Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
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Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

August 2016

Boston Spa Big Weekend Festival

The first Boston Spa Big Weekend Festival, organised by David Watts of Boston Spa, was held on 15-17 July.  Helped along by the excellent weather, the event far exceeded the organisers’ expectations.
“The idea grew out of the open gardens we held two years ago,” Mr Watts said, referring to an event organised by Boston in Bloom.  “We thought it would be good to have a weekend of activities, with various groups participating, but without a central committee – rather, each group was doing its own thing, raising funds for its own cause, etc.  Tim Baker Chairman and the Parish Council were very supportive and provided the funds to cover the advertising costs.”

18 different organisations were involved in the Festival Weekend so there are a lot folk who deserve our thanks for their parts in  making the weekend such a success, special thanks go to David Watts for coordinating the weekend, to Keith Jackson for the organising the amazing classic car gathering and to everyone who came along took part and supported the event.

Parish Council Chair Tim Baker managed to attend every event and commented 'I was delighted to see the effort so many people had put into each attraction. Our village had a “real buzz” all weekend. I received so many positive comments from both residents and visitors to our village. Isn’t it amazing what we can achieve when so many people come together? A massive “Well done” and “Thank You” to David and every one that contributed to an event the likes of which our village hasn’t seen before. Not to mention the generosity of people as lots of money was raised for so many good causes'
Plans are already afoot for next year, if you have an idea or would like to contribute in some way please get in touch
Here are some of the highlights...

SCARECROW TRAIL:  We had a fantastic turn-out for the scarecrow trail. Nineteen scarecrows were displayed around the village, and over 100 people took part following the scarecrow map.
The winners for the best scarecrows were Boston in Bloom and The Miller Family. 
The trail winner was Amelia who won a travel voucher from Jet 2 courtesy of Spa Travel and a large box of chocolates! 

OPEN GARDENS: The sun shone, visitors arrived, and tea and cake were eaten. With 11 gardens to choose from (6 new from last time) Boston Spa had over 500 garden visitors who had a wonderful time. At The Village Hall, tea and cakes were provided by Boston in Bloom, and at Deepdale The Kings Church did the same, with their monies going to Martin House.
CLASSIC CAR EVENT: On a sunny morning, far more cars than the organisers had expected turned up to show off their polished and cherished cars. And what a show they put on!
It was a sociable day for meeting other car enthusiasts and for taking a scenic drive around the catchment area of the Mid Wharfe, past the Cow and Calf above Ilkley, and around the reservoirs at Thrusscross, Fewston and Swinsty. Then, via Almscliff Crag, it was back to Stables Lane Playing Field where the crowds were waiting for them to showcase the cars again. A collection was made to fund a Flood Level Indicator to go on the bridge at Boston Spa to record the height of water reached on Boxing Day 2015 when storm Desmond wreaked havoc as the water from the Mid Wharfe catchment area (just visited) came through our bridge and down to Tadcaster. We had been fortunate, but the drive reminded us of the scale of the problem which climate change brings. A thought provoking and very sociable day for car owners and residents/visitors.

SPIRIT OF HARMONY: On Friday, the Spirit of Harmony barbershop chorus gave their concert to an enthusiastic audience of over a hundred at St Mary's Church. For many, it was their first experience of barbershop, and judging by their comments, it won't be the last. The programme was a happy mixture of numbers for solo singers, small groups and the full chorus. The evening also raised over £700 for St George's Crypt.

