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Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 6 May

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday, 6 May

Published by May Norman at 5:19am 6th May 2020. (Updated at 5:06pm 6th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 6 May

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):


Volunteering scheme to support young people in North Yorkshire 

A county-wide befriending scheme is looking for volunteers - who can commit a few hours a month to make a huge difference to the life of a young person in the care of the local authority. 

The Independent Visitors scheme provides support for young people.   

Cllr Janet Sanderson, Executive Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said:

“We know that Independent Visitors can make a huge difference to the lives of looked-after young people by giving them a trusting and reliable relationship with an adult who is not part of their professional support network.

“It’s fun for the visitors, too. They get a wonderful opportunity to try new hobbies, activities and pastimes and make a great young friend.

“We’re very proud to be delivering the programme through North Yorkshire Youth. It will strengthen even further our outstanding record in achieving great outcomes for our looked-after children and young people and is part of our commitment to give them best opportunities to go on to develop happy adult lives.” 

They want to hear from anyone over 18 who could commit to monthly visits for a minimum of two years.


Brown bin and bulky waste collections to resume in Otley this month  

Leeds City Council has announced that it will resume garden waste collections by the end of the month.

Speaking at a virtual press conference today, the council’s director of communities, James Rogers, added that bulky waste collections would also recommence free of charge in the coming weeks.

The collections have been suspended during the lockdown.  



Thank You message from Lord Mayor of Bradford

The Lord Mayor of Bradford has issued a thank you message to people across the district.

She has thanked key workers and people abiding by government guidance and staying at home:

Councillor Doreen Lee said:

"I would like to say an enormous personal “thank you” to everybody who is playing their part so magnificently during this Covid-19 pandemic.

"I have met individuals, charity and community groups, but a golden thread which runs through them all is the fantastic contribution they make to the life of the area; it is no exaggeration to say they are its very lifeblood.

"As we cope with the many changes to our lives that this public health crisis has brought about, it is the “team effort” from everyone in our area that is so very heartening.  In particular my gratitude must go to our wonderful NHS staff and social care workers, supermarket and food distribution workers, postal workers, Council and Emergency Services staff, Town and Parish Council workers and community volunteers; in fact, everyone who is working so hard – stoically and cheerfully – to keep our district going.

"A big “thank you” must also go to all those throughout the district who are staying at home and abiding by the rules – you may not be frontline workers but your part is equally vital in curbing the spread of this devastating virus."




Craven District Council welcomes postponement of Business Rates revaluation

The Government has announced that a revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 - to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the impacts of coronavirus.

Legislation had been introduced to bring the next revaluation forward by one year from 2022 to 2021, but following the recent economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, ministers want to ensure businesses have more certainty during this difficult time.

Craven District Council Leader Richard Foster said:

“We welcome this announcement as we know this is a very difficult time for local businesses and we need to concentrate our efforts on giving them all the support they need.

“Our Council staff have been working incredibly hard to pay out Government grants to those businesses who are eligible and they will continue to do so. We are also collecting information about further support needed by local businesses and we will be pressing their case with Government in the coming weeks and months.”


Three more deaths in Stray FM area  

There have been three more deaths from coronavirus in the Stray FM area. 

They were all patients at Airedale Hospital.  

You can read more here.  



Harrogate Scrubbers need your donations!

Harrogate Scrubbers have been hard at work sewing scrubs for health workers across Harrogate and the surrounding district, but in order to fund fabric and materials they need your donations.

Just £27 can help fund the fabric needed for 3 sets of scrubs!

Want to contribute? Find the fundraising page here


Details of waste centre re-opening in Keighley

Bradford Council have announced Keighley's Household Waste Recycling Centre will be re-opening on Monday, along with a list of other centres across the district.

Keighley HWRC will be open from 5pm-10pm on Monday to Friday, (it cannot open during the day as Council bin wagon staff are using the site) and 8am-8pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

The bulky waste service, which was also suspended due to the outbreak, has also now been reinstated using a specialist company which is able to operate the service in a safe manner.

A Council spokesman said:

“Safety will remain the priority and we would ask anyone using the sites to comply with all the social distancing rules when throwing rubbish away and queuing."


Bradford businesses receive over £92m in grants

Bradford city has risen to 4th in national grants payment table after granting businesses over £92m to provide financial help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 8,000 firms have applied for the cash and over £20m was paid out on the first day by Bradford Council.

The council’s business rates staff have worked intensively doing long days through weekends and bank holidays to pay the Small Business and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants to local firms.

