Random Seeded Teams Competition

21st November 2021 starting last 2 pm
We now have 7 teams for this event. If you would like to join us for this friendly afternoon of bridge (with afternoon tea) please let me have the names of your pair by 11th November.
Does anyone know the location of the Random Seeded Trophy? It is a golden cup. If so please let me know as soon as possible.

Many thanks

Table Money

Occasionally, when arriving late on a Thursday Evening after I’ve already collected the table money, a person or persons unknown may forget to pay. Could I ask therefore, that if you do arrive late, just to check whether I’ve been round. If so, would you please come and press your hard earned cash into my sweaty palm.



Sunday 21st November 2021 starting at 2 pm

We are pleased to say that we are organising our next Random Seeded Competition. This is a teams game to be played on Sunday afternoon. Dave Williams has kindly agreed to Direct and organise the bridge.

This is a friendly afternoon of bridge with a break for an afternoon tea. It is planned to be finished by 6 pm with the presentation of prizes. This is a Bassingham Bridge Club event and has no table money charged.

Would pairs please let Pat Haslam have their names (Tel: 693701 or email pat.haslam@icloud.com or just see me!)

Curry Bridge Wed. 13th October

There have been many changes to the original list of members attending the Curry Bridge Evening. Would you please check the attached list to make sure you are on and that you are still coming. The latest cancellation means that there are now two spare places. Please contact me if you would like to go. Members who had previously paid and have had to back out will be refunded.

A reminder that the event takes place at Newark Golf Club. Members can arrive from 6.30 onwards, when the bar will be open. Please be seated by 6.55 in order that bridge can commence at 7pm. We will break for curry at about 8pm and recommence when the meal is finished.


Draft minutes from EGM

Minutes of Extraordinary General Meeting of Bassingham Bridge Club

Held on Thursday 30th September 2021 at 6-30pm. In the Hammond Hall.

1. Apologies received from: – Andy Milner, Sally & Dave Williams, David Baker, Carolyn Morant, Maurice Lynne, Elaine Proctor, Anne Ford & David Lucas (part time), Susie & John Lucas (part time)

2. Minutes of AGM held via Zoom on 29th April 2021. Were accepted

3. No matters arising

4. Proposal from Alan Timmis: –
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.
Seconded by Peter Philips.
Alan spoke about how Roy Hughes had started giving lessons and then started the club in 2000. He also thought that names on trophies can get forgotten. He said that considering the amount of work Roy had put in over the years his name should be remembered and included in the name of the club.

Tony Tyler on behalf of the committee said that Roy’s main interest was in playing bridge and it wasn’t necessary to change the name of the club. He recommended that the members should vote against this proposal and instead consider one of the options proposed by the committee.

Votes in favour of the proposal were 9 and votes against were 29.

Alternative proposal by the committee: –
A Roy Hughes memorial trophy for the Random seeded teams events or renaming the Charity bridge day each year after Roy Hughes.

The vote was 3 in favour of a trophy for the Random seeded teams event.
And 36 in favour of renaming the bridge day as follows – The Roy Hughes Memorial Charity bridge day.
5.Date of next years AGM will be Thursday 28th April and the Annual dinner on Friday 29th April 2022

Tony Tyler – Secretary.

After the EGM, trophies and prizes were awarded to those winners from 2019-20 reported at the AGM and also to those who played on line last year also reported at the AGM.

Teaching Beginner Bridge in Bassingham

We started teaching bridge in Bassingham about 10 years ago, firstly to a few people at home and then on Wednesday Evenings at The Hammond Hall from 7-9pm.

We are giving up taking Wednesday Evening Beginner Classes and we hope that someone will volunteer to continue them after Christmas. We would usually have started a new Beginner course in September but because of the interruption caused by Covid we are running a Refresher Course for the rest of this term. Any new Beginner Group would be able to start with new tutors in January 2022. We are now able to use the larger Tower room and it would be a shame to lose that booking and the potential influx of new members to the Club.

