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England - St. George's Day 23rd April



“This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea.” ― William Shakespeare


By way of introduction, ask members what they like best about England?

Do members have a favourite English place they like to visit?

Was anyone born or schooled in England, or have family members there that they visit?

What about a famous English person members would like to meet?

GARETH SOUTHGATE

PRINCE WILLIAM OR HARRY

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

THE QUEEN

DAVID BECKHAM

PAUL MCCARTNEY

DAWN FRENCH

& STEPHEN FRY... have previously been top answers!

Not many people want to meet Simon Cowell or Piers Morgan!



VERY ENGLISH IDIOMS


A picture is worth a thousand - WORDS

A watched pot never - BOILS

Absence makes the heart grow - FONDER

Actions speak louder than - WORDS

Add another string to your - BOW

All good things must come - TO AN END

As the actress said to the - BISHOP

Beauty is in the eye of the - BEHOLDER

Beggars can't be - CHOOSERS

Better late than - NEVER

Birds of a feather flock - TOGETHER

Bob's your - UNCLE

Cheap as - CHIPS

Cleanliness is next to - GODLINESS

Cods - WALLOP

Discretion is the greater part of - VALOUR

Do unto others as you would have them do - TO YOU

Don't bite the hand that - FEEDS YOU

Don't count your chickens before they - HATCH

Don't put all your eggs in one - BASKET

Easy come, easy - GO

Familiarity breeds - CONTEMPT

Fanny's your - AUNT

Fortune favours the - BRAVE

Gob - SMACKED

God helps those who help - THEMSELVES

Going to see a man about a - DOG

Good things come to those who - WAIT

He can talk the hind leg off a - DONKEY

He's popped his - CLOGS

Honesty is the best - POLICY

Hope for the best, but prepare for the - WORST

I haven't heard that in donkey's - YEARS

If it ain't broke, don't - FIX IT

It you can't beat 'em, - JOIN 'EM

It's brass monkey's - OUTSIDE

I've got the - HUMP

Keep your friends close and your enemies - CLOSER

Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after - THEMSELVES

Never look a gift horse in the - MOUTH

No man is an - ISLAND

Nosy - PARKER

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the - MIDDAY SUN

People who live in glass houses should not throw - STONES

Pig's might - FLY

Practice makes - PERFECT

Sent to - COVENTRY

Take the - MICKEY

That went down a - TREAT

The bee's - KNEES

The dog's - BOLLOCKS

The early bird catches the - WORM

The full - MONTY

The grass is always greener on - THE OTHER SIDE

There's no place like - HOME

There's no time like the - PRESENT

Too many cooks spoil the - BROTH

Two heads are better - THAN ONE

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him - DRINK

You can't judge a book by it's - COVER

You can't make an omelet without breaking a few - EGGS

You've thrown a spanner in the - WORKS


(There's quite a few there. You might like to thin them out?)



QUIZ QUESTIONS When is St. George's Day?

23RD APRIL



Describe the flag of England?

ST. GEORGE'S CROSS IS A RED CROSS ON A WHITE BACKGROUND



What is St. George, patron saint of England, most often shown slaying?

A DRAGON

What is the full name of our Queen? ELIZABETH ALEXANDRA MARY WINDSOR

Who is next in line?

PRINCE CHARLES



And third?

PRINCE WILLIAM



His children are next. What are their names?

GEORGE, CHARLOTTE & LOUIS



Where are HM Queen's four main residences?

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

WINDSOR CASTLE

BALMORAL

& SANDRINGHAM



How do you know if the Queen is at home?

THE UNION JACK FLIES



Where did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry on 19th May 2018?

WINDSOR CASTLE



What is the name of their son?

ARCHIE HARRISON MOUNTBATTEN-WINDSOR



Who is the current Prime Minister?

BORIS JOHNSON



Who was he preceded by?

THERESA MAY

DAVID CAMERON




TRANSPORT


What railway terminates at Paddington Station?

