Article Published in November 2019 Maldon Life Magazine

October saw the AGM being held with the Committee being voted in. Firstly I’d like to both thank and welcome those individuals who came along on the evening and kindly joined the committee.  We still have to elect a new chair in the near future although Sarah kindly agreed to stay out for the time being, ably assisted by David Vice-chair. 


Now we can move on to the September quiz which regrettably Took place after the deadline for the October magazine. It’s not that I write really slowly ( Honest!)


It was not the busiest night, mainly due to a couple of teams being on holiday. So with 7 teams we commenced what can only be named “ A Night to Remember”. If you’re wondering what momentous occasion needed to be named so austerely then read on. 


Following the usual format of 10 sets of 10 questions and a joker to play on one round, where you effectively double the points scored, the quiz commenced with Kevin our quizmaster appearing to be a little kinder than usual. In fact in the first General Knowledge Round,  4 teams scored a maximum 10 points.  These being Strictly Quizzical, Weekenders, Fuzzy Logic and Underachievers. The second round was somewhat harder with just three teams getting all 10 correct, Strictly Quizzical, We thought it was Speed dating, and finally Underachievers who by playing their joker, earned a maximum 20 points. Wow!


Round 3 saw things get tougher again, this time no 10 pointers, and only Penultimately no 9 scored  9 points. The fourth round saw that result repeated again by Penultimately no 9 leaving the top three teams at this stage with Underachievers on 45 points, Penultimately no 9 with 42 points and Strictly Quizzical on 36 points.  


Round 5 was a really tough round with a top score of 7 points earned by one team only, Strictly Quizzical. Round 6 saw three teams score 8 correct answers. Late Again, Underachievers and Penultimately No 9.   Round 7 however saw Fuzzy Logic and Weekenders score 9 points with the former playing their joker and scoring 18 points total. Positions at this stage were now first place the Underachievers  on 66 points, second, We thought it was Speed Dating on 59 points and third place Strictly Quizzical just a point behind on 58 points. Very exciting and still all to play for. 


Round 8 saw two teams score maximum points and these were Strictly Quizzical and We thought it was Speed Dating. Round 9 however saw every single team score 10. I don’t think that’s ever happened before or if so certainly not for a long time. Weekenders cannily played their joker thus earning 20 points. So the final round left it all to play for and with many teams vying for top spot some 5 teams scored a maximum ten points. Strictly Quizzical, Late Again with their joker ( so 20 points) We thought it was Speed Dating, Underachievers and Penultimately Number 9 with final positions as follows in reverse order:-

7th Fuzzy Logic on 82 points which is not a bad score at all. To make matters worse yours truly forgot to purchase the commiseration chocolate to sweeten the loss so an IOU had to be issued! 

6th, Penultimately Number 9, despite all their top scoring rounds they managed just 86 points. Rounds 5 and 7 scuppered them. 

5th, Strictly Quizzical on 88 points rounds 6 and 7 restricting their final score. 

4th, We thought this was Speed Dating on 89 points. Just 14 points on their joker in round 6 and lower scores in rounds 4 and 7 lost them 2nd place. ( Sorry David! )

3rd, Late Again, a very good team scored 90 points and a maximum score with their joker in round 10 propelled them up the rankings. 

2nd place went to Weekenders. On 94 points. They also scored maximum with their joker in round 9. 

1st Place and this is why the event was so named “A night to remember” went to “ Underachievers” .

Yes that’s my team! I’d like to say it was all due to me but of course it wasn’t and it’s called a night to remember because I am unsure that the stars will ever align so perfectly again. My thanks go to Matt, Bex, Pops, Grant, Keith, Patricia and Graham who somehow got a lot of questions right. Woohoo!!!!!

Trust me I am not crowing. I just can’t believe it’s finally happened and I seriously question it happening again. We’re not called the Underachievers for nothing. 


Now if you have any spare time on Saturday 8th November why not pop along to Wickham Bishops Village Hall for a Charity Clairvoyant evening from 6.30pm. There will be stalls where you can have tarot cards read, crystal healing, reiki massage and purchase jewellery for sale. Just right for Xmas. The clairvoyant session starts at 7.30pm. Tickets available for just £10 each at with all profits raised going to the Brainwave charity. See the events page for more information or call or email Nicky Evans on 01376503608 or


Our last quiz of the year takes place this month. Saturday 16th November at 8pm. We call this our Xmas quiz ( well any excuse to have a good time). We’ll be having a Bumper Raffle draw and of course we’ll all be bringing along some extra special drinks and nibbles to enjoy during the evening. All for £4 a head and not forgetting Kevin our wonderful Quizmaster will be setting the questions as usual. Come along and have a great evening with us. Hope to see you there. 


