Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
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Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

March 2017

Stables Lane Improvement Project

Voting has now closed in the Tesco Bags of Help funding, our project was shortlisted to receive a grant of between £5,000 and £1,000 to kick start improvements at Stables Lane.  As soon as we know the result we will let you know.

The Project will develop an old playing field into a fully resourced local Park with multiple leisure facilities for the benefit of Boston Spa residents and other local people.  The provision of a picnic and barbeque area funded by this grant would be an excellent first step for the overall development.

Donation towards Stables Lane

At the February meeting the Parish Council was delighted to receive a donation of £6,300 from the former Village Society.  Janet McBride representing the Village Society advised that the society had recently closed and it was the wish of the members of the society that the balance of funds be donated to the Parish Council to be used to for a suitable project preferably at Stables Lane.

Many thanks to the members of the Village Society, watch this space for updates on Stables Lane.

Neighbourhood Plan Update

The Neighbourhood Plan for Boston Spa is almost finished and we hope the referendum will be held in the next few months giving electors in Boston Spa their chance to have a say on the future of our village.


Tour de Yorkshire is coming to Boston Spa

The Tour de Yorkshire will be coming through Boston Spa on Saturday 29th April and this year we will welcome both the women's and men's races as they make their way form Tadcaster to Harrogate on the second day of the TdY.

The women's race is expected to come through Boston Spa around 9.20am and the Mens' race about 2.15pm. Plans are being made to hold community events in and around Boston Spa including a 9km bike trail, street food and children's cycling activities so all you budding Bradley Wiggins dust off your bikes, lycra optional!

New Trees in Boston Spa

A small spinney was planted beside the car park at Church Fields on February 12th, to form a shelter belt for wildlife and link the area to the churchyard trees.  The planting plan and lay out for the scheme was drawn up by Anthony Hoult, of Garden Pride, who also directed operations on the day with a great team of volunteers organised by Boston-in-Bloom. The plants were provided free by 'I Dig Trees', a scheme run by Ovo energy in association with the Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

The Parish Council is due to take over the Public Open Space during the coming year and this newly planted area will then be managed as part of the general landscape maintenance.

A big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers!


Meet Our PCSOs

Our local Police Community Support Officer 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.

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

The Police Commissioner's February Newsletter can be seen here

Primary School Provision in Boston Spa  

One of the conditions placed upon Taylor Wimpey when planning permission was granted to develop Church Fields was for them to pay Leeds City Council (LCC) £500K specifically for work on Primary schools capacity in Boston Spa. This is intended to mitigate the impact of the increase in the population of school aged children.

Boston Spa Primary schools are full and the Parish Council are waiting for evidence of plans from LCC to alleviate the situation.

The PC has written to LCC and LCC councillors asking for an urgent update.  

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

Street Scene

New litter bins
We continue to press LCC to provide litter bins in the vicinity of Gas Works Lane and Church Fields.
We are advised that funding is a problem and we are discussing the options to resolve .

Annual Newsletter

As we all move to a more digital age the Parish Council took the decision last year not to hand deliver our Newsletter to every home in the village this year. It will be available to view in full or download on our website 
Printed copies will also be available from the Library, Village Hall, Deepdale, St Mary’s Church, The Methodist Church, Doctors Surgery plus many of our shops on the High Street, naturally there will be a saving in printing costs and the considerable expense of delivery to every home, money we felt could be better spent on other areas in our village.  

Boston Spa Farmers Market

The Farmers Market is held in the Village Hall on the second Friday of each month. The next Market will be held on March 10th 9-12.30pm.

