The Big Fat Buckinghamshire Quiz of the Year

PUBLISHED: 11:31 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:59 16 December 2016

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Get that grey matter working because Sandra Smith wants to put your memory and knowledge to the test

1 Known for her love of these majestic animals, which royal visitor called at Speen’s Home of Rest for Horses in July?

2 The county erupted in celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of our favourite authors. Which one?

3 A piece of land given by the Air Ministry to the ecclesiastical authorities is now home to over 100 war graves at which church adjacent to an RAF training station?

4 In 1620 the picturesque market town of Amersham was purchased by the descendants of which English sea captain from the Elizabethan era?

5 During the summer The Earl of Wessex attended a gala dinner at which Stoke Poges venue?

6 Despite its location in the north of Buckinghamshire, during the 17th century Linford Manor was chosen as the country seat by which prestigious London official?

7 Brian May and Anita Dobson were bowled over by ten week old cocker spaniel puppies at one of the county’s leading charities. Which one?

8 Paralympic champion Pam Relph MBE won a gold medal on Rio’s Lake Lagoa this year. In which discipline did she successfully defend her London 2012 title?

9 Which Hollywood hearthrob was reportedly seen at RAF Halton in May whilst filming for Paramount Pictures?

10 How did Aylesbury Nissan reward double Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock following his gymnastic success in Rio?

11 What do the villages of Weedon, Olney, Hanslope and Chalfont St Giles have 
in common?

12 Better known for his radio and television performances, but also a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, which national treasure died at the beginning of 2016?

13 Her Majesty’s Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire had the honour of greeting two princes when they visited Pinewood Studios. Can you name them?

14 Which ‘pub landlord’ visited his Stewkley roots to perform in the Village Hall?

15 Name the present High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire who is also a volunteer bus driver at Waddesdon Manor.

16 How did Gerrards Cross, once a hamlet within the Parish of Chalfont St Peter, acquire its name?

17 He wrote his first song aged 12 at his Little Chalfont home. Now musician Jack Garratt has topped which prestigious chart?

18 This legendary jazz singer founded Wavendon’s The Stables along with her equally famous husband. Name the pair.

19 She’s our darling of the kitchen but she won’t be heading for Channel Four. Who is she?

20 When Aylesbury’s Andrew Allen and Nick Coleman appeared on Dragons’ Den they successfully persuaded Nick Jenkins to invest in their growing business. What product does The Snaffling Pig produce?

21 Name this old and new town which is 15 miles from Aylesbury, 33 from Milton Keynes and 27 from Buckingham Palace.

22 A British hero of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics landed in Little Missenden to speak at a charity event. Who is he?

23 Destined for Aylesbury’s Market Square, a sculpture of which pop icon who died this year is being created by Andrew Sinclair?

24 For 57 years a festival of music and arts has been held in which ancient little village?

25 Ed Byrne’s nationwide sell out tour included a February gig at which theatre?

26 In Marlow this independent, professional theatre shares its name with a sweet treat often spread on toast. Let’s have the answer, sweeties.

27 Les Stocker devoted his life to rescuing and treating sick and injured animals. What is the name of the hospital he founded?

28 You can’t help but chuckle when this Penn actress is on our TV screens but in 2016 she donned pink bunny ears to support Florence Nightingale Hospice’s Midnight Walk. Name her.

29 During two weeks in June an exhibition attracted over 500 artists spread across venues throughout the county. But which one?

30 Buckmoorend Farm Shop attracted which new visitor during a stay at nearby Chequers?

31 Traditional crafts such as candle making and working with straw are both available at an outdoor site that celebrates the buildings of British history. What is it?

32 Name the town in the north of the county successful in this summer’s Britain in Bloom contest, scooping the silver gilt award.

33 We’re waving this product in the direction of Chesham’s George Tutill, now elebrating its 175th anniversary. But what do they make?

34 The annual Kop Hill Climb features hundreds of vehicles and attracts thousands of visitors but where is this celebrated steep hill?

35 As market leaders in the design and manufacture of technical furniture Lund Halsey Console Systems received which coveted award, presented to them by the Duke of Gloucester?

36 She began playing the trumpet at the age of eight whilst at Turnfurlong Junior School and this year Alexandra Ridout won which prestigious accolade?

37 This long standing MP for Aylesbury was awarded a CBE in David Cameron’s Resignation Honours list. Name him.

38 She is one of the nation’s funniest comedians yet her background in mental health nursing helped earn her an Honorary Doctorate from Bucks New University. Name her.

39 RAF Halton was honoured to welcome which royal visitor in her role as Honorary Air Commodore?

40 From near extinction to thousands of breeding pairs, which graceful birds of prey are now a common sight in Buckinghamshire? 

Answers below…

No cheating now…

Right, here they are

1 The Princess Royal; 2 Roald Dahl; 3 St Michael and All Angels, Halton; 4 Sir Francis Drake; 5 Stoke Park Golf and Country Club 6 Sir William Pritchard, Lord Mayor of London; 7 Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, based at Saunderton; 8 Mixed coxed fours; 9 Brad Pitt; 10 They presented him with a special edition, gold wrapped Nissan LEAF; 11 They were all winners in this year’s Bucks’ Best Kept Village competition; 12 Sir Terry Wogan; 13 Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry; 14 Al Murray; 15 Mrs Milly Soames DL; 16 The village was named after the Gerrard family who owned a manor house in the area during the 17th century; 17 BBC Music Sound of 2016; 18 Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth; 19 Mary Berry; 20 Pork scratchings; 21 Amersham; 22 Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards; 23 David Bowie; 24 Little Missenden; 25 Wycombe Swan; 26 Jam Theatre Company; 27 St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital; 28 Pauline Quirke; 29 Bucks Open Studios; 30 The Prime Minister, Mrs Theresa May; 31 Chiltern Open Air Museum; 32 Newport Pagnell; 33 Flags; 34 Princes Risborough; 35 The Queen’s Award for Enterprise; 36 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award; 37 The Rt Hon David Lidington; 38 Jo Brand; 39 HRH The Duchess of Cornwall; 40 Red kites.

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