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.

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 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.