As everyone will be aware today marks some further easing of lockdown restrictions:
- People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
- Six people or two households can meet indoors and overnight stays can take place
- Up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other life events
- Number of people who can attend a funeral is no longer capped, but determined by the size of venue
- Up to 30 are allowed to attend a support group or parent-and-child group (not counting under fives)
- Care home residents can have up to five named visitors, and more freedom for visits out of the home
Social distancing guidance is also changing. Contact with close family and friends is described as a matter of personal judgement, but people are asked to remain cautious around close contact, like hugging.
Leisure and entertainment
- Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers indoors
- Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
- Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can all reopen
- Organised adult sports and exercise classes can restart indoors
- Steam rooms and saunas may reopen
- Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
- Face coverings no longer recommended for pupils in secondary schools
- All remaining university students eligible to return to in-person teaching
- People will be able to travel abroad to green list countries without having to quarantine when they return
(Summary and image from BBC News)
Fancy a virtual visit to the North Yorkshire Coast?
The 2021 festival this year will be a virtual event involving new videos especially recorded for the event. These include video workshops, museum tours, behind the scenes tours of your favourite places, like the Captain Cook Museum, Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby Museum, Quayside Fish & Chips, Whitby Harbour, and Whitby Library.
There will be special talks on displays, pratical workshops, fascinating history, seafood cooking demonstrations from the Magpie Cafe, music from Whitby Sea Festival featuring sea balladeers and shantymen and much more. Watch this space!
The weekend will feature an exciting line-up up of scheduled videos, seen for the first time at the 2021 Virtual Fish & Ships (15-16 May) showing you eveything you love about Whitby, and discovering so much more.
It is hoped the 2022 festival will return next May.
Here’s what you can look forward to at the 2021 virtual festival on the Discover Yorkshire Coast Youtube Channel
Or head to the facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/fishandships21
Moules Marinière – Watch the head chef from the Magpie restaurant demonstrate how to cook Moules Marinère and King Scallops; including all manner of hints and tips so you can try the recipe yourself.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Captain Cook’s Cures for Scurvy – , Eat Your Greens! Scurvy Grass, Sea Celery and Captain Cook. A look at some of the print of plants collected on Cook’s first voyage
Who Invented the Sandwich, A look at the portrait of Lord Sandwich in the Captain Cook Memorial Museum to find out how the sandwich came into being.
Hodge’s Resolution in Pack Ice – A volunteer talks about her favourite painting – a sketch of the ship Resolution in pack ice by voyage artist William Hodges
Captain Cook Kids – Sauerkaut, Boomerang, Banksia Nut, Whitby Harbour by John Bird, & Sailor’s Farewell
Rock the Boat! – How to make a rocking box of fish and ships!
Funky Fish! – How to make a recycled fish sculpture and learn about keeping our beaches clean.
Coral Calamity! – How to make an underwater coral scene.
How to Measure Longitude & How to Measure Latitude
Jolly Jane Tar – The story of a girl who went to sea; performed in story and song.
The Journey – See how Quayside Whitby turn their fresh ingredients into high quality, tasty fish and chips. From the fishmonger to the british potatoes rumbled and chipped on site to the secrets of the batter and how it’s all cooked.
Whitby Sea Festival Sea Songs & Sea Shanties
The Endeavour Shanty – Song performed by The Endeavour Shantymen
Chips & Fish – New and Exclusive
Old Whitby Town with Whitby Schools
Videos from artists – Hugie Jones, Beth Burrows, Lynda & Alan Hardcastle,The Bounty Hounds and another duo Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante
Pannett Art Gallery
Making Waves – Looking at paintings of the sea from the Pannett Art Gallery before trying out different techniques and materials to create your own waves.
Ship and Sea Shanty – Marine-themed paintings from the Pannett Collection accompanied by a catchy Whitny themed Sea Shanty written and performed by Michael King.
Sea: The Bigger Picture, Gathering Flithers by Thomas Barrett – Artist and Actor Steve Huison (Full Monty) talks about the aquatint Gathering Flithers by Thomas Barrett, one of the Staithes Group of Artists at the Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby
Sea: The Bigger Picture, Low Tide on the Beck by Harrington Mann – Low Tide on the Beck by Harrington Mann. Artist and Actor Steve Huison (Full Monty) talks about painting styles, looking at paintings from the Pannett Art Gallery.
Sea: The Bigger Picture, Boats in Rough Sea by Frank Henry Mason – Boats in Rough Sea by Frank Henry Mason. Artist and Actor Steve Huison (Full Monty) talks about painting styles, looking at paintings from the Pannett Art Gallery.
Sea: The Bigger Picture, Cobles Leaving Staithes by Joseph Bagshawe – Cobles Leaving Staithes by Joseph Bagshawe. Artist and Actor Steve Huison (Full Monty) talks about painting styles, looking at paintings from the Pannett Art Gallery.
Sea: The Bigger Picture, Focus on Fishermen
Fireside Read by Ernest Higgins Rigg, Vegetable Market, Bruges by Mark Senior, Flowers by Edward Conway, The Journey
How to Make an Origami Boat
An Interview with Frank Meadow Sutcliffe
A Tour of Whitby Library
Whitby Poets and Writers
Liz Millions Children’s Stories
Whitby Museum Fossil Collection
A Tour of Whitby Harbour – This is a decription of the inner workings of Whitby Harbour by the Harbour Master, Chris Burrows.
