Wine vaults team keep a clear head to taste victory in homeless charity’s annual Brain of Bath quiz night

October 21, 2022

Teams from more than 20 Bath businesses have raised around £16,000 by putting their grey matter to the test in one of city’s longest-running charity events. 

The annual Brain of Bath quiz night staged by homeless charity Julian House, which has been staged since 1999, this year attracted 23 teams – all eager to get their hands on the coveted Waterford Crystal trophy.
The quiz’s popular – and challenging – ‘smells’ round making its triumphant return after falling foul of the pandemic last year, while contestants also put their mental mettle to the test with categories on song lyrics, spelling, geography and 20th century history. 
After 120 questions the team from long-time Julian House supporter St James Wine Vaults was declared the winner.
The team, representing a venue known for its own in-house quiz nights, romped home with a score of 235 – some 20 points higher than the second-placed team, from Bath-headquartered national law firm Stone King. In third was accountants Deloitte with 214. 
Last year’s winners, Bath architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, came sixth in the quiz, which was staged in Bath’s historic Assembly Rooms.
Event organiser and Julian House senior community and events fundraiser Matthew Redmore said: “It was fantastic to see so many Bath organisations supporting the event again. 
“The Brain of Bath is always a popular fixture in the Julian House calendar. It was fantastic evening and we have raised a brilliant amount of money which will go directly to supporting the people we help.”
He thanked headline sponsor Battens Solicitors for their support alongside caterer Searcy for the food, GA Solicitors as round sponsor and Wiltshire Digital Drive for scoring the event as well as the volunteers who helped make it success. 
The final amount raised is likely to be around £16,000 – a big increase on last year’s total of £10,000.
The annual quiz night was the brainchild of a small group of Bath businesspeople who were concerned about the problem of homelessness in the city.
They launched it with three main objectives, which remain today – to raise funds for Julian House, to raise awareness of the difficult social issues surrounding homelessness and provide support for a dedicated research project at the University of Bath. 
Pictured: Patrick Mears and Katherine Gilmour from headline sponsor Battens Solicitors charitable trust presents the Brain of Bath trophy to the victorious St James Wine Vaults team



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