Tayinloan’s taxing quiz for play park funds

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Words and photographs Hannah O’Hanlon

Members of varying ages was the winning team’s key to success at a quiz to raise money for Tayinloan’s play park.

Poppy’s Team, comprising Sheila MacSporran, Briony and David Avery and 12-year-old Lewis Gilchrist, who has since turned 13, picked up the most points in the recent quiz.

With 12 rounds of five questions, and each table able to play a joker to double their points on one of the rounds, there were 65 points up for grabs.

Under the guidance of the school’s new acting head teacher, Catriona Brown, the youngsters compiled the questions themselves, five each on a topic of their choice.

Categories ranged from crab fishing, cycling and books to capital cities, World War Two and Minecraft – with a gentle reminder that ‘Minecraft is a video game,’ halfway through that round!

The consensus in the hall was that it was a very challenging quiz, with any queries about answers settled by the child who wrote the question.

Poppy’s Team, with mascot Poppy, a border collie, sleeping under the table, scored 46 points, just four ahead of the second placed team.

A raffle was drawn during the quiz and a light supper, provided by the children’s parents and family, was served.

Organisers were astounded by the turn-out at the event, considering there was a quiz in the hall the night before and are thankful to all who supported it.

The event raised £295, and an anonymous donation boosted the total to £450.

The money will go towards a fund to build a new play park in Tayinloan, with the previous facilities lying broken and disused.

Poppy’s Team: Lewis Gilchrist, Sheila MacSporran, Briony Avery and David Avery, with Poppy under the table. 50_c09tayinloan01

The hall was packed with quizzers. 50_c09tayinloan02