As we are a U3A group we should be capable of catering for all members needs so in order to do this in the future I am proposing the following arrangements for this year starting in January 2017:-
Thursday sessions (2.00 – 4.30 pm)
Revert back to 3 relaxed sessions of Rubber Bridge per month, with mixed partners each round, and 1 Duplicate Bridge session (last Thurs of the month) with fixed partners. All players including beginners could attend as before.
Friday sessions (2.00 – 5.00 pm)
Duplicate Bridge every week, open to anyone, in pre-arranged pairs.
Hopefully this arrangement will even out the numbers for Thursday and Friday allowing newcomers to join either Thursday or Friday groups.
For this to work financially, I would have to increase the cost per ½ year:-
Thursday – from £10 to £12.
Friday – from £1 weekly to £16 per ½ year
For those who attend regularly it will still cost much less than £1 per session including tea/biscuits.