Online Christmas Quiz – Tuesday, 22 December from 7:30pm to 9pm

Our lovely new Community Hall still needs a lot of money to get it up and running!

To help with the funding target and give everyone a bit of Christmas cheer, ASTRA is running an Online Quiz on Tuesday 22 December. We’ll be using Zoom.

Type of quiz

  • General Knowledge (using Trivial Pursuit categories and also expect some Christmas- related questions!):
  • History
  • Geography
  • Arts and Entertainment Sport
  • Music (all genres) Science and nature


The first prize will be 30% of the entry fees and second prize will be 20% of the entry fees. The remaining 50% goes towards the Community Hall.

How to register and pay

You can register and pay your entry by going to choosing Quiz and paying the £2 fee (but if you want to pay more, that’s fine!).

You can form teams with others outside your household (maximum of 6). If you are paying for others as well as yourself, please email the host (Beverley Thompson) at to say who you’ve paid for.

So, make up a team with your sister in Swansea and your brother in Barcelona! It would be helpful to let the host know the name of your team and who’ll be in it beforehand, if possible.

How to play

When you register you will be sent a link to Zoom, which is free to use.

On the evening of the quiz, use the link (or the ID and password, which you’ll also be sent) to join. It would be useful to do this about 5 or 10 minutes before the start so that the host can set up teams.

Look and see what name appears against you. It will be the name held by whatever device you’re using and might just say something like “John’s iPad” or “User”. Change this to your name so that the host and others can easily recognise you. You can do this by clicking on the 3 dots at the top right of your picture and choosing “rename”. (Or by clicking on “Participants” and choosing the “rename” option from the drop-down menu.)

The host will start by assigning everyone to their team, using a facility known as “breakout rooms”. So, if you can email the name of the team and the participants beforehand it will save a bit of time on the night.

Using the Zoom screen to join in and play (don’t worry – we’ll go over this again on the night of the quiz!)

On the Zoom screen you will find a toolbar giving you various options. Depending on your device, this will be at the top or bottom of the screen.

For example, you have a choice between “gallery view” and “speaker view”, and this will appear in a corner of the window (top right on the desktop version). If you choose “gallery view” you’ll see a small picture of everyone. If you choose “speaker view” you’ll highlight the person speaking. Of course, if you don’t want to be seen you can turn off the video!

To receive the questions, you’ll need to select “chat” in the toolbar. This will open a chat screen, probably to your right. The host will paste the questions into the chat. When you’re assigned to your team you can use “chat” to send back your answers – but only send them to the host. The default for sending messages in “chat” is “Everyone” but if you press the down arrow you can choose only to send to the host – Beverley. If you have trouble receiving the questions in chat, give Beverley your email address and she’ll email them to you.

Wait until you’ve answered all the questions before sending your answers. There are 10 questions per round and you’ll be given 10 minutes to reply.

Good luck!

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