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?
PRINCE WILLIAM OR HARRY
& 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?
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?
What is the full name of our Queen? ELIZABETH ALEXANDRA MARY WINDSOR
Who is next in line?
His children are next. What are their names?
GEORGE, CHARLOTTE & LOUIS
Where are HM Queen's four main residences?
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?
What is the name of their son?
ARCHIE HARRISON MOUNTBATTEN-WINDSOR
Who is the current Prime Minister?
Who was he preceded by?
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?
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
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?
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?
Captain Scott Of The Antarctic's ill-fated expedition of 15th June 1910-1913, was on board which ship?
He set sail from where?
ART & LITERATURE
Who was known as 'The Bard On Avon'? (Stratford-On-Avon was where he lived)
Who was his missus?
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.)
Who was his missus?
What is the name of the nightclub in Liverpool where The Beatles started out?
Who else started their singing career there?
Where is the renowned but unknown artist Banksy from?
Which artist features on the new polyment £20 note?
Which TV soap in The Midlands had a cleaner named Amy Turtle and a chef named Shuey McFee as characters?
What was the name of the department store in 'Are You Being Served'?
Name the TV comedy series set in a hotel in Torquay?
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 QUEEN VIC
And Coronation Street?
THE ROVERS RETURN
(Has anyone a favourite pub they like to frequent?)
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)
What was the only part of Great Britain occupied by The Nazis in The Second World War? THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
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
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).
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!)
- Worcestershire sauce.
Are there any others that members can name?
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?
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.