January Meet Cancelled

It is with regret that we must announce that the Leeds Furs meet on 15th January is cancelled. This is due to the continued high levels of COVID cases and transmission as well as the booster campaign still being rolled out.

Add the restricted availability of LFT tests that would be required, we feel cancelling is the best decision for the safety of our community.

We will instead be hosting a virtual meet on our Discord server from 12 noon – come join us!

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LeedsFurs Team Up For Virtual Meet

Following the cancellation of this weekend’s furmeets due to COVID, LeedsFurs are delighted to announce that we have partnered with BrumFurs and FursOFLondon to create a single large virtual meet from 12 noon on 18 December.

We hope this will enable people to meet old friends and make new ones.

Our virtual furmeet will not be hosted on our usual Discord server but over on the newly created UKFurry Meet Hub. As always, we hope to see many of you there!

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December Meet Cancelled

It is with regret that we must announce that the Leeds Furs meet on 18 December is cancelled. The Leeds Furs team apologises for the short notice of this announcement, but we feel this is best due to the rising number of COVID cases in the UK this week.

Furthermore, following recent events, a number of our staff have either tested positive or must self-isolate. Of further concern is the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and the fact that the majority of our attendees have not yet received their Booster vaccination. With the meet scheduled just one week before Christmas, we feel it would be best not to jeopardise anyone’s plans for the holiday season.

Instead, we will be hosting a virtual meet on our Discord server from 12 noon on Saturday. We will also make a statement in the new year concerning both the coffee meet and the regular January meets and hope we are in a position to run these.

We thank you for your understanding and wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

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Leeds Main Meets return!

We are delighted to announce that the first in-person Leeds Meet since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic will take place on Saturday 16 October from 1pm (updated start time).

We will be returning to our old haunt, The Old Red Bus Station on Vicar Lane.

We kindly ask that you either present proof of vaccination in the NHS app or a negative lateral flow test taken no later than 48 hours before the start of the meet in order to protect other attendees.

The format of the Meet will be similar to those before the pandemic, while we intend to have a fursuit walk at 3pm, weather permitting.

This will be the first meet since February 2020 and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again.

Also, don’t forget we also have a casual Coffee Meet at Geek Retreat next Tuesday, 5 October, from 5:30pm.

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Regular Coffee Meets to resume on 5 October

After the success of the Coffee Meet on 21 September, our first since the COVID pandemic, we are delighted to inform you that these will be returning regularly. They will move back to their usual position of the first Tuesday of every month from 5 October and will be at Geek Retreat in Central Arcade between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Going forward, to ensure everyone’s safety, you must demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated through the NHS app or present a negative lateral flow test which has been taken no later than 48 hours before the meet commencing. It is also important to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the venue.

Please do NOT attend the meet if you are feeling ill.

Geek Retreat has no fursuit changing facilities so the Coffee Meets are not suitable for fursuiting. However, we are hoping to resume the Main Meets very soon and will update you as soon as we can.

Thanks for your patience and to everyone who made last night’s meet a success. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Coffee Meets soon.

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LeedsFurs Coffee Meets return!

It has been a challenging 18 months due to the COVID pandemic, with uncertainty as to when we would be able to resume meets. As it stands, we are still a fair way away from the regular meets returning, but we are delighted to announce our first Coffee Meet of 2021. It will take place from 5-7:30pm on Tuesday 21 September at Geek Retreat on Central Road in Leeds.

There isn’t planned to be fursuiting at this coffee meet, as this is a shorter evening event and there are no changing facilities available. We will look to resume this with the return of the regular meets later.

As the safety of our attendees is important, we ask that you either demonstrate you are fully vaccinated through the NHS app or present a negative lateral flow test which has been taken no later than 48 hours before the meet commencing. Please also familiarize yourself with the requirements of the venue.

If you feel ill then please do NOT attend the meet. If things go smoothly, we will look to resume the Coffee Meets regularly, with a view to the main meets returning in due course. This means this month’s main meet, scheduled for 18 September, will still be on Discord.

In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

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The Inaugural Leeds Discord Social

It was with great regret that we were forced to cancel Saturday’s Leeds Furmeet due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. We are aware that the news was met with disappointment, but we thank you for the understanding you have shown. In light of the current circumstances, we felt it was the only decision we could make.