Finally our children’s Xmas party this year is being held on Saturday 14th December between 10.30 - 1.30 pm. Giving you parents some free time!  This year it’s kindly being arranged and run by Carly.

Tickets remain at £6 a head this year and include an age appropriate gift. Children should be aged 4-11 years but under 4’s don’t have to miss out if there is an accompanying adult. If you’d like to book tickets for your child/children please call Lisa on 07814510154. Food, entertainment and a gift! Just £6. Get yours now. 













We Urgently Need Your Help!

Local Volunteers are needed to help the running of
West Maldon Community Centre

 Do you have a couple of hours a month to spare?

Would you like to assist the local community and protect the future of your local Community Centre?

Want to give something back to the community?

Perhaps you just want to see what we do and what’s involved?
(Hint: No heavy lifting!)

Then please come along and learn more about us at our Annual General Meeting on
Thursday October 10th at 7.30pm at West Maldon Community Centre

We really need your support!

If you’d like to speak to someone beforehand, or think you might be able to help on the committee, please call Debbie for a chat on 07823 777 201 or email David at

Article Published in the April 2019 Edition of Maldon Life Magazine

With our next quiz due on Saturday 6th April I wanted first to let you know how our last quiz on 23rd February went. ( It was unfortunately too late in the month for the March edition). With a clash of local events that evening unfortunately numbers were down but we didn’t let that affect anything. Kevin was ready with his 100 questions based on the following subjects. Round 1, General Knowledge, round 2, Politics, round 3, A mix of Poets and General Knowledge, Round 4 A mix of London Underground Stations and U.S. States. Round 5 was based on James Bond films, round 6, World geography, round 7 the letter G, ie all answers had to start with the letter g. Round 8 was triple words and so that you understand what that meant one of the questions was. What was Viv Nicholson’s Mantra? Yes you got it. Spend, Spend , Spend. Round 9 was on Football Managers and Car Manufacturers and round 10 Pot Luck. My least favourite round mainly because I think it should be renamed No Luck.

Anyway with 8 teams fighting for glory at the first marking of papers, team Funky Looking Donkeys pulled into an early lead with 41 points having played their joker on round 4 and scoring a round best of 18 points (9x2) with it. The Underachievers were the highest scorers in round 1 though they failed to play their joker so only 9 points earned. Round 2 highest scorers on 9 points were Scrambled egg and Good Neighbours jointly. Round three highest scorers were Late again with 8 points but many teams scored poorly here. Poets were definitely not our thing. So after four rounds and in second place came Late Again (having played their joker) and in third place came Team Densa, on 35 points ( clearly not denser at this stage anyway) and again having played their joker.

There was still plenty to play for at this stage and not many teams had played their jokers. After a nice break eating and drinking our goodies we continued with round 5. Funky Looking Donkeys continued their strong showing with a maximum of 10 on this round, a magnificent showing as a few teams scored just 1 or 2 points here. Clearly not many James Bond fans about. Round 6 honours went to Late Again who scored 9 points. Round 7 top place went to Densa who scored a maximum 10 points and papers were again passed to Kevin for marking.

So at this stage the team still leading everyone was Funky Looking Donkeys on 65 points with Late Again, hot on their heels on 62 points. However Densa were pushed out of their third place into 4th by Good Neighbours on 57 points. Still all to play for.

Round 8 saw The Underachievers score the most points again with 9 having wasted their joker with a measly 12 points on round 4. Round 9 saw the honours shared with maximum 10s scored by The Underachievers, Team 5 , Scrambled Egg and Team of two Bonnie and Clyde. Wow! Clearly a popular (easy) round.

Round 10 saw Good Neighbours, Funky Looking Donkeys, and Densa each score a best score of 8 each leaving final Positions as follows:-

Winners with an overall score of 89 points were Funky Looking Donkeys. Well done to them. Having been a team of many years standing at our quiz nights I believe this is their first win and it was well deserved on the evening. They seemed delighted to receive their 6 bottles of wine. In second place on 84 points came Late Again only just pipped at the post. Third place went to Good Neighbours on 78 points with fourth going to Densa on 75 points. In joint fifth place came The Underachievers one of their best showings for a while with 74 points ( it could have been so different if we’d used our joker wisely!) along with team Scrambled egg who did a little better with their joker. In 7th place came Bonnie and Clyde, didn’t they do well just two of them, earning 67 points but just 10 with their joker on round 9. Last but not least came Team 5 on 63 points who were happy with their chocolate bars. It certainly sweetens the blow. Whilst scores were down this time it didn’t lessen the enjoyment. In fact there was a lovely fun atmosphere all evening and with numbers down but plenty of raffle prizes there were certainly plenty of happy people.

