Meets on an ad hoc basis attending U3A, Village & Charity quizzes.
If you are interested in joining the "pool of talent", please contact the group leader, Gwerfyl Gardner.
Inter-U3A Quiz at Brackla in January 2020
The six-strong team from Cowbridge U3A weren’t very successful at the January 2020 inter-U3A quiz tournament hosted by Bridgend U3A, finishing fifth of eleven. There were, however, mitigating circumstances!
Road works eastbound on the A473 at Waterton caused delays of 25 minutes or more, which meant that all the Cowbridge contestants arrived at the venue in Brackla much later than planned – the last two members entered the hall as the first question was being asked. By the time everyone had settled down and quiz fees had been collected, the second round was well under way. Hardly the best preparation and, needless to say, the first two categories were both low scoring.
Fortunately, the ‘geography’ round was chosen as the one where the team’s ‘joker’ was played and the score of 8/10 was doubled to 16, but there was far too much leeway to make up.
Porthcawl U3A were worthy winners (17½ points ahead of Cowbridge), with Pontyclun, who also have a strong team, second.
As usual, Bridgend provided excellent refreshments, with two large tables full of different cakes and biscuits – too much choice, in fact. Add a tea or coffee as a beverage, and it’s remarkably good value for the entrance fee.
If you would like to join the membership pool, you will be extremely welcome – just contact Gwerfyl Gardner, the Group Leader.
Cowbridge Rotary Club Grand Charity Quiz in November 2019
Twenty eight teams, each of 4 members, participated in the November 2019 Rotary Club Charity Quiz in Cowbridge Town Hall. Many Cowbridge U3A members were spread around the contesting foursomes.
There were 12 rounds of 10 general knowledge questions each, split into three sessions, with only 4 minutes allowed to answer each round before papers were collected. The intervals came as a welcome relief!
The ‘official’ Cowbridge U3A team were running in joint second place after the first two sessions, but faltered in the final stretch to finish in third place, 5 points behind the second place team and 10 behind the winners, who registered a score of 92.
The quartet of Fran, Val, Hywel and Steve received a cheque for £50 for the charity of their choice, ‘Cancer Research’.
Once again, it was a very agreeable social event, where the big winners are the Rotary charities.
The composition of the Cowbridge teams essentially depends on who is available and willing to participate in U3A and charity quizzes, rather than the desire to have an elite, winning squad. If you would like to join the membership pool, you will be extremely welcome – just contact Gwerfyl Gardner, the Quiz Group Leader.
Inter-U3A Quiz in Cowbridge
In July 2019, twelve teams, most with five members, drawn from Bridgend (two entries), Pontyclun, Cardiff (who supplied three teams), Porthcawl, Swansea and four teams from Cowbridge, hotly contested an inter-U3A quiz, hosted, for the third time in four years, by Cowbridge U3A.
Organiser and quizmaster Gwerfyl had to use all her considerable teaching skills to quell some boisterous participants, as the knowledge of subjects such as art and literature, science, music, sport, geography, current affairs, general knowledge and history was tested in depth. There were two sets of questions with longer to answer: one was a set of photographs of well-known (to some!) people, with the other being “dingbats” (visual word puzzles from which a well known phrase or saying has to be identified).
Dafydd recorded the scores with able assistance from Glenda.
Welcome refreshments were provided at half-time by Anna, Mags and Marion, allowing fevered brows to cool before the fray was re-joined.
The worthy winners were the team from Porthcawl U3A (who had also led at the halfway point), with the gallant runners-up being Cardiff II and another Cardiff contingent (team III) in third position. The highest placed of the four Cowbridge teams, drawn from regular U3A quiz contestants, finished in fourth place, which showed that the questions were not biased in favour of the strengths of the home sides! The Cowbridge Tipplers were a creditable seventh, one place above the team entered by the table tennis group. Despite a good start (9/10 in the first round), the Cowbridge Strollers slipped down to joint ninth overall.
Our thanks go to Gwerfyl for organising the event and compiling the questions, although she was sorely-missed as a competitor for Cowbridge.
Inter-U3A Quiz at Maesteg
Maesteg U3A kindly hosted another inter-U3A Quiz in June 2019 at Coytrahen Community Centre. This year, there were ten teams of five members, drawn from Bridgend (2 teams), Swansea, Maesteg (2 teams), Porthcawl (2 teams), Pontyclun (2 teams) and Cowbridge (Gwerfyl, Fran, Val, Hywel and Steve), which made for a competitive afternoon.
