BASSHM Bridge this evening

Bizarre as it may sound, I’m afraid that a severe fire at a Data Centre in Strasbourg, France, has put paid to our on-line Bridge this evening. The OVH Data Centre houses cloud servers for thousands of clients and Bridge Club Live is one of them!
Unless something miraculous happens in the next couple of hours, our usual duplicate session cannot run. However, for those of you still wanting your Bridge “fix”, the Social Room is functioning fine. You can set up private tables in the Social room so if you can find another pair ….. I suggest that you liaise with your partner on this.
All being well, BCL will be able to recover their servers and soon be back to normal. I will try to keep you posted. All the best. Andy

Good News

I have spoken with Shirley Holmes this afternoon and the good news is that Bill is out of hospital and at home. Shirley says that he is making steady progress.

Annual General Meeting

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all keeping well. The club is still going and hoping to get back to proper face to face bridge later this year. If the government plans don’t change this could be in July. In the meantime some play continues online with F2F at BridgeClubLive.

We are going to hold a Zoom Annual General Meeting at 6pm on Thursday 29th April. The provisional agenda will include the following items: –

Minutes of 2019 AGM  

Treasurer’s report

Chairperson’s report.

Election of Officers 

Competition report

Proposal from the committee: That an Extraordinary General Meeting be held in September at the Hammond Hall.

If anyone has other proposals then please send them to the Secretary before the end of March. There will be another chance to make proposals for the September meeting when it is hoped there would be a better opportunity for discussion.

A final agenda, together with the Treasurer’s report and the Chairperson’s report, will be sent to all members at the beginning of April with the invite to the zoom meeting.

Tony Tyler, secretary

On the receiving end! and … Simultaneous Pairs

We had 6 tables in our BCL “virtual” clubroom last night. That is a good number because every pair plays every other pair and, despite 11 rounds and 10 moves, we were all finished (24 boards) by about 9.45, which is good going. Congratulations to the winning Pair, Dave and Sally Williams with 62%. As always, there were some fascinating boards. In the first 16 boards, no less than eight of them were potentially “slammable”. Whether or not they were “biddable” or “playable” is a different matter! You can see the results and the hands on the club website. Several pairs managed to make one of the slams but special mention must go to Pair 5, Liz Salmon and Sheila Henry, who managed to make three slams in the evening. They were the only pair to make slams on boards 3 and 14. I remember it well because Bill and I were on the receiving end – we got well and truly “slammed”!

Ecats are organising another charity Simultaneous Pairs event. This time in aid of Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. It will be offered on BBO, BridgeClubLive and Realbridge over the week commencing Monday 15th March. Please see the EcatsBridge website for all the details and how to donate. We will be running this as part of our normal club night on Thursday 18th March. We had one or two pairs who performed very well in the Children in Need event (see November 13th blog) – hopefully we can do so again. Please try to support these worthy causes – as a general guide, something like £3 per player per session would be an appropriate donation but it’s not compulsory and any amount will be most gratefully received by the hard-working organisers. Incidentally, Heighington B.C. will be doing the same on the evening of Monday 15th March (don’t worry – it’s different hands each day!).

I’m sorry to report that Stuart Walker, a regular Tuesday afternoon member, has died recently. Anne Lanes has sent a condolence card on behalf of the club.

Stay safe and stay sane. Andy

News up-date

Hi Folks. I trust that you are all keeping safe and well. I know that most/many of you have now had your first vaccination and are looking forward to your second. Fingers crossed that we may be back in the Hammond Hall by late Spring/early Summer.

I’m sorry to report that Bill Holmes is poorly. He has had a stroke, is in hospital at the moment, and is waiting for an MRI scan which should be done tomorrow. Shirley says that he has improved slightly since he went in, he is cheerful and is having a joke with his nurses. He is keen to get back home! Bill – we all send you our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

Thanks to all who wished me good luck in the recent BCL Individual final. I’m afraid that I came a rather distant but well-deserved second! Andy

Thank Goodness for on-line Bridge!

Hi Folks. I hope you are keeping safe and well. I know that many of you have had or are about to get your first jab so there is some light at the end of the tunnel. However, face-to-face Bridge is still some way off. I am aware that members are using BCL, BBO and Realbridge to get their “Bridge fix”. In fact, some are using all three!

We had seven tables on BCL last night and all had finished their 24 boards in just over two and half hours. Mind you, there was one board where everybody passed out! If you haven’t yet “dipped your toe in the water” it’s never too late. Have a look at previous blogs and/or give one of us a ring; we would be only too happy to talk you through the process of getting started.

A bit of sad news. Our more “mature” members may have known June Sleightholme who played at The Lincoln Eastgate Club. She passed away last weekend at the grand old age of 101. She was a lovely lady, a formidable Bridge player and was still playing Bridge as a centenarian.

In my last Blog, I mentioned that I had won through to the BCL Indy Knock-out final. It will be played within the normal Monday individual competition from 3.00 pm on Monday 8th February (see “Events” on the BCL homepage).

Finally, a slightly bizarre, personal, request. Does anyone who lives locally, have a couple of builders bulk bags I could beg/borrow? The sort of cube-shaped bags that bulk sand/gravel gets delivered in. I’ve got a Spring garden project planned and I could do with a couple of these to store topsoil in.

Stay safe and stay sane. Andy

Score adjustment (and a final).

Hi Folks

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that last night’s scores on the BCL Results page differ slightly to those on the club webpage. Unfortunately, we had a technical issue which resulted in some time lost. I therefore asked several pairs to pass out some boards. Subsequently those pass-out scores have been adjusted to 50%. The result is that positions 1 and 2 have been transposed. Barry and Les will be pleased about this, Bill and Shirley less so! Actually, having spoken to Shirley, I know that they are perfectly sanguine about it!

In my last Blog, I mentioned that I had won through to the BCL Individual Knock-out quarter final. I managed to narrowly win that match and I managed to win my semi-final also. I’m looking forward to the final which will be played next month sometime.

Stay safe and stay sane. Andy

Slams Galore!

Happy New Lockdown folks! Despite the seemingly relentless bombardment of sobering Covid statistics, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. I know several members have already received their first vaccination. Nevertheless, it will be some time before face-to-face Bridge resumes and so on-line Bridge continues to entertain us.

There were slams galore in our weekly on-line duplicate event last night. The evening started (and finished) with a bang! Congratulations to David and Sally Williams who were the only pair to bid and make the optimum contract of 7 No Trumps on Board One. Most other pairs were in a small slam. Quite remarkably, the final board, Board 24, also saw one successful pair, Jean and Tony Tyler, make 7 No Trumps. Again, most other pairs made the small slam. Congratulations also to Peter Cole and Carolyn Morant who were the only pair to bid and make 3 small slams during the evening. In fact there were 4 different boards where slams were bid and made.


The pace of play at these sessions has improved considerably since we first started. I had finished by 9.20 pm last night and I think everyone had completed their 24 boards in two and half hours. Do please claim if there are several tricks left where the play is obvious, collectively it saves a lot of time. Remember, we always have a “Stand-by” Pair, so you are guaranteed to get a game. We needed one more pair for 9 tables last night. Also, the “find a partner” facility is still operating on the club website.


Our on-line Team of Four, David and Sally Williams together with Pat and Nigel Haslam, continue to perform very well in the on-line League. I note that they won their latest match by 20 VPs to nil. Victories don’t come much more emphatic than that!
Personally, I have entered the individual “Indy Knockout”. I will be playing in the quarter final on Wednesday (13th) at 3.00 pm. Feel free to spectate/kibitz if you like. The Daily individual competition is a slightly strange format that you might want try sometime.

Finally, congratulations to Bill Holmes who celebrates his 90th birthday this Sunday. We all wish you many happy returns Bill!
Stay safe and stay sane. Andy

Happy New Year

We wish everyone at Bassingham Bridge Club a very happy 2021! We hope you all remain safe and well and that it is not too long now before we can all meet together at the Bridge Club.

Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

Hello everyone,
We hope that most of you will have something enjoyable and/or sociable to do on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. However if you really want to play bridge then it will be possible. The club F2F session will only operate if there are three tables or more so that may not be an option. Please note that there will not be a sitout pair or a director.

You can have a private session with another pair on both BCL or BBO. You can also chat at the same time using Whatsapp or Facetime, which does make it more sociable.
Whatever you are doing have yourself a merry little Christmas and we can all hope that next year will bring glad tidings and great joy when we can once again play bridge across a table with real cards.

Bassingham Bridge Club committee

PS: Derrick Hickson sends best wishes to everyone.
(We can only dream about those sausage rolls this year)