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Coronavirus - update: Tuesday 28, April

Coronavirus - update: Tuesday 28, April

Published by May Norman at 5:35am 28th April 2020. (Updated at 7:19pm 28th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Tuesday, 28 April

Stray FM has put together an advice page - which can be found here.

We are also updating this interactive article DAILY, with the latest local information.

Here's what you need to know (this page will be regularly updated):


Free window cleaning for Key Workers

Key workers in Harrogate are able to get free window cleaning throughout May.

A company called Pure Clean Solutions is offering the service, and it applies to anyone who lives in HG1, HG2, HG3 or HG5 postcodes.

"Our aim is to brighten your day as well as your windows!"

"To claim this, send a copy of your ID badge to info@purecleansolutions.co.uk along with your address so we can arrange a suitable date and time."

The company regularly post information and offers on Instagram and Facebook...

Gym from home...

Three personal trainers in Harrogate have teamed up - after the coronavirus outbreak threatened their businesses...

'Gym from Home', offering online fitness classes, was launched last month - people up and down the country have already signed up.

To find out more, search 'The Gym from Home' on Facebook...


Woah. Geese. Laying eggs in a train station.

You read that right. News just in from York train station.

What is going on???


North Yorkshire tips to stay closed

Waste centres across North Yorkshire will stay shut despite a government go-ahead for them to reopen.

The move for sites to reopen was confirmed today, Tuesday, in Parliament by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

The council is urging residents to minimise their waste.

Here's the full story.


Fly-tipping criticised by MP

Ilkley and Keighley's MP, Robbie Moore, has branded people who fly-tip a "disgrace".

At the moment refuse tips are shut to protect staff and the public.

However, that has meant some people have taken to fly-tipping...


Changes to bin collections in Craven next week

Residents in Craven are being reminded that their green and blue bin collections will take place a day early next week.

As the early May Bank Holiday falls on Friday May 8 this year to mark VE Day, there will be no collections on that day.

This means that if your bin is normally collected on Tuesdays, it will instead be collected on Monday May 4. If your bin is usually collected on Wednesdays, it will be collected on Tuesday May 5. If your normal collection day is Thursday, it will be collected on Wednesday May 6, and if your usual collection day is Friday, it will be collected on Thursday, May 7.

These changes only affect domestic collections (green and blue bins). Brown bin collections will take place as normal during this week for residents who have subscribed to the garden waste service. Brown bins must display a valid licence to ensure collections take place.

Services will return to normal the following week.


Counting down to cooking...

If you're running out of ideas of things to cook now we're at home every evening, Stray FM is here to help!

Every afternoon after 4pm, we're cooking with local chef Steph Moon...

Click here to listen live.


Christmas? What?

We're just under 8 months from the big day in December, but Wetherby Town Council have already launched their Christmas Card designing competition for 2020.

They say they hope it could fill a few hours of lockdown boredom...

"We hope it will appeal to Santa's Little Helpers both young and old.

"Perhaps photographers would like to spend some time going through their festive snaps, or parents would like a craft activity for an afternoon in lockdown?

"We are happy to accept any medium - watercolours, digital, photograph, crayons, just no collages I'm afraid."

Iona Taylor, Clerk to Wetherby Town Council

Here are the full details, and to be fair, it could be a good way to think positively about the future!


Harrogate Nightingale Hospital not taken any patients

A spokesperson for NHS England said there is still capacity at existing hospitals in the area to treat coronavirus patients.

But that the temporary hospital – which has about 500 beds – is ready to be used should the need arise.

A spokesperson said NHS staff who have done an induction training course at the Nightingale Hospital have now returned to their own hospitals where their work is currently most valuable.


Getting active and having fun!

While schools across the UK are closed to most children, childcare is available for children of key workers.

In Coppice Valley Primary School, they're getting active and having lots of fun!


Four more deaths in the Stray FM area

Four more people who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died in the Stray FM area.

Three were patients at Airedale Hospital and one at Harrogate Hospital.

The total number of deaths from coronavirus across England is now 19,301.

Click here for the full story.


Free travel for key workers

It looks like buses operated the West Yorkshire Metro network will now be free to NHS staff and other key workers.

Most buses are currently operating reduced timetables to get key workers to and from work.


"Don't put more lives at risk"

Police are reminding people across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale that the speed limit hasn't changed, despite roads being emptier.

Both North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire police have posted messages on social media saying that although the amount of traffic is different, the speed limit is not.


Harrogate Council Meeting: Full Details

We've now got full details of the first virtual meeting of Harrogate Borough Councillors.

This includes how you can watch it live on YouTube.

Here's the full story.


Got a question for Boris Johnson?

Members of the public now have the opportunity to submit questions for the Government's daily press conference.

Last night, it was Lyn from Skipton - if you fancy putting your questions to senior Government ministers, you can:


More details about Harrogate Council's first virtual meeting

Harrogate Borough Council have released more details about their first ever online meeting.

The cabinet will meet remotely next Wednesday, and the public will be able to watch live on YouTube.


A month of camping in the garden?

I can't decide whether that would be a dream or a nightmare, but it's all for a good cause so I guess it's worth it.

Seth and Martha are being sponsored to camp out every night - raising money for NHS Charities.

With rain forecast in the next couple of days this might be a good time to sponsor them if you haven't already!


"We'll be back soon, stronger than ever"

Sacred Heart school in Ilkley has posted a message to its students.

They say they are "amazed by the wonderful work you have been doing at home and can't wait to see you all again."

But in the meantime, they've posted this special video message:


"I can't say thank you enough"

Earlier on, we told you the story or Ivan and Jean, and how the community in Ripon came together to get them flowers for their 75th wedding anniversary.

Ivan is blind, so can't get out to the supermarket or order online.

We posted in the Blow Your Horn Ripon Facebook group - Terri, a checkout manager from Morrisons in Ripon, made a very special delivery.

LISTEN: Pete Egerton talks to Terri


Harrogate Borough Council to meet virtually

In the past few minutes it's been reported Harrogate Borough Council will meet virtually next week.

Jacob Webster is the Local Democracy Service reporter for Harrogate:


Emergency services remember colleagues

Emergency service workers were among those to stop and stand in silence across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale at 11am.

The country marked International Workers' Memorial Day, particularly paying tribute to key workers who have died with coronavirus.


New illness to be aware of

The health secretary has expressed his concern after some children in the UK have died from a rare inflammatory syndrome which has been linked to COVID-19.

Matt Hancock said a lot of research is being done on the new disease and "it is something that we're worried about".

Mr Hancock added that while the disease is rare, it is "very significant" for children who do get it.

Click here for the full story.


Ripon steps up!

Yesterday we received a message from Ivan, who is blind and lives in Blossomgate.

He was celebrating 57 years of marriage to his wife Jean, and wanted to get her some flowers, but he couldn't get out to the shops or order online.

We posted in the Blow Your Horn Ripon Facebook group, and had an outstanding response.

ivan jean fb post
The comments section was full of people offering to help out - and even offering to pay towards the cost!

And it was a success! The flowers were delivered - and they even got a cake...

ivan jean flowers
This is the wholesome content we need!

You'll Never Walk Alone


Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale to join together in silence

Today is International Workers' Memorial Day.

Stray FM is going to fall silent at 11am, paying tribute to frontline staff and key workers who have lost their lives in the fight against coronavirus.

Please join us and the nation for a minute - to remember - at 11am.


Special delivery!

We love seeing lots of stories of people going out of their way volunteering to support key workers.

This one's no different - ambulance stations in North Yorkshire had a special delivery from Jason...


Mental health survey

Mind, the mental health charity, has launched a survey to ensure they have the correct services to support people in Harrogate.

They want to know how people's mental health is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.


Thanking our GPs

A GP surgery in Knaresborough has posted a message drawn with chalk on the ground outside their building.

Well done to whoever did this - a great thing to do! It's brightened our day too...



UNISON plea: 'Please treat key workers with respect'

Public sector union UNISON is condemning the behaviour of a “small minority” of residents who it said targeted staff working on their rounds through the pandemic.

They say bin crew workers in Harrogate have had verbal abuse hurled at them during rows over recyclables.

Click here for the full story.


Falling silent at 11am

Stray FM will join the rest of the UK in silence at 11am, to remember key workers who have died with COVID-19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead the country as we mark International Workers' Memorial Day.

Click here for the full story.


Happy Birthday Captain Tom!

So his achievements include millions of pounds raised for NHS Charities, 100 laps walked of his garden, an official Number 1 single, the NHS Nightingale opening, a Keighley bus named after him... the list goes on.

But army veteran Captain Tom Moore, who turns 100 on Thursday, has received over 120,000 birthday cards!

Let's just hope nobody opens a window and blows them all away...


Letters to Loved One

Harrogate District Hospital's new ‘Letters to Loved Ones’ service for inpatients and their families is proving popular.

The scheme allowed relatives and friends of patients currently in hospital can now send letters and photographs to them.

Hospital bosses say it's raising spirits whilst visiting is reduced, and help people stay connected to their loved ones at this time.

If you want to send a letter or a photo in, you can do - email it to: hdft.LovedOnes@nhs.net, and these will be delivered to patients.

Alternatively, if you are unable to email, please call us Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm on 01423 557985 and we can take down a message.


Questions from the public

A grandmother from Skipton was the first person to pose a question at the daily briefing.

Downing Street has opened up questioning to members of the public.

Lyn from Skipton asked 'will seeing your grandkids be one of the first things I can do out of lockdown?'

If you want to submit a question, they need to be by midday through the gov.uk website.

You need to be over 18 to do so and we're told Ministers will not get to see them beforehand and the government is not involved in choosing the question.

To register a question, click here.


More calls for help

There's been a surge in people contacting Citizens Advice in Craven and Harrogate during the virus outbreak.  

The group has helped 269 people in the past four weeks.

69 per cent of which had a disability or long-term health condition.


Feeling the love

These beautiful hearts have been knitted and home-made cards made for patients and their relatives at Saint Michael's Hospice.

The love hearts have been donated by the Killinghall Women’s Institute, hospice nurses and friends and families.

One heart is to stay with a patient and a matching one for relatives.

The cards have been created by a former carer who has stayed in touch with the hospice. 

This is so heartwarming and makes being apart from loved ones slightly easier.


Praise for key workers

Members of the public are continuing to display their gratitude to key workers who are keeping Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale going during the coronavirus pandemic:


Cooking up a treat

One Harrogate man is literally cooking hundreds of meals from his kitchen to help during the coronavirus outbreak.

Paul Welch - who's daughters are frontline workers in the NHS - is making meals for those affected by COVID-19.

He's already churned out nearly 500 meals from his own kitchen to feed medics, the homeless, and people who are going hungry.


If you know anyone that is struggling to get hold of food during the lockdown, please contact Paul on 07535 508043.


Flouting the lockdown rules

We're being told repeatedly to ensure we are staying at home and only carrying out essential trips.

However, there are a minority who do not appear to understand the message.

This North Yorkshire Police officer came across this little lamb in Grassington who was unclear on the lockdown rules: