Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
War Memorial November 2015

Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

July 2016

Follow the Big Festival Weekend on Facebook
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, including:
  • Flower Festival at the Methodist Church, with music and refreshments all weekend;
  • Spirit of Harmony in concert at St Mary’s Church  
  • The Colour Tones – live music at the Village Hall;
  • Jazz in The Spa featuring Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell (;
  • Classic car display and a drive into the countryside;
  • Scout skills challenge;
  • Musical afternoon;
  • St Mary’s Church of England Choir;
  • Collingham Brass Band;
  • Guided historic walks round the Village;
  • Street food by various restaurants in the Millennium Gardens;
  • Open gardens & refreshments;
  • Plant stall;

And much, much more. 
A big thanks to all the supporters who are giving their time to organise these events.
Please visit the village website for more info and Facebook:
 Want to help?  Please contact David Watts: Tel 01937 845592.

Stables Lane update

A final consultation event took place as part of the Boston Spa Gala and we thank all the visitors to the “Stables Lane stall” for their support and excellent ideas.  It was very valuable to hear the universal popularity of the idea of improving Stables Lane as a better community resource.  We have received over 200 responses plus specific feedback from local schools.  This has meant and rich and varied set of ideas to consider and the most popular suggestions focussed on “play” for kids of all generations: “exercise” of various kinds: and “quiet spots” where people could sit, contemplate and enjoy the natural open space that Stables Lane represents.  

The whole idea of making it a more useful, sociable and accessible space for the whole community to enjoy was a really powerful message.  So thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to respond.

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.

The next stage is to invite interested organisations 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 ultimately allow the Parish Council to choose a suitable scheme and get on with delivering it!!

A Message from Boston Spa Gala Committee

Once again the residents of Boston Spa defied the somewhat dreary weather forecast and turned out in their droves for this year’s gala which judging by the feedback we have had, was one of the best to date. We would therefore like to say a huge thank you to all who attended.  

The day started with a wonderful procession through the high street with the members of ‘Just for Fun’ putting on a song and dance routine that led to the gala on stables lane.  Once there, visitors were greeted with a new layout of stalls, giving a far more intimate feel to the gala that seemed to meet with the approval of all those in attendance. 

A football tournament, song and dance routine, children’s races and a tug of war challenge ran throughout the day whilst a magician and climbing wall ensured there was something there for everyone.

We would like to thank all those who volunteered their time to make the day a success and would love to hear your views on this or subsequent galas. Please visit our facebook page at or e-mail us at 

As well as providing a fun day for all the residents, the gala also raises money for local good causes. If you would like to apply for funds, please get in touch via either of the above methods and we will send you out an application form. Please note that the deadline for applications will be the 30th September 2016.
Many thanks again and hope to see you all next year.

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 26th July
Tuesday 16th August

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

Latest news about our Neighbourhood Plan 

July update from Geoff Shaw Chair of Boston Spa Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group....

The Formal Consultation period is now over and last week was the deadline for responses . A significant number have been received offering suggestions to amend or add to the Plan and in some cases to object to specific Policies . Responses have come from Government Agencies  , businesses , Leeds City Council and of course residents . The Plan is now being amended to take account of comments made and a meeting is scheduled with Leeds City Council in early July to review the Plan for final submission
We are encouraged that no significant policy changes will be required and there has been many responses supporting the Plan urging us to proceed without delay.

What has been unexpected and indeed unwelcome over recent weeks has been the decision by the Government appointed Inspector to allow house building in the field adjacent to Martin House on Grove Road . Whilst this site is within the Clifford Parish area it's impact on infrastructure pressure and added traffic problems rests on Boston Spa.

Perhaps because of this a number of land owners and potential developers have responded to our proposals mostly objecting to our Policies on the Type and Tenure of new homes and the restrictions we are applying on where building can take place.
Boston Spa is clearly an attractive place for house builders and we have to accept that Leeds City Council have still to finalise their Site Allocations for the Outer North East Area of Leeds .

