Once again participants in one of Bath’s longest running charity events delved into all sorts of interesting whiffs as they competed for the coveted Brain of Bath trophy.
The temperature may have been a bit sultry inside Bath’s Historic Assembly Rooms but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the teams who took part the 20th Brain of Bath competition in aid of Julian House.
In addition to an amazing range of subject matter covered the participants were also entertained by behind the scenes snippets from one of the regions best known news presenters, Will Glennon. Just to emphasise the dynamic nature of his job, Will had to dash to the event from Salisbury where he had been reporting on the rapidly developing poisoning incident.
After 120 questions the eventual winners were City Financial Planners. Just two points behind were former winners of the event, BMT.
Cecil Weir, our Fundraising Director has been organising the event for 17 years: “It is one of the most popular fixtures in the Julian House calendar. The atmosphere is terrific and although by its very nature it is competitive, it’s competitive in the right way. The banter is fantastic and participants get to show off snippets of knowledge.
Will Glennon was a terrific quizmaster and adding some extra colour to the evening with his insights into the role of the 21st journalist and news presenter. And of course everyone went away some amazing nuggets of information such as what causes the sting in nettles and the correct word for a fear of heights!”
The inaugural Brain of Bath quiz night in 1999 was the brainchild of a small group of Bath businessmen. They were concerned about the problem of homelessness. It had three main objectives: to raise funds for Bath’s main local homeless charity (Julian House), raise awareness of the difficult social issues surrounding homelessness and provide support for a dedicated research project at the University of Bath. Originally the event took place in the main sports hall at the University of Bath and teams competed for the title of Brain of Bath and the impressive Waterford Crystal trophy. Since then the venue has changed to the elegant surroundings of the Assembly Rooms.
Long time supporters of Julian House, Deloitte, were the main sponsors. The final amount raised from the event is likely to be around £10,000.