New test centres added in Leeds for residents to get rapid covid tests

A major new testing programme has been launched for residents in Leeds in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Around one in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and will spread it without realising.

Now, to stop this risk by finding new cases, Leeds City Council is offering a number of options across the city for residents to take part in community testing.

The new community testing centres are:

City Centre Community Hub, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 8LX

Armley Community Hub & Library, 2 Stocks Hill, Armley, LS12 1UQ

Deacon House Centre, Seacroft Avenue, Leeds, LS14 6JD

Dewsbury Road Community Hub & Library, 190 Dewsbury Road, LS11 6PF

Halton Library, 273 Selby Road, LS15 7JR; The Compton Centre Community Hub & Library, Harehills Lane, Harehills, LS9 7BG

The Reginald Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3EX.

Opening hours 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri and 10am to 1pm Saturday except City Centre Community Hub which doesn’t open Saturdays.

These are in addition to the existing community testing options we have previously told you about and which are as follows:

A home ordering service –

Collection at a local test site during specific test collection time windows –

Pharmacies offering home test collection –

Testing on-site at Leeds Beckett University – City Campus LS1 3HE (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 2pm) Headingley Campus LS6 3QS (Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm).

Residents should have two tests during a week-long period. Please note this community testing is only for people with NO SYMPTOMS. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and book a test.

Public health leaders in the city hope as many residents as possible will take part in the new initiative to protect both themselves and others.

Make sure you are able to vote

Leeds residents are being reminded not to lose their chance to vote as registration and postal deadlines approach.

The deadline for registering to vote is midnight Monday 19 April while the deadline for postal voting is 5pm the next day on Tuesday 20 April.

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.

To find out more and to register online If you’re already registered you don’t need to apply again.

All the information needed is available online at, anyone needing further help can call the Leeds City Council elections helpline on 0113 222 4411 (open 9am to 5pm Mon-Fri only) or email

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 Museums and Galleries – what’s reopening this week

Kirkstall Abbey


Wildlife World is reopening from Monday, but please make sure you book a ticket before visiting.

(please also only go if you intend to send us pictures of the warty pigs afterwards)

The playground, toilets, shop and café will also be open.

For FAQ, follow the Lotherton Facebook page or visit our webpage.

Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey is fully open for all of your Cistercian monastic ruin needs, including the shop, which does sell ice cream.

Conveniently, research shows that the ruins are best enjoyed with a wry smile and ice cream around your chops.

We’re open Tues – Sun, 10am – 4pm.

Abbey House Museum 

Over the road, the shop at Abbey House Museum will be open. Hooray!

Temple Newsam 

Home Farm at Temple Newsam will be open from Monday, but please book online before you visit.

The playground and toilets will also be open along with Temple Newsam Tearooms for takeaways and outdoor seating. The shop will be open from Tuesday.

For updates, follow the Temple Newsam Facebook page or visit our webpage.

Leeds Industrial Museum

The shop at Leeds Industrial Museum will be open from Tuesday, so drop in and show the site a little support.

The grounds at Leeds Industrial Museum are open and beautiful, thanks to our hard working team of volunteers (who wrote a blog about it). Have a stroll through and admire their lovely green-fingers.

Leeds Art Gallery

The Leeds Art Gallery Shop will be open from Tuesday and stocked t’brim with local gifts and art inspired homewares if you’re planning a trip into the city.

The rest of our venues – and the indoor parts of these ones! – are gearing up to see you all in May.

Next stage of “lockdown roadmap” – what are the rules from today?

Today marks the next step in lockdown easing, however government and the health service are all stressing the importance of continuing to be careful and protect ourselves and others. Many restrictions remain in place and, very importantly you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies, and continue to social distance when meeting people outdoors.

Here’s what changes from today:

  • non-essential retail can reopen
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible


Keeping yourself and others safe:

Social distancing is still very important. You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.

You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.


Free regular rapid covid testing available for everyone without symptoms.

