The Xmas Party list has now closed.
Should you find that you can't make it on the evening, then contact Richard (023 80253239) so that if there are people still wishing to come, then we can offer them your place.
If you were too late to sign up and still want to come albeit at the last moment, then contact Richard and he will hold a reserve list.
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 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)
The AGM was held recently.
Helen's report along with the final year end accounts are now available to view by logging into your membership.
Photos of the prize winners can be seen by clicking on menu on LHS
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.
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.