Wetherby Tennis Club
As a key community asset Wetherby Tennis Club
are offering FREE membership to all local residents.
Offer open until the end of June 2020
Valid for those wishing to try tennis with the family for the first time, or indeed those thinking of picking up a rusty racquet.
To take advantage of this offer, interested individuals must click through the following link https://wetherbytennis.org.uk/membership/
Give it a chance you might be the next Andy Murray
another Venus Williams.
Help us to Help the NHS
Users and patients are requested:
Please return on-loan equipment to the NHS.
If you have any ” NHS on-loan equipment” that you no longer require please endeavour to return this.
This can be done through our network of Community Equipment providers.
If you require any further information, please email: email@example.com as our offices are closed for direct contact.
British Healthcare Trades Association
West Yorkshire Trading Standards
Active Leeds are delivering a workout of the day that can be completed at home through the Mywellness app.
These workouts just require your motivation, no equipment needed! There will be a new workout every day with 3 options, easy, medium and pro.
So choose what suits you every day. Mywellness can be accessed through the Active Leeds app, via the Mywellness tile.Individuals without a Mywellness account: JUST go to
and then create their account BEFORE then downloading the mywellness app and logging.Active Leeds can also offer one to one support as you received when visiting our facility based gyms. This support will be available through the Mywellness app. They can support and review home workout routines or any other fitness related help you may require. So you can then continue your fitness journey with them.
HOME WORK OUTS:
There are a number of videos you can watch showing you how to exercise from your home.
just go to Boston Spa Life – click on the face book page
Look and see what takes your interest
Dear friends, supporters volunteers and stakeholders:
Wetherby in Support of the Elderly ( WiSE) is committed to continue to support older residents in the Wetherby and surrounding area through this difficult period.
However, the way we achieve that will have to, temporarily, change. Obviously there will be less to noface-to-face interactions with our friends as suppression of the spread of the virus has to be paramount.
We have therefore made the decision, that following the completion of this week’s journeys, we will be ceasing the WiSE Transport Services for a period of time. Our other WiSE Activities have now been suspended.
However we are currently working on a series of mechanisms to continue to support our friends through this difficult time.
We will be contacting our friends, volunteers and key stakeholders within the coming days outlining these proposals but please feel free to contact the office by telephone on: 01937 588994
Or e mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
With best wishes and hope everybody keeps safe and well.
Cycling around Boston Spa
CYCLING IN THE AREA: New to cycling?
Boston Spa Green Group have some ideal safe rides listed on their website: bostongreengroup.co.uk/cycling/cycle-routes/
Medicine collection and deliveries to Housebound Residents
Harrogate District Green Party is organising medicine collection and deliveries from a rural pharmacy to housebound residents. Springbank Health in Tockwith & Green Hammerton previously relied on volunteers to deliver prescibed drugs, but many of these volunteers are themselves now self-isolating, leaving the delivery service under threat.
Arnold Warneken of Cowthorpe is co-ordinating a group of 20 volunteers, delivering medicines from Monday to Friday. Volunteers observe the 2m distance rule, making sure that the patient receives their drugs safely before the volunteer leaves.
This team is performing an invaluable service to those unable to collect their own prescriptions. The local pharmacy is already suffering serious staff shortages, and it is vital that patients receive their medicines promptly. There is no charge for this service, but donations have been accepted on behalf of Springbank Health Patient Group and will be used to improve facilities or equipment at the practice.
Arnold Warneken: 07702 121386 email@example.com
Care leaders hail ‘action at last’
Urgent new measures to support care workers on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus have been welcomed by care providers.
The Government has announced new action to help social care as it cares for older and vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic.The Independent Care Group (ICG) said the measures were long-overdue recognition of the vital role social care is playing.The measures include:
- All care home residents coming back from hospital to be tested before being admitted to the care home
- Priority drops followed by a new online delivery system to supply care homes with PPE
- Supermarkets asked to give the same priority treatment for carers as NHS
- A recruitment drive for care staff with Government-funded induction training.
