August 2021

One of the many joys of the Memory Café is having time to chat with other people about all sorts of things including families, hobbies and holidays, but one topic that always sparks interest is what work people have done over the years. Whether it be during the war years, within the home or in the wider world there is always a tale to tell.
We like to link our themes to fun activities so below there are two different challenges for you to try:


                                 Trivia Quiz based on occupations.

1. What job did George Formby sing about? .........................................

2. Benny Hill’s ‘Ernie’ was the fastest  ............................... in the west.
 
3. This person (Pat) had a black and white cat – Pat was a ........................ 
 
4. Dolly Parton’s hours of work were .....................  to ........................
 
5. Bobby Darin sang ‘If I were a ............................ and you were a lady’
 
6 .Lonnie Donegan’s old man was a ..............................
 
7. Oh ..................., ..................., won’t you marry me with your musket, fife and drum. 
 
8. What shall we do with a drunken .....................................?
 
9. Little Bow Peep’s  job – she was a .....................................
 
10. Old MacDonald was a ........................................ (E-I-E-I-O)
 
 
Now for something different – try the ‘Hidden Occupation Challenge’
 
Can you find, and underline, the hidden jobs in the following sentences?

Example:  I have ten sweets.  The hidden job is ‘vet’   (have ten). 

 

Good luck!

 

  •    Did you see that squirrel grab a kernel of corn? 
  •    Without much effort, Jean finished the test?
  •    Moscow boys are much like the boys in America
  •    Have you tried nutty pistachio ice cream?
  •    Count each error and deduct ten for each mistake.
  •    That sedan certainly looks expensive.
  •    Would you rather have plum, berry or apple jelly?
  •    If you see a wasp you should not bother it.
  •    This tart is the best I’ve ever tasted.
  •    Some countries refused to sign the pact or any treaty.

July 2021

Do you recall those schooldays when you had a few minutes to spare at the end of a lesson and the teacher would decide to give the class a pencil and paper activity?  These could be games such as hangman, noughts and crosses, battleships and, more often than not, a spelling bee!  There is something challenging about having to find words within the long word and only using the letters in it.  I remember a common word used at school was chrysanthemum!

At the Memory Café we often have challenging activities to keep our brains active and to work alongside other people, so here is a spelling bee you might like to try! The word ‘pedestrian’ can make well over 50 words, but to give you a start here are clues of 20 words you can make from using letters found in PEDESTRIAN:

On a piece of paper write down all the words you (and other people) can make from PEDESTRIAN ?

 

June 2021

Tanners And Bobs

Back in the days of tanners and bobs,
When mothers had patience and fathers had jobs.
When football teams’ families wore hand me down shoes,
And T.V. gave only two channels to choose.


Back in the days of threepenny bits,
when schools employed nurses to search for your nits!
When snowballs were harmless; ice slides were permitted
and all of your jumpers were warm and hand knitted.
Back in the days of hot ginger beers,
when children remained so for more that six years.
When children respected what older folks said,
and pot was a thing you kept under your bed.
Back in the days of ‘Listen with Mother’,
when neighbours were friendly and talked to each other.
When cars were so rare you could play in the street,
when doctors made house calls; police walked the beat.
Back in the days of Milligan’s Goons,
when butter was butter and songs all had tunes.
It was dumplings for dinner and trifle for tea,
and our annual break was a day by the sea!
Back in the days of ‘Dixon of Dock Green’,
‘Crackerjack’ pens and Lyons ice creams.
When children could freely wear National Health glasses,
and teachers stood in front of their classes.
Back in the days of rocking and reeling,
When mobiles were things that you hung from the ceiling.
When woodwork and cookery got taught in schools,
and everyone dreamed of a win on the pools.
Back in the days when I was a lad.
I can’t help but smile for the fun that I had.
Hopscotch and roller skates; snowballs to lob,
Back in the days of tanners and bobs


David Wood