The Bangers & Fizz Charity Quiz organised by The Lincolnite, Ringrose Law and DPS Digital will return on Thursday, November 25.

Last year the second event raised £1,000 for St Barnabas. More than 100 people joined the speed quiz fun at the White Hart Hotel in Lincoln, and enjoyed fizz and a two course meal.

For 2021, the third annual quiz night will raise funds for Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, who are fundamental in providing support for Lincolnshire residents in their time of great need.

At the 2020 Bangers & Fizz Quiz. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The event will be held at the same great location, the White Hart Hotel in the Bailgate, from 6pm for the drinks reception, and 7pm for the food and quiz.

Tickets are available for only £30per person with a two course meal (posh sausages and mash & veg, plus dessert, veggie option available) and a fizz reception. All proceeds will be donated to charity. Book your tickets now. 

The quiz will once again be hosted by quizmaster extraordinaire Ronnie Byrne, and if you haven’t attended previously, you’ll find it quite a different experience.

The speed quiz is available via a mobile app (only one needed for the team), and the team with the quickest correct answers wins. There are several rounds, including music, local knowledge, current affairs and sport.

“This time, with no ‘best team name’ prize up for grabs, we had no choice but to actually win the quiz!” — Team Epix Media

Last year, team Epix Media were crowned winners of the quiz, also leaving home with a case of Prosecco. Check out the gallery from the 2020 event.

After the meal and the quiz, LNAA representatives will pick the raffle winners. If your business is interested in donating a gift/voucher for the charity raffle, please email [email protected].

101 people joined the fun a the first Bangers & Fizz Charity Quiz in 2019. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Daniel Ionescu, Managing Editor of The Lincolnite, said: “After the last eighteen months we are pleased to welcome everyone to our third charity Bangers and Fizz night.

“Charities have suffered due to a lack of fundraising opportunities so we want to bring a bit of fun for people of Lincolnshire whilst still raising vital funds for LNAA, so please book in your team as soon as possible.”


Four ex-Red Arrows pilots are part of a team taking on a 100-mile cycle ride around Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire to raise money for the charity named after their late friend and colleague – the Jon Egging Trust.

The 15-strong group of cyclists, call themselves ‘Team Fly’, and include Chris Lyndon-Smith, now a pilot for TUI who flew as Red 2, 7 and 6 during the 2011 to 2013 Middle East tour, and Red 5, 4, and 8 during the tours of the Far East, Middle East and North American between 2017 and 2019.

Chris was a close friend of Jon Egging, who tragically died when his Hawk T1 aircraft, Red 4, crashed after a display at Bournemouth Air Festival in 2011, which the duo both took part in. Jon’s wife Emma later launched the Jon Egging Trust (JET) to support vulnerable young people to get back on track and realise their potential, and has helped more than 30,000 children over the past decade.

Chris Lyndon-Smith is very proud of the time he spent in the Red Arrows.

Team Fly.

Team Fly will take on the 100-mile cycle ride on September 26 to raise money for JET, with the route starting and finishing at RAF College Cranwell – donate to the fundraiser here.

It is part of ‘JETRide’ with three different routes available of 50, 80 and 100 miles, and there is still plenty time to sign up. Weather permitting there will be a flypast from the BBMF at the end.

Chris Lyndon-Smith spent six years with the Red Arrows, flying as Red 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 during that time.

Chris told The Lincolnite: “I served alongside Jon when I was in the Red Arrows and we were together when it [the crash] happened. When his wife set up the trust I wanted to get involved as it is close to my heart.

“Jon was a charismatic individual and extremely professional, and a very capable pilot. The trust is now at the forefront of my mind and what was such a sad event to have happened, something good has happened in his legacy with the trust helping 30,000 children.”

He added that Team Fly would like to thank Breitling UK and are grateful for all their support.

This isn’t the first time Chris has raised money for JET. Earlier this year he took on a 14-mile paddle board challenge with Emma Egging in the River Witham.

Jon Egging Trust CEO Emma Egging (centre) with Chris Lyndon-Smith, Dan Lowes, James Kirk, and JET trustee Sam Porteous during a charity paddle board challenge earlier this year.

Reflecting on his time in the Red Arrows, Chris added: “It was magical. Being able to be trusted to represent the RAF, the armed forces and Britain is something that I felt very honoured to do.

“Flying the British flag and representing the best of Britain is something I never took for granted and something I was very proud to do for six years.”

Chris’s wife Victoria Lyndon-Smith is an ex-RAF Tornado and ex-Red Arrows engineer, who flew Circus 5 in 2014.

Former Red Arrows pilot Dave Davies.

Team Fly will take part in the 100-mile cycle challenge to raise money for the Jon Egging Trust.

James Kirk, who is part of Team Fly and now working for aviation firm DEA, told The Lincolnite: “Having personally been inspired by Jon Egging and his colleagues to pursue a career in aviation, it is fantastic that Jon’s legacy continues to inspire and empower children and young adults.

“The JETRide is always a great event and we are all very much looking forward to taking part while raising as much money as possible for JET.”