THE SWANSEA TO LONDON LINE, PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS GWR



The Government has recently approved a second runway for which London Airport? HEATHROW



Harry Potter boarded the Hogwarts Express from which London train station?

PLATFORM 9 3/4 KING'S CROSS



Where would you board a train to go to Europe via the Channel Tunnel?

ST. PANCRAS



Which famous architect designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol? ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL

What is the name of the infamous motorway intersection in Birmingham? SPHAGETTI JUNCTION




HISTORY

Where did Sir Francis Drake set sail from when he went to battle the Spanish Armada in July 1588?

PLYMOUTH HOE (Apparently he played a game of bowls there before he set sail!)



The Pilgrim Fathers set sail on The Mayflower for The Americas on 16th September 1620 from which English port?

DARTMOUTH


Which English scientist is said to have discovered gravity in the 1680s after an apple fell from an apple tree onto his head?

SIR ISAAC NEWTON



On board which ship did Charles Darwin set sail from Plymouth for the Galapagos Islands on 27th December 1831?

HMS BEAGLE



Captain Scott Of The Antarctic's ill-fated expedition of 15th June 1910-1913, was on board which ship?

TERRA NOVA


He set sail from where?

CARDIFF




ART & LITERATURE

Who was known as 'The Bard On Avon'? (Stratford-On-Avon was where he lived)

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Who was his missus?

ANNE HATHAWY

Which sisters wrote 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jane Eyre'?

EMILY AND CHARLOTTE BRONTE


Where did they live?

HAWORTH IN THE WEST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE



Which fabled hero robbed from the rich to give to the poor? (He and his Merry Men lived in Sherwood Forest.)

ROBIN HOOD


Who was his missus?

MAID MARIAN



What is the name of the nightclub in Liverpool where The Beatles started out?

THE CAVERN



Who else started their singing career there?

CILLA BLACK



Where is the renowned but unknown artist Banksy from?

BRISTOL



Which artist features on the new polyment £20 note?

JMW TURNER




TV


Which TV soap in The Midlands had a cleaner named Amy Turtle and a chef named Shuey McFee as characters?

CROSSROADS



What was the name of the department store in 'Are You Being Served'?

GRACE BROTHERS



Name the TV comedy series set in a hotel in Torquay?

FAWLTY TOWERS



What was the name of the vet in the TV drama series 'All Creatures Great And Small'? JAMES HERRIOT (PLAYED BY CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY)

Which TV comedy series featured characters named Compo, Clegg and Norah Batty?

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE



Where is the TV comedy series featuring Martin Clunes as 'Doc Martin' filmed?

PORT ISAAC, CORNWALL (But it is referred to as 'Port Wenn')



What is the name of the pub in 'Emmerdale'?

THE WOOLPACK



And Eastenders?

THE QUEEN VIC



And Coronation Street?

THE ROVERS RETURN


(Has anyone a favourite pub they like to frequent?)




LANDMARKS


Which architect designed St Paul's Cathedral? SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN Which seaside resort has a replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris? BLACKPOOL Which city has a leisure and maritime area called 'The Barbican'? PLYMOUTH Where would you see the Crown Jewels? TOWER OF LONDON The Tate Modern Gallery in London used to be a what? POWER STATION What is Europe's tallest Ferris wheel? LONDON EYE



Where would you find The Needles?

THE ISLE OF WIGHT



Which UK island is famous for its cat with no tail?

ISLE OF MAN (MANX CAT)



What group of Islands would you find 35 miles South West of Lands End? (It was Harold Wilson's favourite holiday destination)

THE SCILLIES



What was the only part of Great Britain occupied by The Nazis in The Second World War? THE CHANNEL ISLANDS


OTHERS

Which man in traditional costume shouts 'Oh yes, Oh yes' before making an announcement? TOWN CRIER What do English people dance around on 1st May? MAYPOLE


Which group of men dance in costume with bells on their ankles and bang sticks together in time to folk music?

