Bassingham Bridge Club goes Panto!

The Bassingham village Panto is back and our Club has in the past formed a large and vociferous part of the Friday evening audience! This year’s performance has the intriguing title of Robin Hood & The Babes in The Wood. Tickets cost £8; if you would like to go I will be taking bookings for Friday January 28th, with payment, up until December 23rd. I have to purchase the tickets at the beginning of January before we meet up again.


Covid Up-date

Following a committee meeting yesterday evening, we thought it might be pertinent to remind members of our Covid precautions.

As you know, we are fortunate to have a large well-ventilated room but do please remember to bring several “layers” of clothing, particularly on these cold winter nights. That said, this evening we will be in the tower room because of the W I Christmas Party. You may want to come a few minutes early as parking will be at a premium.

Please do not attend if you have any Covid symptoms e.g. cough, temperature, loss of sense of taste or smell.

Following government guidelines, Mask-wearing remains optional.

Please use the hand sanitiser provided.

Keeping Covid Safe

The committee feels that now is a good time to remind members that Covid is still with us. The Government advice continues to recommend that there is adequate ventilation when meeting indoors. The committee has decided that there should be windows open to allow this. Members may therefore need to bring additional warm clothing when playing bridge at Hammond Hall.
Don’t forget to use the sanitiser on arrival at bridge. There is sanitiser available as you come into Hammond Hall and an additional supply in the playing area.

Beginners Bridge and (on-line) Improving.

Hi Folks
Having successfully organised our Beginners Courses for the last ten years or so, Barry and Les Leverett are “handing over the baton”. Both Bassingham Bridge Club and the participating beginners, owe a huge debt of gratitude to Barry and Les for all their hard work over the years. Thank you both! We are currently recruiting a small team of volunteers to take over and offer Beginners Bridge in The Hammond Hall on Wednesday evenings from January 2022 – Covid restrictions permitting. More details on this to follow – see the club website.
I know that many of you have embraced on-line Bridge over the past 18 Months or so. It is an excellent way to get plenty of practice in and can massively improve your game. For those of you who use BBO as your platform it may be worth having a look at The Friendly Online Bridge Club (just google it). This is a not for profit club that has been set up by a few enthusiasts in Lancashire. They offer improvers lessons, often using “Zoom”, friendly duplicate sessions and much more. Most of it is free initially but they do have a membership fee after a while.

If, like me, your preferred on-line platform is BridgeClubLive, their Coaching Corner is very useful and you can always get a game in their Social room.
If you would like more information about any of this – please just get in touch.

Random Seeded Teams Competition

21st November 2021 starting last 2 pm
We now have 7 teams for this event. If you would like to join us for this friendly afternoon of bridge (with afternoon tea) please let me have the names of your pair by 11th November.
Does anyone know the location of the Random Seeded Trophy? It is a golden cup. If so please let me know as soon as possible.

Many thanks

Table Money

Occasionally, when arriving late on a Thursday Evening after I’ve already collected the table money, a person or persons unknown may forget to pay. Could I ask therefore, that if you do arrive late, just to check whether I’ve been round. If so, would you please come and press your hard earned cash into my sweaty palm.



Sunday 21st November 2021 starting at 2 pm

We are pleased to say that we are organising our next Random Seeded Competition. This is a teams game to be played on Sunday afternoon. Dave Williams has kindly agreed to Direct and organise the bridge.

This is a friendly afternoon of bridge with a break for an afternoon tea. It is planned to be finished by 6 pm with the presentation of prizes. This is a Bassingham Bridge Club event and has no table money charged.

Would pairs please let Pat Haslam have their names (Tel: 693701 or email or just see me!)

Curry Bridge Wed. 13th October

There have been many changes to the original list of members attending the Curry Bridge Evening. Would you please check the attached list to make sure you are on and that you are still coming. The latest cancellation means that there are now two spare places. Please contact me if you would like to go. Members who had previously paid and have had to back out will be refunded.

A reminder that the event takes place at Newark Golf Club. Members can arrive from 6.30 onwards, when the bar will be open. Please be seated by 6.55 in order that bridge can commence at 7pm. We will break for curry at about 8pm and recommence when the meal is finished.


