• Simon O'Donovan

St David's Day 1st March

Welcome to this week's CST Blog 'Saint David's Day' Activities Page, celebrating all things Welsh. To begin with, after Welcome and Introductions, hand each member a daffodil. Use it as a short Mindfulness practice. Ask members to examine the daffodil, it's shape, colour, texture, smell and so on. As they do so, read the following poem by Wordsworth. (Be aware of any risk that a member might taste or ingest their daffodil and observe more closely.) DAFFODILS "I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed—and gazed—but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils." – William Wordsworth (1815) SOME WELSH PHRASES AND THEIR MEANINGS Ask members to guess at the meanings of these common Welsh phrases and words. Cymru am byth - WALES FOR EVER Croeso I Gymru - WELCOME TO WALES Bore da - GOOD MORNING Diolch yn fawr - THANK YOU VERY MUCH Chwarae teg - FAIR PLAY Iechyd da - GOOD HEALTH Eglwys - CHURCH Traeth - BEACH Ysgol - SCHOOL Heddlu- POLICE Ysbyty - HOSPITAL Hiraeth- HOMESICKNESS Cariad - LOVE AFFECTION Dwr - WATER Bara - BREAD Drws - DOOR Ty bach - TOILET Ych a fi - DISGUSTING Cwtch - CUDDLE A favourite saying on St David's Day is 'Gwnewch y pethau bychain' - do the little things. These were apparently St David's last words.

IDIOMS AND PROVERBS Next, ask members to complete the following Welsh themed phrases, Land of - MY FATHERS / SONG Severn - BRIDGE The green green grass - OF HOME Black sheep of - THE FAMILY How green was - MY VALLEY Bread of - HEAVEN Six - NATIONS Brecon - BEACONS Prince of - WALES Men of - HARLECH Welsh - DRESSER Love - SPOON Welsh Border - COLLIE Welsh - CORGI Old King - COLE Spitting - FEATHERS HARP - on about something And for fun ... Whose coat is that - JACKET I'll be there now in a - MINUTE How's it going - BUTT I'm not being funny - RIGHT Where you - TO I'm not gonna lie - TO YOU That is absolutely - BUZZING, HUMMING, MINGING She's under the - DOCTOR Poor - DAB Tidy - LIKE Cheers - DRIVE This is cowing - LUSH

