approximately 12 weeks.  The lights will be manually operated all day every day for the first week then will be manually operated during peak times thereafter.

In addition to the lights, there will also be a road closure introduced on Grove Road from Monday 31 July for approximately three weeks.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times with engineers working Monday to Friday from 8am and 5pm, with possible weekend work carried out at the request of the council.

Russ Oxley, Construction Services Area Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Leeds City Council to carefully plan these works in order to minimise any disruption to customers.  We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these works, and thank our customers for their patience and support in getting them completed as quickly as possible.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766 or or email customercare@northerngas.co.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

Gerry Raynor’s ‘Fabulous Fifties’ is back!

Gerry’s Fabulous Fifties is back at 1pm every Monday, from 24th July, with the music and the memories of all those unforgettable stars of the 1950’s.








Tempo FM Radio Academy

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