Fundraising quiz “a huge success”

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The Friends of Wanstead Parklands second fundraising quiz has been hailed as “a huge success”.

Held on Friday 7 November at the Leytonstone and District ex-Servicemen’s Club, the event was attended by 83 people and made a profit of more than £900. This will help to support the group’s work of raising public awareness of the historic Wanstead Park, campaigning for its preservation and improvement, and sponsoring or contributing toward research or practical projects in the park.

IMG_2715The quiz was ably organised and compered by the Friends’ Vice-Chairman, and former Redbridge councillor, Greer Nicholson. Opening with general knowledge, other rounds covered subjects including food, war, trade unions - and the Government’s Life in the United Kingdom test. In addition, there was a challenging picture round and a “practical task” involving the design of an imaginative public structure using only plastic drinking straws and sellotape.

Practical task montageThe three top-placed teams were "Caterpillars", with "Sober News" second and "Nul Points" in third place. “Late and Stoned” were winners of the best named team category, while  a team from Epping Forest, captained by Laura Lawson, won the “practical task” round.

As well as the quiz, there was a raffle, with some stunning prizes including tea for two at the Hilton, and an auction of mounted photographs of Wanstead Park. The highly-praised hot buffet was provided by Leytonstone’s ever-popular Star of India restaurant.

The guest list included local historian Gerry Roberts, whose eagerly-awaited book on the downfall of the Wanstead estate is to be published by Macmillan in June 2015.

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands extend their particular thanks to all who contributed to making the quiz such an enjoyable occasion, and in particular to our hosts the Leytonstone and District ex-Servicemen’s Club and its efficient and good-humoured staff.

Wanstead Park challenge: see how well you can do with the picture round from the quiz. The answers are on the last page.

Gerry Roberts and her husband Greg both have historical blogs which you can access here and here.