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400 DAYS: OUTBREAK! – Documentary and podcast on the Covid Crisis | East Yorkshire
Policing commander for Beverley, Inspector Paul Gladstone on Crime and Covid
East Riding resident Scott Richie contrasts Beverley with Busan in South Korea where he is currently working
East Riding Cllr Victoria Aitken on the economic recovery from the lockdown
Karl Douglas of Beverley Travel discusses the impact of the pandemic on the holiday sector
Nigel Dibb and Tina Cerutti on the impact on East Yorkshire’s hospitality sector
Julian Minshall, chair of the Beverley Chamber of Trade, on business survival
Fiona Wales, Manager of Beverley Community Lift
Jo Ramsay, Manager, Beverley Cherry Tree Community Centre
Laura Hutchinson, Healthy Lifestyles Development Officer, at East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Sarah Atkinson, Service Manager for Waste Treatment and Disposal, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Cllr Richard Burton, Leader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, on the first anniversary of Covid-19 lockdown
Annie Kirkman, SHE Productions, impact of the pandemic on all-female theatre company based in Beverley
Cancer Services nurses encourage patients to come for diagnosis and treatment
Dr Anne Jeffreys, chair, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr Makami Purva, Chief Medical Officer, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Patrick Lillie, Infectious Diseases Consultant, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Rev Becky Lumley, Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Beverley
Dancing and Free – with Glen Jack and Frankie Carvalho plus Lisa Whitton from the WISHH charity


Friday 23 April 2021

Beverley’s MP has been admiring progress on the latest development at East Riding College, which will provide specialist facilities for engineering, construction and computing courses. A £2 million institute of technology is being built at Flemingate, to help students gain higher-level skills. Graham Stuart welcomed the fact that five companies are designing the curriculum.

Voters of the future in East Yorkshire are to be given a chance to question the candidates for the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Youth hustings will take place next Thursday evening. Teenagers will question Keith Hunter for Labour, Conservative Jonathan Evison and Bob Morgan for the Lib Dems. The role oversees police spending and priorities. Polling day is May 6th.

Plans to develop allotments have been given the go-ahead in Woodmansey. The parish council’s set a five-year target to fill the plots at Long Lane. Of the 20 early expressions of interest confirmed in the latest available minutes, half were from Beverley residents. The council will spend the first year preparing the site.

Thursday 22 April 2021

Health officials are urging Beverley residents to take advantage of free Covid rapid lateral-flow home test kits to limit the spread of the virus as restrictions are lifted. Dr Colin Garnham, the Clinical Director of the Beverley Primary Care Network, told us that if we can detect asymptomatic cases and get them to self-isolate it will have a big impact on minimising another wave of infection. He added that 1 in 3 people with the virus show no symptoms and are super spreaders. Kits can be ordered free of charge online and are also available from some pharmacies. Full details here:

A local MP has had to intervene after local farmers reached stalemate in discussions with the Environment Agency over concerns that productive farmland is being flooded more often and for longer periods. Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness called a virtual meeting with officials who have now agreed that extra funding and new projects are required. He has asked for a clear proposal to be drawn up to avoid future winter flooding. More details on the MP’s website here.

Drivers through Beverley Westwood have been asked to be alert to cows crossing roads as this year’s herd has just been released onto the pasture. The pasture warden told us that she hopes any delays to journeys will be minimal, and traffic can keep ‘Moo-ving.’

Wednesday 21 April 2021

The police have said they are generally pleased with the way Beverley and East Riding residents have been conducting themselves under the latest stage of relaxed restrictions. Chief Superintendent Darren Wildbore told Beverley FM that they did see some incidents and warned that patrols will continue to monitor hot spots throughout the area over the coming weeks. He emphasised that adhering to the guidelines to prevent the spreading of the virus must remain a top priority. For more information on the current guidance, this is available on the Government website here.

Residents will be able to quiz the candidates currently standing for Police and Crime Commissioner in our area as they set out their plans for policing ahead of next month’s election. The Neighbourhood Network is holding a special online event tomorrow evening at 6.30pm. To reserve your place at the event and forward a question for consideration, please email You can find more information on the candidates standing in our area, the role of a PCC, and download a PDF booklet of the candidate’s statements by entering your postcode at

Beverley Town Council is encouraging residents to raise any issues they may have at an open online event next Wednesday 28th April. The Beverley Parish Meeting will be chaired by the town’s Mayor and members of the public who reside within the Council’s boundary will be able to ask questions via zoom or just watch on You Tube. Full details on the Beverley Town Council website.

