Caring Moments: Donations, Alterations and Potting….

Our new space has had a splash of colour added. Myrna altered the batak, made by members, so we can eventually get it up on the wall. She also brought in some brightly coloured plant pots. It is lovely to see it slowly but surely coming to life.
We have also been donated some second hand books, CD’s, DVD’s and Hello magazines too. if you would like some call 07436 530073 or email:

Today’s lockdown changes

As everyone will be aware today marks some further easing of lockdown restrictions:

Lockdown rules graphic - What's changing in England from 17 May?

Meeting up

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


Full details are on

(Summary and image from BBC News)

Whitby Fish & Ships Virtual Festival 15th-16th May

Fancy a virtual visit to the North Yorkshire Coast?

Fish & Ships updated their website address.

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

Magpie Cafe

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.

Quayside Fisheries

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

Whitby Library 

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

Scoresby’s Arctic

Whitby Museum Fossil Collection

Whitby Harbour

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.


CATS – 40th Anniversary Show – 24hrs 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.

Shared Moments: ‘Post Pandemic’ written by Oliver Cross

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.

Wednesday 12th May 2021: Mass Observation Day

Would you like to keep a one-day diary for Mass Observation?

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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:

Over 5000 diaries were sent in last year and there are a series of short films reflecting some of the themes here

Dying Matters Week 10-16 May 2021

Dying Matters Leeds
This year the Dying Matters Awareness Week theme is focusing on the importance of being ‘in a good place to die‘. Where people die is changing. More people than ever are dying at home, and the pandemic has accelerated this trend. In 2020, 28% of people in the UK died at home.
With gaps in support structures for people when they die, and for those that are left behind, people are dying without being in the right place. Often, people don’t feel prepared and they haven’t fulfilled their wishes or communicated them to loved ones.
Dying Matters Leeds want to raise the profile of the care that does exist and the benefit that it gives to dying people and their families. And to raise our voices to highlight what needs to change for people at the end of life.

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:

Leeds Bereavement Forum
Leeds Bereavement Forum is holding a virtual Death Café on Tuesday 11 May at 2pm. For more details please visit their website.…/leeds-bereavement-forum-dying…/
Full Circle Funerals
Tuesday 11 May at 11am and Thursday 13 May at 6.30pm

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 –

For further details, please visit their Facebook page
Friday 14 May at 11am.
“I am a mum of four, but only two walk beside me.”
Guest speaker – Natalie Dimelow – Natalie shares her personal experience of bereavement and how the work she is now doing to support others is part of her girls’ legacy. To join the webinar, please go to
Friday 14 May at 1pm
‘ Live instrumental “Golden Oldies” performance for people living with Dementia’ – details here 
Thursday 20 May at 5.15pm and Sunday 20 June 11am
MESMAC are hosting a Death Café to encourage an open conversation about death. This is not a bereavement group, this group is to talk about death, anything from your experiences and thoughts on death to practical advice about death. There is no agenda and where the conversation goes is down to the participants. The link on the death café website for the first one is
Swan Song Project
Thursday 13 May at 7.30pm
The Swan Song Project invites you to join them for a Dying Matters special edition of their virtual singing group. The group meets virtually every Thursday evening on Zoom to share the joy of singing. All participants are muted (Due to time lagging issues with Zoom), the songs are taught using a vocal loop pedal meaning you can hear all of the harmonies and simply choose which one you would like to sing along with. As part of Dying Matters week their session on Thursday 13 May will be reflective in nature. Beautiful songs that can help us remember those we have lost and bring us closer to those with us.
The session is free to attend and you can register via eventbrite –…/the-swan-song-project…
Leeds Museums and Galleries
Friday 14 May at 10am
“All that Remains: Death and Dying in the Museum” will go live on Leeds Museums and Galleries’ YouTube channel on Friday 14 May from 10am – link to be confirmed.