Grand Charity Quiz

Sixteen teams eagerly gathered at St. Leonard’s church hall on 24th March for Seaford Rotary Club’s annual Charity Quiz. Fifteen teams were endeavouring to beat the defending champions the ‘Welly Wanderers’ (Ian Gutsell, Susan Gutsell, Tricia Howe and Alexa Hollis).
The defending champions however managed to beat all comers to retain the winner’s trophy.
The quiz started with a picture round, something of an innovation for this quiz and whilst the teams tried to identify the 10 images, Quiz Mistress, Michele Roper commenced the questions with Round 2 ‘All about Sussex’.
After 3 question rounds, the cumulative scores showed that late entrants ‘Steerage’, a team from Martello Rotary led the ‘Welly Wanderers’ by a single point with the ’No Hopers’, a team from Newhaven Rotary following a further three points adrift.
Round 3 which involved answering cryptic questions based on names of London Underground stations saw three teams, ‘Welly Wanderers’, ‘Presidents’ Finest’, a team of four Rotary Club Presidents (Bill Pierce, Seaford; Jackie Arkwell, Martello; Patrick Newman, Lewes and Iris Donaldson, Newhaven), and ‘Steerage’ scoring the only scores of 10/10 in the quiz.
An interval was taken after Round 5 during which the teams sat down to a welcoming meal whilst the scorers marked both Round 5 and Round 1, the picture round.
The splendid supper of bangers and mash cooked by a loyal team caterers from Inner Wheel (Marilyn Ross, Sue Baker and Chrissy Ward ably led by Jan Jemmett), followed by ice creams was enjoyed by all. Refreshed by the food, the multitudes returned to complete the remaining rounds of the quiz with invigorated enthusiasm and humour.
After Round 7, the cumulative scores showed ‘Welly Wanderers’ to be leading by 8 points from ‘Steerage’, with two teams the ‘Smorrells’ and ‘Willows’ keeping close attendance one point further behind.
The raffle followed drawn by Seaford Rotary Club President Bill Pierce. After the first ticket was drawn, no one claimed the first prize, and so it was redrawn. The ten prizes were handed out to the lucky winners. The great range of prizes included those donated by Diella’s restaurant, Eastbourne Devonshire Park Theatre, Paul’s Place, Seaford Head Golf Club, Crosby’s Menswear and Badger Inks.
The final of General Knowledge round complete, the scorers worked feverishly to check each paper. The teams awaited optimistically for the final scores, and to keep the suspense the results were announced in reverse order.
The wooden spoon was won by ‘Quiddlers’ who received four bottles of water for the team.
The ’No Hopers’ were third with a score of 57 from a maximum of 80 whilst second place went to the ‘Smorrells’ who scored 58, a score one greater than the winning score in 2016. The ‘Welly Wanderers’ however maintained their 8-point advantage to win consecutive annual quizzes with a score of 66.
President of the Seaford Rotary Club, Bill Pierce, President presented the winning team with their trophy and a bottle of wine each.

posted: Sunday, 26 March 2017

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