Covid Plan B

The government have issued mandatory instructions for everyone to wear a face mask in public places from Friday 10th December. This includes community centres such as Hammond Hall. It therefore seems to be a sensible step to encourage all to wear a face mask this evening Thursday 9th December. Members may feel that they would also like to take a LFT before attending.

Following a hastily arranged meeting this afternoon your committee reluctantly decided that next week’s bridge sessions will run as normal but Thursday 16th December will be the last Bridge for this year. Regrettably we decided to cancel the Christmas Bridge on Thursday 23rd. Any decision about resuming face-to-face Bridge will be taken on 3rd January when, hopefully, we will have some further guidance from the Government. Please keep your eyes open for any Bassingham Blogs over Christmas and New Year.

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.

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


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!)

Bassingham Bridge EGM

Just a quick reminder to all members that it is our EGM this Thursday at 6.30 pm at Hammond Hall. This will be followed by the presentation of trophies to winners. We hope to start our bridge at 7 pm as usual. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

2021/2022 Bassingham Bridge League Teams

Thank you to all who submitted their names to me to be included in this year’s Bassingham Bridge League. I have put the pairs together into 2 divisions of roughly the same ability the teams and fixtures will be as follows: Would each team please let me have the name of their captain?

Division A:

Team A: Andy Milner, Bill Burrows, Louise Gravil and Chris Douglas

Team B: Nigel and Pat Haslam, Alan Timmis and Peter Phillips

Team C: Sheila Dalziel, Rosie Goldingham, Dave Lucas and Ann Ford

Team D: Pat Lucas, Carolyn Morant, Liz Salmon and Sheila Henry

Division B:

Team A: Dave and Sally Williams, Salma Pierson and Jean Bentley

Team B: Roger and Margaret Shelley, Jim Wallace and David Baker

Team C: Tony and Jean Tyler, Chris Pickering and Ian Pateron

Team D: Peter and Corinne Cole, Fiona Wright and Kathy Davies

Team E: Fred Myers, Milly Hobson, Jayne Barrett and Debbie Locker


Division A:

Match 1: Team A v C Team B v D

Match 2: Team D v A Team C v B

Match 3: Team B v A Team D v C

Division B:

Match 1: Team A v D Team B v C

Match 2: Team C v A Team E v B

Match 3: Team D v E Team B v A

Match 4: Team A v E Team C v D

Match 5: Team D v B Team E v C

Please note that the rules for the league are on the website. The home team (first listed in fixtures) usually provides refreshments. Please let me have the results of your matches.

Arrange to play a match roughly once per month but to finish by the first week of March so that the winner of each division can play one another in the Final in March.

Please note that on Thursdays 7th October and 2nd December Bassingham have to use the Tower so you may wish to arrange a league fixture for those dates.

Bob’s funeral

My apologies to all for omitting the date of Bob’s funeral. It is to be held on Friday 17th September at 11.30 at Ollerton Crematorium meeting afterwards at Deyncourt Hotel in Newark. All donations are for cancer research.

Bob’s funeral

Bassingham Bridge Club were deeply saddened to hear of the death of one of our members, Bob Davies.I Bob’s funeral will take place at 11.30 am at Ollerton crematorium. Afterwards they are going to the Deyncourt Hotel in Newark. Any donations are for cancer research.

Bassingham Bridge League Competition

Several members have expressed an interest in taking part in a short league competition for the remainder of our year ie the end of March 2022. These are very friendly matches of 20 boards played in members’ homes. Further rules are on the website. I am asking members to enter as pairs and submit these to me by Thursday 16th September. After this date I will form these pairings into teams of similar ability.

You can e-mail your pairs to me at or text to 07941159982. Alternatively, catch me at Bassingham or Heighington club nights.

Please note that Thursdays 7th October and 2nd December are scheduled to be in the Tower Room and therefore those nights may be good to organise a league match.

Good News

I have spoken with Shirley Holmes this afternoon and the good news is that Bill is out of hospital and at home. Shirley says that he is making steady progress.