Curry Bridge Evening – Yes it’s Back!

Almost exactly 16 months ago, 44 of you booked for a Curry bridge Evening at Newark Golf Club, which we had to cancel at the last minute for reasons only too well known. Those 44 people, most of whom have already paid, will be given priority for our next Curry Bridge Evening which is planned for Wednesday 13th October.

If you can remember booking last time please email me – or tell me when you see me – whether you want to keep your place. If you can’t remember whether you booked or not I’ll be able to tell you. If you booked last time and had to back out you will receive a refund as will anyone who has already paid and now can’t make it on the 13th October. If places become available they’ll be offered on a first come first served basis.

The price remains the same at £8 per head. You can arrive on the night from 6.30pm onwards when the bar will be open. The bridge will start at 7pm and we break for curry as near to 8pm as we can. Bridge resumes after curry and we finish round about 10pm. Andy Milner has kindly agreed to direct; the bridge will be straightforward shuffle and deal Chicago.

Barry

Bridge starts again at the Hall

Following the government announcement to lift all restrictions of the lockdown, the Hammond hall will open again from the 19th July.  So the club will start all normal sessions from the following day.
The first face to face session will be social bridge on Tuesday afternoon 20th July starting at 2pm in the tower room.
Wednesday evening will also be in the tower room from 7pm. This session will initially be for beginners and improvers groups.
Thursday evening will be a normal duplicate bridge session starting at 7pm in the main hall

Before attending a club session members should either be double vaccinated or have a negative test within the previous 48 hours.
 The rooms will be well ventilated, an extra layer may be necessary.
Hand sanitiser will be provided on entry to the main hall and should be used on arrival.
 
Tea and coffee will be available but Members can bring their own refreshments if they would prefer.
 
Members to be asked to bring the correct table money (£2) to minimise the handling of cash. 
 
Face masks will be optional.
 
Please note that these restrictions will be reviewed regularly.
 
On behalf of the Committee

Starting to play Face to face bridge again

As I am sure you are aware the opening of the Hammond hall has been deferred for 4 weeks until after the 19th July. When the government have announced the lifting of restrictions and when the Hammond hall let us know when we can use it again we will let you know.
Online bridge still continues on BCL.

Renovating tables

This message was sent by Chris Douglas.
I wonder if any Bridge club members have old green baize tables that they would like to have renovated? I have just had 2 done and I’m very pleased with them. Collingham Men on Sheds did them for me, and have enough green baize (NOT FELT) to do 2 more. They stripped mine down and revarnished and replaced the baize. The cost per table would be about £35.
I can pass a message to Chris

Draft minutes of AGM

Annual General meeting of the Bassingham Bridge Club held via Zoom

Held on 29th April 2021 at 6pm via Zoom

Apologies received from: Corinne & Peter Cole, Susie Lawrence, Kathy & Bob Davies, Jean Tyler.

Present on zoom: Pat & Nigel Haslam, Carmen H, Carolyn M, Jim W, Julia W, Chris D, Chris P, Fiona W, John L, Andy M, Anne L, Elizabeth C, Mike H, Paul R, Rosie D, Sheila D, Roger B, Lesley & Barry, David B, Sally & Dave, Patrick R and Tony T

Minutes of 2019 AGM  – agreed as a true record.

Treasurer’s report (attached) – agreed nem con, thanks expressed to Barry and Roger

Chairperson’s report (attached) – Pat gave a quick summary and thanked the committee for their support during the year. Also expressed thanks to those with their partners who were prepared to be reserves on BCL club night.

Election of Officers:

Chairperson, Pat Haslam was the only nominee and duly elected.

The rest of the committee were re-elected en bloc as follows: –

Vice chair, Andy Milner

Secretary, Tony Tyler

Treasurer, Barry Leverett

Membership, Anne lanes

other Jim Wallace

Auditor, Roger Baker

Competition report:

the results for the 2019 – 20 season were confirmed and are attached below

2020 2021 BCL F2F ON-LINE RESULTS

PAIRS TROPHY:

Winners: Dave and Sally Williams

TOM SEMENS TROPHY (MOST SLAMS)

Winner: Andy Milner

ROY HUGHES FOUNDERS TROPHY (PAIRS HANDICAP)

Winners Fred Myers and Jayne Barrett

A small prize will be given to these winners.

Proposal from the committee: That an Extraordinary General Meeting be held in September at the Hammond Hall, when full discussion of topics would be possible. This was agreed nem con.

There has been another proposal from Alan Timmis as follows: –

“That in memory of our founder and all the good work he did over many years the name of the club be changed to Bassingham Hughes Bridge Club (or some such).”

A constant reminder to members of a much loved man without whom there would be no club at all.

Noted that Alan was not present to speak to the proposal so proposed that this should be  deferred until the September Extraordinary meeting when a full discussion will be easier to hold. Proposed Pat and seconded Dave and agreed by all.

Provisionally the club hopes to resume bridge sessions in the Hammond hall from Thursday 1st July. A further committee meeting will be held in June to confirm the restart.