The Price of a Chip Supper
A one-act, one-man play performed by Ken O’Hara as Rab. Rab is a fisherman like his father and grandfather before him, The decline of the Scottish fishing industry and the loss of his brother have hit him hard. This play is being presented as part of the Whitby Fish and Ships Festival in honour and recognition of the shared heritage and dangers experienced by fishermen throughout the UK. – WARNING THIS CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND IS SUITABLE FOR OVER 18’s ONLY.
From The Shows Must Go On, a special 40th anniversary celebration of CATS. The full show will be streaming tonight from 7pm. Available to watch for 24 hours
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, the most famous musical of all time, first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. ‘Memory’, one of its many classic songs, became an instant worldwide hit. Since then CATS has smashed records and conquered the world. Using the latest technology, all the excitement, thrill, romance and intimacy of this theatrical legend has been captured on screen. Breathtaking visuals and full digital sound (that has been completely re-recorded with a seventy piece orchestra) will leave you deep into the mysterious world of CATS as you’ve never seen it before — more intoxicating and magical than you could possibly imagine. With a star cast including Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills.
A friend who works for the NHS has been awarded, to add to her one per cent pay bonanza, a memento honouring her invaluable work during the pandemic.
It’s an enamel badge, possibly imported from China, which she likes to call a medal because it sounds more dignified and because otherwise she would have nothing much to show for her contribution to saving the western world except a pile of used PPE.
She will also be able, in her very old age, to thrill young care assistants with tales of her Covid exploits and then, just when they’re beginning to tire, she will show them her 2021 Covid Medal, which will produce such all-round excitement that they’ll have to escort her back to bed.
Of course there’s no call for mockery. I’m sure some NHS staff will be genuinely pleased to have some token recognition of their work; the alternative, given the NHS’s financial state, being no recognition, token or otherwise.
They might also enjoy exploring eBay to check out resale values, although I don’t suppose their returns will start to compensate for the toil and trouble of the pandemic any time this century.
Still, it’s difficult not to sympathise with managers expected to show their gratitude for staff efforts on a budget of nothing whatever, or, if they really stretch things, some enamel badges.
In the 1970s when I was a trainee journalist in Lincolnshire, I worked for an old-fashioned weekly newspaper which made a lot of money but was very reluctant to part with any of it, particularly as a result of paying wages.
The owner, an affable man called Bill, would visit the local office every Christmas and hand everybody a bottle of whisky and, responding to the new pressure for gender equality, a bottle of sweet sherry for the ladies.
Then one year, our National Union of Journalists branch decided that we no longer wanted to be patronised and short-changed. You can keep your cheap seasonal booze, we told Bill, we want a decent wage throughout the year and we want it now!
Bill responded very quickly by assuring us that he would no longer insult us with free booze, but he couldn’t quite manage the decent wage aspect of the deal at the moment, so would it be OK if he didn’t give us anything at all? Which he never did, despite the union bombarding him with some very severe motions.
This, I think, proves that the workers of the world should grab anything they can get, particularly if it’s drinkable and even if it’s only a badge disguising itself as a medal.
Buildings in Leeds were lit up in green last night to mark the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid celebrations today.
Eid Mubarak to anyone celebrating today.
Wishing you a happy, peaceful and safe Eid
Today marks the birth date of Florence Nightingale (she would be 201) and is designated international nurses day.
So on this day, thank you to all the nurses and healthcare staff for all that they have been doing to help keep us safe and well – especially over this last year.
Would you like to keep a one-day diary for Mass Observation?
On the 12th May 2021, the Mass Observation Archive will be repeating its annual call for day diaries, capturing the everyday lives of people across the UK. The written diaries will be stored in the Archive at The Keep and be used by a wide range of people for research, teaching and learning.
In 1937 Mass Observation called for people from all parts of the UK to record everything they did from when they woke up in the morning to when they went to sleep at night on 12th May. This was the day of George VI’s Coronation. The resulting diaries provide a wonderful glimpse into the everyday lives of people across Britain and have become an invaluable resource for those researching countless aspects of the era.
We don’t know how life will be on the 12th May, but we would like your help to document it. Please tell your family and friends. It will be valuable to have a collection from people of all ages across the UK.
Last year we received over 5000 diaries.
We would love to hear from you again to find out how your life is a year on.
We understand it has been a very difficult year and we were touched that so many people chose to share their stories with Mass Observation.
If you didn’t send a diary in last year, why not join in this year and tell us about your life now in 2021?
Diaries can record 12th May and reflect back over the past year and look forward to the future and life beyond this year.
Share your lives, your hopes and your dreams with Mass Observation for future generations.
All details about how to take part are here: http://www.massobs.org.uk/write-for-us/12th-may
Over 5000 diaries were sent in last year and there are a series of short films reflecting some of the themes here http://www.massobs.org.uk/learning/12th-may-resources
There are a number of events happening this week around the theme- see below, and there is always lots of advice information and sources of support on the Dying Matter Leeds website: http://dyingmattersleeds.org/
Full Circle Funerals is hosting two Facebook Live events called “Time to Remember and Light a Candle” – people can send in poems to be read, or simply join us at the time and ask for someone to be remembered – https://fb.me/e/6YtLN9omB