We gradually developed a two year course, based on the EBU Programme, usually with weekly Powerpoint presentations supported with set hands. We advertised our course among our members, in The Witham Staple and on the Club Website and usually got between 12 and 18 participants ranging in age from 12 to 90 years of age!

Our plan was for complete beginners to be able to pick up any hand and bid and play after the first term, using only natural bidding, so they could play with friends and at the Tuesday afternoon social bridge sessions. In the second term we concentrated on practising and reinforcing these bidding and playing skills. We found that many of our beginners were happy to stay at this level and had no wish to play competitively.

In the third and fourth terms we introduced conventional bidding up to Basic Standard Acol with duplicate scoring and encouraged participation in the fifth Thursday Academy evenings. For the last two terms we introduced more complex bidding and playing techniques, including Benji Acol whilst continuing to reinforce the basic skills.

We usually taught 10-12 sessions a term, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and August and there were no sessions on Curry Bridge Evenings or if we were away on holiday. We advertised each new term’s programme to the group, on the Bassingham Club Website and on the Hammond Hall notice board.

Of course someone else would wish to develop their own programme but hopefully our experience could be used as a basis from which to go forward. We would be happy to hand over all our notes, Powerpoints etc. Because of how we organised the programme, different people could take on different sections: complete beginners – 2 terms; up to standard Acol – 2 terms; up to Benji Acol 2 terms. Two or more people could share a section.

The Beginner Sessions have been very popular and we need new members to keep our Club vibrant so we hope that someone or a group of people will be willing to give it a go. Please contact us for more details.

Barry and Lesley

Bassingham Bridge EGM

Just a quick reminder to all members that it is our EGM this Thursday at 6.30 pm at Hammond Hall. This will be followed by the presentation of trophies to winners. We hope to start our bridge at 7 pm as usual. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

2021/2022 Bassingham Bridge League Teams

Thank you to all who submitted their names to me to be included in this year’s Bassingham Bridge League. I have put the pairs together into 2 divisions of roughly the same ability the teams and fixtures will be as follows: Would each team please let me have the name of their captain?

Division A:

Team A: Andy Milner, Bill Burrows, Louise Gravil and Chris Douglas

Team B: Nigel and Pat Haslam, Alan Timmis and Peter Phillips

Team C: Sheila Dalziel, Rosie Goldingham, Dave Lucas and Ann Ford

Team D: Pat Lucas, Carolyn Morant, Liz Salmon and Sheila Henry

Division B:

Team A: Dave and Sally Williams, Salma Pierson and Jean Bentley

Team B: Roger and Margaret Shelley, Jim Wallace and David Baker

Team C: Tony and Jean Tyler, Chris Pickering and Ian Pateron

Team D: Peter and Corinne Cole, Fiona Wright and Kathy Davies

Team E: Fred Myers, Milly Hobson, Jayne Barrett and Debbie Locker


Division A:

Match 1: Team A v C Team B v D

Match 2: Team D v A Team C v B

Match 3: Team B v A Team D v C

Division B:

Match 1: Team A v D Team B v C

Match 2: Team C v A Team E v B

Match 3: Team D v E Team B v A

Match 4: Team A v E Team C v D

Match 5: Team D v B Team E v C

Please note that the rules for the league are on the website. The home team (first listed in fixtures) usually provides refreshments. Please let me have the results of your matches.

Arrange to play a match roughly once per month but to finish by the first week of March so that the winner of each division can play one another in the Final in March.

Please note that on Thursdays 7th October and 2nd December Bassingham have to use the Tower so you may wish to arrange a league fixture for those dates.

Bob’s funeral

My apologies to all for omitting the date of Bob’s funeral. It is to be held on Friday 17th September at 11.30 at Ollerton Crematorium meeting afterwards at Deyncourt Hotel in Newark. All donations are for cancer research.

Bob’s funeral

Bassingham Bridge Club were deeply saddened to hear of the death of one of our members, Bob Davies.I Bob’s funeral will take place at 11.30 am at Ollerton crematorium. Afterwards they are going to the Deyncourt Hotel in Newark. Any donations are for cancer research.