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October National Days & Events

October National Days

It’s a busy month with plenty of events to celebrate. As the days get colder & the nights draw in, make learning fun with World Space Week & National Poetry Day or get creative in the kitchen with National Cake Week, National Curry Week & of course, Halloween.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Make A Difference Month
The Big Draw
Lupus Awareness Month
Black History Month
International Walk to School Month
International School Library Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cholesterol Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Go Orange for Orangutans

October National Days

1                  World Vegetarian Day

To raise awareness of the environmental, health & humane benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.  A plant-based diet is lower in fat & can help protect against cancer & heart disease. Give it a go for the day. It’s not all nut roast, recipes have moved on & you’ll be pleasantly surprised. In future, why not allocate a few days each week to be meat-free?


1                 International Day of Older Persons

Designated a United Nations day in 1990, to raise awareness of the impact of an ageing population. We need to ensure that people can grow old with dignity and continue to participate in society. “Older persons make wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development. However, discrimination and social exclusion persist. We must overcome this bias in order to ensure a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population.”

1                 International Coffee Day

Although various coffee days have been held before, the first official one was held in 2015 by the International Coffee Organisation. As well as celebrating the amazing variety of coffee & ways to drink it, the day is also used to promote fair trade & explain how consumers can help the coffee farmers. Many coffee shops offer a free cup of coffee on this day so if you need a regular hit of caffeine, get queuing.

1                 Grandparents’ Day (UK)

Celebrated annually on the first Sunday in October. It was introduced to the UK from the USA in 1990 by the charity Age Concern. Whilst seen as a purely commercial time for card shops, it is also an opportunity to think of the role grandparents play in children’s lives, nurturing & educating.

2                World Habitat Day

A UN day started in 1986 & celebrated annually on the first Monday in October. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities & on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power & the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

2-6             Humphrey’s Pyjama Week

In aid of The Children’s Trust for children with brain injury. Children can wear their pyjamas for the day & take part in fun & educational activities just by donating £2. All money raised helps to fund The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. The Trust provides rehabilitation at a specialist centre for children who have sustained brain injury after an accident or illness. A special school is also housed at the centre along with nursing services for children with complex medical needs. The Trust is able to offer valuable online support to families across the UK. Register at the Humphrey’s Pyjama Week website to receive a free Humphrey’s pack.

2-8            National Cake Week

A whole week dedicated to cake; what’s not to like? You’ve baked for charity, you’ve baked for birthdays, you’ve baked for work & school. Now it’s time to bake for family & friends & have a great time together. Choose a day this week (or several if you’re feeling sociable!), bake a cake & invite people over to share it with. It can be a plain madeira or a black forest gateaux, whatever takes your fancy. You can always ask guests to bring cake contributions too & share the load.

2-8            Dyslexia Awareness Week

An annual awareness campaign to raise knowledge & understanding of this condition. Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that mainly affects the skills involved in accurate & fluent word reading & spelling & occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. The theme for 2016 is Identification of Dyslexia’ and will look at how much of an impact the right support and interventions now can have on the future for people with dyslexia.

2-8            BackCare Awareness Week

To raise awareness of the problems back pain can cause & how to prevent it. This year’s campaign is Back Pain in Children as between a quarter & a third of children suffer from back pain. This is  mainly due to more time spent on computers & slouching in front of TVs. However, we should all take a look at how we sit when at the computer, on the sofa or at the dinner table. Make sure your computer work space meets EU regulations not just at work but at home too.

2-8               Bramley Apple Pie Week 

The Bramley is rightly recognised by professional chefs and home cooks alike as the best apple for cooking. Grown only in Britain, the first Bramley tree was grown in 1809 by Mary Ann Brailsford in her garden in Nottinghamshire. In 1856, a man asked the then owner Matthew Bramley, if he could take some cuttings from the tree & sell the apples. The current owner agreed on the condition that the apples were named after him. In 1900 the original tree blew down in a storm but managed to survive. Bramley trees were then planted extensively in order that Britain would not lose this native fruit. A perfect dessert as the days get colder, serve with cream, custard or ice-cream.

