A nail-biting finish to the Canterbury KM Big Quiz saw The Bonny Cravat beat Supernova by just a single point.
Thirty nine teams from across the county took part in the annual battle of wits staged at the University of Kent Sports Hall in the Cathedral City.
More than £6k was raised for charity, half of which was donated by Barclays through the bank’s pound for pound scheme. Causes to receive a share of funds include Pilgrims Hospice, the League of Friends at Canterbury Hospital and the children’s road safety department at the KM Charity Team.
A small army of volunteers helped stage the event. Shepherd Neame donated stock for the charity bar and volunteers from the Canterbury branch of Barclays manned the bar and matched every penny raised on the night through the bar and raffle.
Student volunteers from the CATS language school joined volunteers from sponsors Whitefriars and University of Kent Sports Hall to help ensure the event ran smoothly.
Scorers on the night were Celia Buxton, vice-principal of The Canterbury Academy and student Leah Smith.
Event sponsors included Independent Music Productions, who provided PA equipment for the night, Your Music School, Downland Cycles, The Red Lion at Hernehill and Larkings Chartered Accountants.
Four teams have won a place at the county final which will be staged in December and will see them take on the top teams at the Maidstone, Ashford and Medway heats of the KM Big Quiz. The top four were: The Bonny Cravat from Ashford, Supernova from Medway, The Moomins from Canterbury and Halal, is it meat you are looking for? from Canterbury.
Simon Dolby from the KM Charity Team was questionmaster for the evening. He said: “The event was a great success. To raise £6k for charity in a recession year is an excellent result. I want to thank all the sponsors and volunteers for their support, particularly Barclays and Shepherd Neame.”
He said they were also grateful to McDonalds in Canterbury for supplying food for the volunteers and Newmafruit at Chartham for providing apples.
The KM Charity Team gives advanced notification on Big Quiz dates as well as discount codes to book tables online through its regular free e-newsletter which can be subscribed to on the website www.kmbigquiz.co.uk
The next event being staged by the KM Charity Team will be the KM Dragon Boat Race being staged at Mote Park, Maidstone on the first Sunday in July. Teams of 11 will take part in the annual adrenaline challenge with the majority raising funds for their favourite charities and good causes. To find out more go to www.kmcharitychallenge.co.uk
1st place The Bonny Cravat 56 points; 2 Supernova 55; 3 The Moomins 54; 4 Halal, Is It Meat You Are Looking For? 49; 5 The Mermaids 46; 6 St Stephen’s Ringers 44; 7 Parry Legals 43; 7 The Lady Luck 43; 9 The Brents 42; 10 ISG plc 41; 10 Cultural Assets 41; 10 Pigpen’s Master Bakers 41; 13 Just Juan… 39; 14 Murphy’s Masterminds 38; 14 Revenue Raiders 38; 16 The New Inn 37; 16 Parry on Quizzing 37; 16 And The Winners Are!! 37; 16 B40 37; 20 Ben Babes 36; 21 Jagger Movers 35; 22 Larking About 34; 22 Special Delivery 34; 24 Wordly Wise 33; 24 Madwives 33; 24 KG Bees 33; 27 Maco Mentats 32; 27 Here come the girls 32; 27 Clever Clogs? 32; 27 Nigel’s Numnuts 32; 27 JELF 32; 32 The Chancers 30; 32 Chuck Norris – Fact Hunters 30; 34 Dim Clem 29; 35 Southern Comfort 27; 36 League Leaders 24; 36 Anyone for Tennis 24; 38 Petrel Heads 23; 39 Crypt Club 22.
Mini competition winners: NHS and caring services – The Moomins; Local government and schools – Supernova.