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Wetherby Townsperson of the Year 2020

Wetherby District Lions Club has had a positive impact upon its community for over fifty years helping to change the lives of many individuals and organisations. Its members are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. One initiative we support is The Wetherby Townsperson of the Year. We are now seeking nominations for next year’s candidate.

The criteria and nomination process for the award is very simple. If you know of anyone over eighteen years of age who you think has made a positive difference to our community we want to hear from you. It could be a teacher, a scout, brownie, guides or cub leader. It could be community worker, it could be a carer, it could be a community leader – the list is endless .We want to hear about this special person!

We welcome nominations by Monday 2nd December 2019 to be sent in confidence to the address below so our expert judging panel can review the nominations and present the award at our Dickensian Market on Sunday 8th December 2019 in Wetherby. We want to know why you have nominated this person including their contact details and as importantly we want to know your contact details in case we need to contact you. Please complete the nomination form on our website or collect the nomination form from Wetherby Library any further details please contact us via our website.

The closing date for nominations is MONDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2019.

If you require any further details before you make your nomination please contact the number below. We look forward to hearing from you.

John Boulton
6 Cropstones
Bramham   LS23 6SG

Tel:  0345 833 9529

The Repair Shop are looking for items in our area

The popular BBC Television programme

Will shortly be in our area

A group of passionate and skilled craftspeople are looking to fix, repair or just breathe new life into objects brought in by members of the public. The team are looking for treasures that have seen better days to work their magic on. They are searching for items from our area.

Items can be personal treasures or items from the wider community. These skilled craftspeople can certainly work magic. Some of the items that have been brought in have included: an historical clock for a village in Gloucester, a transistor radio that had provided the soundtrack for a happy marriage, and a violin that had been played in Auschwitz.

The team are interested in a range of items from “Teddy Bears” to garden furniture. Plaques to paintings. The only caveat is that you must be able to bring your item to the workshop in Chichester.

If you think you might have an item in need of the magic touch from the “Repair Shop” team then this is what to do.

Please visit: http: www.bbc.co.uk/takepart

You can also contact Ayaan directly by email.


Get looking you never know what treasures you might have hidden away.

A message from  Better Wetherby:

We are currently seeking a volunteer to provide secretarial support.

A description of the role is below:

It’s Here it’s the Window Dressing Competition

Brown Bin Collections

Jubilee Awards

The hunt is on for this year’s Jubilee Award Winner.

Use the link below to go to the nomination form


Welcome to Wetherby


Are you ready to make Leeds more active?


What is Get Set Leeds?

Get Set Leeds is a chance for people to share ideas on what getting active means to them and what changes in the city might get them moving more. We want Leeds to be the most active city in the UK – because it’s good for individual health and wellbeing, good for communities and good for the city as a whole.

As part of the city’s Healthy Weight Declaration and Health & Wellbeing strategy we are committed to co-producing a physical activity ambition with the city.  We will listen to residents, community groups, organisations, partners and stakeholders and create a shared vision for the city and shape a “social movement” campaign: To get everybody moving more, we need to shift how we think and change what we do, together.


What is happening now?

Get Set Leeds is a partnership of Active Leeds and Public Health (Leeds City Council), the Health Partnerships Team, Sport Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, working together with people and communities in the city to make Leeds more active.

Between now and the end of 2019 we will hold focus groups with a range of targeted groups and communities whose activity levels are low.  We will also work with businesses, community leaders and health professionals. Running alongside all this is an online public ‘conversation’ exploring the varied role activity plays in people’s lives and the aspects of living or working in the city that make it easy to be active or that get in the way.


What will happen next?

We will use the findings from the conversation to define a new ‘physical activity ambition’ for Leeds. People and groups who have taken part in the conversation will be invited to work together with us on creating the ambition and on planning and delivering activities, campaigns and change within the city to make that ambition a reality.

The ambition is likely to recognise that the city is a complex ‘system’, with many different factors influencing whether people feel motivated to be active and whether they are able to act on that motivation. Understanding how these factors interact will show people how the decisions they take – large or small – can all help make Leeds more active.

How you can help?

Champion the Get Set Leeds conversation within your organisation and promote to your customers/audiences, and encourage them to complete the online survey at:


Spread the word among your professional network, encouraging them to join the conversation.  Promote through your social media channel.  Please promote on your website and any other online platforms to which you may have access

“Wetherby Man with a pan”

Part of the

Saint James Wider Community Project

Registration is now open for Spring 2020

The course is FREE and open to all men over 50 who want to cook basic nutritious meals and learn the tips and tricks of catering in a relaxed atmosphere.

