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At the bottom of many pages there are puzzles for you to do. There are picture clues to the titles of childrens’ books.  All these books are in the school library.   Here’s an easy one to start you off:-

Good Luck!

Anagrams

If you’re really clever you can have a go at the anagrams. An anagram is a set of words where the letters are mixed up. They are at the bottom of many pages and they are the titles to childrens’ books.  All these books are in the school library. They are written in

GOLD LETTERS

So

LILAC HOARD LANE

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Charlie and Lola

This Week in History

Every week we will tell you about some events which happened many years ago on this week.

1738 John Wesley first attended evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, then went on to a meeting at Aldersgate where he experienced his conversion. This was the start of Wesley’s Methodism, and over 270 years later there are 54 million Methodists in 60 countries. The design and construction of the octagon Heptonstall Chapel in West Yorkshire were overseen by John Wesley. He laid the foundation stone and preached in the unfinished shell of the church. The chapel  is the oldest Methodist church in continuous use and was founded in 1742.


1819 Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in London, the only daughter of the Duke of Kent. As Queen Victoria, she reigned for 63 years, from 1837 until her death in 1901. She married Prince Albert in 1840 and had four sons and five daughters. After Albert’s death in 1861, she went into virtual retirement.


1836 The birth, in York, of Joseph Rowntree, Quaker philanthropist, social reformer and chocalatier businessman.


1930 Amy Johnson landed at Darwin, Australia and became the first woman to fly from England to Australia.


1976 British Airways and Air France Concordes arrived at Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C. having made their first commercial crossing of the North Atlantic.


2003 Britain's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest failed to score a single point, a fact later blamed on the UK's stance during the Iraq conflict. In 2016, the United Kingdom came 24th out of 26.


1955 The first ascent of Kangchenjunga the third highest mountain in the world at 28,169 ft (8,586 m), occurred On This Day. The British expedition was led by Joe Brown and George Band.


1962 The consecration of Coventry's new cathedral which was designed by Sir Basil Spence. The new church replaced the 14th century cathedral  that was destroyed by German bombing during World War II.


1994 The Camelot consortium won the contract to run Britain's first national lottery, starting in November.


1904 The birth, in Wigan, of George Formby, English singer and comedian. He was famous for his comic songs, full of double entendre, to his own accompaniment on the banjo ukulele.


1913 The birth of Peter Cushing, known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the distinguished-looking but sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing.


1936 In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, Tommy Henderson began speaking on the Appropriation Bill, a government measure which applied spending to each department and service. By the time he sat down in the early hours of the following morning, he had spoken for an incredible 10 hours. At that point it was the longest speech in any British legislature.


1940 At 18:57 the signal was received to start 'Operation Dynamo', the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and French troops from Dunkirk's beaches. Besides the efforts of the Royal Navy, 700 small ships were assembled in Sheerness dockyard before making the hazardous crossing to Dunkirk. In total, 338,226 troops were safely returned to England between 27th May and 4th June


2012 The seemingly never-ending task of painting the Forth Bridge was finally completed, following a 10-year programme of work and 240,000 litres of 'epoxy glass plate paint' that should last for 20 years. More than 1,500 people worked on the bridge during its restoration, with as many as 400 workers on the bridge in a single day at the peak of activity.

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Coventry Cathedral


The cathedrals lying side by side form a centrepiece for the events in the city centre. Here’s 20 facts about them.


    Coventry has three cathedrals - the ruins of St Mary's, destroyed by Henry VIII, St Michael's, blitzed in November 1940, and Sir Basil Spence's new cathedral, consecrated in 1962.


    The spire of St Michael's, at 295 feet, is the third tallest in England, after Salisbury and Norwich.


    Squirrels carved into the stonework of what is now the sanctuary are said to represent the ancient woodlands which still surrounded Coventry in the Middle Ages.


    Before it became a cathedral, in 1918, St Michael's was the country's largest parish church. It was the only English cathedral lost to aerial bombardment during the Second World War.


    The day after the Blitz demolition crews had to be prevented from pulling down the surviving tower. They didn't realise it had been leaning for at least a hundred years.


    The same day, November 15, 1940, the decision was taken to rebuild the cathedral as a testament to peace and reconciliation.


    On that day too, the cathedral's chief stonemason fashioned two burnt roof timbers he found in the rubble into the rough shape of a cross. The Charred Cross and the Cross of Nails, three mediaeval roof nails bound together, remain potent symbols of the cathedral's world-wide ministry of reconciliation.


    More than 200 architects submitted designs to an international competition launched in 1947 for the new cathedral. The winner, Basil Spence, was designing exhibitions for the Festival of Britain but had wanted to build a cathedral since childhood and the idea for the building's zig-zag windows came to him in a dream after he'd passed out in a dentist's chair while being treated for a tooth abscess.


    As ground clearance works for the new building began, the site agent reported sightings of a ghostly monk.


    Sir Jacob Epstein's great bronze statue of St Michael overcoming the Devil was the sculptor's last major work, before his death in 1959.


    In October 1961, 16 young Germans arrived in Coventry to help build the cathedral's International Centre. Money to furnish it was given by a Berlin merchant who had lost his entire family in an Allied bombing raid.


    The cathedral was consecrated, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, on 25 May, 1962. Benjamin Britten's War Requiem was given its premiere during the celebrations.


    The cathedral's font, a three-ton boulder from a hillside near Bethlehem, was brought from the Holy Land without charge to Coventry in what was at the time an extraordinary example of co-operation between Jew, Moslem and Christian.


    Graham Sutherland's extraordinary tapestry, seven years in the making, was the biggest in the world when it was made. There are more than 900 colours in it and it is guaranteed for 500 years.


    Lines of 1962 pennies, worn but still visible in the floor, mark the processional routes for choir and clergy.


    The ashes of John Hutton, creator of the cathedral's great West Screen, lie buried beneath his great work. It is said that the chemicals he used in etching the screen may have hastened his death.


    The old cathedral bells, silent for more than a century, were re-hung in 1987 to mark the new cathedral's 25th anniversary. They first rang out to celebrate Coventry City's FA Cup final win in that year.


    In November 1990, the President of Germany joined the Queen Mother in a service of remembrance to mark the 50th anniversary of the destruction of the old cathedral.


    Five years later a bronze sculpture titled 'Reconciliation' was placed in the ruins to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. It was donated by Richard Branson and an identical casting is in Hiroshima.


    Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, is patron of the Centre for the Study of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, set up by Coventry University in partnership with the cathedral.