Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
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Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

April 2016

Annual Newsletter

Look out for the Annual Parish Newsletter that will be landing on your door step soon.

The Parish Council has decided that from next year (2017) the Annual News Letter will be visible on our website in an electronic format, as well as hard copies being available at a variety of locations and outlets all along our High Street, a full list of which will be published in due course. If any resident would still like a copy hand delivered to their home address, they simply have to post a stamped and self-addressed A5 envelope to the Parish Office, Village Hall, 199 High Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby, LS23 6AA.

Creating a People Friendly Village Centre

A sub-group of the Neighbourhood Plan Team along with Parish Councillors have held an initial meeting with members of Leeds City Council to look into the possibility of creating a more People Friendly Village Centre. Whilst in the very early stages this group has a number of interesting ideas they are thinking through and more information will be available and naturally they will be seeking the views of residents.



Stables lane Development Plan

The Stables Lane Working Group really want to hear from you, what would you like to see at Stables Lane?

Please let us have your ideas…………….
Letter to: The Parish Council, Village Hall, 199 High Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 6AA
or Comment through Parish Council website Message Board

Meet Our PCSOs

Our local Police Community Support Officers Becky Jackson and Emma Leighton hold regular sessions in the WiSE Owl cafe at the Village Hall for residents.  This gives you the opportunity to meet your local PCSO and have an informal chat about any issues or concerns.
Here are the dates for the Wise Owl Cafe Contact point, sessions run from 1 – 2pm 
Tuesday 19th April
Tuesday 10th May
Tuesday 17th May

West Yorkshire Police have a website dedicated to our area it can be seen here

Neighbourhood Plan Update

The Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) has continued to take shape and a great deal of work has been taking place to ensure all the processes have been completed as we move to the final consultation stage.
You have made very significant input into the NDP and your support has provided the confidence that we now have a Plan that will:
  • Preserve and improve the good features of the village and
  • Support change including appropriate new developments
The NDP will have Policies enforceable by planning laws and a series of aspirations we term Community Actions.
What Next?
A precise timetable is difficult to predict at the current time, however, a letter will shortly be sent to all village residents giving more detail and with relevant timescales.  The following is therefore a guide:
  • A formal six-week consultation with residents, business, landowners and other statutory bodies inviting comments.
  •  Once that has been completed the final Plan will be submitted to Leeds CC who will then:
  • Check the final Plan to ensure all the legal requirements have been met
  • Publicise the Plan for 6 weeks, and invite anyone interested to make comments
  • Appoint an Independent Examiner to consider whether the proposed Plan meets the Basic Conditions set out by law
  • Publicise the Examiners report
  • Arrange for a referendum in which the village is asked to support and vote for the acceptance of the Neighbourhood Plan.
  •  A 50% or more approval of the plan will see its adoption by Leeds City Council Planning Authority as part of the statutory Development Plan for the area. 
We believe the plan is ambitious but achievable, building on the village strengths and addressing certain weaknesses; it is bold and acknowledges that we cannot stand still, but recommends we grow and change in a controlled and sustainable manner.  It will help to ensure that Boston Spa will still be a vibrant village for future generations.

Boston Spa Weekend Festival

Boston Spa will hold a three-day festival on the weekend of 15 July. Starting with a display of scarecrows the length of the High Street, it will feature a multitude of events, including:
  • Flower Festival at the Methodist Church, with music and refreshments all weekend;
  • Spirit of Harmony in concert at St Mary’s Church
  • The Colour Tones – live music at the Village Hall;
  • Jazz in The Spa featuring Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell;
  • Classic car display and a drive into the countryside;
  • Scout skills challenge;
  • Musical afternoon;
  • St Mary’s Church of England Choir;
  • Collingham Brass Band;
  • Guided historic walks round the Village;
  • Street food by various restaurants in the Millennium Gardens;
  • Open gardens & refreshments;
  • Plant stall;

And much, much more. 
A big thanks to all the supporters who are giving their time to organise these events.
Please visit the Parish Council website for more info 
Want to get involved?  Please contact David Watts: Tel 01937 845592.


Follow the Festival on Facebook

Boston Spa Farmers Market is moving

The Farmers Market takes place each month on the 2nd Friday 9am-12pm, from May 13th the new venue will be the Village Hall.

There will be more stalls and we won't have to worry about the weather forecast!

Contact Les Brown on 01937 842636 or email

Boston Spa Gardening Society

Saturday May 14thAnnual Plant Sale at Deepdale Community Centre – doors open 10am. Bedding plants, perennials, shrubs, vegetable plants.  Plenty of bargains. Come early to avoid disappointment.
Thursday June 23rd:  Early Evening Visit to Stockbridge Technology College, Cawood.
Behind the scenes look at the latest in horticultural research and plant production.
Sunday July 10th:  Coach trip to Scampston Walled Garden, nr. Malton. 
Day’s outing to one of Yorkshire’s finest gardens including a private tour of the house.
For more information about any of these events or the Gardening Society please contact Hazel Wicks 01937 845954  or Jenny Douglas 01937 541331, or visit our website at

A Message from Rev Steve Jakeman, Boston Spa Methodist Church

The great news is that we are close to commencing the building work that will transform our building into a flexible and accessible, multi-purpose facility that will be an asset for the village community.

