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.


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.


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.


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

Wednesday social Bridge in August

As only four people indicated that would like to play bridge on Wednesday evenings in August, this will not now be going ahead. Thanks to those people who had agreed to run the evenings.

Improver sessions will recommence on Wednesday 1st September.


Wednesday Social Bridge in August

The Wednesday Evening Bridge Sessions are primarily intended for people learning to play bridge and practise their skills. These sessions end in July and recommence in September, which means that the month of August could be available for anyone wanting to play social bridge. This would be in addition to the usual Tuesday afternoon bridge session.

If there is sufficient interest, Jim Wallace has kindly agreed to be in charge of the first session on Wednesday 4th August, between 7 and 10pm – but other volunteers would be needed for future sessions. In order to gauge interest would you please email me if you would intend coming to all or any of these Wednesday Evening Sessions.



Curry Bridge Evening – Yes it’s Back!

Almost exactly 16 months ago, 44 of you booked for a Curry bridge Evening at Newark Golf Club, which we had to cancel at the last minute for reasons only too well known. Those 44 people, most of whom have already paid, will be given priority for our next Curry Bridge Evening which is planned for Wednesday 13th October.

If you can remember booking last time please email me – or tell me when you see me – whether you want to keep your place. If you can’t remember whether you booked or not I’ll be able to tell you. If you booked last time and had to back out you will receive a refund as will anyone who has already paid and now can’t make it on the 13th October. If places become available they’ll be offered on a first come first served basis.

The price remains the same at £8 per head. You can arrive on the night from 6.30pm onwards when the bar will be open. The bridge will start at 7pm and we break for curry as near to 8pm as we can. Bridge resumes after curry and we finish round about 10pm. Andy Milner has kindly agreed to direct; the bridge will be straightforward shuffle and deal Chicago.


Bassingham Bridge Club Accounts

Please find attached the Bassingham Bridge Club Accounts for the years 2019-20 and 2020-21. These accounts have been audited and signed but the audited copies attached below are not signed since scanned copies come out very blurred. If anyone requires a signed copy they can contact me for one or otherwise contact Roger Baker for verification. I will try to answer any queries you may have about the accounts at the AGM.