to the 33rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
held on Monday, 8th June, 2009 at the R.A.F.A. Club,
Commencing at 7.30 p.m. (more or less...)
Your caring, sharing Web Mistress thought you might like to know what you
missed if you weren't there. 8-)
1.A TOUCH OF TECHNOLOGY
The Quiz League is a curious mix of go getters and steady
Eddies. There are those who keep up with today's pop music and those who are
firmly rooted in the good old days of the '60s or for some perhaps in
vaudeville. We have those who push boundaries and those who are well hemmed in
by solid fences. In G.& D.Q.L., we have always tried to cater for everyone,
and this year has been no different. We have delivered again on the traditional
array of competitions, but have also pushed forward with some new ideas.
After the excitement of last year introducing the Brain of
Grimsby competition, this year another brush with technology with a
finger-on-the-buzzer event. The website has continued apace and there has even
been talk of using new fangled computers for our publicity and communication.
So a year of something old and something new, but still a successful year with
a full season of competitions and social events.
2. PLAYING SEASON 2008/9
The League increased to twenty from nineteen last year through
the addition of Pond Life. We organised again into three divisions, the top two
with seven teams and division three of six teams. All teams played the others
in its division twiceThe trophy winners were:
Division 1: Winners Surplus Rowdies Runners
Division 2: Winners Rasen
Division 3: Winners Pond Life - our new team
The wooden spoon, awarded for effort without
success was earned by Simple Minds who appear to be seeking ownership of
this particular award.
TEAM HANDICAP KNOCKOUT THE MALCOLM GREEN TROPHY
There were twenty entries to the Team Knockout both last year
and this year. The first round was again played in January and by the time it
reached Finals Night on 27th April, SWATS and Rasen were the
On questions by R.A.F.A. Dipsos, SWATS managed a
win by 97 to 90.
INDIVIDUAL KNOCKOUT THE GRAHAM FIELDING TROPHY
Entries to the Individual Knockout Open ha fallen from fourteen
to thirteen to twelve over the past three years. It was Andrew Hunter
and Alan Bentley who reached the final. So balanced were the
questions provided by Tree Singleton that the 13 all draw went on to a 3
all draw on the extra five questions. In the end it was Andrew who won
this exciting match on a tie break.
INDIVIDUAL KNOCKOUT SHIELD THE GWYNETH WELHAM
Entries for the Individual Shield fell to twelve last year from
fourteen but rose again in 2008/9 back to fourteen. Harry Buck once
again carried the burden of question setting for the entire competition. The
final saw Rasen take the stage once more with Ian Welham taking on
Mick Cavanagh of Pond Life, and taking the win.
Once again Ian has taken this trophy which was last year
dedicated to the memory of his mother Gwyneth. How fitting and well done!
PAIRS HANDICAP THE DENNIS HOOK TROPHY
Sixteen pairs entered this competition. Last year it was
eighteen, but this remains a popular and successful competition for the League.
Games were played on 11th February, and on the 10th April the remaining games
up to the semi-finals were played out.
The final this year was between Andrew Hunter & Alan
Bentley and Mick Cavanagh & Chris Godwin. Harry did the
questions for the final which gave Mick and Chris victory by 32 points
The Table quiz before Christmas was once again held at the
Bird's Eye Club. Superbly run by Surplus Rowdies it led to trophies for
R.A.F.A. Dipsos, Rasen and Pond Life.
A second table top quiz was held at the Birds Eye Club at
Easter courtesy of Mick Cavanagh and colleagues. Appropriately easter
eggs were the prizes. . I was sorry not to be able to get along but a good
night was had by all so many thanks to those involved especially the question
It was at the instigation of Andrew Hunter that we ran a
buzzer quiz with buzzers and associated electronics provided via Rod
Mitchell. Six teams took part in a University Challenge type format on
Andrews questions. Those who took part enjoyed the variety of the
evening. Well done and thanks to Andrew and Rod.
3. PRESENTATION NIGHT
Presentation Night was held on 27th April at the Birds Eye
Club. The finals of the Team Knockout, the Individual Shield, the Individual
Knockout and the Pairs Handicap were all played on the night. The evening was
very informal and we once again enjoyed a substantial buffet (with gorgeous
real bread and dripping! Ed.) Thanks the Birds Eye Club catering
This was funded by the league and was complimentary to those
who attended. Our guest of honour was Roy Starling from the early days
of the League. He gave us some interesting reflections on the league over the
years and received a liquis token of our gratitude. Our thanks to go to Roy.
The Bent Cup was again awarded this year. It went to
Pete Daniel (and to his sister for her forebearance)The Norrie Lyons
Trophy for most sporting team was well deserved by longtime supporters
Bux Kwiz and The Rene Burnett Cup for best question setters went
I must record here the hard work of Sheila and
Tree on presentation night. On top of organisational burdens, they run the
raffle and the buffet. Thanks too, to Harry for organising the
publicity, and to Sheila for dealing with the presentation gift.
As usual we were provided with splendid trophies and I would
like to record our thanks to Dave Shearsmith of Trophies Direct, and his
wife Yvonne for looking after us so well.
I would add that a couple of the
trophies were again quite badly damaged this year. They have been repaired at
League expense, but can I please ask teams and players to try to look after
trophies under their care.
