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: 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 ( 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: or call 07436 530073. We can walk together or you can meet us there.

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: 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

Poetry Corner: ‘I Must Go Down To The Sea Again’ by Spike Milligan

Dear all,
The below poem is shared by Maureen Kershaw, which she says is one of the few poems she remembers of Spike Milligan’s.
I must go down to the sea again,
to the lonely sea and the sky;
I left my shoes and socks there –
I wonder if they’re dry?
Thank you Maureen, I love this.

Leeds City Council update – Coronavirus – Support for people & communities

Latest update from Leeds City Council and including Leeds’ infection rates, the new restriction rules and rapid testing for everyone.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deep sadness and sorrow that Leeds joins the country in mourning following the announcement from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.

The Royal Family are encouraging safe tributes with an online book of condolence and are suggesting charitable donations instead of flowers.

Read our statement regarding the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh here:

An update on Leeds’ infection rates

Every Leeds resident makes a difference to Covid infection rates in our city.  When you continue to follow the government guidance, meet fewer people outdoors and stay local, you help to keep everyone safe.

There is a lot to look forward to, as we move ahead on the government roadmap towards fewer restrictions, but we need to be cautious and keep infection rates low.

We’re making real progress in Leeds, our Covid rate is now 78.3 per 100,000 (down 34% in the last week), but this is still above the England average of 31.9. The new UK variant spreads very easily.

The recent figures also show that we have falling infections among over-60s (26.1 per 100, 22% lower this week).

As restrictions relax, it’s even more important to remember that people are still vulnerable. Please act as though you have the virus, follow the hands/face/space/fresh airtest/trace/isolate rules, and keep working #TogetherLeeds

Information to support businesses and individuals can be found on the council website.

Hands, face, space, air

Update as COVID-19 restrictions ease on 12th April

Leeds will move into a new phase of relaxing lockdown restrictions next week as council services, along with more shops and businesses, start to reopen and welcome back the public.

The changes to restrictions will mean businesses, including non-essential shops and gyms, can reopen along with outdoor hospitality and some outdoor attractions.

Indoor venues can only be visited alone or with household groups, with outdoor settings limited to either six people or two households. Even though being outdoors is safer, there is still a risk of catching the virus.

Social distancing, hand hygiene and other safety measures will remain in place, including COVID marshals and hand sanitiser stations in the city centre. Members of the public are urged to follow the latest guidance to keep COVID-19 rates under control and ensure Leeds keeps heading in the right direction.

For more info on the easing of restrictions go to:

The latest updates on individual council services can be found at:

Work along the Headrow has been ongoing for some time with completion due in May. Changes include more appealing alternatives to the car, with quicker and more reliable bus services, ensuring that journeys on foot and by bike are more convenient, attractive and safer by widening pavements, cycle lines and making safer road crossings.

More info about the changes and what to expect can be found here-

Vaccine update

 Vaccinations are in progress, with over 350,000 people in Leeds having received the jab as of 30 March (about 48% of the population) and more than 59,000 people have had their second jab but new infections are still happening.

Analysis carried out by Public Health England suggests that the COVID-19 vaccination programme prevented 6,100 deaths in England up to the end of February 2021. It is crucial that we all get the vaccine when we are ready and able to do so to help stop the spread of the virus but whether or not you’ve had your vaccine, we all need to keep following the restrictions and continuing to follow the hands/face/space safety measures.

More information around vaccinations can be found at the Leeds CCG website.

Through April we are focusing on going back over JCVI cohorts 1 – 9 to ensure everyone who is eligible is offered a vaccine and has access to the necessary information to make an informed decision.

As per national guidance we can’t book anyone in for their first vaccine who falls outside of the JCVI 1 -9 cohorts

We are encouraging all of those eligible in cohorts 1-9 who have yet to receive a vaccination or without an existing appointment book their vaccine online, by calling 119 or contacting their GP.

Those who are eligible no longer need to wait to be invited.

Safe Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem.

With Covid19 restrictions still ongoing, 2021 Ramadan (12/13 April to 12/13 May) will be a very different experience for British Muslims.

Whilst the restrictions will be more relaxed compared to 2020, many of the usual practices normally observed, particularly visiting friends and family indoors, will sadly still not be possible this year.

We ask Leeds residents to make sure every Iftar is a safe one by following COVID-19 guidelines. For the latest information on how to stay safe, please visit


COVID-19 Spot The Signs

A new set of translated films about spotting Covid-19 symptoms, how to get a test, and the support available if you have to self-isolate are now ready to view on the Coronavirus Information in Different Languages playlist on YouTube. The films are called COVID-19 Spot The Signs and have been translated into the top 12 most spoken languages in Leeds.

Rapid testing for everyone

Around 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms. This is why regular rapid testing is so important to prevent the spread of the virus and help us return to normality.

From today (9 April), everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a week.

You will be able to access regular testing through:

More info here:

Rapid testing