Another exciting evening was had by all at the New Romney Bowls Club where our club held its Quiz Night and what a fantastic quiz it was, hosted by our President Trevor and his wife Penny Harrison. Approximately 88 of us would be quizzers took part and bought raffle tickets in a great atmosphere raising a total of £600 in aid of the Paula Carr Trust. It all ended in a nail biting, tie-breaking question between Table 9 and 12. The winning prize going to Table 12, (The Walkers minus 1), receiving a well-earned bottle of wine each. Well done to all the teams that took part and a big thankyou to all the staff at the bowls club and the unseen helpers that helped put on the event.

Winning team – Walkers Minus 1 Penny, Trevor and Barbara
A few statistical highlights ….

Overall the average round score (including marathons) was 73% which is pretty much spot on the target of 75% (7 – 8/10) we had in mind. There was only 1 question that no team got right, nobody recognised Santiago Cabrera in the first marathon round but there were 27 questions that every team got right (or half right), spread fairly evenly across all of the rounds.
The ‘Year In 2019’ was the easiest round with 86% of correct answers, the ‘General Knowledge’ round was next with 81% followed by the ‘TV Theme Tunes’ round with 78% and the ‘Pictures’ marathon with 76%.
The ‘What’s It Called’ round was the hardest but even this scored 63% correct answers, the ‘London Landmarks’ marathon round was next with 64% followed by the ‘First Lines in Literature’ round and the ‘County of Kent’ round each with 68%
Nigel Whitely gave an interesting vocational talk on his working life buying and selling within the oil industry. Taking us through his employment journey commencing in the 70s, as a BP sponsored graduate, moving us through his impressive professional life and providing an in depth account of all the changes he had seen, it’s movements and volatility. From working with North Sea Oil and Spot Markets in the 80s, which introduced open and therefore more competitive markets, to giving an insightful account of the ups and downs of working in this environment especially given the micro political events and movements at the time. Big thanks from us all to Nigel.

We are very pleased to see that the John Lawson Circus will once again be visiting New Romney with five performances over three days from 3rd – 5th April. Last year, we invited donations as people exited the shows and raised £168 in aid of the Cyclone Idai appeal and we have been given permission to do the same this year to help Rotary charities and good causes in our area which we are of course very pleased to do. For details of performance times and tickets please see their website at

Upcoming events:
Forthcoming member’s activities and public events include…
 26th March – Guest Speaker from Maidstone Fire Service

 2nd April – Club visit from Lawsons Circus


23rd April – Guest Speaker from the History Society

 30th April – Partners Night – venue TBC

 1st – 4th May – Club visit to our associated club in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

 5th June – Gala lunch organised by Folkestone Channel Rotary Club to mark their 40th Anniversary


So what do I do if I want to join?
New members are always welcome, please email or check out our website – where you can also find out a little more about who we are and what we do.
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