‘Hybrid Bingo this week’: online and in person’

With an upturned bin, two camping chairs, and some sticky back plastic…. more of us could join together this month for our regular monthly Bingo. Thanks to this make shift space it meant another 5 were able to join us (6 including myself), which made a heartwarming baker’s dozen.

I will be hosting some more in the coming months so if you would like to join us then please do get in touch. Email: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk or call 07436 530073.

World Book Night April 23rd – an online evening of events

On World Book Night – Friday April 23rd you can join The Reading Agency, from 6-9pm, for two exciting free events and a special #ReadingHour, in partnership with Specsavers and hosted by the British Library

  • 6-7pm: Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse
  • 7-8pm: #ReadingHour
  • 8-9pm: World Book Night presents: Books to Make You Smile, hosted by Sandi Toksvig.

Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the world’s most treasured and celebrated contemporary fiction authors, whose award-winning novels include Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day. He appears in conversation with no. 1 bestselling author Kate Mosse to discuss Klara and the Sun, his first book since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, in this special event presented by The Reading Agency and the British Library. The event also marks the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, The Reading Agency’s national celebration of books and reading.

Klara and the Sun is an intensely moving and beautiful exploration of human connection and creativity in the face of loneliness and advanced technologies. Ishiguro looks at our changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

He talks to Kate Mosse about the inspiration for the novel, and the power of books and reading to bring people together and change lives.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. Book your ticket now.


Last year, we brought you the first #ReadingHour and because you loved it so much, we’ve brought it back for a second year. This hour is for you to dedicate to reading in any way; read alone or with others, listen to an audiobook while preparing your dinner, have a book club meeting, call a friend to chat about books – the possibilities are endless! Share what you’re doing on social media using #ReadingHour.

World Book Night presents: Books to Make You Smile, hosted by Sandi Toksvig

Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, hosted by The Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers. World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more.

During this special event, you’ll be treated to exclusive readings and hear from special guests about the books that make them smile. World Book Night Ambassador Sandi Toksvig talks live to featuring best-selling authors David Nicholls (One Day, Us, Sweet Sorrow), Bolu Babalola (Love in Colour), and World Book Night founder and Canongate Books CEO Jamie Byng.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. Book your ticket now.

Together Moments: ‘Thursday’s Online Elevenses to your door….’

Dear all,

Our online Elevenses group continues to meet every Thursday at 11am. Last week I took the online session to Brenda’s door. Thanks to the kind donation of the winter warmer pack from Seagulls Brenda also got to model her well coordinated winter wellbeing hat, scarf and shawl too.

If you would like to join us online for the weekly get together do get in touch: Email: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk or call  07436 530073 and I can help you get set up.

Shared Moments: ‘Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Stroll’

We were able to make the most of yet more beautiful sunny days this week with two walks to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm (https://www.mvuf.org.uk/). They opened last week. The cakes and breakfast sandwiches are definitely worth a try, if you have not tried already.

I will be going again in the coming weeks so if you would like to join us then please do get in touch. It is about a mile from our new offices. It is a lovely quiet and peaceful walk. Email: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk or call 07436 530073. We can walk together or you can meet us there.

Stress – Know the signs and tips to cope

April is stress awareness month.

Stress is something everyone feels at times, and there are all kinds of stressful situations that can be a part of daily life. Low-level stress can even be helpful or motivational.

But too much stress can affect our mood, our body and our relationships – especially when it feels out of our control. It can make us feel anxious and irritable, and affect our self-esteem. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of adults in the UK have felt unable to cope or overwhelmed by stress.

There are plenty of things you can do to help cope with stressful events, and simple steps you can take to deal with feelings of stress or burnout.

The One You/Every Mind Matters website has lots of helpful information on the causes and signs of stress and tips to help you deal with it.  https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/stress/


Poetry Corner: “The Lion and Albert” by Marriott Edgar (read by Tom O’Bedlam)

Dear all,
Today’s poem is read by Tom O’Bedlam.
Click on the link below and listen
ps. If it asks you to sign into Youtube, just click on ‘no thanks’ and then click on ‘I agree’, you may also have to watch the start of an advert first, you can skip ad once it shows bottom right
picture sourced: holyjoe

‘Monday Mind Workout Revisited’ Answers for Monday 19th April 2021

How did you do?

See the answers below:

1 Pink

2 Spain

3 A beard tax – is it still a tax?

4 Interrobang

5 Laughs

6 Constipation

7 Charlie Chaplin

8 France

9 Frog

10 The Day Watch

11 False

12 England

13 Scoobert Doo

14 San Francisco

15 Zeedonk

Take care from all at Caring Together

‘Monday Mind Workout’ revisited a year on

Dear all,

Our ‘Monday Monday Mind Workouts’ have been going for one year now. Below is the first one I posted mid April 2020. I never thought for one minute I would still be posting them a year later. I welcome the day we can resume them face to face.

Please find below some questions to ponder whilst having a cuppa. I will post the answers tomorrow.

I will be hosting a weekly ONLINE ‘Monday Mind Workout’ from Monday 20th April@11am. If you wish to be added to the list then please email me: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk and I can go through this with you.

‘Monday Mind Workout’

1 What is the most common colour of toilet paper in France?

2 If you dug a hole through the centre of the earth starting from Wellington in New Zealand, which European country would you end up in?

3 Henry VIII introduced which tax in England in 1535?

4 What is the correct term for a question mark immediately followed by an exclamation mark?

5 The average person does what thirteen times a day?

6 Coprastastaphobia is the fear of what?

7 Who entered a contest to find his own look-alike and came 3rd?

8 In which country are there six villages called Silly, 12 called Billy, and two called Pratt?

9 Native to the Caribbean, what sort of animal is the mountain chicken?

10 What nickname was given to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch after being over-restored in the 1940s?

11 True or false: You can sneeze in your sleep

12 Which country has the most tornadoes by area?

13 What is Scooby Doo’s full name?

14 Where was the fortune cookie invented?

15 What is the cross between a donkey and a zebra known as?

Thanks to Edinburgh Evening News

Leeds Lunchtime Music – livestream with Leeds Town Hall

Free audio streamed lunchtime organ concerts from Leeds Town Hall

Graham Barber – organist  Monday 19th April at 1.05pm


Dr David Hill – Rutland Organist Monday 26th April at 1.05pm 


Clicking on these links will give you all the information and a link to hear the livestream at the designated time