'Autumnal Equinox' - 22nd September



"Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple." J.K. Rowling


“I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.” Dodinsky






This week's CST activities were centred around the theme of Autumn, as we are fast approaching the Autumnal equinox, which took place on 22nd September.




THINGS THAT REMIND US OF AUTUMN



Here was our list ...


- Cooler temperatures overall and night-time frosts.


- Misty or foggy mornings.


- Stormy weather. Trees down. Floods. Traffic disruption.


- Wearing warm clothes and lots of layers. Favourite hats, scarves and jumpers being brought out of wardrobes.


- Putting on the central heating. The warmth of a coal fire or a log burning stove.


- Picking blackberries and baking blackberry and apple tart.


- Roasting sweet chestnuts or jacket potatoes on the fire.


- Harvest Festival and taking baked goods to church.


- Halloween


- Bonfire night





IDIOMS ABOUT AUTUMN OR FALL



Members next completed the following phrases ...



In your autumn (YEARS) - getting older



That old CHESTNUT - same old story



The apple of your EYE - someone who is cherished more than another



Golden HANDSHAKE - pay off at redundancy or early retirement



Turn over a new LEAF - stop a bad habit or start afresh



The apple never falls far from the TREE ; we are all pretty much like our parents



Save for a rainy DAY - plan ahead



To feel/be under the WEATHER - have a cold about you



The bigger they come, the harder they FALL - the more powerful a person is the more spectacular is their downfall



Fall flat on your FACE - fail in an embarrassing way



Fall about LAUGHING - laugh without being able to stop



Fall at the final HURDLE - fail to complete the final task or achieve the ultimate goal



Fall between two STOOLS - fail to take one of two satisfactory alternatives



Fall head over HEELS for someone - to fall deeply and suddenly in love



Fall off the back of a LORRY - stolen goods



Fall off the WAGON - start drinking alcohol again



Pride comes before a FALL - don't be too sure of yourself



United we stand, divided we FALL - there is strength in a shared vision and goals.





MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ





ROUND 1. TEDDY BEARS



It was 'National Teddy Bear Day' on 10th September.

Has anyone still got their childhood teddy bear?



Identify these famous bears?




1. Who is this?

What newspaper did he appear in?




2. Who is this?

What sandwiches did he like to eat?




3. Who is this?

Which park did he live in?




4. What was the children's TV show that had 'Big Ted' and 'Little Ted'?




5. Who is this bear?

Who wrote the books?




6. Who is this?

In which TV show did he appear in?




7. Who is this?

Who wrote the book 'The Jungle Book'?




8. SONG. ‘The Wombling Song’, The Wombles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWQMMPFtoG4


What was their job?




9. SONG. ‘The Teddy Bear's Picnic’, Henry Hall & His Orchestra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZANKFxrcKU



TRUE OR FALSE. The name Teddy Bear came from President Theodore Roosevelt?






ROUND 2. AUTUMN


The autumnal equinox means equal day and night hours.




10. When do the clocks go back?




11. What do Americans call autumn?


(Up until 1500s, Britain called the autumn ‘The Harvest’!)




12. Why is the first full moon in autumn called 'The Harvest Moon'?




13. When is ‘Halloween’?


(Does anyone go out with their children or grandchildren ‘Trick or Treating’?)





14. When is ‘Bonfire Night’?


(Remember ‘Penny for the guy?’)




15. What do you call a spell of dry warm weather in the autumn?




16. Where did Doctor Foster go, in a shower of rain?




* A YouTube clip of Dawn French jumping into the (very deep) puddle on an episode of The Vicar of Dibley was very well received! LINK HERE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWKUeV5B4mI


What was the name of her character?




17. SONG. ‘Forever Autumn’, Justin Hayward (Jeff Wayne's 'War Of The Worlds') - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRV7CUU5tFk


Who wrote the book?


Which group was singer songwriter Justin Hayward a member of?




18. SONG. 'Try To Remember', Nana Mouskouri - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdup2Xku0oM


What nationality was Nana Mouskouri?



How many days hath September?  


Do members remember the rhyme ...





ROUND 3. NATURE




19. True or False. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and should not be given milk?




20. Which are more common in the UK, red or grey squirrels?




21. What is it called when birds fly to warmer climes in the autumn? 


Ask members to name some birds who migrate?




22. In the evening autumn and winter skies you will often see groups of Starlings flying in dense formation. What is this phenomenon called? 




23. What are trees that lose their leaves in the autumn called?


(Apparently, it is the sugar in sap that gives the red, yellow, golden and purple hues in leaves as they die.)




24. Which area are we in the 'Shipping Forecast'?




25. Which BBC weather presenter wrongly forecast there would not be hurricane force winds on 15th October 1987?




26. Complete the phrase ‘RED SKY AT NIGHT, SHEPHERDS DELIGHT. RED SKY IN THE MORNING...




27. SONG. ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’, Carole King - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5lk3FLn-1U


What was Carole King's best selling album of 1971?


