Stewards Newsletter

February 2020

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Hallo and welcome to our first Newsletter of 2020. I hope you all had a good Christmas and January. We have had a busy start at the Community Centre, with a lot of coach trips arranged and now all available to book on to in the office or by phoning 02392 467562.


Because it is a leap year here are some facts about February that I hope you will find interesting:


  • February is named after the purification ritual Februa, which was a sort of early Roman Spring cleaning festival. 
  • In Old English, February was called Solmonath (Mud month) or Kale-monath (Kale or cabbage month). 
  • February frequently occurs in lists of the most commonly misspelt words in the English language.
  • The Americans have trouble with the word February too – last year, a press release from the White House consistently spelt it as Feburary. 
  • Much Ado About Nothing is the only Shakespeare play that mentions February. 
  • Before Julius Caesar’s calendar reform of 45BC, February was the only month with an even number of days. All the rest had 29 or 31. 
  • February is the only month that can pass with no full moon. 


EXCURSIONS All excursions, as detailed in the attachment to this Newsletter, are now open for booking. Please also check the Notice Boards.


All excursions can be viewed in more detail in the coach trip book in reception, the first 3 Excursions are as follows:-

Wednesday 4th March  9 to 5   Tuesday 14th April Riverdance

Wednesday 22nd April Marwell Zoo 


Roses are red, violets are blue
That’s what they say, but it just isn’t true!
Roses are red and apples are too
But violets are violet, violets aren’t blue!
An orange is orange, but Greenland’s not green
And pinkies aren’t pink, what does it mean?
To say something’s blue when it isn’t, defiles it
But oh, what the heck, it’s hard to rhyme violet!


TABLE TOP SALE On Saturday 29th February from 2 to 4pm it’s the Table Top Sale and of course the best Tombola on the Island! We are still in need of some tombola prizes so if you could please search out all your unwanted Christmas presents, donations are gratefully received! All the tables are now booked, so if you were unable to get a table, please come along and support the Community Centre and stall holders. 50p entry, free for children.


Valentine’s Day on the 14th so I am hoping for a card from my husband!


Roger, who was 19 years old, was buying an expensive bracelet, to surprise his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, at a very smart jeweller's shop in Hatton Garden, London. The jeweller inquired, 'Would you like your girlfriend's name engraved on it?' Roger thought for a moment, grinned, then answered, 'No, instead engrave "To my one and only love".' The jeweller smiled and said, 'Yes, sir; how very romantic of you.' Roger retorted with a glint in his eye, 'Not exactly romantic, but very practical. This way, if we break up, I can use it again.'


The Quiz this month is all about Shakespeare. The closing date is Thursday 27th February – Good Luck!


I Just Called, to say I love you…

English........... I Love You

Spanish.......... Te Amo

French........... Je T'aime

German.......... lch Liebe Dich

Japanese....... Ai Shite Imasu

Italian............. Ti Amo

Chinese......... Wo Ai Ni

Swedish........ Jag Alskar Dig

Eskimo.......... Nagligivaget

Greek............ S'Agapo

Hawaiian....... Aloha Wau la Oe

Irish.............. Thaim In Grabh Leat

Hebrew......... Ani Ohev Otakh

Russian........ Ya Lyublyu Tyebya

Albanian....... Une Te Dua

Finnish......... Mina Rakkastan Sinua

Turkish........ Seni Seviyorum

Hungarian... Se Ret Lay

Persian....... Du Stet Daram

Maltese....... Jien Inhobbok

Catalan...... Testimo Molt


Some words of wisdom from our Diaries.

“Logic will get you from A-Z; imagination will get you everywhere” (Albert Einstein)

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other” (Abraham Lincoln).

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practise” (Anton Chekov)


Stewards coffee morning Our next coffee morning is on Tuesday 17th March, the list is in reception now, it would be nice to see you all there!


Best Wishes


Mandy Stanfield