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We're All Going On An Autumn Holiday ... UPDATED
We're All Going On An Autumn Holiday ... UPDATED

It will be 2 years next month since our last annual bridge holiday was cancelled so we thought it was time to look at arranging another one. Wroxton House Hotel near Banbury looks suitable. At the moment there are vacancies for the 6th October 2022 for 4 nights.

And, just in case you were worrying, organiser Val Bobbins has now been assured that, should anyone wish to cancel because of illness or crisis, there will be NO charge. Neither Guaranteed Events nor the hotel take a deposit and you pay on arrival.

Val said: "Hopefully this will reassure anyone who would like to go but was worried about future events resulting in cancellation."

Here are the details.†The cost would be:

£379 PP for a shared double or twin

£429 for a sole use double.


  • Half Board accommodation, welcome drink reception, all bridge fees and holiday prize vouchers.

  • Free parking on site (70 spaces).

The Banbury Wroxton House Hotel BW Signature Collection by Best Western

Highly recommended hotel offering a superior level of quality within their star rating, high standards of hotel keeping in particular hospitality, service and cleanliness and hold two AA Rosette awards for the quality of their food.†The hotel offers a traditional charm in the delightful Cotswold village of Wroxton, just 2 miles from Banbury. With Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Oxford and Birmingham all nearby, the location is as convenient as it is beautiful.†This is a rare opportunity to experience the appeal of this thatched manor house, dating in parts to 1649. Think cosy corners, log fires and sumptuous interiors where you can enjoy a truly professional service with relaxed style.

A trip to the heart of England wouldn't be complete without a visit to some (or all) of the many architectural delights it boasts. From Warwick Castle and Blenheim Palace, the Cathedrals of Oxford and Coventry, to the many National Trust and English Heritage properties you'll never be short of things to do or sights to see when you stay at the Wroxton House Hotel.

The journey from Norwich is 2 hours 54mins and approximately 148 miles. Itís only 25 mins away from the Bicester Village outlet famed for its bargain shopping.

If you are interested please let Val know either by email at††or phone/text †her on†07801 352939.

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All Day Bridge 17th June
A good time was had by all
  • Beryl Boote and Hilary Austin
  • Deborah Rabbidge and Robert Cooper
  • Derek Ellis
  • Jan Pennington - I knew there was some non-alcoholic somewhere!
  • Paddy Seligman and Eileen Mullett
  • Sheila Whitt, Masuma Ali and Mary Able
  • Eileen Townsend: Should we try five card majors?
  • Forgotten something Robbie? Cutlery perhaps?
  • Mary Ellis and Sue Hutchings
  • Melvyn enjoys his lunch
  • Pre match coffee
  • Lunch time for Suzanne Hinks, Gay Lind and Sue Pulley
And the winners were ....
Many congratulations to the star performers at the All Day Bridge who were:

Top of the shop - Hazel Tindal and Masuma Ali with 61.54%

A close second - Deirdrie and John Bradley with 60.46%

And an even closer third - Sue Hutchings and Robbie Roberson with 60.10%.

"It was all incredibly close," said ABC Chairman Melvyn Pamplin. "Very well done to them all."
Not a lot of people know that
Not a lot of people know that
The All Day Bridge ran like clockwork in the capable hands of Neil Tracey - who worked out the movement, entered the scores on his laptop as he went along and produced the morning's results, like a rabbit out of a hat, while we were still eating our lunch and the all-day results while we enjoyed our tea.

It turned out that Neil's expertise is due in part to the 30 years he spent in South Africa where he was Chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Bridge Union in South Africa and in charge of 19 bridge clubs.

"I really got into bridge in South Africa," he said. And it turns out that his clubs included some seriously good players: "In 2007 they beat the Italians in the quarter finals of the Bermuda Bowl," he said. "They really are hot stuff."

KwaZulu-Natal's loss is Afternoon Bridge Club's gain, and we are all most grateful to Neil for the brilliant job he did on the All Day scoring.