THE curtain came down on the Oxford Mail Oxfordshire Winter Quiz League with the annual presentation evening held at the North Oxford Conservative Club.

The county’s top ‘quizzers’ assembled at the club to collect their awards in an evening which also incorporates the Ted Payne Memorial Trophy named in honour of the man who started the event with the help of the Oxford Mail in the 1980s. Is it really that long ago?

Oxford Mail:

Green Dragon (Haddenham), winners of the East Division

Talking to Graham ‘the Pad’ during the course of the evening, he told me it had taken him 28 years to realise his dream of lifting the county’s top quiz prize.

Well, mate, you’ve finally done it. With more than a little help, I guess, from Beth, Charles, Jeremy, Martin, David and Chris – your teammates of the Ploughman’s Bunch!, Wolvercote, Oxfordshire’s winning quiz team for 2013/14.

Oxford Mail:

The Blue Boar Bees received the North Division honours

The laurels on the night went to the Black Swan (Oxford), who lifted the Ted Payne Memorial by four points from the Green Road Club (Kidlington) with the Plough (Wolvercote) a further two points back in third place.

Oxford Mail:

Oxford Division champions, The Hatchet (Childrey)

For your notebooks, the Summer League starts on Thursday, May 22, with the league’s first round-up appearing in the Oxford Mail on Tuesday, May 27.

Oxford Mail:

The Royal Sun receive their West Division champions trophy

Next winter will be the 30th anniversary of the Oxford Mail Oxfordshire Winter Quiz League and we cordially invite all Oxfordshire pubs and clubs to take part in what I’m sure will be a season full of fun and festivities starting in October.

Visit to find out how groups and pubs can enter teams


The Roll of Honour for 2013/14

Premier Section: Ploughman’s Bunch!
Oxford Division: The Hatchet (Childrey)
North Division: Blue Boar Bees
West Division: Royal Sun
East Division: Green Dragon (Haddenham)
Oxford Mail Trophy: Plough, Wolvercote
Supplementary Cup: Black’s Head
Ted Payne Memorial Trophy: Black Swan
Colin Ross Memorial: Ploughman’s Bunch!
Mary English Memorial: Plough
Dave Jordan Memorial: Green Road Club
Rock and Pop: Blue Boar ‘A’
Telly: Plough
Round Britain: Ploughman’s Bunch!
Sport: Plough
1960s: Plough
A full fixture list
and details of the league can be found at

James Carr’s questions

Q. Which brand of coffee is named after a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee?
Q. Which nursery rhyme character was “under the haystack fast asleep”?
Q. Who was the world’s number one ranked male tennis player for seven consecutive years from 1964 to 1970?
Q. In the West Country anthem Widecombe Fair or Uncle Tom Cobley, who comes next in the following list – Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, ….............?


Maxwell House; Little Boy Blue; Rod Laver; Peter Davy