4                 World Animal Day

Feast day of St Francis of Assisi. The mission of this day is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Animal welfare organisations, community groups, youth and children’s clubs, businesses and individuals are encouraged to organise events in celebration of World Animal Day & raise awareness of the plight of many animals. 

4                  National Personal Safety Day

An annual event run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust to highlight some of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression in today’s society. It’s about helping people live safer, more confident lives. Click here for some personal safety tips.

4                  World Ballet Day

A continuous live-streaming event featuring five of the world’s top ballet companies; The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada & San Francisco Ballet. It is an opportunity to celebrate dance & to experience a day in the life of a ballet dancer.  Watch them in classes, rehearsals & listen to interviews.

4-10             World Space Week

Declared by the UN in 1999, the week celebrates ‘the contributions of space science & technology to the betterment of the human condition’. Thanks to satellites & space probes we are gradually learning more about what is out there but this year’s theme ‘discovery’ will show we’ve barely scratched the surface. For events in the UK & around the world, visit the World Space Week website.


5                 World Teachers’ Day

A UN day to celebrate the contribution teachers can make to children’s & adults’ lives through education & support. In many countries there are not enough teachers & without education, the countries can’t develop through the next generation. According to statistics, 250 million children don’t acquire basic skills of reading and writing. Take some time today to thank the teachers you know.

6                 Mad Hatter Day (USA)

A day of silliness, much in the way of April Fools’ Day but without the pranks. This one is dedicated to the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The original drawing of the Mad Hatter showed him sporting a top hat with a price tag attached of 10/6 (ten shillings & sixpence), hence his day is celebrated on the 6th October in America.

6                 National Badger Day

Initiated by the Badger Trust to raise awareness of one of the oldest native British species. The distinctive black & white facial markings of badgers are well-known. They are, however, nocturnal so it is very rare to see them  – except at the side of the road, victims of cars. Badgers are very good diggers & it is thought that their name may derive from the French for digger, becheur. They are also know by the old English name of brock. 

Badger-baiting using dogs has long been a form of entertainment & gambling but despite the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835 & the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, it still continues. Like a lot of wildlife, badgers can get tuberculosis & have been blamed by farmers, perhaps unfairly, for the rapid spread of bovine TB. With some farmers wanting a cull of badgers in certain areas, the Badger Trust feels this is not the answer & is working to find a solution. Badger groups around the country will be holding events from sponsored walks & canal boat trips to badger watching. Visit the National Badger Day website for further details.

 

6                 Byte Night 

In aid of Action for Children. Last year’s event saw over 1300 people, mainly from the business sector, sleep out rough to raise money for Action for Children. The charity is one of the UK’s oldest children’s charities & supports more than 300,000 children, young people and families every year from over 650 services. Just one of the charity’s projects, Byte Night works to support some of the 80,000 young people who are homeless in the UK every year through no fault of their own. Family breakdown, mental health issues and abuse in the home are just a few of the causes which lead to many young people becoming homeless. Visit the Byte Night website for more details.

6                 World Smile Day 

Celebrated annually on the first Friday in October. First held in 1999, it was the idea of Harvey Ball who created the yellow smiley face image. Ball was worried that his creation had lost its original meaning through over use. He declared the first Friday in October World Smile Day, a day that knew no politics, geography or religion. “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile”!

6-14              National Seafood Week

To get more people, to eat more fish, more often. With over 100 types of seafood available to buy in the UK on any given day there’s a lot to celebrate & being an island, we really ought to eat more seafood! High in protein & low in fat, it is a healthy choice. It can also be an excellent source of Omega-3, an important fatty acid that our bodies can’t produce on their own. Include some seafood in your meals this week & why not try some you haven’t tried before.

7                   Bookshop Day

Celebrating the high street bookshop. Shops organise a variety of events such as signings, talks & book clubs to help share the love of books.

7-14              Guide Dogs Week

An awareness & fundraising campaign run by the Guide Dogs charity. The charity has been breeding & training guide dogs for over 75 years. It provides independence to many blind & partially sighted people. They also campaign for the rights of those with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care & fund eye disease research.

