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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.

Simmons Cup photos
Club loses the Simmons Cup
Club loses the Simmons Cup

Unfortunately our annual match against Newbury (Simmons Cup for Mixed pairs) resulted in Newbury winning back the Cup this year.

Played at Highclere it was a close match with Basingstoke up by 2 IMPs in the first half but after an excellent tea provided by Newbury we slumped and lost by 11 IMPs.

Congratulations to Newbury for again playing the match in such a friendly manner and thanks to them for their hospitality.

Our team this year was Sandra & George, Helen & Chris, Chris & Richard, Mary and Andrew, Ann and Mike, Bob and Jenny, Manny and Phil and Steve & Tracey.

Our players
  • Ann and Mike concentrate
  • Bob and Jenny defend
  • Chris plays the hand whilst Richard takes the photos
  • Happy George with Sandra
  • Helen hands back the cup
  • Helen watches Chris play the hand
  • Manny and Phil defend
  • Mary thinks what to lead
  • On opposite sides this time