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Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 7 May

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 7 May

Published by May Norman at 7:11am 7th May 2020. (Updated at 5:16pm 7th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 7 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):


Celebrate VE day from home

North Yorkshire Police is reminding people to stick to government guidance at stay at home tomorrow. 


Knaresborough woman baking cakes for NHS workers 

Catherine Morland, from Knaresborough, has baked hundreds of cakes for key workers since the start of the lockdown.

She was in only her second day in a new job in the education department of Wetherby Young Offenders Institution when restrictions came into place and she was sent home.

Catherine said:

“I have always baked, but now I have taken it up in huge batches. I started small baking for friends who are key workers, but I have a lot of friends who are key workers, so I’ve been doing 60 to 70 cakes a week.

“The reaction has been lovely. I’ve had various people sending pictures of them in their scrubs and masks saying how much they appreciate it and how a little bit of sugar keeps them going.”

She has baked for the NHS and emergency services, as well as for staff and children at North Yorkshire County Council’s No Wrong Door Hubs.

Catherine Morland, from Knaresborough, has baked hundreds of cakes for key workers



Prepare for queues at tips this weekend

People heading to North Yorkshire’s recycling centres this bank holiday weekend have been warned to be prepared to wait to get in.

North Yorkshire County Council opened 10 of its 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) yesterday.

Now, ahead of the three-day weekend, the council has warned that while the first day of operation was a success the social distancing measures put in place will be tested.

Ian Fielding, assistant director of Waste Management for the authority, said:

“We opened 10 of our 20 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) on Wednesday and the plans we put in place to manage the operation of the sites have been successful.

“We expect sites to be busy this weekend, so anyone planning to visit should expect to queue and be prepared for delays.”

The sites that have been opened are Catterick Bridge, Leeming Bar, Scarborough’s Seamer, Selby,  Skipton,  Sowerby,  Stokesley, Thornton le Dale, West Harrogate and Whitby.

The centres are open seven days a week – including Wednesdays, when HWRCs are usually closed, and bank holidays – from 8.30am to 5pm.


Two more deaths in Stray FM area

One was a patient at Harrogate Hospital and the other at Airedale Hospital.  

You can read more here.  



The rules haven't changed yet...


Homemade flags in Boston Spa

Boston Spa have struggled to get hold of their usual hanging baskets that line their High Street during the summer months due to the coronavirus crisis - so they've compromised...

The residents have pulled together to design and create their own homemade flags!

Check out some of these colourful designs - another great example of community spirit:


Drinking concerns in Yorkshire

People in Yorkshire and the Humber are the most concerned about the drinking habits of someone they know during the lockdown.  

That's according to new stats, which show 17% of us here are concerned.  

Across the country it's 12% - meaning around six million people across the UK have concerns about how much someone they know is drinking.  

8% of people in Yorkshire are also worried about their own drinking, which they thought people were most likely to drink due to boredom (76%), to relax (55%) or due to loneliness (53%). 

Read the full story here


Harrogate businesses set for financial boost

Harrogate is set to receive its share of £6.1million in government funding to help its crisis-hit high streets reboot once lockdown is lifted.

The money will be paid to the borough council and then dispersed to Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID) to spend on projects that will support struggling businesses.

Simon Kent, Harrogate BID’s Interim Manager, said:

“This is very welcome news, and even though it’s too early say what our allocation may be, any grant will be directed in the areas that need it most in Harrogate town centre as we slowly emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.”

Read the full story here


Harrogate tip reopens

One of Harrogate’s waste centres reopened its doors to a queue of keen recyclers earlier today – and a strict set of rules were enforced for the first time.

The Penny Pot Lane tip is now open, but what exactly are the new measures that have been put in place and when is it safe to visit?

Rules include only bringing essential rubbish that can't be stored at home, wearing gloves and washing hands before/after visiting.

See the full list here


Clap for carers

The weekly 8pm clap for carers and key workers has united the nation, and it's incredibly well-received by those who have been working on the frontline during the coronavirus crisis.

But Airedale Hospital have requested that those who wish to take part in the clap please avoid visiting the hospital to do so:


World Cup of Yorkshire - Round 2

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' has been keeping us entertained throughout lockdown as it looks to crown the favourite destinations across the whole of Yorkshire.

We're currently into Round 2 of the competition to crown the region's favourite 'family attraction' - and there's still some big names left in the competition...

