VE Day Quiz

Our Churchill and Millstream historians have assembled ten brain-teasing questions to test your knowledge of the events that took place exactly 75 years ago.

Dame Esther Rantzen had hoped to be your quizmaster for the day, but unfortunately Esther’s internet connection was not strong enough to make it possible. Esther is very sorry about this and sends her apologies and best wishes to everyone.

Despite this minor setback we will “keep calm and carry on” in true 1940s fashion with a last minute stand-in quizmaster who some of you may recognise...

We hope you’ll enjoy playing along at home and perhaps you can reward yourself with a celebratory treat if you manage to get all the answers correct!

Start the quiz here.

Good luck!

VE-Day 'Stay at Home' Celebrations

6th May 2020

This year we are commemorating 75 years since VE-Day but due to Coronavirus the celebrations are being scaled back. Here's some ways you can still celebrate from home and stay safe...

11.00am - 2 minutes silence

2.45pm - BBC One will broadcast Sir Winston Churchill's famous victory speech

3.00pm - The Nation's Toast

9.00pm - The Queen's Speech following by a singalong of 'We'll meet again'

 

Recipes

Here are some recipes that you may want to try at home, to mark 75 years since the end of the war.

Nothing Fancy Wartime Loaf

  • 600 ml (1 pint) of warm water
  • 5 teaspoons of quick rise yeast
  • couple pinches of sugar
  • 2 lb of whole wheat (wholemeal) flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon rolled oats (for top)
  • spoonful or butter or margarine (or a drizzle of vegetable oil)

Method

  • Place flour in large bowl
  • Mix in all dry ingredients except the rolled oats
  • Add fat (or drizzle in vegetable oil)
  • Pour in warm water
  • Mix thoroughly
  • When dough comes together knead for 10 minutes until dough is silky
  • Place back in bowl and cover
  • Let dough rise somewhere warm until doubled in size
  • Knead dough briefly again
  • Place dough into 4 x 1/2 lb tins (or 2 x 1 lb tins) that have been floured
  • Brush top with a little water and sprinkle on some rolled oats
  • Leave to rise for around 20 minutes
  • Place in oven at 180 0C for around 30-40 mins (depending on the size of the loaf)
  • Remove from oven
  • Cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting

Everything IN Wartime Stew

  • 1 lb of mince beef or a mixture of leftover meats
  • 1 small cabbage
  • 1 onion or 1 leek
  • Any veggies that need using up
  • Several soft tomatoes that are no good for anything else
  • Oxo and marmite (marmite is optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Water

Method

  • Brown the mince or leftover meats and onions
  • Chop up the remaining veg into smallish pieces
  • Chop up the soft tomatoes and add to meat and onions and then add water (1000 ml)
  • Add the Oxo and marmite and stir
  • Add the chopped veggies
  • Cook and occasionally stir adding salt, pepper and some
  • dried herbs like thyme to your own taste
  • Cook on medium heat in the saucepan for about 20 further minutes
  • Enough for 8 served with mashed potatoes or bread and butter

Wartime Scotch Shortbread

Melt 4 oz. margarine, add 8 oz. plain flour and 2 oz. sugar, mix well and knead until the mixture bins together. If it is a little dry crumble it again and add a splash of milk and re knead. Put in an ungreased baking tin and press mixture down firmly so it is about 1/2 inch thick. Prick the surface and then cut into 10-12 portions.

Bake in centre of moderate oven for 30 minutes.  Remove, sprinkle lightly with sugar and then serve

 

'We'll meet again' lyrics

Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away
So will you please say “Hello”
To the folks that I know
Tell them I won’t be long
They’ll be happy to know
That as you saw me go
I was singing this song
We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
‘Til the blue skies
Drive the dark clouds far away
So will you please say “Hello”
To the folks that I know
Tell them it won’t be long
They’ll be happy to know
That as you saw me go
I was singin’ this song
We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day