This week is the final online gathering forMargery’s Midweek Motivator Quiz. It has been running every Wednesday for the last 10 weeks with Margery facing 15-18 squares on her screen each week, most containing two or more faces. Margery is hoping that “…the next time we do a quiz together will be in the pub or Comrades Hall“. We all hope so!
On Wednesday, Margery will present 3 rounds of 5 questions and one picture round of 10 questions. Time is limited as Margery is using the free version of Zoom.
Zoom is Free for everyone! – Sign Up and get it HERE.
To Jointhe Zoom Meeting (the Quiz) – Click HERE. Meeting ID: 754 7100 3869 Passcode: u6y5qr
No prizes! it’s simply a bit of time out, seeing familiar faces and breaking the monotony of Lockdown. 🙂
Put it in your diary!
Set an alarm to remind yourself 15 mins beforehand!
Regular users of the website (rather then the Facebook page or Twitter Feed) will notice a new sub menu item – Tales From The Telephone Box.
At the end of January this year, Margery Hookings invited users of the telephone box Book Exchange to submit their book reviews. The response has been good and she has published several on her blog already. Read more HERE.
The 24th World Book Day is on Thursday 4th March 2021. It is the annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and the joy of reading, particularly children.
At Broadwindsor school, as with the majority of schools in the country, children are usually invited to dress up as their favourite literary character on the day.
Local children are encouraged to visit the village’s Telephone Box Book Exchange in the Square on Thursday too!
This year’s World Book Day theme is ‘share a story’. As we are still under Lockdown, you can encourage your children to share a story with the people they live with. These could extend to including Grandparents or other family members to read stories over a video chat like Zoom or Facetime; setting aside a Family Reading Time when everyone at home all read their own books or magazines; building a cosy reading den with cushions in a corner, or a sheet draped over chairs to make a tent; read a story or chapter and then perhaps act it out together.
Sponsored by National Book Tokens, in partnership with schools all over the country, over 15 million£1 World Book Day Book tokens are distributed to children and young people (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland) every year on World Book Day. Their mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.
The Midweek Motivator Quiz should go on for the next few weeks but possibly end as and when it is allowed for up to six people (or two households if this is larger) to meet in each other’s gardens – which is currently scheduled to take place on 29th March. 🙂 You will be kept posted.
This week there are 3 rounds of 5 questions (No Local Round from now on) and one picture round of 10 questions.
To Jointhe Zoom Meeting (the Quiz) – Click HERE. Meeting ID: 788 9149 1873 Passcode: tJM95z
No prizes! it’s simply breaking the monotony of Lockdown. 🙂 Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, 24th at 8pm.
Following the Government’s announcement of their 3 Step plan out of Lockdown, The White Lion in Broadwindsor MAY be allowed to open its door on Monday, 17th May 2021 after being closed since forever it seems!
Landlords Spike & Vikki commented: ” We can’t post any days or times yet, we want to wait ’til nearer the time to see what the situation is. Itwill be good to bring the pub back to life as it should be.”
We are so used to seeing Spike, Vikki, Molly & Tabitha looking like this. We do look forward to seeing their smiles when we walk in through their door again – smiling too!
The BBC reports that the closure statistics highlight how the duration of economic support, as well as the vaccination timetable, could be crucial in determining how long doors stay closed.
The furlough wage support scheme is due to finish at the end of April 2021 – whilst business rates holidays for hospitality and leisure firms are due to end early in the same month in each of the UK nations.
The end of March will also see the application period close for Government-backed loans of up to £50,000 to smaller businesses under the “bounce back” scheme.
There are grants available for Businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure more of which will be published at a later date. Click HEREfor more information from the BBC.
Congratulations to all those parents who have been coping with homeschooling their child/children. It’s the Half Term holiday next week and time to take a well deserved break. You’ve been indoors for months – here are some ideas to relieve the monotony of Lockdown and perhaps do something a little different this half term holiday.
You can celebrate Valentine’s Day on Sunday14th with little ones by baking some heart shaped biscuits or making cards for someone they love.
Sunday is also the Chinese New Year – Read more HERE.
Tuesday 16th is Shrove Tuesday – Luckily pancakes are very easy to make and children can get involved with the whisking, tossing, decorating and eating!
Tell your children about Shrove Tuesday:
Shrove Tuesday is a Christian festival celebrated in many countries across the globe. It is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. This was to remember when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to fast and pray. Lent is a period of around six weeks leading up to Easter. During Lent, Christians give up rich, tasty foods such as butter, eggs, sugar and fat (some Christians continue to do so). Shrove Tuesday was the last chance to eat them. Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today.