With the Government and NHS advocating social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, we are also aware that this could lead to mental health problems and feelings of loneliness. Added to this is the dislocation felt by the increased uncertainty the virus has brought with it, in terms of our way of life but also the threat to our loved ones and livelihoods. It is clear that we need each other more than ever and that looking after each other will become increasingly important in the coming weeks. We are a global community, but we are also a local community, and we are all in this together.

In lieu of running a physical meet at our usual venue on Saturday, we have decided to launch our first Leeds Discord Social, or LDS, from noon. You will be able to find us here: https://discord.gg/twWsgtd

Everyone is welcome, if you’re local to Leeds or further away, as we don’t see why this virus should stop us from socialising with each other. So, grab your drink of choice, fire up your machine and join us throughout the afternoon on Saturday. Proceedings will begin at noon with our traditional fursuit walk around your own front rooms at the usual time of 2:30pm. We look forward to seeing you.

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COVID-19 Update

Following the latest Government and NHS advice on COVID-19 which states that people should avoid all unnecessary social contact in order to minimise the spread of the virus, we have decided that the responsible course of action would be to cancel this month’s main meet, scheduled for this Saturday, 21 March.

This has not been an easy decision and we know the news may come as a disappointment, but we have a responsibility to our community and our city to do everything we can to combat coronavirus. We have made this decision in partnership with the venue, with whom we are frequently liaising. Times could become very tough for the hospitality industry and we have offered our full support to The Old Red Bus Station.

It is uncertain when we will be able to resume the meets so please keep checking this website and our social media channels for details. Meanwhile, please keep following the NHS advice of washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and coughing/sneezing into a tissue. If you feel you may have contracted the virus, please self-isolate for 14 days. Further information on coronavirus can be found on the NHS website.

Thank you for your understanding on this matter and patience while we looked at our options. We look forward to welcoming you to a Leeds Meet again as soon as possible.

Take care of each other.

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New Venue for LeedsFurs Coffee Meets

Next month will mark the second anniversary of the LeedsFurs Coffee Meets and we have been blown away by how popular the gatherings have been.

We have always thought there was room for a more casual experience in Leeds so thanks to everyone who has attended them.

Sadly, we will no longer be hosting the Coffee Meets in Laynes as they have changed their opening hours and now close at 6pm. We would like to thank Laynes for accommodating us over the last two years and wish them well for the future.

Starting on 3 September, the Coffee Meets will be held at 200° Coffee on Bond Street. Another independent coffee house, they are LGBT friendly and are open until 8pm, giving us even longer to chill. They serve a full range of teas and coffees, and have an extensive food range as well.

We hope you enjoy the new venue and we are looking forward to seeing you all in the autumn.

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LeedsFurs At Leeds Pride – The Second Coming

After the roaring success of our participation in the Leeds Pride parade in 2018 – despite the intensely hot weather – we are delighted to announce we will be doing it all again this year.

Taking place on Sunday 4 August, Leeds Pride is one of the country’s foremost LGBT events and is now in its 13th year. We will be adding to the carnival of colour in Leeds that day, having again secured 30 slots in the parade. This will start at Millennium Square and wind its way down to Lower Briggate, where there will be six hours of entertainment amid a party atmosphere.

Like last year, we are looking for a cross-section of the local furry community – both suiters and non-suiters alike – to join us for one of the biggest parties in our city of the year. The parade begins at 2pm so we would need to assemble beforehand, while afterwards we can enjoy the festivities in an impromptu furmeet. We are likely to hire a van again to enable fursuit changing, but please remember to bring your own water – last year was incredibly hot and it could be the same again.

If you would like to get involved, please contact us via email, drop us a message on our social media channels or speak to one of the staff members at a forthcoming meet. It would be great if you could help us make this the fuzziest Leeds Pride yet!

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Upcoming Meets

Leeds Meets generally take place on the third Saturday of every month.

The next meets will be:

#131 – Saturday 21st May
#132 – Saturday 18th June
#133 – Saturday 16th July
#134 – Saturday 20th August

Latest Meet Information

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