Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
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Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

January 2017

Parish Council Meetings

Parish Council Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at the Village Hall and start at 7pm.  Members of the public are always welcome to attend and 20 minutes is allocated at the start of each meeting to allow residents to raise any issues with the Pariah Council.

Minutes of previous meetings can be seen here on the PC website and the agenda for the January meeting will be available here in the week prior to the meeting

You can also contact the Parish Council by contacting our Clerk Val Hunter via email, by calling (01937) 842247 or in writing at The Parish Office, Village Hall, 199 High Street, Boston Spa Wetherby LS23 6AA 


Stables Lane Development

Councillor Kevin Alderson gave an update on the plans for Stables Lane at the December PC meeting, the Stables Lane working group is working with Groundwork, a charitable organisation that provides professional assistance to local community groups to develop green spaces – 

A meeting with Groundwork is planned on site and it is hoped that they will be willing to help plan and manage the project alongside the working group. 

It is anticipated that the project will be divided into individual elements – play areas; “nature” area; performance area; access; paths and “furniture” and that Groundworks will work with the group to co-ordinate and manage the project ensuring overall “look and landscape”, whilst also assisting with practicalities such as tendering, fund raising and project monitoring in conjunction with appropriate working group members.

Continued communication and consultation is important as the work takes shape and commences so watch this space the working group will be consulting on the plans as they evolve.

Street Scene

Millennium Garden Lights
The lights at Millennium Gardens still are only working intermittently, this is despite efforts by the PC and Ward Member Gerald Wilkinson over the past weeks and months. The PC will be raising this issue again with Leeds City Council pointing out that the first email regarding the problem was sent on January 6th 2016.

Speed Signs
Councillor Gerald Wilkinson has confirmed that two Vehicle Activated Speed Signs are planned to be installed in Boston Spa the next 2/3 months funded by LCC.


Police Matters

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

Emma has asked us to raise awareness of simple steps you can take during the darker months to keep your home secure

•Always lock your doors and windows even when you’re at home
•Shut your windows. Always take the key out of the lock and keep it in a safe place - do not leave keys in reach of the letterbox, a cat flap, or on view through a window.
•Make sure items such as car keys, laptops, tablets, phones and cash cannot be seen through a window.
•Do not leave power cables or charger units for laptops and tablets plugged in and on show.
•If you are out, try to make your home look occupied by using a timer switch to control lights.
•Make sure Euro cylinder locks have achieved - TS 007 (3 star rating) or Sold Secure Diamond Standard for lock cylinders (SS312).
•If you have a burglar alarm always remember to switch it on when you leave the house or when you go to bed.
•Why not start a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area?

The latest newsletter from Mark Burns-Williamson
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire can be seen here

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

A Message from Mark Burns-Williamson

Dear Resident,

As your Police and Crime Commissioner I want to work with you to deliver on our shared policing and community safety priorities and to keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe into the future.
Since 2010 the government has cut the policing budget at the cost of over 2000 police jobs and although this year I have been able to protect the number of PCSOs and recruit an extra 254 police officers there is still a long way to go to rebuild the numbers here.
Last week the government announced a further cut to the policing and community safety budget of 1.4% and I am therefore having a ‘community conversation’ to find out whether you and people across West Yorkshire would support a slight increase in the police element of the council tax to pay for stronger neighbourhood policing.
I would be grateful if you could spare some time to complete a questionnaire to gather your views and encourage your colleagues, friends and family to do the same.
The questionnaire can be found here
I want to take your views into account and as budget decisions will need to be made early in the new year I would be very grateful if you could complete this survey by Friday the 20th January 2017.
Best wishes
Mark Burns-Williamson
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner

Late Night Christmas Event

This year's Late Night Christmas Event was a great success, the High Street was buzzing with lots of people enjoying the late night shopping cheered along by carol singers, festive food and drinks and a visit by Santa.

The Christmas Hamper raffle was won by Fiona pictured here (centre) with her children and with Lara from Maisy Browns (left) the amazing hamper was made up of contributions from our High Street traders including Maisy Browns, Aqua Hairdressers, Vanessa's Supashop, Kate Mell, Gifted, Spa Travel, Nanea, The Retreat, Douglas Yeadons, Costcutter, Moo, Ian Blakey Hairdressing and Moth Grey.

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 January 13th 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

Community 1st Responder

Do you want to make a difference?

Community First Responders are volunteers who give their time freely to help save lives in their community.
Responders are everyday members of the general public who are trained to deal with a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions until the arrival of an ambulance.
The ambulance service dispatcher is able to send Community First Responders to a range of incidents; they are dispatched at the same time as the ambulance crews but because they are often in more rural areas can often arrive before the ambulance.

In cases of cardiac arrest it has been identified that the chance of a positive outcome reduces by approximately 10% for every minute that effective CPR (Cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation are delayed.
The scheme can be incredibly rewarding as responders could save someone's life.  
A Community First Responder scheme was set up in Boston Spa in April 2015 and is looking for more volunteers.

Volunteers do not need previous first aid experience to join, as full training will be provided. 

If you would like to find out more contact Dave Jones Community Defibrillator Officer at YAS on 

Desk 01924 584218
Mobile 07917 053604


Boston Spa Gardening Society

Wednesday 25th January 2017
Mary Swan  - Mary Swan Plants and Gardens
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 - November 2016

More information at the Jazz in the Spa website

7th – Savannah Jazz Band – the traditional start to the New Year with Yorkshire’s finest in sparkling form and raring to go after the holiday break.  Traditional jazz par excellence with a smattering of R & B for good measure. 

14th Richard Exall’s Shooting Stars – new to Boston Spa is this professional six piece group from London led by Richard who has appeared previously with his partner, Amy Roberts – both former members of the Chris Barber Band. On this occasion, the music is from a different era from the Roberts/Exall Quintet being vintage jazz, jump jive and swing. Sounds like a really lively session. £10

21st – Alligator Gumbo – recommended to us is this spirited and versatile eight piece group based in Leeds which specialises in “jazz from the hey-day of the New Orleans swing era in the 1920s”

28th - Kid Boyd Jazz Band – and a more than welcome return for one of our longest serving groups following a period of absence from the music scene. Always a favourite of the Boston Spa audience. 

Dates for Your Diary 

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



Saturday 29th April
Tour de Yorkshire coming thorough Boston Spa.
Womens's Race details here and Men's stage 2 details here

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

Local Walks

Want to blow away the cobwebs? Why not explore our local walks?
The Parish Council has developed 6 circular walks ranging from 2 miles to 7 miles starting in the village.  You can download the walks here
You can follow our Heritage Trail along the High Street and along the Riverside by downloading the leaflet here or picking a copy up in Douglas Yeadon's

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 .  


Christmas Trees

Our Christmas Trees will be coming down this Sunday morning if you would like to join the volunteers please send an email to Tony Heum


Boston Spa Village Hall

Boston Spa Village Hall has it's own website, there's something for everyone with so many classes and activities as well as the regular WiSE Owl cafe and weekly Jazz in the Spa.

Visit the Village Hall Website to find out more.
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