‘Monday Mind Workout’ Monday 19th October 2020

Good morning,
This week’s Monday Mind Workout is themed around Leeds, best of luck.
1.When did Tetley’s Brewery close?
a) 2008 b) 2009 c) 2010 d) 2011
2. What is the name of the airport in Leeds?
a) Leeds Airport b) Leeds Bradford International Airport c) Leeds Yorkshire Airport
3. During the American War of Independence (1775-1783), textile orders to the colony slumped dramatically. What did people from Hunslet, Armley and Holbeck burn in 1777 in protest?
a) Leeds Moot Hall, Briggate b) a pile of US flags c) an effigy of George Washington d) a witch
4. Where is Leeds located?
a) East Yorkshire b) West Yorkshire c) North Yorkshire d) South Yorkshire
5. Sir John Barran (1821-1905), former mayor of the city and the man responsible for ‘buying’ Roundhay Park had what profession when he moved from London to Leeds in 1842?
a) tailor b) tram driver c) gardener d) solicitor
6. Leeds City Varieties is where BBC filmed the popular TV show the Good Old Days
True or False
7. West Yorkshire Playhouse owes its name to a £4m grant from West Yorkshire County Council, having previously been the Leeds Playhouse. It was eventually opened in 1990 but who laid the foundation stone in 1989?
a) Helen Mirren b) Dame Judi Dench c) Patrick Stewart d) Diana Rigg
8. How many days does the Leeds Carnival Last?
a) 5 b) 2 c) 3 d) 7
9. How tall is Broadcasting Place?
a) 100m b) 90m c) 80m d) 70m
10. What are the colours of the traditional rose and ball badge for Leeds United?
a) blue and white or b) blue, white and gold
11. What was the population of Leeds in the year 1700?
a) 150,000 b) 10,000 c) 6,000 d) 2,500
12. The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds Dock was opened in 1996. Roughly how many objects does it hold in its collection?
a) 1 million b) 500,000 c) 75,000 d) 10,000
13. According to a report in The Civil History of Leeds… and the Manufacturing District of Leeds, published in 1834 and a corroborating report in the Leeds Mercury in 1879, what did Birstall man John Jackson, 71, bring back from Glastonbury in 1755?
a) stones from Glastonbury Abbey b) textbooks belonging to Dr Joseph Priestley c) a cutting from the famous Glastonbury Thorn d) a cache of gold coins
14. Hippos once roamed our streets?
True or False
15. What is another name for a Loiner?
a) Lionite b) Leodisian c) Leodiensian
16. We gave the world Cluedo?
True or False
17. The Queens Hotel in City Square opened in 1937 to replace the original building, which was built when?
a) 1863 b) 1864 c) 1865 d) 1866
18.What caused Riots in Leeds in 1865?
a) Breweries running out of ale b) Beef dripping theft c) Rats found in a butcher shop d) Dismissal of apprentices for being three minutes late
19. The world’s first steam locomotive was made in Leeds.
True or False
20. Where can the UK last gas lit cinema be found?
a) Hyde Park Picture House b) Cottage Road c) Vue Cinema

Caring Together Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is this Friday – 23rd October – at 11am and this year it will be a virtual one using the Zoom platform.

We’ll be presenting our Annual Report and Accounts, telling you about what has been going on at Caring Together and our plans for the future.

We hope to see as many of you as possible there.  Please let us know if you would like to attend and we will make sure you have the details to join the Zoom meeting.

We will have printed copies of our Annual Report available after the meeting for anyone who would like one.



TODAY – York Literature Festival – free events online

Very short notice but it’s only just come to my attention.  York Literature festival has a day of free online events from11am and throughout the day York Literature Festival logo

From the festival website – “There is no denying that 2020 has been a tough year for everyone. So it is with great pleasure that we are bringing you a day of online events on Saturday 17th October, in association with MyVLF and Arts Council England.

Every event on the day will be FREE. All you need to do is to register with MyVLF before the events (also free) and then visit the website in time on the day. The great thing is that after you have joined the MyVLF community you can engage with the other literary events on their website as well. If you can not join us on the day, the events will still be on the MyVLF website for you to enjoy!”

See the  York Literature Festival website
Or Go straight to  MyVLF

Poetry, literature and history are on the agenda for the York Literature Festival

11am: On Love with poets, Seni Seneviratne and Afshan D’souza-Lodhi

12pm: Young, Black & British, Join Jeffrey Boakye and Okey Nzelu as they talk about race, religion and a lot more

2pm: Locating York in Literature with Dr Robert O’Connor and Drs Zoë Enstone and Adam James Smith.

4pm: Suzannah Lipscomb, historian and presenter, shares the voices of sixteenth century women and the realities of their lives.

5pm: Poetry with Andrew McMillan & Joshua Judson. Join them for readings from their latest collections.

Charing Cross

The work on Caring Togethers planned move to our new base in Charing Cross has started. There are still a few weeks of work before completion, but we thought that we would give you a flavour of where we are at, just so that we can have a ‘before and after’ snapshot as the work progresses. As you can see, it is still a building site at present. We will keep you up to date with developments.

FACTS – A message for Leeds about COVID

The third sector in Leeds has, along with all others, been going through a period of intense activity. We see the direct results of covid every day, in the impact on physical and mental health, the social and economic impacts, all effecting aspects of our everyday lives.

Third sector organisations have been at the forefront of efforts to contain and deal with the consequences of covid for the past six months. We are really aware that we are now in a second wave, and may be on the cusp of lockdown – this is our clear message of helping people to help themselves, and help others.

