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Friday afternoon Supervised Play will be on  6th April:          Your 1NT gets doubled!

This session, run by Chris Kinloch, will start at 1.00 pm and finish about 4.15 pm

Please e-mail Chris ( or telephone 01264 333175 if you wish to attend, as it is important to know numbers.


Congratulations to George Collins & Karen Healy who have won the Whitbread Trophy for the highest internet score in the

Charity Challenge (45th over all). 

Also congrats to Gill & Steve Woodward who won at Basingstoke with 65%, but finished 55th

How to handle a hesitation

If you make a bid after your partner has hesitated and then passed, you need to be able to justify it. It’s no good protesting: “I was always going to bid that!” The fact of the hesitation means you are now in a position where what you might have thought of bidding becomes much more difficult for you ethically, as you are sure your partner has something useful in his hand that you didn’t know about before. If you really were always going to make the bid, then go on and bid it, but don’t be in any way upset when your opponents reserve their rights and eventually call the director. He may rule in your favour. 

Read Helen's article in the February 2016 newsletter for more reasons and explanation on hesitating and asking questions.

Alencon visit 2017
Alencon visit 2016
Alencon Square
Everyone meets in the Square
On Avenue de Basingstoke
Singing in French
David stays at lovely place
Helen presents the cup
V for French victory
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Back in 1982 bridge players were suddenly invited to participate in the annual Basingstoke/Alencon twinning Festival of Sport. Two Alencon players arrived for the weekend to stay with Chris & Helen Kinloch. Since then firm friendships have been made.

Although the other twinning visits have fallen away, the exchange between the Bridge clubs has grown and every year, each club has hosted the Bridge match along with social visits.

This year it was the French hosting the visit and although it normally takes place in May, it was an Autumn weekend this time.

The Basingstoke team, Chris & Helen Kinloch, John & Barbara Glasscock, Andrew & Mary Ferguson, Graham & Liz Bragg, David Walton & Anne James and May Lawn & Danielle Sissingh, arrived in bright sunshine in Alençon  to the usual warm welcome from French friends, old and new. There were nine tables for the bridge tournament in the afternoon. Unfortunately none of our pairs came top, so we had to relinquish the Raymond Guérin trophy which we won in Basingstoke last year.  However, as usual, the bridge competition was only one small part of the weekend and it was followed by several  apperitifs and a delicious meal at the club.

On Sunday we visited Le Perche, an area of natural beauty situated around the town of Belleme in the south-east of the Orne department of southern Normandy. Despite the light rain and mist which continued throughout the day, everyone really enjoyed looking round the picturesque villages and trying to find answers to quiz questions about the area. After lunch at the golf club some brave souls took part in a two hole putting competition, the scores for which were added to our team's quiz totals.

Anne & David were the worthy winners of the Sunday events. Back at the Alençon bridge Club there were more apperitifs and another beautiful meal. We did manage to sing an adaptation of the well known French song "Ma Normandie" as a thank you to our hosts.

 Dates are still to be arranged, but we look forward to welcoming our French friends in Basingstoke again next year.