The return of the Wickham Arms Quiz Night

Tuesday, 17th April, 8pm
The Wickham Arms, Upper Brockley Road

Broc Soc's Rob is bidding to restore what was once a wonderful Brockley institution: The Wickham Arms Quiz Night. He explains:

It's been a while since there has been a Pub Quiz night at the Wickham. I had a chat with Alan, the new landlord, who is keen to get things organised again in this respect.

We offered to run a quiz night as a one-off to get the ball rolling. If it's a success, it might give him the incentive to make it a regular night again.

The quiz will be of the usual fare - with a gentle tint of questions loosely based on Brockley. It is free to enter, and there will be prizes! And of course, sandwiches will be provided, as tradition dictates.

I can also report, having drank at the Wickham recently, that the cellar is now in a pretty good state, and that the pub smells like a pub should smell, without interference from the drains. So come back to the Wickham on Tuesday night, and judge for yourself.

40 comments:

kolp said...

Sounds like a very good deal.

Anonymous said...

A quality local restaurant and no mistake.

Anonymous said...

What is the point of the above post? I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Very happy to see the quiz up and running.

My only issue is about the day. The Talbot quiz is also on a Tues. Both pubs in the conservation area having quizzes on the same night seems daft to me.

Why face off in this way? Perhaps this new quiz is a chance to change the day? I would go to both if on different days.

Tamsin said...

And I would be able to get to one (a pre-paid class on Tuesdays that I prefer not to miss).

This blog has clout - can we push to two managers into communicating with each other and one of them agreeing to change? (Bearing in mind that the quiz night in the Telegraph is a Monday.)

There's obviously nothing that won't clash with several other regular events - Comdey in the Amersham Arms as well on Mondays, Open Mic. in Skehans on Wednesdays, Council planning meetings Thursdays, etc. but the Anon. is quite right - two pubs, so close to each other doing regular quizes on the same evening is daft (and frustrating for their addicted potential customers).

NAT said...

They can't help it.

Apparently market forces dictate that businesses offering the same service cluster together.

Apparently.

Robert said...

The quiz this Tuesday is just a one-off. As far as I am aware, the Landlord at the Wickham has no concrete plans yet to revive the quiz on a regular basis - but has expressed an interest.

So I guess a different day could be sought!

TM said...

The Talbot is the venue to ask "why the clash?"
The Wickham had a long established Tuesday night quiz but the Talbot Quiz opened up in direct opposition but with cash prizes. Greed of the punters killed off the Wickham effort.

Personally I would rather have the old Wickham Quiz back than the current Talbot offering, which has too much cryptic stuff for my liking.

Hopefully I will be there on Tuesday!

TM again said...

At the Wickham that is.......

NAT said...

I would be happy to go along, just so long as there is no recurrence of something like the 'Marmite' question, which marred the last Brocsoc Wickham Quiz in 2009.

Robert said...

NAT. I look forward to seeing you, but you must be mistaken, as BrocSoc have never put on a quiz before!

You must be thinking of Brockley Max, who have occassionaly put on quizzes at the Wickham.

Out of interest - what was the Marmite question?

NAT said...

Robert you're right.
It was Brockley Max.

The Marmite question, after a preamble about the brand, boiled down to 'What is a marmite?'.

Our answer was 'A Casserole', we were told that it definately wasn't a casserole, that it was in fact a vessel.

I'm sure that you can see the problem here; Apart from the fact that a casserole is in fact itself a vessel, a marmite is, as well as being a vessel also a dish of the casserole variety.

Well, some years have slipped by and I still keep in occasional touch with my old Wickham team.
To some those years have been kind and they have watched their children form succesful quiz teams of their own.
But some others have fallen away from quizzing and become dissolute in their ways. The others nod to me knowingly when we all meet up.

The Marmite question of 2009.

NAT said...

Oh, I meant to add that it led to our going into a tiebreak with the Cheating Bastards which we lost.

