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Coronavirus - update: Monday, 11 May

Coronavirus - update: Monday, 11 May

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:15am 11th May 2020. (Updated at 5:38pm 11th May 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Monday, 11 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):


Show respect to communities in Yorkshire Dales

“This is not the approach we were advocating": Yorkshire Dales National Park on the new rules.

And it's a comment supported by Welcome 2 Yorkshire.


Online directory provides support

Help is out there if needed.......don't forget.

Reach out if you need support.


Design your own bed!

We now know that the Great Knaresborough Bed Race is going virtual this year due to coronavirus.

But by now, teams will be running around Knaresborough practicing.

However, Mother Shipton's got a competition on to mark the occasion.

Here's some extra incentive to design a bed - but you'll need to do it by Friday to be in with a chance of the prize...


Youth Matters

If you have any young people at home, this is good to get involved with.

Take a look - there's an online meeting tonight:


Get on your bike!

With the Prime Minister encouraging those who need to return to work to avoid taking public transport, Harrogate Borough Council is reminding people about the cycle routes around the district:


We're now being told to wear face coverings in enclosed places

The Prime Minister's setting out, in more detail, his plan to safely ease the lockdown in England - including wearing face coverings in enclosed places.

Boris Johnson’s told MP's cloth should be worn on public transport and in some shops, but medical masks should be reserved for frontline NHS staff.

A new 50-page document's been released revealing how ministers want to relax restrictions.


Ripon couple receive well wishes from Ripon, Wisconsin following Facebook mix-up

A Ripon couple celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary have received flowers from across the pond, following a Facebook mix up.

Ivan - who's blind and didn't want to leave his home due to coronavirus - reached out to Stray FM, asking for help in getting a bouquet for his wife, Jean.

Our presenter Pete took to social media and posted a request in a Ripon COVID-19 support group.

However, it was for Ripon, Wisconsin.

Having seen the post, one of the administrators for the American group still wanted to help.

Have a read of what happened's a lovely story given the difficult and challenging times we find ourselves in at the moment.


North Yorkshire Police respond to lockdown changes

A North Yorkshire Police chief is working through the details of the latest government advice on coronavirus and what it means for local policing.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker has released a statement following the PM's address to the nation last night.

In it, he praises the majority of people who've stayed at home so far - but will be working with police nationally to see how their role will change to reflect the new guidelines.


Another death recorded in Airedale

NHS figures have revealed another patient has died at Airedale General after contracting coronavirus.

It brings the total number of deaths at the hospital to 87 since the start of the pandemic.

There have been no new COVID-19 deaths recorded at Harrogate District Hospital in the last 24 hours.


Working from home?

If you're working from home during the coronavirus crisis, be sure to take screen breaks and manage your stress levels:


Musical tribute to NHS

Singers from Ripon Grammar School have put together a moving choral tribute to the NHS and key workers.

The school’s director of music Michael Barker organised the stunning virtual performance to help boost spirits and keep his students singing.

Check out the touching tribute here:


Website for family arguments

Leeds City Council has joined forces with 14 other local authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber region to launch a new website that aims to help families who are having relationship difficulties.

The website launches today and provides information, tips and advice for when disagreements and arguments between family members become difficult.

The new site,, aims to help people recognise when regular conflict may be having a negative impact on families, in particularly children.

Read the full story here


This is PE

We've all been told how important it is to stay active during lockdown and some kids may be missing their P.E lessons whilst schools are closed.

But North Yorkshire Sport have been releasing a series of videos encouraging kids (and parents) to stay active, whilst fun and practical activities.

Check out today's lesson - throwing and aiming:


Leeds Pride 2020 cancelled


Shots fired by Matt Lucas!


Comedian Matt Lucas has posted a video mocking Boris Johnson's speech to the nation on coronavirus after some people were left confused by the PM's message.

In a clip which has been viewed more than three million times on Twitter, the Little Britain star parodied the prime minister following his announcement on how the lockdown will eased in England.

Lucas said: "So we are saying don't go to work, go to work, don't take public transport go to work, don't go to work.

He added: "If you can work from home, go to work. Don't go to work. Go outside. Don't go outside. And then we will or won't, something or other."


Saltaire Arts Trail goes online


Harrogate Scrubbers approach £18k

Facebook group Harrogate Scrubbers, who have been making PPE for local NHS Staff throughout the coronavirus crisis, have raised nearly £18,000 in their first month!

The group are made up of home sewers and supporters seeking to meet the demand of scrubs and gowns for NHS workers, and they now have more than 750 members as they continue to deliver hundreds of scrubs to Harrogate District Hospital.

Their current fundraising total stands at £17,889 after one month, which can be used to buy new materials and fabrics to keep the supply line going.

Well done to everyone involved!

A Facebook group has been started in Harrogate to help with a national shortage of scrubs.

Harrogate's Got Talent 

A virtual talent show is taking social media by storm... 

The Harroagte and District's Got Talent Facebook page has over 2,000 members. 

People are uploading their talent to the page, donating £5 to charity when they do. 

The more likes a video has, the better it'll do in the competition! 

