Next week is Children in Need Sims week. Hitchin plays 3 of these events - Monday afternoons and Wednesday and Thursday evenings. All hands are different and scores are compared across all the other clubs in the UK playing on that day. A fun event raising money for an important charity. A booklet is available at the end of the session showing what you could have done!!.
Entry is by donation to the charity, no table monies.
The topics for the next few workshops are:-
16th November - Making a Plan
14th December - Playing in NT
Booking with Elaine is essential to secure a place - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday afternoon - email@example.com
Monday and Wednesday evenings - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday afternoons - email@example.com
Thursday - firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday teams - email@example.com
Another gorgeous and successful day. Winners were Barrie and Steve with Rodger and Richard runners up.
Nine children from Highover School in Hitchin were honoured this week to visit the House of Lords and play bridge with some Peers. They have been taught to play by Heather and Simon from the club as part of our Bridge into Schools initiative.
Following a tour of the Palace of Westminster, and a chance to meet with local MP Bim Alofami, the pupils played bridge with members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge (APPG).
They showed that the game can be enjoyed by people of all ages and they held their own against the Peers, playing with a skill and confidence not often found in players of their age.
The children are part of the School Bridge Club which was set up with help from Hitchin Bridge Club some eighteen months ago. Hitchin Bridge Club, the largest bridge club in North Hertfordshire, started an initiative to teach bridge in local schools 18 months ago and has been involved in three local schools.
John Rogan, a teacher at Highover School, says he has noticed how the children have benefited from playing bridge. “I have seen a distinct improvement in the children’s mathematical skills but also in their problem-solving, logic, and strategic thinking. As they are playing as a partnership it has also benefited their communication and social skills. But above all they really enjoy it and have fun - there is always great excitement at the school club when they are playing!”
The visit was organised in conjunction with the English Bridge Union and the national charity for bridge, English Bridge Education & Development (EBED). At end of the visit the children were awarded their bronze level certificates under the EBED’s Junior Award Scheme – they are pictured with their certificates alongside Lord Skelmersdale of the APPG for Bridge.
Well done to Bob Howard and Simon Cook who won this event in a field of 26 pairs.
A great afternon raising money for The Haven Homelessness Charity, well done to Saroj and her team of helpers. The total raised was just under £1050.
The final total raised for Children in Need was £714. A happy bear.
Congratulations to all our Swiss Pairs winners (from left to right) -
Alla and Peter Connor (best placed non expert pair), Natalie Hoff and Giles Ridger (winners), Paul Wiltshire and Sue Ford (runners up) and Elaine Duff and Ron Raine (ascenders prize)
40 pairs took part, full result in results section.
10 members of the club went litter picking for 2 hours on Sunday 15th October along Nightingale Road, Walsworth Road, Station forecourt and Veralum Road in Hitchin.
People are disgusting - we managed to accumulate 13 bags of rubbish including a disintegrated road cone, a parasol, half a broom, an advertising banner, countless plastic and glass bottles and enough fag ends that the pavement probably contracted cancer.
Sorry that photographer was still busy clearing the top of Nightingale Road when we finished so no group photograph
Sadly Kevin is leaving Hitchin for pastures new.
All who have played with or against will appreciate his kindly nature and helpful advice.
We wish him well and hope he might visit the club occasionally.
Congratulations to Shelagh and Sheila winners of the Rising Stars 2017 competition.
We held 3 heats of the Children in Need Sims in November.
Graham and Barbara finished 7th out of 2519 pairs in the Monday heat; Roger and Fred finished 6th out of 1837 pairs in the Wednesday heat and Gloria and Margaret finished 117th out of 1898 pairs on the Thursday heat.