Posted on 22nd March 2017
A team of super boffin accountants came along to the quiz on Tuesday evening and on their first visit had the temerity to win it. They were from Blackman Terry in Bolney, but quizzing under the name of “We thought it was speed dating”! Particularly galling for me was that two of them were ex-Oakmedians whom I remembered. I wish I could claim to have taught them all they know!! Well done to them all; it was a great effort and the painstaking and logical way they set about the anagram section was something to behold.
As for the BHBPA team, even the injection of some brains, courtesy of Photographer Paul Noble, was not enough to propel us into the top five. But never mind, as my good friend Dave Farmer always maintains, “it’s not about winning, the important thing is taking part”.
It was another very enjoyable evening, the pub filled and buzzing with BHBPA members and friends. In the frenzy that is the end of the evening, I managed to scribble down most of the scores and in what position teams finished. The result was that Blackman Terry (‘We thought it was speed dating’) were first with 121 points, closely followed by last year’s champions Leap Environmental (‘A night out the hole’) on 120 and in third place a Time 24 team (‘Ooh, Matron!’) on 113.
This means that teams such as ‘Trump’s Wall Builders’, ‘We’re not a bank, we’re a 6-pack’, ‘The Scrubbers’, ‘So-called Quizlamic Kate’ and ‘In Second Place’ were among the also rans this time round. It was great to see new teams there such as the ones from 2017 members Aldingbourne Trust and Ebiss UK.
Thanks go of course to Lance and his team at the Woolpack, who were magnificent all evening and to all those who got it together to come along with a team. Carolyn Robinson of St Peter & St James Hospice went home with over £500 due to the generosity of the team members and the pub. Even the Chairman went home happy after coming up with ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ and winning wine in the raffle. A good time was had by all. For me the evening was enlivened by somebody reminding me of tales of a stick insect.(it’s a long story). It is always a great crowd at the Quiz – if you weren’t there you should try it next time. Many thanks for your support, as always.
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "