Kirkstall Abbey’s 1152 Club Online


Kirkstall Abbey 1152 club, normally a fortnightly get-together for over 55s for a short talk and discussion on local history topics, has moved online. Every other Friday at 10am there will be a short talk and you can see the details for this Friday’s here: https://www.facebook.com/KirkstallAbbey/events/?

The talks will also be available afterwards on their YouTube channel and you can see previous talks here https://www.youtube.com/playlist…

 

End of Lockdown? written by Oliver Cross

Dear all,
AS the national lockdown lurches its way towards a resolution, I realise that the reopening of pubs, restaurants and other places I miss is leaving me less filled with joy than I had expected.

Firstly because viruses can’t be wished away, however much we wish they could,  and second because I think I  might have become institutionalised, which first happened to me when  I was aged about six and which  I wouldn’t want to go through again.

I was admitted to hospital with a big lump under my chin which everybody called ‘swollen glands’, although nobody told me what glands were because it was none of my business.

It was decided that I would have to have the swelling, or maybe the glands, surgically removed, which I’m sure would now be done in a day, but which then required me to stay in hospital for what seemed like half of my short lifetime – maybe  a fortnight or more.

My mother explained to me later that this was due to an administrative oversight – the hospital forgot to discharge me and my parents forgot to ask for their son back.

I was the only child in a men’s ward, probably because, this, being the 1950s, the children’s ward was packed with victims of polio, TB, diphtheria, rickets and other diseases a lot more dangerous – to children at least.

This gave me a special status; I became, for the first and last time in my life, a kind of novelty or ward pet, particularly to the nurses, who must have welcomed treating a patient who felt perfectly well and asked for no more medication than a daily dollop of yeast extract, a thick, syrupy substance once  given to all children to ‘build them up’ and now almost certainly now banned under obesity guidelines.

When things got sorted out I remember sobbing uncontrollably on the way home from the hospital. I had become institutionalised; so used to living on the ward, that I couldn’t imagine life outside it.

Now I wonder whether my unease over relaxing the coronavirus rules is connected with this institutionalisation. Perhaps I have become, over the lockdown months, so comfortable with the present limitations that I’m frightened of moving on from them.

On the other hand, it could be that, having invested so much time and effort into the collective effort to stem the disease, I don’t want to go out into the great wide world and walk straight into a stray coronavirus particle.

Thank you Oliver, until next time….

Monday Mind Workout – answers from Monday 6th July 2020

Good morning,

Here’s ‘Monday Mind Workout’ answers from yesterday, how did you do?

News Quiz

  1. A miner from Tanzania became a millionaire last month after finding what?   Tanzanite
  2. What did archaeologists find near Stonehenge?  Pre-historic shafts/holes
  3. Barcelona Opera had it’s first concert for 3 months with an audience of who or what? Potted plants (almost 3,000 plants were placed in the auditorium)
  4. Which team became Premiership Champions? Liverpool
  5. Who was the ‘Forces Sweetheart’ who died recently aged 103? Vera Lynn
  6. For their birthday on 23rd June, tiger cubs in Whipsnade Zoo were given a giant ice lolly made from what? Blood  ( Dmitri, Makari and Czar, were 2 years old)
  7. What did India accuse Pakistan of sending across the border recently?  A spy pigeon (they believe it was carrying coded messages)
  8. Celebrity and Royal photographer Rankin has released a series of pictures featuring who or what? NHS workers
  9. Mount Merapi volcano erupted on 21 June – where is it?  Indonesia
  10. Who suggested people could drink yards of ale to help social distancing when the pubs opened?  Jacob Rees Mogg
  11. Nasa have launched a competition to design what to be used on the moon? Toilet
  12. Scientist recently discovered which insects can quack?  Bees (Honeybee Queens can make quacking and tooting noises)
  13. What was Boris Johnson photographed doing to show that he is “as fit as a butcher’s dog”?  Push ups
  14. A man in Vienna was fined for doing what?  Breaking wind at the police
  15. How old would Glastonbury festival have been this year?  50
  16. Footballer Marcus Rashford successfully campaigned for the government to do what? Extend free school meals for vulnerable children over the summer
  17. Which legendary band have threatened to sue Donald Trump if he uses their music at his rallys?  Queen
  18. What did ‘Henrietta’ the hen do?  Travelled 90 miles under a lorry (She was unharmed and laid an egg at the end of the journey)
  19. Which country did Poland accidentally invade in May? Czech Republic (soldiers sent to secure the border as part of lockdown made  a mistake on where the border was)
  20. What was the name of the man who’s statue was toppled into the river in Bristol? Edward Colston
  21. Which iconic band are to be featured on a set of Royal Mail stamps? Queen
  22. Swiss railway are trying to track down the customer who left a 3kg bag of what on a train? Gold – worth £152,000
  23. When is County Cricket due to start?  1 August
  24. Why did KFC refuse to serve Ian Bell at their Carlisle Drive Through? He was driving a horse and cart
  25. Which Yorkshire town did the Red Arrows fly over to mark Armed Forces Day? Scarborough

