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Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
December 2015

High Street Christmas Event

Our High Street will be full of festive cheer on Thursday 10th December when shops and businesses will be opening late, there will be carol singers in the Millennium Gardens (in front of the library) and hopefully Father Christmas will be popping in too!

For our younger residents there is a treasure trail up and down the High Street..... one of the shepherds has lost their sheep and they have found their way into the High Street shops, treasure trail leaflets have been sent to all our primary schools and they will be available from the library, Douglas Yeadon's or from the Village Hall.

You can download a treasure trail leaflet here

For this High Street Christmas Event the Village Hall will be open until 6pm children from St Mary's School Choir will be singing and refreshments will be provided by the WiSE Owl Cafe, there will also be craft activities for children.

Christmas Trees

Once again our High Street is decked out with Christmas Trees, kindly put up by Mark and Wendy Yeadon, Vicky Thomas, Andy Colledge and the rest of the team, after 15 years of brightening our High Street they have decided this will be the last year, our thanks go to them all for many years of hard work and enthusiasm.
We have a new set of Santa’s helpers who will be putting up the trees in 2016.

Update on Church Fields

Taylor Wimpey have continued to carry out further minor works to the grassland areas at Church Fields. Low fencing has been installed as a temporary measure which we hope will encourage walkers to use the routes of the future footpaths.

Once the limestone grassland is well established the fences will be removed and the footpaths will simply be mown grass. Unfortunately a large pool has developed at the lowest point of the special grassland area and TW are going to install drainage to rectify this.
The need for some replacement trees has been noted and the bank around the car park is soon to be planted with native shrubs. Bollards have also been provided for the overflow car park and the faulty street light will soon be repaired.

The whole area is still in TW's ownership, this will eventually be transferred to the Parish Council and as such will be owned by the community and managed by the PC, this will not happen until the grassland is established and Leeds City Council are satisfied that the work is completed in accordance with the planning conditions. The Greenspace also includes both sides of the hedge along the High Street which means the hedge too will be protected and managed by the Parish Council. 

Christmas Tree Festival


Street Scene

Safety Barriers
The parish council have agreed to write to Leeds City Council asking them not to remove the safety barriers at the Pelican crossing on the High Street until evidence is received from them regarding the safety implications. This reverses a previous request made by the PC as part of a scheme to improve the appearance of the village centre. 

Soap has not been available in the toilets for some time due to dispenser access problems. Leeds CC now believe they have resolved the problems and advised us that soap will be available in the next few weeks.

New bench
A new bench has arrived which will be located outside Costcutter.

Litter bins
Bin collections appear to be working effectively. Any problems can be reported to 

New Trees outside Costcutter

The original plan was to have the trees installed by the end of November, however it has taken longer than expected to obtain licences for the planting and agree the street works required. 
In the meantime the Christmas tree was installed, which has restricted access. With the increased activity on the High Street over the festivities it was felt it would be better to delay the installation work until the New Year. So the revised plan is to install the two trees outside Costcutter in January, the trees will be the same variety as those already in Millennium Gardens.

Crime Reduction Event

Please be aware of the opportunist burglar in the run up to Christmas.

Why not pop along to see members of West Yorkshire Police on Tuesday 15th December between 12-2pm?

They will have lots of good information and handy tips that could prevent “Billy the Burglar” from spoiling your Christmas. 

Our PCSOs Becky Jackson and Emma Leighton hold regular seasons in the Village Hall at the WiSE Owl Cafe 1-2pm the next session is Tuesday 8th December.

Christmas Refuse Collection

As part of ongoing improvements to refuse collection services Leeds City Council have reviewed last year’s Christmas collection arrangements and developed more effective Christmas and New Year collections for this year.  
This year, instead of bringing collections forwards and risking residents missing collections, they will be pushing all collections back by 1 or 2 days. 

Between Friday 25 December and Sunday 10 January bins will be emptied as follows:
If your normal bin day is: Your Christmas collection days and dates will be …
Tuesday 29 December;  Tuesday 5 January
Wednesday 30 December;  Wednesday 6 January
Thursday 31 December;  Thursday 7 January
Saturday 2 January;  Friday 8 January
Sunday 27 December;  Sunday 3 January; Saturday 9 January
Monday 28 December;  Monday 4 January;  Sunday 10 January

Residents who had previously been given a new bin service calendar with festive collection dates should note these have now changed and they can check the new dates at

Save the Date!

A busy band of volunteers are working on the first 'Boston Spa Festival' to be held on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July next year.

Ideas include an open gardens event, vintage car display, community picnic, scarecrow trail and musical events to be held around the village over that weekend. If you have ideas or suggestions why not send us an email?

Next PC Meeting

Parish Council meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Village Hall our next meetings are.....
Monday 21st December
Monday18th January

Members of the public are always welcome to attend.
Each Month's agenda can be seen here in the week prior to the meeting.

Boxing Day Service and Walk

Too much turkey?

Then why not joint St Mary’s at 10.30am for a short service with carols followed by a Family Walk? All ages and abilities very welcome.

So blow away the cobwebs and take a stroll with us you may be surprized at what discover around our village.

Our Village Hall now has it's own website

Where you will find listings of all the activities, details of the Village Hall facilities and how to book them


Message Board

Do you have any comments or suggestions? 

Visit the Message Board on the PC website where you can read what others are saying and make your comments

Email for Parish Council

What's on?

Go to the Events page of the PC website to find out what is happening in and around Boston Spa.

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

Why not send us an email?

Up coming events.....

Next Farmers Market Friday 11th December 9-12noon Millennium Gardens

Jazz in the Spa

5th December  – Café Society – a long overdue return by this “off the wall” cabaret quartet, a fabulous start to the Festive Season!

19th December – Christmas Party Night with the Harlem Hot Stompers 

9th January – Savannah Jazz Band – the traditional start to a New Year of wonderful jazz sounds. 

16th January – Dave Donohoe + John Hallam + Tom Kincaid’s Three Bears 

Jazz in the Spa website

Many thanks.....

to all our volunteer knitters who have knitted a whole flock of sheep for our High Street Children's Treasure Trail, the woolly sheep will be appearing in shops ready for the trail to start this weekend.

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