ICG chair, Mike Padgham said: “Credit where credit is due, these new measures will aid social care in its fight against coronavirus and we wholeheartedly welcome what the Secretary of State has announced. “The issue of coronavirus testing and getting proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to our frontline staff has been a major issue for us so far and we welcome action at last.
“Up until this point it has felt like social care was playing second fiddle to the NHS whilst in reality care workers and NHS are side by side in our fight to tackle Covid-19.”Social care currently looks after 400,000 people in care and nursing homes – that is three times the number in NHS hospital beds. It looks after a further 640,000 people in their own homes
BOSTON SPA HELP:
Boston Spa Volunteer Action Group should now have delivered postcards through every letter box in Boston Spa asking if anyone who is self-isolating needs support.
It will give the local volunteer name and contact phone number. The card offers: help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking or a friendly chat. There is a strict protocol that will be followed, recommended by the NHS, which is on the reverse of the postcards Penny Stables is co-ordinating the service, in liaison with the Parish Council firstname.lastname@example.org 07941 797902.
Please contact Penny if you have any questions or wish to assist.
Leeds City Council
Volunteering during COVID-19
Leeds City Council is partnering with Voluntary Action Leeds to introduce a structured approach to volunteering during COVID-19. We are thankful for the kind offers from our communities to help provide care and support, but we need to ensure it is co-ordinated in a way which keeps everyone safe.
Anyone wishing to help is asked to contact VAL :
or calling: 0113 297 7920.
Training will be provided so volunteers meet safeguarding standards.
Community groups forming with the aim of providing help are also asked to contact VAL so a volunteer manager can be involved in the process.
Charity supporting disabled needs Coronavirus help
One of the UK’s largest charity providers of services for disabled people has launched a recruitment drive to ensure it has enough staff during the coming months of the Coronavirus crisis.
Leonard Cheshire operates residential care services in the north including Wharfedale House in Wetherby. Across the UK around 2,700 disabled adults with different levels of need have a home through Leonard Cheshire.
Frontline social care staff in these services have been designated as key workers by the Government as the fight against the spread of COVID-19 continues and the country adjusts to lockdown.
Social care providers are helping to ease pressure on the NHS, with Leonard Cheshire supporting and caring for people who could be more vulnerable to the virus.
The charity is now reaching out to workers affected by Coronavirus measures in sectors such as the hospitality, travel and other industries.
With UK cases of Coronavirus predicted to rise rapidly and peak in the coming weeks, Leonard Cheshire wants to fill current permanent and temporary vacancies and increase the bank of staff it can draw on for the next few months and beyond.
While it requires some nursing staff, most of the vacancies for roles such as support workers require no previous experience of the care sector. Being kind, willing to learn and help is the most important thing. Full training and support will be provided.
David Jessop, Executive Director People at Leonard Cheshire, said: “We are looking for people who want to make a difference during these uncertain times. We have some great permanent and temporary roles right now. If you are caring, compassionate and interested in supporting disabled people – we want to hear from you.
“Our staff and volunteers at our services have been incredible. But like every social care provider we are experiencing staffing pressures in some locations. While we are currently coping, we have to ensure we have a pool of motivated people we can draw on if this situation changes and gaps are filled.”
To find out more about the roles go to leonardcheshire.org/urgentvacancies
External Communications Manager, External Communications
Telephone: 020 3242 0313
“ONE STOP CENTRE”
Wetherby, LS22 6NL
Tel: 01937 588994
WiSE Wetherby in Support of the Elderly
Dear friends, supporters and volunteers of our organisation.
Following a conversation on Sunday last with Christine Hardman, café manager at the Wise Owl Cafe in Boston Spa, it has been decided that for the time being the WiSE Owl Café at Boston Spa will be closed.
Christine has recently returned from overseas. This is from an area that, as she was about to depart, was about to go into lockdown and where coronavirus was beginning to take hold on the community.
I will continue to update all our vital key stakeholders as and when there is more to discuss on the issue of coronavirus and we will continue to follow government advice to the letter but, in addition, apply good sense and logic in all we do to keep all of you are safe as we possibly can during this very difficult period.
