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Are you a cycling enthusiast? You cannot imagine a weekend without your favourite two-wheeled vehicle? Do you often commute by bike?
If your answer to any of the question was “YES”, this competition is just for you! 

We would like to invite you to take part in the competition organised by an online transport marketplace Clicktrans.com. The only thing that you have to do is to convince us that it is your route that has something which makes it the best route in your region! In the winner selection process, we do not take into consideration the route itself, but the attractiveness of the way in which you present it.

Acceptable forms of a project:

  • Map with description
  • Text, no longer that two A4 page, in the .doc of .pdf format
  • Photos or video of your authorship


  1. Any resident of Yorkshire and the Humber region at the age of 15 – 115 is welcome to take part in the competition
  2. The majority of your route should be on the territory of the Yorkshire and the Humber region
  3. We do not confine you to share an officially established cycling route – it can be any path of your choice.


1st prize: £ 450

2nd prize: £ 250

3rd prize: £ 100

To enter the competition, please send us an email entitled “My favourite cycling route in Yorkshire and the Humber” to: competition@clicktrans.com .

Winning projects will be published on our blog: https://clicktrans.com/blog/

A deadline for submitting your project is July 12, 2018.

You can find the competition’s terms and conditions and any other details here:



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.

Ainsty Conservation Society: walks leaflet re-surveys.

Future dates planned for the re-surveys of the walks around the Ainsty are Monday June 25, July 23 and August 20.

The walks will normally start at 10am and finish around lunch time but some may be all day and need a packed lunch.

If you want to be informed and hopefully come, contact Dr Barry Wright on 01423 358791 or 07817 564954 or email barry.wright@me.com.

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