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Signpost 34 (14 December)

Good afternoon,

Welcome back to another issue of Signpost, bringing you an exciting and varied selection of resources from across the internet. With lockdown over people are getting out and about a bit more, but we will continue to provide you with information, activities to do and ways to engage from your own home.

Have a great week!

During this week in history, 76 years ago Glenn Miller disappeared while flying over the English Channel, the classic film Gone With The Wind premiered 81 years ago and another classic, Titanic, premiered 23 years ago.


  • We are in the middle of Hanukkah, which this year runs from 10th December to 18th December. You can read more about what Hanukkah is here and a reflection on the Jewish festival here.


  • Over the last 4 years, The Jo Cox Foundation has been working across the United Kingdom to tackle loneliness in memory of the murdered MP Helen Joanne Cox. In 2020 this issue is more important than ever, and the foundation is launching the “Great Winter Get together” to build connections between people. They are looking at different ways to connect over the next five weeks, with the theme this week being “Say Thanks”. They have created some fantastic little thank you card examples to download if you wish. You can tune in for their “Grateful Winter Get Together” on 17th December at 7pm.


  • Rasputin was killed in December 1916 and has become since become infamous, not only for his actions in life but also in the way he was killed. This article from the Smithsonian Magazine explores how Rasputin’s murder fits into the larger picture of the Russian Revolution.
  • Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered airplane flight in December 1903. You can see images of that flight here and follow their process for designing the first airplane here.



  • In 1966, Dr Seuss’ famous book ‘How the Grinch stole Christmas’ was made into a cartoon. You can enjoy the cartoon here.
  • The wonderful students of Redmaids' High School have recorded a magnificent Christmas concert for our residents to enjoy. You can watch it here.

Please get in touch through our email communityimpact@stmonicatrust.org.uk and let us know how we are doing.

Don't forget that our online services of worship and contributions from the Pastoral Care Team can be found at https://vimeo.com/stmonicatrust.