It is absolutely vital that we are not swamped with new homes as the infrastructure and lack of useable green space within the village would not be able to cope. The residents of Boston Spa have said loudly that it must retain its feel as a village offering excellent amenities and must not degenerate into a sprawling urban community.

The Policies laid out in the Plan will significantly assist in ensuring new homes are in the right place , of suitable size and design and in manageable numbers 

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 July 8th 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 Appeal Decision

After nearly 2 years waiting the Planning Inspectorate has finally published it's decision,  it has allowed the appeal by Miller Homes.
 This means Miller homes can build homes on land at Grove Road, you can read the full report here

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


Update Limestone Grassland at Church Fields

It is good to see that work has started on the management of the limestone grassland at Church Fields, to encourage the growth of the grasses and wildflowers which have been seeded there. Already there are good indications that a good range of species, which are specialised for limestone grasslands, have taken root - no actual flowers till next year - but the ecology specialists concerned are very pleased with the way that the grassland is becoming established. Some initial mowing will help to remove non-appropriate species and all the thistles have been removed. An information panel is being prepared for public display on the site. The specialist ecological management by Peter Brookes Ecology, which was agreed following the planning inquiry, will continue for five years, funded by Taylor Wimpey, until the grassland is fully established and handed over to the parish council.

Boston Spa Gardening Society

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

2nd – Harlem Hot Stompers – stalwarts of our annual Christmas party, we are guaranteed a rousing session of the best in traditional jazz from the Harlems. 

9th Louis Louis Louis – we had many requests for another session after last year’s first appearance by this energetic younger group. As the name suggests, the sounds of Armstrong, Prima and Jordan plus more. “Four part harmonies, honking horns and a driving boogie woogie-style piano.” Just the ticket for the many R & B fans amongst you.

16th Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell – this week we’re joining in enthusiastically as part of the first ever Boston Spa Festival Weekend. And to show our commitment, we’ve engaged our most requested group – Hot Fingers with Emily. Led by the UK’s top banjo/guitar maestro “Spats” Langham, the group specialises in the red hot jazz of the 20s/30s. Do come along and join the festivities. £10

23rd – Sorry – No Jazz

30th – Manhattan Sound with Nicki Allan – and now for something a little different. Manhattan Sound is a highly respected 16 piece Big Band based in Golcar, West Yorkshire. There’s a wide ranging repertoire of classic big band tunes and a lively and entertaining night is in store for those who enjoy the powerful drive of a big band in full flight. All this plus the acclaimed local heroine, Nicki Allan, on vocals,

Boston Spa Hydro Scheme

In last month's newsletter we let you know that the Parish Council had decided not to proceed with the Hydro Scheme.  This decision was made after careful consideration the report which was submitted to the PC on which the decision was based can be seen here.

Well done Jeff!

Councillor Jeff Newton completed his ride from Land End to John o’Groats on Thu 9th Jul.
He cycled for 15 days, covering over 1,000 miles, raised £1083 for  Arthritis Research and lost 6lbs in weight (despite eating junk food for 2 weeks.).
He said: “I cycled along the north coast of the West Country then through the Welsh borders, the Lakes, the Scottish Lowlands, Loch Lomond, the Great Glen and up to the North Coast of Scotland, past Dounreay and on to John o’Groats. I did touch Yorkshire, passing Ingleborough and the Ribbleshead Viaduct .
I did really well for weather, whilst the east of the country suffered with rain and storms I had gentle head winds, 2 mornings of light rain and largely dry, warm conditions. I kept off main roads as far as possible, got to visit some beautiful spots and met some really nice local people (often when I was trying to find my way!).
I didn’t get any punctures, in fact the bike and equipment performed well, which is more than I could say at times.
I can’t say I enjoyed it but it was a great challenge and I am proud to say I did it”.



Next PC Meetings

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

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

Right to inspect accounts

The Parish Council's unaudited Annual Return for 2015/2016 can be seen here

Each year the Annual Return needs to be reviewed by an external auditor. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and these must be made available for inspection by any person interested.

For the year ended 31st March 2016 the documents will be available between Monday 6th June and Friday 15th July.

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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