I suppose that we would be justified in asking Brockley Max for that bottle of wine to be reallocated.

CB's probably still have it.

They keep their winnings for quite a long time.

Anonymous said...

Good work Rob!

Robert said...

Oh yes. I remember now.

I was in the winning CB team! I think we put "Cooking Pot" and scraped the points. Not sure who went home with the bottle.

NAT said...

Ah you're that Rob!

Look forward to the quiz.

brockneynicksbastardsonfromcatford said...

A burning cross placed in front of the Talbot by the BXAG ought to change their mind.

Worked with the junk shop.

welcome to 2012 said...

The same junk shop that was rarely mentioned until the bailiffs moved in, when this blog committed the crime of saying that it was not a very good shop?

Yes, I think that's what you mean.

Moira said...

This year's Brockley Max quiz will be Tuesday 5th June 8pm at the Ladywell Tavern - a mix of general knowledge, art and a few Royal questions in honour of the Jubilee.
Just finalising this year's events - over 60! The programme will be ready in a couple of week's but for a sneak preview events will be going up on the website, Facebook and Twitter over the next week or so.

BrockleyCross said...

While we're on great Wickham Arms pub quiz controversies of bygone days can we also avoid a repeat of the great "It's a Kestrel / No it's not it's an American Kestrel" scandal of 2008?

NAT said...

Was there some 'Jolly Jellyfish' involvement in that one BC?

Bet there was.

BrockleyCross said...

Yep .. think you're right. Pub quiz related grievances live long in our household.

NAT said...

Loving the Kestrel/American Kestrel.
The Jollys' were far and away the most knowlegeable about their fauna. Kind of puts them in the frame.

The Talbot quiz in its short life has sprung a few controversies including someone memorably going home to bring back a copy of 'London Calling' on vinyl to prove it came out in 79 (or was it 78?)contrary to the 'right answer'

Anonymous said...

But a marmite is a pot, and certainly not a "casserole".

NAT said...

Its a pot that gives its name to a dish.

Am I addressing the Brockley Max quizmaster?

Moira said...

The Brockley Max quiz master is dishing up lunch as I write (and very late too, I might add).

NAT said...

Look at 1b

NAT said...

Moira, I'm sure this sort of thing doesn't help.

Anonymous said...

Good to see Ladywell as part of Brockley Max. As it should be. Will the new restaurants be participating:

Brockley Ben said...

So can I just check: will the Cheating Bastards be attending the Wickham quiz on the Tuesday in question? Might make things more interesting (by which I mean winnable) at the Talbot. Still licking my wounds from the mauling they dished out a couple of weeks back...

Anonymous said...

What about the Brockley Quizzing Society?

Robert said...

I have been informed that the Bastards will be decanting to the Wickham this week, though depleted, as two of their number will be running the quiz. So the coast is clear for your resurgence at The Talbot.

Create Online Quiz said...

Great Post!

TM again said...

Most of Friends Disunited will be at The Wickham - well three of us that I know of - reducing opposition at the Talbot further - if you can call us opposition.

Not sure about other teams yet.

TM said...

Sat in the Wickham waiting for the result - don't think we won

TM again said...

Cheating bastards won - no surprise there then!

Brockley Nick said...

Commiserations. How was the turnout?

NAT said...

Turnout was pretty good for a first off.

All credit to Rob and Ben whose pencil sketch film clues brought back some of the fun of the old Wickham quizzes, which is missing at The Talbot

Robert said...

Thanks to everyone that came along. It's been quite a while since I've seen that many people in the Wickham on a week night. The landlord was pleased too, and is keen to keep things going. Wednesday has been suggested as a possible day.

Yes - Ben's hand-drawn film scenes have been greatly missed - though he did spoil it slightly with the, frankly, ridiculous claim that there is only one film that includes a woman with three breasts.

Brockley Ben said...

Total Recall, presumably? Will explore the darker recesses on my faulty memory to see if I can dredge up some others...

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