Lockdown Anecdote

It would seem that the Literary Giants amongst our Membership cannot contain themselves to 500 words, so the upper limit is now extended to 1000 words (or thereabouts!). Entries far in excess of “thereabouts” may be forwarded to The Donald for use in his re-election campaign.



……..and now for something completely different – as a diversion from the B – – – – – word!

You may enter either or both.


The Bassingham Bridge Club Cryptic Lockdown Quiz

I know some of you – well maybe one of you – will be sorely missing the Blakeney Quiz, so I thought I would compile one where the answers are fairly topical at the moment and open it up to all Club Members. So if you’re looking for a different diversion from reading, gardening, overeating/drinking, zooming the grandkids, writing your memoirs – or anything really – why not have a go at this simple, relaxing and “highly entertaining” quiz! You could be in line for a “magnificent prize!” Winning entries – assuming there’s more than one! – will be entered into a draw.

Closing date for entries (to be emailed to me) is November 30th 2020.


An amusing Lockdown anecdote – real or imagined!

Puy tour literary skills to the test (in not more than 500 words!) by relating something which happened – or could have happened! – during Lockdown. Again an amazing prize awaits the winning entry!

Closing date for entries (to be emailed to me) is November 30th 2020.

For the quiz open the file below – if that creates a problem I can email it to you.


Play Bridge for the NHS

Hi Fellow Isolationists!

In case you’re not getting enough bridge at the moment – or even if you are – the event mentioned below was highlighted on Bernard Magee’s YouTube presentation yesterday and may interest you.

If you wish to take part please contact the organising Club directly, as shown above.


Curry Bridge Evening

I am proposing to carry forward the names of all the people who booked for this evening’s cancelled event, to the time when we next hold a Curry Bridge Evening. If at that time you don’t wish to attend you will receive a full refund.


Find a Partner

Our Web Administrator, Alan Timmis, has now included a facility on the Club Website to enable members to request a partner if required. In order to do this you need to go to the website. Underneath the heading “Latest Results” you will see a new heading “(1) Find a Partner (2) Local Bridge Events,” Simply click where it says “click here” and complete the headings as stated and when you have finished post it to the website.


Curry Bridge Evening

Our next Curry Bridge Evening will be on Wednesday March 18th at Newark Golf Club. The price remains at £8 per head. Andy Milner has kindly agreed to direct this event which will be straightforward Chicago with no “hidden extras!” You may arrive from 6.30pm onwards and please be seated ready to start play by 6.55pm. The bar will be open for you to buy drinks. There will be three curries – one medium/hot (usually beef), one mild (usually chicken) and one medium (vegetarian); these will be served as near to 8pm as possible. When you drive in off the A17 follow the track till you come to a security gate; drive up close to it and it will open; when you leave you will need a four figure code to enter into a keypad just before the gate to allow the gate to open. You will be told this code during the evening and you can ask any of the bar staff.

If you wish to attend you will need a partner. Please let me know asap as numbers are limited. You can let me know either by replying to this email or when you next see me. Your booking will be confirmed when I receive payment.


Christmas Raffle

The Christmas raffle, drawn at our Christmas Bridge Evening, raised £255. The Committee has agreed to round this up to £300 and a cheque for this amount will be sent to The British Heart Foundation, Roy’s family’s chosen charity.


Social Events for 2020

Here are some dates for your diary:

Teams of Four – 9th Feb

Curry Bridge at Newark Golf Club – 18th March

AGM and St George’s Day Bridge – 23rd April

Annual Dinner at Newark Golf Club – 24th April

Strawberry Bridge – 18th June

Curry Bridge – 14th October

Teams of Four – 22nd November

Christmas Bridge – 17th December

Further details for these events will be sent out nearer the time. This Events List will also appear on the Website.


Bridge Club at The Panto!

Yes………………the Panto Season is here again! On Friday January 31st Act 2 will be staging Cinderella in Bassingham Village Hall. I will be arranging tickets for those of you from Bassingham Bridge Club who wish to attend. Tickets are £9. If you would like tickets, you can either reply to this email or see me at the next bridge session. I would like payment by our final bridge session for this year – Thursday the 19th December – as tickets go on sale on January 5th. For your information the first bridge session of 2020 will be Thursday January 2nd.