Oggy Oggy Oggy - OI OI OI

QUIZ What is the proper name of the Welsh flag? BANER CYMRU OR Y DDRAIG GOCH What is the population of Wales? 3,139M IN 2018 What is the capital city of Wales? CARDIFF / CAERDYDD What are the five emblems of Wales? DAFFODIL, LEEK, PRINCE OF WALES FEATHERS, HARP, GRIFFIN What is the smallest city in the UK? ST DAVID'S IN WEST WALES (It's population was 1,841 in the 2011 census) What is the most southerly point in Wales? RHOOSE POINT The tallest mountain? SNOWDON The longest river? SEVERN Has anyone seen the Severn Bore? Newport has the second highest tidal range in the world, which causes a funnelling effect on a spring tide as the volume of water passes through the narrowing estuary near Gloucester. What is the longest place name in Wales?Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Where can this village be found? ANGLESSEY It means “St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the fierce whirlpool of St Tysilio of the red cave.” What is the stretch of water between Bangor and Anglessey called? THE MENAI STRAITS Where would you find The Royal Mint? LLANTRISANT In which Cardiff park would you find a statue dedicated to Billy The Seal who lived there? VICTORIA PARK In which two places in Cardiff would you find monuments dedicated to Scott of The Antarctic? ROATH PARK LAKE LIGHTHOUSE & OUTSIDE THE NORWEGIAN CHURCH IN CARDIFF BAY How many Welsh Corgis has the Queen had during her reign? 30 Regarding the Welsh national anthem. Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. What is the English translation? OLD LAND OF MY FATHERS Name some Welsh food and drink items. WELSH RAREBIT WELSH CAKES BARA BRITH CAWL LAVA BREAD CAERPHILLY CHEESE GLAMORGAN SAUSAGES LEEKS CLARKE'S PIES FAGGOTS BRAINS BEER PENDERYN WHISKY PRINCES GATE MINERAL WATER As you go through this list, ask if anyone has cooked or eaten these foods and share memories. Where and when did the Prince of Wales Investiture take place? 1ST JULY 1969 IN CAERNARFON CASTLE Who is Prince Charles married to? CAMILLA (PARKER-BOWLES) Where would you find Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse? LAUGHARNE (NEAR CAMARTHEN) Can anyone name any of his most famous works? 'DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT', 'UNDER MILK WOOD' & 'A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES' What is the new name for the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff? PRINCIPALITY STADIUM What are the words written on the outside of the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay? IN THESE STONES HORIZONS SING CRUE GWIR FEL GWYDR O FFYWMAIS AWEN What is the Severn Bridge now called? THE PRINCE OF WALES BRIDGE How much is the toll these days? IT'S FREE, FROM 1ST JAN 2019 Where and in which named car did Sir Malcolm Campbell break the world land speed record in 1919? (146 MPH) PENDINE SANDS - BLUEBIRD Where was the TV comedy show 'Gavin And Stacey' filmed? BARRY What was the name of one of the first holiday camps on Barry Island? BUTLINS Did anyone stay in Butlins? Share memories of 'Miners Fortnight' holidays. Which TV comedy series was based in the fictional holiday camp 'Maplins'? HI DI HI STARRING RUTH MADOC What is the Welsh language soap on S4C? POBL Y CWM Does anyone watch it? What is the name of the Italian styled village in Gwynedd, North Wales. Designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925-75? PORTMEIRION Which TV mystery/sci fi series was filmed there? PRISONER (NUMBER SIX) What is the name of the island Tenby? CALDEY ISLAND Where is the annual 'Wales Airshow' held in July each year? SWANSEA BAY Where do 'The Red Arrows' base themselves for the airshow? CARDIFF WALES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Which long haul carrier recently came to CWL airport, offering a daily flight on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Doha? QATAR AIRWAYS If you caught a High Speed Train on Great Western Railways from Swansea to London, which station would you arrive at? PADDINGTON (Top speed for the HST is 125 MPH) Where would you find one of Banky's newest works, estimated in value at over £100,000? ON A GARAGE IN PORT TALBOT Where does the biggest Elvis Presley Convention in Europe take place in September each year? PORTHCAWL Where does an annual literature festival take place in mid Wales in May-June each year? HAY ON WYE What is the name given to the Welsh Assembly Government building in Cardiff Bay? SENNYDD And finally, what are the countries that play in the 'Six Nations' rugby union tournament? And the emblems on their shirts? WALES - THREE FEATHERS SCOTLAND - THISTLE IRELAND - SHAMROCK ENGLAND - RED ROSE FRANCE - COCKEREL ITALY - FLAG Guess at the Top Twenty Tourist Attractions in Wales. Discuss places visited and get the group to nominate a favourite. BARRY ISLAND TENBY BARAFUNDEL BAY BIG PIT ST FAGAN'S FOLK MUSEUM CARDIFF BAY CARDIFF CASTLE SNOWDON MOUNTAIN RAILWAY VALE OF RHEIDOL RAILWAY/DEVIL'S BRIDGE BRECON BEACONS THE GOWER PONTCYSYLLTE AQUADUCT NEWPORT TRANSPORTER BRIDGE PORTMEIRION ST DAVID'S NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS OF WALES LLANARTHNE LLANDUDNO GLAMORGAN HERITAGE COASTLINE PEMBROKESHIRE NATIONAL PARK LLANGOLLEN CANAL If there is time, click on the below picture to link to a 'Famous Welsh Faces' slide show and ask members to identify the people and what they are famous for. (Print them off for the tables)

Answers: Catherine Zeta Jones - married to Michael Douglas

Alex Jones - presenter of 'The One Show'

Gareth Bale - top Welsh footballer under consideration for return from Real Madrid to Manchester United

Gareth Edwards - former Welsh Rugby Union scrum half

Nigel Owens - Welsh rugby referee

Sam Warburton - former Captain of the Welsh Rugby Team

Neil Kinnock - former Labour Party Leader

David Lloyd George - former Liberal Prime Minister

Tom Jones - Welsh singer and judge on 'The Voice'

Nye Bevan - founder of the NHS

Richard Burton - renowned Welsh stage and film actor

Katherine Jenkins - Welsh classical singer

Anthony Hopkins - Welsh actor (picture is taken from 'Silence of the Lambs')

Michael Sheen - another famous Welsh actor (both grew up in Port Talbot)

Colin Jackson - Olympian athlete (hurdler)

Dame Tanni Grey Thomson - former Paralympian and now disability rights champion

Carwyn Jones - former First Minister of Wales in The Sennyd

Rhodri Morgan - founding First Minister

Dame Shirley Bassey - Welsh Diva

Alun Wyn Jones - current Wales Rugby Team Captain

Princes Harry and William (Duke of Cambridge) cheering their teams at the Rugby World Cup in 2015

Derek Brockway - 'Weatherman Walking'

Max Boyce - comic musician

Aled Jones - Classic FM and 'Songs of Praise'

Bryn Terfel - Welsh operatic bass-baritone

Charlotte Church - former 'Voice of an Angel'

Rhod Gilbert - Welsh comedian and star of 'Work Experience'

Roald Dahl - renowned Welsh children author

Huw Edwards - BBC news anchor

Rob Bryden - Welsh comic and TV star of 'Gavin and Stacey' (Uncle Bryn)

