Prize picture quiz winner

MARLOW nature lover Wendy Beckett scooped a book token worth £25 to spend in a local bookshop after successfully identifying the pictures in our picture competition.

Local wildlife photographer Graham Parkinson was out and about capturing the natural wonders of the Chilterns countryside in March – and Wendy was the first correct answer to be picked “out of the hat” at the end of April.


PICTURE 1 Kestrel
PICTURE 3 Skylark
PICTURE 4 Snake’s-head fritillary
PICTURE 5 Red-legged partridge
PICTURE 6 Buzzard
PICTURE 7 Cowslip
PICTURE 8 Reed Bunting


THERE were no prizes on offer last month, but our quiz took readers on a short journey back in time:

1 This alehouse once boasted a landlord loyal to the king, but in Norman times it was known as The Ship. What’s its name today and where can it be found? The Royal Standard of England in Forty Green
2 Which king is associated with the name White Hart, and where can this former coaching inn be found? The name is associated with the Plantagenet king Richard II and the inn is in Beaconsfield
3 Few local toll houses survive, but one of five which once dotted the Buckinghamshire stretch of the A40 has been restored. Where can it be found? The High Wycombe tollhouse can be found at the Chiltern Open Air Museum


Congratulations to Sharon Ackland from Kent, who won £25 worth of book tokens for correctly identifying our six featured birds, all captured through the lens of local photographer Graham Parkinson.

PICTURE 1: Bullfinch
PICTURE 2: Great tit
PICTURE 3: Grey heron
PICTURE 4: Redwing
PICTURE 6: Red kite


There could only be one winner to our January literary challenge and the successful entrant who was the first to have their correct entry picked out of the hat was Alison Holloway from Amersham who won £25 worth of book tokens. The answers were:

PICTURE 1: Which 18th-century poet completed his famous ‘Elegy’ in a country churchyard at Stoke Poges? Thomas Gray
PICTURE 2: Which poet immortalised the phrase “the darling buds of May”?
William Shakespeare
PICTURE 3: Gail Simmons’ 2019 book The Country of Larks takes its name from a phrase coined by which 19th-century novelist to describe the Chilterns? Robert Louis Stevenson
PICTURE 4: Which young Yorkshire poet wrote: “There is a silent eloquence/In every wild bluebell”? Anne Bronte
PICTURE 5: Which famous fictional bear lives in The Hundred Acre Wood? Winnie The Pooh
PICTURE 6: Which local children’s author worked in this garden writing hut?? Roald Dahl
PICTURE 7: Which children’s author lived in a house called Green Hedges which has been recreated in miniature at the Bekonscot model village in Beaconsfield? Enid Blyton
PICTURE 8: Which children’s author created tales of a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts and talking animals to tell to children evacuated from London to his Oxfordshire home?
CS Lewis
PICTURE 9: Which famous English writer is said to have bought oysters for his cat, Hodge? Samuel Johnson
PICTURE 10: This Fleet Street pub has numerous literary connections and even a children’s book named after it. But that book by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wrighte was a playful homage to which famous Victorian novelist who may have been a regular patron?
Charles Dickens

PICTURE CREDIT: The header image for this page was taken by Fidel Fernando (Unsplash)


The shopper still needs one more shilling to buy the book. The book was priced at one guinea (21 shillings or £1.05 in decimal money). The man puts down a ten-bob note = 10 shillings (50p), two half-crowns (2s 6d or 12.5p each), a florin (2s or 10p), a bob (1s or 5p), a tanner (6d or 2.5p), two thruppenny bits (6d or 2.5p in total), 11 pennies, a ha’penny and two farthings (12d = 1s or 5p). How much more does he need to buy the book? The amounts listed add up to one pound exactly. Another shilling (5p) will give him the total guinea, or £1.05p.