MORRIS DANCERS What's the difference between a Cornish and a Devon cream tea? CORNISH TEA HAS CLOTTED CREAM ON TOP


TOURISM

Where are these famous tourist attractions? (Have some photos ready to hand. Link to photo album here - to be added ) Has anyone visited them; would anyone like to? The Shard - LONDON Stonehenge - SALISBURY PLAIN The Roman Baths - BATH Lake Windemere - CUMBRIA Eden Project - ST AUSTELL, CORNWALL The Cutty Sark - GREENWICH Big Ben - WESTMINSTER, LONDON Slimbridge - GLOUCESTERSHIRE Angel Of The North - NEWCASTLE The Millennium Dome (O2 Arena) - LONDON King Arthur's Castle - TINTAGEL (allegedly!) The Bullring - BIRMINGHAM The White Cliffs - DOVER Nelson's Column - TRAFALGAR SQUARE The SS Great Britain - BRISTOL The Globe Theatre - SOUTHBANK LONDON Clovelly - NORTH DEVON COAST St. Michael's Mount - CORNWALL (twinned with Mont Saint Michel in Normandy) Durdle Door - DORSET

Glastonbury Tor - SOMERSET Using a map of England, help members locate the following Areas Of Outstanding Beauty and guess at what they are famous for: - Norfolk Broads (boating holidays, windmills, Norwich Cathedral)

- Dartmoor (hiking over tors, Dartmoor Prison, Buckland Abbey)

- Lake District (lakes, Scafell Pike, Wordsworth) - English Riviera (seaside resorts, Torquay, Cockington Forge) - Peak District (Pennine Way, Chatsworth House, Alton Towers) - North Yorkshire Moors (NY Moors Steam Railway, Whitby, Scarborough ) - The Cotswolds (Bourton On The Water model village, Bath, Oxford) - Cornwall (surfing, St Ives, Newquay, Padstow).



FOOD

Let's think about some beverages made in England: - Cider (West Country)

- Plymouth or London Gin

- Newcastle Brown

- Harvey's Bristol Cream

- Yorkshire tea

And foods from England: - Cheddar cheese

- Wensleydale cheese

- Cornish pasty

- Lincoln sausage

- Cumberland sausage

- Melton Mowbray pork pies

- Jellied eels (East End of London)

- Yorkshire pudding

- Lancashire hotpot

- Bakewell tart

- Kendall mint cake

- Pontefract cake

- Eccles cake

Others very British not necessarily associated with a specific place: - Tea for two

- Victoria sponge

- English crumpet

- Strawberries and cream (Wimbledon)

- English Mustard

- HP sauce (House Of Parliament)

- Marmite (Love it or hate it? Undertake a survey!)

- Ribena

- Worcestershire sauce.

Are there any others that members can name?



MUSIC QUIZ

Playlist here:

https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/710PXGKjX4Q6GHGiezAp9G?si=I1k51eAwRduL1NHQ52nx3w

Buckingham Palace - Anne Stephens Christopher Robin was from which series of books? WINNIE-THE-POOH



Streets Of London - Ralph McTell


Name the famous street in London where The Beatles were photographed walking across a zebra crossing?

ABBEY ROAD

Three Lions - Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning seeds In which year did England last win the World Cup? 1966 WHEN THEY BEAT WEST GERMANY 4-2 (GEOFF HURST SCORED A HATTRICK) You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry And The Pacemakers Which English football team uses this song as it's anthem? LIVERPOOL


Tea For Two - Doris Day & Gordon Macrae


When is the last time anyone used a teapot or loose leaves with a tea strainer?

Name some teas?