List some autumn weather conditions?




28. SONG. ‘Autumn Leaves’, Eva Cassidy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTkUplF5VIE


Name some trees that shed their leaves in the autumn?





ROUND 4. AUTUMN YESTERDAY




29. Which tree do conkers come from?


(Apparently soaking the conkers in vinegar and baking them made them 'winning conkers', though some might say this was cheating!)




30. Look at this picture and name these coal fire accoutrements?


(Did members have a coal man deliver their fuel and a coal bunker?)

(Did anyone or anyone's father or grandfather work as a miner?)




31. Between 1968-71 the Government trialled leaving the clocks as they were, that is not put them back, and the mornings were so dark children had to be issued high vis armbands. Why did they do this?




32. Who was Prime Minister during the 'Winter Of Discontent' in 1978-79?


(The Winter of Discontent was characterised by widespread strikes by private, and later public sector trade unions demanding pay rises greater than the limits Prime Minister and his Labour Party government had been imposing to control inflation. Some of these industrial disputes caused great public inconvenience, for example power cuts and uncollected rubbish, exacerbated by the coldest winter for 16 years, in which severe storms isolated many remote areas of the country.)




33. Did anyone have an outside toilet? What was the name of the toilet paper that was like tracing paper?




34. Did anyone have a tin bath? What type of soap did Wright's make?




35. SONG. 'All Things Bright And Beautiful', Hymn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPMA5I3-0Jw


Which Church service is this hymn associated with? 


What would members take to this service? 




36. SONG. ‘Northern Lights’, Renaissance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIEqdXpG5Pg


What is the proper name for the Northern Lights?


Has anyone seen the Northern Lights or would anyone like to?




37. SONG. 'Fields Of Gold', Sting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM4nWq6mU9k


What is Sting's proper name?


What band did he form?




38. SONG. 'September', Earth Wind & Fire - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs069dndIYk


There are traditionally four elements in Western culture. Which is missing from Earth Wind and Fire?  


Ask members to click their fingers in time with the music ...

Or dance along if they wish ....



To finish with an uplifting video clip, here is a dog jumping into leaves...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_4aEicC28A




ACTIVITY



This week we brought in a small branch of a tree and all made leaves out of coloured card to decorate it with.


Members drew on their leaves on one side and on the other left messages about the autumn.


You will see in the above images the outcome of our efforts.






ANSWERS



1. RUPERT


DAILY EXPRESS



2. PADDINGTON


MARMALADE



3. YOGI


JELLYSTONE



4. 'PLAY SCHOOL'



5. WINNIE THE POOH


A.A. MILNE



6. FOZZIE THE BEAR


THE MUPPETS



7. BALOO


RUDYARD KIPLING



8. COLLECTING LITTER & RECYCLING



9. TRUE. The name teddy bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as "Teddy" (though he loathed being referred to as such).



10. SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER THIS YEAR



11. THE FALL



12. FARMERS DEPENDED ON THE LIGHT TO HARVEST THEIR CROPS INTO THE NIGHT



13. 31ST OCTOBER



14. 5TH NOVEMBER



15. AN INDIAN SUMMER



16. GLOUCESTER


GERALDINE GRAINGER



17. H.G. WELLS

THE MOODY BLUES



18. GREEK


30 DAYS



19. TRUE (Dog food is recommended!)



20. GREY

(Populations are currently estimated at approximately 140,000 red squirrels and 2.5 million grey squirrels.)



21. MIGRATION


NIGHTINGALES, CUCKOOS AND SWIFTS ALL HEAD SOUTH



22. MURMURATION



23. DECIDUOUS



24. LUNDY



25. MICHAEL FISH



26. SHEPHERDS WARNING’



27. TAPESTRY


MIST, FOG, FROST, DRIZZLE, STORM (Now named!), FLOOD



28. ASH, BEECH, BIRCH, CHERRY, ELM, MAPLE, OAK, POPLAR, WILLOW, SYCAMORE, HORSE CHESTNUT



29. HORSE CHESTNUT



30. COAL SHUTTLE, POKER, ASH PAN, FIREGUARD



31. TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY



32. JAMES CALLAGHAN



33. IZAL TOILET PAPER



34. COAL TAR SOAP



35. HARVEST FESTIVAL


PRODUCE FROM THE GARDEN OR FARM, BAKED GOODS, CORN DOLLIES, HOME MADE JAMS AND PICKLES



36. AURORA BOREALIS



37. GORDON SUMNER


THE POLICE



38. WATER 





ACTIVITY



This week we brought in a small branch of a tree and all made leaves out of coloured card to decorate it with.


Members drew on their leaves on one side and on the other left messages about the autumn.


You will see in the above images the outcome of our efforts.





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