Wednesday 24th April, Nottingham
Newark 2018 was another huge success
The weather was very kind to us - blue sky and sunshine all day. It is a major logistical challenge to get 80 people circulating round five different cafés and bars to play bridge, have lunch, and come together at the end of the day in reasonable time for drinks, prizes, raffles, and debrief. But it all worked with almost military precision. The standard of play varied from the very good to the not so good, but most importantly it was played in good spirits. One of the objects of the exercise is to generate interest among the general public in the hope that one or two may take up the game - we were certainly gazed upon with some curiosity from time to time. The winners were Dick Milne and Shirley Ashtari on 69.74% and the runners up were Suzanne and David Cobley on 66.75%. We also offer a little something to those who came nearest to the 50% and they were Pauline & David Tillcock and Heather Darwent & Marian Griew. 17 prizes were raffled off. The total sum raised for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance was an impressive £1,500. Many thanks to the five venues who hosted this rather unusual event, The Ram, Gannets, The Old Post Office, The Queen's Head, and Water's Edge. The Ram in particular did us proud by hosting us at the beginning and end of the day for the main welcome and debriefing.