Draft minutes from EGM

Minutes of Extraordinary General Meeting of Bassingham Bridge Club

Held on Thursday 30th September 2021 at 6-30pm. In the Hammond Hall.

1. Apologies received from: – Andy Milner, Sally & Dave Williams, David Baker, Carolyn Morant, Maurice Lynne, Elaine Proctor, Anne Ford & David Lucas (part time), Susie & John Lucas (part time)

2. Minutes of AGM held via Zoom on 29th April 2021. Were accepted

3. No matters arising

4. Proposal from Alan Timmis: –
That in memory of our founder and all the good work he did over many years the name of the club be changed to Bassingham Hughes Bridge Club.
Seconded by Peter Philips.
Alan spoke about how Roy Hughes had started giving lessons and then started the club in 2000. He also thought that names on trophies can get forgotten. He said that considering the amount of work Roy had put in over the years his name should be remembered and included in the name of the club.

Tony Tyler on behalf of the committee said that Roy’s main interest was in playing bridge and it wasn’t necessary to change the name of the club. He recommended that the members should vote against this proposal and instead consider one of the options proposed by the committee.

Votes in favour of the proposal were 9 and votes against were 29.

Alternative proposal by the committee: –
A Roy Hughes memorial trophy for the Random seeded teams events or renaming the Charity bridge day each year after Roy Hughes.

The vote was 3 in favour of a trophy for the Random seeded teams event.
And 36 in favour of renaming the bridge day as follows – The Roy Hughes Memorial Charity bridge day.
5.Date of next years AGM will be Thursday 28th April and the Annual dinner on Friday 29th April 2022

Tony Tyler – Secretary.

After the EGM, trophies and prizes were awarded to those winners from 2019-20 reported at the AGM and also to those who played on line last year also reported at the AGM.

Teaching Beginner Bridge in Bassingham

We started teaching bridge in Bassingham about 10 years ago, firstly to a few people at home and then on Wednesday Evenings at The Hammond Hall from 7-9pm.

We are giving up taking Wednesday Evening Beginner Classes and we hope that someone will volunteer to continue them after Christmas. We would usually have started a new Beginner course in September but because of the interruption caused by Covid we are running a Refresher Course for the rest of this term. Any new Beginner Group would be able to start with new tutors in January 2022. We are now able to use the larger Tower room and it would be a shame to lose that booking and the potential influx of new members to the Club.

We gradually developed a two year course, based on the EBU Programme, usually with weekly Powerpoint presentations supported with set hands. We advertised our course among our members, in The Witham Staple and on the Club Website and usually got between 12 and 18 participants ranging in age from 12 to 90 years of age!

Our plan was for complete beginners to be able to pick up any hand and bid and play after the first term, using only natural bidding, so they could play with friends and at the Tuesday afternoon social bridge sessions. In the second term we concentrated on practising and reinforcing these bidding and playing skills. We found that many of our beginners were happy to stay at this level and had no wish to play competitively.

In the third and fourth terms we introduced conventional bidding up to Basic Standard Acol with duplicate scoring and encouraged participation in the fifth Thursday Academy evenings. For the last two terms we introduced more complex bidding and playing techniques, including Benji Acol whilst continuing to reinforce the basic skills.

We usually taught 10-12 sessions a term, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and August and there were no sessions on Curry Bridge Evenings or if we were away on holiday. We advertised each new term’s programme to the group, on the Bassingham Club Website and on the Hammond Hall notice board.

Of course someone else would wish to develop their own programme but hopefully our experience could be used as a basis from which to go forward. We would be happy to hand over all our notes, Powerpoints etc. Because of how we organised the programme, different people could take on different sections: complete beginners – 2 terms; up to standard Acol – 2 terms; up to Benji Acol 2 terms. Two or more people could share a section.

The Beginner Sessions have been very popular and we need new members to keep our Club vibrant so we hope that someone or a group of people will be willing to give it a go. Please contact us for more details.

Barry and Lesley