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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB. 

We are still at 30 Palatine Road, Didsbury, M20 3JJ. for weekday Rubber Bridge and Weekend Bridge Activities

(but we have moved on weekdays from 2nd January 2018 to The Card Room, Grosvenor Casino, Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Wilmslow Road, M20 5PG for all Duplicates, Team activities & Beginners classes)

Ring us on 0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab top left of this page.

 
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Lederer Trophy

This annual invitation event in London takes place on February 24th- 25th.  Many of the world's top players are playing.  The event is being shown on BBO.  Manchester interest is provided by John Holland and Alan Mould who play for the Chairman's team.
Click here for the Lederer web site
CANTOR CUP RESULTS

2018 CANTOR CUP

Nineteen Pairs competed in this years' Cantor Cup and a great afternoon was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to

LAUREN ROBERTSON (& Henry Bissell) (1st)

MAUREEN SEDDON & ANN MORRIS (2nd)

SUE BRAID & JAN LANCASTER (3rd)

KATHERINE DAVIS & JENNY ALLWRIGHT (4th)

SUZANNE & ROY BECKETT (5th)

 

Full results are on the MCBA website (Photos to follow)

EBU SUCCESS

20 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Youth

John Holland tops Master Point list; Club Champions announced

John Holland has regained the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.

2017 Annual Leaderboard; 2017

Fantastic!

It's that time of year again when your annual membership payment is due.  

The fees are the same as for last year, so it's £50 for Single Membership, £80 for Joint Membership and Junior Students are free.  

Payments should be made asap in cash or a cheque made out to Manchester Bridge Club.

If you prefer to pay by BACS Electronic Transfer the club details are Barclays Bank -  Account Number 60613355 - Sort Code 20-26-20

"Guests are welcome at the club for a couple of visits before needing to join as a member.

Beginners attending courses receive their first 6 months membership free.

Club Membership includes EBU Registration."

THANK YOU.

RESULTS

EBU Spring Congress

At Harrogate on 18th February Alan Mould, John Holland, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye won the Swiss Teams; Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Kath & Alan Nelson were third.
 
Congratulations!
PEGGY BAYER

19 Feb 2018 | Internationals | Youth

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

England has retained the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, with emphatic wins in both competitions.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with more than double the score of second-placed Ireland.


Peggy Bayer: Kripa Panchagnula & Harry Madden; Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Jack Ronayne & Theo Gillis; NPC Michael Byrne

The English squad will be looking to build on this result as they prepare to take part in the World Youth Team Championships in China in August. To contribute to the fundraising effort to support the teams' participation in the event, please make a donation through this page on the EBED website.

RESULTS

Commonwealth Nations Bridge

Gary Hyett plays for England A with Bill Hirst, Steve Eginton, Brian Callaghan and Chris Duckworth in Australia starting on Wednesday 14th February.  Matches are being shown on BBO and the event web site is here.  In the invitational pairs before the teams event Gary came 13th playing with Barbara Travis of Australia.
RESULTS

Tollemache Final

The inter county teams of eight final took place in Coventry on 10-11th February.  Manchester were represented by John Holland, Ollie Burgess, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock.  Ollie Burgess replaced Gary Hyett, otherwise the team was the same as that which qualified in November.  Rhona Goldenfield was non-playing captain.  The other counties in the final were Cambs & Hunts, Oxford, Lancashire, Kent, Dorset, Hants & IOW and Berks & Bucks.

Manchester finished second, 1 VP behind Kent.  Kent and Manchester were level going into the penultimate match when they played each other.  Kent won 15-5 to establish a good lead, but in a tense finish Kent then lost 9-11 to Cambs. while Manchester won 18-2 against Dorset.  Unfortunately not quite enough.
All the pairs were positive on the cross IMPs with Catherine and Andrew just edging out Michael and Michael for the highest scoring Manchester pair.
EBU ARTICLE

6 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Education

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

A TED talk has outlined that the social interaction which comes from activities such as playing bridge (with bridge specifically referenced) could be a key to a long and happy life. A study found that frequent face-to-face social interaction was a greater indicator of long life than other factors such as your weight or whether you drink. Watch the talk to find out more.

Bridge has also been identified in this article as a great activity for older people to combat loneliness.

RESULTS

5 Feb 2018 | Internationals

Paul Hackett's team reach Senior European Trials Playoff

 

The first stage of the trials to represent England in the Senior European Championships took place on 3rd & 4th February, with the Hackett team progressing to the final.

The team of John Hassett, David Mossop, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland, Brian Senior, and Paul Hackett finished in first place.

The play-off to represent England in Ostend will take place on 10th - 11th March 2018.

Congratulations!