Vote for your favourite via the Welcome to Yorkshire Twitter poll:


Harrogate Bus Company celebrate VE Day

Harrogate Bus Company have been at the forefront of travel throughout the coronavirus crisis, transporting key workers to where they need to be whilst observing social distancing guidelines.

They're also gearing up for VE Day tomorrow, and have personalised some of their vehicles to display 'solidarity and positivity' over the long weekend:


Open Letter from North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner

The North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner has issued a warning to people thinking about travelling to the region over the bank holiday weekend via an open letter.

Julia Mulligan has warned people to 'stay away' and claimed it is 'not fair' to put others at risk:


Lockdown learning

Grove Road Primary School have been finding new ways to interact whilst in lockdown - including streaming their class assembly via YouTube!

Mrs Homburg and her Blyton class decided that lockdown wasn't going to stop their class assembly from happening, so they've put together this live assembly to feature their 'lockdown learning:


Race for Life at Home

There's still time to sign up for the 'Race for Life at Home' and raise money for life-saving cancer research.

The challenge involves choosing your own activity for your Race for Life at Home challenge, whether that be twerking, limbo, star jumps, squats, skipping or dancing, and sharing it with your friends.

They've raised over £6,700 so far and there's still time to get involved:


Go Mia, Go!

A 10 year-old girl from Cornwall is passing through the Stray FM area on a virtual run from Land’s End to John O’Groats in an effort to raise money for the care home her mum works in.

Starting on 2nd April, 10-year-old Mia Richardson's goal was to run the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats – 1347 kilometres – on the family cross-trainer and so far, she has completed nearly half the distance and raised more than £5,500 for the NHS.  

Celebrities including actress Thandie Newton, physicist Professor Brian Cox and Olympians Ben Ainslie, Jo Pavey and Hannah Cockcroft have all messaged their support - and contributed to her goal of buying an interactive Magic Table for residents at Cornwall Care’s Blackwood home in Camborne.

Read the full story here


VE Day singalong

In the build up to VE Day tomorrow, people are already getting into the celebrating spirit with activities starting today.

Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate are set to stream a sing-a-long this morning, packed with songs from WWII including 'We'll Meet Again.'

Aimed specifically at Primary School aged children, this special 15 minute sing-a-long will be broadcast at 11am via YouTube here


Anger over Government cut to furlough funding for nurseries

There has been growing frustration over the government's u-turn on childcare staff included in their furlough scheme.

The managing director of nurseries in Knaresborough, Wetherby and Boston Spa is shocked and angry over new guidance by the government that childcare providers cannot use the furlough scheme.

Instead, ministers state nurseries receiving early years entitlement funding should use this for staffing costs instead.

But Jill Johnson from Twinkles Nursery Group says that money is used for overheads and not wages.

Read the full story here


Virtual coffee and cake meet-ups for Harrogate cyclists

Nothing stands in the way of the cycling community!

Cyclists in Harrogate are meeting up in virtual cafes during the lockdown - while donating the cost of their usual coffee and cake to the Harrogate Homeless Project.

Cycling company Struggle Events is behind the idea, which allows cyclists to stay connected during the virus outbreak through weekly meet-ups every Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm via Instagram.

Read the full story here


Crime writing at its best

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival may be cancelled due to coronavirus.....but the awards are still going ahead.

The shortlist has been revealed this morning..........see who has made the top 18 and vying for the Crime Novel of the Year title:


Harrogate firefighters deliver scrubs in style

Firefighters from Harrogate are doing their bit in helping local key workers.

They've been handing out sets of scrubs that have been sewn by volunteers from Harrogate Scrubbers.

The group has been making and supplying scrubs for Harrogate hospital following a national shortage of PPE clothing.


Bin collection changes

Okay........not strictly related to coronavirus but this information is still important to share.

With the bank holiday tomorrow to mark VE Day, there are changes to bin collections across the Harrogate district.

Don't get caught out - check details here:


Help is out there

The coronavirus lockdown is putting pressure on many of us.

It's an uneasy time for most.

If you feel low, worried about coronavirus or need help, please reach out.

You could help to improve your mental health and wellbeing by talking about your worries - it's ok to share your concerns, there are also plenty of helplines available:


Police: Stay at home

"VE Day 75: Pay the greatest tribute by staying at home"

North Yorkshire Police have issued some advice ahead of bank holiday weekend.