King Regards

Waiting for the harvest

With all of the rain, the weeds have started taking over on the allotment so plenty of work to be done. Still, the beans have have also pushed forward so looking forward to them.

The potato plants are pretty enormous this year. The last time they grew like this I ended up with hardly any spuds so here’s hoping that this doesn’t happen again.

The good old raspberries are overladen with fruit. Its worth having the plot just for them. I keep saying every year that I will cut them down and replant some new ones but can never bring myself to do it.

Monday Mind Workout – Monday 6th July 2020

Good morning

Today’s ‘Monday Mind Workout’ is themed around ‘News’, good luck!

  1. A miner from Tanzania became a millionaire last month after finding what?
  2. What did archaeologists find near Stonehenge?
  3. Barcelona Opera had it’s first concert for 3 months with an audience of who or what?
  4. Which team became Premiership Champions?
  5. Who was the ‘Forces Sweetheart’ who died recently aged 103?
  6. For their birthday on 23rd June, tiger cubs in Whipsnade Zoo were given a giant ice lolly made from what?
  7. What did India accuse Pakistan of sending across the border recently?
  8. Celebrity and Royal photographer Rankin has released a series of pictures featuring who or what?
  9. Mount Merapi volcano erupted on 21 June – where is it?
  10. Who suggested people could drink yards of ale to help social distancing when the pubs opened?
  11. Nasa have launched a competition to design what to be used on the moon?
  12. Scientist recently discovered which insects can quack?
  13. What was Boris Johnson photographed doing to show that he is “as fit as a butcher’s dog”?
  14. A man in Vienna was fined for doing what?
  15. How old would Glastonbury festival have been this year?
  16. Footballer Marcus Rashford successfully campaigned for the government to do what?
  17. Which legendary band have threatened to sue Donald Trump if he uses their music at his rallys?
  18. What did ‘Henrietta’ the hen do?
  19. Which country did Poland accidentally invade in May?
  20. What was the name of the man who’s statue was toppled into the river in Bristol?
  21. Which iconic band are to be featured on a set of Royal Mail stamps?
  22. Swiss railway are trying to track down the customer who left a 3kg bag of what on a train?
  23. When is County Cricket due to start?
  24. Why did KFC refuse to serve Ian Bell at their Carlisle Drive Through?
  25. Which Yorkshire town did the Red Arrows fly over to mark Armed Forces Day?

