Countdown in Reading
In aid of Mityana Charity
Woodley is on the east side of Reading (not pronounced "reading") in Berkshire (not pronounced "burkshire").
Christ Church is a modern church with several halls, a car park (supervised by Marvin) and a nice blue sign board (with white posts). This year we will be using the church building itself. The church is situated (despite Bing thinking differently) at the junction of Arundel Road with Crockhamwell Road (entrance in Arundel Road), not far from the Woodley town centre and the Crockham Well, but quite a long way from Arundel town centre.
If you can offer or need a lift then let me know and I will try and put people in touch.
The church has kindly let us use the church building for free, as long as we raise money for their 2016 charity project which is Mityana Charity, who are a locally-based group working in a poor part of Uganda.
In 2015 we raised £255 Christians Against Poverty - a debt counselling charity. In 2014 we raised £225 for Mercy Ships, in 2013 we raised over £400 for The Samaritans Reading branch and in 2012 we raised over £350 for Tools for Self Reliance.
As all the money from the event goes to charity, we are not part of the new "FOCAL" Countdown Grand Prix.
Tea, coffee and squash and biscuits will be available free of charge during the playing hours (but probably not convenient to get during the playing half-minutes).
It is confirmed there will be hot cross buns when you arrive and they will be hot, though last year they were neither hot nor angry.
At lunch time it is a five minute walk to the shops and you might see some of the local red kites soaring in the sky on the way. Options including Waitrose, Lidl, a bakers (Greggs), Chinese/chip shop, chicken shop, Italian restaurant, pizza takeaway, coffee shops, the Bosco Lounge (lounge bar) and so on, and five to ten minutes to a pub or two, or a short drive to a better pub with attractive riverside location ("The George" at Loddon Bridge).
Note that alcohol and smoking are not allowed on the church premises. The only fuming allowed will be when you miss an easy nine.
Spectators are most welcome to watch the final from 17:00, or to pop in for a chat at lunchtime, but as we are expecting quite a few players it may get a bit crowded in the playing hall at other times. There are always the delights of Reading to visit in between: as well as the largest shopping centre in central Berkshire, there is Reading Museum full of Roman remains, biscuit tins and the Bayeux Tapestry (replica). If you are travelling in and out from Woodley more than once then an all day bus ticket is £4.30.
If you need help with accommodation, then get in contact, though the timings mean most can travel on the day. Last time some folk styed at the Holiday Inn at Winnersh Triangle, which is handy for those coming by train or motorway and walkable to the venue and pub (also a cinema).
The George, Loddon Bridge, will be the venue for the post-tournament drinks and optional bar meal or restaurant. There is usually room inside on a Saturday, though they have heaters so you can sit outside (except when the river has flooded the terrace).
Games will be 15 round format, in the shipshape and Bristol style: that is, everyone plays in pairs, but using the same letters and numbers displayed at the front (sorry to those who like to pick tactically). Everyone will get the chance to pick in rotation.
As we never managed to get the technology to work, we continue to display the letters, numbers and conundrums on a board at the front.
Initial rounds will be seeded with pairings on the Swiss system (cheese not included), so everyone will get a chance to win at least one game regardless of your skill level.
The best two players, based on number of wins and total score (or the largest bribes received), will play a public final.
The word list in use will be that on apterous.org, based on ODO, or will be ODE3 if the computers let us down.
Paper and writing instruments will be provided, though you might like to bring your own record book or lucky pencil.
No Countdown teapots, but lots of prizes for good performances, including spot prizes. The winner will get to hold the COREA teapot for at least five minutes.
Recommended minimum donation £10 - larger amounts to support the charity would be appreciated
(bribes are optional).
All ages welcome - younger children should be accompanied by a responsible adult. No irresponsible adults please!
Please send your name (plus apterous name if different) to corea at kisekigo.com.
Or post on the forum thread or let me know on apterous.
If you do not want to be listed on the player list in advance of the day let us know.
Please pay in cash on the day (or cheques payable to "Christ Church Woodley"),
ORGANISER: Tony Atkins Tel: 0118 9268143;
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