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Local News in Boston Spa

DATES FOR DIARIES: Boston Spa Festival 10 -11 12 July 2020.

BOSTON SPA CHRISTMAS FAIR: Thursday 5th December at The Village Hall 2.30 – 8pm, with the fair running from 3.30pm (catch the after-school rush hopefully) until around 7-8pm, please spread the word and if anyone is interested in having a stall they are £10 each. If interested please contact me and I will pass on your details.

JAZZ IN THE SPA: Saturday 28 September Sorry – No Jazz

BADMINGTON: for over 55s Monday 11.14 -1.45pm. Tadcaster Sports Centre. No need to book just turn up, no previous experience or equipment necessary.

WALKS AROUND BOSTON SPA: You can pick up a map at Yeadons or the Library 20p or The most popular links on the PC website  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 www.bostonspapc.org.uk

WISE SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY: We will take you to the shops, doctors, social events, or to visit friends and family. Give us a call whenever you need to get out and about. Our friendly volunteer driver service is Monday to Friday and it doesn’t cost much to get you to where you want to go. Our drivers are taking people to their doctor appointments, to meet friends, and we can pick you up and drop you off at the markets or the shops. To book a trip: Call Bridget or Greg on 01937 222066

NOSTALGIA: Do you remember the songs of the 40s, 50s & 60s? Come along & join in Ken Waller’s SINGALONG singing the songs of yesteryear in a relaxed & easy style

The Jubilee Room. The last Friday of each month next session     27 September 1.30 -3.00 £3 incl refreshments Proceeds for Village Hall Improvements Enquiries – call Brenda on 07774 125821

 LEEDS UNDER 23’S: Suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 2:1 to local rivals Hull FC. Next game Mon Sep 30 Crewe Alexandra Home at  Thorp Arch (1pm)

WETHERBY FOOD BANK: drop off at Churches in Boston Spa, Thorp Arch, Walton and Bramham also at Morrisons

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: 29 Sept 9.00 -12.00, 9 Queens Rd Boston Spa LS23 6NN

CYCLE TRACK THORP ARCH TRADING ESTATE: From a dependable source I understand that work will shortly be underway connecting the current cycle track to the new Newton Kyme Bridge.

THE PAX: I understand from social media it has reopened with limited opening hours.

HANGING BASKETS LOOKING AS THOUGH THEY NEED WATER ? : The reason is– Boston Spa in Bloom helpers stop watering for about 2 weeks to enable the weight of the baskets to reduce to ensure they can be safely lifted down .

 LOCAL GREEN GROUP: The next open Green Group meeting is next Wednesday 25 September 7.30pm till 9pm. Boston Spa Methodist Church Room, High St, Boston Spa LS23 6AA. The plan this time is to gather any ideas you have for community projects that will reduce our carbon footprint, increase biodiversity or reduce pollution and waste. we will explore as many as we have time for in small groups and then decide as a group which ones to pursue at this time and leave with an action plan. Please do come along with any ideas that you may have. Also please have a think about any skills that you might like to contribute to the group, e.g. photography, social media skills, communication, fund raising etc. It would be great to have add some more people to our small organising group.

NEW DEVELOPMENT IN BOSTON SPA GREEN BELT: This proposed development is in the east side of the village on Wharfeside, in the green belt up from the river off a public footpath. Seven houses have been proposed, one five bed roomed property sitting next to the two existing cottages. There are some local concerns if you would like to see the plans and comment please go to Leeds Planning and quote Application  Number 19/05151/FU

SOCIAL MEDIA: Poo on the street – Leys Lane in particular, 9 comments, lost wallet – empty left in Londis, fit-bit lost on High Street. Taxi fares 26 messages. £23 for taxi Boston Spa to Harewood expensive? Yellow Lines missing on Boston Spa High Street 17 comments.

LITTER CLEAN UP: A big thank you again to the group of ladies spotted up by the A1M clearing rubbish right around the roundabout and back into the Village, a job well done. If you want more helpers or wish to publicise your litter picking dates, please advise me and I would be delighted to promote them. Social Media 34 likes and 18 comments.

JAZZ IN THE SPA  June Programme: Doors: 7pm • Music: 8pm – 10.30pm No bar – bring your own tipple Glasses provided. Tickets £10 Contact Les 01937 842636 or Frank 01904 468

8th – John Hallam/Kevin Grenfell Quintet – two of our well-loved instrumentalists join together to create an evening of wonderful melodies as they present us with their interpretation of the “standards” –  and more – aided and abetted by the delightful and soothing backing of Chris Holmes on piano, Ed Harrison on bass and Graham Smith on drums.

