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: 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.

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.


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

Leeds City Council Coronavirus update


An update on Leeds’s infection rates

Although the second step on the roadmap of easing restrictions took place on Monday, the actions of every Leeds resident still make a crucial difference to COVID-19 infection rates in our city.

There is a lot to begin to enjoy again and look forward to, but we need to continue to be cautious and keep infection rates low.

The COVID-19 infection rate for Leeds is now below the Yorkshire average down to 56.9 per 100,000, with the rate for over 60’s at 22.4 per 100,000. Positivity rate this week has also dropped to 2.9%.

But what we are seeing is a growing number of younger people testing positive for COVID-19, so it is still really important that everyone, even if they have had a vaccine, follow the hands, face, space guidance and only meet people outside within the rule of six or two households.

If you work at or own a business there is information and support available on the council website.


Support is still available for the 71,000 people in Leeds who have been shielding during the lockdown. Key advice for those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 can be found translated into different languages here, with British Sign Language and Easy Read versions available. It covers working from home, going to school, shopping, socialising, travelling, accessing care and getting vaccinated. Additionally, those that have been shielding can find out more information about available support on Leeds City Council’s website.

COVID-19 vaccine update

Nearly 40 million vaccine doses have been given across the UK, with those aged 45 to 49 now able to book appointments. Don’t forget, there are four ways you might be contacted by the NHS when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.

  • Using a local GP service: GP services are working together in your area to vaccinate as many people as possible. You may be contacted by a different surgery to the one you usually go to.
  • Local hospital services: You might be contacted to have the vaccination as an inpatient or outpatient.
  • At a vaccination centre or pharmacy: If you live within 30 to 45 minutes of a vaccination centre, and haven’t already been vaccinated, you may have received a letter asking you to book an appointment online at Or if you can’t access the NHS website you can call 119 free of charge.
  • NHS text alerts for COVID-19 vaccine: the national booking service is also sending invitations and reminders to some people by text. These will be sent using the Government’s secure Notify service and will show as being sent from ‘NHSvaccine’ with a link to the website.

As of April 15 2021, more than 361,000 people in Leeds have received their first vaccination. Of these, more than 107,000 people have also now received their second dose.


Even if you missed Census Day on 21 March, there is still time to complete it. Every household is required by law to complete the census and you need to respond as soon as possible to avoid a fine. Fill in the Census here.

This is the very first time the Government is asking everyone to respond to the Census online, if they can. If you know someone who doesn’t have the skills or confidence to do it online, you can access telephone and face to face support. Visit or call 0113 3785005 .

The Census questionnaire is available on paper and in 42 different languages, in easy-read and large print formats and Braille, and in a video format in British Sign Language, audio and subtitles.

Census Is Still Open

Register to vote

You only have till Monday 19 April to register to vote while the deadline for postal voting is 5pm the next day on Tuesday 20 April. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so at

Over 200,000 residents have chosen to vote by post. Those using polling stations are being asked to wear a mask and comply with other safety and social distancing measures. It is anticipated that only limited numbers will be permitted inside polling stations at any one time, which may mean queues are likely.

If you want to find out where your polling station is visit

You vote matters. Don’t lose it.

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