November 2017:

Quiz Report

It was quiz time again on 12 October at Le Mas Des Anges, Montauroux.The attraction of quizzes must be increasing as the number of attendees mounts with each quiz and 45 members and friends attended at Montauroux.

It was the turn of Stuart Reed to be the quizmaster and he certainly didn’t disappoint having, at times, relatively simple questions and others being particularly challenging, if not impossible! Questions ranged from French idioms to knowledge of French rivers, and a very diverse range of other questions including religion, opera, plants etc etc.

Le Mas des Anges is well known for its fish and chips and it lived up to this reputation. There were 10 teams of 4 or 5 and the clear winners were a team comprising former chairman, Alistair and Beringer Ross, and Mark and Kim Worswick who were presented with bottles of wine. Stuart was also thanked and given bottles of wine by Kevin Bell, the departing events coordinator.

Changes in UK £1 coins & £5 and £10 notes

As you may already know the above coin and notes have recently changed in circulation in the UK and we thought it useful to summarise the position in case “old” examples are found tucked away at home or elsewhere.

£1 coin: the “old” round coin ceases to be UK legal tender on the 15th October, having been replaced by the “new” 12 sided version already in circulation.

£5 note: the “old” paper note featuring Elizabeth Fry stopped being UK legal tender on the 5th May and has been replaced by a “new” polymer note featuring Sir Winston Churchill.

£10 note: the “old” paper note featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn during Spring 2018, at a date to be advised and with a notice period of 3 months. The “new “polymer” note featuring Jane Austen is already in circulation.

Should “old” examples of the above come your way, UK bank branches will exchange them for some time to come and the Bank of England will exchange withdrawn notes without a time limit. BAV members who come to the UK may be able to help you out in exchanging them. Additionally, the current £20, with Adam Smith on the reverse, is due to be replaced by a polymer note featuring the artist JMW Turner during 2020.

Finally the two web-links below to the Bank of England issued notes and Royal Mint contain further information and may be of general interest: