Wiltshire adventurer is new quizmaster for re-launch of popular quiz

By Anita Jaynes on 22 December, 2016

David Hempleman-Adams, adventurer, businessman and current High Sheriff of Wiltshire, has agreed to be the Quizmaster at the re-launch of the Julian House Brain of Wessex quiz.

Julian House is holding the Brain of Wessex quiz at the revamped and state-of-the-art Lansdown Hall at the Trowbridge Civic Centre on Thursday March 23 2017.

The charity is inviting businesses and organisations from around the West and North Wiltshire and the Kennet area to enter teams of 8 to compete for the coveted title of Brain of Wessex and the unique ‘Brain’ sculpture trophy.

Speaking at his first visit to the Julian House social enterprise, the Trowbridge Bike Workshop, David Hempleman-Adams said: “I was delighted to be asked to be the Quizmaster for Julian House’s Brain of Wessex 2017 in March.  It should be a great evening for everyone involved.

“Julian House is renowned for its work with the homeless in Bath and Wiltshire. The Trowbridge Bike Workshop, set up as a social enterprise, offers the unemployed and disadvantaged the chance to go on the Build-a-Bike course, and receive a programme of skills, training, works experience and job coaching.”

The Brain of Wessex is a grand corporate quiz event which was launched in 2006 – primarily targeted at Chamber of Commerce (Inspire) members and business in the area.  From the start it was very well supported by the Wiltshire business community.

This very successful quiz ran between 2006 and 2009 until the Civic Hall was closed down for refurbishment in 2010.

Thanks to the support of Pearson May, as sponsors, Julian House is holding the Brain of Wessex again, and hopes that with enough backing from the business community it will be just as successful as the previous ones.

Stephen Chesworth, Community and Events Fundraiser at Julian House, said: “The Brain of Wessex has been successful in attracting teams from a variety of business sectors who see it as a fun event, but also to network, and entertain clients, as well as a staff building exercise.   It doesn’t have to be restricted to in-house teams; you can book a table and invite suppliers, prospects and even spouses or partners along.  By contrast you will also be helping one of the most marginalised groups in our society – homeless and excluded men and women.”

Entering a team of 8 will cost just £320 a team (including a light supper).   For more details and a booking form contact Stephen Chesworth on 07939 055432 or email him on stephenc@julianhouse.org.uk or log on to www.julianhouse.org.uk/support-us/events/brain-of-wessex.htm

Pictured above: Adventurer David Hempleman-Adams