November Bridge Break

What you have all been waiting for!

The Bridge Break is now back on however it is not in Norfolk. Nigel will be very happy, we are going to Yorkshire but not to Barnsley!

Scarborough at the Pal Court Hotel, same dates as before, Sunday 20th November to Wednesday 23rd. This will be organised on a first come first served basis to keep it fair for all. If you are interested, please complete the attached form. There will be a £100 per person deposit required on booking and we have to be fully paid up one month before we go.

Sorry, but I do promise not to abscond with the proceeds.


Jubilee Duplicate – Thursday 2nd June

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.

2022/23 League and Knock-Out Competitions

Hi All
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.

Bassingham Bridge Chairman’s Report 2022

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.

League and Knock Out Competitions 2022-23

Hi All
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.

EBU Simultaneous Pairs Event

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.

St Patrick’s Day – Thursday 17th March

This will be an evening of normal duplicate bridge but with an Irish theme. You are invited to take part such as wearing something green. There will be biscuits (Shamrock shaped shortbread) to have with your refreshments.

British Spring Sim Pairs 2022

Monday 4th April 2022
Heighington Bridge Club have invited Bassingham to join them in an EBU national Sim Pairs Competition on 4th April. The cost will be £5 with the proceeds going to the charity English Bridge Education and Development.
This will be run in place of their usual bridge evening on Monday 4th April at Hammond Hall at 7 pm.

Random Seeded Event

Sunday 27th February 2022 at 2 pm

All Club members are invited to take part in this friendly afternoon bridge competition. There is an afternoon tea to break up the event. Dave Williams has kindly agreed to direct. If you would like to take part please pass the names of your pair to Pat Haslam.

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.