THE COLOUR TONES LIVE PLUS ACOUSTIC SET: Great night in the village hall with over 150 people coming to see a great acoustic set by Sam Wilson followed by a lively and energetic set from The Colourtones.
The dance floor was full and everyone had a great night raising an amazing £1900 to fund much needed equipment for Tadcaster Community Pool's Willing and Able sessions.
JAZZ IN THE SPA: Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell set an attendance record with 140 squeezed into the Village Hall for a night of “vintage acoustic swing music,” a very successful evening much enjoyed by all. Jazz in the Spa
VILLAGE WALKS: Over 60 people enjoyed an interesting guided walk on Saturday and Sunday through Boston Spa following the historic blue plaque trail. A printed leaflet is available from Yeadons 20p and is available to download here.
CROWN GREEN BOWLS: Open day was a resounding success with over 40 visitors. Some just came to watch but about 30 took part and 5 signed up as members and many others thought they would come back and try the game again.   More than 20 club members were on hand to help and a steady flow of visitors went along to see the bowl contest with some newcomers giving it a go. Boston Spa Bowling Club
DEEPDALE ART GROUP: had a good flow of visitors and sold quite a few pictures, a very satisfactory day.
BIG RED CURTAIN THEATRE WORKS: put on a live music and drama to a full Village Hall. Big Red Curtain.
WI PLANT STALL: had a very busy and productive Sunday selling all their plants. Boston Spa WI
STREET FOOD In Millennium Gardens: A great success with food from Stew & Oyster, Fifty50 and La Casita, with people hoping this would be a regular event.
SCOUT SKILLS CHALLENGE: Almost 100 bacon sandwiches sold. A lot of youngsters making parcord woggles and key rings. A few hardy souls tried the lashing challenge on the tripod, and we managed to get 8 youngsters climbing to the top without anything giving way. Only 1 person managed the friction bridge challenge, better get practising for next year!

The Methodist Church featured Floral Displays depicting Boston Spa, running all weekend in the Village Hall, which proved to be very popular with many more visitors than expected. The weekend started with a lunchtime concert followed by stalls for cakes, plants and refreshments and they raised a total of £1565.  The proceeds are a welcome contribution to the Church Development which is currently well underway. The Methodist Church are looking forward to using their enhanced premises for future festival weekends once the builders have finished.

If you have any ideas, comments or suggestions about this year's Festival or for future festivals why not send an email to David Watts?

Boston Spa in Bloom

We are now half way through the summer season with the troughs, planters and baskets in full bloom, we have received several compliments for how good the arrangements are looking.
There are 82 baskets around the village, mainly along the High Street, with 5 planters, 4 troughs and 5 beds. The baskets are watered 6 times a week (every day except Saturday) and fed on a Sunday. We have two 70 litre bowsers which are kept in sheds behind the scout and guide hall and charged up using solar panels on the roofs.
We have 100 people who have volunteered for watering and maintenance work. The waterers work in teams of 2 to a bowser, so 4 people go out each night (even in the rain, since the baskets are usually in sheltered positions) at around 6:30 pm which means that in the 16 weeks between the end of May, when the baskets are installed, until mid September, when they are removed, each person does about 4 sessions. The smaller maintenance group go out once every 4 weeks or so and do any weeding or  pruning necessary.
There is also a committee of 12 people who organise Boston Spa in Bloom.
This is a fantastic display of community action and it is quite humbling to think that so many people are willing to give up their spare time and work together to improve the appearance of the village.
Thank you all.
We are always looking for new people to swell our team either watering, doing maintenance or as a committee member. You don’t need to be a gardener, as my wife says I couldn’t tell a weed from a begonia (there are some in the planters, I am told)!
So if you would like to participate please give me a ring or send me an email.
Jeff Newton
Chairman, Boston Spa in Bloom
01937 841 470

Stables Lane update

The Stables Lane working group have now looked at all the responses received following our consultation events and are developing the ideas into a plan for Stables Lane.  Interested organisations have been invited to make their suggestions, and provide proposals, as to how they would adapt the field to meet the needs of the village as expressed in the consultation exercise.  This will allow the Parish Council to choose a suitable scheme and start to develop the site.
If anyone would like to add their own ideas, please send them to Councillor Kevin Alderson –

You can also use our message board to have your say.

New Parish Councillor

The Parish Council were very pleased to welcome Carol Taylor as a co-opted Parish Councilor at the July meeting. Carol lives in Boston Spa and we hope she will enjoy being part of the team.

