Learning Bridge Wednesday 5th June

Tonight we will be looking at Pre-emptive Bids, the requirements for making such a bid and what we need to respond to our partner’s pre-empt.

We will also be looking at how vulnerability and position at the table should affect our judgement as to whether to pre-empt or not.

All are welcome.

The Bassingham Teaching Team

BBC Roy Hughes Memorial Charity Bridge Day 6-9-24

If you wish to book places for this year’s charity Bridge Day – 1000 for 1030 start and cost £22.50 per head – please reply to this email or see me at a Club meeting. Payment will then confirm your booking. Priority will be given to Bassingham and Heighington Club members till the end of June, when places will then be offered to people from other clubs.

As agreed last year, profits from this year’s Charity Bridge Day will support the work of the local St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln.

As mentioned at the AGM, help from Club members would be very much appreciated. If you would be willing to help and you haven’t yet put your name forward, please mention this to a Committee Member and you will then be contacted nearer the time.



Thursday 30th May

This will be a “gentle duplicate” session intended to help our learners and improvers get to grips with Duplicate Bridge. The pace will be slower than normal with opportunities for advice and discussion about the bidding and the card play. Currently we have nine mentors who are partnering people fairly new to Duplicate Bridge but they will also be happy to help anyone who asks for advice.

All are welcome but please be aware that it will feel different from normal and any scores achieved or slams bid will not count towards the final end of year results


Improvers Bridge

Wednesday 22nd May
This week we are looking at how to bid slams. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Act 2 Tickets

Tickets for the two one act plays on June 1st have been obtained for all who have applied to me by email. These will be given out on Thursday of this week, when I will also collect payment of £15 per head. If you won’t be at bridge this Thursday I will also have them with me next Monday 13th and on Monday 27th and Thursday 30th. BBC will be occupying three tables; your ticket will show which table you’re on.


Presentation Evening

Saturday 4th May at The Bentley Hotel
It was an excellent Annual Dinner at the Bentley. Members arrived and received a free drink from the Club. They then moved through to the dining area and enjoyed a 3-course meal. This was followed by the most important part of the evening in the presentation of trophies earned throughout the year. Dave and Sally then provided a cunning quiz to be tackled while coffee and chocolates were served. The winner of the quiz was Fred and Jayne. A fitting end given the hard work they put into organising the evening.
Make sure you don’t miss the event next year. Put Friday 25th April for the Annual Dinner in your diaries!

BBC at Act 2 – two one act plays

Many of you in the past will have enjoyed Act 2’s One Act plays with theatre supper Evenings……well they’re back!

This year’s fun-filled offerings are:

Rambles on Radio: This is a spoof on a mystery radio show. Christopher is delighted to be performing his own play on the radio with his daughter in the starring role; but others are less content with the casting. Worse still, there’s much more drama behind the microphone than is going out over the air!


A Cut Above the Rest! The over 50s Club panto group are meeting to discuss their next pantomime. Dominant organiser Jack, who writes, directs and constantly rubs others up the wrong way, has decided on drastic budget cuts, much to the consternation of established divas in the group. Jack has decided that younger people should be allowed to take part, further upsetting the status quo. The vicar’s attempts to calm troubled waters are increasingly ineffective as turmoil reigns in this one act comedy.

Tickets have already gone on sale and usually sell quickly, so if you’d like to be part of the BBC audience please let me know asap. The date will be Saturday June 1st at Bassingham Primary School (next to the Hammond Hall) and the cost is £15 per head which includes the two course supper. If tickets are limited I’ll give priority to those who contact me first. If you can’t manage the Saturday but would like to go on the Friday I will try and get tickets for that day as well – so please make it clear which day you would like tickets for.

Barry (To reply, please click on my name in the box at the foot of this email).

Table Money

Some people forgot to pay table money last Thursday – probably because it was collected before everybody arrived. I would be grateful if you would settle up when you next see me.



Bridge Pair Needed for the League

Hi All

We are one pair short to make our final team in the Bassingham Bridge Teams League. If you could persuade another couple to join us it would be perfect. If I don’t have another pair by next Thursday, 2nd May I’m afraid I will have to ask the last couple who entered to be transferred to Reserves. Please let me have the pairs names before next Thursday.
I will do the draw for teams (Knock Out and Leagues) in The Bugle Horn after Bridge next Thursday 2nd May.
Many thanks