However can I please thank the following people for adding to the evening and generally helping out. Firstly Kevin. What a quizmaster he is. Then there is Sue Mason who helped me collect monies at the door and sell raffle tickets. She was a really great help. I mustn’t forget Mike Frederick who always helps get the chair trolleys out and locks up when he’s there and of course Jim our wonderful caretaker who sets up beforehand so that it’s all ready when we arrive. What stars they all are.

Right now I have to remind you that if you want to hold a party or make a booking don’t forget to book in plenty of time. The last few weeks have seen several children’s parties booked moving into the summer. Don’t be late we’d hate to have to let you down.

Now don’t forget our next quiz is on April 6th at 8pm. Teams of up to 8 and priced at £4 per head for teams players aged over 16 years of age. There is no need to book but you do need to think of a good name. My favourite this time was Densa. Wish I’d thought of it.

Have a look at the website or call me on 07823777201 if you have any queries.

Article Published in the March 2019 Maldon Life Magazine

Well our first quiz of the year on January 26th turned out to be a good night for fish and aquatic creatures rather than quizzers but as expected, the more intrepid amongst us made our way to the centre for another interesting evening with Kevin Briggs, Quizmaster Extraordinaire.  I was fortunate enough to arrive prior to the worst onslaught but those arriving from 7.40 pm onwards it definitely looked as if they had swum there or at very best had gone through a car wash. ( and not in their cars). I was impressed with their resilience and determination not to be thwarted in getting their regular quizfix. 

Unfortunately a couple of teams were absent due to illness but we were fortunate enough to have one new team arrive and numbers whilst down, were certainly respectable. 

Kevin as usual asked the questions in his pacey manner and before we knew it we were at the end of the first four sets of ten questions and papers were handed in for marking.  Because we had collected money for entrance at the door everyone was able to enjoy an uninterrupted break to enjoy their wine, drinks and food. Early indicators showed Pieces of Eight in 1st Place, ( having played their joker) Rubinsteins, a new team in second ( again having played their joker) with joint third going to Bill and Ricky, Fuzzy Logic and Good Neighbours, non of whom had played theirs. 
After the second set of questions positions altered in that Bill and Ricky now led the competition, 4+3 and Rubinsteins in joint second place and yours truly with The Unachievers in Fourth just two points behind. (How did that happen? )

However all too soon and as usual, the last three sets rearranged the final order. Here it is. Overall winners were Burns Night Hangover, Clearly they weren’t suffering too much though or if they were, it didn’t impact performance. They scored 18 points with their joker and 96 out of a possible 110 total, to win the evenings wine. As there were only five in their team they kindly donated one of their bottles of wine as a prize for the February Raffle. Thankyou and a Very Well Done to them. In joint second place, came Fuzzy Logic and One Generation both earning 16 points with their joker and 91 points overall. 4th Place went to Bill and Ricky with another 16 points earned on their joker. 
In Fifth place (89 points) came Pieces of Eight, and earning 18 points on their joker in round 1 definitely helped.  In 6th place came Rubinsteins just behind on 88 points and 16 points with their joker. 7th place was awarded to Good Neighbours again just 1 point behind on 87 points and just 12 of those with their joker round they could have been far higher! Eighth place went to 4 + 3 even earning the maximum with their joker giving them a total of 85 points. Excellent use of the joker! Finally in joint 9th place came Penultimately Number 9 and The Underachievers both on 83 points. It all went wrong for us in rounds 8-10. So who would earn the right to eat the commiseration Mars bars? Two tie break questions later and it was Penultimately Number 9 who won ( or should I say lost) the day and the Mars Bars. I was feeling pretty smug as to date we’ve avoided them twice and yes; it was more luck than judgement. 

Notwithstanding this all the teams did really well and seemed to really enjoy the evening in spite of the weather no doubt the eight prizes in the raffle helped this good feeling with most tables winning a prize. 

Results for the February quiz will appear in April’s edition as articles are written before they are held. 

Our next quiz is due on April 6th at 8 pm as usual. Put that date in your diaries and on that note just a gentle reminder to everybody, please help put your chairs and tables away at the close of the evening and take your rubbish with you. 

Now just to let you know about an offering from one of our longest standing clients. 

