Today, Wednesday March 15, is the Ides of March. The Ides were a way of dividing up the month used in the Roman calendar, and the Ides are the middle of each month. The Ides of March are well known because that is the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated – and in Shakespeare’s play, he receives a warning – beware the Ides of March - and of course, doesn’t.
These take place in Augustus Place Community Hall on Fridays from 12 noon to 2pm. You will get great ideas for using slow cookers, microwaves and air fryers for healthy and budget cooking, and get to try whatever has been cooked! Everyone is welcome.
This Friday, March 17 at 7pm, Alison Neil returns with another play that she has written and performs herself, this time about the life of Marie Curie, the scientist who played a large part in the discovery of radioactivity. It is at St Mary’s Church House, and entrance is more than usual, but definitely worth it – she has presented several plays over the years for Tenby Arts Club, and never fails to keep her audience enthralled. Everyone is welcome.
St Patrick’s Day
March 17 is also St Patrick’s Day, and an excuse to celebrate all things Irish. Time to wear green, drink Guinness and make leprechauns, maybe! Saint Patrick was a born into Roman Britain, and at the age of 16 was captured from his home in Wales and taken to Ireland as a slave. He lived for six years as a herdsman but eventually escaped on a ship back to his family. He later became a Bishop and returned to Ireland. It is believed, but not known for certain, that he lived in the second half of the 5th Century, and died on March 17, which is now known as St Patrick’s Day. As he was actually Welsh, perhaps we don’t actually need an excuse to celebrate! You could make rainbows with pots of gold at the end, craft or paint shamrocks, or make soda bread.
Poetry in the Park
This Sunday, March 19, the poets and poetry-lovers will be gathering again, but as the weather is still inclined to be inclement, it will be once again in the Old Chapel on Lower Frog St. Everyone is welcome to come along at 3pm. You can bring some poetry to share, or just come along to enjoy the contributions of others.
Monday, March 20 is the day that the length of the day and night are equal – longer days start now! It is officially the start of Spring. It’s also a time for us to look within and see what we need to bring into balance. Is the balance of give and take uneven in your relationship? Could you do with more exercise? The time of the Equinox pushes you into balance, so take advantage of the changing seasons and seek to balance your own life.
The beginning of Spring is also a good time to be thinking of spring blossoms, daffodils and daisies. Time to create them, to plant them or to wander out looking for them and enjoying them as they appear!
Films4Tenby is showing ‘Emily’ on Tuesday March 21 at 7pm and everyone is welcome. See the article and advert on page 21.
World Poetry Day
Tuesday 21st March is also World Poetry Day, so if you weren’t able to come along to Poetry in the Park, perhaps today you could take a moment to read some poetry and maybe find a new favourite poem.
The Old Chapel Cookery Classes
These are going well – at the moment a group of young children and their mum’s are doing a six week course and having a wonderful time. The Old Chapel in Lower Frog St would appreciate it if people could drop in any old plastic containers that they have acquired, maybe from take-aways. These are used for people to be able to take their cooking home, and are always useful. While you are there, you could take a look at the Community Fridge to see if you can rescue something, and maybe have tea, coffee, soup, a sandwich or a delicious cake for a donation to the Old Chapel community café.
Women’s History Month
March has been designated Women’s History Month and is a chance to find out a bit about the many women who have done interesting things in their lives but been forgotten since. Have you heard of Betty Campbell, Sarah Rees Jones, Elaine Morgan or Lady Rhondda? Now is the time to do a bit of investigating and find out!