Record-breaking quiz night!

New Deer Community Association recently held a highly successful quiz night in the Public Hall.

It was attended by a record-breaking 32 teams – the maximum which may be accommodated safely and comfortably in the hall.

NDCA chairperson Lesley Chalmers prepared an excellent and wide-ranging set of questions, and also acted as question master on the night.

She was ably helped by the team of markers, Wilma Mutch, Amy Clark and Allison Bruce. In charge of the data-entry on the lap-top was Iain Macaslan. Helen Young supervised the collection of answer sheets and organised the half-time refreshements.

The overall winners, with an impressive score of 88% were “There but for the Grace...”, a group of teachers from Mintlaw Academy.

Stephen Bayne, Donna Donald, Doreen Duncan and Grace Legge combined to put in a sterling performance.

It was a close-run event, and in second place with 85.5% were “Three neeps and a maths teacher ” – otherwise known as Dawn Brodie, Anne McCavanagh, Cathie Voar and Karen Woodhouse.

“Blippers” came third with 81.5. Not far behind, in fourth position was “Gang of Four”, with a score of 80.5%.

As this was the highest-placed team affiliated to New Deer Community Association, they were awarded the coveted Chapman Millennium Rosebowl.

Representing the village’s Primary School were Sally Brain, Fiona MacKintosh, Kris Orskoff, and Karen Osterberg, Sally’s children and grandchildren have attended NewDeer Primary School, Fiona and Karen’s children are current pupils, and Kris is a former teacher there.

New Deer Young Farmers entered four teams, two of whom were given prizes. The “Blue Grey Coo” team members received the booby prize, while “Beasts” were presented with prizes for having the youngest total combined age of 64!

Prizes were also awarded to the team judged to have the best team name. “Let’s Get Quizical” took that title, with the team comprising twins Ashley and Kirsty Brownlee and Danni Birch.

A spokesperson for NDCA said that the whole evening had a great atmosphere. “It was lovely to see the Public Hall full of enthusiastic teams, reflecting all aspects of life in a busy north-east village.”

This popular event also provides the platform to draw the annual raffle, for which over a thousand tickets were sold. The £100 first prize was won by Ms Victoria Gardiner who works for Norvite.

New Deer Community Association continues to go from strength to strength, and the next highlight to mark on the calendar is the Clark Shield Whist on Friday, April 25.