British Open : Rolleston on Dove, 1 December 2012

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British Open : Rolleston on Dove, 1 December 2012

Postby Chris » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:01 pm

We are pleased to announce that our next Grand Prix Quiz event, the 2012 British Open, is on Saturday 1 December, at Rolleston on Dove, near Burton-upon-Trent. We are delighted to confirm also that the individual question set has been prepared by none other than former British Quizzing Champion, John Wilson. His question sets for the British Championships in recent years (2010 and 2011) proved both popular and accessible.

This Grand Prix is our annual 'British Open', for which we will be joined by a number of quizzers from around the globe! A special effort has been made to ensure the quiz is accessible to all as well as entertaining.

We are also pleased to announce that in the wake of England's successes at the recent European Quizzing Championships in Tartu, Estonia, we intend having the relevant trophies on show for you to inspect - and will be formally presenting the proud winners to receive the richly deserved acclamation of those gathered on the day! Have your camera phones handy!

Sign-up for the event HERE.

Venue:
Rolleston Club
15 Burnside
Rolleston On Dove
DE13 9DN

Schedule
11.00 Registration
11.30 Individual Quiz
13.00 Marking
13.45 Lunch
15.00 Team Quiz (see note)
17.30 Prizes and close

Entry: £25, lunch provided, £12.50 for first time attendees.

We are pleased that, as a special treat, the team quiz will include a round of questions submitted for your enjoyment by none other than the newly crowned European Quizzing Champion Holger Waldenburger of Germany. There will also be a round of questions that were held-over from the 'Nordic Championships' shadow event that was held in East Molesey last month.

Aperitifs and Apres Quiz

The evening before and after the event will provide further opportunities for people to get together and socialise, and, er quiz. There are plenty of suitable, quality pubs serving excellent real ale wherein quizzers can gather on the Friday night before the event. Anyone interested should drop me a line, and watch these forums for updates.

Similarly, on the Saturday, for those staying over (or just staying late) I propose the double treat of a visit to the Coopers Arms in Burton (an historic watering hole regularly listed as one of the finest 10 pubs in England) followed by a trip NEXT DOOR to a truly excellent (and cheap) curry house which is unlicensed - and which is pleased for you to bring in ale from their neighbour, who will, for instance, sell you a 4 pint jug of foaming real ale for a measly £10. This is something not to be missed and I heartily encourage you to contact me asap about this since places may have to be limited to 16! Please note: the restaurant is so buy on Fridays and Saturdays that they just have 2 sittings, 7.00pm and 9.00pm. I'm proposing that we go for the latter, so we can visit the pub first.

To this end, anyone planning to attend Saturday night (especially) or Friday evening, can I suggest you consider booking into the nearby, BRAND NEW Travelodge (rooms from £37.50 a night), which is just across the road from Burton Train station and a £5 cab ride from the venue (which, split three or four ways shouldn't be prohibitively expensive). It is also just a few minutes walk from the pub/curry house.

About Rolleston

Located just north of Burton-On-Trent, a mile or two from both the A38 and A50 main trunk roads, Rolleston on Dove is the quintessential Old English village, complete with thatched cottages and a babbling brook, The Dove no less, running through it.

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An interesting venue, the Commemoration Hall, designed by Arthur Eaton of Derby, was opened in 1897 to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It stands on the east side of Burnside. A lounge bar was added in 1965 and it has been known as Rolleston Club since 1971. It was renovated and extended in 1974.

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Rolleston was formerly the location of the ancestral home of the Mosley family, prosperous landowners around these parts. It was in Rolleston Hall that the notorious fascist Sir Oswald Mosley was born in 1896. The hall was sold by auction in 1923 but later burnt down. All that remains are the lake and gatehouse. The family’s coat of arms are displayed in the club.

Real ale fans will know that Burton is the home of brewing. In addition to the club’s regular fare, which includes ales such as Marston’s Pedigree, Bass, and HSB, the steward is seeking to lay-on some additional real ale from a local micro brewery!


Local attractions (excursions on Friday or Sunday perhaps?) include…

Tutbury Castle (2 miles)
For many years the prison of Mary Queen of Scots and the hub of a Royal Stud owner by Charles II. The castle is leased to, and run by, TV ‘historian’ and ghost hunter Lesley Smith.

