With Easter Sunday on 4th April this year and the clocks going forward on 28th March, it was a good opportunity to have a CST session themed on 'Springtime and Easter'. Spring lasts from the vernal equinox on 20th March to the summer solstice (midsummer day) on 21st June.
We asked members ...
- Who likes the Spring? Is it anyone's favourite season? What do you like about it?
- Can you think of any spring flowers?
- Who celebrates Easter?
- Does anyone have an Easter egg or make an Easter bonnet?
- What are peoples' favourite chocolate bars?
Can anyone think of any symbols of Easter? - A palm formed in the shape of a crucifix - Hot cross bun (crucifix on top of the bun) - Easter egg (in the shape of the stone which rolled away from Christ's tomb)
IDIOMS ABOUT SPRING AND EASTER Next, we asked members to complete the following phrases ... He's no spring - CHICKEN (A person who’s not exactly young anymore.) He's got a spring in his - STEP (Someone who looks as if they are happy and full of energy.) Spring to - MIND (To appear suddenly in your thoughts, immediately think of someone or something.) Like a coiled - SPRING (Someone who is wound up or highly strung.) As clean as a - WHISTLE (Describes something which is fresh and new, or has been cleaned to such a high standard it looks as if it is.) Wipe the slate - CLEAN (Have a fresh start or a new beginning.) Like a rabbit caught in the - HEADLIGHTS (A person so surprised or frightened that they can’t move or think.) Pull a rabbit out of the - HAT (Come up with an unexpected solution to a problem.) Don’t count your chickens before they’re - HATCHED (Don't make plans that depend on something good happening before you know that it has actually happened.) Don’t put all your eggs in one - BASKET (Keep your options open.) Have egg on your - FACE (Look stupid because of something you’ve done.) Don't teach your grandmother to suck - EGGS (Don't offer unnecessary advice to someone who’s older and more experienced.) Walking on - EGGSHELLS (Be very diplomatic so as not to offend.) You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few - EGGS (In order to achieve something, something has to be sacrificed.) Mutton dressed as - LAMB (An older woman dressed in clothes more suited to a younger woman.) A wolf in sheep's - CLOTHING (A person with a pleasant and friendly appearance that hides the fact that they are evil.) Black sheep of the - FAMILY (The undesirable or disreputable member of a group or family.)
Full of the joys of - SPRING (To be very happy and enthusiastic.)
THINGS THAT REMIND US OF SPRING
Longer days, warmer days, spring flowers, lambs, catkins, bird nests and chicks, sorting the garden out, planting the beds, mowing the lawn for the first time, smell of cut grass, Easter, Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and Easter bonnets. We commented on the argument going on currently about re-branding of 'Easter Eggs' as 'Good Eggs', so as to remove religious connotations. Members felt that traditional words should be used for things associated with this ancient Christian festival. The spring flowers we thought of were: daffodils, crocuses, tulips, cherry blossom, snow drops, bluebells and primroses. We reminded ourselves of the Welsh word for Spring - Gwanwyn.
Happy Easter in Welsh is - Pasg Hapus And the French word for Spring - Printemps. We remembered that the clocks 'Spring Forward' in March and 'Fall Back' in October. We thought about the meaning of 'Spring' and how it features in the English language. Spring symbolises rebirth, fresh starts, new beginnings. - Spring is in the air. - Spring has sprung. - Spring tides (highest of the year). - Springer Spaniel (gun dog). - Spring lamb (3-5 months). - Spring clean. - Spring onions (gibbons). - Spring greens.
FIRST SONG. 'Tulips From Amsterdam', Johnny Weaver - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNPT3JRNJpE
This was a huge hit for Max Bygraves. What was his catchphrase? LET ME TELL YOU A STORY
MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ
ROUND 1. Easter
1. What is the proper name for 'Pancake Day'?
(Did people enjoy any?)
2. Which following day starts the 40 day period of 'Lent'?
(Did anyone give anything up?)
3. What is the Sunday before Easter called?
4. What does the Queen do on the Thursday before Easter?
5. Which artist painted 15th century painting 'The Last Supper'? (It is on display in the 'Santa Maria Del Grazie Monastery in Milan)
What is his most famous painting? (It's in 'The Louvre' in Paris)
Here she is ...
