Quotations from P G Wodehouse are copyright of, and reprinted by permission of, the Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate © 2019 The P G Wodehouse Society (UK)
It is rapidly becoming another of those British Summers: beaten by Iceland at football, political turmoil both between and inside our political parties, and far too much rain. Despite this, or probably because of this, 25 of us sought relief at a splendid evening at the Savoy Tup, just off the Strand. And your correspondent noted that, with our invariable common sense, nobody mentioned recent political events.
Since Hilary Bruce was away, Christine Hewitt chaired the meeting and, after ensuring we all had had a chance to get ourselves a drink, opened the proceedings by welcoming us and bringing us up to date on Society matters. She began with the sad news that our Gold Bats team had lost against the Dulwich Dusters, although we scored a splendid 145 runs. These things happen, but no doubt the weather contributed to our defeat. Christine also told us that the match against the Sherlock Holmes Society would not be taking place this year, for reasons too vague to get into.
She drew our attention to the Percy Jeeves memorial event at Cheltenham next month, told us some places were still available, and showed us a picture of the Blue Plaque recently unveiled at his childhood home in Goole. It is the town’s first Blue Plaque.
Tickets for the dinner at Gray’s Inn in October had already sold out, but Christine reminded us that someone always dropped out and those on the waiting list might hear something to their advantage. She then brought us up to date on the matters now being discussed by our hardworking committee. There is the question of a new president, a new tie, and making more use of social media to be decided, and next year is our 20th anniversary as a society. This clearly needs a celebration of some sort, and the committee is working on this.
Christine also reported that Elin Murphy, the editor of Wooster Sauce, had caught up on the backlog of contributions and now needed more. She urged us to tell her of the first time we had read Wodehouse, or why we enjoyed reading Wodehouse and indeed of any aspects of Wodehouse that we felt others would like to hear.
Christine then reminded us we had 10 minutes to re-
Your correspondent had noticed Paul was in good spirits that evening, and justifiably so. I, your correspondent that is, have seen, heard, set, or taken part in many Wodehouse quizzes, in print, on Mastermind, and at US Wodehouse Society conventions over many years, and I had heard all Paul’s previous quizzes. But this was the best I have ever experienced.
Just about every question had the five syndicates in the room heatedly whispering ideas and answers, writing, re-
It was the next-
The final question – name both of Sir Gregory Parsloe-
The deserving winners by a small margin were The Wrykyn Crew, and since they included Kris Fowler and Patricia O’Sullivan, as well as Christine, I was not a bit surprised. They were duly awarded with prizes, and Paul himself was presented with a delightful mug as a reward for his top-
A splendid evening and a welcome relief for the trouble, turmoil and rain of the outside world.
These two gents bravely formed a team of their own
Paul with his prize for being such an excellent quizmaster
The winning team in an early stage of consultation
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