With Best wishes
Pre School Story Time
BOSTON SPA METHODIST CHURCH
Boston Spa Methodist Church have created a YOU Tube page which can be accessed through our webpage. You will find Storytime twice a week for preschool children ( and adults of course) and Teatime Church. You will find the link on our page.
FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE:
from Johnson’s Fruit & Veg tel. 582070 email email@example.com plus Oven Door Bakery tel. 584839, just phone your order in; a number of other local stores are offering a similar service – just give them a call. Please note there may be a minimum order value for this service.
There is a new website listing stores offering home delivery:
Put in your post code and it lists local stores who can deliver to you.
The Cheese Shop is only open from 10-12 on Saturdays. However you can order online from www.theartisancheesecompany.com; over 50 cheeses. Free delivery. Minimum order £20.
BUGS IN LOCKDOWN
You might be interested to see that the Wildlife Corridors sub-group of the Community Green Group have come up with a great idea to keep children busy and occupied in a creative way. Take photo of a bug send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extra marks if you can identify the insect.
Two groups 12 and under and over 12s.
Winners announced at the end of each month of lockdown.
Prize is to have your photo on the website.
Please take care handling insects and return them to the wild as quickly as possible.
Thorp Arch Village
OFFER FREE MEALS TO NHS STAFF:
Please take your NHS card and proof of address with you when you collect your food
Mon, Wed & Thu only
Orders should be phoned in – no on-line orders 843183
First Boston Spa Brownies – New Leaders Needed
First Boston Spa Brownies are looking for new leaders from September as three of the four current leaders are no longer able to continue due to changes in personal circumstances. It’s a fabulous friendly pack meeting on Wednesday evenings term time only.(Though there may be some flexibility to change this if it isn’t convenient).
We would like to find someone as soon as possible so that we can hand over and provide support. The girls are amazing and so enthusiastic about everything, and the new brownie programme makes planning much easier. Being involved with Girlguiding is so rewarding, it can really make a difference to young lives and looks great on your CV. If you are over 18 and would like to get involved please get in touch our contact details are below or register at www.girlguiding.org.uk/register . Many thanks Julie, Elaine, Beth.
Primrose Lane Primary School, Boston Spa
on a Wednesday evening between 6.15pm and 7.30pm in term time.
(Though there may be some flexibility to change this if it isn’t convenient).
For more information please contact: Julie on 07961 175555, Elaine on 07985 930931 or Beth on 07912 601327
Mummy Meet Ups
Mummy Meet-Ups Wetherby
We are a new group for the local Wetherby area, trying to reduce the loneliness in the first few years of parenthood.
Kelly and I met when our babies were just 8 weeks old, at a baby group in Boston Spa. We were both initially very apprehensive to visit the groups, as it is something we had never done before and felt that others would judge our ways of parenthood.
After visiting a few groups in the local area, we realised this is not the case at all, everyone has their own ways of parenting and everyone should accept that. As our babies grew and we found many friendships within the different groups, we felt that we wanted to encourage others to join us and possibly organise our own meet-ups outside of the playgroups. Our babies have both recently turned one, and we are exploring new places each week, so why not get others to come along and join too.
- Reduce the initial fear of meeting new mums- we are all in the same boat
- Spread more awareness of how lonely parenting can be if we don’t get out and meet new people
- Want people to feel comfortable asking for advice- the best advice comes from someone who has been there and done it
- Encourage people to get out the house- some people don’t like to explore new places on their own
- Create a friendly atmosphere so people feel they can turn to the group for support and advice
We aim to be a relaxed version of a parent support group, from sleeping habits to weaning, someone has been there and experienced the same problem. There has been countless times where I have learnt something I didn’t know about my own babies habits and routine, all on an afternoon at a softplay centre.
We have just organised to have a few ‘Mums Night’s out’ each month, on the first and last Friday. It would be amazing for true friendships to form in our group, even when it doesn’t include our little ones.
We are welcoming, supportive and we enjoy ourselves. We don’t take life too seriously and we have fun! What more could you ask for?
SPONSOR A TREE ON CHURCH FIELDS
The Parish Council would like to plant more trees at Church Fields and would like to give residents, businesses and organisations the opportunity to sponsor a tree (or trees!).
