National Theatre at Home ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ from Thursday 21st May


National Theatre continue to stream a show each week while they have to be closed.  The shows go out on YouTube at 7pm on Thursday and then are available for 7days

Watch the Young Vic’s hit ★★★★★ production of Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire, with Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster.    You can find the play here

Lockdown Leeds

A few pictures from my solitary early morning walks.







I think the bird at Leeds Dock might be a heron? But ornithology is not my strong point so I’d welcome correction.

Slightly worried about the swan as it’s mate was nowhere to be seen and it seemed to be calling.

It’s very peaceful walking in Leeds at the moment – hardly a soul to be seen in the early morning and nature is abundant with less people and traffic around.  I do hope we are out of lockdown soon but a part of me will miss the solitude.

Valerie – Caring Together

National Theatre At Home

This weeks performance from the National Theatre is Frankenstein

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), this production of Frankenstein sees Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Hamlet, Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

This week you are able to choose between 2 versions of this play
You can watch both versions of Frankenstein on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel:

Benedict Cumberbatch performing as the creature from 30 April at 7pm, to 7 May at 7pm.

Jonny Lee Miller performing as the creature from 1 May at 7pm, to 8 May at 7pm.

Great British Home Chorus

British choirmaster, composer and TV presenter, Gareth Malone, has launched an ‘at home’ digital choir to boost the nation’s morale during coronavirus self-isolation.

His heart-warming new initiative, ‘The Great British Home Chorus’, has been designed to bring together both amateur and professional performers around the UK by encouraging them to sing with others online.

The next rehearsal will be at 5.30pm today

You can register here to get all the information, songsheets etc: (it’s free)

If you don’t want to register but just want to watch (you may feel inspired to sing along 😀) you can see it on you tube:…


Cash machine scam – warning to be vigilant

West Yorkshire Police are asking residents of Headingley and Hyde Park to be vigilant when the withdrawing cash from local ATM machines. Four camera devices have been found in the past few weeks attached to ATM machines in these  areas. These carefully disguised devices are fixed above the cash machines and video record users inputting codes into the machine through a pin hole camera. This information is later used to defraud the customer. West Yorkshire Police are investigating these incidents and ask for any suspicious devices or behaviour around cash machines to be reported to us immediately.

University PC Mark Bottomley gives the following advice:

Always cover the keypad when entering your PIN with your hand.

If you notice anything unusual, odd or different about the machine or there are signs of tampering; do not use it, report it to the bank immediately and don’t let others use the machine.

If your cash or cards get trapped within the machine, report it to the bank immediately.

Stand close to the machine to avoid prying eyes over your shoulder and challenge anyone stood too close to you.

Don’t let any strangers distract you when at the ATM.

Always put your cash and card away before leaving the cash machine and never leave a receipt behind.

Finally always check your bank statements, fraudsters often will use low value transactions in an attempt to hide their thefts over a long period of time. Immediately notify your card company if something appears wrong.”

National Community Meals Week

This week has been  National Community Meals Week .  A third of all local authorities no longer provide a meals service but Leeds, despite many cuts, is still one of the two thirds that do.

Leeds  Community Meals service has been delivering hot meals for over 40 years. The service supports elderly and vulnerable people in the city and helps them live independently in their own homes. Over 400 meals a day are now delivered in the city.

Call Community Meals Leeds on 0113 247 8577 to find out how you, or someone you care about can start receiving meals. The office is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm.  Or look here.