King Regards, Lisa

Shared Moments: Day 78 – ‘Bond Street’ written by Maureen Kershaw

Day 78 – We’ve always been blessed with shops in Leeds and for those wanting Designer labels then this is the place, but they’re not for me. I much preferred the Leeds of days gone by. At the top end of Town, there was no Merrion or St John’s Centres; the former being the site of Rockingham Street bus station and the latter Wade Lane and an open car park next to ‘Lewis’s’. The only shops I remember on Albion Street, apart from ‘Alexandra Overalls’ were ‘Pobgee’s’ florists and ‘Spalding’s’ sports shop from where Mum and Dad bought my first pair of Faber ice skates. ‘Marshall & Snelgrove’ was on the corner of Bond Street and thereon was a trail of posh shops prior to the opening of the Bond Street Centre.

It must have been around 40 years ago I bought a black silk ottoman coat from a jumble sale, the label inside reading ‘Madame Arthur, Court Dressmaker, 30 Bond Street, Leeds 1’ and I was intrigued to know the history of the coat and ‘Madame Arthur’ herself! There was a photographer’s shop where ‘Boots’ stands now where I deposited so many films, firstly the old reel ones from Dad’s ‘Box Brownie’ to my ‘Instamatic’ cartridges. In those days a film was left for processing to be collected a week later, by which time many photos were a surprise (some more surprising than others!). Windows were not overly dressed in the 60s but I remember ‘Leader’s’ on Bond Street displaying a mannequin wearing a sleeveless evening dress with a bodice covered in daisies. It was very similar to one worn by the vocalist with the Denis Langfield. Sound at the New Mecca; her name was Sandra Stevens and she became part of the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ winners ‘Brotherhood of Man’.

‘Ann Corbett’ haute couture was almost at the corner of Bond Street where it met Albion Street. It stood next to a long showcase of photographs featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post and one could make a note of its number and pop round the corner to order a copy from their premises. I would look at the photos but gaze over my shoulder at the three or four unpriced garments. My sister bought her bridal headdress and veil from there and I purchased a cocktail dress for a ‘do’ from ‘Ann Corbett’; a layered silk georgette dress with back bow and streamers from the shoulders in royal blue and emerald (“blue and green should never be seen”!).

Further along was ‘Lafayette’ another posh shop with, again, no prices attached to their garments, one of which was always a wedding dress. ‘Cyril Livingstone’ on Albion Place was an establishment I would never have dared to enter. An elegant suit or dress in one window with perhaps a coat in the other and if one stopped to look, Mr Livingstone would appear and tend to the display but I’m sure in reality he would have been judging whether we could afford to buy (and we couldn’t).

Ross Furriers was a neighbour of ‘Lafayette’ but I can’t remember whether they weakened in the selling of maxi length white rabbit fun fur coats, popular in the early 70s. Over the road near the Milkmaid Cafe was ‘Paige’ – fashion which many of us felt more comfortable with. Lands Lane also had its share of fashion shops and one I remember in particular was situated next door to Betty’s Cafe. If one wanted to visit the lower sales floor a loud bell rang the second a foot touched the top step and we would be greeted at the bottom of the stairs with “Can I help you Modom?”. At the top of one of the Arcades was ‘Vivien Smith’ with its pretty print dresses and skirts but also a carousel of long-sleeved blouses with large tie bows. Made of a polyester crepe and fastening by a back zip they were available in every colour imaginable and I loved them.

‘Laura Ashley’ opened on Lands Lane too in the late 80s? I only ever bought from there on one occasion, for my good friends’ joint celebration of a Silver Wedding Anniversary, and two landmark Birthdays. My choice for the Summer celebration held at the Hotel Metropole was a long cotton dress and bolero jacket in a pale yellow and pink print, which I matched with delicate pink ribbed silk low-heeled courts and matching bag from Manfield. I was conscious of the fact that the dress armholes were rather big but thankfully, working at the Playhouse, their Wardrobe Dept. came to my rescue and altered it to fit in exchange for good quality biscuits and chocolates. I never wore Laura Ashley again as their dresses I found to be too small in their fit – or was it myself at fault??  More later…

Wonderful Maureen, and yes until next time……

Leeds 1960`s | Bond Street | clifford stead | Flickr

image sourced from flickr.com/photos/cliffordstead/6472571875 – Leeds 1960

Happy Birthday to our NHS 🎂

72 years ago today the NHS was launched by Aneurin Bevan, Minister of Health, at Park Hospital in Manchester  For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella to provide care for free.

We want to say Happy Birthday to our amazing National Health Service and a huge thank you to all the people who make it great – both the frontline staff, and all those working in the background to keep it running smoothly and look after us all.  This year has made us all appreciate you more than ever.

Rainbow with NHS written below it

Please click this link for a statement from NHS England about the birthday and thanking everyone for their support https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhsbirthday/about-the-nhs-birthday/

Following on from the ‘moment of remembrance last yesterday the NHS is inviting everyone to come together today to mark their birthday:

“On Sunday 5 July, the day the NHS was founded, the whole country is invited to come together at 5pm to applaud all those who have been helping us through the pandemic and recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all.

Broadcasters will suspend normal transmissions at 5pm.

Everybody will be encouraged to stop what they’re doing and join with others (following social distancing advice of course) in their streets or neighbourhoods to applaud not just the NHS and other key workers but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going.

Following the applause, we hope people will enjoy a drink or a cup of tea and reflect with family, friends and neighbours on the bonds that have sustained us in recent months and will continue to do so”

There are a number of other things happening to commemorate this anniversary:

Rankin portraits of NHS staff

People’s Picture – Rainbows for the NHS

NHS Parliamentary awards

 

Moment of Remembrance Saturday 4th July

Saturday 4 July, the day before the NHS’s birthday, will be a moment of remembrance and reflection for those we have lost during the pandemic. This is a chance for the nation to come together and pay our respects. It is being led by the Together Coalition and they are asking people to place a light in their window or on their doorstep.

The shard, London, lit up blueAs part of this collective memorial, and as a mark of respect and tribute to NHS staff, key workers and everyone who has played their part during the pandemic, iconic landmarks including the London Eye, Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower and Wembley Arch will be illuminated in blue.

It is expected that sports stadiums, bridges, castles, monuments, conference venues and landmarks will join in lighting up our skylines and cities on the evening of 4 July.

Thank you to the #MakeitBlue Collective who are supporting this as part of their #LightItBlue campaign. The campaign was created by the events and entertainment industry to show a united display of gratitude for health and key workers.

Have a look at this list of the buildings that will be lit up.  There may be others who are not on the list

People are also encouraged  to take photos and share them via social media using the hashtags #LightItBlue and #ThankYouTogether.

Aerial phoro of Guilford Cathedral lit up blue at night

What’s changing in Lockdown rules today?

Today is another milestone in the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions,  so what is different from now on?

Social distancing rules change from 2 metres to ‘1 metre plus.’  The advice is still to keep 2 mtr where possible and to reduce the risks when closer by: wearing masks in busy places and on transport, washing/sanitising hands frequently, try not to stand or talk face to face and limit your time in busy places.

Meeting up with other people:  In England, two households of any size will be able to meet indoors or outside, including overnight stays. The two households have to maintain social distancing throughout, unless they are part of the same support bubble.  Indoor meetings of more than two households are not recommended because of the higher risk of infection.

From 6 July, people who are clinically vulnerable and are “shielding” will be able to gather in groups of up to six people outdoors, including individuals outside of their household, and form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household.

 

Opening up of more businesses and venues:  Most businesses can now re-open (although a number may choose to delay this):

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and holiday accommodation can now re-open.  Also allowed to re-open (providing they can do so safely) are:

Some businesses are still not legally allowed to open such as:

  • Close-contact services such as nail bars
  • Nightclubs and casinos remain closed, along with bowling alleys, spas, swimming pools, indoor gyms and soft play centres
  • Theatres and concert halls are not able to host live performances –

More information or answers to questions on gov.uk