In a change to normal practice, the refreshment break (savouries and sweets) was taken before the quiz began; were the home U3A trying to induce a post-food languor in the opposition?
The first round was on the identification of iconic buildings, with photographs being shown on a large screen, followed by science and nature questions, then humanities.
After three rounds, the Cowbridge quintet was in second place.
The next round was on the theme music to films or TV series with a “war theme”. Despite some of the tunes played sounding familiar, this was Cowbridge's worst-scoring round – 4 out of 10, which put paid to any hopes of winning.
The quiz continued with pick and mix questions. The last marking was of the tabletop question sheet, on which the Cowbridge team achieved a creditable 20 out of 20. Unfortunately, several other teams gained good scores on this round too.
The worthy winners, by two clear points, were the Porthcawl B team, with Pontyclun A in second place. The Cowbridge team finished in fifth place, a mere half a point behind the two teams that tied for third place, and only 4 points adrift of the winners.
Inter-U3A Quiz at Brackla in January 2019
Bridgend U3A kindly hosted another Inter-U3A Quiz at Brackla Community Centre. This year, there were eleven teams of six, drawn from Bridgend (2 teams), Swansea, Maesteg (2 teams), Cardiff (2 teams), Porthcawl, Pontyclun, Tonyrefail and Cowbridge.
The quiz started with a cryptic word puzzle, where the answers were all parts of the body, for example, "you need a dig for this rave".
Rounds followed on 'around Britain', general knowledge and human anatomy (Cowbridge's worst-scoring round - no medical expertise on the team!), before a refreshments break was taken, when a vast selection of assorted cakes, biscuits and other confectionery was on offer.
The quiz continued with questions on music and musicals, the first lines of books and, finally, food and drink.
The worthy, clear winners were the Pontyclun team, representing the newest U3A in the region. There was a close competition for third place, with the Cowbridge sextet once again taking that position by just one point.
Cowbridge Rotary Club Grand Charity Quiz in November 2018
Although there were several U3A members in other teams, Cowbridge U3A entered only one official team in the 15th annual Cowbridge Rotary Club Grand Charity Quiz in November 2018. All the teams of four were confronted with 12 rounds of 10 testing general knowledge questions, with only 4 minutes available for answers in each session.
The U3A quartet of Gwerfyl, Valerie, Ian and Steve finished a creditable sixth of 30 teams with 68 points; the first and second placed foursomes registered scores of 80 and 79 respectively.
The composition of our teams changes every time, depending upon who is available, not particularly in order to make up an elite team. Many of us just enjoy the atmosphere of a quiz, so if you would like to join us you will be extremely welcome; just contact Gwerfyl Gardner the Group Leader when a quiz is advertised.
Some examples of questions that the team struggled with:
How many mountains over 8.000 metres are there?
A group of which mammals is called a bloat?
Who would normally use a gigli saw?
In which Welsh village was T E Lawrence born?
What does the “M&M” on sweets stand for?
Which country produces the most cocoa?
Inter-U3A Quiz at Brackla in January 2018
Brackla Community Centre was the venue in January 2018 for the latest Inter-U3A Quiz, hosted on this occasion by Bridgend U3A. Nine teams of six participated, drawn from Bridgend, Swansea, Maesteg, Cardiff, Porthcawl and Cowbridge, with a 25 question anagram sheet of different foods to start the contest (an example was ‘worship punk agency’, 4 5 4 4). Rounds on geography, famous people and science followed, before there was a welcome refreshments break (this always seems to be the most popular part of this type of event!). The quiz continued with questions on 2017, art and literature, and history. The worthy winners were Maesteg 1 (for a change, Porthcawl didn’t win), with Maesteg 2 runners-up. There was a close competition for third place, with the Cowbridge U3A team taking that position by just one point.
In a nice touch, the winning sextet were each awarded a mini trophy, as well as a “goodie bag”, by the hosts.
Cowbridge U3A host inter-U3A Quiz in November 2016
This was the second time that Cowbridge U3A have hosted an inter-U3A Quiz. This year the overall organiser was Gwerfyl Gardner, with Steve Monaghan as Question Master (who was always right even if, on few occasions, his research could have been more thorough). There were eight teams, nominally of six members, but the numbers did vary a bit as the three Cowbridge teams only had five each while Cardiff had seven!
