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Ever wondered about the history of some of the old properties in Boston Spa?

You can buy a Trail Map 20p from Yeadon’s and have a relaxing walk along the High Street and riverside whilst viewing and reading about them.

After your walk why not return for a coffee or something more exciting in one of the lovely bars here in the village.



Further to the tree planting in Deepdale in Boston Spa in March, the Boston Spa Wetherby & Villages Community Green Group are planning another tree planting session of 24 trees again at Deepdale during the first weekend in December.

(Dates to be confirmed when delivery is guaranteed).

 If you would like to help dig a hole and plant a tree, or maybe you have some good Garden compost you could donate?

Contact Mike Gadd on 01937 844580 or mike@bostondesign.co.uk


The hunt is on for this year’s Jubilee Award winner!

The Town Council’s Jubilee Award was established in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it recognises the achievements of outstanding young people from Wetherby, who are under 20 years of age and who have made an impact, whether nationally, regionally or locally.

The Town Council is now seeking nominations for the 2021 award and would like everyone in Wetherby to have a good think about any children and young people they might know that deserve recognition for their efforts over the past year.

      • Who has gone above and beyond to help other people?
      • Who has overcome personal difficulties in the past year?
      • Who did really well in their exams despite difficult circumstances?
      • Who has had a special sporting achievement in the past twelve months?
      • Who has made a difference by helping out at home?
      • Who contributes to the Wetherby community?

In 2020 the Jubilee Award was given to Josh Taylor.   
The award was presented via a virtual awards ceremony with nominees and their family and friends in attendance as well as representatives from the Town Council.  Josh was nominated by Brendan Giblin who said:  Josh Taylor is an inspirational young man.  As soon as the first lockdown was announced he delivered notes to all his neighbours (and to people in many streets), saying that they could contact him for help with shopping etc. He has been instrumental in helping St James’ Church broadcast their Sunday worship each and every week of the pandemic, he worked to enable us to overcome the technical challenges raised by live- streaming. We were able to establish on-line services which reached hundreds of people. He is now helping us to livestream from our church building, and is constantly helping us to overcome problems that we face. Every week during lockdown Josh put together a service for young families.  This was considerable work, he gathered a team (all of whom were many years older than himself), with great skill, he chaired meetings and pulled everyone and everything together. Josh’s work enabled us to offer fun activities for families, many of whom were isolated at this time. He has shown maturity in leadership well above his age. He has demonstrated determination, and worked extremely hard, has shown great compassion to the vulnerable, always with a cheerful smile on his face. All this he has managed alongside doing A levels and having many other interests.  Josh Taylor’s enthusiasm is infectious.    Previous winners have been chosen for their charitable work, raising awareness of medical conditions and saving the life of another child at danger of drowning.

Nominations for the 2021 award must be received by 07 December 2021 and can be submitted by anyone who knows an amazing young person whether it be a parent, friend, teacher or youth group leader.

Nomination forms are available from the Town Council’s offices in Wetherby Town Hall or by contacting Barry Riley, barry.riley@wetherby.co.uk
Nominations are considered by a judging panel with an awards ceremony to reveal this year’s winner to be held in Wetherby Town Hall on Tuesday 21 December 2021 at 6.30pm

Man with a Pan is Back

Is Your New Year Resolution to Learn to Cook ?
Are you tired of ready meals and takeaways ?