6. What do Catholics do in Church on Good Friday afternoon?
7. What do Christians traditionally eat on Good Friday?
True or False. The McDonald's 'Fillet Of Fish' meal was developed for Catholics?
8. Which traditional Easter roast dinner is pictured here (the meat and the sauce)?
9. From where does The Pope give his Easter Blessing on Easter Sunday?
What's his name? Where is he from?
10. Which 1970s rock opera album is this picture from?
11. SONG. 'I Don't Know How To Love Him', Yvonne Elliman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS2nX4fuzqc
Who composed and wrote this musical? Which character sang the song?
ROUND 2. Spring
12. Who is the Roman Goddess of Spring?
Or. What is 'Happy Easter' in Welsh?
13. Who composed 'The Four Seasons'?
(What is your favourite season and why?)
14. Where would you find 'Palm Springs'?
15. What is a Springbok?
Or a member of which national rugby union team?
16. Who is this US chat show host (there is a musical named after him)?
17. What is rock singer songwriter Bruce Springsteen's nickname?
18. What flower does the spice Saffron come from?
19. How much is a Cadbury's Creme Egg? (Nearest guess)
20. Why would you count sheep?
21. Recite the nursery rhyme together ... (A point for each remembered verse)
Hot Cross Buns Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns, One a penny, Two a penny, Hot cross buns. If you have no daughters, If you have no sons, One a penny, Two a penny, Hot cross buns. If your sons don't like them, They're the only ones, One a penny, Two a penny, Hot cross buns. I don't tell jokes and I don't tell puns, One a penny, Two a penny, Hot cross buns. Get them while they're hot and eat them by the ton, One a penny, Two a penny, Hot cross buns.
22. SONG. 'Morning Has Broken', Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rifby1tVE8 Which bird in this song has 'spoken, like the first bird'?
What is his name now?
ROUND 3. TV & Film
23. Who starred as Jesus in the 'Jesus Of Nazareth' TV series in 1977?
24. Who starred as 'Ben Hur' in the 1959 film of the same name?
25. Which 1979 Monty Python film mirrored the life of Christ?
Who played him (pictured here)?
26. In the hit UK sit come 'The Vicar Of Dibley', what did Dawn French dress as on Easter Sunday morning?
Who asked her to dress up, whilst she was on her death bed (she told everyone in the Parish Council to)?
27. Name the ventriloquist and the puppet?
28. What was the name of the rabbit puppet mascot of 'Westward TV', later 'Television South West', from 1961 to 1992.
29. Who is the lead presenter of the BBC TV show 'Springwatch'?
Who is this that often joins him as a 'Twitcher'?
30. Which BBC Radio 4 show is about rural life and farming? Where is it set?
31. The character 'The March Hare' comes from which story? Published in 1865, who was it written by?
32. Which author created 'Peter Rabbit' in 1902?
33. What was the name of the 1970 book written by Richard Bach and illustrated by Russell Munson about a young seagull who is trying to learn about life and flight, but is really a homily about self-perfection?
34. SONG. 'Bright Eyes', Art Garfunkel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGyQmH9NZcw
What 1972 book is this song associated with and who was the author?
ROUND 4. Eggs & Things
35. If you wanted to cook a hard boiled egg, how many minutes would you boil it for?
36. SONG. 'How D'ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning', Dean Martin & Helen O'Connell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dJHRjrn4f4 Whilst listening to this song, ask members to list as many types of egg dishes as they can?
37. Which bird lays the largest egg?
(It is a 2kg egg, which is equivalent to how many chicken eggs?)
38. Which 'sport', often seen at a village fete, involves an egg?
Can members think of any similar races?
39. What game is being played here?
40. Do members recall the 1984 book entitled 'Conundrum: Cadbury Creme Egg Mystery'? Don Shaw was the author and Nick Price the illustrator. Ten golden eggs were buried around the UK and puzzlers had to solve the riddles, visual clues and red herrings to find them. Each egg was 22 carat gold and worth £10,000
What TV quiz show has a round called 'CONUNDRUM'?
41. What about the 1979 book 'Masquerade', by Kit Williams? Which prize was revealed in the pages of this beautiful book?
