All of West Yorkshire to move to ‘Tier 3’ of Covid Restrictions from Monday

Please see the statement issued by the leaders of West Yorkshire councils as the area is to be put ino Tier 3 – Very High restrictions from Monday.

Leaders’ Statement following meeting the Secretary of State, Thursday 29th October 2020: 

Over recent days, we have had a number of meetings with government ministers to discuss the next steps for controlling the rising COVID-19 infection rates across the region. Today, with great reluctance, we have accepted that West Yorkshire will now move into Tier Three (Very High) restrictions as of 00.01am on Monday 2nd November.

The virus spread is now at a critical juncture.  Not only are infections rising in our region, particularly amongst the elderly, but we already have evidence that the NHS is starting to struggle to deliver essential elective care.  Once it became clear that heightened restrictions would be necessary, we have been negotiating hard to secure a package of support for our region and our residents – with the aim of reducing the financial uncertainty for people and businesses.

For now, to enable us to take the advised measures to protect people’s health and wellbeing, we have secured a package worth an additional £59.3m to begin to help support West Yorkshire through this time.  This funding is broken down as follows:

  • A one-off additional amount of £20 per head: for West Yorkshire this is estimated to be worth £46.6m in additional funding.
  • A total of £8 per head to support enhanced test and trace and contain measures, resulting in an additional £12.7m.

We also ensured that this £59.3m package was additional to the existing business grant arrangements previously announced by the Chancellor for Tier Two. This is a major policy shift from government, that will now benefit all the authorities that enter into Tier Three.

That aside, we remain deeply concerned that the impact on the people of the region and the West Yorkshire economy has been desperately underestimated by government. Leaders have been promised further conversations with government ministers in the next few days to discuss local schemes to build on and continue to support the economic recovery of the region.

We expect that our local business support schemes in West Yorkshire will be ready to come into effect at the same time as the planned national government scheme for Tier Two in mid-November, subject to government funding.

The economic package of support alone is not sufficient for us to survive this crisis, so we have agreed with government a full package of joint working including:

  • Measurement and review after 28 days
  • Strengthening test and trace capabilities
  • Clear communication with our communities

For the people of our region, Tier Three restrictions coming into force on Monday are:

  • People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of their household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs. 
  • People must not meet with people outside of their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues. 
  • People can continue to see friends and family in groups of six or less that they don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in certain outdoor public spaces, such as a park or public garden. 
  • Wedding receptions will not be permitted, but couples can get married with a maximum of 15 people at the ceremony (check with the venue for additional restrictions). 
  • Funerals can be attended by up to 30 people; 15 may attend wakes and other commemorative events (check with the venue for additional restrictions). 
  • Avoid travelling outside the Very High alert area or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities, or to travel through as part of a longer journey. 
  • Avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK. 
  • All pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals, such as a main lunchtime or evening meal. They can only serve alcohol as part of a meal. Pubs, bars and restaurants must still close between 10pm and 5am. Shisha bars must not serve shisha, but can open as cafés.
  • All casinos, soft play areas, adult gaming centres, betting shops and car boot sales must close.
  • Gyms may continue to open, but the guidance is against indoor exercise classes taking place.

While we continue to have concerns about how we got here, and how restrictions will be supported, we will only come through this difficult period if we all pull together. This means complying with the rules, maintaining social distancing and personal and family hygiene, wearing face masks where required, and self-isolating if asked to do so.

We must take every measure to face this challenge as a community. It’s only by everyone doing their bit that we will beat this virus and get life back to normal, where we can do the things we enjoy.

More from Light Night 2020


Fearns Wharf IslandPhoto of I Miss You, Leeds Dock

Leeds, LS9 8PB

30 October to 31 December 2020
4:30pm to 10pm

This text artwork, displayed in the centre of the River Aire at Leeds Dock, perfectly sums up the experience of 2020. I MISS YOU, created in Romania by Asociatia Daisler, will send a simple message to the public which can be interpreted in so many ways; missing friends and family, culture, art and festivals, normality and our lives as they once were.

Here in Leeds City Centre we have missed our colleagues, shopping and socialising, and even after emerging out of lockdown there is plenty that we still miss, including Light Night Leeds in its full glory!

I MISS YOU is part of a set of text artworks with the same message in several different languages. These will be displayed in cities across Europe who are unable to deliver their light festivals and other public events this year.

With thanks to ILO, International Light Festivals Association.


Spirit Owl

46 The Calls, LS2 7EYSpirit Owl photo by Graham Fotherby

Until 31st December

A last chance to see Spirit Owl, the vibrant LED artwork by Frederic Post depicting the owl of Leeds as a talisman charged with positive intentions, protecting those who gaze upon it. Full of magic and shamanic practices in the urban environment, Spirit Owl connects Leeds residents with nature and its spirits. Launched on Light Night 2019, Spirit Owl has been on display on the calls for the past 12 months.

Funded by Waterfront Enhancement Fund: aiming to help open up, celebrate and animate the Leeds city centre waterfront.

With support from The Yorkshire Design Group.

Caring Together weekly catch up on Zoom – Thursday’s at 11am

Dear all,
Caring Together has a weekly catch up on zoom. We would prefer it in person but this is safer right now and we don’t have to get wet.
If you would like to join us it is on Thursday’s at 11am. Just get in touch. It would be nice to see you. email:
In the meantime I thought you might like this tune. The group sang about Zoom – more about the heart not the meeting kind. My friend reminded me of it last night, enjoy – click on the link below (no need to sign up if asked – just click on no thanks)
Fat Larry's Band - Zoom (1982, Vinyl) | Discogs

Shared Moments: Christmas in September? written by Maureen Kershaw

As we rumble along into Autumn, my favourite Season (followed by Spring), there is certainly a ‘feel’ about the days. Early morning dew on the grass, the sun low in the sky making for difficult crossing of roads by pedestrians, as we’re unable to lower a visor as vehicle drivers can. Doesn’t it get dark early as well? ! On my visit to ‘Home Bargain’s this week, there was a lot of stock-shifting to new aisles so the hanging signs bore no resemblance to what was on offer on the stands. Biscuits were not made by ‘Fox’s’ but more likely to be ‘Harrington’s’ for our four-legged friends.

Of course there’s a change round – Christmas! It is early September after all. Row upon row of colour co-ordinated glitter reindeer and ‘Santas’ but who actually buys these particular items in September I wonder? I know it’s what happens in retail, get everything out on the shop floor now because there’s plenty more to follow. I have purchased the occasional bauble myself if finding something unusual in an independent shop is espied. I do like to add another couple each year to my collection too. The only problem with buying ‘Christmas’ too early is, chances are come the day for the big ‘decorate’ and lights switch-on, will I remember where I put them? A couple of years ago I bought two very elegant baubles on a November visit to Scarborough – which turned up in the following March.

Christmas cards can be another problem. I rarely go specifically to buy cards, preferring to purchase when I’m drawn to particular ones at some other time. They too can be put away somewhere I know I will be able to find – but I don’t. Then there is the matter of buying these and those to ensure I have enough, only to find when opening the boxes containing ‘Christmas’, the abundance of unopened packs  ‘lost and found’ or just surplus to requirements.

Leftover gift wrap can be carefully secured with rubber bands and stored, to be usually thrown away the following year when discovering it hasn’t been packed for the better. Curling ribbon is found in a squashed condition so hits the bin and as for all those stick-on bows….. whenever am I going to use all the existing stocks? I still have an unopened tube of gold bows from ‘Clinton’s’ – the Headingley branch which was converted to either ’02’ or ‘Costa’ several years ago.  On a recent visit to ‘The Works’ I was almost tempted to make my own cards  but thought better of it. Acknowledging the days are not long enough as it is for all I have to do, when can I make Christmas cards?  I still haven’t contacted friends and aquaintances I promised to during Lockdown. Oh dear – and here we are hurtling along into Autumn. Sorry ‘Home Bargains’ I will not be venturing down your (or anyone else’s)  Christmas aisle – I want to enjoy the beauty of Autumn. Hopefully the glorious hues of the changing leaves will be set against a backdrop of blue skies and sunshine. If it rains then I MAY get out the Christmas boxes and take stock. Who knows what I may find?

Thank you Maureen, until next time….

Poetry Corner: ‘Confessions Of A Serial Plant Killer’ written by Cynthia C. Naspinski

Oh, I wish that I had a green thumb.
All my houseplants are looking quite glum.
I never can tell
Why they’re looking unwell
Or why so many succumb.

Have I failed to give enough water?
Have I watered them more than I oughta?
Are they getting too hot?
Is this not the right spot?
It’s like sending poor lambs to the slaughter.

The hard, undeniable fact is
Many succulents, ferns and a cactus,
A begonia, a fig,
Many palms, small and big,
Have been victims of my malpractice.

I confess I’m a serial killer.
Many end up as mulch or land filler.
I kill far more plants
Than snails, thrips or ants.
Or an army of green caterpillar!

Though houseplants are deemed beneficial,
Should these perish, then it is official:
I’ll waste no more dough
Just to watch ’em die slow,
For my next plants will be artificial!

Source: https://www familyfriendpoems com/poem/confessions-of-a-serial-plant-killer

‘Online Cancer Awareness Session’ Monday 2nd Nov @ 11am

‘Online Cancer Awareness Session’ Monday 2nd Nov @ 11am
Caring Together will be hosting a Cancer Awareness session in partnership with the Leeds Cancer Awareness Project on Monday 2nd Nov 2020 @ 11am. This will be online and offers you a chance to chat about signs and symptoms of cancer.
They will also discuss self-checking and ways to reduce cancer risk. All very informative and open to all; members, family, friends, neighbours and volunteers. If you would like to join us then please email: or call: 07436 530073 – if you don’t have the technology yet would like to chat further about this subject then please call.

The Shows Must Go On Wednesday Matinee

The Shows Must Go On present their first Wednesday matinee  – Wind in The Willows available to to watch free from 2pm Wednesday 28th October and for 48 hours afterwards

Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed!

Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, The Wind in the Willows is packed with comedy, heart and thrills.

A week of online events from British Library

Another set of online special events/talks from the British Library.  Click on the link for each event for more details and how to book, these are live online at the times shown and people who book will also be able to submit questions during the live event and to watch it again up to 48 hours later

All the events are FREE, except ‘Ships at a Distance’ which costs £5 unless you are a British Library member.

Elizabeth Anionwu

The Wonderful Lives of Mary Seacole and Elizabeth Anionwu

A conversation spanning centuries and continents.

Rachel Holmes

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel

Rachel Holmes in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti.

Zora Neale Hurston

Ships at a Distance: A Celebration of Zora Neale Hurston

Hosted by Black Girls’ Book Club co-founders Natalie Carter and Melissa Cummings-Quarry, with Salena Godden and Jackie Kay

Book cover of "Black Spartacus" and Sudhir Hazareersingh

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

The epic story of a great leader, military genius and revolutionary hero.

Angela Saini, Nikki Giovanni, Layla Saad, Priyamvada Gopal

White Supremacy: What You Need To Know

Award-winning science journalist Angela Saini and guests.

‘Monday Mind Workout’ – Monday 26th October 2020

Dear all,
Today’s ‘Monday Mind workout’ is ‘loosely’ themed around Halloween, good luck.
1.In which country did Halloween originate?
a) America   b) Ireland   d) England
2.What sweet treat is often made for Halloween using butter, molasses and sugar?
a) Cinder toffee  b) Chewy Toffee   c) Bonfire toffee
3.From which words did ‘bonfire’ originate?
Bone Fire or Bonnet
4.Out of which vegetable were Jack O’Lanterns originally made from?
a) Carrots   b) Turnip   c) Melon
5. From which region in the world do pumpkins originate?
a) Egypt   b) UK   c) Central America
6. Which actor played Frank n Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show?
a) Tim Curry   b) Barry Bostwck   c) Richard O’Brien
7. Is a pumpkin a fruit or vegetable?
8.Which film has as its main characters, Morticia and Gomez?
a) The Addams Family   b) Halloween   c) Haunted House
8.What is Samhainophobia?
a) A fear of bonfires   b) A fear of going out   c) A fear of Halloween
9. How do pumpkins grow?
a) on trees   b) on vines   c) stalks
10. What do people bob for on Halloween?
a) apples   b) oranges   c) money
11.Which film from 1987 stars Jack Nicholson, and Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer as three single women who experiment with some powers?
a) The Shining   b) The Witches of Eastwick   c) Wolf
12.On which date does Halloween fall?
a) October 31st   b) October 26th    c) October 30th
13. Which song was a 1973 hit for Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers? (Lyric clue: It was a graveyard smash.)
14.Shakespeare’s three witches from Macbeth were also known as . . . what?
a) The Wonderful three   b) The Scary Sisters   c) The Weird Sisters
Listed below are five anagrams of words you might associate with Halloween:
15) pink ump (You might have carved one of these!)
16) tarot tricker (A common phrase)
17) rural peanuts (an otherworldly experience!)
18) agent verso (a burial monument)
19) tepid fire (really scared!)
20) rosiest input (perhaps involving a Black Cat!)

The Shows Must Go On – The War of the Worlds

Jeff Wayne’s ‘The War of The Worlds’ and ‘The Shows Must Go On’ proudly presents the 2012 live performance, filmed at London’s O2 Arena with 23 cameras for spectacular visual coverage. With an array of new technology and effects plus an all-star cast featuring: Liam Neeson seen in advanced 3D holography, recording, stage and screen star Jason Donovan, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, Wet Wet Wet’s Marti Pellow, Jettblack’s Will Stapleton and Wicked’s Kerry Ellis. The 9-piece Black Smoke Band and the symphonic ULLAdubULLA Strings conducted by Jeff Wayne – PLUS the incredible 3-tonne 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real Heat Ray flames over the audience.

Premieres at 7pm tonight (Friday 23rd October) and available to watch for 48 hours (click on the picture to watch)