If you are a man over 50 who lacks basic cooking skills and would like to learn the arts of the kitchen

This is the FREE course for you !
You may have missed out learning to cook at school ,live alone or now be caring for someone who used to cook for you .
This is the opportunity to learn some new tips and tricks and have fun amongst a small group of like -minded individuals .
Our next course starts in:

February 2022

Don’t delay, enrol today !
Places are limited .
All you need to bring is a medium size pan with lid.
For further information and to register contact
St. James ‘ Parish Office, Church Street, Wetherby
Tel 01937 583074
We are sponsored by WiSe ,Sainsbury’s ,Leeds City Council, Wetherby Town Council,- Co-op Community Fund &

National Lottery Community Fun


Wetherby Mens’ Forum has re-commenced after 18 months, and is seeking new members. The Forum meets in the Scout Hall, Church Street, Wetherby, on Wednesday mornings between September and April, at 9.30am.
After refreshments, each week there is a guest speaker on a wide variety of subjects. Each season, the Forum also seeks to attract a celebrity speaker, and past speakers have included Amanda Owen, The Yorkshire Shepherdess, Sir Gary Verity, Gervaise Phinn and Harry Gration.

The annual subscription fee is £46, and the Forum is open to men who are retired, semi-retired, unemployed or who work part-time or shifts.

For further information, please ring 07956 002723, or visit the Forum on a Wednesday morning.

Wetherby Gets New On-Street Recycling Bins!

Have you seen the new orange and yellow on-the-go recycling bins?

You’ll now be able to recycle cups, cans and plastic bottles while you’re out and about. The new bins are being introduced in 6 areas of the city including Wetherby. It builds on the success of the #LeedsbyExample city centre on-the-go recycling campaign during which the number of people reporting that they recycle in the city centre increased from 17% to 49%!

You can now recycle your empty coffee cups in the orange bin in Wilderness car park (non-recyclable lids should go in the adjacent black litter bin). Please put your empty cans and plastic bottles in one of the 5 new yellow bins dotted around Wetherby.  Bringing a reusable drinks bottle and coffee cup out with you is always the best option for cutting down on waste.

(Some cafes use compostable coffee cups which cannot be recycled in the new orange bins as they are processed in a different way. Maybe talk with your local coffee shop to find out how to dispose of these in the right way).

Find the bin locations here or make sure to follow @Zero Waste Leeds on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn to find out more about the campaign.

How to use the bins:

Please recycle your paper coffee cups in the new orange bins (non-recyclable lids should go in the adjacent black litter bin). Use the new yellow bins for your empty drink cans and plastic bottles. Although there are many environmental benefits to recycling these materials, bringing a reusable drinks bottle and coffee cup out with you is always the best option for cutting down on waste so please try to reuse as much as you can.

Light up a Life

People across Yorkshire have the chance to remember their loved ones as:

 Martin House Children’s Hospice

launches its annual Light up a Life appeal.

Light up a Life gives people the chance to make a dedication in memory of family or friends, in return for a donation to the hospice.

Those taking part can share their message and a picture of their loved one on Martin House’s online book of dedication, and in return will receive a memory card to write their personal message, and a candle to light in remembrance.


Volunteers needed!

Our much-loved WiSE Owl Café is on the lookout for extra volunteers, as an uncertain winter could potentially put its opening hours under threat.

Christine Hardman, who runs the café, said: “The WiSE Owl Café is an absolutely vital social lifeline to so many older people and their carers- as well as the wider community. We were so excited to open our doors again, and now we just want to make sure we are fully prepared, in case illness or other factors affect our staff numbers. We’re looking for anyone who doesn’t mind helping out, with anything from taking orders to clearing tables.

If you would like to volunteer, or to find out more information: email info@w-ise.org.uk     or phone 01937 588994.


 @ Boston Spa Village Hall

Lantern Room

Every Thursday between 10.30 am -12.30pm, hosted by Wetherby in Support of the Elderly.

Contact Debbie on 01937 588994 for more information.


We are Back!

(Held 1st Sunday of the month and every 3rd Saturday)

It’s all happening @ St Mary’s Church Boston Spa

Check out www.traidcraftshop.co.uk .



The walk takes place every 4th Tuesday of the month. 

It starts and ends at Boston Spa Methodist Church, High Street Boston Spa.

The walks will be 30-60 minutes – depending on the weather, walking conditions and participants and will utilize footpaths and quiet roads around Boston Spa.

