Spade Heart Shropshire Improvers' & Beginners' Bridge Club Diamond Club

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Welcome to Shropshire Improvers' & Beginners' Bridge Club

Christmas holidays...

Our last meeting before Christmas is Monday 17 December

 there will be lots of slam hands! 

We will not meet on 24 December or on 31 December.

We resume normal arrangements on Monday 7 January,

meeting every Monday at 7.00, in the Upton Magna Village Hall, near Shrewsbury.

For directions to Upton Magna Village Hall, see “How to Find Us” or “Where & When.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

(playing lots of social Bridge, naturally)

Practice and Tuition arrangements ~ May 2018 onwards
Practice and Tuition arrangements ~ May 2018 onwards

2017-18 lessons finished in April.  Improvers and Beginners now meet together for weekly sessions of Managed Practice (Monday evenings, Upton Magna Village Hall).

Managed Practice (MP) means a prepared set of hands will be played at a comfortable pace (i.e. a bit slower than in most clubs) that allows everyone to ask questions, consult their crib sheets, discuss options at the table, or get Dom to suggest possible bids or lines of play.  The aim is to improve through practice with plenty of support available and without the competitive pressures that characterize some other clubs.  We also look at any difficult hands that you nominate from the previous session, with Dom's suggestion as to possible auctions and lines of play.  For those who wish, there will be copies of articles on specialist topics from the Bridge literature and DVDs for loan (just ask Dom).  There's also a Hand of the Week and a Tip of the Week on the notice board (paper copies available at the end of each month).

MP sessions are at Upton Magna Village Hall, SY4 4TZ, starting at 7.00 and going on to about 10.00. Cost is £5 per person. No need to book or phone, just come with or without a partner!

Oh, and we still have refreshment breaks and time to talk about grandkids and Brexit!

Learning and Improving...

For those who know the basics of Bridge, MP (Managed Practice, see above) works well.  Especially for those who lack playing experience, or who are not yet confident about joining a mainstream Bridge Club, or who want to refresh and dust-off their Bridge skills after years of abstinence.  Ask Dom about other Bridge Clubs in your area - he may be able to arrange a partner there for you, if you wish.

For those starting from scratch, Dom offers fast track intensive weekend sessions that bring you up to the point of being able to join the MP sessions; or you can learn at a more relaxed pace on a weekly basis.  Ask Dom for details ('phone 01694 723128 or e-mail

For those seeking to improve their established Bridge skills, Dom can provide more focused sessions with specially prepared hands (e.g. on pre-emptive bidding, or defending against slams, or bidding two-suited hands, or finessing, or 5-card majors, or 1NT conventions, or discarding, or whatever!) - this will be at your discretion, just let Dom know what you want (with enough time to prepare!).



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17th December 2018
Managed Practice
Upton Magna Village Hall 19.00
Director: DW
24th December 2018
(No meeting this evening)
31st December 2018
(No meeting this evening)
Managed Practice
Director: DW
Scorer: DW
Managed Practice
Director: DW
Scorer: DW
Managed Practice
Director: DW
Scorer: DW