(Worth £5,000 at the time, but sold for £31,900 in 1988 and is probably worth a lot more than that now!)
(For both treasure hunts, there were masses of people digging up ground in places they believed the treasure to be, leading to hunters being banned from National Trust land.)
42. SONG. 'Little April Shower', Disney - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saa98l0yDYQ
What was the name of the rabbit in this 1942 Disney movie?
43. 'The Ugly Duckling', Danny Kaye - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elg8EBIr2jA
Which Danish author wrote this fairy tale?
44. SONG. 'Easter Parade', Judy Garland - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKt54TFrxMc
Whilst listening to this song, list as many different types of hats as you kind (a chance to boost your points)?
45. SONG. 'Annie's Song', John Denver - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1wsNd6N5Yw
In which US state would you find the capital city Denver?
PRACTICAL ACTIVITIES Maybe try painting blown eggs. There is a useful how to guide here ... https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/wales/entries/9cc4fa93-cc6f-3cac-b9ef-4fcbc43c6c8c Or you could buy a couple of straw hats for members to decorate with spring flowers, easter chicks and rabbits and mini chocolate eggs. Perhaps when complete members would like to try it on, or take one home?
SOME ADDITIONAL EASTER SONGS
'Oh What A Beautiful Morning', 'Oklahoma' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5APc0z49wg
'I Can See Clearly Now', Jimmy Cliff - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrHxhQPOO2c
'Mr Blue Sky', E.L.O. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8dsvclf3Tk
1. 'SHROVE TUSDAY'
2. 'ASH WEDNESDAY'
3. 'PALM SUNDAY'
4. 'MAUNDY MONEY'
5. LEONARDO DA VINCI
6. THEY FOLLOW THE 'STATIONS OF THE CROSS'
7. FISH / TRUE
8. ROAST LAMB & MINT SAUCE
9. THE BALCONY OF ST PETER'S BASILICA IN THE VATICAN, ROME
FRANCIS (NAMED AFTER SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISSI, HIS REAL NAME IS
JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO, FROM BUENOS ARIES, ARGENTINA (Born 17th December 1936)
11. ANDREW LLOYD-WEBBER & TIM RICE / MARY MAGDELENE
12. PRIMAVERA / 'PASG HAPUS'
13. ANTONIO VIVALDI
15. AN ANTELOPE / SOUTH AFRICA
16. JERRY SPRINGER
17. 'THE BOSS'
18. THE STAMEN OF THE CROCUS
19. 50P (IN ASDA - OR 3 FOR £1)
20. TO GET OFF TO SLEEP
22. BLACKBIRD / YUSUF ISLAM
23. ROBERT POWELL
24. CHARLTON HESTON
25. 'LIFE OF BRIAN' / GRAHAM CHAPMAN
26. A WHITE RABBIT / VIRGINIA CROPLEY
27. SHARI LEWIS & LAMB CHOPS
28. GUS HONEYBUN
29. CHRIS PACKHAM / BILL ODDIE
30. 'THE ARCHERS' / AMBRIDGE IN BORCESTERSHIRE
31. 'ALICES ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND' / LEWIS CARROLL
32. BEATRIX POTTER
33. 'JONATHAN LIVING SEAGULL'
34. 'WATERSHIP DOWN' / RICHARD ADAMS
35. 6 OR 7 MINUTES (According to Delia Smith, 6 minutes 'if you like them squidgy in the middle', 7 minutes if you like them 'cooked through'.)
36. FRIED ('Sunny Side Up' or 'Over Easy'), SCRAMBLED, BOILED (? with or without soldiers), POACHED ('Eggs Benedict' is poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce), OMELETTE
37. OSTRICH / 24
38. EGG AND SPOON RACE
WHEELBARROW RACE, SACK RACE, THREE LEGGED RACE
39. EASTER EGG HUNT
40. 'COUNT DOWN'
41. A HAND CRAFTED BEJEWELLED GOLDEN HARE
43. HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON
44. BASEBALL CAP, BEANIE, FLAT CAP, BERET, STRAW HAT, TRILBY, COWBOY HAT, TOP HAT, FASCINATOR, PORK PIE HAT, FEDORA, SUN HAT, BOWLER ARE A FEW