Tony Tyler, secretary

AGM Thursday 6pm via Zoom

The agenda for the meeting is below. The meeting will open at 5-55pm please log on as soon as you can and initially mute your microphone to minimise the background noise.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/85753914324?pwd=N0N0UWVsd1M3aThIVmxReDMvN1hKdz09

Meeting ID: 857 5391 4324 Passcode: jK69kE

Annual General meeting of the Bassingham Bridge Club 
 

 To be held on 29th April 2021 at 6pm via Zoom
 

 Apologies
 Minutes of 2019 AGM  - available to view on the website.
 Treasurer’s report - see separate attachment
 Chairperson’s report. - see separate attachment
 

 Election of Officers:
 Chairperson,  currently Pat Haslam
 Vice chair, Andy Milner
 Secretary, Tony Tyler
 Treasurer, Barry Leverett
 Membership, Anne lanes
 other Jim Wallace
 Auditor, Roger Baker
 

 Competition report
 2020 2021 BCL F2F ON-LINE RESULTS
 PAIRS TROPHY:
 Winners: Dave and Sally Williams
 TOM SEMENS TROPHY (MOST SLAMS)
 Winner: Andy Milner 
 ROY HUGHES FOUNDERS TROPHY (PAIRS HANDICAP)
 Winners Fred Myers and Jayne Barrett
 

 Proposal from the committee: That an Extraordinary General Meeting be held in September at the Hammond Hall. When full discussion of topics would be possible.
 

 There has been another proposal from Alan Timmis as follows: -
 "That in memory of our founder and all the good work he did over many years the name of the club be changed to Bassingham Hughes Bridge Club (or some such)."
 A constant reminder to members of a much loved man without whom there would be no club at all.
 However the committee think that this would be better deferred until the September Extraordinary meeting when a full discussion would be easier to hold.
 

 Provisionally the club hopes to resume bridge sessions in the Hammond hall from Thursday 1st July. A further committee meeting will be held in June to confirm the restart.
 

 Here is a link to access the Zoom session on 29th April: -
 

 Time: Apr 29, 2021 06:00 PM London
  Join Zoom Meeting
 https://us05web.zoom.us/j/85753914324?pwd=N0N0UWVsd1M3aThIVmxReDMvN1hKdz09
  
 Meeting ID: 857 5391 4324 Passcode: jK69kE
  
 Tony Tyler, secretary
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
 

 

 What an exceptional time Bassingham Bridge Club has been through.  Our last AGM was in April 2019 and Roy Hughes Chaired the meeting.  Sadly he passed away in November and I assumed the role of acting Chairman.  Then in March all live bridge at Bassingham stopped due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  The whole committee have continued to work well together and continue to hold meetings via Zoom.  Jim Wallace joined the committee in April.
 

 Onto our Bridge year.  This began with our usual very cheerful and extremely well attended (18 tables) Christmas 2019 celebration with fun bridge, mulled wine and sausage rolls (kindly donated by Derek Hickson).  
 

 The 2019/20 Individual Competition began by asking all players to use Standard English Acol. This led to virtually 80% taking part in the individual competition (compared to less than 50% previously).  However, after a decline in numbers in the last 2 months of the trial, it was decided to return to the old system for the remaining 6 months and monitor how numbers were affected.  They have indeed remained high, with the majority continuing to play in the Individual competition.
 

 The first Random Seeded Competition took place on Sunday 24th November and uniquely had a tie for 1st place.  These afternoons continue to be popular,  with the maximum 9 tables  also taking part in February.  They provide pleasant afternoons of friendly team bridge with excellent afternoon tea provided by the participants. Dave Williams has kindly directed all these events.
 

 Tuesday afternoons continue to be used for social bridge.  In addition the committee, led by Andy Milner, have used this time to trial a BriAn scoring system.  Once up and running it works well but it has been decided to relook at this, and possible alternatives, at a later date.
 

 In January 2020 the Club purchased a Dealing Machine jointly with Heighington Bridge Club.  This has proved to be far superior to the ‘Handydup’ method.  It produces deals very quickly and the hands are easily printed out and displayed on our website.  
 

 Unfortunately the Club’s bridge year  had to be brought to a premature end on 16th March when all our meetings were cancelled due to the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. The decision was taken by the committee to end the season at this stage.
 

 In September the Committee agreed to join BCL F2F bridge on our usual Thursday night.  This has proved to be popular and regularly has 6/7 tables.  We had to abandon our Charity Day in August 2020 but supported Simultaneous Pairs competitions for Children in Need.  We had hoped to do a further one in  March in support of Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie but unfortunately a fire affected the main server at BCL and no play was able to take place.
 

 The online AGM scheduled for 29th April is to fulfil our constitutional obligations and, hopefully, a full EGM can be held as soon as we return to live bridge. 
 

 

 Pat Haslam
 

Bassingham Bridge Club Accounts

Please find attached the Bassingham Bridge Club Accounts for the years 2019-20 and 2020-21. These accounts have been audited and signed but the audited copies attached below are not signed since scanned copies come out very blurred. If anyone requires a signed copy they can contact me for one or otherwise contact Roger Baker for verification. I will try to answer any queries you may have about the accounts at the AGM.