15th – Hot Club du Nord – first class sounds from the North East as we proudly present the Hot Club which re-creates the sounds of the 30s/40s Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grapelli’s Hot Club of France. Led by the talented Emma Fisk on violin, the group includes the outstanding guitar playing of Jim Birkett plus Bruce Rollo on bass. Jazz on strings of the highest order.

22nd – Sorry – No Jazz

29th – Storyville Jass Band – on tour from the Netherlands and a late but most welcome addition to the programme. As always with the Dutch Bands who visit us, enthusiastic Traditional Jazz coupled with revival New Orleans sounds. Many plaudits for this band from previous UK tours. https://www.storyvillejassband.info/

BOSTON SPA GALA SATURDAY 8 JUNE: St John’s Playing Field, Church Street. The sun is out and the bunting is up (thanks Boston Spa Festival for sharing this duty with us) – it must mean summer is nearly here! We are looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s gala on the 8th of June at St John’s School Field. As we are squeezing in more to enjoy at the Gala we have decided to keep the gates open for longer, new times are 12.30pm to 5pm. Confirmed for the day so far we have:

30 stalls
7 food outlets
5 entertainers across the day
4 lager taps (hopefully no queues this year!)
2 real ales from Ainsty and 2 premium gins in the gin bar
9 rides from the fairground
5 fun activities from groups such as the Scouts and Clifford Juniors Football Club

Please note dogs are not allowed to enter the Gala Field

BOSTON SPA FESTIVAL 12 – 14 July: SCARECROW TRAIL: A fantastic display of home-made scarecrows all through Boston Spa, theme “Film & TV Characters”. To enter pick up an application form from Dougie Yeadons or Costcutter or download from: www.bostonspapc.org.uk. Business entries – £5.00, individuals & community group entries – £2.50. Entries to be returned by Saturday 15th June. LITERARY LUNCH: Saturday 13 July featuring Imogen Clark, “Yorkshire lass” and bestselling author of contemporary fiction, including Postcards from a Stranger, The Thing About Clare, and Where the Story Starts (out this May). Tickets are £12 and include a light lunch. Tickets available from Yeadon’s or 01937 842156. Booking essential. Methodist Church, 11.45am – 2.00pm. ROCK MASS JULY St Mary’s

CLASSIC CAR OUTING: This has been successfully run for the past 3 years. We have enjoyed a scenic circular run to a) the catchment area of the Mid Wharfe Valley, b) circuit of The White Horse, and c) a devious route to Pateley Bridge and Fountains Abbey.

Plans have been made for another event – this time towards The Yorkshire Wolds via Pocklington.

This note is sent to give you advance notification so that you can enter it in your diary.

The arrangement is essentially as previously:

Date: Sat 13th July 2019.

Meet socially in Church Fields Car Park Boston Spa at 0930 am on Sat 13th July,

Display your car and enjoy refreshments (courtesy of Scouts and St Mary’s Church)

Scenic drive (about 90 miles),

Return to Stables Lane Community Park Boston Spa for about 3.30/4.00pm,

Display cars and chat,

Depart 5pm.

CALCARIOUS MEADOW: Why not go down to see the amazing collection of wild-flowers behind Church Fields. – see.The area has been scraped to ensure limited soil to take advantage of a natural calcareous rock outcrop.  Why not see how many you can count, wild orchids are expected this or next year. The typical wild flower mix is as follows  Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus Corniculatus) 1.5%, Corn Poppy (Papaver Rhoeas) 2.5%, Cowslip (Primula Veris) 0.1%, Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris) 0.3%, Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria) 0.5%, Lady’s Bedstraw (Galium Verum) 8.0%, Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus Acris) 7.5%, Meadow Cranesbill ( Geranium pratense) 0.3%, Musk Mallow (Malva Moschata) 2.5%, Ox Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum Vulgare) 12.0%, Ribwort Plantain (Planatago Lanceolata) 12.4%, Rough Hawkbit (Leontodon hispidus)1.0% Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba Minor) 15.0%, Self Heal (Prunella Vulgaris) 15.0%, Common Sorrel (Rumex Acetosa) 8.0%, Small Scabious (Scabiosa Columbaria) 0.5% Wild Carrot ( Daucus carota) 12.5%, Wild Marjoram (Origanum Vulgare) 0.5%. This is not the only wild meadow planting, Stables Lane is in its first year but looking very good. It is important to note these plantings need a few years to settle down, initially one plant looks to dominate eg ox eye daisy on Church Fields and borage on Stables Lane.


