Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
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Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

June 2016

Hot topics from our Annual Parish Meeting 

It was great to see so many residents at our Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 11th May, together with members of West Yorkshire Police, Local Ward Councillors and Boston Spa Parish Councillors.

At the Meeting some residents raised comments and concerns about the amount of traffic on our High Street, parking and the speed not only on our High Street but also some of the minor roads, particularly Church Street, Clifford Road and several others.

Over the past few years the PC have regularly asked the Police to carry out speed checks around the village, the Police have consistently found that those exceeding the speed limit tend to be residents, they have reported back to the PC that on average 8 out of every 10 motorists exceeding the speed limit live locally. So please, please SLOW DOWN

Our Police Service time and resources are limited, therefore the PC has listened to the concerns of our residents and have decided to acquire a speed gun, once trained members will be able to carry out checks all over our village to get a better understanding of this problem. In addition to this we have asked PCSO Becky Carlisle to carry out checks on Church Street at peak times, this was done one day last week and no vehicles were recorded exceeding the speed limit, however she will continue to monitor this and other roads.

We also had several guess speakers...
Dean Butcher is a Marketing and Development Officer from Care and Repair Leeds. Care & Repair Leeds is a Home Improvement Agency for Leeds and has been assisting older and disabled people to live in a warm, safe and secure environment since 1987. It is an independent agency with charitable status and provides services across the whole of the Leeds Metropolitan District area.

The aim of the agency is to improve people’s living conditions, promote independence through enhancing health and quality of life, and enable people to remain living in their own home or return to their home following discharge from hospital, to find out more visit Care & Repair Leeds

Geoff Shaw also brought the meeting up to speed about the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and encouraged residents to respond to the final round of consultation that will shortly take place. For the very latest update please go to the NDP pages of the PC website.

Our very own Councillor Kevin Alderson gave an excellent presentation on behalf of the working group that are planning big changes on Stables Lane Field, to have your say please email here or visit our website


What next at Stables Lane?

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

Why not join us at the Village Gala?

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

Police Matters

Residents can raise any issues or concerns with our local Police Community Support Officers Becky Carlisle and Emma Leighton at the regular contact sessions held in the WiSE Owl cafe at the Village Hall. This is a chance to meet Becky and Emma and have an informal chat.

Here are the dates for the Wise Owl Cafe Contact point, sessions run from 1 – 2pm 
Tuesday 7th June
Tuesday 28th June
Tuesday 26th July

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

Latest news about our Neighbourhood Plan 

A message from Geoff Shaw Chair of Boston Spa Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group....

'We are moving ever closer to having a Plan for Boston Spa which will serve as a blueprint for many years to come .
We are privileged to live in such a delightful village with the Plan aimed at preserving all that is good about the village whilst taking steps to ensure it will be an even better place to reside in in the future.

We are currently in the Pre Submission Consultation period where the views of all interested stakeholders is sought by the deadline date of June 19th.
The comments which will include those from Leeds City Council will then be considered and revisions to the Plan will be made where deemed appropriate .
A meeting with Leeds CC has been arranged in early July when hopefully the Plan can be finalised .
Within a short timeframe Leeds would then appoint an Independent Examiner to assess the Plan and if approved the residents will then be asked to support it through a village referendum .
The Plan can be viewed on line or in paper form at key village locations.
Please engage in the process to make sure it is a Plan you can support.'

The draft NDP can be seen here hard copies are also available to view in the Village Hall committee Room, at the WiSE cafe, in the library or at the rear of St Mary's Church by the entrance.

Comments on the plan can be made online here or in writing by putting comments in the returns box located just inside the door which leads to the committee room. Alternatively you can send comments via our Clerk Val Hunter whose contact details can be seen here

Boston Spa Farmers Market

The Farmers Market was held in the Village Hall for the first time in May, this month's market is on June 10th 9-12.30pm, there will be more stalls, easy parking and teas & coffees served in the cafe.

Contact Les Brown on 01937 842636 or email

Boston Spa Bowling Club 

Crown green bowls is a sport for all ages.  All the family can play from children to grandparents and it is a great sport for socialising and making new friends.  Bowling will provide many years of enjoyment and interest to all players.  Whether that interest remains purely at a social level or expands into competitive bowling, the aim is the same – enjoyment through exercise in the fresh air.

Boston Spa Bowling Club prides itself in being completely self-sufficient and providing an admirable balance between social and competitive crown green bowling.  It is open to players of all ages and experience.  The annual subscription is currently £50 for adults and free for juniors for their first year.  (Juniors must be accompanied by parents or guardians.)  The green is situated on Stables Lane Playing Fields below the Tennis Courts.  New members will be made very welcome.  Those not wishing to commit themselves can, for a nominal daily fee (currently £2), borrow club woods and try out the game to see if it suits them.  Current members are always willing to show the rudiments of the game to those who have not bowled before. 