 At the end of the walk, refreshments will be available at the Methodist Church. High Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby, LS23 6AA


Queen Elizabeth II

To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, a statue of the monarch, slightly larger than life and holding the historic symbols of monarchy – the Orb and Sceptre  – will be placed in a niche high on its medieval west front. The Queen will be the first British monarch to have reigned for 70 years. The statue will be the Centre point of a make-over of the open space in front of the Minster, where a new Queen Elizabeth Square is to be created. A letter from Sir Edward Young, private secretary to the Queen, to the Dean, says a design of the statue was shown to the Queen who approved it in principle.

(We’ll keep you informed on this one)


What is Wetherby park run?

It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock, every Saturday at 9am

The event takes place at:

Wetherby Sports Association, Boston Road, Wetherby, LS22 5HA

What does it cost to join in?     Nothing !!!!

Yes it’s free! but please   register   before you first come along.

You only need to register with Parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder)

If you forget it, you won’t get your time


WETHERBY  “Artisan Market”  (by Little Bird)

Come along and buy “Handmade Goods” @Wetherby’s very own Artisan Market

Arts and Crafts, Fresh Flowers and all kinds of goodies produced locally for your perusal and delectation.

[Please do remember to OBSERVE social distancing, wear a facemask (unless exempt) and practice regular Hand Sanitizing.]

 The Artisan Market will take place EVERY SECOND SUNDAY of the MONTH



Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday

9am to 3pm

It needs your support but more importantly – it has the best baked cakes. Go and enjoy.




Boston Spa Village Hall will be serving take away drinks, cake and scones every Tuesday from 9am to 1pm from the Village Hall kitchen.

Proceeds to the village hall funds.

Outside seating available in line with government guidance.


A little note, just to remind people that they are not alone.

 Remember  support is available particularly for those who are shielding, vulnerable or needing help.

If you need help or know someone who could do with help call:

0113 376 0330


Extended hours – Bramham Church Porch 10.00am – 4 pm, 7 days a week.

St Mary’s Boston Spa 9am – 3pm, 7 days a week and Wed 2 – 4pm.

Items required:

Food, including pasta, rice, tinned potatoes, tinned spaghetti, cooking sauce, tinned meat and fish, rice pudding, custard, sponge puddings, biscuits. Dog and cat food.

Baby products: nappies sizes 5&6

Urgent: Food Banks urgently need  : toiletries, including shaving foam, razors, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, tissues, toilet rolls. Cleaning products, including washing powder, washing up liquid, bleach, kitchen roll.

The Community Green Group

Boston Spa

TAKE AWAY COFFEE POTS NO LONGER A PROBLEM:  Have you noticed the massive increase in waste produced from the increase in takeaway coffees?

Filling  bins and spilling over onto the streets and riverside.

The Community Green Group has decided to do something about it.

 WE are holding a competition to design new bins to recycle coffee cups that can be industrially composted.

The winner will receive £50 vouchers for Stew & Oyster and Tom Foolery.

See details on our website: bostongreengroup.co.uk


Continues to participate in the Yorkshire and North Hockey leagues, closely following the Covid protocols required by England Hockey. We are always looking for new players; we run three men’s and one ladies’ team. Should you be interested in playing please contact:

Graham on 07783 336135

or find us on Facebook. We are temporarily playing our home matches at Tadcaster Grammar School, where our men train on a Tuesday evening and ladies on a Wednesday evening. 


We  have over 30 members and hope to get back to some decent numbers on the road as soon as possible. We have new kit which some may have spotted on the roads.


Please call Jonathan 07791 177117 for more information.

5K RUN: around Boston Spa.

Join us every Saturday Morning


Meet in the car park by the Stew and Oyster
Warm up at 7:45m 

Ready to run at 8:00am

Join us every Saturday

. Completely free, bring a friend

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/


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 penny.stables@gmail.com 07941 797902.

Please contact Penny if you have any questions or wish to assist.

Tockwith Village

New interest?:

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: