More sport returns this weekend – Super League and County Cricket

County Cricket returns tomorrow, Sat 1st Aug, but it will be without fans after the government decided it was too risky to go ahead with a pilot plan to allow a small number of fans to attend.  It is hoped that the pilot might be able to go ahead after August 15th.

Yorkshire’s first fixture is against Durham 1st – 4th August – starting at 11am

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Rugby Super League also returns this weekend – with Leeds Rhinos playing their first match, against Huddersfield Giants on Sunday at 6.30pm

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New local lockdown rules for parts of West Yorkshire (not Leeds)

Last night the government annouced new rules for parts of the country with high infection rates, effective from today.  This is NOT directly applicable to Leeds, but does include Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale, so anyone who has friends or family in that area needs to be aware of them.

From today, the rules for the affected areas mean that people from two households are not allowed to meet indoors or in a private garden, unless they are part of a support bubble.  So, you should not visit anyone in this area and they should not travel out of the area to visit you at home.

More details about all the rules and also the full list of affected areas is here:

Please be reassured that Leeds still has a fairly low infection rate so there doesn’t seem to be any immediate prospect of a similar lockdown in the city and these measures will hopefully stop the spread in those areas with higher rates.

Spectacular Cirque du Soleil

You’re invited to a 60-minute special, featuring some of the best live show moments of ‘La Nou’a, ‘Varekai and Quidam! Rediscover these fan-favorite shows and enjoy mind-blowing acrobatics from the comfort of your home! For the whole family to enjoy!

Available to watch until further notice

Are your Electoral details up to date?

Leeds City Council is warning local residents not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

Households across the city will be receiving their annual canvas letter and are being urged to check the details are correct.

The annual canvass ensures that the council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Government changes this year mean that people only need to respond if the letter asks them to or if they want to change or add information. In the majority of cases, households will not need to respond if their details are correct and complete.

Letters are being sent to around 350,000 households in Leeds, with 78,000 of these definitely requiring a response which will be clearly stated.

People who have moved to the city recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the letter and check the details are correct.

If residents need to make a change to their information, they can do this easily online at Residents will need to enter a two part security code which they will find on the communication they have been sent. Households without internet access can do this by calling 0113 222 4411.

If you are not currently registered to vote, your name will not appear on the letter. If you want to register, the easiest way to do so is online at Those without internet access can do so by calling 0113 222 4411.

With local elections and the Combined Authority mayoral elections taking place in Leeds in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part and have their say on the decisions that affect them.

Susanna Benton, Head of Electoral Services at Leeds City Council, said:

“It’s important that residents keep an eye out for a letter from the council over the coming weeks so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the city. This is an important process in making sure that as many people as possible have the right to vote on decisions that affect them.

“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working hard to ensure that we take into account public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.

“Making sure you provide the necessary information to us when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly and will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.

“I would encourage any households which are required to respond to do so by 14 August 2020 to avoid a reminder being sent to them.”

For helpful information about registering to vote, visit

Any residents who have any questions can contact electoral services by calling 0113 222 4411 or emailing

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Leeds in sculpture – a virtual tour with Leeds Civic Trust – 29th July

A virtual tour of the city of Leeds through its sculpture, statues and ornamentation: the city’s representation in physical form

Originally planned as a new supper walk for the Trust, this walk has suddenly become very topical. Join Civic Trust Director Martin Hamilton as he takes you on a virtual tour round some of the city’s statues, sculptures and monuments.

Wednesday 29th July 7pm-8pm.  Register on Eventbrite for a place

Highlights include:

• The City Square statues

• War memorials – how we remember casualties of war

• 20th and 21st century sculpture, including work by Moore, Armitage and Scott

• Ornamentation and decoration – including the work of sculptor Catherine Mawer

This will also be an opportunity to consider who and what we represent in sculptural form and why these choices are made.

‘Wasted’ – The Brontes Story in a Rock Musical

Brought to you by Southwark Playhouse – part of the ‘Southwark Stayhouse’ programme

Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. Coupled with a rock score from Christopher Ash (Showstoppers – Oliver Award winner for Best Entertainment), book and lyrics by Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre), directed by Adam Lenson (Superhero – Off-West End Award for New Musical), the Brontës ask – was it all wasted?

This is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before.

Please note that this production contains flashing lights and strobe effects, loud noises, strong language, and haze

Miracle Theatre – 4 plays you can watch on YouTube

The National Theatre at Home series has now come to an end, so instead here are some performances from Miracle Theatre – a non profit making theatre company from Cornwall.

4 performances, mostly filmed outdoors on Cornish Clifftops and at the beautiful outdoor Minack Theatre.  Visit during the day | Minack Theatre

The Magnificent Three 

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Case of The Frightened Lady at Minack Theatre


UK’s first Silver Pride this weekend – online

Brought to you by Friends of Dorothy a Leeds charity that champions social inclusion for older LGBT+ people by hosting regular activities and events. A welcoming inclusive group that supports members to keep well, have fun and stay connected.

Over 2 days this weekend – 25th and 26th July

Join Friends of Dorothy, LGBT+ celebrities and friends for the inaugural Silver Pride UK; a culturally diverse and enriching programme of live performances, masterclasses and events to champion social inclusion and ensure elderly LGBT+ people are socially connected, celebrated and recognised for their contributions to culture and society. Everyone welcome!

They invite you to Rainbow up your life and come together for this fabulous, gargantuous, entertaining celebration of LGBT+ history.


See the full programme and get free tickets here

All registered Silver Pride UK attendees will be sent a virtual programme and links to all of the main events and fringe events on the morning of the 25th July.  The event is free to attend but donations to Friends of Dorothy will be welcomed.


Face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July

The government  plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July.

Use of a face covering is not a replacement for social distancing and keeping up regular hand washing.

A face covering is something that covers your mouth and nose. Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100. Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

Should someone without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police. If people refuse to comply, police can issue a fine.

For information on how to use a face covering correctly, watch this video.

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Public Transport

The new Government guidance means more people are likely to be using public transport. However, you are still encouraged to use other means of transport where possible. 

Public transport users must wear a face covering when travelling on buses and trains. In line with government guidelines, visitors to travel centres will need to wear a face covering from 24 July.

The exemptions for wearing a face covering in supermarkets and shops also apply on public transport.

Those exempt from wearing a face covering can download an assistance card to help communicate this to staff on bus and rail services in West Yorkshire. You can print them off or take a picture on your phone to show staff.

You should also continue using contactless payment if you can.

Taxis and private hire vehicles

You should wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.

Follow the advice of the driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.

Full guidance on face coverings including other exemptions, and how to make your own face covering, is available here.