Following several popular appearances Gad will be back on Friday March 24th to talk through the hands after the session.
Please put the date in your diary
Starting at 1.30pm
'Bridge is the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised'.
So said Somerset Maugham, and he was right!
Bridge offers you the wonderful combination of a mentally stimulating challenge in a social environment, a game that you can continue to improve at for ever!
If you are thinking about what is the best way to occupy any spare leisure time, then why not enrol in a term of lessons, and by the end of term one you will be hooked.
By then, you will be bidding and playing in class and able to enjoy playing a social game with friends. Sometime during the second term you will be able to start coming to other sessions too, so that you can practise your newfound skills and get help from experienced teachers.
You are then able to progress onto more challenging sessions as your knowledge and experience develop.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the game, or have any questions please call Louisa or Angela on
07766 547 532.
As usual it took 2 days to get to Bududa, getting a flight Wednesday evening and arriving in Bududa on Friday evening, after dark, which meant travelling in the dusty twilight with people and animals on the pot-holed road.
On Saturday we went down to the school. I am hoping to walk the 3kms on most mornings, but as it was 10:30 and therefore very hot, by the time we were setting off, we all caught ‘bodas’. Many more, maybe 30%, of the boda riders are now wearing crash helmets, since a nasty accident in November when two motorbikes crashed head on killing both drivers. However, many with full-face helmets have them just perched on top of their heads, possibly due to the heat, so they may not prove to be very effective when needed.
The orphans program was in action on Saturday, with the basket weaving, tailoring and agriculture classes running. Also running was the women’s microfinance project, with some women coming in to repay their small business loans and others coming in to take out a new loan for another business venture.
I had a long chat with Isaac Kutosi, one of the orphans who has lived by himself since the age of 8, now in his own house built by the project. He told me a very sad story. Now 16, he was determined to get himself circumcised, as it is seen as the gateway to adulthood. He approached one uncle who told him to wait till next year, but undeterred, Isaac approached another. He managed to get 14,000 Ugandan shillings, around £3, to pay for the operation at the clinic nearby. The staff insisted that he should have someone look after him while he was recovering and he told them his sister would. He had the operation, and walked home with his sister, but she didn’t stay with him, returning instead to her family. He said that while he was by himself he was in so much pain that he thought he would die, but he had no painkillers. His sister brought him food each day, but she also had no money for painkillers. Isaac was particularly sad that he had no celebration for his circumcision, as here, there is often a big community party for the event. Even his older brothers didn’t come to see him.
Before Christmas, Isaac had sat his Primary Leaving Certificate but unfortunately failed. He was still determined to go to secondary school, but the staff of ‘Children of Bududa’ thought that his English skills were just too poor for him to succeed at secondary school. They have persuaded him to go to Bududa Vocation Academy to study carpentry. The problem is that he lives 2 hours walk from BVA so would have to spend 4 hours per day travelling, in addition to collecting water and cooking etc.. So a bicycle is going to be bought for him to hopefully cut the journey time in half. One big benefit of going to BVA is that he will get a good meal every day of rice, posho, beans and greens. He mentioned to me that he would really like to have a cow, which would give him milk and allow him to fertilise the ground for his banana trees. I am mulling over it.
On Sunday, my only trip out was to visit Dixon’s grandparents and his 5 year old nephew, Richard, which seems to be becoming a bit of a ritual. Apparently Dixon had asked me last time if I could bring some clothes for Richard, whose father died about a year ago, leaving the boy dependent on his great grandparents, his mother having gone to live in Mbale, with her two younger children. I had brought over 23 kilos of clothes and knitted blankets with me, so I dug out a couple of things for Richard, and also for his grandparents. On the way back Dixon mentioned that his dream was to come to England, and of course I could be the person to make his dream come true. I am not mulling over that one at all, but I have a feeling it is going to resurface.
On the one hand it is easy to feel put upon here, because it can seem as if everyone is trying to get something out of you but then I look at the terrible poverty and insecurity that people live with, and wonder what I would do in these dire circumstances, what I would do. Although we are in the dry season, there should have been some rain but there has been very, very little. Crops that should be coming up to harvest are dying, and crops that should be being sown now, can’t be, because they need to wait for more rain.
We had some visitors to the guesthouse on Sunday, two young girls. One was 15 year old Seera, and the other was Esther, her 10 year old sister. They had been sent by Grace, the head of Children of Bududa, as Esther was ill and unable to keep any food down. Justine, who runs the guesthouse, translated for us, and came to the conclusion, that the child is probably suffering from starvation, and might not be able to tolerate food any more. She comes from a family with 11 children, no land to grow crops, and both parents doing occasional labouring jobs, such as carrying bricks on building sites, and digging other people’s gardens for them. They only eat once a day, just posho, made from maize flour, and watered down to make it stretch to 13 people. In this situation, the families eat late so that the children can sleep while not too hungry and Esther might just be too tired to eat at that time. We tried to tempt her with various bits of food, and she eventually ate half a slice of bread. She said she was too tired to walk home so Barbara paid for a boda ride, and told them to tell their parents to take her to the clinic on Monday to check her out. Meanwhile I am wondering what can be done. There is probably a lot of famine coming if the rains don’t come. Many families are going to be in a similar situation.