8-14              National Bread Week (Ireland)

A celebration of Irish bread. Events will be taking place in bakeries & stores across Ireland. Many will be offering tastings and promotions as well as events for local communities and the chance to meet the men and women responsible for Ireland’s bread. The week offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about bread – its value, versatility and the fantastic variety on offer every day. Ireland has a delicious bread heritage whether it’s wheaten, soda, potato or braid bread so choose your favourite loaf & join in the celebrations. Love Your Loaf!

9                    World Post Day

A UN day celebrated annually on the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Bern. It was first held in 1969 to highlight the importance of the postal sector for personal & business use & its contribution to the social and economic development of countries. Many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.

9                     Columbus Day (USA)

Celebrated on the second Monday in October to commemorate Christopher Columbus landing in the New World on October 12 1492. Columbus was an Italian explorer but working for the Spanish. He was trying to reach the East Indies via a western route when he came across the islands of the Bahamas. Although it is thought that Vikings were the first Europeans to visit these lands, it was Columbus’ expedition that set the ball rolling for European settlement of the land. There is a lot of controversy, however, regarding the Columbus Day celebrations as the arrival of the European settlers led to the demise of a large percentage of the native population due to brutality & disease.

9-15                 National Braille Week

An annual awareness campaign run by the charity Royal Blind. It takes place in the second week of October to coincide with World Sight Day. Braille is a code, invented by Louis Braille, for blind people to read & write where each character is made up of between 1 & 6 raised dots in a rectangular cell. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the importance of Braille in opening up the written world & providing independence to people who are visually impaired. It’s not just about books & documents that can be written in Braille though; computer keyboards & phone buttons can be too.  

9-15                Chocolate Week

The UK’s biggest chocolate celebration. The week culminates in The Chocolate Show on 16-18 October where visitors get treated to talks, tastings, workshops & even a Chocolate Fashion Show with outfits made entirely from chocolate! Why not hold your own chocolate tasting with a range of chocolates from different countries & with different cocoa solid percentages.

9-15                 British Egg Week

Organised by British Lion Eggs to promote the versatility of eggs. Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy. They are a natural source of many nutrients including protein, vitamins & minerals.  Eggs are naturally rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium & iodine. They also contain vitamin A & a number of other B vitamins including folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid & choline. Not to mention essential minerals & trace elements, including phosphorus. A medium egg contains less than 70 calories. They are quick to cook & can be used in both savoury & sweet dishes. Visit the British Lion website for recipes & try out something new this week.

9-15                 Baby Loss Awareness Week

Culminating with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on 15th October. Throughout the week bereaved parents can commemorate their babies’ all-too-brief lives, knowing that thousands of parents elsewhere in the world will be doing the same.  The week also provides a crucial opportunity for people to talk openly about the subject of stillbirth and neonatal death and raise awareness of an issue that needs more attention.

9-15                  UK Wool Week

Run by The Campaign For Wool to celebrate everything woolly. Wool Week will see over 100 retailers and many leading fashion, interior and craft brands from across the UK unite to highlight the innovative ways in which wool is used. The first day will see two sheep breeds grazing the length of Savile Row (the centre of men’s luxury tailoring in London). The sheep will appear alongside models in a presentation to promote wool as the cloth of choice for menswear. I’m looking forward to seeing the humorous YouTube videos ‘No Sweat’, ‘Sheep of The Year’, ‘Girl at the BAAA’ and ‘Braaad Pitt’. The clips feature sheep and other animals & highlight the benefits of wool for consumers.

9-15                 National Curry Week

Started in 1998 to promote the cuisine and to raise funds for charities concentrating on hunger, malnourishment and poverty. This year they will be supporting the Curry for Change campaign run by the charity Find Your Feet. Pop down to a participating restaurant for a meal or host your own & ask guests to make a donation. If you sign up you’ll get a free event pack & spices!

10                   World Mental Health Day

An annual event to raise awareness & educate the public about mental health issues around the world. The day provides an opportunity for people in the mental health sector to talk about their work & what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. Hold a Tea & Talk with family & friends & help raise awareness plus vital funds for the Mental Health Foundation. Visit the Tea & Talk website for more details.

