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11/06/2017 - PLEASE NOTE - THERE IS A NEW CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS FOR THE LEAGUE SECRETARY - simonc.ftql@virginmedia.com - REPLACES THE BTINTERNET ONE

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FTQLer Gayna Gillespie is a TV quiz superstar!.  Team on ITV's The Chase wins a record amount for any daytime show.  Gayna shines with multiple top-class answers!  Well done Gayna, drinks all round then!

You can watch the show by going to ITV Hub through Google

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NEWS ITEM - Re Handicap Cup Final and Pairs Night - Monday 14.5.18

As you may know, we had planned to hold the Handicap Cup Final and Pairs competition event at the Golden Lion in Ferrybridge, which was confirmed 3 or so weeks ago in the Newsletter at Handicap Cup Round One stage.

However, due to circumstances beyond the Committee and quiz league's control, we are not now able to hold the event there at the Golden Lion.

Obviously, this left us in somewhat of a position, scraping round to try and find a last minute venue with availability and willingness to hold the Handicap and Pairs Night, but we have managed to do that and the event will now take place at the Rock Inn, Rock Hill, Glasshoughton, Castleford. WF10 4RD, on the same date, Monday 14 May 2018, commencing at approximately 7.45pm.

So, 7.45pm next Monday at the Rock Inn, commencing with the first half of the Pairs Competition (so if you want to be playing in that you need to be there on time), followed by the Handicap Cup Final and the rest of the evening etc from there...

We are grateful to licensee John at the Rock for stepping in at the last moment and also for offering to provide refreshments at no extra cost.

NEWS ITEM - Re Knockout Cup, Plate and Finals' Night - Monday 21.5.18

The Knockout Cup and Plate Knockout Finals Night and Presentation will take place at the George V WMC, Front Street, Glasshoughton, Castleford. WF10 4RN on Monday 21 May 2018 commencing at approximately 7.45pm with the Plate Final Crofton WMC vs Vulcan Mosquitoes, followed by the Knockout Cup Final and then the presentations etc as usual.

There will be the usual Finals' Night programme, with its humerous cover and entertaining articles inside including meet the Final teams etc.  We can also announce that this year we will be joined by a world famous superuperduper megastar to present the trophies in Mr Jonny Mitchell the (now former, moved on) Headteacher from Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury and star of Educating Yorkshire along with (and courtesy of) our questionmaster for the evening Michael Steer of Olde Taverners.

There will also be raffle and finally the Members' draw, a popular recent facet of Finals' Night, where every registered player for the season who is in the room receives one raffle ticket and the winning ticket drawn wins a season's free league fees for their team.  So, logically, the more of your players attend, the more chance you have of winning that!

Refreshments will be provided and it promises to be a top night's quizzing along with socialising with all our friends and participators in the Five Towns Quiz League.

So see you there... 

NEWS ITEM - KO and PKO Semi-Final reader appointments

The Five Towns Quiz League Knockout Cup Semi-Finals and Plate Knockout Semi-Finals are always, as you may know, officiated by independent questionreaders.  For this season, those readers on 9.4.18 will be:-
 
Golden Lion Dudes vs Flanagan's Army - Debby Aspland of Leading Ladies
Wanderers vs Railwaymen - Mike Steer of Olde Taverners
 
Crofton WMC vs Vulcan Bombers - Steve Whitham of Olde Taverners
Vulcan Mosquitoes vs Rockin' Gladiators - David Oldfield of Kippax Ex-Service Club
 
Thank you to all those questionreaders for volunteering to help.

NEWS ITEM

MID-SEASON MEETING - The Five Towns Quiz League mid-season meeting will take place at the Rock Inn, Rock Hill, Glasshoughton, Castleford, next Monday 11 December 2017 commencing at 8pm.  The meeting will be held downstairs (so no stairs to climb!) and as usual at this meeting, there will be no set agenda and everything and anything is up for discussion.  It would be appreciated if every team could endeavour to send at least one representative to the meeting. 

THE KNOCKOUT CUP ROUND ONE DRAW WILL TAKE PLACE AT THIS MEETING.

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Dudes have a quiz superstar guest player!

On Monday 13.11.17, our very own Golden Lion Dudes had a superstar guest player, in the form of none other than resident chaser from ITV's quiz show the Chase, Mark 'the Beast' Labbett!

Mark took his place on the Dudes' side of the table courtesy of his acquaintance with the Dudes' regular player Dave Bill, who is a director of well-known nationwide quiz-setting company Redtooth Quiz and his presence clearly didn't do the Dudes any harm, as they ran out 88-61 winners against their closest rivals Railwaymen.  Mark sat at individual place number 3 in the team, getting both correct and apparently only got one (team) question wrong in the whole Dudes' side of the quiz.  Mark Labbett pictured here with Dude and wife Liz. 

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The funeral of Harry Beevers, co-founder of the Five Towns Quiz League in 1991, took place today Thursday 11 February 2016, at the Trinity Methodist Church in Castleford and Pontefract Crematorium. 
 
The service was led by the minister at Trinity, Andrew Checkly and he paid tribute to Harry with several anecdotes from his time knowing Harry and his family.  This was followed by an address from Harry's younger brother Cliff and his wife, who although not Harry's twin (a few years younger), still bears remarkable resemblance to Harry Beevers and then Simon Curtis, Secretary of the Five Towns Quiz League since its foundation in 1991 was called up to give a similar tribute to Harry with his memories of Harry and how they came to found the Five Towns Quiz League together in 1991.  The text of Simon's eulogy can be found by clicking the link below.
 
The Committee of the Five Towns Quiz League brought a wreath to the funeral, which can be seen on the photographs herein and it was also nice to see a good turnout of quiz people from both the FTQL and Harry's Wakefield quiz league friends from over the years.

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Click here for the text of FTQL Secretary Simon Curtis' eulogy for Harry Beevers, given to his funeral today 11.2.16.