The Leslie Sargeant Memorial Quiz 2010

Held on 9th October 2010 at Ingarestone & Fryerning Community Centre.



Attendance was slightly lower than usual but in the event 4 branches entered teams: guest branch Bedford; Haven Ports branch; South Coast branch and Southend branch. Unfortunately a scratch team could not be assembled from the audience as in previous years.


There were a good number of stalls selling a range of books photographs and slides bought to the event by individuals, branches and the Chatham Library, all of which generated a lot of interest. The Mid Essex Branch charity, the RNLI, was also well patronised, selling a range of goods including calendars and Christmas cards.


There were many donations to what turned out to be a huge raffle with a principle prize of a return voyage from Dover to Calais for a car and up to nine passengers courtesy of P&O. Further prizes included bottles wine and whisky, a basket of fruit, mugs, books, dvds and cds.


With only 4 teams in the competition it was decided to run an eliminator round to select the three teams to go into the final. Out of a possible 50 points Haven Ports scored 24, Southend 23, Bedford 18 and South Coast 12.


The points after round one in the final were Bedford 14, Southend 15, and Haven Ports 9. In the second round the points were Bedford 10, Southend 17, and Haven Ports 12. Southend excelled and scored maximum points on both of their bonus rounds. The final positions were: runner up, Haven Ports Branch; second, Bedford Branch and first, Southend Branch who had a run away victory with 32 points. Congratulations go to Southend branch who had won only once since the competition began back in 1995. They were very pleased to walk off with the trophy this year.


Mid-Essex would like to thank all members from the South East that attended, particularly those who were part of a team. Thanks also go to the guest branch Bedford for attending and hope that they had an entertaining afternoon.


Our grateful thanks go to all the branches and individuals who bought prizes for the raffle which has enabled Mid-Essex to financially break-even on the cost of the afternoon.


The results of the questionnaire sent out indicated a general willingness for the event to continue, but many branches found difficulty in attending due to dwindling numbers and a reluctance to travel any long distance. Perhaps ome thought should be given as to the form the quiz should take in the future. This event not only has an enjoyable competitive edge but allows local branches and members to meet socially.

To ensure the continuance of this enjoyable event please make a special effort to attend next year’s quiz which will be hosted by South Coast branch. Southend Branch will be responsible for organising the quiz and setting the questions.




The winning Team accept the trophy from Robin Butcher Mid-Essex branch Chairman (left).
Southend team members (left to right) David Salisbury, Stuart Emery (captain), John Killen and Ray Palmer.