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.

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.

Christmas Bridge

Hello everyone,
It’s that time of year again.
There will be a special fun night for the Christmas bridge session this year on Thursday 23rd December.
It will be a free night and the club will provide mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls.
So all members are welcome to come along and have a good evening of fun bridge. There may even be prizes!

Please note that this will be the last club bridge session of this year. Bridge will start again on Tuesday afternoon 4th January 2022.

Bassingham Bridge Club goes Panto!

The Bassingham village Panto is back and our Club has in the past formed a large and vociferous part of the Friday evening audience! This year’s performance has the intriguing title of Robin Hood & The Babes in The Wood. Tickets cost £8; if you would like to go I will be taking bookings for Friday January 28th, with payment, up until December 23rd. I have to purchase the tickets at the beginning of January before we meet up again.


Covid Up-date

Following a committee meeting yesterday evening, we thought it might be pertinent to remind members of our Covid precautions.

As you know, we are fortunate to have a large well-ventilated room but do please remember to bring several “layers” of clothing, particularly on these cold winter nights. That said, this evening we will be in the tower room because of the W I Christmas Party. You may want to come a few minutes early as parking will be at a premium.

Please do not attend if you have any Covid symptoms e.g. cough, temperature, loss of sense of taste or smell.

Following government guidelines, Mask-wearing remains optional.

Please use the hand sanitiser provided.

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.

Beginners Bridge and (on-line) Improving.

Hi Folks
Having successfully organised our Beginners Courses for the last ten years or so, Barry and Les Leverett are “handing over the baton”. Both Bassingham Bridge Club and the participating beginners, owe a huge debt of gratitude to Barry and Les for all their hard work over the years. Thank you both! We are currently recruiting a small team of volunteers to take over and offer Beginners Bridge in The Hammond Hall on Wednesday evenings from January 2022 – Covid restrictions permitting. More details on this to follow – see the club website.
I know that many of you have embraced on-line Bridge over the past 18 Months or so. It is an excellent way to get plenty of practice in and can massively improve your game. For those of you who use BBO as your platform it may be worth having a look at The Friendly Online Bridge Club (just google it). This is a not for profit club that has been set up by a few enthusiasts in Lancashire. They offer improvers lessons, often using “Zoom”, friendly duplicate sessions and much more. Most of it is free initially but they do have a membership fee after a while.

If, like me, your preferred on-line platform is BridgeClubLive, their Coaching Corner is very useful and you can always get a game in their Social room.
If you would like more information about any of this – please just get in touch.