Lunch, Quiz and Photographic Competition

Patricia Curd

Three things contribute to the success of our annual quiz: a lot of noise, a good meal and plenty of fun. Again this year, the thirty four members and friends present weren’t disappointed on any of these three counts. The good meal served to us Saturday 16th February was most definitely accompanied by a great deal of noise and an abundance of fun for all to share.

The meeting was held in a venue hitherto unknown to many of us. The restaurant ‘Le Clos de la Tour’ in Aubigné-sur-Layon, recommended by members Susan and Paul Quigley, proved to be an excellent setting for this noisy gathering.

Whilst enjoying an informal chat and aperitif before the meal, attendees were invited to cast their votes in the photographic competition. This competition is organised annually to select four photographs or paintings to appear on our website and Facebook page over the next twelve months. From the twelve entries we were asked to select our favourites. The entries were all outstanding, representing in various ways the beautiful Loire Valley region we live in. The winner this year was Yolande Powell, with her photo ‘Promenade along the Thouet after the Floods’. In second and third place were Simon and Jackie Reeves with their colourful photos ‘An Unexpected Fly-By’ and ‘Messin’ About on the River’ depicting respectively a hot air balloon and a ‘gabare’, a traditional Loire river flat bottomed boat. In fourth place was Tony Oakley’s photograph of ‘Early Morning on the River Loire’ and in fifth place Julie Dufour’s photograph of red poppies on a riverbank.

Voting over, it was down to the serious business of the day: the quiz. Our quiz master, Roy Powell, had prepared a seating plan in order to ensure a mixture of nationalities at every table. There were eight tables of four, each named after a well-known university in the UK or France. The first clues were distributed and the arguments began. Questions ranged from paintings and painters to facts about nature and included a ‘cheese’ course which required the identification of three different cheeses.

Haggling and complaining about unfairness inevitably go hand in hand with marking the papers. It is all part of the fun. Roy and Terry announced the answers. The noise level rose. Our quiz master stood his ground and after a tie-breaker question between Diderot and Cambridge, the winning team was announced. Our congratulations to the Diderot team: Christine Chatry, Tony Oakley, Paul Quigley and Felicity Roberts, who each received a bottle of ‘bubbles’.

A great deal of fun was had by all. Our thanks go to Roy for his work preparing and compering the quiz, to Terry for assisting him and to Julie for organizing the photographic competition. Thank you too, to everyone present for contributing to the fun and enjoyment had by all.