Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
War Memorial November 2015

Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

September 2016

River side footpaths

The footpath under the bridge was scoured by the extreme flood on Boxing Day, when the water  filled almost the whole arch, and the Parish Council undertook to get it repaired.

Leeds Public Rights Of Way officer Roger Brookes advised that The Conservation Volunteers might be able to do the work and this was finally arranged for August.

The picture shows the work in progress by the volunteers who give their time for conservation work, lead by staff from the charity. A local household kindly provided some larger stones to fill the scoured hole and Leeds CC provided the surface stone. The work was funded by Leeds Community Foundation  so there was no cost to the Parish Council. Thanks to all concerned.


High Street Car Park

Many local residents and business owners have contacted the Parish Council concerned about possible changes to the Millennium Gardens car park which were incorrectly reported in the Wetherby News.
The newspaper article suggested that the Parish Council were looking to close the entrance to the car park from the High Street following the recent incident outside the Stew & Oyster.

The car park is owned and operated by Leeds City Council. As such, the Parish Council has no power to make decisions in relation to it. 

Concerns raised have been passed to our local Ward Councillors who in turn have sought the views of Leeds City Council Traffic Engineers and Parking Services, we hope to be able to update you on the outcome of these consultations in next month's newsletter.

A number of people were injured in the incident outside the Stew & Oyster on 6th August West Yorkshire Police have appealed for witnesses. Our thoughts are with those affected.

Times are changing

Parish Council Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday each month, our next meeting is on Monday 19th September.

From September the meetings will start at the earlier time of 7pm


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

Stables Lane update

Over the Summer months the Stables Lane working group have been busy looking at proposals from interested organisations as to how best Stables Lane Playing Field can be adapted to meet the needs and aspirations expressed during the consultation stage.

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.

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 and defibrillation are delayed.

A Community First Responder scheme was set up in Boston Spa in April 2015 and is looking for more volunteers. They hold evening meetings once every 2 months in the Village Hall to update skills and have a chat over tea (and usually cake!)

If you would like to find out more why not speak to a member of the Boston Spa scheme? Send an email to

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


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 6th September
Wednesday 14th September

In last month's newsletter we gave a link to some important information provided by Emma to raise awareness about the vulnerability of certain types of door locks you can download the information here

Recent crime trends have been highlighted by West Yorkshire Police Crime Reduction Officers who recommend some simple actions you can take to help avoid becoming a victim of crime.  We included a link to the information last month, in case you missed it, it can be seen again here.          

The September 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

Changes to Boston Spa Neighbourhood Area

There is still time to make comments on the proposed changes to the Boston Spa Neighbourhood Area, you can find out more on the Village News page of the Parish Council Website.


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 September 9th 9-12.30pm, there will be more stalls, easy parking and teas & coffees served in the cafe.

Contact Terence Gaussen on  01937 844345 or email

Street Scene update

Millennium gardens - The orange barriers have been placed to protect the area where the old lights have been removed . Replacement lights have been ordered and the gardens should be illuminated mid September.

Boston Spa Gardening Society

Wednesday 28th September
HOT and SPICY -  Garlic, Chillies and Herbs    
Paul Turner – Garth Cottage Nursery

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 - September 2016

10th - Mike Lovell’s Six in a Bar – a truly professional group led by Mike on trombone and featuring Willie Entwistle of Temperance Seven fame on reeds.
17th – John Hallam / Richard Exall Quintet – two of UK’s finest exponents of reeds instruments. 
24th – Graham Smith’s Jazz Allsorts – making a first appearance is this newly formed seven piece group under the direction of “Uncle” Graham. Some well known first class instrumentalists will be on parade – John Hallam on reeds (can’t keep him away!), Gary Wood on trumpet, Martin Veasey on trombone, Rod Kelly on piano, Jim Douglas on guitar and Bruce Rollo on bass. Sounds superb – even before a note has been struck.

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

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.

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 Rockin' Robins

The Boston Buskers has had a “Shake Rattle and Roll”! It is now known as The Rockin’ Robins!

Join them to sing  and listen to two very talented guitarists. They are an engaging and encouraging group with lots of participation! Just take along some enthusiasm as no talent required!

Kevin Loughran on Wednesday 14th September
A new recruit! on Tuesday 27th September

Both sessions from 1.30pm—3pm at Boston Spa Village Hall £3 including refreshments.
(It’s cheap cheap!!) 

Knit One Purl WiSE

Knit One, PurlWiSe - Every Thursday 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Boston Spa Village Hall 

Knit one, PurlWiSE knit for pleasure and good causes and would be very grateful for any donations of wool including incomplete balls.

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.


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