As well as being visited by Mary Queen of Scots and Oliver Cromwell’s forces, Tutbury has a number of claims to fame. In 1831 two workmen discovered 5000 silver coins in a single day (eventually some 100,000 were recovered) all from a haul believed to date from the reign of Edward II and attributed to the treasury of the rebellious Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. In November 1944 the nearby Fauld depot became the site of the largest ever explosion in the UK, when 3,670 tons of bombs stored underground exploded en masse Only three larger blasts were recorded during WWII - those at Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the New Mexico Tests. Afterwards a crater, half a mile across and 100 feet deep was left behind.

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Tutbury itself has a number of other attractions. Cut glass has been manufactured here for many years and a tourist trade has built upon the long and distinguished history of the Norman Priory Church and medieval castle, and some fine Georgian and Regency buildings. There are antique and craft shops in the village as well as a factory shop at the Georgian Crystal glassworks. Unfortunately, the Tutbury Crystal factory has now closed although they still have a shop on Tutbury High Street.

Visit the Discover Tutbury website for more information.

National Museum of Brewing (4 miles)
The National Brewery Centre is a world-class museum and visitor centre that celebrates Burton upon Trent's proud brewing heritage and it's influence on brewing techniques throughout the world. People without their own transport who are planning to visit the museum might consider the Three Queens Hotel with its new, lodge extension in Burton for a stop-over, since it is in walking distance of the museum, and across the road from the Burton Bridge brewery and Inn!

Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood (8 Miles)
Museum showing aspects of the life of children over the past 200 years.

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas (13 miles)
Set in 150 acres of land, and open every day from 9am to 5pm, there are over 140 memorials

Lichfield Cathedral (14 miles)
Attractions include the magnificent cathedral, homes of Dr Johnson and Erasmus Darwin and the new David Garrick Theatre.

Kedleston Hall (15 Miles)
Experience the age of elegance in this neo-classical house built between 1759 and 1765 for the Curzon family and little altered since.

Other places of interest within a 15 mile radius include Donington racetrack, Twycross Zoo, Alton Towers, and Tamworth Castle


Other Accommodation:

Brookhouse Hotel: The nearest accommodation to the venue. I am endeavouring to once more negotiate a discount on this one, so if you are considering it, perhaps hold off till Friday this week.

Telephone 01283 814188: Website http://www.thebrookhouse.eu/tariff.htm

Dovecliff Hall Hotel: located between Rolleston and the A38, just over a mile from the venue. Set back from the road, this is an elegant Georgian House dating back to 1790, sitting in seven acres of gardens adjacent the River Dove. The hotel has 15 bedrooms. Once again, it’s anything but cheap but there are usually special offers to be had.

Telephone 01283 531818: Website: http://www.dovecliffhallhotel.co.uk/about-us/contact-us

Ye Olde Dog & Partridge: 2 miles away in Tutbury centre. High St, Tutbury DE13 9LS. This is a large and popular pub with Chef & Brewer restaurant based around a 15th century coaching house. The latter has rooms available for B&B with (allegedly) ghosts thrown in at no extra charge. They have nine bedrooms, free wifi, and ample parking.

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Part of the Good Night Inns group the Dog & partridge has been offering 3-course Dinner B&B (continental breakfast) for two in an en suite room for £85.

Telephone: 01283 813030 Website: http://www.goodnightinns.co.uk/GoodNigh ... -Partridge

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Woodhouse Farm Bed & Breakfast: just outside Tutbury village, looking down over the Dove Valley. From the crossroads in the centre of the Village (by the Post Office), just head out past the castle (on your right) and you will find them on the left about half a mile from the village.

Castle Hotel Station Road, Hatton DE65 5DW (between Tutbury and the A50 and close toTutbury & Hatton Rail Station) Telephone 01283 813396.

Single en suite from £50 inc. cooked breakfast. Twin from £70.

Delter Hotel 5 Derby Road, Burton upon Trent DE14 1RU. 01283 535 115 This B&B is in Burton upon Trent, a mile or so towards the venue from the Railway Station, on the main road going north out of the town. It is also within striking distance of the Museum of Brewing, Burton Albion FC, the Bilash Spice restaurant and the excellent Prince Alfred Pub and Great Northern pub (both have the same beer as the Burton Bridge Brewery and Inn).

Lots more choices HERE.



Travel:

Road Directions

Coming via the M1 from the North
Leave M1 at Junction 28, take A38 Derby exit at roundabout. Stay on A38 and nearing Derby, signs will change to A38 Burton-on-Trent. 10 miles further on take the Burton North/Clay Mills junction - stay in right hand lane going up the slip road and be prepared to make a series of right turns, so that you come back on yourself, as if to rejoin the A38 going in the opposite direction. As you start to go down the slip road there is a left turn signposted for Rolleston and Tutbury. Take this turn and follow the road for about a mile. After passed through countryside you come to an area with housing on the left, and numerous speed bumps etc. in the road. After a half a mile you approach the centre of the village and will see a large pub, the Spread Eagle, situated just beyond a small stone bridge. Turn left immediately BEFORE the bridge. The Rolleston club is on the left, about 50 yards further on. Turn left at the end of the building’s frontage for access to ample off-road parking.

