BARC / Borough 19 - 2006 Kent Treasure Hunt

 

We started praying on Tuesday that the weather forecasters had got it wrong. But no, so by Thursday I sent an email to those on line suggesting they would need wellies and a raincoat. Most responded by saying, “I’m not getting out of the car he/she is.”

 

I was trying to warn them without giving away the finishing place, the treasure, which was Diggerland Kent. Imagine the mud, rain, wind and… Anyway I did my best.

 

11.33am the first car set off from Brands Hatch Thistle Hotel. Waved off with the Union Jack professionally executed by Rod Birley Esq. In the foreground a very smart brand new BARC SEC flag demonstrated who was involved with the show, on reflection I should have got Borough 19 to bring theirs too!

 

Rod sent each car off at roughly 3 minute gaps and it wasn’t until the last two cars were due to depart that I asked if he had noticed whether they were turning right onto the A20 or left. Blank looks! As long as they went right they were heading in the right direction.

 

At about 12.45pm Andy Ratcliffe phoned and told me he had travelled 10 miles and hadn’t found a clue yet! It turned out that he had missed the first right after the second left after the first clue. In simple language, first right after going under the M20 bridge behind Brands. Now we couldn’t put that in the clues and directions could we, it would have been too easy, and anyway others managed to find their way. Clot! I put him back on route and heard nothing more until he reached the finish all smiles and happy that he was going to get to go on all the diggers.

 

Team Chezzebob were the first to arrive at the treasure in an astonishing 2 hours 48 minutes they were the 5th car to leave and arrived 1st. Not bad for a blond! Quick time but not the quickest that went to the Tonbridge Titans with a time of 2 hours 36 minutes, not that anyone was racing you understand.

 

At 10am in the morning Team Also Ran were still surfing the net; he lives in Ely Cambridgeshire, why hadn’t he left? Scolded by Rod for not being on the road Graham and his team finally turned up at Brands with minutes to spare before their departure time. This gave them little time to relax after their belt down the M11 and M25 to the start, but off they went, Graham rocking and rolling to the Rolling Stones “can’t get no satisfaction.” By the time they arrived they hardly had any time to enjoy the facilities in the Diggerland Park. But didn’t seem too bothered and no one looked as if they wanted to kill each other, surprisingly! They were rewarded for their troubles with a set of suitcases because not only did they take a long time but they clocked up the longest distance, 43 miles on an 18.9 mile course.

 

Jane Anthony and the Booze Cruise III team cut their holiday short by a day to attend the hunt. Jane looked shattered, but well up for the adventure. However, they took the longest time, even longer than Team Also Ran’s 4hours 10 minutes. The Booze Cruisers took a staggering 4 hours 26 minutes and were awarded with a clock and a watch.

 

It was a miserable day, cold, wet, and windy. I am so sorry about that because many of the hunters had not come prepared, hoping, I think, for a nice warm place to be entertained, like last year’s vineyard experience. Chin was most disappointed. He finished 6th overall, which was pretty good out of 19 teams. But on arrival he politely asked if he could go, as Diggerland wasn’t his scene.

 

The clues and answers are as follows.  We used our discrection on some of the answers so if you see an answer here that you may not have given exactly as shown, chances are we would have given you the point or half a point.

 

The 2006 Treasure Hunt Clues

Start Point – Thistle Hotel Brands Hatch

Direction – Leave car in the car park and find next five clues on foot

34.

Name the Earl of Darnby

John Stuart

Direction - Turn right on to A20, take next right, continue past first turning on left.

35.

He frequented the leather bottle, who is he?

Charles Dickens

1.

FF is made where?

Italy

36.

His friend runs the tuck shop

Mr Bumble

Direction – Take 2nd turning on left after clue #1, then take next right

37.

What time is the final service at Luddesdown?

9.15pm

2.

SF RW and JM can be found where?

On a tree stump

38.

This was built in 1874 – full name please

Cobham Primary School

3.

What are Saxton & Cages a part of?

The Woodlands Trust

Direction – left at the roundabout

Direction – Continue over Xroads, go up the hill, then turn right at T-junction

39.

How many Ferrantis are visible?

2

4.

What is Tommy’s surname?