JET’s accredited programme increases young people’s self-confidence, self-esteem and other vital life and work skills. The programmes are based on the four cornerstones of inspiration, teamwork, employability and leadership.

The JET team works closely with teachers to identify young people most in need of support. All of the students face significant life challenges which threaten their futures – from deprivation and hardship, to bereavement and low self-worth.

Donate to the fundraiser here

Team Fly

  • Chris Lyndon-Smith – former Flight Lieutenant – ex-RAF Tornado and ex-Red Arrows pilot, who is now flying for TUI
  • Dan Lowes – former Flight Lieutenant – ex-RAF Typhoon and ex-Red Arrows pilot, who is now flying for JCB
  • Flight Lieutenant Alun Pepper – ex-BBMF navigator, ex-RAF Tornado navigator, and also Britain’s ‘Manliest Man’ in 2014. Currently serving in the RAF
  • Sergeant Victoria Lyndon-Smith – ex-RAF Tornado and ex-Red Arrows engineer, as well as flying Circus 5 in 2014. Currently serving in the RAF
  • Dave Davies – ex-squadron leader – ex-RAF Tornado F3 pilot and former Red Arrow, who is now flying for British Airways
  • Garry Stratford – ex-squadron leader – ex-RAF Tornado F3 and Typhoon pilot, who is now flying for TUI
  • Any Massey – former Flight Lieutenant – ex-RAF Tornado GR1 pilot, who is now flying for TUI
  • Emma Egging – CEO of the Jon Egging Trust
  • James Kirk – graduated from Airline Pilot Training and now working for DEA
  • Katie King – graduate from Cambridge about to gain her Doctorate in nanotechnology. Completed her internship with NASA in astrochemistry and is in the process of applying to NASA to become an astronaut
  • Ross Wilkins – team Leader in the engineering department at Siemens, who is also a keen aviation enthusiast
  • Coralie Wilkins – works in the finance department for City of Lincoln Council
  • Dan Jones – RAF Typhoon pilot, who is still serving in the RAF
  • Gavin Murphy – MD of Breitling UK
  • Hannah Ager – UX manager for Kallidus

Over £500 was raised by Lincolnshire firefighters aiming for two world records during a charity challenge at the weekend.

Firefighters from Billingborough and the surrounding villages attempted the challenge, which consisted of running out lengths of 70mm hose (25 metres long) and rolling it up again.

The charity challenge took place at Billingborough Fire Station on Saturday, September 11. It marked the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, bringing injured firefighters to the forefront of people’s minds again.

Harvey Chessum rolling out his hose.

Emma Schofield running the hose during the charity challenge.

Firefighters Michael Foster and John Overton during the charity challenge.

By the time of publication over £500 has been raised in online and offline donations – donations to the fundraiser can still be made here.

Since the event, the firefighters have submitted footage to Guinness World Records and face a wait of at least 12 weeks to find out if they have been successful.

The two records include a speed challenge of how many lengths of hose can be rolled out and back up in an hour. This would be a new record attempt, but a benchmark was set of 35 by Guinness, which was beaten by firefighter Peter Vince with a total of 41.

Peter Vince set a new world record for how many lengths of hose can be rolled out and back up in an hour (subject to verification).

Emma Schofield with her dog Oakley, Peter Vince, Dan Moss, Harvey Chessum with his daughter Amelia, John Overton and Michael Foster.

John Overton looking proud during the charity challenge.

Dan Moss, Harvey Chessum and Peter Vince rolling out lengths off hose and then back again for charity.

Dan Moss and Harvey Chessum in action during the challenge.

The challenge consisted of running out lengths of 70mm hose (25 metres long) and rolling it up again.

The other record relates to rolling out hose lengths to the height of Mount Everest, which if completed would be a new record depending on verification from Guinness World Records. The team of seven completed it in a time of two hours and 18 minutes for a total of 371 lengths.

Billingborough is an on-call retained fire station, so all its firefighters have other full-time jobs, including Peter Vince who is a registered care manager in Lincoln.

Peter was among those taking part and he told The Lincolnite: “Unbelievable amount of money raised as we didn’t think we’d get close to that and the total is still rising.

“I couldn’t have done it without my crew and we are very grateful for the village who turned up to support us on the day. We are hopeful we’ve got both world records and can’t wait to find out the result.”

Harvey Chessum, John Overton and Peter Vince working hard together to raise money for charity.

Michael Foster standing while fellow firefighter Peter Vince stops for water, and Emma Schofield and Dan Moss running hose.

Among those taking part in the challenge with Peter are Harvey Chessum, John Overton, Emma Schofield, Michael Foster, Danny Hill, as well as Dan Moss who is principal officer at Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue and a former retained firefighter at Billingborough.

All proceeds will be split evenly between The Fire Fighters Charity and LIVES.

The Firefighters Charity offer specialist, lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community. LIVES has a dedicated team of volunteers trained in life saving skills to respond to calls in their community.

Donate to the firefighters’ fundraiser here

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