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And The Water Gushed Forth

Stories In The Glass
photo by Alan Ives
Many churches have stained glass windows which tell the stories of saints. Why not use a paint package on your computer to design a window for St. Milburga. You can then make it using coloured celophane and tape and show it off in your window.

What A Journey

Godstoke was only twelve miles from Milburga's nunnery at Much Wenlock. It would have taken Milburga, on her horse, about four hours to get there. How long would the journey take today in a car travelling at an average of 40 miles per hour.

a. 20 minutes
b. 18 minutes
c. 16 minutes
d. 10 minutes

How far can you travel from your home in four hours?

Springs and Spas on the map

On Ordnance Survey Pathfinder maps springs are shown by the symbol "Spr" printed in blue. Look at your local Pathfinder map to see if you can find any springs nearby.

Springs and spas were very important to the Romans. They bathed in the waters and threw offerings and messages to their gods into them. They built big towns around them like Bath and Buxton.

Look in a road atlas or map on the internet and see if you can find these spa towns:

a. 10 letters, beginning with C, just North East of Gloucester.
b. 9 letters, beginning with D, North North East of Worcester
c. 3 words, initials R L S, about 6 miles South of Coventry.

Variations on A Theme

There are many different tellings of this story about St. Milburga. Nobody knows which one, if any, is true.

Can you think of another way the saint could have escaped from the robbers? Compare ideas. Which one do you think is most likely to have happened?

Pressure Makes Water Go Further

I don't mean I've found the answer to water shortages, but water pressure can make water travel longer distances. Try this experiment…

1. Take an empty plastic lemonade bottle and make small holes (about 3mm in diameter) at 5cm intervals up one side.

2. Place sticky tape over the holes and fill the bottle with water.

3. Put the bottle into a big tray to catch the water.

4. Take off the tape piece by piece and measure the length of where each jet of water lands away from the bottle.

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