On Wednesday, the top 20 videos will go through to the next round. Nick Hancock's been speaking to Velton Lishke, who set it up: 

Velton Lishke speaking to Stray FM's Nick Hancock

There's some incredibly talented people on there - check it out here!


VE Day at Vida

It was a special day on Friday as the UK celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day, with people across the country sharing their different celebrations via social media.

Vida Healthcare in Harrogate shared a particularly beautiful moment as they marked the milestone with a rendition of The Last Post, with their residents falling silent to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


HIF Player on TV

Harrogate International Festivals' 'HIF Player' allows people to see all the great arts, music and literature of previous years - and now it's made in onto the box!

HIF was forced to cancel their annual summer season due to the coronavirus pandemic, including their internationally renowned crime-writing festival.

Check out their brief cameo on BBC News last night:


Design your own bed competition

This time of year would normally see teams practicing for the annual Knaresborough Bed Race, but due to the coronavirus virus the event was cancelled.

So Knaresborough's Mother Shipton's are staying in the spirit and running a competition to win a family ticket when they reopen!

Simply design a bed and submit it via the comments on Mother Shipton's post below:


Best Family Attraction in Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' has been keeping us entertained throughout lockdown as they let YOU decide which places are #1 to visit across the region.

Yesterday was the conclusion of 'Best Family Attraction in Yorkshire' via Twitter poll and, after seeing off Barnsley's Cannon Hall Farm in the final, Eureka Museum in Halifax was crowned the winner!

Somewhere to visit when the restrictions are lifted, perhaps?


Harrogate Town AFC shirt auction

Harrogate Town are auctioning off shirts worn by players as they look to raise money for HarrogateHCC - a charity supporting NHS patients and their families.

The football club have raised over £4000 so far and are aiming for £5000!

Check out their Facebook page if you want to get involved


Digital Library

With the news that lockdown is not being fully lifted for the vast majority, boredom may start to set in if you're trying to keep the family entertained.

If you've exhausted your supply of books, newspapers, magazines and comics, you can access a vast library of materials via North Yorkshire County Council's Digital Library:


VE Day fish and chips

Residents at Harrogate Neighbours were treated to fish and chips from Drakes Fisheries as they celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday.

Drakes delivered over 80 free portions of fish and chips, whilst residents at Harrogate Neighbours dressed as Land Girls and a World War II soldier to celebrate the day with a fantastic war re-enactment!

VE Day celebrations, blog

Lockdown music lessons

More than a thousand children in North Yorkshire are getting music lessons during lockdown as the county’s music service has moved online.

As well as giving pupils vital access to music teachers at home, the service from North Yorkshire County Council is supporting teachers and the children of key workers by running class singing and music lessons to those still in school.

The tutorials provide vital structure and routine for the children signed up, as well as helping them build a skill.

Find out more here


Got a Covid-19 question for ministers?

There may be some uncertainty after the Prime Minister's speech about coronavirus last night - but you can ask your questions in today's coronavirus press conference.

You can either submit your question via the online form or record a video of yourself and if your question is chosen by the independent polling organisation, a cabinet minister will answer it during the live broadcast.

Read more here


Bilton Community Fund

Several charities in Harrogate have received funding from the Bilton Community Fund to help them maintain vital services during the coronavirus crisis.

Bilton Community Fund has awarded grants of £500 each to Harrogate Samaritans which provides 24-hour telephone support, IDAS which supports anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence and also the mental health charity Mind.

All three charities are continuing to support people who are struggling in these difficult times.

Read the full story here


Nidderdale Walk

The annual Nidderdale Walk as organised by the Harrogate Rotary Club was due to take place yesterday but was cancelled in its usual format due to the coronavirus crisis.

But that doesn't mean you can't still take part...

Those who still want to fundraise have until the end of May to walk wherever you can, record distances and raise money for your chosen charity!

Find out more here


More testing taking place

Key worker and priority testing is taking place at military run Mobile Testing Units today in Skipton and Harrogate. 

You can't just turn up, you need to register beforehand. 

And you must be eligible too. Follow the link below to find out more


Weekend round-up 

Here are a few things you might've missed over the weekend. 

More tips are due to open in Craven from today. 

recycling bins

You can find out more here

Ripon Cathedral is fundraising for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance during the coronavirus crisis through a new project called 'Wing and a Prayer'.

You can read more on this story here 

And the incredible Belle Gough from Knaresborough has raised more than  £1,300 for McMillan Cancer Support. 

Belle climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest on her staircase to raise money for the charity.   

You can read more about Belle's epic challenge here



Outbreaks of Covid-19 in North Yorkshire care homes 

North Yorkshire County Council has given more details of the situation in the county's care homes. 

As hospital deaths decrease, across the country more and more outbreaks of coronavirus are being seen in care homes. 

Here, there are 75 outbreaks. 

You can read more here




Boris's big announcement 

The big news of the day is last night's address by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

He set out some immediate changes to the lockdown, such as people returning to work if they can't work from home. 

He also said we could exercise more than once a day from Wednesday. 

Some schools and shops could reopen in June, but he'll give more details of the government's plan this afternoon in parliament. 

You can read more here