RESULTS

MCBA Gazette Trophy - huge success for MBC teams!

The inter club teams of eight took place at Altrincham on Sunday 4th February.  An interesting set of deals with a large number of slams were played by ten teams representing five clubs.  Manchester Bridge Club's top team won ahead of Cheadle with the third Manchester team winning the Intermediate trophy.  Full results are bottom right of this page.
 

Winners

Winners
Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Michael Clarke,
Jeff Morris, Michael Newman,  Dave Debbage,
Rob Myers, (Eve Lighthill MCBA President), Ed Levy
 
Intermediate


Intermediate Winners
Simon Alexander, John Moran, Peter Grauer, Paul Murray,
Celia Comrie, Graham Winn, Susan Triggs
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

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***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN JANUARY........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR JAN 2018")

Every month Michael Newman selects three hands played at the Club during that month and comments on the bidding and play offering invaluable hints and tips on how they should have been played!

You can check out not only the current month but also the archive of all previous editions.

2017 CLUB REPORT & AGM

ANNUAL AGM and 2017 CLUB REPORT

 held on THURSDAY 22nd DECEMBER

followed by SWISS PAIRS

A good number of members attended the 2017 AGM and buffet last Thursday

at which Jeff presented his Report of all the activities and successes enjoyed over the last 12 months.

(This report is now available to read under the yellow tab near the top left of this page entitled 2017 ANNUAL REVIEW.)

(more details will be added to the Appendix over the next few days)

Following the AGM everyone enjoyed playing in the Swiss Pairs - the last weekday duplicate to be held at Palatine Road - a poignant moment for all but full of anticipation for the weekday events move to the luxurious new venue at the Parrs Wood Casino which starts from Tuesday 2nd January

2017 CLUB REPORT & AGM

Current Competitions

2017 / 18 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

May 1st  2017 until the end of April 2018

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2018 Geoff Nuttall Trophy

This Monday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of April 2018

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2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018

WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

NEED A PARTNER?

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Here at Manchester Bridge Club we can always find you a playing partner but please arrive in good time to allow us to find someone suited to your ability. If you arrive at the last minute you may have to take "pot luck"!  Alternatively please phone Jeff or David ahead of the session to ask them to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

(These will continue to be available after the club move on January 2nd 2018)

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?
DO YOU RECEIVE OUR E-MAILS & NEWSLETTER?

Are you receiving the Bridge Club e-Mails & Newsletter?

If not - please let Jeff know so he can make sure you are included.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

 
Welcome to Manchester Bridge Club

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 A DAYTIME BRIDGE BEGINNERS COURSE IS COMMENCING ON

 MONDAY AFTERNOONS STARTING

26th FEBRUARY at 1.30pm

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

 

Each Beginners Course consists of

two five week modules at a cost of £50 for each module.

The first five lessons will be on Play

and the second five lessons on Bidding.

 

Manchester Bridge Club runs a series of Foundation Courses throughout the year

for those interested in learning to play Bridge in a relaxed and very sociable environment.

It's a 10 week course split into 2 Modules 

 Module One (Monday afternoons) starts on Monday 26th February

and is on the Basics of Bridge and Card Play suitable for anyone new to Bridge.

 Module Two (Monday afternoons) continues on from this on Monday 9th April

and is on Bidding Techniques which is suitable for learners who have completed Module One on Play or for any existing player who would benefit from a refresher in current bidding!!

Lessons last for approximately 2 hours with a break for refreshments provided by the club at half time.

Please contact Jeff or Dave at the Club on 0161 445 3712 or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk for details and to secure your place.

 

SUNDAY 4th MARCH 2018

1.45 for 2pm start

MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL TROPHY

SWISS PIVOT TEAMS COMPETITION

at MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

30 Palatine Road, Didsbury M20 3JJ

Each team of four will play 2 sessions of 5 boards with each of their team members ....so 30 boards in all.

REFRESHMENTS AT HALF TIME

1st Prize (Expert)  £200

2nd Prize (Expert) £100

3rd Prize (Expert) £50

1st Prize (Non-Expert) £90

2nd Prize (Non-Expert) £60

 

Entry is £10 per player (£5 Students)

Bottle Raffle proceeds and any additional monies to be donated to

The British Heart Foundation

(Please bring a bottle for the Charity Raffle!)

