To advance education for residents of Stevenage Borough Council area, in particular, but not exclusively, by provision of grants to enable them to take higher education courses.

 


 

AGM 2020

 

The tenth Annual General Meeting for the Betty Game Opportunities Trust was held in the parish room at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 25 January 2020 at 2.30pm. There was a short meeting to report on the Trust and its accounts which was then followed by a get-together and a raffle for our funds.

 

We were pleased to welcome the Deputy Mayor of Stevenage Mr Jim Brown who spoke to the meeting about the importance of education and the influence that teaching and learning can have upon people’s life chances and opportunities.

 

There was also a small presentation of a book token given to the retiring chair of the Trust Mr Jim Wilcock as a gesture of thanks for all his work over many years. The new Chair of Trustees Norman Herbert expressed his thanks to Jim for remaining a Trustee for a further year in order to hand-over the reins.

 

 

AGM 2020 Group photograph
AGM 2020 Group photograph

 


 

The Trustees for 2020 are:

 

Norman Herbert (Chair), Dr Robin Bailey (Treasurer), Pat Milliner (Clerk to the Trust), The Revd Mervyn Terrett, Margaret Ashby, Frank Ogilvie, and Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE.

 


 

Mervyn's Fun Quiz

 

As many of you will already know, Mervyn’s Fun Quiz on Saturday 14th March 2020 was cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic. This was to be held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Betty Game Opportunities Trust and was to be hosted by the Trust’s original Quiz Master, the Revd Mervyn Terrett. So it was very sad that it did not take place. Mervyn was the first MC and also the first Chair of Trustees when the charity was started back in 2010.

 

Thankfully, due to the generosity and good will of everybody, including the Fish and Chip Shop, 97 High Street, Stevenage, we were still able to raise £240 for the Betty Game Opportunities Trust. Thank you to everyone who donated their ticket money even though the quiz was cancelled. We hope to hold another quiz when restrictions are lifted and we are also planning a Christmas paper quiz that can be undertaken at home - details to follow soon. 

 

First Annual Quiz 2010. 
The Revd Mervyn Terrett presents the cup to the winning team
First Annual Quiz 2010
The Revd Mervyn Terrett presents the cup to the winning team

 


 

Zoom!

 

As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic, the Betty Game Opportunities Trust is currently holding its committee meetings online. We met virtually on Monday 13 July and also on Monday 12 October 2020. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 9 December 2020.

 

We have not yet decided upon arrangements for our AGM in January for 2021 but this might likely be by Zoom as well.

 


 

2020 Grants

 

So far this year we have awarded 11 grants to students totalling £4,950. This is an average of £450 each. The most common request has been for help to purchase a laptop.

 

Recipients are studying a range of higher qualifications in midwifery, adult nursing, acupuncture, music, embroidery, social sciences, law, politics, information and communication technologies.

 

We also have three applications currently pending (27.10.2020).

 


 

Other News

 

We did have some problems with the website during the summer months but we are pleased to say this is now up and running although we have lost some of the posts and photographs.  We are hoping to have a PayPal button on the website so that you can make donations and are also looking into a Just Giving Page and if you use Amazon you may have noticed that you are sometimes asked if you want to use Amazon Smile which makes donations to charities and we are pursuing this.  Details will be circulated.

 


 

 

Click here to read or download our BGOT Newsletter – March 2019

 

News topic this month are: 

  • Topics: New Year, New Trustee
  • Welcome Frank
  • Financial Matters
  • Fund Raising and Grants
  • Website
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Obituaries

 

We are pleased to announce that Virginia and Rodney were the winners of the Black and White Paper Quiz. They were the only ones to get all the answers correct. Thanks to everyone who participated and we are pleased to say we raised £126 for our funds.

To see the Full Quiz Questions and Answers, click here

 

A BLACK AND WHITE QUIZ

ANSWERS

1) What’s black and white and “red” all over?! A: A newspaper

2) Brian’s farcical venue. A: Whitehall Theatre

3) Stage name of Priscilla Maria Veronica White. A: Cilla Black

4) This one had three bags full of wool. A: black sheep

5) Go to Banbury Cross to see a fine lady on this… A: white horse

6) …and Dick rode on this horse to York, so the story goes. A: Black Bess

7) Bing was dreaming of this. A: a white Christmas

8) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington DC. A: The White House