12                   World Arthritis Day

Uniting people across the world to raise awareness of issues affecting those with rheumatic & musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). RMDs comprise over 150 diseases & syndromes, which are usually progressive & painful. They are classified into two types, inflammatory such as rheumatoid arthritis & non-inflammatory such as osteoporosis where the bones become porous & fragile & break easily. RMDs affect a quarter of all people in the European Union, that’s over 120 million people. They are the biggest cause of sick leave & premature retirement worldwide.

12                   World Sight Day

An annual awareness day held on the second Thursday in October. The aim of the day is to raise public awareness around the world about the prevention and treatment of loss of vision. It is estimated that over seven million people become blind every year but up to 80% of these cases are avoidable. In 2013 a Global Action Plan was put in place with a vision that by 2020 nobody would needlessly be visually impaired.

13                   Woolly Hat Day

Get your hat on & raise money for the Mission to Seafarers charity. An international charity, it helps the world’s 1.5 million seafarers with support, repatriation, hospital visits, welfare, justice & advice. Hold a cake sale or invite people round for an Under The Sea Party.

13-21               National Knitting Week 

A time to celebrate this ancient craft & get more people knitting. For this year’s campaign, UK Hand Knitting & Knitting magazine would like knitters to Commit to Knit one small item to help raise money for the nominated charities. Why not get together with like-minded people & have an afternoon of knitting for charity? If you’ve never knitted before, now is a good time to learn.

13-29             National Family Learning Festival

The biggest annual celebration of family learning in the UK, co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning.  Every year, organisations across the country put on thousands of activities that bring families together for learning that’s fun, informal & inspiring. Local authorities all over the country co-ordinate the Festival in their area & produce special information packs & leaflets to let families know what’s happening.

 

14                    National Dessert Day (USA)

There’s nothing nicer than finishing a meal with something sweet.  Most of us avoid them during the week in a bid to be healthy & cut down on sugar. I usually treat myself at the weekend though. It can be something simple like a piece of fruit or a yogurt or comforting like a crumble & custard or apple pie. However, in celebration of this day, it seems only right to consume the most sumptuous dessert you can find. If you want to celebrate it here in Britain though, you will have to give it its correct name of National Pudding Day!

14                     World Egg Day

Established at the IEC Vienna conference in 1996 & celebrated on the 2nd Friday in October each year. Eggs are very versatile & can be used in both sweet & savoury dishes. They are a natural source of many nutrients including protein, vitamins & minerals & are important in the development of the brain & muscles.  They also have a key role to play in the prevention of disease & our general well-being. The day is an opportunity for egg producers & organisations to promote the humble egg & coincides with British Egg Week.


15                      Global Handwashing Day

An annual event dedicated to increasing awareness & understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective & affordable way to prevent diseases & save lives. It was first held in 2008 & since then, community & national leaders have used Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about handwashing, build sinks & tippy taps & demonstrate the simplicity & value of clean hands around the world. 


16                      World Food Day

First held in 1981 & organised by the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a day of action against hunger. The day aims to heighten public awareness of world food problems and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition & poverty. 


16-22                 National Baking Week

Founded by Pyrex in 2007 to encourage people to bake at home & raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital at the same time. Hold a cake sale, coffee morning or your own Bake Off & rediscover the joys of baking.

16-22                  Bake it Better

A fundraising event for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The hospital opened in 1852 with just 10 beds & has since become one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals. It houses the widest range of specialists under one roof. Hold a cake sale or coffee morning & help raise funds.

16-22                   National Adoption Week

To raise public awareness of children in care & to encourage those thinking of adopting to take the first steps. The majority of adoptions in the UK today involve older children, sibling groups & children with disabilities, who have been taken into care. During National Adoption Week local authorities, adoption agencies & those who work in adoption, work together to highlight the plight of these vulnerable children & to help them find new permanent families.

16-22                   National Map Reading Week

A chance to get outside & improve your map reading skills or teach the next generation. Being able to read a map is a great skill to have & a good basis for all outdoor activity. For map reading leaflets & information visit the Ordnance Survey National Map Reading Week website.

17-21                      Diwali 

Hindu festival of lights. The festival is a five day annual celebration to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth & prosperity. It coincides with the new moon in October or November. The festival celebrates new beginnings & the emergence of light from darkness. It also celebrates the triumph of good over evil through the traditional tale of Prince Rama & his wife Sita. On the couple’s return from the forest where they had been banished by Rama’s father, the King, their way is lit by oil lamps placed by the people of Ayodhya to help guide them.

