The Preston Masters held their annual quiz night in the portals of the Masonic hall where almost 90 brethren, family and friends gathered for the annual battle of wits. They were welcomed to the event by Malcolm Berry, the 2017 Preston Masters Chairman, who thanked everyone for their support, wishing them well in the forthcoming quiz.
Arranged in 13 teams, the quiz was a close fought contest with the range of scores remaining very close throughout the evening. The quiz was again set by quiz master Stuart Elliott, who, assisted by his wife Val, acting as score keeper, kept the questions flowing at this popular event.
Following the first round, during which, a number of teams had scored maximum points, the running challenge was introduced where a list of questions was provided on a printed sheet with the answers to be given at the end of the quiz. The most effective technique for answering the questions appeared to be limited knowledge, intuition and if all else failed, a pure guess.
A break was called half way through the event to allow the brains to cool at which point light refreshments were served to restore depleted energy levels. During the interval, a raffle was held that raised £291 to start the charity fund-raising for the Preston Masters 2018.
Following the interval, the final half of the quiz commenced in total silence and heads down with most teams secretly fancying their chances. However, after adding the results of the running challenge to the individual team totals, Stuart was surprised to have to announce that there was a tie for second place with two teams having identical points.
The teams representing the Lodge of Unanimity No 113 and Halcyon Lodge No 6500 were invited to replace their thinking caps for a single question tie-breaker. The question was to decide in which year the £5 note was introduced into circulation, with the answer being 1793. The Lodge of Unanimity, having its warrant issued in 1812, had the necessary long-term experience and gave the nearest answer.
Having settled the positions for second and third place, Stuart announced the winners as the Setantia Lodge of Installed Masters No 7755, hiding behind the title of ‘Setantia Sad Sacks’, they having finished with a lead of two points over their nearest challengers.
Malcolm invited the team to the front to congratulate and present them with the Masters Quiz cup and a box of chocolates to share. Stuart added to the prize with four autographed cards of the BBC Look North presenter, Roger Johnson.
It was another excellent evening at the Masonic hall that was enjoyed by all and marked the start of the 2018 Preston Masters fundraising activities.