BUDUDA 20 FEB 2017
ZYou might think that I am spending my time tending to the sick or hungry but no…. Today, I wrote two job descriptions, helped fix a problem on QuickBooks and finalised a report of the teachers’ suggestions on how they can increase the numbers of students attending the Vocational School. There are some very interesting suggestions. Giving speeches at funerals was one, as well as targeting married women who might like to learn hairdressing, the new course that has been started at the school. One of the big hurdles that they have to get over is the idea that vocational training is a second-class option. They are so keen on getting an academic education, which is admirable, but for many unrealistic.
One day last week, my boda rider on the way home was called Moussa. We had a good chat, which is much easier when you are not wearing crash helmets, and there is more time to chat now, as I make them drive very slowly. Moussa is 27 and has 8 children. I asked him if he supported them all, and the answer was no, as his current partner has only one child. He then told me that he would actually like to marry a ‘mzungu’ ie white person, and go to America with them. I wondered if this was a proposition and it turned out it was. Did he realise it was Valentine’s Day? I said that unfortunately Donald Trump might not be in favour of him going to America, and anyway, I was from England.
We had some news about the little girl, Esther, who we thought might be suffering from starvation. Instead of taking her to the local clinic, her father took her to see a ‘local healer’, who said that she had ‘nightdancers’ which were affecting her on the way to school – in other words, spirits infecting her. He also said she had had glass in her stomach, but he had removed it. It is really difficult to believe that this is still going on in the twenty-first century. Apparently she is better now, but Grace who runs ‘Children of Bududa’ will be keeping an eye on her, and trying to arrange some food supplements for the family.
Tomorrow, I am going into Mbale, which I dread because of the heat, to collect one of the orphans who is at boarding school, and take her to the dentist to have 2 teeth removed. I am going with Martha, the social worker, and we will travel by matatu, privately owned minibuses, usually crammed with about twice as many people as they are designed for, with a ‘conductor’, collecting money and squeezing in at the last minute, sometimes standing up, and leaning over the passengers, if all the seats are taken. We might also have a couple of other orphans, with us, who seem to be suffering from ringworm. Maybe that does count as tending to the sick…
Men's & Ladies Pairs Mondays 6th & 13th 7.30pm
The Gwyneth Sather 500 Cup Friday 17th 7.30pm
Martin Warner Cup Tuesdays 21st & 28th 10am
Pivot Teams/Karlsen Cup Friday 31st 7.30pm
SIGN UP AT THE CLUB
OVERCALLING WITH STRONG HANDS:
THE POWER DOUBLE
On Tuesday 28th of February at 1.30pm Elisabeth Bingham will be giving the second of seven seminars aimed at intermediate players.
Come along and improve your game.
Notes, hands and exercises will be given after the lecture.
Cost is £18 payable at the door.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE FULL COURSE £105
(or £18 per topic where there is availability)
On Sunday 26th March at 2pm we will be holding a Cream Tea and Bridge. Just £6 (visitors £8)
Sign Up sheet now available in the Club
Pay on the day.
This friendly bridge club aims to cater for all bridge players. Regardless of experience, we have a session to suit you.
We meet at least 12 times a week, from Monday through Saturday, and we encourage players of all standards to attend these regular sessions of friendly Duplicate Bridge. Visitors are always made welcome; please come and join us for a session. A "host" is often available as you will see from the Calendar. The Bridgemate wireless scoring system is used so that results are updated as you play. Hand copies of each session can be taken away and are also available once the results are posted on the website.
Special events from the WBF, EBU, BGB and Surrey calendars are held throughout the year.
Wimbledon Bridge Club also offers a full Teaching programme of classes and practice sessions (with supervision) for beginners as well as for those with some experience of the game and wanting to improve their skills.
Facebook page - Wimbledon Bridge Club
Please email email@example.com
or ring Louisa on 07483 137 648
Many congratulations to Lis Bingham and Lars McBride who won the EBU Masters Pairs coming top out of 99 pairs nationally.
Congratulations to Michelle Lundqvist and Sandra Cape who won the Surrey Ladies Pairs last weekend. Seen here receiving their tropy from Richard Banbury.
Congratulations also to runners up June Middleton and Diana Withers Green. June and Diana also came 8th nationally in the Masters Pairs.
Well done all!
Put the date in your diary now - more details coming soon...
Login to Pianola
If you are going to arrive later than 11 minutes before the start of the session,
please call 0208 947 0147
so the director can include you in the numbers. Thank you!
Please click here to view the Green Card for use on Tuesday and Friday mornings.