The first Coffee Morning of the year kicked off last week with some excellent home baking, hot cross buns, warm pancakes fresh off the griddle and a selection of small savouries. With the sun shining outside, it began to feel like Spring was on its way.
Earlier in the month, the inaugural Fearnan Quiz Night took place in the village hall, and tested our brains to the limit. We started with the easy bit – eating! And many thanks to all the cooks who provided a delicious supper.
After that, Quiz Master Elaine (who had devised the Quiz) got into her stride. Everybody divided up into teams of 4, and there were 10 rounds of questions covering General Knowledge (2 rounds); Sport; Media & Entertainment; Geography; Animal Magic; Music; The Royal Family; Food & Drink, and Local Knowledge & History.
This being Fearnan, there was no need to ban the use of smart phones to try to find the answers, as they don’t work on the slow signal we get! However, the photo display boards in the hall did provide help with at least one of the local knowledge questions. Sometimes the old methods are the best.
So how did we all get on? Well, with a Dundee lass in our team, Question 1 was easy-peasy: “Which Scottish city was recognized by the UN as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design in 2014? “ After that? Some rounds good, some not so good. If you weren’t there, here’s a chance to see how you would have got on with a small sample of the questions. If you were there, try them again and see how many more you can get this time! (Answers at the end of the blog – no cheating now!)
Sport: What women’s athletics event takes place over 2 days?
Media & Entertainment : According to the Cole Porter song, who regrets she’s unable to lunch today?
Geography: Maputo is the capital of which country?
Animal Magic: Camelopard is an archaic name for which creature?
Royal Family: What are the Scottish titles of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge?
Food & Drink: The French recipe Hachis Parmentier is similar to what common, traditional English dish?
Local Knowledge & History: What was the name of the craft that replaced the ‘Lady of Lake on Loch Tay?
Congratulations to Nick, Ros, Karen and Steven’s team who won first prize with a score of over 60%. The wooden spoon prize was very hotly contested, with a play-off for last place. (We shall spare their blushes and not name them.)
The evening closed with a Raffle of goodies that had been generously donated and, in all, the Quiz Night raised a fantastic £421.60, to be divided between the Hall Funds and Macmillan Cancer Care.
Other news: There is to be a road closure in the village during the w/c 11th April, while Scottish Water carry out repairs to the water main. It will affect the stretch of road in front of the village hall, and because of this, the date for the next Coffee Morning has been changed to Tuesday 19th April at 10.30am.
Answers to the Quiz Questions:
Sport:Heptathlon: Media & Entertainment: Miss Otis; Geography:Mozambique; Animal Magic:Giraffe; Royal Family:Earl and Countess of Strathearn; Food & Drink: Shepherd’s Pie; Local Knowledge & History:The Queen of the Lake.