May ’19 News:

JAZZ IN THE SPA: Saturday May 4 – Enrico Tomasso + John Hallam + ‘Spats’ Langham – then add Paul Munnery on trombone, Richard Vernon on bass and Nick Ward on drums. Six of the UK’s star musicians. We heard on the grapevine that they’d played together recently so we asked them to come back together for our beloved Boston Spa audience. Don’t miss this one! Doors open: 7pm • Music: 8pm – 10.30pm No bar – bring your own tipple Glasses provided. Tickets £10 Contact Les 01937 842636 or Frank 01904 468292

BOSTON SPA PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL PARISH MEETING:   Wednesday 8th May 7.30pm at the Village Hall everyone is welcome to attend. This year Councillor Kevin Alderson will be giving an update on the Stables lane Development and the work being done by the Friends of Stables Lane Working Group and Councillor Jonny Lyne will be speaking about the proposals being considered by the People Friendly Village Centre Working Group

WINES FOR SUMMER DRINKING: May 4 St Mary’s Church 7.30 pm John Butterwick introduces 6 wines followed by a light supper tickets £15 Phone 84402 or 843727 for tickets.

BOSTON SPA VILLAGE HALL: – The Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.15 pm on Monday, 13 May, 2019 in the Lantern Room. Everyone Welcome.


ACTIVE METHODIST CHURCH ANNOUNCES: on Friday May 17th, Paul Karensa (the Kneel Down – Stand Up Comic) will be bringing his unique brand of comedy to Boston Spa MC, as part of their “An Evening with…” series, along with some of his comedian friends. Tickets phone 842156

“Writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, among countless others, Paul Kerensa is the in-demand comic who plays comedy clubs and cathedrals. He’s one of the few to have appeared both at London’s Comedy Store and on Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.” Watch out for further details re tickets etc. which will become available once the complete line-up for the evening is finalised.
Further “An Evening with…” concerts are under negotiation – Maddy Prior, Graham Kendrick, Noel Robinson and yet another return by Rick Wakeman, to name a few. Watch this space!

BOSTON SPA GARDENING SOCIETY: will be holding its Annual Plant Sale between 10.00 and 12.00 on Saturday 11th May at the Deepdale Community Centre in Boston Spa. There will be lots of lovely plants including nursery-grown annual bedding for pots and baskets, perennials and shrubs from members’ gardens, herbs and vegetables. There are always lots of bargains, and we sell out quickly, so arrive early.

For further information please contact Hazel Wicks 01937 845954 or visit our website bostonspagardeningsociety.org

LUNCH TIME CONCERT: at Boston Spa Methodist Church is on Friday, 10th May at 1pm. Light lunches served from 12 noon. Adam Parrish will give an organ recital on the Harrison & Harrison pipe organ.

BOSTON SPA VILLAGE HALL: – The Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.15 pm on Monday, 13th May, 2019 in the Lantern Room. Everyone Welcome.

WETHERBY TOWN CENTRE GETS FREE WIFI: System provided by Sports Telecomm a local Telecoms Company based in Wetherby, who worked with both Wetherby Town Council and Intechnology WiFi in providing Wetherby town centre with a free WiFi service, the service is now live. More details https://www.citi-wise.com/wetherby/  a mobile App that can be downloaded on both Apple and Android devices. For further information about the service, to arrange a meeting to discuss this business opportunity, or to discuss your Telecommunications, then please contact phone 01937 343949

BE A FRIEND: Friends can become scarce as we get older. WISE are looking for volunteers to befriend an elderly person. If you can spare an hour a week and would like to help or receive more information call Carole McLelland 01937 222066

BOSTON SPA VILLAGE NEWSLETTER: Why not sign up for it? Simply go to the site and enter your email address. www.bostonspapc.org.uk. May Newsletter out soon.

OUT AND ABOUT: New access road spotted at the top of Wind Mill Hill. Swallows seen 2 weeks ago seem to have gone into hiding. Bramham House permission for the development still not ratified.

BRAMHAM OPEN GARDENS:  Sunday 19 May 12 noon to 4.00pm –

BRAMHAM CLASSIC VEHICLE SHOW:15 June 12 noon to 4pm Freely Lane Bramham LS23 6RR. If you wish to enter your vehicle please contact me and I will send you an entry form

NEWS, EVENTS: If you are a local club or organisation would you please forward me your details and I will endeavour to include them in the Boston Spa News section. Thank you, David Watts 845592 info@fourgables.co.uk