Our quiz, two days ago, is not like any other quiz – definitely in a class of its own and to which my latest blog is dedicated to. The quiz itself was fantastic – written by Rich Warren. The questions were wide-ranging, but there was definitely something for every person on each quiz team to shine at whether young and not so young, traditional and contemporary.

And then came the piece de resistance – the music round. We had live piano accompaniment and a stunning singer, Melinda Hughes. Melinda has supported our Charity before and she was, quite simply, breathtaking. She sang in several different languages (beautifully). Oh my goodness, if you were there, you will agree, if you weren’t there, you missed something truly special. She was accompanied by Jeremey who played the grand piano; we could have been in the Royal Albert Hall. Now, how’s that for a music round?   

And finally – the man of the evening, Clive Anderson. What a professional – the evening flowed with humour but also with clarity and pace. And his auctioneering skills are consummate. Thank you to all of you – not to mention the team of volunteers who made it work so brilliantly, especially Rosie Pope and Helen Parrott. 

Our November quiz is the indication for me that Christmas is really on its way, and so now we are looking forward to our two Carol Concerts. Harefield’s Carol Concert (St Mary’s Church, Harefield, 7pm on 13 December) is a warm and lovely event – full of our friends and neighbours from Harefield, with performances by the school children and local choirs. It wraps you like a snug blanket. 

Royal Brompton's Carol Concert (St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, 6.30pm on 18 December) is different but still very special. St Luke’s has been called ‘St Pauls of Chelsea’. It has to be one of the most beautiful churches in London, if not in England. Our readers include Felicity Kendall, Anne-Marie Minhall from Classic FM and Huw Collins, along with our super generous sponsor, Noel de Keyzer from Savills. 

All funds raised at these two Carol Concerts will go to help our hospitals and it would be lovely to have you join us.