I hope you are staying safe and well and enjoying the half term break
We are currently working on our courses for the new year and will be sending out details of when January bookings will open soon (spoiler alert – we are planning for around the middle of November)
But there is no need to wait… courses still to come before Christmas include…
Art History, ICT and Family History…
Artemisia & Judith-Women Artists In Europe, Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm, starting 9 November with Sarah F47B
All Hallows Eve will be with us at the end of the week.
Not everyone is a fan of this spooky festival but here are a few of my favourite Hallow’een facts:
Carved pumpkins or Jack o’lanterns come from an Irish myth about ‘Stingy Jack’.
Jack made the unfortunate mistake of trying to con the devil and was ultimately doomed to roam the earth at night. To guide his way Jack carved out a turnip and put lit coal inside. As the Hallowe’en traditions migrated to America the native pumpkin was adopted rather than the original turnip.
Why black and orange
It’s is believed that the traditional Hallowe’en colours of orange and black come from celtic traditions and represent the coming of darkness (winter) and the line between life and death alongside the colours of autumn harvests and bonfires.
Trick or treating was originally ‘Souling’
Wealthier families were encouraged to make ‘soul cakes’ for the less fortunate in exchange for prayer for the souls of their family and departed relatives. Later children from poorer families would ‘go souling’ to ask for food or money. The Soul cakes
For those of you who fancy trying a soul cake who don’t know what they are, some recipes suggest they are a cross between a biscuit and a scone (I’m already sold!) others more of a spiced biscuit and they are usually decorated with a cross either cut into the biscuit or marked with fruit. There are lots of recipes online if you fancy a bit of All hallows baking.
As always please take care of yourselves and we look forward to seeing you at Stoke Lodge soon.
We are continuing to do all we can to keep everyone safe and thank you to everyone for continuing to wear your masks as you move around the building.