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Glendale Local History Society (GLHS) held its first ever Quiz Night at the Tankerville Arms in Wooler on the evening of Wednesday, January 27.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 16 February, 2016, 12:00

Glendale Local History Society (GLHS) held its first ever Quiz Night at the Tankerville Arms in Wooler on the evening of Wednesday, January 27.

The event was designed as a social evening to give members and guests the opportunity to socialise in a manner that was different from the usual programme of talks undertaken during the winter months.

Competing teams from Wooler and the surrounding area came together.

The evening started with a buffet catering for all tastes and was then followed by a quiz, based loosely on the local history of Wooler and Glendale.

Questions covered areas such as Wooler itself, local battlefields and significant people of Wooler and Glendale.

There were included three sets of picture questions, both historical and current.

The evening was attended by more than 40 members and guests, who arranged themselves into teams. There was much competition apparent between the differing teams.

Questions included how long did it take the stagecoach to get from Wooler to Edinburgh in the 1840s?

Which famous novelist stayed in Wooler in 1914?

And when was the Battle of Flodden?

The answers to the above are – four hours, Virginia Woolf and September 9, 1513, respectively.

Knowing the answers to these questions, and more, gave The Crookham Crackers – David and Wendy Urwin, Maureen Charlton and John Pentland – victory.

Second place went to The Diggers – a team from Till Valley Archaeological Society.

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And third were the Streamers, from Coldstream.

The quiz master and adjudicator was David Alston, and the evening was chaired by Patsy Healey.

The Crookham winners took away the prize of chocolates and a book of historical photographs of Glendale and District.

On Wednesday, February 10 Derek Cutts presented an illustrated talk on Chillingham and other 15th century tombs in Northern England.

We welcomed Derek’s return.

He has extensive knowledge and enthusiasm and explained our local 15th century Grey Tomb in Chillingham Church, set in the context of other alabaster tombs and monuments in northern England and late mediaeval church furnishings in the region in general.

On Wednesday, March 9, Andrew and Margaret Watchorn will present Piping Matters.

This will be a talk and live music, looking at the different pipes they play, showing the development of the Northumbrian small pipes, and also introducing the Swedish pipes and the Nyckelharpa.

We are, indeed, very fortunate to have the above couple visiting us at GLHS. They are famed internationally, and their talk and music is not to be missed.

They are in constant demand as performers in concerts and at festivals, and also as teachers and tutors in the UK and abroad.

Over the last six years they have developed a link with traditional musicians in Dalsland, Sweden, leading workshops there, learning the repertoire of the region and, in Andrew’s case, taking up the Swedish bagpipes.

Margaret has recently begun the complex task of mastering the Swedish nyckelharpa, or keyed fiddle.