Operation Hummingbird is a conversation across the decades about a sudden family death, realising an opportunity that we all wish we could do at some point in our life; go back and talk to our younger self. Taking the key themes from his own memoir, The Day the Alien Came, Matt Harper-Hardcastle’s new play explores terminal illness, anticipatory grief and the complicated journey of living with loss.
This was originally created for York’s Dead Good Festival 2020, but due to the COVID pandemic was streamed as a rehearsed reading instead.
Now the full production is coming to you this summer – in 4 York Explore venues around the city!
All performances are £3 unless you are taking advantage of our early bird food offer at Hungate Reading Café where the cost is £10 for a calzone and salad, a drink (beer, wine or a soft drink) and the performance.
For more information and to book tickets click here
Three more deaths were announced by the York Hospital Trust today. Two occurred on Thursday and one on Saturday. It means that there have been 5 fatalities during the last week. In total, the local COVID-19 death toll now stands at 599.
The number of COVID patients in hospital is rising.
122 positive test results announced today. Brings cumulative total up to 16,408
75 additional cases in the City today. Brings total up to 1001.
The rate /100k population has risen to 475.29. Still trending to exceed 500 before the end of the week.
The infection rate in North Yorkshire and regional levels now exceed the case rate high set in January.
441 vaccinations were completed yesterday (Monday) That is the smallest daily number since mass vaccinations began. 15% of eligible York residents have not yet had their first jab.
NB. On Thursday 22 July, vaccination uptake for the UK, nations and Scottish local authorities will be updated to use the mid-2020 population estimates.
8535 PCR tests were completed during the week ending 15th July 2021
Of these, 11.9% were positive. That is an increase from the 11.1% recorded during the previous period
In addition, 3185 “lateral flow” tests were completed on 19th July 2021.
An appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a 20 metre high 5G phone mast has been rejected.
The mast was due to be erected opposite Acomb Gables.
Rejected by Local Authority planners, we reported in April that the developers had appealed against that decision.
A second application for a mast (which is still outstanding) a few metres away had been branded by residents as “intrusive” It could “impact on the conservation area“. They asked that an alternative, less prominent, location be sought.
Now a government inspector has agreed with the residents.
“.the mast would be an unduly prominent feature to the detriment of the character and appearance of the Conservation Area (CA).
There is a mile stone set against the retaining wall. As a traditional feature, this contributes to the appreciation of the streetscape as well as the character and appearance of the CA. Views on the approach to this mile stone would be obscured by cabinets placed on either side, to the significant detriment of the positive contribution this mile stone makes to the area and the CA.
I conclude that the proposal due to its siting and appearance would lead to significant harm to the character and appearance of the area. The proposal would also fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the CA. Within the terms of the Framework the harm to the CA would be less than substantial. However, mindful of my concerns in respect of the visual impact of the proposal and potential alternatives, I do not consider that it has been demonstrated that the public benefits of the proposal in this location are sufficient to outweigh that harm.
In the light of the Inspectors conclusion the local Planning Committee is expected to refuse the second application.
We will monitor the alternative proposal and any applications for other locations which may come forward.