Coming via the M1 from the South
Leave M1 at Junction 24 onto the A50 - Stoke Road. Leave A50 at Junction 4 for A38 Burton and follow signs as above, looking for the Burton North/Clay Mills junction after a mile or two.

Coming via the M6 from the North
Leave M6 junction 16 onto A500 follow signs for Stoke and exit onto A50 Uttoxter/Derby. Stay on A50 and exit at Burton on Trent junction by Hays Dove Valley Distribution and follow signs for Burton. Turning right at Salt Box junction, go through Hatton and then straight over mini roundabout and first left at next roundabout onto bypass. At next roundabout take the first left for Rolleston and follow the road round into the village. Just after the Spread Eagle pub (on your right) is a small stone bridge, turn right IMMEDIATELY AFTER the bridge, the Rolleston club is on the left, about 50 yards further on. Turn left at the end of the building’s frontage for access to ample off-road parking.

Coming via the M42
Take junction 9 off M42 following signs for Lichfield, passing The Belfry golf course. Keep following Lichfield signs and you will arrive at A38. Stay on A38 towards Derby and take the second Burton exit marked Burton North/Clay Mills. There is a very tight turn at the exit and once you straighten up you will see a right turn marked for Rolleston and Tutbury. Take the turn and follow the road for a mile to a mile and a half. You will reach an area with houses on the left, the road having numerous speed bumps etc.. A half-mile further on you approach the centre of the village and will see a large pub, the Spread Eagle, situated beyond a small stone bridge. Turn left immediately BEFORE the bridge. The Rolleston club is on the left, about 50 yards further on. Turn left at the end of the building’s frontage for access to ample off-road parking.


BY RAIL
Derby station (direct London) is about 10 miles away. Connections are available to Burton but it may be better to get one of the express busses which run to Burton, visiting the villages along the way.

Burton upon Trent station - 4 miles
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Re: British Open : Rolleston on Dove, 1 December 2012

Postby Chris » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:54 pm

We are delighted to announce that Bavaria - that's the brewers, not the Federal Lander - is sponsoring our event in Rolleston [thanks to Kevin Ashman for helping set that up] and indeed we hope this will be the start of an ongoing relationship.

Bavaria have very generously given us cases of beer (each 15x500ml) to award as prizes for the afternoon team quiz. So, plenty to play for there!!!!!

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Re: British Open : Individual Results

Postby Chris » Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:13 pm

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Re: British Open : Rolleston on Dove, 1 December 2012

Postby Chris » Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:29 pm

Some observations on the afternoon's Team Quiz (team/conferring rounds).

There were three questions that went unanswered by the whole room. Two of these came in Round 2 (my 'miscellaneous' round), namely...

Q.15: I asked you to identify this lady, and for a bonus, the TV show she's best known for?

Q.16: I asked what the three naked men are all doing with their hands on the reverse of the Nobel peace medal?

...and in the final round (15 questions from May's Nordic Championships);

Q.50: Teams were asked to identify the family name of these brothers who run the restaurant that for two years running has been named the world's second best restaurant (after 'Noma')?

Besides those three questions on which the room was stumped, five teams deserve credit for 'Solo' answers - questions which they alone answered correctly.

During Round 1 ('Bavaria'), Ian Bayley's team (Team 6) were the only ones able to identify Augsburg from among the four Bavarian clubs in the top division of the Bundesliga.

During Round 2 (Miscellaneous), Kevin Ashman's team (Team 1) were the only ones who could identify 'Kid Carpet' as the writer/performer of this 'excrement'.

During Round 3 (Holger's), Eric Wildsmith's team (Team 11) were the only ones to identify that Yasser Arafat was initially against the formation of the PLO.

During Round 4 (ASEAN), Anne Hegerty's team (Team 2) were the only ones to get that 'Jack' Ryan, when not designing missiles for the Pentagon also created the 'Barbie doll'. But on another question in the same round, loads of teams got "Syphillis" :lol:

And in Round 5 (Nordic), Scott Dawson's team (Team 12) identified Morelos as the Mexican priest, executed by the Spanish, who now appears on the 50 peso banknote.
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