Cum­mings’ Go­ings

The BBC Ra­dio Glouces­ter­shire break­fast show pre­sen­ter has 50 Cotswold ques­tions to en­ter­tain you over Christ­mas

Cotswold Life - - CONTENTS - Mark Cum­mings

My gift to con­clude pro­ceed­ings for 2018 is a sump­tu­ous slice of The Cum­mings County Quiz. Gorge on this lit­tle plat­ter of knowl­edge and you’ll learn some­thing new and fas­ci­nat­ing about the Cotswolds. How­ever, that’s not all…the fol­low­ing nuggets can be whipped out on Christ­mas Day and a good old fash­ioned fam­ily quiz can be en­joyed.

I’ve loved host­ing this quiz on my Break­fast Show and it’s now be­come a daily ‘must lis­ten’ fea­ture at 8.40 ev­ery morn­ing. A dif­fer­ent busi­ness team ev­ery week com­mits to get­ting a gag­gle of folk to­gether to take on the chal­lenge. The most en­thu­si­as­tic team must have been the crew from Glouces­ter Cathe­dral, who rounded up a gang of 37 in­clud­ing a sub team on the scaf­fold­ing join­ing in on their walkie talkies. New Wave Sea Food from Fair­ford gave us a week of out­ra­geous fishy puns, The Roses and Every­man The­atres added a touch of show­biz, a group of small busi­nesses in Durs­ley met at the Bum­ble Bee Café and must have been the loud­est and most com­pet­i­tive team we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced. Chel­tenham and Cirences­ter Li­dos have added a splash of fresh air to the quiz, whilst the bril­liant Prince Al­bert Pub at Rod­bor­ough in Stroud had half of the Five Val­leys trekking up the hill to sup­port their lo­cal boozer.

Ev­ery morn­ing I’m joined by a dif­fer­ent co-host and they have the un­en­vi­able task as act­ing as The Wild­card. The quiz team can ask the wild­card for help on just one of the many ques­tions they are asked. This ap­pears to fill them with dread as it could ex­pose an em­bar­rass­ing lack of knowl­edge and pos­si­ble hu­mil­i­a­tion. For ex­am­ple, Dr Dawn Harper turns white, can­cer sur­geon Char­lie Chan hides un­der the desk, Stroud jour­nal­ist Sarah Wat­son doesn’t sleep the night be­fore and Eng­land walk­ing foot­ball man­ager Stu­art Lang­wor­thy re­vises for a week – but you’ll be re­as­sured to know the ul­tra-con­fi­dent edi­tor of Cotswold Life Mike Lowe has a 100% suc­cess rate.


Try these open­ing ten ques­tions to warm up… 1. King­ham… in or out of Glouces­ter­shire? 2. North­leach…. vil­lage or town? 3. Where would you find a round­about with a wooden horse on it? 4. What mouth-wa­ter­ing cargo used to come up the Glouces­ter Sharp­ness canal from Framp­ton on Sev­ern to a spe­cial place near Birm­ing­ham? 5. Which ship far­ing 1970s TV show used to be filmed par­tially at Glouces­ter Docks?

6. True or false? Princess Anne was caught speed­ing on the A417 near the Air Bal­loon round­about. 7. Which district is Newent in? 8. Which vil­lage in known as Queen of the Cotswolds?

9. What links the band ABBA with a car park in Cirences­ter?

10. True or false… Sex and the City star Sarah Jes­sica Parker rents a lake­side home at the Cotswold Wa­ter Park.


1. True or false? Ar­ling­ton Row in Bibury was used on sev­eral oc­ca­sions by The Two Ron­nies to film scenes for The Phan­tom Rasp­berry Blower.

2. Daniel Ge­orge Bing­ham, bene­fac­tor of Bing­ham Hall in Cirences­ter, made his money from farm­ing or the rail­ways or stock and shares? 3. Vil­lage or town… Dy­mock? 4. Ori­gin of the name Blak­eney in the For­est of Dean? Farm­stead of the Blake fam­ily, or the dark coloured

is­land in the marsh, or the path­way to the sand­back of Sab­rina?

5. He was born at 2 East­gate Street, Glouces­ter, suf­fered TB, was friends with Robert Louis Steven­son, was the in­spi­ra­tion for the char­ac­ter Long John Sil­ver and he wrote the poem In­vic­tus… who is he?