Enter your team on the Entry Form at The Casino

or contact Jeff at MBC on 0161 445 3712 or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk  

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 

  SUNDAY 4TH MARCH

MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL

Pivot Swiss Teams Event

at MBC (Palatine Road)

Full details elsewhere on this page

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♠ SUNDAY 18th MARCH

2.30pm to 5pm

OLLIE'S WORKSHOP SEMINAR

at MBC (Palatine Road)

Full details elsewhere on this page

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 SUNDAY 8th APRIL

 MCBA INTERMEDIATE PAIRS

3pm at MBC (Palatine Road)

(Note later start time due to Manchester Marathon)

Click here for entry form and more information
Open to players both NGS Jack or below and below Regional Master

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 SUNDAY 29th APRIL

MCBA HIGSON CUP & PLATE FINALS

at MBC (Palatine Road)

Details to follow

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♥ SATURDAY 21ST JULY

MICHELLE BRUNNER MEMORIAL

MIXED PIVOT TEAMS EVENT

at MBC (Palatine Road)

Details to follow

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

OLLIE'S UPCOMING SEMINARS...

SUNDAY 18th MARCH

2.30pm to 5pm

at Palatine Road (not The Casino)

 

"SPLINTERING IN NEW SITUATIONS with CUE BIDDING & RKCB REVISION"

Each session starts with a comprehensive topic discussion followed by practice hands. 

The cost of the seminar is £10.00 for members, £12 for visitors & £5 for students.  This includes light refreshments during the brief break.

Everyone is welcome to attend and you don't need a partner.  You can just turn up on the day but it would be helpful to Ollie if you could let him know in advance if you are intending to come along by emailing him at oliverburgess5@gmail.com

NEW Forward Spring & Summer Dates:

Sunday 15th April   2.30pm to 5pm (Topic tba)

Sunday 13th May   2.30pm to 5pm (Topic tba)

Sunday 3rd June   2.30pm to 5pm (Topic tba)

Sunday 1st July   2.30pm to 5pm (Topic tba)

Sunday 5th August   2.30pm to 5pm (Topic tba)

 

DUPLICATE AT THE CASINO
DUPLICATE AT THE CASINO

WHAT'S IT LIKE AT THE CASINO?

Attendance at the Casino venue continues well with players enjoying the facilities and ease of access.

The Card Room is easy to find but just ask for directions as you go in and remember to leave your coat in the secure entrance cloakroom please - they give you a ticket.

(There's not much room for coats in the Card Room)

There is now no need to input your car registration as you go in - free parking is now unlimited ...who knows you might fancy a meal or a drink beforehand or afterwards! Their mid-week menu is 2 courses for only £10.95 or three for £12.95.....and the choice looks great!

Go on....Treat yourself!

Hope to see lots of you here this week!

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HAPPY MONDAYS! 26th FEBRUARY (Daytime)
HAPPY MONDAYS! 26th FEBRUARY (Daytime)

EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

Come and play in our enjoyable

Supervised Duplicate with Brief Lesson at 1pm

 

There's a brief lesson first with Dave Debbage this week, then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.

 Dave's topic is

"KEYCARD BLACKWOOD Part 1- A Refresher of the Basics"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

MONDAY 26th FEBRUARY (pm)

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EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

(Including the start of the Geoff Nuttall Trophy - Individual Player competition for Mondays from January to the end of April.)

 

TUESDAY 27th FEBRUARY
TUESDAY 27th FEBRUARY

EVERY TUESDAY EVENING

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

 7.30pm to 10.30pm

......FOR IMPROVERS AT ALL LEVELS!!

Enjoy a short lesson with David Debbage 

(the topic this week is .... 

"TWO SUITED OVERCALLS")

followed by

Relaxed Supervised Personalised Duplicate

 

Manchester Bridge Club positively encourages new and improving players and has an on-going series of Foundation Courses for Beginners and Improvers.

Guests are always welcome.

WEDNESDAY 28th FEBRUARY

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EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

THURSDAY 29th FEBRUARY
THURSDAY 29th FEBRUARY

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING

SWISS PAIRS

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

Suitable for all - great fun!