Further details, including the timetable for social and competitive events can be found on the Club website
During Boston Spa Festival Weekend, come and try out the game for free at our Open Day on Sunday 17th July.  We are open from 10.30 to 15.30 and please wear flat-soled shoes.

Boston Spa Weekend Festival

Save the date!

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.

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 Gardening Society

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.

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

Jazz in the Spa

4th June – Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band – here’s a wonderful way to get the month off to a flying start with a rip roaring session of traditional jazz from the “Teds”. 

11th June – Spirit of New Orleans – and to follow a highly regarded Yorkshire based band with a delightfully relaxed, distinctive style. 

18th June – Big Easy Swing Band - making a first appearance is this energetic group of young musicians from Leeds playing an extensive repertoire from the early days in New Orleans through to Jump Jive. 

25th June – Hot Antic Jazz Band – recommended to us and on tour in the UK, this is one of the premier French jazz bands based in Nimes.  £10.

2nd July – Harlem Hot Stompers – stalwarts of our annual Christmas party, we are guaranteed a rousing session of the best in traditional jazz from the Harlems. One of our longstanding favourite groups guaranteed to lift the spirits and set the feet tapping

Boston Spa Hydro Scheme

The Parish Council took the unanimous decision at its last meeting to withdraw from plans for a hydro scheme in Boston Spa due in part to the government's decision to reduce in the feeding tariff and also other hurdles and obstacles that were proving insurmountable. Despite more than 2 years of working on this members felt progress was painfully slow and they could see no real end product in sight.

Street Scene

Councillor Steve Morritt has prepared the following report

Old bin removed outside St Mary's Church

Following the replacement of the damaged bin outside the church the eyesore old bin has been removed by one of our parishioners given the delayed response from Leeds City Council.

Bin Removed from outside the Bowling Club

Following complaints from the Bowling club regarding the appearance of an overflowing none council litter bin outside their bowing green we arranged for Leeds City Council to remove the bin.

Millennium Garden lights

The problem of the lights not working is ongoing with Ward councilor Gerald Wilkinson being asked to get Leeds to give them matter greater priority .

Surface of Grove Road

The terrible condition of Grove Road was raised by residents at the AGM so the following day the chair contacted Ward Councillors in an effort to get something done, despite an initial rejection from highways we then contacted MP Alec Shelbrooke and thankfully highways now agree with us that this road is a priority, so hopefully repairs and resurfacing work should be carried out very soon.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Are you looking for a new challenge?

Do you want to make a positive difference?

The Parish Council is an elected tier of local Government. The role of a Parish Councillor is to bring local issues to the attention of the Council and to help make decisions on behalf of the community.

You will need to be able to attend the Parish Council meeting held one evening each month and spend extra time on areas of specialism or interest. Enthusiasm and commitment are more important than experience.

You must be aged 18 or over, an elector, and have been a resident or worked within 3 miles of the Parish for the past year. The position is unpaid.

If you would like to find out more, Tim Baker, Chair of the PC would be happy to have an informal chat, why not send Tim an email? Alternatively contact Val Hunter our Clerk

Next PC Meetings

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

Monday 20th June
Monday 18th July
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

Dementia Care wins National Award

Over the Rainbow  holds dementia day clubs around our region including Boston Spa Village Hall, they provide activities, care support, lunch and refreshments. They provide person-centred activities as well as offering support and advice for service users and their families.

Over the Rainbow won the Dementia carer award for Yorkshire And Humberside in June 2015 and then went through to the National awards at the ICC in Birmingham up against the winners of all the other regions in the UK

On Friday 20th May they were announced as the winners of the National Dementia Carer award for the whole of the U.K. 


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

Good Luck Jeff!

Councillor Jeff Newton has hit the road and is cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End, Jeff is raising money for Arthritis Research.  On 1st June Jeff emailed to say 'Just finished day 7. Half way tomorrow, crossing the Lake District'



Wetherby in Support of the Elderly hold regular activities at Boston Spa Village Hall including ....

The Boston Buskers

If you are 60+, enjoy a sing-a-long and if you can remember Twist and Shout, Return to Sender or Its Now or Never then this friendly inspiring group will rock your boat. When? Last Tuesday of every month and the Second Wednesday of every month,   1-30pm to 3pm.    £3 includes refreshments and a great time. No talent required, It’s just a bit o’fun.    

Knit One Purl WiSE

Every Thursday 1-30pm to 3.00pm Boston Spa Village Hall. If you’d enjoy a weekly knitting or crochet bee, or if you just like to natter!   You will be very welcome. £2.00 includes Tea or Coffee.

WiSE Poetry Group

Meets fortnightly on a Thursday, 2.00pm to 3.00pm in the WiSE Owl Café in The Boston Spa Village Hall. If you like writing, hearing or reciting poems then look no further. Come along and join in.  (It took an effort not to write this in rhyme) No month is the same, so to figure out what Thursday we are meeting up on.

To find out more give Karen a bell, 01937  588994 or email her on  .

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