6. One of these fol­low­ing places ex­ist, two are made up. Spot the real one: Bunch of Nuts, Goosey Gan­der Copse, Charley Far­ley Hil­lock. 7. In 1866 a lifeboat was launched into the Glouces­ter-sharp­ness canal, or the River Avon, or Pittville Lake, or Chel­tenham Lido?

8. What is the high­est point in The Cotswolds?

9. Where would you find a ma­rina, mop fair and the meet­ing place of two rivers?

10. What district is Cran­ham in?


1. True or false… for­mer Ever­ton, Wolves and As­ton Villa striker Andy Gray fin­ished his play­ing ca­reer with Chel­tenham Town.

2. What is the phone code for the For­est of Dean?

3. Which one of the fol­low­ing went to Chel­tenham Ladies’ Col­lege? Ac­tress Kristin Scott Thomas, or news­reader Fiona Bruce, or so­cialite Ta­mara Beck­with?

4. Was Wolf Hall filmed at Dum­ble­ton Hall, or Sude­ley Cas­tle, or Berke­ley Cas­tle?

5. Which is long­est, The Sev­ern or The Thames?

6. Where would you find a place with two golf cour­ses, one new and one old?

7. The A38 runs through the Cotswolds, but where does it end south­bound?

8. When was Cider with Rosie first pub­lished? 1959 or 1962 or 1965? 9. Ha­glo Crab is a na­tive ap­ple, or pear, or chicken, or elver? 10. What is Cotswold man Tony All­cock fa­mous for?


1. Which queen lived at Sude­ley Cas­tle?

2. One of these ex­ists… which one? But­ter­milk Lane, Sugar Plum Av­enue, Candy Floss Cor­ner. 3. Which one of these didn’t have a rail­way sta­tion… Cleeve, or Dy­mock, or Tir­ley?

4. True or false… after the 1980 Ira­nian Siege mem­bers of the SAS stopped off at Greasy Joe’s café in Cirences­ter be­fore re­turn­ing home to Here­ford.

5. The Fosse Way starts in Ex­eter but where does it end? Glouces­ter Docks?

6. Which king is buried at Glouces­ter Cathe­dral?

7. On which river does Cirences­ter stand?

8. Where is the Hol­low Bot­tom pub? 9. True or false… for­mer Eng­land de­fender Terry Butcher used to be the land­lord of the Bull in Stow. 10. Which bird is the sym­bol of the Glouces­ter­shire Wildlife Trust?


1. Where would you find The Trou­ble House Inn?

2. Stren­sham Ser­vices… in or out of Glouces­ter­shire?

3. Where in Chel­tenham was Sir Frank Whit­tle’s garage where he de­signed the jet en­gine?

4. True or false… the weather vane at Stan­way House was J.M. Bar­rie’s in­spi­ra­tion for Tinker­bell. 5. Where in The For­est of Dean did the fol­low­ing bands hang out, re­hearse and record… Deep Pur­ple, Led Zep­pelin, Badfin­ger and Mott the Hoople?

6. What is for­mer crick­eter Jack Rus­sell’s other skill?

7. Cap­tain Robert Fal­con Scott, Scott of the Antarc­tic, has a link with Glouces­ter­shire. What is it?

8. Which Glouces­ter­shire res­i­dent got into a spot of bother with the phrase “A mon­strous car­bun­cle”? 9. Stow­ell Park near North­leach is owned by Prince An­drew, or Lord Vesty, or Alex James from Blur? 10. Bot­tle­green Drinks com­pany in Wood­ch­ester is best known for which flavour? Pep­per­mint, or lime and lemon, or el­der­flower?

I hope you en­joyed hav­ing a go at these lit­tle gems. You now know more than you did a few min­utes ago. Don’t for­get to use them at Christ­mas with friends and fam­ily and I’ll catch you in 2019.

Be­fore I sign off I’ve just been alerted to a shame­less in­ac­cu­racy in the above con­tent. The Edi­tor of Cotswold Life has in fact got one ques­tion wrong. He failed to iden­tify the mys­tery voice care­fully cho­sen just for his ap­pear­ance. Shock­ingly the voice be­longed to one of his celebrity team who slav­ishly sub­mits a col­umn for him ev­ery month in this very pub­li­ca­tion.

He now owes Emma Samms an apol­ogy.

North­leach…. vil­lage or town?

Who was the in­spi­ra­tion for the char­ac­ter Long John Sil­ver? When was Cider with Rosie first pub­lished?

Which flavour?

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