Tree sponsorship was very popular at Stables Lane, they got snapped up very quickly, so if you didn’t get chance to sponsor a tree at Stables Lane perhaps you would like one at Church Fields.
email the PC Clerk, Deborah Marshall with you contact details. email@example.com
Boston Spa Walking For Health
Fourth Tuesday each month. Our next walk 21st January meet up at the Methodist Church at 10am
Or 11am (for just refreshments and a chat)
Easy Walk about one hour with refreshments £1 in church hall afterwards. More Information call:
Marjorie Boorman: 842444
Clifford Village Show Saturday 5th September 2020
Early information for those of you who need to plan ahead and get creating and making.
Photography Categories: No Bigger than A4 please and simply mounted:
*Trees * Decay *Piles of things
Art and Handicraft Section: Artwork no bigger than 60 x 60 cm.
[Picture Size EXCLUDES any mount]
- Painting, any medium: Rooftops
- Artwork using charcoal and / or inks and pencil [Your Choice] Slices of fruit or vegetables.
- A picture using material, felt or thread: Bonfire Night.
- A knitted or felted hat.
- A wreath using soft materials
- Christmas Bunting (No more than one and a half metres)
- A Poem “It’s Magic”
If you are planning to enter the “Chutney” category in the produce section then you might want to make it now so it has time to mature! Also there is a section for Marmalade so you might want to make some this winter to enter into the show.
There is also a bottle of flavoured spirit. You might want to get this steeping!
Please note the Teenagers Section (age 11 to 16) and Age Group 7-10 will include the same photography titles as above and the same poetry requirements. Teenagers may also enter any of the other above sections. Full details will be printed in the April Outlook.
Enquiries to: Jane Davies
or phone 01937 842383
Perhaps there is a club, group or activity in Tockwith which you might like to try. There are a number of classes at the village hall or perhaps you fancy the Ladies Social Drop-In Group or Art Group.
Tockwith Players Drama Group welcome new people as do the Singers – no experience necessary. A large group of people volunteer their services to keep the church gardens tidy – you might enjoy helping. Ainsty Conservation Society have regular maintenance work days at particular sites and on local footpaths. Contact details as follows:
Badminton: Bob and Fiona 01423 358808
Bowls Club: Ray Clark 01423 358939 or Roger McGlone 01423 358504
Tockwith Players: Sue on 01423 359254
Ainsty Conservation Society: Dr Barry Wright 01423 358791
Art Group: Janet on 01423 358253
Ladies Social Drop-In Group: Fiona 01423 358808
Tockwith Church Warden: Deryck Wilson: 01423 358364 or Angela Jenkins 01423 358067
Church Music Group: Angela Jenkins 01423 358067
Singers: Fiona 01423 358808
Line Dancing and Wiggle & Giggle exercise: Viv – 07931 508444
Walks Around Boston Spa
You can pick up a map at Yeadon’s or at The Library for just 20p or the most popular links on the PC website are the village walks, the Parish Council has developed six walking routes around the village ranging from two miles to seven miles.
You can download the walks from the Parish Council website:
Sustrans are looking for helpers to create a greener environment. If you are interested:
to receive more information. No special skills required. It would be grand to turn the corridor from Wetherby to Newton Kyme into a Greenway; currently Sustrans have 38 such Greenways, we could be 39.
The Marston Moor Youth Club
Friday evenings in Tockwith Church from 7 to 8.30pm
during term time and open to Year 6 to Year 9
For further details please contact :
Karen Stobert: 01423 358979
Angela Jenkins 01423 358067
Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group
(Follow the link below)
WETHERBY CIVIC SOCIETY CELEBRATES 25 YEARS BY LOOKING BACK OVER THE CENTURIES
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
2nd Dec Peter Howard (It’s Christmas)
6th Jan 2020 AGM
Miscarriage Support Group for Leeds and the Surrounding Area
Tockwith Art Group
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.yorkcruse.com
For individual referrals ring: 01904 481162 For more information on Cruse, visit the national website at 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.
- 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 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.
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 email@example.com
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