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Gordon's Charity Christmas Puzzle 2010

Posted on March 5, 2011

This article was published in March 2011. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Christmas PuzzleI am very grateful for the support of many local people and for their generosity – as a result of this year’s Puzzle £4,635 will be donated, to be shared equally between five nominated charities.: Accomplish Children’s Trust, Camberley Care Trust, Combat Stress, St Mary’s, Eaton Bray and The Suffolk Punch Trust. The total raised by the Puzzle is now £41,200 – my thanks to everyone who has helped to make this possible.

Of 299 entries this year, from as far away as New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 41 achieved full marks including a number of local people: Liz Constable, Sheila Furnell, Estelle & Paul Marshall, Roger & Helen Wilkinson, A draw, to select four winners, was held at St Mary’s Church, Eaton Bray, on 6 February. The winners, none of whom are local, were: Susan Gibb, Polly Helliar & Marilyn Fursey, Sally Kettle and Jackie & Dave Morgan.

In addition, one entry was drawn at random from among all the entries received, the winner being Sheila Farrow from Luton, who scored 118. These five winners each receive a cheque for £30.

Among other ‘winners’ was a French team, led by Jean-Charles Vechin, who entered the Puzzle for the first time scoring a remarkable 80 out of 85 attempted answers. However did they know where Bill and Ben lived?

Some local people and families have edged towards the top of the Puzzle leader boards, notably:

  Position over past
Name 10 years 5 years 3 years
Liz Constable = 1st = 2nd = 3rd
Sheila Furnell = 4th = 4th = 3rd
Roger & Helen Wilkinson = 5th = 4th = 2nd
Viv & Mel Grundy = 6th = 4th = 3rd
The Baker Family     = 3rd

You can register to receive a copy of next year’s Puzzle at www.christmaspuzzle.co.uk.

Next year’s Puzzle will be issued on 8 December.

-- Gordon Gray

Source: Focus, March 2011

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