Burton/British Open, 'Sat 7 December 2013

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Burton/British Open, 'Sat 7 December 2013

Postby Chris » Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:52 pm

Our final Grand Prix event of 2013 is the annual British Open, a quiz which has been taken by people around the globe since its inception in 2009. The two UK venues are the Civic Function Suite of the Town Hall, Burton upon Trent, and the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh.

People considering a weekend in Burton (the pubs and curry houses are great and there's a reasonably priced Travelodge close by) should note that the day day after the Grand Prix event (Sunday 8th) we will feature two KQA MahaQuizzer-style follow up quizzes set by our friends in India. The venue for Sunday's quizzes will be Rollestone club, Rolleston on Dove. One of these two extra quizzes is a special anniversary edition of the MahaQuizzer.

Sign-up for the event HERE.

Venue:
Dove Room
Burton on Trent Town Hall Civic Suite
Staffordshire
DE14 2EB

Schedule
11.00 Registration
11.30 British Open Grand Prix Individual Quiz
13.00 Marking
13.45 Lunch
15.00 Annual Dubai Brainbuster Quiz, 60 minutes, + marking
16.20 Results and Prizes
16.30 Hot 100 (45 minute individual quiz, + marking)
17.30 Close


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


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 nearby Coopers Arms, on Cross Street, Burton (an historic watering hole regularly listed as one of the finest 10 pubs in England) followed by a trip just NEXT DOOR to a truly excellent (and cheap) curry house which is unlicensed - and which is pleased for you to bring in ale from the neighboring pub, 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 busy on Fridays and Saturdays that they've just 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, Travelodge (last time I looked there rooms were from £37.50 a night), which is just across the road from Burton Train station and a two or three minute walk from the venue (and just 5 minutes from the pub/curry house we'll be using on Saturday evening).

Sign-up for the event HERE.

For those of you looking for something to do IN BURTON on Friday or Sunday, can I recommend the National Museum of Brewing

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 hotel is the splendid Burton Bridge brewery and Inn!

Travel to/from Burton Town Hall:

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 the left hand lane going up the slip road and continue straight on (on Derby Road). Continue going straight ahead, over several roundabouts, passing Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium (on your right) and a mile and a half afterwards a Lidl supermarket (on your left). After some lights the road becomes one way and you need to get into the right hand lane to turn right at the next set of lights, which is at a T junction. After turning right stay in the RH lane ready to turn right again at the next lights. IMMEDIATELY AFTER after this second right turn, get across to the left lane to turn left into the Town Hall car park (which is free for us all day). You should be able to access the Dove Room via the doors leading straight off the car park - look out for our GP banner.

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 instructions 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 join the A38 southbound headed for Burton/Lichfield/Birmingham (there are earlier signs/roads for Burton, but ignore these - joining the A38 instead). Once on the A38 follow instructions as per two paras above.

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 first Burton exit. Follow signs for Burton centre, taking you past a Morrisons, Marmite factory and onto lights near B&Q and Burger King. At that junction go straight ahead, following signs for Derby. After a quarter of a mile there is a set of lights with the Town Hall on your left. Go through the lights and as you pass the end of the Town Hall building turn Left into the car park behind it (which is free for us all day). You should be able to access the Dove Room via the doors leading straight off the car park - look out for our GP banner.


BY RAIL
Derby station (direct London) is about 10 miles away. Connections are available to Burton. Having alighted at Burton upon Trent station, turn left after exiting and walk down the hill (whereupon you will see the Traveldoge Hotel on your right). As you progress down the hill your will see the tower of the Town Hall to the right, at the bottom of the hill. Cross over Derby Road at the Pelican and just past the main entrance to the Town Hall is the entry for the civic suite. Someone will be there to guide you in the direction of the Dove Room.

Sign-up for the event HERE.


For those of you planning to attend for the Sunday quizzes...

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. The club is well stocked and you'll have at least three choices, the club’s regular fare including Marston’s Pedigree, Bass, and HSB.


More 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.


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.

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


Travel to/from Rolleston:

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: Burton/British Open, 'Sat 7 December 2013

Postby Chris » Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:55 pm

Just confirming that Sunday's MahaQuiz and Special Anniversary MahaQuiz will be hosted at the Rolleston Club, Burnside, Rolleston on Dove (where all participants have been before, I'm sure). We will be quizzing in 'Snooker Room B', which is the first room on your right (corner of the building) when entering the right-hand of the club's two front doors.

We will look to meet at 11.45 for a 12.00 noon start. 90 minutes +marking of quiz #1, followed by a buffet lunch. The second quiz will start around 2.15, with everything wrapped up by 4.15.

We're expecting a total of 10 quizzers. I shall be asking people for £8 a head to cover the cost of lunch and printing of the two quizzes etc..
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Re: Burton/British Open, 'Sat 7 December 2013

Postby Chris » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:20 pm

For those of you driving to Burton, I have sent out directions/instructions about parking to as many people as I have e-mail addresses at hand. If you've not received one by midnight Thurs/Fri, drop me a line with your e-mail address and I'll send you details.
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Re: Burton/British Open, 'Sat 7 December 2013

Postby Chris » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:24 pm

Congratulations to our own Scott Dawson, winner of the 2013 Dubai Brainbuster! Quizzers gathered at Burton on Trent took 15 of the top 20 places!

Full results HERE.
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