Village Facilities

Library
The Village benefits from a branch of the City Library in the Millennium Gardens next to the central car park and this is open:

  • Monday - 10.00am until 5.00pm
  • Wednesday - 10.00am until 6.00pm
  • Friday - 10.00am until 1.00pm
  • Saturday - 10.00am until 1.00pm
There is also a larger branch, open more often, in Wetherby.

The library has computer facilities with free online access, numerous CD Rom information disks and a scanner as well as large print and talking books for those with special needs. Sure Start packs for 0-5 year olds are also available.

During the summer months there will be a children's reading game,story times and other special events. Details can be obtained from the Library and in the local press.


Village Hall
The Village Hall is the centre of many of the activities and, although “owned” by the Parish Council, is run by a committee of volunteers who do stirling work in maintaining the facility. This year it celebrates its Centenary having first opened in 1909 after being built with funds raised by a group of local residents on a piece of land generously donated by the Lane-Fox family of Bramham Park.

The hall, which has two main function rooms, a committee room as well as a “leisure centre”, can also be hired for private functions and meetings and the Bookings Secretary, Christine Harrison, can be contacted on 07989 265 507. The Hall now has its own page on the website where more details can be found.


Churches

There are several churches in the village including:

St Mary’s Church is the Anglican Parish church and is set close to the centre of the village. It is the principal church in the Lower Wharfe Group of Parishes and the vicar is Fr Peter Bristow, Details of the church and its various activities can be found on the church’s website by clicking here

The Methodist Church stands in its own grounds close to the Village Hall. The Minister is the Rev’d Susan Greenhart. Details of the church and its various activities can be found on the church’s website by clicking here

Kings Church meets in the Deepdale Community Centre. The pastor is Stephen Thompson and information about the Church can be found by clicking here


Footpaths

The definitive rights footpaths of Boston Spa are shown on the Ordnance Survey map 289 Leeds.

There are several public footpaths in Boston Spa and most are links to the Riverside Path on the south bank of the River Wharfe. This path stretches from Jackdaw Crag at the west end of the village to the parish boundary at the east end of the village. There are a number of access points:

  • From Deepdale Lane down to Jackdaw Crag
  • Through the West End estate
  • Down Holgate Lane next to St Mary’s Church
  • From the bridge to Thorp Arch
  • Down Spa Lane
  • Down Gas Works Lane

There are only two other paths in the parish:
  • Winnow Lane at the western end of the village and this connects with the new path next to the A1/M1 and thus links into a wider network of paths.
  • The path along Fir Green Beck at the east of the village which connects Low Mills Farm on the A659 with Bar Lane leading into Clifford.

The footpaths of Boston Spa do, however, give easy access to a number of interesting walks. They include:
  • The Ebor Way eastwards along the river to Newton Kyme and Tadcaster and eventually to Helmsley
  • The Ebor Way westwards via Thorp Arch to Wetherby and eventually to Ilkley where it connects with the Dales Way >To Heygate Lane between Clifford and Bramham and onwards to Bramham Park

Pubs
There are now only two pubs in the village both on the High Street. The Fox & Hounds is at the eastern end and The Admiral Hawke is closer to the centre. Unfortrunately The Crown is now closed. Both provide some food as well as the more usual refreshments
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Allotments
The Parish Council has a number of allotments on land at Primrose Hill, off Westwood Way and some new smaller plots at Stables Lane playing field, but these are all fully let at the moment and there is currently a waiting list. If you would like to put your name on the waiting list please contact the Clerk