Following the success of Ashwellthorpe Village Hall’s Quiz Team as winners of the South Norfolk Round of the County Quiz competition on 23 April this year, the same team went through to the Final which was held at Yaxham Village Hall on 24 September – those team members were Carole and Richard Bradford and Jennifer and Gordon Robbie. The 2nd and joint 3rd finishers in the South Norfolk Round also went through to the Final.
During the year there had been Rounds in Breckland, Broadland, North Norfolk and West Norfolk and at Friday’s Final, Ashwellthorpe joined village hall teams from Ingham, Magdalen, Newton Flotman, Ovington, Rocklands, Spooner Row, Tasburgh, Toftwood, Upper Sheringham, Walcott and Yaxham. Prizes were 1st Place – £100 plus a shield and medals; 2nd – £50 and 3rd – £25.
The title of the Quiz Final was “Around the World in 80 Days” with 8 rounds of 10 questions – one round on all aspects of each of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, North America, South America and Oceans and one round of Pot Luck questions. One Joker could be played for double points by each team on any one round of choice (which had to be advised in advance). The questions were to be answered on a multi-choice basis and were cleverly thought out and subtly difficult. Much agonised thinking took place amongst us on when to play our Joker which, unfortunately, we did not play on our best scoring round and much debate took place amongst the four of us on practically every answer!
At the end of the evening, Ovington came in 1st with 71 points out of 90 and Toftwood 2nd with 65 points. The Ashwellthorpe team with 59 points was initially declared in joint-3rd Place with Walcott Village Hall but, sadly for us, a mistake had been made in the count-up of Walcott’s score which turned out to be 60 points. So, we finished in the “no-man’s-land” position of fourth place with no prize money or shields to show for our efforts. Unfortunately, the South Norfolk Shield which we should have received at the April Round went missing about 4 years ago and has not yet been replaced so there is no Shield even for that Round to display in Ashwellthorpe Village Hall.
However, the evening was good and Carole and Richard won the major raffle prize so we all came away with a sense of achievement and enjoyment. Julian Goodey the Question Master and the other organisers from the NAVH had done a good job in arranging everything so smoothly and Yaxham Village Hall laid on suitable refreshments for half-time.