Anyone in England who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for coronavirus.

Information:  If you have coronavirus symptoms, you need a different test called a PCR test. Get a PCR test if you have coronavirus symptoms on GOV.UK

How to get regular rapid tests

Go to a test site

You can go to a rapid lateral flow test site to get a rapid test.

If you go to a test site:

  • you may need an appointment, so check before you go
  • a trained helper might be able to help you do the test
  • you’ll get a text or email with the result when it’s ready

Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site

Get a test to do at home

You can get rapid tests to do at home.

You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 tests from a local pharmacy or test site:

You can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK

If you do tests at home, you’ll need to report your results online or on the phone.

This video from NHS explains more about what to expect from a rapid flow test

Livestream Concert from The Deep tonight

Join electronic artist R•MCL for a spectacular livestream concert. Performed live from the top of The Deep, one of the most iconic buildings in the UK.

The livestream will combine the artist’s never-before-seen set with cinematic camera and drone shots of the dramatic UK landmark, with soaring views of the Humber estuary behind.

You can watch at 7pm on The Deep website: or on the facebook page:

From the Deep website “We can’t wait to host our first ever livestream concert!

Join us for a sunset performance from electronic artist R·MCL livestreamed from The Deep’s nose cone on Friday 9 April 2021 at 7pm. Enjoy live music with cinematic camera and drone shots of the Humber and surrounding landscapes.

This is a live stream performance with no audience (as we are still closed), and is free of charge to view.

The performance will be held outdoors in the nose cone of The Deep and is subject to changing weather conditions. Details will be available should the performance be rescheduled.”


Headingley Farmers Market is back Saturday 10th April

Rose Garden North Lane Headingley LS6 3JJ

9.00am – 12.30pm Saturday 10th April

headingley Farmers' Market

The market re-launches this weekend and on 2nd Saturday of every month

Outdoors and socially distanced.  The entrance is on North Lane, there will be a one-way system and you will be asked to wear masks unless medically exempt. A maximum of only 5 customers (or households) will be allowed to queue at each stall. This is to ensure social distancing on the small site so you are encouraged to ‘shop don’t stop’.

Musicians, Kilburn, Coles and Rendell, will help to make it go with a swing.

April’s stallholders are:

STICKEYS HONEY range of honey.

HOLY SMOKERY range of smoked produce from Kilnsey

WHOLE IN THE GROUND coffees including swiss water method decaffeinated coffee as well as half in half.

REALLY INDIAN samosas, onion bhajis, pakoras and cook-in curry sauces including recipes from 6 different regions of India.

YORKSHIRE PIE BAKERY different flavoured pork pies made from locally sourced pork, plus vegetarian and vegan pies.

JOHNSON fish from Whitby. Also brings fish across to Headingley from Whitby in his van.

LINCOLNSHIRE POACHER raw milk and butter from their farm as well as cheese.


SQUEAKY CHEESE “halloumi-style” cheeses.

SWILLINGTON ORGANIC chicken, pork, beef and lamb and Headbangers sausages and bacon made from Swillington pork.

HEADINGLEY COUNTRY MARKETS cakes, biscuits, and preserves from Headingley kitchens.

ORGANIC PANTRY organic vegetables.

OLIANAS pizzas, enormous doughnuts and home-made Yorkshire Pecorino Cheese.

KARDAMARKIS olive oil and olives from the family farm in Crete and other Greek delicacies.

YORKSHIRE ORCHARDS apple juice and juices mixed with many local fruits – raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, blackcurrants, blackberries.

CHURCH FARM EGGS hen, quail, and duck eggs.

Shared Moments: ‘Blooming’ Marvellous Bingo prizes….

Socially distant delivery of bingo prizes were handed out last week. Daffs and Eggs were gratefully received by the lucky winners for this month and plants, hand sanitiser and fruit for the month before.

Our next bingo session is on Wednesday 21st April 2021 @ 3pm.

Call if you would like to join us, Lisa 07436 530073, or email: