Anyone local to Bedford will know that the White Horse on Newnham Avenue has a long tradition of hosting fundraisers and raising money for charity. That had long been the case whilst Nigel and Sue were manning the helm, and it appears that new landlords Rod and Angela are keen to maintain this. Find out more about the White Horse at http://www.whitehorsebedford.co.uk/.
Last night they hosted a charity pub quiz night on behalf of the Bedford Marianettes, a highly successful local musical theatre company who have been performing for over 50 years. They produce two musicals a year, formerly at the Civic Theatre and the Corn Exchange, but now take up residence at Trinity Arts & Leisure (http://www.bedfordmarianettes.org.uk/). I was invited to attend by one of the Marianette's regulars, who I was lucky enough to perform with in a show last year. As it was for a good cause, and it had been a while since I'd indulged my quiz-loving side, I decided to go along, taking some friends along with me.
We had a great night, with many a hilarious guess at answers we had no hope of getting right (deciding that the war between the UK and Iceland must have been the Cold War. Well it made sense to us...), and the occasional good-natured accusation of ageism (no-one on my table had been born in the 1970s, so the 70s music round was slightly stacked against us. We did however hold our own in the 90s/00s round). Needless to say we were not victorious, but we didn't come last either, so I'm counting it as a success. A raffle was also held, and supper was included. Around £400 was raised on the night too, which was fantastic.
Regardless of the charitable benefits, it was lovely to spend the evening in good company in a charming environment. The White Horse has always prided itself on great customer service and being a true community pub. It has a great atmosphere, and everyone, from staff to customers are truly friendly. They run quiz nights on Sundays and Tuesdays, so try and make your way down there. Keep an eye open for their fundraiser nights too.
The Marianettes will be performing Sweet Charity this season at Trinity Arts & Leisure from the 20th-24th October. Find tickets at http://www.bedfordmarianettes.org.uk/#!sweet-charity/c17rf.