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Health officials have revealed that treating East Riding cancer patients who have also become infected with Covid-19 has been really challenging. Ward Sister Hayley Butler paid tribute to all the staff involved and told Beverley FM that her entire team has not only had to deal with the medical and nursing requirements of these patients but has also had to look after the emotional needs of people who have had to be separated from their loved ones to keep them as safe as possible during their time in hospital. More on this story here.

East Riding Council is reminding local businesses to check if they are eligible for a one-off Restart Grant, of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail businesses, and up to £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises. More details here.

Beverley’s virtual commemoration of last year’s 75th anniversary of VE Day has been nominated for a national award. The programme coordinated by Beverley Town Council and broadcast by Beverley FM with the support of the HEY Smile Foundation has been entered for an ARIA – awarded by the UK Radio Academy. The council told us that it was wonderful for the project to be acknowledged with this prestigious nomination. The Council paid tribute to producer Jonathan Levy for his ‘innovative work’ which was put together during one of the most challenging times this country has experienced since the Second World War itself.  Their spokesperson added: “Beverley Town Council would like to thank everyone who was involved, especially all those who told their family stories and recollections of wartime Beverley.  These recordings form an important lasting record of a pivotal moment in both national and local history.”

The Facebook page was extended to include VJ Day and has continued to be maintained by the project’s producers, Beverley based Blue Aurora Media, here:

Monday 19 April 2021

East Riding Theatre’s launched its latest fundraising drive today, asking supporters to sponsor new seating. The venue’s been using second-hand seats since it opened in 2014. The Theatre didn’t receive a grant from the latest round of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund and is asking people for help. £200 will secure a sponsor’s name on a seat. Smaller sums, starting at £50, will see support recognised in the foyer. The details can be found at

Public computers at East Riding Libraries are available for essential use from today. The Council’s making 30-minute slots available to book online at However, PCs won’t be available at Leven. Managers say there’ll be limits on the number of library users, so queueing is likely.

The Women’s Institute in Beverley is setting up two new branches this week, following a surge in interest. A virtual one, the East Yorkshire Roses, will meet on Wednesday at 7.30 on Zoom. Meanwhile, the first session of a new evening group takes place on Thursday at 7.30, initially through Zoom too. Check out the contact details by emailing:

Saturday 17 April 2021

Litter-picking campaigners in Beverley have been given a further boost by a retailer in the town. As the Wombles of Beverley celebrate their second anniversary, the Co-op on Lincoln Way now has a stock of litter pickers and bags to hire out to the public. They’ve also awarded the Wombles a second community donation of £200 for more equipment and to help with set-up costs for the newly-official group. The Wombles have gradually expanded to several villages around Beverley and are collecting dozens of bags of rubbish each week.

A 75 year old fundraiser from Beverley is to repeat a cycling challenge that he first achieved some nine years ago, to raise money for Christian Aid, which is also 75 this year. John Turner is to cycle 75 miles as part of Christian Aid Week in May. The cause is campaigning for climate change and helping projects in Africa to create dams to preserve water. John has set up a fundraising page at  

Friday 16 April 2021

Thirty infant and primary schools in the East Riding are either oversubscribed or full to capacity as parents and carers receive their school place letters today. More than 97% have been given their first-choice school for children starting in September. Some 2,922 parents or carers applied for a place in Reception year.

Residents in East Yorkshire have until Tuesday to apply for a postal vote for May’s elections. In this area, people can vote for their next Police and Crime Commissioner, who decides on police spending and priorities. Details of the three candidates contesting the Humberside Police area can be found at the website In Beverley, the town council has a vacancy in the St Mary’s East Ward. Voters go to the polls on Thursday 6th May.

Charities and community groups have until April 27th to apply for grants from the Routh Wind Farm Fund.
The deadline has been extended to allow more time for East Riding groups to submit bids. The details of sums available are on the East Riding Council website:

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