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.

Here are the dates for the Wise Owl Cafe Contact point, sessions run from 1 – 2pm 
Tuesday 16th August
Tuesday 6th September

Emma regularly attends our monthly Parish Council Meetings, at our July meeting Emma asked us to raise awareness about the vulnerability of certain types of door locks you can download more information here

Nick Whitcombe, Crime Reduction Officier at West Yorkshire Police has written a letter to alert residents about recent crime trends and to recommend some simple actions you can take to help avoid becoming a victim.  Nick's letter can be seen here.          

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

Changes to Boston Spa Neighbourhood Area

Boston Spa Parish Council has applied to Leeds City Council to amend the Boston Spa Neighbourhood Area so it aligns with the revised parish boundary which came into force on 1st April 2014.  

The City Council must publicise the application and seek comments from those who live, work or carry out business in the Boston Spa Neighbourhood Area in compliance with Regulation 6 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.  The application from Boston Spa Parish Council, along with a plan illustrating the proposed changes to the boundary, the corresponding applications and plans for the changes to Bramham and Wetherby Neighbourhood Areas, the formal notices and the response form are available on the Parish Council website here.  

This information is also available on the Leeds City Council website at and paper copies are available to view at Boston Spa Village Hall. Comments should be made on the response form, however if you prefer to set them out in an email or letter they will be accepted.  

Please email any comments to or send them to Neighbourhood Planning, City Development, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD between 8th August 2016 – 19th September 2016 (by 5.00pm).  If you have any questions about this consultation, please ring Leeds City Council on 0113 2478079 or 0113 2478084.

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 August 12th 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

Grove Road Planning Update

Members of the Parish Council together with many residents were disappointed that the Planning Inspectorate allowed the appeal by Miller Homes to build on land at Grove Road.

Since last month's e-newsletter we have had an update from our Ward Councillor Gerald Wilkinson, Gerald has informed us that Leeds City Council are appealing against this decision

You can read the Inspector's full report here

The Parish Council strongly opposed the application to build on this site.

Boston Spa Gardening Society

Wednesday 31st August AGM meeting and social including this year's Chairman's Challenge 'sound in a bucket'

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 - August 2016

6th – John Hallam + Jamie Brownfield + Chris Holmes Trio – here we have our Number 1 reeds player with young trumpet maestro, Jamie, driven along by the swinging Chris Holmes Trio in a programme “from Dixieland to Duke” It really was a knockout session last year and we’re proud to re-present in response to your many requests. 
13th – Dave Moorwood’s Rascals of Rhythm – and on the other side of the coin, here’s a session where the band so enjoyed playing for us last year, Dave made contact to request another booking. “Swinging, carefree jazz of the 30s/40s/50s by a frontline of two outstanding multi-instrumentalist reeds players with a rhythm section of acoustic guitar, piano and bass.
20th - Savannah Jazz Band - they just can’t stay away! Yorkshire’s Premier Jazz Band playing Yorkshire’s Premier Jazz Venue. Rollickin’ traditional jazz and always a fun filled evening.
27th – Tom Kincaid Trio – Tom has so impressed us whilst playing piano with a wide variety of well respected Northern groups that we thought it time to offer him a session in his own right. Whenever he appears, the applause for his solo work says it all. His influences are listed as Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, Dr John – and even a tinge of rock and roll – his childhood hero was Shakin’ Stevens! A wonderfully melodic evening is in store.

Next PC Meetings

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

Monday 15th August
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

Parish Council Accounts

We have now had our certified Annual Return back from the External Auditor with a clean bill of health.
The return says:
“On the basis of our review of the annual return, in our opinion the information in the annual return is in accordance with proper practices and no matters have come to our attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have not been met”
The certified return and the required “Notice of Completion of Audit” can be seen here on the Parish Council Website 

Please contact Val Hunter, Clerk to the Parish Council for further information.

For further information please see the Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Return here


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



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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