The work will be starting in May and our last service in the church, before the build, will be at 10.30am on Sunday 1st May. The work is expected to take around 25 weeks and, during this time, our Sunday morning services will be transferring to the Village Hall.

We are keen that everything will carry on as normal throughout the build. To this end all the groups, organisations and concerts etc will be moving to alternative venues in the vicinity - please see the church notice board and/or our website for details .

We are very committed to the 'Boston Spa Big Weekend' Festival' and although we won't have our building for the 'Flower Festival', we will still be showcasing our super floral displays; do come and see!

We have funded the project through our fundraising efforts and generous grants from many sources but we still have some way to go to cover the full costs. To this end we are holding a 'Gift Day' on Saturday 21st May; come and see our plans for the building and have a cup of tea. Rev Steve will be on hand, in his caravan, for anyone to come and give a donation towards this project for a superb facility that will be of benefit to all the community of Boston Spa.

This is an exciting time for the church, if you would like more information re our plans please see our website or contact our minister, Rev Steve Jakeman (

Street Scene

Councillor Steve Morritt has prepared the following report

The drain from the toilets became blocked towards the end of March and overflowed at the entrance causing a health hazard. LCC were alerted and a contractor dispatched and cleared the blockage.

State of the Highway
Further potholes have been filled in during the month. Should residents wish to alert the PC to a problem they should email alternatively advise Leeds City Council directly via their website.
A blocked drain has been reported to LCC.

Litter bin outside St Marys
This bin is scheduled for replacement but is proving problematic to remove due to corrosion of the bolts which hold it in place.  LCC have told us they will need to use heavier equipment in order to remove the old bin safely.

Lights in Millennium Gardens

The lack of action from Leeds City Council is frustrating. Ward councillor Gerald Wilkinson is awaiting a response from the Head of Asset management regarding responsibility for the maintenance of millennium gardens this despite the PC receiving a letter from LCC back in 2006 agreeing in principle to undertake the maintenance. 

Next PC Meetings

Parish Council Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday each month so the next dates are...

Monday 18th April
Monday 16th May
7.30pm Village Hall


Members of the Public are always welcome to attend.

Each month's agenda can be seen here in the week prior to the meeting.

Minutes of the meetings can be seen here

Message Board

Have a comment to make?? Want to read what others are saying??

Simply visit the Message Board page on the Parish Council website, here you’ll find all the latest comments and have the opportunity to have your say on what’s going on in and around your village .  

Email for Parish Clerk:

The Parish Council, Village Hall, 199 High Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 6AA

Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire comes through Boston Spa en route from Tadcaster to Wetherby on Friday 29th April see the route here


Boston Spa Gala

Saturday 11th June Stables Lane starts 12.45pm with a song and dance procession from St Mary's Church.

The theme for the fancy dress is Rio / carnival to celebrate this years olympic games and a £50 prize for the winning costume will be presented by Olaf from frozen.

There will be a tug of war competition, a climbing wall, a magician and much more.

What's On?

Go to the Events page of the Parish Council website to find out

Do you have an event in Boston Spa that you would like us to list?

Why not send us an email?

Walks around Boston Spa

The most popular links clicked on our monthly e-newsletter are the village walks, the Parish Council has developed 6 walking routes around the village ranging from 2 miles to 7  miles, you can download the walks from the PC website here

You can explore the High Street and the Riverside by following our blue plaque trail, you can down load a leaflet here

What's on?.....

Jazz in the Spa  at the Village Hall

23 Apr 2016
Savannah Jazz Band

30 Apr 2016
The Busquitos - from the Netherlands £10
7 May 2016
Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet - £10

14 May 2016
Sorry - No Jazz - Keswick Festival

21 May 2016
Salute to Satchmo

Annual Parish Meeting

Annual Parish Meeting May 11th Jubilee Room at the Village Hall 7.30pm.

This is a meeting open to all residents of Boston Spa and is an opportunity to raise any issues. Members of West Yorkshire Police, Local Ward Councillors as well as Parish Councillors will be present.

Items that will be covered by the agenda will include progress on the plans for Stables Lane, an update on the Neighbourhood Plan

St John's School for the Deaf

Annual Garden Fete will be on Saturday 21st May 2016 from 1-4pm.  The event is open to everyone and admission is free.  

Historically this has been on the last Saturday of June, however last year it was moved to May to avoid clashes with other local events.

St John's School looks forward to welcoming the residents of Boston Spa and Clifford on the 21st.



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