Results
Sun 25th Feb 2018
CANTOR CUP 2pm at Palatine Road Venue
Thu 22nd Feb 2018
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm
Wed 21st Feb 2018
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 20th Feb 2018
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm.
Mon 19th Feb 2018
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Mon 19th Feb 2018
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm.
Thu 15th Feb 2018
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm
Wed 14th Feb 2018
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 13th Feb 2018
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm.
Mon 12th Feb 2018
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Calendar
Mon 26th Feb 2018
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's topic is "Roman Key Card Blackwood Part 1- The Basics"
Mon 26th Feb 2018
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm.
Including the 2018 Geoff Nuttall Trophy individual player competition from January to end of April.
Mon 26th Feb 2018
BEGINNERS COURSE. 1.30 at Casino Venue. Module 1 - Lesson 1
Tue 27th Feb 2018
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm.
Wed 28th Feb 2018
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 28th Feb 2018
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 28th Feb 2018
BEGINNERS COURSE at 7.30 Module 2 - Lesson 3
At Palatine Road
Thu 1st Mar 2018
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm
Including The John Bird Memorial Cup - individual competition for top 12 results from January through to end of May.
Sun 4th Mar 2018
MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL at Palatine Road 2pm start
Mon 5th Mar 2018
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's topic is "Roman Key Card Blackwood Part 2 - How to ask for the Queen"
Mon 5th Mar 2018
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm.
Including the 2018 Geoff Nuttall Trophy individual player competition from January to end of April.
Mon 5th Mar 2018
BEGINNERS COURSE. 1.30 at Casino Venue. Module 1 - Lesson 2
Tue 6th Mar 2018
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Mar 2018
ECATS CHARITY CHALLENGE SIMS at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Mar 2018
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
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HAPPY MONDAYS! 26th FEBRUARY (Daytime)
HAPPY MONDAYS! 26th FEBRUARY (Daytime)

EVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

Come and play in our enjoyable

Supervised Duplicate with Brief Lesson at 1pm

 

There's a brief lesson first with Dave Debbage this week, then duplicate aiming to finish by 4.15pm.

 Dave's topic is

"KEYCARD BLACKWOOD Part 1- A Refresher of the Basics"

Guests always welcome & Partners found!

MONDAY 26th FEBRUARY (pm)

Image result for bridge card players pics

EVERY MONDAY EVENING

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30pm

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

(Including the start of the Geoff Nuttall Trophy - Individual Player competition for Mondays from January to the end of April.)

 

TUESDAY 27th FEBRUARY
TUESDAY 27th FEBRUARY

EVERY TUESDAY EVENING

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

 7.30pm to 10.30pm

......FOR IMPROVERS AT ALL LEVELS!!

Enjoy a short lesson with David Debbage 

(the topic this week is .... 

"TWO SUITED OVERCALLS")

followed by

Relaxed Supervised Personalised Duplicate

 

Manchester Bridge Club positively encourages new and improving players and has an on-going series of Foundation Courses for Beginners and Improvers.

Guests are always welcome.

WEDNESDAY 28th FEBRUARY

Image result for Pics of duplicate bridge being played

 

EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

CLUB DUPLICATE at 7.30

(plus a separate Supervised Play Class for Improvers)

THURSDAY 29th FEBRUARY
THURSDAY 29th FEBRUARY

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING

SWISS PAIRS

(at our Parrs Wood Casino Venue)

Suitable for all - great fun!

Results
Sun 25th Feb 2018
CANTOR CUP 2pm at Palatine Road Venue
Thu 22nd Feb 2018
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm
Wed 21st Feb 2018
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 20th Feb 2018
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm.
Mon 19th Feb 2018
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Mon 19th Feb 2018
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm.
Thu 15th Feb 2018
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm
Wed 14th Feb 2018
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Tue 13th Feb 2018
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm.
Mon 12th Feb 2018
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Calendar
Mon 26th Feb 2018
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's topic is "Roman Key Card Blackwood Part 1- The Basics"
Mon 26th Feb 2018
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm.
Including the 2018 Geoff Nuttall Trophy individual player competition from January to end of April.
Mon 26th Feb 2018
BEGINNERS COURSE. 1.30 at Casino Venue. Module 1 - Lesson 1
Tue 27th Feb 2018
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm.
Wed 28th Feb 2018
WEDNESDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm
Wed 28th Feb 2018
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm
Wed 28th Feb 2018
BEGINNERS COURSE at 7.30 Module 2 - Lesson 3
At Palatine Road
Thu 1st Mar 2018
SWISS PAIRS for all at 7.30pm
Including The John Bird Memorial Cup - individual competition for top 12 results from January through to end of May.
Sun 4th Mar 2018
MARTIN BRAID MEMORIAL at Palatine Road 2pm start
Mon 5th Mar 2018
Brief Lesson & Supervised Duplicate with Dave Debbage at 1pm
Dave's topic is "Roman Key Card Blackwood Part 2 - How to ask for the Queen"
Mon 5th Mar 2018
MONDAY EVENING DUPLICATE at 7.30pm.
Including the 2018 Geoff Nuttall Trophy individual player competition from January to end of April.
Mon 5th Mar 2018
BEGINNERS COURSE. 1.30 at Casino Venue. Module 1 - Lesson 2
Tue 6th Mar 2018
Tuesday Evening Supervised Duplicate with Lesson at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Mar 2018
ECATS CHARITY CHALLENGE SIMS at 7.30pm
Wed 7th Mar 2018
Wednesday Evening Supervised Play Class at 7.30pm