Table quiz in Ballymena has been raising funds for 20 years

Friday November 29th 2013

Presenting the cheque to Crocus.Over the past 20 years an annual table quiz held in St Patrick’s Church Hall, Ballymena, has raised thousands of pounds for the church and charity.

This year was no exception when the quiz made £750 for the charity Crocus. The name Crocus comes from Isaiah 35 v 1 … ‘the wilderness will rejoice and blossom, like the crocus, it will burst in bloom.’ Crocus Special Needs Association is a registered charity that runs a youth club In the Community Centre, Galgorm, Ballymena, for 11–year–olds upwards.

The quiz night was first conceived in the St Patrick’s youth room by Irene Thompson and teenagers Eleanor and David Stacey. Irene’s husband Maurice and the teenagers’ parents Ivan and Rosemary had to be convinced it would be a good idea, but in the end Maurice, Ivan and Rosemary decided to give it a go and so the quiz was born.

The young Staceys dropped out a few years ago as both are now married and have moved away from the district, and the organising team now consists of Trevor and Isobel Halliday and Nina Marrs.

Further information regarding this year’s quiz charity Crocus can be obtained from at


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