The exact date of Shrove Tuesday changes from year to year. But one thing stays the same — it’s always 47 days before Easter Sunday. In the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada, Shrove Tuesday has another name – Pancake Day!
The ingredients for pancakes are seen to symbolise four points of significance at this time of year:
Eggs ~ Creation
Flour ~ The staff of life
Salt ~ Wholesomeness
Milk ~ Purity
The pancake has a very long history and featured in cookery books as far back as 1439. The tradition of tossing or flipping them is almost as old: “And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.” – Pasquil’s Palin, 1619. Pancake Races are a common and competitive activity: people racing each other whilst tossing a pancake in a pan.
Climb to the top of Lewesdon Hill 🙂
The MUGAnext to the school will be open for socially distanced personal exercise and playing outdoor games with those in your bubble. It is free to use.
To book your time slot please contact David Leader on: 01308 868275 Mobile: 07867 608652 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Wicks also known as The Body Coach, performs live PE classes online that can be done from your living room helping the nation’s children stay active during throughout Lockdown – not just for the holidays – Click HERE.
There are innumerable sources of recipes available online. The National Trust offer a selection of simple and enjoyable cake, biscuit and savoury recipes for you to bake at home with your children – Click HERE.
Create a Bug Hotel for your garden:
The photograph shows you the wide range of simple things which can provide a home for smaller creatures. You probably won’t need to buy anything, as it will all be lying around the garden or in wooded areas. Think about the creature you’re making a home for – does it need to be warm, light, dry, dark, cold, or wet? Don’t despair if animals don’t move in straight away. Many will take time to get used to a new place. The Woodland Trust have a good page with more advice on building a Bug Hotel – Click HERE.
Recreate a Cinema Trip:
Let the children choose the film in advance and decide a specific time during the day to watch the film. The children can personalise tickets if they want to. Arrange cushions and comfort in the room. Draw the curtains and have the lights off. Have a selection and supply of popcorn, drinks, sweets and choc ices for movie snacks or any interval.
With dark evenings and later bedtimes, share some time together looking at the stars on a clear night. Orion is easily spotted in the Southern sky. You’ll need warm clothes and some patience but it is worth it.
You can see the path of our Milky Way easily once your eyes have become accustomed to the darkness.
The crescent of the New Moon will be in the dark sky, growing every night until it is Full on 27th February. Night Sky & Star Walk are two popular apps for iOS and Google Sky for Android.
Make A Time Capsule:
We are all agreed that we are living in unprecedented times – make a time capsule. In years to come, when Covid-19 is discussed the way the plague or smallpox is mentioned in history books now, you might want a unique way to remember the smaller details of living through it. Have your child locate items around the house that are unique to the Lockdown habits you’ve formed as a family and put them into a time capsule.
Put On A Performance!
With school pantos, plays and assemblies all cancelled this year, here’s an opportunity to scratch that performing itch. If you plan it over the whole week, putting on a show for your family and friends could become a real focal point. It could be a solo performance, or include parents, siblings, toys, even pets.
Monday: Formally invite your audience with a Zoom, Hangouts or Skype invitation to the Big Show on Friday. Decide what the story is. A retelling of their favourite film or nursery story? Or one they’ve made up on their own?
Tuesday: Casting and getting into character. Who’s going to play what role? Talk about what each character thinks and feels. ‘Workshop’ some or all of the story and be inventive. Trying things out makes all the possibilities of a performance come to the fore.
Wednesday: Think about costume and scenery. Dressing up or make something new. For kids, wearing adults clothes and accessories can be very entertaining. Don’t forget about the make-up. For scenery and props – get inventive with your furniture and decor.
Thursday: Practise, practise practise!!
Friday: Showtime! Remember, this is for fun, so don’t fret and it really doesn’t matter if it all goes a bit pear-shaped ‘on the night’. Your audience will appreciate being invited to some live (and utterly unique) entertainment.
Remember to press record on your phone or Zoom screen creating a memory you’ll cherish in years to come.
The Shakespeare Globe offer Telling Tales: a selection of online storytellings and workshops that you can connect with from home. With options for ages 3-16 years, meet their educational practitioners as they immerse you in the world of Shakespeare’s plays.
Join by Zoom to share in the joy of Shakespeare’s stories on until 21st February 2021. Click HERE.