Ryan Giggs - former Welsh football champion

John Toshack - former Welsh football player and manager

Ruth Jones - dramatist and actor ('Gavin and Stacey' and 'Stella')

MUSIC QUIZ The Welsh Music Quiz Playlist can be found here The questions we asked by way of prompting discussion and recall were as follows: 1. Green, Green Grass of Home - Tom Jones. What TV talent show is Tom Jones a judge on? THE VOICE How old is he? 79 (7TH JUNE 1940) 2. Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey. Shirley Bassey is also known as 'The Girl from....'? - TIGER BAY What other two James Bond films did Shirley Bassey sing the title song for? GOLDFINGER (1964) & MOONRAKER (1979) 3. You Drive Me Crazy - Shakin' Stevens. What colour door was Shakey behind in his other hit single? - GREEN DOOR (1981) Where was he born and raised? ELY, CARDIFF 4. Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin. This song reached Number One in the UK in 1968. What other song did Mary Hopkins come second in The Eurovision Song Contest in 1970? - KNOCK, KNOCK WHO'S THERE 5. If I Ruled The World - Harry Secombe. Harry Secombe was a member of The Goons. Who were the other three? - PETER SELLERS, SPIKE MILLIGAN AND MICHAEL BENTINE 6. We'll Gather Lilacs - Katherine Jenkins. Who wrote this song - a national music award is named after him? - IVOR NOVELLO (There is a statue dedicated to him in Cardiff Bay, outside the Millennium Centre) 7. We'll Keep A Welcome In The Hillside - Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir. Name some hills and mountains of Wales? - SNOWDON, CADER IDRIS, BRECON BEACONS, BLACK MOUNTAINS & THE GARTH 8. Pie Jesu - Charlotte Church. Which show did this 'Voice Of An Angel' first come to fame on? - JONATHAN ROSS 9. Calon Lan - Only Boys Aloud. What is the English translation of Calon Lan? - A PURE HEART (Finalist in 'Britain's Got Talent' 2012) 10. Road Rage - Catatonia. Who is the lead singer of Catatonia singing the lead vocal? - CERYS MATHEWS What is the name of the road which travels all the way up through Wales? - A470 11. Cardiff Born - Frank Hennessy. What is the popular name for Cardiff City Football Club? - THE BLUEBIRDS 12. Handbags and Gladrags - Stereophonics. What TV show was this the theme music for? - THE OFFICE Where was this comedy series set? - SLOUGH 13. Run - Stephen Fretwell. What about this TV show set in Barry? - GAVIN AND STACEY Who were Gavin and Stacey's best friends? - SMITHY & NESSA 14. Ivor The Engine - TV Theme. Name the engine driver? - JONES THE STEAM (The railway company was 'Merioneth And Llantisily Rail Traction') 15. Day Trip To Bangor - Fidller's Dram. Go around the room. Has anyone had a day trip anywhere in Wales lately, or is there anywhere they would like to visit? Name some ciders? BULMERS, STRONGBOW, MAGNERS, RATTLER, SCRUMPY JACK 16. Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler. When was the last total eclipse of the sun in the UK? - 11 MINUTES PAST 11AM ON AUGUST 11th 1999

Do members remember it? 17. God Bless The Prince Of Wales - Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir. What date was the Investiture of The Prince of Wales and where did it take place? - JULY 1ST 1969, CAERNARVON CASTLE Did anyone get given a mug in school or remember having the day off in celebration? 18. Ar Hyd Y Nos - Aled Jones. Whose voices can we hear singing? - THEY ARE BOTH ALED JONES, MAN AND BOY On which radio station does Aled Jones present a show these days? - CLASSIC FM 19. Hymns and Arias - Max Boyce. Live From Treorchy. In which valley would you find Treorchy? - THE RHONDDA Which rugby commentator used to famously say 'And it's an Up And Under'? - EDDIE WAREING 20. Delilah - Tom Jones. Time for a sing along ... 21. World In Union - Various. Cardiff hosted several matches for The Rugby World Cup in 2015. What 'landed' on the Castle wall? - GIANT RUGBY FOOTBALL (The next 'Rugby World Cup' is this autumn. Who is looking forward to it?) 22. Bread of Heaven/Cwm Rhondda - Bryn Terfel. What is the first line of this famous Welsh hymn (English translation)? - GUIDE ME OH THOU GREAT JEHOVAH 23. (ALL STAND) Hen Wlad Fy'n Nhadau - The Dragons Choir. SINGALONG. Which Welsh Secretary famously forgot and mouthed the wrong words? - JOHN REDWOOD


As we enjoyed a cup of tea with our Welsh cakes and bara brith, we looked at these humorous quizzes for fun ...

Funny 'How Welsh are you?' quiz. Great for generating discussion among the group.

Welsh place names picture quiz.

About Me

Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 


The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.


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