So if you want to release your inner chef as part of a New Year Resolution then contact:

Telephone: 01937 583074

A letter from Santa

Hello All,
Not long to go until Santa pops down your chimney and he has asked me to contact you to see if you can help this year with:
The W.D.L.C. Sleigh collections
(all money, once again, going towards paying for a post Christmas meal with entertainment in January 2020 for your local senior citizens).
Please have a look at the routes attached and when you have time could you please get back to me with the sessions that you are available. You will also see that this year we have 2 sessions at The A1 MOTORWAY SERVICES so you are welcome to volunteer for a few hours here also. Any friends/family are also welcome.
As always any questions please give me a call. I look forward to hearing back from you in the weeks to come.
Sleigh Rota


Route / Location

Team Lead



Elf 2

Elf 3

Elf 4

Elf 5

Elf 6

30/11 & 14/12


X 2




ROUTE 1 Ashfield & Templar Gdns





ROUTE 2 Aire Rd & Templar Approach





ROUTE 3 Badgerwood Glade & Cul-de-sacs, Deerstone Ridge





ROUTE 4 Heuthwaite Ave & 1st-4th Aves





ROUT 5 Hallfield Lane, Ceres & Montague Rd, Freeman Way










ROUTE 5A Hall Orchard, Meryrick Ave, Audby Lane & Noble Cres





ROUTE 6 Barleyfields Rd & Coxwold View





ROUTE 7 Chatsworth Drive





ROUTE 8 Ainsty Rd and all roads off





Route 9 Chestnut & Linton Aves & Glebe Field Estate





ROUTE 10 Northfield Place & Woodhill View





ROUTE 11 Linton Meadows, Oak Ridge, Fledborough Rd , Nichols Way areas





Spofforth Park & Micklethwaite Development








N B: All nights must have a minimum of four (4) Elves otherwise the sleigh MUST NOT go out. JOHN BOULTON MOBILE 07843384125

Mayoral Charity  Donations 2018/19

Councillor Galan Moss

Pat Normington

A message from Pat:

“Thank you to everybody who supported my fundraising events this month. My “Open Garden Event “ and My “Lunch with Pat”.

Raised a massive :                        £150

And my good news does not stop there:

Leeds City Council have awarded me the prestigious


For Best Small Garden:

Remember October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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:

email: volunteers-uk@sustrans.org.uk

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.

If you like to sing:

Saint Mary’s Church Choir is looking for new members

Children and Adults Welcome.

Practice Thursday evenings from 7p.m.

(Children: 6:30pm)

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

Tockwith Badminton club:

 Meet in the Village Hall
 Friday evenings from 7 to 9pm
 (fun and light exercise)
 No previous experience required
   Rackets available to borrow
   New members are welcome
   First week free then £3.00 per week
   Please telephone Bob and Fiona on 01423 358808

 Check session dates before coming for the first time

Follifoot Park Disabled Riders Group

(Follow the link below)


 Hey, take a look at this!

Well What is It?

Our very own, brand new, Electric Car Charging Point here in: 

Boston Spa

Situated Just behind the  “Stew and Oyster” 

And!!  Another is currently being installed in the ‘Cluster of Nuts’ car park in Wetherby

A Big Thank You to Gerry for his Fabulous Work

Gerry Raynor has hung up his headphones and presented his final weekly “Fabulous 50’s”show on Tempo FM.    Gerry has been involved in radio for 50 years from the forces to Radio Aire in the eighties and also with other community radio stations.   To mark the special occasion the Trustees of Tempo FM presented Gerry with a special cake, made by a local baker.

Wetherby and Tadcaster Versus Arthritis

Wetherby and Tadcaster Versus Arthritis urgently need second hand books as our second hand book stock is getting very low and we need more to raise funds for research and care.

If you have books you could donate please ring Sheila Clayton on 01937 842954 to arrange collection. Thank you.



The Civic Society is proud to have planted over 400 trees around the town, helped preserve & develop the Georgian Bath House & gardens, championed the siting of over 20 Historical Blue Plaques, and encouraged everyone to take greater pride in Wetherby as a unique and historic Market Town.
As part of it’s celebrations it has launched a lively and fascinating website featuring many of Wetherby’s features and fables as well as giving notice of events and outings organised by the Society. The Society is now turning to local residents and friends of the town from around the world to add to this collection of history and memories.
Take a look and find out something new and perhaps add something yourself…


“Wetherby Wheelers”
Nick Hopkinson tells us, “The club has going since 1985 and aims to provide a social aspect to various branches of cycling.  At present the regular rides are on Saturday morning (up to 50 miles at a brisk pace), Sunday (variable distance at touring pace) and for those who can make it, longer rides on Thursdays.
 More details of all these are available on our website but to encourage more people to cycle and join the club we are introducing easier rides on Saturday mornings as well and we would like to get the message out about this one as much as possible. All rides have a leader and whilst we try to keep together, no stragglers are left on their own.”

Tockwith Singers:

The Singers meet every Tuesday at 7.30-9:30pm during school term time in Tockwith Village Hall. Everyone is welcome. The choir does perform locally from time to time for charity but is not compulsory. It is all very light hearted and most of all fun! Please call Fiona on 01423 358808 or just come along and see what we do.

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 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

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


2nd Dec        Peter Howard (It’s Christmas)
6th Jan 2020   AGM

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 077225

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

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 : www.bostonspapc.org.uk

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: york@cruse.org.uk 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.

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 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