4. SECONDARY SCHOOLS QUIZ
For a further successive year, G.& D.Q.L. ran a quiz for
Secondary Schools. It was held on Friday 6th February 2009 at Hereford
Technology School. Healing beat last years overall champions , Toll
Bar, into second place. The Under-15s and Under-13s were won by Healing
and Hereford Technology School respectively.
The event was sponsored by N.E.L.C. Childrens
Services, Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, and Hereford Technology School.
The event is self-financing and does not impact on G.&
D.Q.L. funds. It is a most rewarding experience for those who have taken part.
The organisation is quite demanding and I would thank all those involved
including Ian Townsend, Dick Birtles, Geoff Turner,
Prue, Tree, Sheila, Mark, Harry,
Andrew, Dave and Yvonne Shearsmith, and the ten
secondary schools that took part.
5. ORGANISING COMMITTEE
The committee had a strength of ten this year. The members have
Unfortunately Liz had to resign through pressure of work part
way through the season and I wish to thank her for her help and support while
she was also bringing up her family. Thanks also to Jo Robinson who was kind
enough to assist with minutes for our last meeting.
There were eight committee meetings during the year. Four
members attended all eight, four attended seven, and one attended five. This is
an overall attendance level of over 90%, which is excellent, and an improvement
on the 82% of last year.
Yet again it has been a very full year. But one which has gone
off very smoothly due to the efforts of your committee members. We are a small
team and as you will have noticed the same names keep cropping up in many
different areas of G.& D.Q.L. activity.
Andrew is your Vice Chair. He keeps us on the right track with
fixtures and I.T. This year he organised The Buzzer Quiz and we are grateful as
always for all his efforts. As you know
Sheila keeps our accounts and our archive and has done since
1975, over 33 years. Amongst other things she also co-ordinates games makes
bouquet presentations, runs name cards, and organises refreshments for the
schools quiz. I must now add that she has prepared for any mishap, and we have
been told that if anything happens to Sheila, the G.& D.Q.L. records are
behind the sofa and in the bottom of the wardrobe. Im not sure where she
plans on going? Thanks Sheila for everything you do.
As League Secretary, Tree deals with all our correspondence,
venue links, re-arranged games, organises raffles and liases with Sheila on
mailshots. This is a crucial post and has been performed brilliantly by Tree.
Prue holds a wide portfolio with scorekeeping, league tables,
and schools quiz questions and, as our substitute minutes secretary, has been
heavily called upon this year. Prue Tree and Mark all ask questions at our
annual schools quiz, but it is Prue who co-ordinates the entire effort. She
once again deserves our thanks.
How appropriate it is that Harry co-ordinates and often writes
our publicity. He has a dry wit which keeps committee meetings alive and of
course delivers an entire competition the Individual Knockout Shield.
This falls on top of the duties all members of the committee undertake in
organising and setting questions for the various competitions. Thanks Harry.
Geoff looks after the management of league equipment, and has
done since 2003. In those days there always seemed to be problems. Since Geoff
has taken over, it has become an area that ticks along without concern.
Anxieties over name cards, clock and batteries have become a thing of the past.
I call Mark and Frank executives without portfolio, but both
provide solid input to all our meetings, competitions and debates. They do
questions for our many competitions and it is most often they who step in when
there is a need for extra help on a fixture or competition.
G.& D.Q.L. duties remain a demand upon all of the
committee. If things run smoothly as most often they do, it is only because of
the unseen efforts of all my committee colleagues and I want to thank them all
for their remarkable contribution without which G.& D.Q.L. would not
survive. I would thank Mark too for the support he raises for schools quiz
Our website has been growing from strength to strength. This is
down to Rod and Sue Mitchell who have done a fantastic job of building and
operating the G.& D.Q.L. website www.grimsbyquiz.co.uk. It continues in
that unique, if slightly perverse humour that only Sue can deliver.
[ Only slightly perverse, Malcolm? Dear, dear, I must be
slipping! Note to self: must try harder next season. ;-) Ed. ] It is a
great innovation and our thanks go to Sue and Rod.
During the year we continued to use the Bridge Club on Mondays,
and the R.A.F.A. Club on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have had a good
relationship with all venues this year and I would thank everyone for their
part in clearing up after games and for maintaining positive relationships with
the venues. As mentioned elsewhere we also used the Birds Eye Club which has
proved a good location for quiz activity and is becoming a regular location for
our larger events.
7. FINAL THOUGHTS
I should record here our thanks once again to Wilkin
Chapman and to Mark Robinson who continue to provide a sponsorship
donation to us. This has made our life easier for several years now and I would
ask Mark to convey our thanks to his colleagues.
So the 2008/09 season saw yet more competitions, financial
stability, the further development of a GDQL website and yet again a full range
of successful games. We have not invested in Icelandic banks, and no expenses
for the clearing of moats has been approved. We also have a better turn out for
our elections. Perhaps we should move into politics. Thank you all for your
support and good luck for next season.
Grimsby and District Quiz League
Slightly Perverse Web Mistress wonders what the 'R' stands for...?
Reginald? Raphael? Rupert? Rex? Roscoe? Ruaidhri? Ahh, think
I've got it.
What? Works for me... ;-)
S.P.W.M. creeps softly away, tittering impishly.