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.
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.
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.
Four people arrived at last night’s bridge after I’d collected the table money. I left before I was able to issue a reminder so would those people please pay me when they next see me.
The committee of Bassingham Bridge Club has decided to resume all competitions for 2022/23. Therefore I am now asking for entries for both the league and knock out. Both of these competitions are played in peoples homes throughout the year.
For both these you must enter as a pair, and once all entries have been received teams for both will be finalised and a fixture list produced. Please let me know your pairs by 30th April, and make it clear whether you are entering the league, knock out, or both.
If you haven’t yet signed up for the Annual Dinner or let me know your meal choices would you please do so asap, as I have to let Newark Golf Club know numbers and choices by next Friday. If you have lost track of the details and the menu you will find them on the Club Blog in my email of March 18th.
The new year for competitions started on the 1st April.
The committee have agreed that ALL competitions will be run as normal (ie. as they were before Covid) this year. So this Thursday 14th it will be a pairs evening and on Thursday 28th April it will be the individual competition after the AGM has concluded.
Team events , both league and knockout will be run, entrants for these are being sought. Any pairs that are interested should please contact Pat Haslam.
BASSINGHAM BRIDGE CLUB
Annual General Meeting THURSDAY 28th APRIL, 2022
2 Draft Minutes of AGM 2021 – circulated and also of the EGM held on Sep 2021.
3 Matters arising
4 Treasurer’s Report
Accounts for 2021/22
5 Chairman’s Report
6. Election of Officers
Please note that Anne Lanes and Tony Tyler will not be seeking re-election at this AGM. All other members of the committee are willing to carry on.
The following proposals have been received: –
Fred Myers proposed by Alan Timmis and seconded by Peter Philips
Liz Salmon proposed by Pat Haslam and seconded by Anne Lanes
Chairperson Vice Chair
2 other Committee members
Election of Auditor
7. There will not be a Charity bridge day this year . It is hoped that when things are more back to normal that the new committee will arrange one for 2023.
8. Date of next years AGM and Annual Dinner
Suggested Thursday 27th April 2023 for the AGM and Friday 28th April for the annual dinner.
(for info Easter Sunday in 2023 will be on 9th April)
Hope to see many of you there in good time.
Heighington Bridge Club have invited Bassingham to join them next Monday 4th April for an EBU Simultaneous Pairs Event at Hammond Hall for a 7 pm start. They will be playing the same hands as a number of clubs across the country. The event will raise funds for the development of bridge by the EBU, and therefore the table money will be £5 per head to cover the contribution to the EBU. Refreshments will be available as usual.
The Annual Dinner will take place at Newark Golf Club on Friday 29th April – 7pm for 7.30pm. The cost remains at £20 per head and the menu is attached. If you would like to attend please email me your choices and pay when you next see me. The Annual Prizegiving will also take place and there will be the usual quiz – this year set by Tony Tyler. The bar will be open and your first drink of the evening will be paid for by the Club; this also applies to partners who are not Club Members. You can reply to me by clicking on my name in the box at the end of this email.