PG TIPS, GLENGETTIE, TETLEY, EARL GREY, BUILDERS, LEMON, GREEN, MINT, ICED, CHAMOMILE

English Rose - The Jam Traditionally, what colour is the English Rose? RED (THE TUDOR ROSE IS THE HERALDIC SYMBOL OF ENGLAND AND COMPRISES MAINLY RED FROM THE HOUSE OF LANCASTER AND A WHITE CENTRE FROM THE HOUSE OF YORK) Candle In The Wind - Elton John (You could ask before playing this song, what is the top selling UK single of all time?) Why do you think this was the top selling UK single of all time? IT'S ASSOCIATION WITH PRINCESS DIANA With A Little Help From My Friends - NHS Voices What anniversary has the NHS just celebrated? 72ND (Originally from The Beatles 1967 album, 'Sgt. Pepper' s Lonely Hearts Club Band') The Adventures Of Robin Hood - TV Theme Who was Robin Hood's arch enemy? THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM The Lord Is My Shepherd (Vicar Of Dibley theme) - The Choirboys What was the vicar's name? GERALDINE GRANGER (PLAYED BY DAWN FRENCH) Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler - Bud Flanagan Where was this TV comedy ('Dad's Army') set? WARMINGTON-UPON-SEA


The characters were?

CAPTAIN MAINWARING, SERGEANT WILSON, LANCE CORPORAL JONES, PRIVATE PIKE, PRIVATE WALKER, PRIVATE GODFREY & PRIVATE FRAZER

All Creatures Great And Small - TV Theme What series of books was this TV comedy based on? IT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN TO A VET Fawlty Towers - TV Theme Name the four main characters and actors? BASIL FAWLTY - JOHN CLEESE, SYBIL FAWLTY - PRUNELLA SCALES, POLLY - CONNIE FRANCIS & MANUEL (I'M FROM BARCELONA) - ANDREW SACHS Englishman In New York - Sting Who is this song about? GAY RIGHTS CHAMPION, QUENTIN CRISP Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush Which album (Kate's first) was this song taken from? THE KICK INSIDE ('Wuthering Heights' was the first self penned song by a British female singer songwriter to reach number one in 1978) Fields Of Gold - Sting Which company makes Barley Water? ROBINSONS I Am A Cider Drinker - The Wurzels What is rough strong cider better known as? SCRUMPY I'm Henry The Eighth I Am - Herman's Hermits Name the six wives? CATHERINE OF ARAGON, ANNE BOLEYN, JANE SEYMOUR, ANNE OF CLEVES, KATHRYN HOWARD, KATHERINE PARR King Henry VIII, To six wives he was wedded. One died, one survived, Two divorced, two beheaded. Boleyn and Howard lost their heads, Anne of Cleves he would not bed, Jane Seymour gave him a son – but died before the week was done, Aragon he did divorce, Which just left Catherine Parr, of course! It's A Long Way To Tipperary / Pack Up Your Troubles Time for a singalong White Cliffs Of Dover - Vera Lynn What is Vera Lynn commonly referred to as? THE FORCES' SWEETHEART (Born 20th March 1917, she is now 103 years young!) Swing Low '99 - Russell Watson This song is commonly sung at England rugby union matches? Thinking of the 'Six Nations', what are the emblems worn on players' shirts? ENGLAND - RED ROSE, WALES - PRINCE OF WALES FEATHERS, IRELAND - THREE SHAMROCKS, SCOTLAND - THISTLE, FRANCE - ROOSTER, ITALY -ITALIAN RUGBY FEDERATION FLAG Jerusalem - Hubert Parry, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra What organisation sings this song at the opening of each of their meetings? WOMEN'S INSTITUTE Rule Brittania - Last Night Of The Proms Land Of Hope And Glory - Last Night Of The Proms For these two tracks we gave everyone a musical instrument and gave our own rowdy performance. We each had a Union Jack flag to wave also. We then stood for the National Anthem.



ACTIVITIES After our active session, we went into the garden to water our tomatoes, peppers and chillis.

We then had refreshments - English Cream Tea of course!

We had previously made English flags and bunting.


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Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

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