Testing time at quiz night

Dyers Club, Brighouse Wood Lane, Brighouse. Picture from 1948
Dyers Club, Brighouse Wood Lane, Brighouse. Picture from 1948

I THINK most people will have taken part in a quiz at sometime.

Whether it be the ever popular pub quiz, where I have heard at some pubs contestants are barred from bringing their mobile phones, or watching a popular television show wishing you could be the “phone a friend”.

Members of the St John the Divine Church, Gooder Lane, Rastrick, quiz team of June 1980. Back row (left to right): Kenneth Marshall; Mr Yates; Joe Coop and Reverend Michael Storey.'Front row: Unknown; Eric Lord; Muriel Coop; Robert Beaumont; Roy Hewitt and Roger Ellis

Members of the St John the Divine Church, Gooder Lane, Rastrick, quiz team of June 1980. Back row (left to right): Kenneth Marshall; Mr Yates; Joe Coop and Reverend Michael Storey.'Front row: Unknown; Eric Lord; Muriel Coop; Robert Beaumont; Roy Hewitt and Roger Ellis

How many of us have sat watching a quiz on TV literally shouting at the people on the screen with the answer. Or commenting about the contestants’ inability to answer the simplest of questions.

Yes, we have all done it, ‘…I could have done better than they have…’ but if it came to it, could you really….? It’s easier said than done.

Many years ago I remember talking to a Lightcliffe couple who had been with other members of their family on the game show Family Fortunes.

An enjoyable experience they said, but when even the simplest of questions was caught out by one of those ‘senior moments’, as they are often referred to. However much you try the answer will not come to mind.

This week’s photograph (right) features the quiz team from St John the Divine Church, Rastrick, in June 1980.

They are, back row (from left); Kenneth Marshall; Mr Yates; Joe Coop and the Rev Michael Storey.

Front row: Unknown; Eric Lord; Muriel Coop; Robert Beaumont; Roy Hewitt and Roger Ellis.

Robert Beaumont had the difficult task of writing and preparing the questions for each quiz over the 10 rounds which was over eight weeks .

The quiz started in the early 1980s as an Inter Church Quiz on a knock out basis and lasted over several Sunday evenings at St John’s.

Robert had to devise sufficient questions for 10 rounds of 10 questions with both team and individual questions asked each night and mostly based on general knowledge.

The churches that took part in these evenings at St John’s included: St. Matthew’s, Upper Edge Baptist, New Road Sunday School and Crowtrees Methodist. There was also, for a number of years, a junior quiz too.

Before Robert took on the role of quiz master, it was Muriel Coop who had the task of setting and asking the questions, with Roy Hewitt acting as time keeper and scorer.

There is still a light hearted quiz held annually and it is open to members and friends of the church.

It is organised by  the St. John’s Wednesday Nighters’ Group - and Robert is still  the question master.

After all these years of preparing so many questions and answers I know who to ask if I am one short on my quiz team!