The Club ladder has started with a flourish with 14 tables.
Congratulations to Christine & Richard on winning the top section and to Jill Vaughan & Brian Night on winning the lower section. They get a free entry next time.
It is early days and people will move from section to section as it settles down. Because of the number who came, we have slightly tweaked the running of it and you can see the changes by clicking on "Competitions explained" menu above.
To see the current results, click on this box.
We look forward to seeing you on January 14th for the second round.
The December newsletter is now out.
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(although of course you can see all of the newsletters by clicking on News and Items)
Unfortunately we recently lost the Mollie Simmons Cup to Newbury for the second year running. This is for teams of 16 mixed or married pairs.
Our team was Claire & Martin Bevan, Helen & Chris Kinloch, Fil & Manny Navarro, Tracey Adams & Steve Tearle, Ann Goss & Iain Climie, Marian Rudd & Keith Williams, Sandra Ruffell & George Collins and Jane Rutherford & John Fairhurst.
However, once again it was played in a friendly spirit and we were provided with an excellent tea.
Well Done to Newbury.
The EBU have now updated the videos on the new laws. They are very easy viewing and even if you are not a director, they're worth having a look.
Either click on this link or the "Useful links" box on LHS.
Bridge for all players
Basingstoke Bridge Club, the largest club in Hampshire with its own premises and licenced bar, welcomes all bridge players, from complete beginner to expert.
We play duplicate pairs on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings starting at 7.30pm. Please be seated at 7.20pm to ensure a prompt start. Alternately the first Monday or Friday of each month is scheduled for teams of four. There is also duplicate bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons starting at 1.00 pm.
If you think you may be late, phone the club on 01256 541988.
Mondays and Fridays are our main evenings with Thursdays being more relaxed with less experienced players and playing fewer boards.
Table money is £2.00 for members. Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome, (table money £3.00). On most Monday and Friday evenings and Tuesday afternoons there is a host, so any player arriving without a partner can always get a game. However please check the calendar to make sure there is a host on the relevant day. There is always a host on Thursday. There is no host on Wednesday, but please telephone Viv Morris (01256 889946) and she will try to arrange partners.
All sessions are scored electronically by Bridgemate and printed hand records are available.
A beginners' course (running from September to July) takes place on Tuesday evenings, 7.00 - 10.00. Please contact Chris Kinloch (01264 333175. email firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information.
Improvers' sessions with a teaching topic and hands to play simultaneously (1.00pm - 4.30pm) are planned for occasional Friday afternoons and are posted on the web site. Members intending to attend these sessions should contact Chris Kinloch (as above).
Supervised play sessions are planned for occasional Friday mornings. Please check the web site for these.
The chess club meets on Wednesday evenings. For information please phone John Shaddick on 01256 469749. There is also a link to their web site - www.basingstokechessclub.co.uk
If you would like to know more about our club, please ring me on 01264 333175, or e-mail email@example.com
Helen Kinloch Chairman
Unfortunately someone has had to drop out due to illness. We thus have a spare place.
If you wish to come, contact Richard (023 80253239) today before 5.00pm
A long long time ago in a faraway place Called Basing St Oak, there was a famous Bridge Club.........
It had a wall partially over the entrance drive. One day, somebody knocked it down but no-one knew who!
Stan rebuilt it. Somebody knocked it down again but no-one knew who!
Stan rebuilt it, but this time, hidden under the bushes, and it extended the width of the entrance to about 25 feet.
Guess what????? Somebody hit the bush and knocked it down but no-one knew who! Stan did not rebuild it!
The gardener was asked to remove the ivy from the bushes as it was getting out of hand. He had to cut the first 6 or 8 feet of bush and ivy down to the floor, where the wall was, as the ivy was so bad.
The remains of the original unrepaired wall were still there and within a week, somebody ran over it, probably damaging their car. (They didn’t think the 25 foot drive was wide enough. Nobody knew who did it!
Stan then put in, as a temporary fix until the bushes are replaced - two stakes with a light (a very bright one) screwed to them so that players can see their way in and out.
Within four days ….……… guess what?
Yes, you are absolutely right. Somebody clobbered it. Nobody knew who did it!
Stan has re-fixed the light and put a large bollard right next to it.
Anyone want to place a bet on when it gets knocked down again by a nameless person?
Our thanks to John and Jan Yates for putting up all the decorations. Looks great and puts us in the festive spirit.
The next supervised play session will take place on Friday 4th January starting at 10.30am.
The session will be to discuss the reasoning behind chosen bids and card play with a number of experienced 'supervisors' on hand to review hands played.
The charge for the session will be £2 per person, all of which will go to the club.
If you would like to attend, please drop a note to John Glasscock (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that an approximate idea of numbers attending is known.'
Congratulations to Richard & Christine Ray, Keith & Andrew Bennett, Steve Tearle & Tracey Adams and Chris Kinloch & Iain Climie on progressing through to the final of the Solent cup after a hard won contest versus Petersfield (our long term friends and rivals in this competition!)
Also to Sean Haffey, Colleen Haffey, Sandra Ruffell, Mary Lucas, John Glasscock, Sam Golding, Mary Ferguson, Andrew Ferguson through to the Final of the Basingstoke Cup.
Good Luck to both teams.