White

40.

In which year was the CAMS project set up?

1997

5.

The nursery school opening times

9.15am to 12.15pm

Direction – third exit at roundabout, go over bridge

Direction – Take 2nd turning on left after clue #5

41.

Name the symbols for zoning

Horse riding, cycling, Dog Walking

6.

What is for Private Members Only

Northdown Country Riding Club

Direction – next turning left after clue #41

Direction – Go straight on over three junctions after clue #6

42.

VET SEAN

VENESTA

7.

Pilgrims what?

Corner

Direction – Left at T-junction

8.

What time is Evensong?

6.30pm

43.

Taxus baccata keeps you left, what’s its common name?

A Yew Tree

9.

Former Disc Jockey’s name & telephone number

John Peal Ash Green 872209

44.

For bookings call…

01474 822373

10.

Who is made of scrap?

Ridley Angel

Direction - Follow road round to the right

11.

Built in 1810

Bowdler’s Well

45.

How many clocks at the village hall?

4 (three inside, one on outside)

Direction – Take next turn on right

Direction – Turn right at Xroads

12.

What happens if you break the animal Act 1971?

Your dog could be shot if found among sheep

46.

What sits above the bulrushes?

A Dragon Fly

13.

Yaba daba doo

Flintstones

47.

Where do the sons live?

Pipes Place

14.

How many foot rests on DP425?

8

48.

Number of yellow wheelchairs at Copperfield

3

Direction – straight on at Xroads

Direction – Straight on at traffic lights

15.

Secure with 6 bars and 6 what?

Padlocks

49.

Master protects what?

Higham Garage

16.

SW site reference

101356

50.

What is “Craggsy” up to these days?

Headmaster at Gads Hill School

Direction – Turn left onto A227

51.

Restored by Impact

Higham Horse Trough

17.

Its number DA13 36, what is it?

Letter box number

Direction – Straight on at both roundabouts

18.

Name the principle MRCVS

Martin T Hobbs

52.

This can be found at Km 15.4

Oil Pipline

19.

N E S W

SIRS Navigation Ltd

Direction – Straight over double traffic lights

20.

This was bought from SW Norton

Meopham windmill

53.

Who makes unreal stone?

Kent Balusters

21.

Name the third doctor from the top

David Woodhead

Direction – Bear left at lights

22.

What does Kinder represent?

Pre-School Day Nursery

54.

4.5 equals

15 ft

23.

What is Josh’s biggest cup size?

JJ

Direction – Straight on at lights into one-way system, move to right lane.

Turn right before overhead bridge. Move to left lane, turn left just past Matalan.

Direction – Take first right after clue #24

55.

What was stationed in Gibraltar?

Peewee - Merchant Navy Salvage Tug

24.

Who was established in 1851?

Walker Croft Estate Agents

Direction – Right at roundabout (nearly there)

25.

Give the principle colour of the exchange mail box

Black

56.

Danelaw provides what?

CATV cover

26.

Service for…

MG Rover

Direction – pull over at hoarding before garage

27.

You now need to take a comfort break, and at the same time find out when the pub was built

2nd year reign of Charles II

57.

How many steps up and over?

65 (33 + 32)

28.

Which bus company gets to The Chequers at 16.04 most Mondays

Manns Travel

58.

How many parking spaces painted in overflow car park?

27

Direction – Use your feet Choo, Choo

Direction – Left at roundabout

29.

Peter England’s job title

Sole Street Station Manager

59.

After 14 days what happens to animals left here?

They are sold

30.

How do you get to 117B?

Over the foot bridge

60.

Time of last collection today

There isn’t one

Direction - Now get back in the car, continue on village road ignoring side junctions

Direction – Over bridge take first right, park and come in!

You’ve found the treasure!

31.

This could cost you £1000

Dumping

Bonus Questions:

Direction – Turn right at T-junction

Name the rivers you see on route

Two (Thames & Medway)

32.

£1.30 for what?

A child at Owletts

How many retail petrol stations do you pass?

4 – Esso x 2, Morrisions x 1, BP x1,

33.

How many chimney pots at Meadow Rooms?

8

The name of this house suggests it is very cheap

Halfpenny at Cobham


 

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