Read the full story here


The Ivy treat staff at Yorkshire Ambulance Service


Lockdown roadmap: PM says some measures may be eased

The UK could "get going" with easing some lockdown measures from Monday, Boris Johnson has signalled.

The prime minister suggested a "phase two" plan for tackling coronavirus now infection numbers have peaked might come into force the day after he gives an update on the lockdown on Sunday:

"We'll want if we possibly can to get going with some of these measures on Monday," he told MPs at his first clash with new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer in parliament on Wednesday.

"I think it would be a good thing if people had an idea of what's coming the following day."

Read the full story here


Everything is Possible: The York Suffragettes

York Theatre Royal will be streaming their popular production of 'Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes' for free tonight!

The inspirational community production will be available from 7pm on YouTube with a cast of over 150 and a choir of 80 and promises to be an entertaining watch:


VE Day celebration ideas

With the 75th anniversary of VE Day set for Friday, lockdown restrictions mean we may not be able to celebrate the day as we normally would.

But North Yorkshire Police have got some ideas whilst following the 'Stay at Home' guidance.

The suggestions include plenty of online talks and tutorials to take place on Friday:


Virtual Story Circle

Harrogate Theatre's Virtual Story Circle is ready to go on their YouTube channel - perfect for the little ones!

This week's story is 'Mummy's Magic Potion':


Recycling centres open for essential use

North Yorkshire County Council have opened their household waste recycling centres for essential use only.

The centres are open again from today but please ONLY visit if waste cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury or harm to health. 

They're open 7 days a week 8:30am-5pm!


Harrogate Town Shirt Auction

Harrogate Town AFC have released a schedule for fans hoping to bid for a worn and signed shirt, as they auction off items to support HG Lockdown Fest and Harrogate Hospital & Charity.

The club will be posting the items via their Facebook page, with fans asked to bid via the comments before the highest bidder at the time the auction finishes is announced!

Check out the club's Facebook page here for updates.


Harry Potter at home

J.K Rowling launched 'Harry Potter at Home' at the start of April to bring some magic to children stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis - and now the man himself has got involved!

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has delighted fans of the series by narrating the first chapter of the first book, The Philosopher's Stone, for the online hub.

Other guest narrators include ex-England footballer David Beckham and 'Fantastic Beasts' actor Eddie Redmayne.

Read the full story here:


Birthday celebrations at Vida Healthcare

Birthday celebrations aren't quite as easy as they used to be, but Vida Healthcare have taken to the car park for one of their residents' special day!

Check out the video via their Twitter page as staff sang to the resident, who was able to see the performance through his window:


Moisturiser for YAS

Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff and volunteers have been experiencing sore hands as a result of repeated washing and PPE, but one business has stepped in to help!

Crazy Color have provided the service with 500 moisturising creams to be distributed throughout the region to give our key workers a hand.


'Buy Local' scheme

North Yorkshire County Council have launched a 'Buy Local' scheme to help you find businesses and tradespeople open for business during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Local businesses are currently registering so please check back soon to see what's available in your area:


VE Day bus services

On Bank Holiday Friday VE Day buses will be running a Sunday service for essential journeys only:


Beware of 'Smishing'

Fraudsters are using the coronavirus crisis to exploit anxieties and take advantage of people through SMS Phishing (Smishing).

Through fake emails and text messages, criminals are trying to gain personal information and defraud people of their money.

Check out this short video from Metropolitan Police to find out how to best protect yourself:


Yorkshire Ambulance Service to commemorate VE Day

The country will be celebrating VE Day on Friday 8th May to remember Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender and the end of World War II in 1945.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be toasting the nation's heroes at 3pm and are encouraging their volunteers to share their toast with a photo.

Will you be raising a glass?


National Deaf Awareness Week

As part of National Deaf Awareness Week, one Police Community Support Officer from Bradford, who is the parent of a deaf child, has put together a video message using British Sign Language to remind us all of the lockdown rules:


King of Kings from St Aidan's Chamber Choir

Lockdown hasn't stopped the St Aidan's Chamber Choir getting together and singing in an attempt to brighten our spirits!

They've put this fantastic version of King of Kings together:


You've bin warned

Changes to bin collections will be in effect in Craven ahead of Bank Holiday Friday, so don't get caught out...

Get your bins out by 6:30am on THURSDAY this week if Friday is your usual collection day!


Wednesday Worship: VE Day

Richard Taylor Primary School have dedicated their Wednesday Worship to the 75th anniversary of VE Day and shared it via YouTube.

