Thursday Parking and Bridge Day Raffle

It would be appreciated if the parking area closest to the Hammond Hall entrance (suitable for about three vehicles) was kept free on Monday and Thursday evenings, in order to give priority to those Members who don’t move as fast as they used to! Thanks

Thanks to those who have donated a raffle prize for our Charity Bridge Day. We could still do with a few more donations which can be passed on to any Committee Member. If you intend bringing a prize on the Charity Day itself would you also please let a Committee Member know. Thanks again


Wednesday Bridge

Please be aware that there will be no Wednesday bridge during the month of August. Sessions will recommence on Wednesday 4th September for regulars and those who have just completed the two year course. A new Beginners’ Course will commence on Wednesday 18th September.

Barry and Lesley

Strawberry Bridge Evening

This is a reminder that next Thursday- June 20th – is Strawberry Bridge Evening, when the Committee will be providing strawberries, cream and home made biscuits. This will be a Chicago fun evening which Dave Williams has kindly agreed to direct………….and there will be prizes!! You may bring your own alcoholic drink as the premises are fully licensed; and to cap it all this will be a free evening………………..what more could you ask for ?!!


Pat Lucas on Mastermind!

For those of you who have been following Pat’s progress on Mastermind, you may like to know that her semi final is due to be aired this Friday – May 17th.


Bassingham Bridge Club Charity Bridge Day

Our Charity Bridge Day this year is in aid of Age Concern. It will be held on Friday 30th August in the main Hammond Hall. The charge is £16 per head. The day starts from 10 am with home made biscuits and tea or coffee and the opportunity to buy raffle tickets. The morning session of bridge starts at 1030 am and finishes at 1230 pm for lunch. The afternoon session starts at 1.30 pm and continues till about 3.30 pm. During this session raffle prizes are drawn and the day concludes with tea and cake and the awarding of the bridge prizes. If you would like to attend you can book your place by replying to this email. I will be collecting payment from next Thursday onwards. Priority is given to our own Club Members until the end of this month. From June 1st it will be opened up to members of other clubs.


Bassingham B C Individual Competition

Individual Competition  2019 – 20

The preferences expressed at the recent AGM   have led the Committee to state that the Individual Competition will continue once a month with the Basic Acol system being played by all those taking part, as is already the case in the Final.  Information cards giving details of the Basic Acol system will be placed on each table on Individual evenings and these details will also be placed on the website.  In addition to what is on the information cards Gerber can be used after 1NT and 2NT asking for aces, as 4NT would be quantitive. Until now a player has only been allowed to draw their regular partner once.  This will now be extended to include any player. In other words you will not be able to draw any player more than once during the season.

Again taking into account views expressed, the Committee is encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the Competition to make it more representative of the Membership.  For a trial period of 6 months those not taking part in the Individual competition will be able to play duplicate amongst themselves, using their own systems and if they wish to, can arrange amongst themselves for the results to be worked out. Only slams scored in the Individual Competition will count towards the Slam Competition. If there is an odd player in each section they will pair up and play in the Individual. One odd player will sit in as at present.  These arrangements will be reviewed at the end of the trial period depending upon feedback. Dave Williams has said that he is willing to direct both sets of players on Individual evenings when he is available.

The League Competition

This will continue as normal for this season using the revised scoring system, as teams have already been selected.  The Committee has already stated that where a substitute has to be used, agreement must be reached between team captains.  This competition will be reviewed before the start of next season, again taking Membership feedback into account.

Bassingham Bridge Club Committee

Annual Dinner – Final Reminder

This is a final reminder for the Bassingham Bridge Club Annual Dinner on Friday April 26th at Newark Golf Club. You can arrive any time after 6.45 pm and claim a free drink for you and your partner at the bar. Please be seated in the dining area by 7.25 pm. In case you haven’t been to the golf Club before, as you drive along the drive leading to it, you will come to a barrier. If you drive up close to it, it will open automatically. When you leave at the end of the evening you will need to punch in a code at a keypad on the righthand side. You will be told the code during the evening, or you can ask at the bar. On each table there will be a card showing meal choices on one side and trophy winners and runners up on the other. Dave and Sally will be organising a quiz, so it would be an idea to have a pen or pencil with you.


Annual Dinner Correction

The Mains choice for the Bassingham Bridge Club Annual Dinner which reads “Blackened Mackerel fillet” should read “Blackened salmon fillet.” Apologies for that. If anyone who has already sent in their meal choices now wishes to change, please let me know.