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Coveted Brain of Wessex takes pride of place at Wiltshire College
06 April 2017

Coveted Brain of Wessex takes pride of place at Wiltshire College

Wiltshire College staff are celebrating after winning the coveted title of Brain of Wessex.

Julian House hosted the popular quiz, which took place in the revamped Lansdown Hall at Trowbridge Civic Centre in March.

Business and organisations from across west and north Wiltshire supported the event, which re-launched after a seven-year gap, taking the opportunity to compete for the chance to win the bust.

This years’ quizmaster was the world-renowned adventurer and current High Sheriff of Wiltshire, David Hempleman-Adams.

After an intense 10 rounds featuring questions on general knowledge, literature, geography, history film and TV, science, sport and abbreviations, Name the Tune, Wiltshire College scored 195 winning by 10 clear points.

Director of Finance Lynda Croft was joined by teammates Heather Cross, who is clerk to the corporation, Chris Chilcott, the Deputy Head for English and Maths, brickwork lecturer Steve Flynn, Access to HE lecturer Jane Cragg-Barber and English lecturer Gulliver Methuen-Campbell.

Lynda said: “It was great to represent the college and it was good fun too.

“I was very pleased to raise money and awareness for such a worthy cause and meet other colleagues from the college, some for the first time.”

Chris, who is based at the Chippenham campus, said: “I knew we had done well as we scored highly in the various stages.

“It feels great to be champions and I really enjoyed representing the college and the great team effort which colleagues I may not normally get the chance to work with.

“It’s not every day that you get to be in the presence of an explorer like David Hempleman- Adams and to raise the profile of an organisations such as Julian House which does such valuable work in the community.”

Steve had never taken part in a quiz before but keen on watching programmes such as Mastermind, The Chase and University Challenge, he was well prepared.

He said: “I think it was a great achievement with only six of us in the team and not all knowing each other.

“I really enjoyed the talk by David and taking part.”

Julian House is a charity supporting the homeless and all the funds from the evening will go towards alleviating homelessness.