Last night saw a full house for Ventnor’s Flower Fairy Pub Quiz at the Crab and Lobster Tap. Lesley Brown looked a picture in her glittery getup, complete with colourful wings, flitting from table to table selling raffle tickets and collecting quiz entry money.
Local businesses and individuals donated a whopping 34 prizes to the raffle, which saw all tickets sold from three books, raising £300.
There were four items generously donated to the auction which raised another £212, partly due to the expert auctioneer, Dave the landlord. Items included exclusive signed copies of CHAMPS‘ first single and their latest album on CD.
Natural world-focused quiz
The quiz was put together by Graham Middleton and followed the standard Crab and Lobster format, but winners of each round got fairy cakes instead of chocolates, homemade by one of the bar staff, Jo.
Sixteen teams took part and questions were all were based on Ventnor, or the Isle of Wight, or linked to the natural world on Lesley’s request – apart from Graham’s personal general knowledge round of random ‘boy stuff’ (his words, not mine).
Massive thanks to everyone
After the raffle, auction and quiz entry fees were counted, the final total came to an incredible £721.
“Massive thanks are due to Tim and Lucy DeVille for raffle assistance, Liz Salisbury for stepping in at the last minute on marking duties (well she is an ex-teacher!), and of course David and Dianne Weedon, plus all the staff, at the Crab and Lobster for hosting and providing free food.”
The real thanks need to go to Lesley for her tireless hard work to transform weed-infested flower beds into incredible havens for the town’s vital pollinators.
Unique, incredibly generous and supportive community
“The Fundraising Quiz night was yet another shining example of how unique, incredibly generous and supportive the Ventnor community and businesses are.
“It emphasised how much the residents and businesses here, very much want their home town to look well maintained, ascetically pleasing and full of colourful plant life, but in a sustainable, zero waste and environmentally conscious way.
“The monies raised will enable me to continue tackling neglected areas in town, and at the same time give residents and business alike, the ‘feel good factor’ of having contributed to the improvements which they can enjoy for themselves.”
We’re sure the money will be put to excellent use this year as the Flower Fairy takes on new projects in the central car park and Victoria Street.
You can follow her progress over in the Ventnor Flower Fairy Facebook Group.
1.30pm 29th Feb 2020 – extra quote from Lesley added