Pub quiz teams for the local u3a retirement association have raised £5,000 for charity over six years of competing, persevering through many changes of teams and venues, and through all pandemic restrictions.
Having reached a target of over £4,000 in November 2019, the Tunbridge Wells association’s pub quiz group raised its bar to £5,000 and continued battling through remote pub-quizzes as restrictions were brought in all over the world.
The group forms teams which compete against one another on the night, and although each participant pays about £2 to participate, they then donate any winnings to charity, mainly local causes, explained pub quiz group coordinator Dick Hoare.
“Local charities which have benefited in the past have include Headway, Nourish Community Foodbank, The Bridge Trust and Samaritans.”
Late last month, two teams of four reached the £5,000 group target at the Brecknock Arms pub quiz.
The High Flyers won £15 and The Optimists won £5.
“We’ll never get rich, but it’s a fun night out and you can’t put a price on that,” he said. “And that’s how we broke through £5,000.”
The pub quiz group is one of about 100 special-interest groups organised by Tunbridge Wells u3a, which also include ambling, art appreciation, canasta, computing, science and Spanish. Members are no longer in full-time employment. New members can find out more at: TunbridgeWellsu3a.org