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.

Annual General Meeting 2022

The Bassingham Bridge Club’s Annual General Meeting this year will be on Thursday 28th April 2022 and it will start at 6-30pm, so that bridge can still be played afterwards.
Members can put forward proposals for consideration at the AGM. Any such proposal needs to be sent to me, the secretary, no later than the 24th March. It should include the name of the proposer and the seconder.
At this AGM Anne Lanes and I will be standing down from the committee so that there will be two vacancies. Other members of the committee are willing to continue.
Names for consideration at the election can be put forward beforehand and should include the name of the proposer, the seconder and the consent of the nominee. It is possible for names to be proposed at the meeting.

The club committee have decided that there will not be a charity bridge day this year. It is hoped that the new committee will be able to arrange one for 2023.


Curry Bridge Wed. 9th March

Our next Curry Bridge Evening will, as usual, be held at Newark Golf Club. Having held the price at £8 per head for the last seven years, this year sees the price increasing to £9 per head. Members can arrive from 6.30pm, to be seated by 6.55pm. The bar will be open on arrival. Peter Cole has kindly agreed to direct what will be a straightforward Chicago Evening and this will start at 7pm. Curry will be served at 8pm. Bridge will resume after curry and we aim to finish by 10pm.

For those who haven’t been before, the Golf Club is situated off the A17 about half a mile from the Stapleford roundabout. At the end of the drive leading to the Club there is an automatic barrier which opens when you drive up close to it. When you leave you will need a four figure pass code to open the gate – this will be given out during the evening. If you would like to attend you can contact me by clicking on my name in the box at the bottom of this email. Payment will then confirm your place. Places are limited so it’s first come first served.


Covid Precautions from Thursday 27th January

From the government: –

The government has announced that the measures put in place under plan B in England will be lifted. You should continue to follow safer behaviours to protect yourself and others:

  • Get vaccinated and get your booster dose
  • Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required

From the Club Committee: –

We still expect our members to look after themselves and each other by vaccination, by hand washing and sanitisation, by ventilation of premises, by testing, and where they feel it individually appropriate the wearing of masks.

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.


I was browsing through the Bridge Club Live website yesterday evening and, in the Results section, came across a couple of “Aliases” that I recognised!
Huge Congratulations to Pat Lucas and Derek Crumpton who are absolute top of the Monthly Improvers Tourney Ladder for December. They have had 6 wins and earned 130 on-line master points. This is a major achievement as there are hundreds of pairs who compete in this Tourney. Well Done both! Andy

Covid precautions

It looks like the precautions we have to take are the same as they were before Christmas.
We will all need to wear masks during a bridge session and to ensure that we do not help the spread of Covid a test should be taken if you have any symptoms.
We hope that these precautions won’t last forever.

Bridge for Beginners

After a decade of offering Bridge for Beginners tuition at Bassingham Bridge Club, Barry and Lesley Leverett have decided to take a well-earned “retirement”. We offer a massive THANKYOU to Barry and Lesley for all their hard work and for introducing our wonderful game to so many new players and members.
Covid restrictions permitting, for 2022 a small but enthusiastic team will be taking over, using the teaching materials that Barry and Lesley have passed on and adding some of our own.

These sessions will run in the Hammond Hall Tower room, from 7.00 – 9.00 pm each Wednesday evening starting on Wednesday 5th January 2022. There will be a small charge to cover the room hire but the first session is free. Adverts have been placed in local Parish magazines and on village notice boards. However, we would be grateful if members could publicise and promote our “Bridge for Beginners” course. If you can think of anyone who might be interested please ask them to get in touch with either Andy Milner or Pat Lucas.

For those of you who like a bit of mental stimulation … Can you figure out how North/South can make a Grand Slam in clubs, with just 21 points and five obvious winners, on Board 7 from Thursday evening? Click on results for Thursday 9th December and you will soon find the hand. If you do NOT want a clue, stop reading now. If you DO want a clue, here it is. In a suit contract, it is (usually) a good strategy to draw trumps early.

A couple of reminders. Sadly, our Christmas Bridge, scheduled for Thursday 23rd, has had to be cancelled, so this coming Thursday, 16th, will be our last for 2021 – we hope to provide Mulled Wine. Please wear a face covering unless exempt. We aim to re-start on Tuesday 4th for the afternoon social Bridge. Thursday duplicates re-start on Thursday 6th January.

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers! Andy.