Barry

Annual General meeting

Annual General meeting of the Bassingham Bridge Club 

To be held on 29th April 2021 at 6pm via Zoom

Apologies

Minutes of 2019 AGM  – available to view on the website.

Treasurer’s report – see separate attachment

Chairperson’s report. – see below

Election of Officers 

Competition report

Pairs Slam Handicap

Proposal from the committee: That an Extraordinary General Meeting be held in September at the Hammond Hall. When full discussion of topics would be possible.

There has been another proposal from Alan Timmis as follows: –

“That in memory of our founder and all the good work he did over many years the name of the club be changed to Bassingham Hughes Bridge Club (or some such).”

A constant reminder to members of a much loved man without whom there would be no club at all.

However the committee think that this would be better deferred until the September Extraordinary meeting when a full discussion would be easier to hold.

Provisionally the club hopes to resume bridge sessions in the Hammond hall from Thursday 1st July. A further committee meeting will be held in June to confirm the restart.

Here is a link to access the zoom session on 29th April: –

Time: Apr 29, 2021 06:00 PM London

 Join Zoom Meeting

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/85753914324?pwd=N0N0UWVsd1M3aThIVmxReDMvN1hKdz09

Meeting ID: 857 5391 4324

Passcode: jK69kE

Tony Tyler, secretary

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

What an exceptional time Bassingham Bridge Club has been through.  Our last AGM was in April 2019 and Roy Hughes Chaired the meeting.  Sadly he passed away in November and I assumed the role of acting Chairman.  Then in March all live bridge at Bassingham stopped due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  The whole committee have continued to work well together and continue to hold meetings via Zoom.  Jim Wallace joined the committee in April.

Onto our Bridge year.  This began with our usual very cheerful and extremely well attended (18 tables) Christmas 2019 celebration with fun bridge, mulled wine and sausage rolls (kindly donated by Derek Hickson).  

The 2019/20 Individual Competition began by asking all players to use Standard English Acol. This led to virtually 80% taking part in the individual competition (compared to less than 50% previously).  However, after a decline in numbers in the last 2 months of the trial, it was decided to return to the old system for the remaining 6 months and monitor how numbers were affected.  They have indeed remained high, with the majority continuing to play in the Individual competition.

The first Random Seeded Competition took place on Sunday 24th November and uniquely had a tie for 1st place.  These afternoons continue to be popular,  with the maximum 9 tables  also taking part in February.  They provide pleasant afternoons of friendly team bridge with excellent afternoon tea provided by the participants. Dave Williams has kindly directed all these events.

Tuesday afternoons continue to be used for social bridge.  In addition the committee, led by Andy Milner, have used this time to trial a BriAn scoring system.  Once up and running it works well but it has been decided to relook at this, and possible alternatives, at a later date.

In January 2020 the Club purchased a Dealing Machine jointly with Heighington Bridge Club.  This has proved to be far superior to the ‘Handydup’ method.  It produces deals very quickly and the hands are easily printed out and displayed on our website.  

Unfortunately the Club’s bridge year  had to be brought to a premature end on 16th March when all our meetings were cancelled due to the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. The decision was taken by the committee to end the season at this stage.

In September the Committee agreed to join BCL F2F bridge on our usual Thursday night.  This has proved to be popular and regularly has 6/7 tables.  We had to abandon our Charity Day in August 2020 but supported Simultaneous Pairs competitions for Children in Need.  We had hoped to do a further one in  March in support of Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie but unfortunately a fire affected the main server at BCL and no play was able to take place.

The online AGM scheduled for 29th April is to fulfil our constitutional obligations and, hopefully, a full EGM can be held as soon as we return to live bridge. 

Pat Haslam

Bridgeclublive – Update

Hi Folks
The data centre fire that I mentioned in my last Blog has been “catastrophic”, affecting about 3.5 million websites including the European Space Agency, some French Government departments and, of course, Bridgeclublive (BCL). BCL personnel are working hard to restore their facility and have several rooms available to play on-line Bridge. However, the earliest full restoration date is likely to be Monday 22nd March. Sadly, this means that we will be unable to participate in the Charity Simultaneous Pairs event this evening.

Could I suggest/recommend that, instead, pairs give the Daily IMPs Tourney a go? I know that several of our pairs have used this room in the past and enjoyed the experience. The room opens at 7.45 pm, play starts at 8.00 pm. It is 16 boards so should be finished by 10.00 pm. 44 pairs played in there on Tuesday evening so it is popular. It operates in a very similar way to our usual on-line F2F sessions. There is automatic movement but you may have to wait occasionally between rounds for slower players. The results are published the following day so we will be able to see how we all got on!

If you prefer an earlier start time or you don’t want that competitive edge, you could always use the Social room which is up and running as usual. If you can find another pair, you can have a private table by clicking on options.

Stay safe and stay sane. Andy