Calendar of Activities

January 2018
Monday 1stWassailingSinging, decorate fruit trees
Monday 1stNew YearHogmanay: Story of calendars
Saturday 6thTwelfth Night - EpiphanyEnd of Christmas: Wise men: burn the tree
February 2018
Tuesday 6thChinese New YearYear of the Dog. Lanterns & Fire crackers; red envelopes filled with cash are given to loved ones for good luck
Tuesday 13thShrove TuesdayPancake making
Wednesday 14thSt. Valentine's DayAll about love. Make hearts, chocs, give cards
Wednesday 14thNest Box weekMake & put up boxes for birds & other wild-life
Monday 26thFair Trade Fortnighthttp://www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight Food sources & production
March 2018
Thursday 1stSt David's DayPatron saint of Wales. History; Eisteddfod activities - poetry, story -telling, dancing
Thursday 1stWorld Book DayImportance of reading. look at new books being published
Sunday 11thMothering SundayCard & present making
Monday 12thCommonwealth DayTreasure hunt 54 countries
Saturday 17thSt Patrick's DayPatron Saint of Ireland. History; poetry, story-telling, dancing
Monday 19thPoultry DayCelebrate the whole range of domestic feathered friends that are raised for their meat and eggs
Tuesday 20thWorld Story Telling DayOral telling of stories, fables and folk lore
Tuesday 20thStart of Spring Bird watching, nesting: flowers: lambing (if poss)
Wednesday 21stWorld Poetry DayRead, recite, create poems
Wednesday 21stWorld Forestry DayVisit Alice Holt,tree identification, habitat, recreation, benefits, timber
Thursday 22ndWorld Day for WaterWater - act out precipitation: power, need, use, seas, etc
Sunday 25thBST - Spring ForwardChanging clocks - history
April 2018
Sunday 1stApril Fool's DaySilly stories: funny pranks
Sunday 1stEasterPainting eggs: Decorating Easter tree
Sunday 1stNational Pet Month Focus on animal care
Monday 2ndChildren's Book DayReading stories - Hans Christian Anderson
Saturday 7thWorld Health DayImportance of good food for healthy & happy lives
Saturday 21stQueen’s BirthdayRoyalty & ceremony
Sunday 22ndEarth DayEnvironment: hands on gardening
Monday 23rdSt. George's DayPatron Saint of England; history, flag, act out the story
Sunday 29thInternational Dance Day Dancing all sorts
Sunday 29thRSPCA Week Fund raise: visit rescue centre
Sunday 29thWorld Make a Wish Day Something that we can make come true
Monday 30thScreen free weekTurn off TV & electronic games. Play board/outdoor games, quizzes, puzzles, hunts, stories, music, dance, paint, cooking, crafts, origami, sew, knit, woodwork
May 2018
Tuesday 1stMay Day - Maypole Oak Make garlands, dance, picnics
Monday 14thNational Vegetarian Week Recipes, how & what to eat healthily
Monday 14thNational Smile month Learn the poem. Reinforce oral hygiene
Wednesday 23rd 14:00Change of Scene Open DayA chance to see what Change of Scene can offer
Tuesday 29thOak Apple Day or Royal Oak DayMake costume of oak leaves - Story Charles II, restoration of the monarchy
June 2018
Friday 1stNational Volunteers' WeekCelebrate contribution made
Monday 4thInternational Day of Innocent Children Consider the plight of others around the world
Tuesday 5thWorld Environment Day Awareness. Tap into alternative energy sources and what input, however, small we can all make
Friday 8thWorld Oceans Day Marine environment - watch Blue Planet other marine themes
Saturday 9thNational Bike WeekBike rides in the forest if bikes are available
Thursday 14thWorld Blood Donor Day Just a mention to explain what fantastic people exist
Sunday 17thFather's DayCard & present making
Monday 18thLearning Disability WeekAwareness of others difficulties
Thursday 21stStart of SummerHoney making
Thursday 21st 19:00Change of Scene Charity DinnerA fundraising dinner for Change of Scene.
July 2018
Saturday 21stNational Moth Weekcelebrate the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths
August 2018
Monday 20thFun FortnightVisits to the seaside, nature reserves, go-karting, Laser Quest, museums and much much more. To sponsor an activity or donate tickets, etc. please contact Sue Weaver. Tel. 01252 794960 or e-mail (sue@changeofscene.org.uk)
September 2018
Saturday 1stFruit harvesting blackberries apples, sloes, plumsPie making: Jam Making: apple juicing/cider making, throughout Sept
Tuesday 25thNational Recycle Now WeekPractical - all materials + compost
October 2018
Saturday 6thNational Badger Day All about the Badger Trust and go on local badger watch
Wednesday 31stHalloweenUses "humour and ridicule to confront the power of death" Decorate House: Spider webs Pumpkin lanterns: pumpkin pie bob apples, flour mountains.
November 2018
Thursday 1stAll Saints Day/ All Hallowsremember all those who've died
Monday 5thGuy Fawkes - Bonfire nightCollecting wood: building bonfire: designing Guy: fireworks
Friday 30thSt Andrew's DayPatron Saint of Scotland; history, traditions; art shows, country dancing, storytelling, reciting poems, traditional food & bagpipe-playing!
December 2018
Sunday 2ndAdvent Sunday - Christmas beginsHolly & Ivy collection. Garland making: decorating house and tree: making presents, clove oranges: dried flowers, etc.
Tuesday 25thChristmas Day

Continuous activities

Sowing seeds + planting: poly-tunnel, cold frame, in ground. Bluebell glade
Chickens + ducks:
collecting eggs
Alpacas:
feeding , gainng their confidence and trust
Dogs:
walking, grooming, feeding
Cats:
grooming, feeding
Pony:
stable management, grooming, mucking out, care of field, exercising, feeding, health, farrier’s visits, etc.
Pigs:
history of Mangalitzas, Tamworth, Middle White (photos of those now gone) what pigs are usually used for: bristles: brushing and feeding
Bees:
learning all about honey, making & painting hives, candle making, uses of wax, pollination, frame making, skep making, uses in recipes, honey extraction
Birds:
song and bird identification: doves, bird table, feeding: different types of feeder: field – pheasants, barn owl, tawny owl, kingfisher, etc.
Wild animals:
hides, night watch with infra-red cameras: foxes, badgers, deer, voles, shrews, rats, mice, grass snakes
Pond + stream:
animal habitat and water plants
Fishing:
no fish – but pond dipping for newts,
Night sky:
star-gazing and recognition
Hygiene:
general care, animals, home
Baking:
bread, meals, cakes, biscuits
Smoothies:
varied recipes, juicer, blender
Environmental:
solar, wind power, recycling, water conservation
Carpentry:
bird & bat boxes, solitary bee nests, bird feeders, bird tables, hutches & runs
Crafts:
 spinning, weaving, making decorations
Health & Safety:
fire, electricity, hygiene, security, trip hazards, water (pond & stream), chemicals (cleaning materials, medicines, paints, etc), aerosols & ventilation, gas
Alice Holt:
Go Ape in the forest
Outdoor:
hammocks, den building, trampoline, tree climbing, hide, camping & camp fires
Non-tech games:
quoits, Diablo, plate spinning, croquet, boules, cricket, football, basket ball, rounders, grass reed blowing, goose-grass, plantain shooters, hopscotch hoola-hoops, mono-cycle, bike riding, face-painting, painting, wood-work
Off-site activities:
August – fun fortnight to seaside, open-air museums, castles, bowling, cinema, zoo, hawk conservancy, canal boat, pub visits, forest treks, farm visits, etc

“Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye”

Helen Keller