What’s in a Name………

Posted by GIFT admin on Apr 30, 2013 in GIFT

Hats off to leader Mark for taking the time to google every youngster’s name in GIFT and find the origin! Do you know the origin of your own name? Mark didn’t just get bored one evening, he did do it for a reason. In honour of St George the youngsters produced their own shields which represented themselves and the things that mattered to them. They could use the origin of their own name if they wished. Look out for the finished products on display in Ettington Church and see if you can guess whose shield is whose. After a mini potted history on St George (who the youngsters correctly guessed was martyred by “having his head chopped off – yeah!”) Steve Evans foxed everyone with his devilishly difficult quiz and in the chaos that ensued, and generally does around the time a sugar fix is required, we’ve absolutely no idea who won. We did manage to get outside for the first time in a long while as it was such a pleasant evening so let’s pray for more of those in the weeks to come. The next session will be on Tuesday 7th May at 7pm when we should be able to reveal some of our plans for the rest of the term, including a session on the playing field at the Community Centre and an end of term party/BBQ. Jane.


Cry — God for Harry! England and Saint George!

Posted by GIFT admin on Apr 19, 2013 in GIFT

No, we won’t be studying Shakespeare’s Henry V on Tuesday evening (even if it is his birthday) but as it’s St George’s Day we thought it only appropriate that we celebrate the occasion. Suitably ‘saintly’ activities are planned including some creative heraldry and another of Steve Evans’ delightful quizzes. Hopefully by the end of the evening we will all have learned a little more about St George too. Watch this space for a report on the evening’s activities. Jane Evans.


GIFT Visit to Cadbury World

Posted by GIFT admin on Apr 8, 2013 in GIFT

I suppose that there might well be worse ways of spending a dreary, cold, mid-March Saturday afternoon than taking a visit around one of the world’s most famous (stand aside for the moment Mr Willy Wonka and your oompa loompas) chocolate factories; Cadbury World. Imagine, if you can, having the power to create your own, unique chocolate flavour…., standing in an almost fairytale, fantastical factory and having to choose between fillings such as marshmallows, rice krispies, white chocolate buttons, hazelnuts and jelly babies. Your choice made (I can thoroughly recommend the rice krispie option), you then watch for an indulgently mouth-watering 5 seconds or so as your mug is topped up with unctuous, molten Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate…. At best, heavenly; at worst simply yummy. In short a very pleasurable experience. And this was just the beginning. Not unsurprisingly, chocolate was never far from our thoughts, nor in short supply. As we embarked on our tour, chocolate bars were issued; this time Crunchie bars and Curly Wurlies (after the molten chocolate experience, these “regular” bars had a more digestible healthy “bite” to them…!). We then went on to learn about the history of chocolate and how the Cadbury family made their chocolate so delicious by adding the distinctive ‘glass and a half’ of full dairy milk to each batch. There were live demonstrations on how chocolate is tempered as well as a glance behind the secret curtains of the packaging section (perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the visit – what was so secret about a conveyor belt??!). Oh, I nearly forgot, more free chocolate was handed out (this time pure, chunky, Dairy Milk…, nothing added, nothing taken away!). The jewel in the Cadbury crown was the gift shop which took us, once more, into the fantasy realm of Cadbury chocolate. Every conceivable Cadbury product was there and most of us took advantage of this and took yet more chocolate goodies home! We left, our clothes perfumed by the omnipresent smell of warm, molten chocolate and our appetites for chocolate (and probably Cadbury) Easter eggs firmly wetted!

Steve Lowe

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