This is our “Call for Action”, a distinctive message, from the third sector:

The Shows Must Go On – Alfie Boe: Bring Him Home

From The Shows Must Go On this weekend, a celebration of one of the West End’s most iconic voices with the full performance from his sell-out Bring Him Home Tour.

From Friday 16th at 7pm and available to watch for 48 hours

Alfie Boe: Bring Him Home – Filmed live at the Royal Festival Hall in London, during Alfie Boe’s sell out tour; the star of Les Miserables and the much loved tenor showcases his mesmerizing and outstanding voice in his very own show Bring Him Home. With an impressively diverse collection of tracks including the impassioned “Maria” from West Side Story, Ewan MacColl’s heartfelt “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, a truly breathtaking rendition of “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables and an emotional performance of Martina McBride’s ‘In My Daughters Eyes’. Plus, Alfie performs a wonderful medley of James Bond theme tunes, and uniquely inspired renditions of tunes from Moulin Rouge, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and much more. Alfie is also joined on stage for some unique performances by his very special guests, including Matt Lucas, Melanie C, Tom Fletcher from McFly, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Shakira Riddell-Morales. The peoples favorite tenor, delights with a truly magical performance.

People of Leeds encouraged to collect tree seeds that will form future woodlands across the city.

Dear all,

Leeds City Council is encouraging people within their household groups or support bubbles to collect tree seeds in their local parks and green spaces to help support the growing of future woodlands across Leeds.

Running until November, residents can collect acorns, beech nuts, chestnuts and conkers, and leave them in seed collection boxes across the city for use as part of the council’s Woodland Creation initiative.


People of Leeds encouraged to collect tree seeds that will form future woodlands across the city: Seed Collection Launch - Arium Greenhouse

Spotting TV Licence Scams

Image of a laptop and mobile phone with an email alert on each screen

There’s been a big increase in scammers pretending to be from TV Licensing recently and so TV Licensing is working with Action Fraud and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to give customers information to help them protect themselves from scams

They have produced a guide to help you tell whether a communication is genuine and warn people what to look out for and it covers emails, letters, phone calls, text messages, home visits and how to report a scam.

Shared Moments: ‘Zooming with Oliver’ written by Oliver Cross

The Corona-19 virus is an ill wind that blows nobody any good, unless you happen to be the very same Eric Yuan who introduced the Zoom corporation to the public in 2013, without realising that soon afterwards the public would find uses for Zoom that probably hadn’t occurred to Eric Yuan.

He must have thought there would be a host of business and educational uses for Zoom, which allows up to nine people at a time  to appear on one screen in a conversation from their own homes.

True they’ve been shrunk to matchbox-size and have a tendency to freeze mid-frame, as if they were having an extreme cardio-vascular event, but it’s not wholly unlike being in a roomful of people trying to carry on as if nothing too much had happened,

For example, a group of regulars at the Chemic Tavern in Woodhouse, Leeds – including me – meet twice a week on Zoom to try and recreate the aimless chat we used to enjoy before the big lockdown and now continue because, although it’s nothing like being in a pub, it’s something like being in the human race.

The problem is that we don’t have much to tell each other because there’s very little news that’s not virus-relayed and we don’t get out much. Often we end up showing each other what we’re making for tea or trying to remember all the good stuff we’ve seen on telly, which doesn’t take long.

The community group Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London, which offers activities and advice for the over-55s and which Lynne and I belong to, has thought of a more imaginative use of Zoom.

Last week it attempted to recreate the full cinematic experience without big screens, screaming music or precariously-employed staff. There was, however, a Zoom showing of the 2017 musical The Greatest Showman, a bag of popcorn, nuts and  pleasantly unhealthy sweets, and, to represent the bit where the audience shuffles around looking first for their seats and then for the exit, a short Zoom discussion before and after the show.

It all made for something that felt like an Occasion because watching a film at home isn’t an Occasion and talking on Zoom isn’t an Occasion but combining the two, so that there is some sense of communal activity, is at the very least an Event, similar, in quality, if not in size, to a big sports final or a premier at the Odeon, Leicester Square.

Incidentally, The Greatest Showman, based on the life of the circus entrepreneur PT Barnum but not to be confused with the 1986 musical Barnum, was… well, not exactly Oklahoma or Carousel but still welcome enough in troubled and very rainy times.

Thank you for sharing Oliver, until next time….

p.s. And a big thank you to Ann for sharing your film with us 🙂

Arts & Minds Network 2020 exhibition – “Change is Gonna Come”

The Arts & Minds Network brings together people in Leeds who believe the arts can promote mental well-being.

The theme of the 2020 exhibition is Change is Gonna Come and can be seen online this year https://artsandmindsnetwork.org.uk/exhibition/  (Click on each image to enlarge it and find out more)

“Be it social, biological or simply the passing of time, the one thing that never changes is that there is always change. Change can be self-generated or imposed, change can affect things on a micro or macro scale and change can be positive or negative or sometimes both at the same time. Change can alter the physical world around us or can be internally focused and live in our thoughts and ideas.

We exist in a time of change, both good and bad. Against a backdrop of a changing world due to the outbreak of coronavirus it is easy to forget that there are a multitude of other changes going on as well, ranging from the environmental changes happening to the planet that we all live on to the social changes being fought for and debated in countries around the globe. Whether it is a tree or a statue that is toppled, change is gonna come. Whether it is our own thoughts and feelings or our interactions with those around us that are altering, change is gonna come. Change is fundamental to our very existence and it is change that makes us human.

Change is both an opportunity and a challenge to examine ourselves and the world we live in. This year, Arts & Minds members have submitted a piece of artwork each responding to the idea of change, from personal shifts in perspective to changes on a global scale.”