To honour this, oil lamps (diyas) or candles are lit & placed around the outside of the house & garden during Diwali. The more lamps that are lit, the more likely Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth & good fortune, is to find the house & come & visit. People also draw brightly coloured patterns on the ground outside their homes using rice flour. Diwali itself falls on the third day of the festival & families rise early & dress in their best clothes. The day is spent with prayer, visiting family, feasting, exchanging gifts, such as sweets, & fireworks.

18                        Anti-Slavery Day

When you see the word ‘slave’, do you immediately think of Roman Britain or Africans on their way to the sugar plantations of the West Indies? Unfortunately, despite The Abolition of the Slave Trade Act of 1807, the problem still exists & in some cases, close to home. This day is an opportunity to draw attention to the subject & to pressurise government, local authorities, public institutions & private & public companies to address the scale & scope of human trafficking. In March 2015 the Modern Slavery Bill gained Royal Assent, becoming the second piece of anti-slavery legislation in 200 years. The Act gives law enforcement the tools to fight modern slavery. It ensures perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these appalling crimes & enhances support and protection for victims. 

20                      World Osteoporosis Day

Organised by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) to raise global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Osteoporosis occurs when the structure within bones becomes thin, causing bones to become fragile and break easily, often following a minor bump or fall. This mainly occurs due to the natural ageing process when bone loss is quicker than bone construction so it makes sense to have bones as dense as possible before this occurs. Whilst calcium is a major component of bones, we also need vitamin D to aid absorption & other vitamins & minerals so eating a balanced diet now will help keep your bones strong for the future.

20                      Wear it Pink 

A fundraising campaign for Breast Cancer Now. Every year more than 50,000 women & 350 men are newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Wear it pink at the office, at home or at school & help raise money for life-saving breast cancer research. Visit the Breast Cancer Now website & sign up for a free fundraising pack.

20-26                  Parents’ Week (Ireland)

Launched by Parentline in 2005 in recognition of the rewarding yet often difficult job that parents do. The aim of the week is to make parents aware of the help that is available to them if needed from Parentline & the ISPCC. Parentline is a national helpline that offers information, support and guidance on all parenting issues, big or small & without judgement.

21                        Apple Day

Launched in 1990 by Common Ground. The first Apple Day celebrations were held in the old Apple Market in London’s Covent Garden. It brought fruit to the market after a 16 year absence. Since then, similar events have been held around the country to raise awareness of the importance of orchards to our landscape & culture & also the provenance and traceability of food. Find out some of the old varieties local to you & get munching. After all, apples are one of the healthiest, cheap & portable snacks.

22                       National Nut Day

Celebrating these often ignored foods which are a fruit consisting of a hard shell enclosing an edible kernel. Despite being fairly high in calories, nuts are actually pretty healthy. They are a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids & fibre. They are also very versatile as can be used in savoury or sweet dishes & there are so many varieties. Grab a handful & you have an instant snack (just avoid the roasted versions though!). Unfortunately, some people do have nut allergies. This can be serious & result in an anaphylactic shock where the throat swells & blood pressure falls so always check before handing round. You could always use this as an excuse to keep them all for yourself! 


22                        International Stammering Awareness Day

Wear a sea green Stammering Awareness wristband or add a twibbon to your social media page. Most importantly, take on board what Kane has to say below:

Kane's Helpful Tips for his school

22                     The Gherkin Challenge

A fundraising event for the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) charity. Take the Gherkin Challenge (no eating involved!) & run or walk up the 38 floors to the top of the Gherkin building in London. Every penny raised will mean that when a child needs a helping hand, the NSPCC is there.

23                      National Mole Day

Whilst we could celebrate the little creatures that dig up the ground, this day actually commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023). This is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the molar mass of the molecule. So, if something has a molar mass of 20, then it would weighs 20 grams. This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) but he didn’t receive credit for it until after his death. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools around the world celebrate the day with chemistry related activities.

