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NEW FTQL ANNOUNCEMENT
 
THE FIVE TOWNS QUIZ LEAGUE - NEW MEETING - MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

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NEW ANNOUNCEMENT AS OF FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2020
 
THE FIVE TOWNS QUIZ LEAGUE WILL HOLD A MEETING AND THIS WILL BE ON MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2020.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE FEATHERSTONE HOTEL, STATION LANE, FEATHERSTONE. PONTEFRACT. WF7 6EW AND WILL COMMENCE AT 8.30PM.
 
THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE AN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING BUT IN CONSIDERATION OF THE FACT THAT THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN WE WOULD BE HOLDING SUCH A MEETING, THE MEETING ANNOUNCED IS SIMPLY TO BE A NON-AGENDERED DISCUSSION NIGHT, TO ESTABLISH THE VIEWS OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE LEAGUE ABOUT WAYS FORWARD FROM THIS POINT.  IN OTHER WORDS, A TALKING SHOP.
 
PLEASE COULD MEMBER TEAMS (APART FROM COMMITTEE MEMBERS) SEND ONE SINGLE MEMBER TO THE MEETING, HOPEFULLY THE CAPTAIN, BUT ONE MEMBER ONLY (IN ORDER THAT WE CAN COMPLY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING CONVENTIONS.  ALSO, TO COMPLY WITH HEALTH REQUIREMENTS, THERE WILL BE NO FOOD AT THIS MEETING.  COULD THE ONE MEMBER ATTENDING PLEASE COME ARMED WITH YOUR TEAM'S COLLECTIVE OPINIONS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT AND HOW THE LEAGUE MIGHT CONSIDER MOVING ON FROM THIS POINT AND DEPENDING ON WHAT WE DECIDE, AN AGM MAY BE ARRANGED FOR A LATER DATE.
 
THANK YOU.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

THE FIVE TOWNS QUIZ LEAGUE IS HEREBY SUSPENDED

IN CONSIDERATION OF THE ONGOING UNPRECEDENTED PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND FOLLOWING THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE FIXTURES ON A ONE-OFF BASIS LAST MONDAY 16.3.20, THE COMMITTEE HAS TAKEN THE STEP OF DECIDING THAT THE FIVE TOWNS QUIZ LEAGUE SHOULD BE SUSPENDED IN ITS ENTIRETY FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS.

NO MATCHES WILL TAKE PLACE UNTIL SOCIETY STARTS TO REOPEN UPON GOVERNMENT ADVICE AND WHEN THIS STARTS TO HAPPEN A DECISION WILL BE TAKE TO NOMINATE A DATE TO RESTART WITH THE LAST FEW LEAGUE FIXTURES AND CUP TIES.  PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE SECRETARY FOR ANY FURTHER AND DEVELOPING INFORMATION.  THANK YOU.

ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MID-SEASON MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT MONDAY EVENING, MONDAY 9.12.19 AT THE FEATHERSTONE HOTEL (TOP HOUSE) AND THE MAIN ITEM OF BUSINESS FOR THE EVENING WILL BE THE ROUND ONE DRAW FOR THE KNOCKOUT CUP TIES, TO BE PLAYED FIRST GAMES IN THE NEW YEAR.

MID-SEASON MEETING - VENUE: FEATHERSTONE HOTEL, START TIME: 8.30PM.  THE CUP DRAW WILL ALSO BE BROADCAST ON FACEBOOK LIVE AT SOME TIME BETWEEN 8.30PM AND THE END OF THE MEETING. 

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ANNOUNCEMENT RE CLOSURE OF THE RAFA VULCAN CLUB AND SPECIFICALLY THE FUTURE VENUE OF THE VULCAN BOMBERS

Due to the closure of the RAFA Vulcan Club in Pontefract, the Vulcan Bombers have decided to move venues and will from this point forward play their home games at the Carleton Grange Club, Carleton Road, Pontefract. WF8 3JF.  This is also where they intend to play their home fixtures from next season.
 
If you require any further information please ring Bombers Captain Mick Edwards on 01977 704211 or League Secretary Simon Curtis on 07539 073320.
 
Please see further down this News page for the earlier announcement re the Vulcan Mosquitoes.

ANNOUNCEMENT RE RAFA VULCAN CLUB AND SPECIFICALLY VULCAN MOSQUITOES

Due to the uncertainty that you may have heard about regarding the future of the RAFA Vulcan Club in Pontefract, the Vulcan Mosquitoes have decided to move venues and will from this point forward play their home games at the Upton Arms, home of Flanagan's Army.  In weeks where both teams are at home, unless Vulcan Mosquitoes (who will continue to be known as Vulcan Mosquitoes until the end of the season) arrange otherwise, there is an upstairs room at the Upton Arms which will be used for the second match.  If you require any further information please ring Mosquitoes Captain Stuart Topps on 01302 300906 or League Secretary Simon Curtis on 07539 073320.

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

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

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.