There were forty-six people involved altogether in the various teams which were Cowbridge Elite, Cowbridge History & Tipplers, Cowbridge Bridge, Porthcawl I (who get a special mention for scoring a maximum of ten in three rounds), Porthcawl II, Bridgend, Cardiff and "Newphilly" - a joint effort between Newport and Caerphilly.
The quiz covered a wide range with rounds on Music, Art and Literature, Sport, Geography, History, Science, General Knowledge and Current Affairs with Anagrams of Welsh Towns and People Pictures to be done through the quiz. Five teams scored tens in both of these so they were probably too easy!
The results were first Porthcawl I with 70 points, second Cowbridge Elite 61.5 points, third Cowbridge Bridge 61 points, fourth Cardiff 60 points and fifth Cowbridge History & Tipplers 58.5 points (a very poor Current Affair Round with only 1.5 points didn’t help!).
Refreshments provided by three ladies of Cowbridge U3A, Mags, Elaine and Anna and the event raised over £50 for Cancer Research (including funds from the raffle) a nice bonus for a fun afternoon.
Quiz at Cowbridge United Free Church – a success all round!
Cowbridge United Free Church hosted an excellent Quiz Night in October 2016 in the pleasant surroundings of the refurbished Maendy Hall (available to hire), to raise money for church funds. Seven teams of six contested the competition, with rounds of questioning on general knowledge, sport and games, food and drink, and, appropriately, “saints and sinners”. Joker cards, which doubled the points scored on the selected round, were played with varying levels of success. There were also question sheets on books and authors, word connections, and composers and their works, as well as a sudoku puzzle, to be answered in the course of the evening. During the interval, the contestants were supplied with plentiful nibbles and soft drinks. Several teams had brought wine to enhance the social aspect of the event (four bottles were spotted on one team’s table – their identity will not be revealed!).
The winners were a sextet from Cowbridge U3A (Gwerfyl, Fran, Val, Hywel, Tim and Steve), gaining their victory by just two points in a close contest. The generous first prize was a half case of wine. Many thanks must go to the event organisers, the quiz master and the scorer for a convivial evening that was enjoyed by all.
U3A Quiz Success in Pentyrch
Cantorion Creigiau is a mixed choir which has been performing for 40 years. They are due to entertain Cowbridge U3A in November, so it seemed appropriate to support the singers’ recent fund-raising quiz in Pentyrch Village Hall in September 2016 by sending a U3A team to compete. There were 12 teams, most of 8 members, although one group managed to smuggle in an extra participant!
Rounds included questions on Wales, music, books, food and sport. At halfway, the U3A team were mid-table. Fuelled, however, by the plentiful cheese, pâté and bread during the interval, a late surge, culminating with 19 out of 20 on the road signs’ pictorial round, saw the Cowbridge septet victorious by a couple of points.
Congratulations to team members Gwerfyl, Glenda, Dafydd, Val, Tim, Diana and Steve. Many thanks go to the quiz organisers and question masters for an excellent evening.
Inter-U3A Quiz at Cardiff
Friday, 15 July 2016 saw two Cowbridge U3A teams, each of 5 members, involved in another inter-U3A quiz tournament hosted by Cardiff U3A. As well as the home contestants and Cowbridge, there were teams from Abergavenny, Porthcawl and Bridgend. Questioning was on a range of diverse subjects, including the human body, Welsh women of note, fictional detectives (certainly the downfall of one of the Cowbridge teams!), South America, World War I, the birth names of famous (or, in some cases, infamous) people, the planets, and Shakespeare.
After varying fortunes in the ten rounds, a team from Porthcawl triumphed, with Cowbridge’s quintets finishing third and sixth out of the ten competitors.
One of the Abergavenny contingents, with only three members, filled the second place berth.
Welcome refreshments were provided during a break in proceedings.
The composition of the Cowbridge teams essentially depends on who is available and willing to participate in U3A and charity quizzes, rather than the desire to have an elite, winning squad. If you would like to join the membership pool, you will be extremely welcome – just contact Gwerfyl Gardner, the Group Leader.
Beginners Luck November 2012
The first quiz that Cowbridge U3A competed in.