'Celebrating England' on 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


Before starting this session, take the opportunity to pay respects to the late Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh.

By way of introduction, ask what people 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?

Some examples include:










... have previously been top answers! Not many people wanted to meet Simon Cowell or Piers Morgan!


Complete a few of these following common British idioms together ...

A bird in the hand is worth two in the BUSH

It's better to be content with what you have than to risk losing everything by seeking to get more.

A penny for your THOUGHTS A way of asking someone to share their thoughts with you.

A rolling stone gathers no MOSS

A person who does not settle in one place will not accumulate wealth or status, or responsibilities or commitments.

Absence makes the heart grow FONDER Sometimes it's good to be away from your partner, because it makes you want to see each other again.

Actions speak louder than WORDS What someone actually does means more than what they say.

An apple a day keeps the doctor AWAY Apples are healthy and good for you.

Barking up the wrong TREE You’re looking in the wrong place.

Beauty is in the eye of the BEHOLDER Different people have different ideas about what's beautiful.

Beat around the BUSH You're purposely avoiding the topic in subject, not speaking directly about the issue.

Beggars can't be CHOOSERS If you're asking for a favor from someone else, you have to take whatever they give you.

Best thing since sliced BREAD Basically meaning a good invention or innovation – a good idea or a good plan.

Better late than NEVER It's best to do something on time. But if you can't do it on time, do it late.

Birds of a feather flock TOGETHER People like to spend time with others who are similar to them.

Cleanliness is next to GODLINESS Be clean. God likes that.

Cost an arm and a LEG A phrase used to massively over exaggerate when something might be overly priced.

Curiosity killed the CAT Being too inquisitive can lead you to an unpleasant situation. Finding out an answer may in fact ruin the question for you.

Discretion is the greater part of VALOUR

Sometimes it's important to know when to give up and run away, instead of always acting brave and maybe getting hurt.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto YOU Don't do mean things to people.

Don't bite the hand that feeds YOU If someone's paying you or helping you out, you have to be careful not to make them angry or say bad things about them.

Don’t count your chickens before your eggs have HATCHED Basically don’t make plans for something that might not happen. For example, don't spend all your birthday money before you get it - as you might not get any at all.

Don’t put all your eggs in one BASKET Don’t put all your hope/resources in one possibility, loose the basket and you're left hopeless.

Easy come, easy GO When you get money quickly, like by winning it, it's easy to spend it or lose it quickly as well.

Every dog has his DAY Everyone gets their chance to do something big

God helps those who help THEMSELVES Don't just wait for good things to happen to you. Work hard to achieve your goals.

Good things come to those who WAIT Bide your time. Things will get better.

Don’t put all your eggs in one BASKET Don’t put all your hope/resources in one possibility, loose the basket and you're left hopeless.

Have your head in the CLOUDS Day dreaming, not paying attention

Hit the nail on the HEAD A saying that simply means you have done or said something exactly right – matching someone’s feelings/point.

Honesty is the best POLICY Don't lie.

If it ain't broke, don't FIX IT Don't try to improve something that already works fairly well. You'll probably end up causing new problems.

If you can't beat 'em, JOIN 'EM When you try to change someone's behavior and it doesn't work, you might have to change instead. For example, if you're trying to get your classmates to focus on studying but they want to party, maybe you should just party with them.

If you want something done right, you have to do it YOURSELF Don't trust other people to do important things for you. You have to do things yourself to control the quality of the results.

It takes two to TANGO One person usually isn’t the only responsible party.

Keep your friends close and your enemies CLOSER If you have an enemy, pretend to be friends with them instead of openly fighting with them. That way you can watch them carefully and figure out what they're planning.

Kill two birds with one STONE When you accomplish two tasks in one go. So if you need to go to te bank, and you drop your library books off on the way - you'll be killing two birds with one stone.

Like two peas in a POD Two people who are always together

Look after your pennies and the pounds will look after THEMSELVES Another classic idiom normally coming from your gran - meaning if you take care of small amounts of the money, the capital with quickly accumulate as if by itself.

Never look a gift horse in the MOUTH If someone offers you a gift, don't question it.

No man is an ISLAND You can't live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.

People who live in glass houses should not throw STONES Don't criticize other people if you're not perfect yourself.

Practice makes PERFECT You have to practice a skill a lot to become good at it.

The early bird catches the WORM You should wake up and start work early if you want to succeed.

The grass is always greener on the other SIDE People tend to want whatever they don't have.

There's no place like HOME Your own home is the most comfortable place to be.

There's no time like the PRESENT If you need to do something, don't wait until later. Do it now.

Too many cooks spoil the BROTH When there are too many people trying to lead and give their opinions, it's confusing and leads to bad results.

Two heads are better than ONE When two people cooperate with each other, they come up with better ideas.

Two wrongs don't make a RIGHT

When someone has done something bad to you, trying to get revenge will only make things worse.

When the going gets tough, the tough get GOING Strong people don't give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder.

You can’t make an omelet without breaking some EGGS You can’t make everyone happy

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him DRINK You can’t force someone to make what is seemingly the right decision

You can’t judge a book by its COVER A classic saying meaning one should not judge something or someone by how it looks - it's what's on the inside/content that counts most (obviously).


Ask people to use these typically English sayings in a sentence, or to describe their meaning...

“Chuffed to bits” Meaning: Very pleased

“Bits and bobs” Meaning: Various items

“Throw a spanner in the works” Meaning: To prevent something from happening smoothly or to bring a plan to a halt

“Brass monkeys” Meaning: Very cold weather

“Bob’s your uncle!” Meaning: “There you have it” or “ta-da!”

“Gutted” Meaning: Feeling extremely upset or disappointed

“Knackered” Meaning: Exhausted

“Cream crackered” Extremely tired or exhausted

“Have a gander” Meaning: Take a look

“Lost the plot” Meaning: Lost the ability to cope or behave rationally

“Throw a wobbly” Meaning: Become very angry or throw a tantrum

“Chinwag” Meaning: A good chat or gossip with someone

“Curtain twitcher” Meaning: A nosey neighbor or friend

“Full of beans” Meaning: Lively or full of energy

“Chockablock” Meaning: Crammed full or crowded

“Not my cup of tea” Meaning: Not my favorite thing

“Spend a penny” Meaning: Use the restroom

“Take the biscuit” Meaning: Particularly bad or annoying

“Put a sock in it” Meaning: Be quiet

“On your bike”

Meaning: Go away

“Codswallop” Meaning: Nonsense

“Scrummy” Meaning: Tasty

“Bodge” Meaning: A clumsy patch or repair

“Barmy” Meaning: Crazy or daft

“Collywobbles” Meaning: Stress-induced stomach pain or queasiness

“Donkey’s years” Meaning: A long time

“Gobby” Meaning: Loud, opinionated, and offensive

“Lurgy” Meaning: A contagious but not a serious illness

“Blimey” Meaning: An expression of surprise

“Gobsmacked” Meaning: Shocked

“Kerfuffle” Meaning: A confrontation over differing views

“Trainers” Meaning: Athletic shoes

“Bagsy” Meaning: Stake a claim

“Faff” Meaning: Waste time on something unproductive

“Knees up” Meaning: A party

“Skive” Meaning: Ditch or leave early


ROUND 1. British Icons On Sterling Notes

Identify the person on the bank note, using the clue given ...