Tower Date Correction

The WI will be using the Hammond Halll on the 1st December, not as previously stated, on the 8th. So therefore bridge on the 1st Dec. will take place in the Tower. The 6th October date is unchanged. Apologies for this error.

Fifth Thursday & Bridge in the Tower

As this Thursday is the fifth Thursday of this month, people who have recently learnt to play bridge are encouraged to come along. The pace of play will be slower than normal and experienced players will be ready to encourage and give advice.

A reminder that on the 6th October and the 8th December the WI will be using the Main Hall, so bridge will take place in the Tower Room. As there is less space in the Tower, some teams arrange League Matches on these evenings.

Ravens Hall Hotel bridge break

Monday 24th April 2023

Following on from booking our November bridge break in Scarborough Jayne and I also found a very nice venue to play at in April.

At the moment I would mainly like an indication from those of you who would like to come, again it is for three nights starting on Monday 24th April through to Thursday 27th.

This is aimed at more experienced players but non-playing partners are welcome.

As a rough guide the break will cost about £300 per person all in but there may be a surplus for single rooms.

Please reply to Please let me have yours and your partners name and any particular room requests.

A deposit of £75 will be due by 1st November when I have to pay the hotel. If you do feel a need to pay me, my bank details are:-

Fred Myers

Account number 00232850

Sort code 30-97-95.

Fred and Jayne

Palm Court break

There’s good news and bad news!

In four days we are now fully booked so sorry if you are still hoping to come. I will create a waiting list if there are any cancellations.

Thank you for your prompt responses.


November Bridge Break

What you have all been waiting for!

The Bridge Break is now back on however it is not in Norfolk. Nigel will be very happy, we are going to Yorkshire but not to Barnsley!

Scarborough at the Pal Court Hotel, same dates as before, Sunday 20th November to Wednesday 23rd. This will be organised on a first come first served basis to keep it fair for all. If you are interested, please complete the attached form. There will be a £100 per person deposit required on booking and we have to be fully paid up one month before we go.

Sorry, but I do promise not to abscond with the proceeds.


Curry Evening Wednesday October 19th

This will be held as usual at Newark Golf Club. You can arrive from 6pm for a 6.30 start. Peter Cole will be directing the evening – so expect a few googlies! The price is £10 per head. To book your place and for any further enquiries, contact the new Social Secretary, Fred Myers at or at a bridge evening.

Act 2 Murder Mystery

Act 2 are back – with a Murder Mystery set in 1526 – “Ann gets Cleaved”! Several members of our bridge club are currently members of this illustrious theatre company or have been over the years, so many members of our club have gone along for an enjoyable evening – with the odd heckle! Normally I would collect names and get tickets for this event but this year I am away when the tickets go on sale and for the event itself. So for anyone who would like to go along – and maybe obtain tickets for those living further afield here are the main details:

Date – Saturday 24th September

Venue – The Hammond Hall

Doors open 7pm for a 7.30 start

Price – £15 per person which includes a three course meal

Dress in Period costume optional – prize for best dressed guest.

Tickets on sale – Friday 2nd September from the Hammond Hall and from Saturday 3rd September from Greens Stores, Bassingham


Jubilee Duplicate – Thursday 2nd June

There will be bridge at Bassingham on the above date, despite the fact that it is a bank holiday. The evening will be led by our director Fred who will run a normal duplicate evening. However, please add to the atmosphere by wearing red, white and blue if possible.
Many thanks to Roger Baker who has kindly agreed to open the Hall for us.

2022/23 League and Knock-Out Competitions

Hi All
All the teams and fixtures for the above competitions are now live on the website. The league competition was a seeded draw and the knock out was a random seeded draw.
Please try, as much as possible, to stick to the suggested fixture programme as it is important that both finals are completed by the end of March 2023 in time for next year’s AGM and Dinner.
I have assumed that the first named person in each team is the captain but if not please let me know.
I hope you all enjoy playing with your new teams and have an enjoyable and successful season.

Bassingham Bridge Chairman’s Report 2022

How good it is to be back playing live at Hammond Hall. When the government said that we could meet again in public we immediately opened up bridge and were surprised that there were 11 tables on that first Thursday night. Clearly members were keen to return to a friendly and social bridge club.

It was decided that this year there would only be normal duplicate on Thursdays with a Pairs Competition on the second Thursday of each month. However, members feed-back suggested that the league competition was missed and it was decided to run this if there was sufficient demand. In fact 18 pairs wished to take part and therefore 2 divisions were needed. The newly voted for format was used and teams were formed on the basis of their seeding over the year.

The Club also ran their popular Random Seeded Teams Competitions on 2 Sunday afternoons in November and February. These were efficiently directed by Dave Williams and a very tasty afternoon tea provided by members.

Barry Leverett organised, what is becoming our regular 2 curry nights at Newark Golf Club. This is an ideal venue with Chicago bridge played in a separate room and then moving into the main Club Room for a variety of curry dishes.

Unfortunately we could not have our usual Christmas celebrations because of stricter Covid regulations at the time.

Tuesday afternoons continue to be used for social bridge.

On Wednesday evenings Barry and Lesley have taught bridge over a 2 year course for many years. We are indebted to their continued support and excellent teaching. However, they have decided that the time has come to stand down from this role. We are fortunate that a keen group of members have come together to deliver a new course which started in January.

Throughout the Covid period and when we returned to live bridge I have been supported by all the members of the committee and we have met regularly (either by Zoom or socially distanced when appropriate). I am therefore sad to lose 2 very long serving members who have decided the time has come to step down from their roles. My sincere thanks and appreciation go to Tony Tyler and Anne Lanes for their unstinting support and loyalty. Tony has been secretary for many years and has a thorough understanding of the workings of our Club and always been there to advise. Anne has taken a particular role in membership and support of improvers, particularly on Tuesday afternoons. Her catering advice and prowess has been really appreciated.

At our last committee meeting it was decided to return to all the competitions and events that we regularly ran pre Covid (with the exception of the Charity Day). It is good to have our Club back to where it was in Roy’s day. Hopefully the Charity Day can also be resumed in the future.