There will be stalls selling delicious fresh breads, locally grown fruit & vegetables, locally reared pork, jams and preserves, gifts and crafts there really is something for everyone plus easy parking and teas & coffees served in the cafe.
Contact Les Brown on 01937 842636 or email

Boston Spa Gala

The Boston Spa Gala team met recently to start the planning for our 2017 event. Building on the success of last year's Gala we already have a number of additional food outlets confirmed and we are looking at a range of ways to make 2017 bigger and better.
We are also pleased to confirm that we made donations of £2450 from the 2016 fund to the following organisations:

Wise Owl Cafe                 
St Johns School
Clifford Juniors FC
St. Georges Crypt
Boston Spa Round Table 
Kirk Deighton Rangers FC
Boston Spa Scout Group

The 2017 gala will be on Saturday 10th June.
For any enquirers regarding stalls please email

We would welcome any ideas or feedback to help us make our 2017 event great so please feel free to send a message to us through Facebook or email​


Do you remember the songs of the 40s, 50s & 60s?
Come along & join in Ken Waller's SINGALONG singing the songs of yesteryear in a relaxed & easy style

Fri 31st March, Fri 28th April
Fri 26th May, Fri 30th June

The Jubilee Room, Boston Spa Village Hall
1-30 - 3-00 pm
£3 includes refreshments

Proceeds for Village Hall Improvements
Enquiries - call Brenda on 07774 125821

Dates for Your Diary 

Friday 10th March Boston Spa Farmers Market from 9am in the Village Hall

Monday 20th March 7pm Village Hall Parish Council Meeting


Saturday 29th April
 Tour de Yorkshire coming thorough Boston Spa.
Womens's Race details here and Men's stage 2 details here, plans are being made for community events to welcome the tour as it comes through our village.

Wednesday May 10th Annual Parish Meeting 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.

June 10th Boston Spa Village Gala on Stables Lane fun afternoon for all the family 

July 14th,15th & 16th Big Festival Weekend a weekend of events in and around the village including Arts, music, open gardens, street food, Classic cars and much much more

More on events in and around Boston Spa can be found on our events page

Jazz in the Spa - March 2017

More information at the Jazz in the Spa website
11th – Dave Mott’s Jazz Classics – a highly professional and versatile group led by maestro Dave on reeds. The group includes young trumpet star Jamie Brownfield and, for the second week running, our piano favourite, Tom Kincaid. Traditional jazz plus the standards coupled with vocals from the delightful Suzanne.
18th – Amy Roberts/John Hallam Quintet – one of the annual highlights with two of our most respected reeds players. They are guaranteed to serve up a delectable miscellany of the standards. And, yes, it’s Tom Kincaid again (!) on piano providing a sophisticated and swinging background to a musical evening par excellence! £10
25th – Tame Valley Stompers – otherwise known as Terry’s Dead Good Boys. As always, a warm welcome to our visitors from Cheshire. Led by one of the most respected Northern trombone players, the group is dedicated to unabashed traditional jazz - but with an wry sense of humour. Terry’s version of Ory’s Creole Trombone is legendary.
April 2017
1st – Echo 42 Big Band – Echo Four Two to be precise. Formed in Harrogate in 1984, the band describes itself as “Yorkshire’s longest continuous running and most versatile Big Band.” Now composed of musicians from across the county, we are assured of a wonderful evening of nostalgic sounds as the Band re-creates the hits of the 40s,50s and 60s. £10

Boston Spa Surgery News

Dr Brady will be retiring - in good health -from Spa Surgery in April this year we wish him a long and happy retirement.

Visit Spa Surgery website for up to date information about the Practice.
Zentangle and Colour Therapy
New monthly club starting   
Saturday 4 March
10.30 – 12pm
Wetherby Library
Enjoy the calm of creativity and colouring in.
Learn drawing techniques to create Zentangle Patterns.
Everyone welcome, suitable for Teens+
Free event, no booking required.
More information here

Leeds Fest Tickets

We have been asked by residents if we can apply for tickets for Leeds Fest, we contacted the festival organisers but unfortunately they will not allocate tickets to Boston Spa.

Next PC Meetings

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

Monday 20 March
Tuesday 18th April
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

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?

Boston Spa Gardening Society

Wednesday 29th March 2017   
John Steedman

Visit the calendar page of the Garden Society website to see the programme of events and speakers for the coming year.
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

Lots happening at the Village Hall visit the website to find out more.

Millennium Gardens

The area in front of the library is available to use by Charity Stalls on Saturday mornings.
If you would like more information contact Val Hunter, Clerk to the Parish Council
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