Newark GP (British Open) : Sat 6th December 2014

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Newark GP (British Open) : Sat 6th December 2014

Postby Chris » Sun Nov 09, 2014 6:09 pm

We are delighted to be heading to the Newark Showground on Saturday 6 December for our next Quizzing Grand Prix, the final one of this calendar year.

As is now traditional, the December even is the Annual British Open, which will see us being joined by quizzers around the globe, and for that reason the questions in the individual quiz will be of an ‘international nature’, so there’s no need for last-minute revision on ‘Emmerdale’ plot lines and who's currently top of the 'Northern Prem'.

As well as the regular individual quiz for UK rankings points, and an internationally flavoured ‘Hot 100 quiz’ for additional global bragging rights, we are very pleased to be able to present a team quiz by Ed Payne, whose ‘One Day Special’ quizzes have been garnering very favourable comments from regulars on the 2020Quiz website. Attendees at the Stockport GP earlier this year (which Ed helped organise) will also remember the entertaining team quiz he presented on that occasion.

Ad hoc teams will be assembled by your hosts on the day ensuring both a level playing field for all, and the opportunity to get to know folk a little better.

The meeting space we will be using is the Sir Stuart Goodwin Pavilion at the Newark Showground, just on the outskirts of Newark.

For those of you getting into Newark at the crack of dawn (or staying there the night before), check-out the aircraft museum next door to the showground; it’s full of cold-war era aircraft. The museum opens at 10.00am. You should be able to manage 75 minutes in there before hot-footing it to the quiz venue. By prior arrangement, if you tell us you will be starting the day at the aircraft museum, we can ‘register’ you at lunchtime if this makes it possible for you to fit both things in!


SCHEDULE
11:00 - 11:30 Registration
11:30 - 13:00 Individual Grand Prix Quiz
13:00 - 13:45 Marking
13:45 - 14:45 Lunch break with hog roast (see note immediately beneath schedule)
14:45 - 16:30 Team Quiz
16:30 - 16:45 Results and Prizes
16:45 - 17:30 Hot 100 Individual Quiz (see note)
17:30 - 17:45 Answers and Close

Note: We appreciate that not everyone will want to eat pork, and so there is the alternative of a standard buffet. So, however, we need definite numbers for the latter in good time. If you omit to tell us you want the buffet we will assume you want the hog roast. Either way, you’ll appreciate it’s not going to be helpful people turning-up on the day and expecting us to know in advance what their food preferences are, and being able to cater to them. Sorry to shout, but PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER FOR THIS ONE!


HOT 100

As per usual, we will be running the Hot 100 quiz after the day’s other results and prizes/medals etc. are awarded. We’d be delighted if you chose to stay and quiz on with us but, should you prefer to take a copy of the paper away with you and play for fun, or if you are able to get together in groups and take the quiz elsewhere (e.g. on the train back to London perhaps, or even in some drinking establishment) then please feel free to do so.


PRICING

Entry fee for the full day, covering all quizzes is £25. First-timers get half-price entry.
There is a sign-up thread HERE.


VENUE

Newark Showground
Sir Stuart Goodwin Pavilion
Lincoln Road,
Winthorpe,
Newark,
Nottinghamshire,
NG24 2NY

Tel: 01636 705796
Map: Here


CAR TRAVEL, PARKING and PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Newark has excellent road connections being sited on the A1. Just at the NE end of town is a roundabout giving access to the A46, Lincoln Road, which connects to Drove Lane, on which you will find the entry points to the showground. Arriving by car or taxi you are recommended to use the main entrance on Drove Lane (labelled “1” in the image below) since there’s no guarantee the gate at “3” will be unlocked.

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There is free, on-site parking just past the venue, outside the adjacent Showground site offices.

Newark is on the East Coast main line (80 minutes from London) and a shared taxi to the venue from its main station should take only a few minutes and be relatively inexpensive.


ACCOMMODATION

The nearest hotel is the Premier Inn, Newark, which is just off the Lincoln road, on the town centre side of the A1. However, when I checked on 1 November it seemed already to be booked-up both Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December. Anyway, I include details here due to it being close to the venue and having adjacent to it a pub-restaurant and McD’s (see below), AND it’s always worth checking to see if they’ve a cancellation (up to and including 1pm on the day of prospective arrival).

As well as having the benefit of free parking, immediately adjacent to the Premier Inn hotel is a large ‘Table Table’ food-pub, called ‘Roman Way’ (open for breakfast also) AND a McDonald’s, which is open 24/7. There’s also a cash machine next to the McDonalds car park. Just on the NW side of the A1, still on Lincoln Road, and on the north-bound carriageway, is a large curry house, the Mint Leaf, which is open till 11.00pm on Saturdays.

The centre of Newark itself - check-out the enormous market square - is well served by hotels and B&B’s. Herewith a selection, including a 40-room establishment originally built to house “wayward girls”!

Millgate House Hotel: single rooms from £60.00pn, double/twin £75 (inc. VAT).

Best Western Deincourt Hotel: single rooms from £57.50pn, double/twin £90 (inc. VAT).

Compton House B&B: single rooms from £75.00pn, double £95 (inc. VAT).

The Georgian Town House boutique B&B: single occupancy from £80.00pn, doubles from £95 (inc. VAT).


I’m told also that Newark is blessed with some quality real ale establishments, which is what you’d expect for a Nottinghamshire market town with its own CAMRA branch! Two establishments come to me recommended by the guy who presents the Wednesday night quiz I go to in Rolleston; so, you might therefore want to pay a visit to…

The Castle Barge, er, a barge moored in the Trent at Newark Wharf. It serves Mansfield Cask Bitter.

Vaults Cider and Ale House (newly opened) on Northgate, beers from LocAle Breweries plus real ciders.

There is a sign-up thread HERE.
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Re: Newark GP (British Open) : Sat 6th December 2014

Postby Chris » Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:53 pm

Here now are the complete results from the British Isles / UK Order of Merit members.

Global results to follow...

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British Open - Global Results

Postby Chris » Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:50 pm

Most if not all scores are in now and so we've published a set of 'global results', covering the 243 or so people who took part. Thanks to all for their participation, but special thanks to Chitra Krishnan, Dag Olav Rønning, Derek Cray, Ewan McNaught, Eric Ziegler, Ivan 'Vanya' Kebets, Nick Perojuc, Sebastian Klussmann (and their supporters) for helping make it happen. Cheers all!

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