“An evening of dance with the Patricia Kirkland School of Dance”.
To be held in Maldon’s Town Hall at the top of Market Hill on the evenings of 29th  March,  7pm. start and 30th March,  6.30pm.start.
With tickets priced  at just £8.50 you should enjoy a wonderful evening filled with different dances performed beautifully by Patricia’s dance students all of whom are aged from 3 years to adult.
Contact Tricia for tickets  01621857648

Article published in the February 2019 Maldon Life Magazine

Where did January go and how are those resolutions going? Quite well it would seem as the centre seems awfully busy again at the moment. Don’t forget it’s never too late to take up or start new interests just because January has moved on be brave and go for it. Life’s too short to have regrets about what one didn’t do. 

Another person who has been busy is Webmaster and Vice Chair David, he has totally redesigned our website. Whilst all of us were enjoying turkey and trimmings he was slaving over a hot laptop. Okay, well maybe not on Xmas day exactly. Anyway to cut a long story short he’s done a super job. The new site is clean and fresh and has some wonderful new photos of the facilities, courtesy of a volunteer local photographer and friend of the centre. Thank-you to him and David for all their hard work.  Take a look on when you can. 

 Our next quiznight of 2019 is on Saturday, February 23, with the usual start time of 8pm. and naturally there’s plenty to play for. Kevin the quizmaster will be setting his usual 10 sets of 10 questions to keep you on your toes. You’ll also have a joker to play on your chosen joker round (hopefully the one where you know all the answers) when you then have the opportunity to double your points. Choose well and you’re on your way to winning. Teams of up to 8 persons allowed although teams of four have been known to win so don’t worry! Cost £4 per head (under 16s free) so bring the family. Most Important. Don’t forget to bring your drinks and nibbles to ensure you really enjoy the evening. Prize for the winning table (6 Bottles of wine) and commiseration chocolate for the team with least number of points on the night. No need to book, just come along and enjoy the evening. you might even win the raffle!

Finally, it’s time to wish Ann Fisher the W.I. representative who has sat on the committee for quite a while now a fond farewell. Ann is moving out of the county and sadly has to leave us. Thank-you to her for all her efforts and good humour. She will really be missed. Our very best wishes go with her. 

Article Published In January 2019 Edition of Maldon Life

West Maldon Community Centre News.

Well the children’s Xmas party has been and gone. David and Lisa have finally recovered from all their hard work getting it ready (along with Father Xmas who as usual made his special visit to us) aided by a number of helpers. Thank you to them all for making this once again a lovely afternoon for the children. Whilst numbers were lower this year, those who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves dancing to songs played, and watching the magic performed by Mr Happy. Roll on the next one!

Now before I really get into my flow let me just say “Happy New Year to everyone, Readers, Clients and friends alike. Hopefully you’ve all enjoyed a really good Xmas break enjoying the good health which is so vital to us all.

Likewise I trust you’ve not indulged too much because historically January is that month in the New Year where having taken stock of ourselves after Xmas we have also made resolutions we intend to keep, on the road to good intentions. You’ll know the one and if not; I can give you directions. As most of you have SAT Navs these days just punch in CM96YH and before you know it you’ll be at the Community Centre in Sunbury Way, Keeble Park Maldon. Here you’ll be able to find something to aid you with those resolutions be it Weight Loss Programmes, Get Fit, keep fit Programmes ( for all ages). Playing a new sport. Returning to an old favourite sport, Dancing, Martial arts, Joining a group to learn a language, get your children playing more sport or learning to dance. Just a few ideas for starters. ( and don’t forget the regular quiznights we run). There’s also plenty more on the website, have a browse and see what you like. Remember it’s not just the activity you’ll enjoy the added bonus is you get to meet likeminded mortals who often become friends.

Or you might like to get involved with your local community. Join the Committee here. We always need new people with fresh ideas. Or you just might like to visit Councillor Flo Shaughnessy at her monthly surgery on the 1st Saturday each month between 10 and 12 noon to discuss matters of concern to you.

Whatever the reason. Come along and see what we have to offer. Or visit our website To look at what’s on and when. It differs from week to week. It’s your Community, make the most of it.

On that note I am delighted to say that our 1st Quiz of 2019 is on Saturday 26th January January.

As usual our Quizmaster is Kevin Briggs and we’re looking forward to a great evening as usual.

8pm start so please arrive by 7.45pm so that you’re seated in time for the start.

We’ll be collecting your entrance fees of £4 for the over 16’s on the door, allowing for extra free time during the two breaks. Hopefully we’ll see you there and don’t forget to bring your drinks and niibbles with you.

Bye for now.