On Friday evening 12th November the teams of the four villages of Caston, Griston, Stow Bedon & Breckles and Thompson met at Caston Village Hall to compete in the annual James Harrand Quiz.
Thompson eventually ran out as winners for the sixth year in succession following a closely fought contest in which they beat Caston by the closest margin of one point. The scores were level between these two teams before the start of the final round.
The evening was enjoyed by all who attended, combatants and spectators alike, and the competition was held in a very friendly yet purposeful atmosphere.
The quiz, which is held annually at this time of year, started in 1982 in honour of James Harrand, a former school headmaster who was also chairman of Caston Parish Council and Chairman of Caston Village Hall and who died in 1980. Mrs Harrand has presented the shield to the winning team over the years and she can be seen in the photo presenting the shield and certificates this year to the winning captain of the Thompson team, Bronwen Tyler. Also in the picture are fellow winning team members Leoni Paton, Dinah Baker and Glenn Snowling.
The quiz-master was David Blincow, deputising for Ian McIntosh who organised the questions but was sadly indisposed, and the visiting score-keeper was Robert Knight (from Charvil near Reading). Thanks were expressed to Brenda Southgate for organising the evening and to John and Wendy Chapman who also helped the event and ran the raffle.