Cambridge 2019

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Date: Saturday 8th June 2019
Venue: St. Philips Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AN
Admission: £10; free tea/coffee/soft drinks from the kitchen all day.
Doors open: 10.30; draw 11.15; Round 1 starts at 11.30.
Hosted by: Mike Brown
Games to be played: 6
Wheelchair accessible?: Yes

Our Cambridge event is back for a second year on Saturday 8th June. Like last year and the events in King’s Lynn beforehand, this will be a Lincoln/Edinburgh-style tournament — everyone plays six 9-round games in groups of three, through three stages of competition. Then to end the day, we will have a 15-round Grand Final match between the top two players.

The event will take place in the fabulous auditorium of the St. Philip’s Church Centre (, postcode CB1 3AN, which is a wonderfully bright and airy space with plenty of room. It also has free wi-fi and two large TV screens which will be used to show the latest scores throughout the day.

We will have access to a kitchen — tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided, as well as a few homemade cakes. Lunch is not provided, but there are plenty of places on Mill Road to grab something to eat, including a branch of the Co-Op and several coffee outlets.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much parking at the venue and the local streets tend to be full of residents’ cars. The Saturday parking tariff at nearby Cambridge station has risen in the past year from a very reasonable £5 in 2018 to a rather less palatable £12.50 so it might be worth considering using one of the Park and Ride bus services or parking at Cambridge North for £3 and making the short journey by rail to the main station (£2.10 return without railcard).

For those coming by train — very easy from London, taking around 60 minutes from King’s Cross — or parking their car at the station, the church is then a short walk away, taking around 13 minutes if you’re the little man on Google. The venue is fully accessible.

Of course, another reason (if you needed one) to visit Cambridge is to do the tourist thing and go and look at all the fabulous college buildings, go punting, find the mathematical bridge and England’s answer to the Bridge of Sighs, visit the Botanical Gardens, climb the tower of the church that chimes like Big Ben (and get one of the best views of the city), spot the pub where the discovery of DNA was announced, and, well, we could go on, but if you’re interested you’ll be googling everything already, and this is about Countdown.

There isn’t anything formally planned for post-event food and drink, but the most likely post-event venue is the one used by most people last year – the popular Cambridge Blue on Gwydir Street, which does a nice line in pies and is a short walk from both the church (11 minutes) and the station (12 minutes).

The entrance fee for the day is only £10, which can be transferred to Mike Brown through PayPal at Those of you who would prefer to pay by cheque can do so — snail-mail address available on request.

The timetable for the day is likely to be:

10.30 Doors open
11.15 Welcome / Round 1 Draw announced.
11.30 Round 1
12.50 Lunch
13.50 Round 2
15.10 Break
15.25 Round 3
16.45 Break
17.05 Grand Final (15 rounds)
17.30 Prizegiving
18.00 End / down the pub!

We look forward to seeing you there!

For other enquiries, please contact FOCAL and we will be happy to assist: Page updated 24/3/19.