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