23-29                   National Honey Week

It’s the end of the bee-keeping season & the honey harvest. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the traditional of beekeeping & to celebrate all things honey. Honey bees are dying out all over the world and it’s time to act to help combat their decline. Find out the best plants to grow in the garden to attract bees, ready for next year. Too close for comfort? Why not Adopt A Beehive with the BBKA?

24                       United Nations Day

First observed in 1948, on the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. The United Nations was established by 51 countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. There are now 193 member countries. The UN has four purposes:

  1. to maintain international peace & security
  2. develop friendly relations among nations
  3. to cooperate in solving international problems & in promoting respect for human rights
  4. be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the United Nations’ work & its aims & achievements.
26-28                   Museums at Night Weekend

An annual event to encourage visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites. Doors are thrown open after hours and special evening events put on. Visit www.museumatnight.org.uk for events near you.

27                        National Black Cat Day

Organised by the CATS Protection charity to raise awareness of the plight of black cats. Unfortunately, due to superstition, black cats are associated with bad luck. They are generally the last to be adopted from animal shelters. The day aims to show people that black cats are just like any other cat & make wonderful pets.

28                         National Chocolate Day 

Some people celebrate this day on 7th July & some on 28th October (or both!). Personally, I think it’s too warm (well, hopefully) to celebrate in July & needs to be a comforting autumn treat. Move away from your favourite & try some different brands, countries & cocoa percentages. Why not hold a chocolate tasting session with friends?

29                         World Psoriasis Day

Established by the International Federation of Psoriasis Association (IFPA) to raise awareness about this condition. Psoriasis is a common, non-contagious skin disease which affects nearly 3% of the world’s population. The body’s immune system is mistakenly set into action causing skin cells to grow too fast. The rapidly growing cells pile up in the skin’s top layers, leading to the formation of lesions on the surface. The IFPA, its members & support groups, hold activities around the world on this day to increase understanding & improve access to treatment.

29                          National Cat Day (USA)

Founded in 2005 by animal welfare advocate, Colleen Paige. It is a day to celebrate the cat in your life. A day to spoil it rotten for the love & companionship it gives you.  Why not make a donation to a local animal shelter in their honour? National Cat Day is also used to raise public awareness regarding the number of stray cats in shelters, looking for a home. For people thinking of getting a cat, it spreads the message ‘Adopt…don’t shop’.

29                         British Summer Time ends

The clocks go back by an hour at 2am & we go to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This means we get an extra hour in bed on Sunday!

30-3 Nov               National School Meals Week

Organised by the Lead Association for Catering in Education to celebrate all that is great about school meals. Meal times have definitely improved in recent years & this week is all about promoting healthy eating in our schools. It is also an opportunity for school cooks to swap their school kitchens for one in a more high profile venue & show just how professional they are.

30-5 Nov                    British Sausage Week 

An annual celebration of the taste, quality and diversity of the traditional British Banger. Do you like them with mash & gravy or in a Toad in the Hole? A stubby Lancashire or a curly Cumberland? There are plenty of varieties to choose from so try a couple of new ones this week. Have a sausage tasting evening & see if you can find a new favourite.

31                          Halloween

The eve of All Saints day and thought to have originated as a pagan Celtic festival of the dead. On Mischief Night, Scottish children would disguise themselves and go visiting. It is the American immigrants though that popularized it to the version of ‘trick or treat’ that we know today. Stock up on small treats for any visiting ghouls and throw a Halloween party for adults or children as the clocks will have gone back and winter is nearly here.

31                           A Night of Hope

Organised by World Vision to raise money to help children living in fear. “This Halloween – and every night – millions of children face a night of fear. It isn’t fun or exciting and it isn’t a choice for one night. 31 October is simply another night of facing hardship, loneliness, abuse, hunger or conflict.” Alongside your scary jack o’lanterns this Halloween, carve one with a heart. Text HEART to 70060 to donate £5 to World Vision’s campaign.

Image of a carved pumpkin for October National Days

31                             National Bug Busting Day

One of three throughout the year. The aim on this day is to find all the head lice and zap them in one fell swoop. This stops them from circulating endlessly. The charity Community Hygiene Concern produces Bug Busting materials for schools and Bug Buster Kits for families.

 

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