Morpeth Rotary Club
To sharpen brains and memory after the Christmas season, Morpeth Rotary always sends out invitations to the other service organisations for a January quiz.
Teams from Morpeth’s Inner Wheel, Lions and Rotary clubs and the Morpeth and District Soroptimists take part in the test of brainpower, which was set-up to help them get back into fund-raising and community activity action while having a bit of fun.
The favourites were the Soroptimists as they had won five of the last seven contests, but hopes were high for an open challenge.
Morpeth Rotarian Alan Barron was the quizmaster, but being an ex-bank manager he was met with an equal lack of trust from all of the teams! However, his questions seemed to be fair this year, so even after several rounds the scoring was very close.
The Soroptimists took the lead, but Inner Wheel was also doing well.
All teams had good marks on the music round and it was still very close.
The final scores came in as Soroptimists 55, Inner Wheel 54, Rotary 53 and Lions not far behind. Morpeth Rotary team captain Michael Duffy thanked the teams for their high standards and competitive spirit.
Rotary President Andrew Hamnett presented the quiz trophy to the Soroptimist team captain Cynthia Livesey.
The event was organised by Rhona Dunn as next year’s incoming President.
She recently updated the club on the mince pie challenge initiative she took to raise money for Crisis – the national charity for single homeless people. She made 486 mince pies and raised £436 by selling to them Rotary, Lions and others in and around Morpeth.
In the last year, Crisis welcomed in 4,000 homeless people at centres throughout the UK at Christmas, including Newcastle.
They got three meals (those who were at the centres during Christmas received a festive dinner), a warm and secure place to sleep, a shower, haircut and fresh clothes and a health check. They also had a chance to talk to volunteers about housing, training and work.
The support is not only at Christmas and the charity is recruiting volunteers for year-round help and support.