Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
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Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

February 2017

Help us bag a share of bag charge fund


Stables Lane Improvement Project, Boston Spa  is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects. 

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Boston Spa Parish Council is one of the groups on the shortlist.

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 would be an excellent first step for the overall development.

Councillor Kevin Alderson says "We are very keen to get started on the improvement project and this funding would allow us to get a flying start.  The provision of a picnic and Barbeque area is the ideal first step in getting local people to use the Stables Lane field and represents the perfect first step in our development work".

Voting is open in stores from 1  February to 25 February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.  Our nearest store is at Collingham.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £25 million to more than 3,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Please vote for us!

Boston Spa Beer Festival

Friday 17 Feb 6:30-midnight        Saturday 18 Feb – 12:30-8pm 

The beer festival is a joint venture between the Friends of St. Mary’s School and the Village Hall
Management Committee with the funds raised used for projects for these two great causes.

Look out for £600 raffle prize from TREK bikes this year!
More information


Stables Lane Update

The Parish Council have commissioned Groundwork to assist with the planning and implementation of the Stables Lane improvement project.  You can learn more about Groundwork at, well worth a visit.  They are an organisation with the right mix of skills and experience to assist the Stables Lane Working Group with making their vision a reality.

As their website says…
The community charity with a green heart
Founder John Handley said…
“It’s the way we do things that matters most – achieving results through people. This means working with our partners in a way which empowers them and helps them achieve their objectives…”
And specifically in relation to “Green Spaces” their objectives match ours directly in delivering…

Places to play, grow, eat and meet

People who live in places that are greener, cleaner and safer are healthier and happier.
The fact that they are a “not for profit” charitable organisation, but highly professional, just adds to the attraction.  We are very pleased to be working with them.
The first element of work is to do a full site survey.  Followed closely by the facilitating the production of a “master plan” that will be used both to raise further funding as well as guide the development of various work packages to be tendered to interested suppliers.
On the subject of funding, please make absolutely sure that you vote for the “Stables Lane Picnic and BBQ Area” project in your local Tesco store!!!  This will help us to get a larger financial contribution from the Tesco “Bags of Help” programme.  A simple and practical action that every village resident can take towards improving Stables Lane for everyone in Boston Spa.

New Trees in Boston Spa

The Parish Council, in association with Boston in Bloom, is going to plant a small spinney of trees and lower shrubs in the large rectangle of grass between the Church Fields car park and the churchyard wall.

This will form a link of plant with the churchyard trees, will reduce the visual impact of the car park and will provide good wildlife refuge. The trees have arrived and are bare-rooted 'slips', only 1 - 3ft in height, and have been provided free, with stakes and rabbit guards, by OVO energy in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers (see: OVO provides renewable energy and aims to plant 5 trees for each of their ‘Greener’ customers, which will result in over 250,00 trees being planted nationally.

Some will mature into forest trees, such as Beech, Hornbeam and Oak, others will be Hawthorn, Mountain Ash, Field Maple, Alder, Wild Cherry and there will be Guelder Rose, Blackthorn and similar hedgerow plants. All are native species.

Boston in Bloom are providing the workforce and it is planned for 12th February 2017.

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 Commissioners January Newsletter can be seen here


(Noun) A sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past 

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

Dates for your diary 2017
Fri 24th February, 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

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

Litter behind the library
Following discussions with Leeds City Council litter collection team the pile of rubbish which had accumulated behind the library has been cleared . There are also progressing a  request we made for the provision of a litter bin in an effort to prevent recurrence . Furthermore our PCSO Emma has agreed to speak to the group of people who gather behind the library seeking their cooperation.
Parking at the junction of the High Street and Clarendon road
The problem has reoccurred caused particularly by a vehicle which parks at the junction on a regular basis . Following discussions with our PCSO she ticketed the vehicle and we will monitor the result.

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 February 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

Garden Waste Collection restarts

With Spring just around the corner (hopefully!) brown bin collections restart on 27th February

To check your bin day and find out more about brown bin collections go to the Leeds City Council website

Dates for Your Diary 

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

Friday 17th February & Saturday 18th February
Boston Spa Beer Festival

Monday 20th February 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 - February 2017

More information at the Jazz in the Spa website
4 Feb 2017
Alan Barnes + John Hallam + Tom Kincaid Trio - £10
11 Feb 2017
Happy Valley Dixieland Stompers
18 Feb 2017
Sorry - No Jazz - Boston Spa Beer Festival
25 Feb 2017
Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band + John Hallam
4 Mar 2017
Enrico Tomasso + Roy Williams + John Burgess - £10

Next PC Meetings

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

Monday 21 March
Monday 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 22nd February

Bob Mansfield 

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.

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