Things come in 4s- putting our senses to the test!

A couple of week’s ago, on the 29th February, we gathered a room full of Club Wilber sponsors and asked them to leap in and put four of their senses to the test!

After some time spent mingling and catching up over coffee, Operations Director, Samantha Scholey, introduced Club Wilber, and gave an update on recent activities and plans for the coming year. Then the eye masks were handed out and the fun began…

Our first sense to be tested was our hearing, with a ‘guess the intro’ round and ‘guess the voice. In particular, guessing the voice of a well known person was hard without the context that your sight gives you. You knew that you knew it, but it became unfamiliar without seeing their face or surroundings.

We then moved onto testing our senses of smell and taste, with half the team sniffing and half the team tasting! Citrus aromas of grapefruit, orange and lemon merged into one and eucalyptus, tea tree and other essential oils became very similar. Some people were better at the task than others and I’m pretty sure winter colds and blocked up noses didn’t help!

At the start of the taste test, the ‘willing’ volunteers looked like they were embarking on a bush-tucker trial, nervous with the anticipation of what they would be putting into their mouths. Samantha, and Club Wilber administrator Sarah, really came up with some concoctions to test the tastebuds; Rosemary and Lime chocolate, pickle, cheese cracker and popcorn and date and honey.

Our final sense to be put to the test was touch, with two large boxes per team filled with a both a variety of dry materials, and one with wet. The task was to feel around and find pieces of an alphabet puzzle, and complete it. The wet box was first; full of rice pudding and bubble bath followed by straw, cereal and wrapped up lollies! The word disgusting was an understatement and, again, without your sight to aid you your brain went into overdrive trying to recognise what you touched.

 

We finished our afternoon with a round of applause for the winning team and a round of delicious canapes.  The experiences of the last few hours were a real conversational piece and everyone took something away, in particular, how much your sight aids you and your other senses.

A big thank you, as always, to the Delta by Marriott hotel in York for their room hire and refreshments and a thank you to our sponsors who continue to support the work we do with Club Wilber.