9) This driver may have a bad reputation – undeservedly? A: white van man

10) She was the first to be posted. A: Penny Black

11) A handy, if scary, fairground attraction. A: A white knuckle ride

12) “Knock knock knock, who’s there?” A: Black Rod

13) Able to repay your debts? A: In the black

14) Including cherries, chocolate and cream, it’s yummy! A: Black Forest Gateau

15) She could believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast. A: The White Queen

16) She eats her husband. A: Black widow spider

17) Not quite true.  A: A white lie

18) Can bluebirds really be seen over here? A: The white cliffs of Dover

19) On reflection, she was the fairest of them all. A: Snow White

20) Och aye, let’s dance, soldier! A: Dashing White Sergeant

21) Is there still nothing to laugh at all here? A: Blackpool

22) “Scotland Yard speaking”. A: Whitehall 1212

23) She kept an eye on media standards. A: Mary Whitehouse

24) The furry companion of Postman Pat. A: His black and white cat

25) Chocolates produced by sleight of hand, perhaps, in 1933. A: Black Magic

26) A modest claim by a soap powder Persil. A: Washes whiter than white

27) Feather Graphic with New Zealand at the bottom. See attached document. A: All Blacks

28) A good sign if one crosses your path? A: A black cat

29) This flight recorder is actually orange. A: Black box

30) Two dozen of these in a pie? Ugh!  A: Blackbirds

31) A string of musical notes graphics. See attached document. A: The Harmonious Blacksmith

32) Heavenly clothing? A: White Robes

33) It ends happily here in Austria for a musical head waiter. A: White Horse Inn

34) A decorative cover-up. A: Whitewash

35) Actually, this flag is red, white and blue. A: White Ensign

36) Going out this evening, Sir? Your outfit is ready… A: Black tie and tails

37) …while your wife may wear a Coco creation. A: Little black dress

38) James Buchanan’s blended creation. A: Black and White whisky

39) A piratical captain. A: Blackbeard

40) It has been galloping across the Berkshire Downs for years. A: The Uffington White Horse

41) A floral symbol of pacifism. A: White poppy

42) Did the Princess Royal get wet when she opened it in 2010? A: Lee Valley White Water Centre

43) Baldrick’s boss. A: Blackadder

44) Would librarians, in particular, be afraid of being in these?! A: Black books

45) Where the A1 meets the A421, luckily. A: Black Cat roundabout

46) Dendroaspis polylepis. A: black mamba

47) Anne Catherick. A: The Woman in White

48) Anna’s equine story had a happy ending. A: Black Beauty

49) A dance craze in the 1920s A: The Black Bottom

50) Drivers of these need knowledge. A: Black Cabs

51) A few of these prunes might get you up and running! A: Black-coated workers

52) This chemist sold hardware as well, before merging with Boots in 1968. A: Timothy Whites

53) A shiner. A: A black eye

54) Does a group of musical vegetables bare an optical similarity… A: The Black Eyed Peas

55) …to Rudbeckia hirta? A: Black-eyed Susan

56) Whip these with sugar for a delicious baked dessert. A: Egg whites

57) 5,4,3,2,1 – who’s in the chair? A: Richard Whiteley

58) Criminal transport. A: Black Maria

59) Did this canine have snowy teeth? A: White Fang

60) George-an furniture-maker! A: Hepplewhite

Mervyn T’s Fun Quiz 16 March 2019 – Money Raised

We are pleased to report that we had a very successful quiz evening with over 100 people attending. We raised £856 and would like to thank all those who attended and to Mervyn and Jennifer Terrett, Quizmaster and scorekeeper.

A ‘Black and White Quiz’ is now available and due in on 6 April 2019. Available from Trustees.

  To advance education for residents of Stevenage Borough Council area, in particular, but not exclusively, by provision of grants to enable them to take higher education courses.     AGM 2020   The tenth Annual General Meeting for the Betty Game Opportunities Trust was held in the parish room at Holy Trinity Church on […]
We are pleased to announce that Virginia and Rodney were the winners of the Black and White Paper Quiz. They were the only ones to get all the answers correct. Thanks to everyone who participated and we are pleased to say we raised £126 for our funds. To see the Full Quiz Questions and Answers, […]
Mervyn T’s Fun Quiz 16 March 2019 – Money Raised We are pleased to report that we had a very successful quiz evening with over 100 people attending. We raised £856 and would like to thank all those who attended and to Mervyn and Jennifer Terrett, Quizmaster and scorekeeper.