The video aims to teach students about VE Day and the importance of remembering its significance all these years later.

Check out the video below, as well as the school's rendition of 'We'll Meet Again':



With good weather expected over the bank holiday weekend, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have urged people to avoid barbecues on the Moors:


Covid minute: 60 seconds of advice


World Cup of Yorkshire

Round 1 of Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' kicks off today as it aims to crown the favourite family attraction across the whole region.

Several places across the Stray FM area feature including Stockeld Park and Mother Shiptons in Knaresborough.

Get voting for your favourite now!


Ilkley MP calls for church funerals to be reinstated

Robbie Moore, the MP for Ilkley, has co-signed a letter asking for church funerals to be reinstated.

He is one of 36 MPs who want to fulfill the wishes of the deceased and bereaved, whilst fulfilling government coronavirus guidance.

Read the full story here


Now not the time for reflecting, says Minister

Mistakes were made over the UK's handling of coronavirus - including not scaling up testing fast enough, a senior minister has admitted. 

Security minister James Brokenshire said "clearly" there should have been more COVID-19 tests "earlier" as the country's death toll outstripped Italy's to become the worst in Europe.

He said "nobody's trying to duck away that this has been a perfect response" but insisted the "appropriate time" for reflections will come "once we are through this pandemic".

Read the full story here


Captain Tom Moore receives highest Blue Peter accolade

Yorkshire-born veteran Captain Tom Moore has been awarded a prestigious gold Blue Peter badge for raising almost £33 million for NHS Charities Together.

The badge is Blue Peter's highest accolade, with previous winners including the Queen, Sir David Attenborough and Mary Berry.

Very well deserved!

Captain Tom Moore

Is your GP practice closed on Bank Holiday Friday?

There may be changes to the opening hours of some GP practices across North Yorkshire on Bank Holiday Friday.

Check the hours ahead of time or if you feel unwell and need to see a doctor, be sure to ring 111.


Competition time!

Here's something that can keep the kids entertained for a few hours...

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is looking for a new logo for the Youth Advisory Group.

Feel free to be as creative as you want - the winner will receive a £100 voucher!


Harrogate Borough Council Meeting

The Harrogate Borough Council cabinet are meeting at 6pm tonight, with the proceedings being streamed live via their YouTube channel.

Topics on the agenda include amendments to the district improvement fund and a Covid-19 update.


Wellbeing Wednesday

The Wellbeing Team at Harrogate High School have got another challenge to kick off your Wellbeing Wednesday!

Their weekly challenges are aimed at keeping their students and others isolating at home active and healthy during lockdown.

Take it away Mr Wilson...


Want to remember what life in lockdown was like?

A Burley-in-Wharfedale photography business is documenting life on lockdown.

Soul & Co will send a photographer to pass by people's homes and capture photos of their family on their doorstep.

The images will then be sent to the homeowner for FREE who can save them to remember 2020.

What a lovely idea!


Ilkley MP calls for church funerals to be reinstated

Robbie Moore is among a group of MPs who have signed a letter asking the Government and Bishops to relax the rules.

At the moment, the Covid-19 restrictions means funerals are only permitted when social distancing measures are in place, with as few people as possible involved. 

The Church of England has also advised all of its buildings should be closed as a result of the pandemic too.

A letter's been written by 36 MPs asking for changes - with the document signed by MP for Ilkley, Robbie Moore.


Without yeast?

It seems the lockdown has sent us all BAKING crazy - from cakes to scones, we're all taking to the kitchen to produce some yummy goodies.

Not just sweet treats though - for some, it's a chance to make their own bread.

However, yeast is in short supply with people struggling to get their hands on it at the supermarket.

BUT Fodder in Harrogate has taken to Twitter to share a recipe which doesn't require yeast:


Changes to travel over bank holiday weekend

If you have to make an essential journey during this weekend's bank holiday, there have been some further changes to bus times and journeys between Friday and Sunday.

You're being urged to check before you travel:


Get Ready, Get Set, Go........

Harrogate School Games continue!

Details for Day Four have been revealed.

The Harrogate School Sports Partnership is encouraging children to improve their personal performances by setting a daily skills Personal Best Challenge.


Tips to reopen today

Recycling centres in Skipton and West Harrogate are re-opening today.

They're part of ten sites across North Yorkshire which will be opening to the public.

All recycling centres in the county were closed in March

Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council is Richard Flinton says they hope to re-open the remaining sites "as soon as possible."