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  No RealBridge Tonight

  Please Note - there is no RealBridge this evening.  The AGM is taking place and will be followed at approximately 7pm by a Face to Face evening of Bridge at Wharton Park Golf Club, Bewdley.   

Last updated : 29th Jun 2022 23:23 BST
  A Message from our Chairman

Monday Afternoon Duplicate Bridge on RealBridge

As you know the club provides weekly duplicate sessions on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings using the excellent facilities provided by RealBridge.  I am delighted that these sessions attract such excellent table numbers.

You may perhaps not be aware that the club also plays online duplicate bridge on Monday afternoons with a start time of 2pm.  We would be delighted to see more members playing in these sessions too, particularly as they are aimed at helping the less experienced players.

Many thanks for your continued loyal support for the club.

Kindest Regards,

David Halford 

Last updated : 7th Jun 2022 07:05 BST
  Club Handicap Trophy - Results for Round 1 (of 4)

 

Click here for the results of the first round of the club handicap trophy held 19th May 2022.

 

The results from the evening's play were adjusted using average scores obtained by players last year.

It is worth commenting on the extraordinary score achieved by Richard and Jonathan.  Congratulations to you both.

Many thanks to Alan for working out the handicap scores.

It was a good evening and we hope everyone enjoyed it. 

The next heat is on Thursday 18th August.

Last updated : 7th Jun 2022 07:05 BST
  Club Handicap Trophy - Heat 1 - Thursday 19 May 2022
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The first heat of the club handicap trophy for 2022/23 will be held on Thursday 19 May 2022.  This is the first of four heats which will be held quarterly.

All club members, regardless of the subscription that they hold and regardless of the weekly sessions in which they usually participate, are very welcome to play in this competition. ..........

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Last updated : 20th May 2022 10:29 BST
  EBU Masterpoint Promotions for our Club Members
EBU Masterpoint Promotions for our Club Members

Congratulations to all our members listed below who have attained an EBU Masterpoint promotion in March.

Stuart Smith  Master
Jane Somervell  1 Star Premier Master
Bob Law  County Master
Barry Menheneott  County Master
Nick Walley  Local Master
Jennifer Vale  Local Master

 

Last updated : 22nd May 2022 08:32 BST
  Salisbury in October

We have had an excellent response to our planned bridge trip to Salisbury in October.

There is a limited number of places still available but we must finalise details by Friday 15th April.

Please contact David Halford or Pauline Terry if you are interested and have yet to pass on your details.

Last updated : 16th Apr 2022 21:25 BST
  Midlands 9-High 26/03/22

It was good to see 9 pairs from Bewdley competing in a total field of 31 pairs in the Midlands 9-High competition on 26/03/22.

Edward Sage and Paul Bryant came second, with Val Ridding and Chris Greatbatch seventh.

Congratulations to these members and to all other Bewdley Bridge Club members who took part.  Lovely to see such enthusiasm within our club.

Last updated : 22nd Apr 2022 17:39 BST

There will not be a Gentle Pairs session on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May

Last updated : 3rd May 2022 20:33 BST
  Bridge Cancelled Monday 19th September

As you will know, Monday 19th September is the day of the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the EBU has decided to cancel all online BBO games run by the national organisation on that day. It is for clubs to make their own decisions about their games, and your committee has decided to cancel our regular Monday game that day as a mark of respect.

Last updated : 20th Sep 2022 20:00 BST
  Congratulations
Congratulations

The EBU is pleased to encourage and reward members who have been performing well with Masterpoints which, after acquiring a certain number, lead to a promotion in rank.

Congratulations to your member listed below who has attained a promotion in August!

Philip Morgan  1 Star Master
 

Last updated : 13th Sep 2022 19:12 BST
  Swiss Pairs Wednesday 17th August
Swiss Pairs Wednesday 17th August

This event attracted an impressive thirteen tables and there was a very close run result.

The winners were Steven Clifton and Derek Moses.  Joint second were Bill Rosie and Stuart Smith, Rufus Ulyet and Lorna Fellows.

All three pairs had an excellent score of over 70 VPs.  

Thank you to everyone who took part - it was a most enjoyable evening.

Last updated : 25th Aug 2022 22:23 BST
  2022/23 Handicap Round 2 Results
2022/23 Handicap Round 2 Results

Here are the results of the second round of the 2022/23 Handicap.

Congratulations to the winners, Jane and Flick.

Congratulations too to Richard Lichfield and Ann Sutherland who were second, and Wendy and Eric Silverstone who came third.

Thank you to Alan for working out and applying all the handicaps.

Last updated : 25th Aug 2022 22:23 BST
  A Message from our Chairman - An Update and Renewing Your Club Subscription

I am contacting you to provide an update on activities provided by Bewdley Bridge Club and to invite you to renew your club subscription for the six month period from October 2022 to March 2023.

The club will continue to provide a diverse programme of online bridge using the excellent RealBridge platform.  All three of our weekly duplicate sessions - Monday afternoon, Wednesday evening and Thursday evening - remain popular and provide the opportunity to play friendly but competitive bridge.  We have developed our programme so that it now includes Simultaneous Pairs, Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams events.  We have also transformed the club handicap competition so that it is staged more frequently.  We continue to look for innovative opportunities to develop the club calendar to maximise enjoyment for members.

In addition to these sessions, the club provides morning social and teams sessions which remain very popular and which have helped develop new players to join our ranks.

Thanks to Eileen, we have the most progressive teaching programme in the county.  New initiatives, such as the recently announced teaching in Shatterford, will continue to be developed.  The club will continue to develop outreach initiatives aimed at widening bridge participation including, we hope, working with local education providers to attract younger people to the game.

This all points to a thriving club.  Some of our table numbers, such as the 14 teams that played in Swiss Teams on 27 July and the 13 tables that played Swiss Pairs on 17 August have been extraordinary.  I wish to extend my thanks to all club members for their loyalty and support.  In particular, I wish to thank everyone who continues to assist with club management, not the least those  members who have directed online bridge - a thankless task but always delivered professionally.

I am immensely grateful for the support of a superb committee and would wish to thank Eileen, Bob, Sue, Alan and Jonathan for their continued membership of the committee and to welcome Belinda and Candy as newer members of the committee.

Club finances are in good health and were superbly stewarded by Bob Law up to 31 March 2022.  Belinda Morgan has now taken over as club treasurer and we continue to enjoy excellent financial management and reporting.  In the context of the strong financial position, I am delighted to report that subscription rates for the period from October 2022 to March 2023 will be frozen at their previous level.  As with previous six month periods I am inviting you to make a single subscription payment which will cover all bridge to which you have subscribed.  Again you can choose whether to purchase a single or multiple weekly subscription for club duplicate sessions.  Also you can purchase single or multiple subscriptions for morning sessions.  Multiple subscriptions are heavily discounted for the simple reason that we wish to encourage players to play as frequently as their circumstances allow.

The subscription rates for online bridge for the next six months are as follows:-

Duplicate Single Weekly Play £45

Duplicate Multiple Weekly Play £70

Morning Single Weekly Play £15

Morning Weekly Play £30

So the maximum subscription, which would cover every online bridge activity provided by the club, would be £100 (equating to around £4 per week).  Your committee considers that this represents excellent value for money and I really hope that you will renew your subscription.

Please will you pay your subscription to Bewdley Bridge Club.  The account is a business account and its number is 10301671 with sort code 20-82-70.  Please when making a payment put your name as the transaction reference.

In summary, I would wish to repeat my thanks to all club members for their support and I really hope that you will renew your subscription and continue to participate in the progression of our club.

Kindest Regards,

David Halford

Last updated : 2nd Sep 2022 22:28 BST
  F2F and Online Classes for Beginners, Improvers and Advancers

Online Improvers/Advancers

Eilleen has been asked by a small group among her 'improvers' to start some advanced lessons. These will be on-line and will be a similar format to the Mondays, so Zoom and then RealBridge. These will be held from 7pm on alternate Thursday evenings from September.  Topics to be studied could include 

  • What does 2S mean over 1NT?
  • Responding to an overcall
  • Doubles
  • Cue bids (Michaels)
  • What is a relay?
  • Strategy for improving my scores
  • Bidding beyond game (Blackwood, key card, Gerber)
  • Landy (defence over 1NT opener)
  • Why would you open 4H?

 Please contact Eileen for further details and to book a place.

 

F2F Beginners and Improvers

Eileen will be starting in SeptemberF2F Bridge Beginners Class on a Thursday afternoon at Shatterford village hall 4.30pm until 6.30pm.  Please spread the word if you know anyone who would be interested in this. As she is hiring the hall anyway it is possible to have some separate tables for an improvers section too if there were enough people who wanted to do that.   Please contact Eileen for further details and to book a place.

 

Online Beginners

Eileen's Online Bridge Beginners Lessons will commence on Monday 19th September with a start time of 9.30am.   Please see 'Eileens Online Lessons' on the left hand menu for more details and the links to join in. These lessons will be from the beginning and are aligned to the EBU yellow book. 

 Please contact Eileen for further details and to book a place.

 

All of these lessons above will be dependent on numbers so please spread the word among friends and relatives who you think might be interested.  The cost of all lessons is £5 per session. 

 

 

Last updated : 1st Sep 2022 21:27 BST
  Congratulations
Congratulations

Congratulations to our members listed below who have attained an EBU Masterpoint promotion in July:

Susan Deakin  District Master
Jacqui Grenfell  Local Master

Last updated : 18th Aug 2022 21:57 BST
  Special Events in August 2022

Many thanks for continuing to support the club in such large numbers.  We had 14 teams playing in the Swiss Teams which was tremendous.  Our regular programme continues during August but there are two special events to which I should like to draw your attention.

Swiss Pairs, Wednesday 17 August 2022, 7pm Start

This will be our first staging of Swiss Pairs on RealBridge.  In order to stage this event we cannot have a half table so I should be really grateful if one pair could volunteer to act as a "host" for the evening.  This would involve logging onto RealBridge as normal but waiting in the lobby to see if they were required to complete a full table.  The Swiss Pairs format would be played over 5 x 4 board rounds so would feel similar to the Swiss Teams format we played.  RealBridge software is absolutely sensational and will deal with all the isuues around the movement so just relax and enjoy!

Club Handicap Trophy Heat 2, Thursday 18 August 2022, 7pm Start

The club handicap competition has been modified for 2022/23 and is now being held over four quarterly sessions on Thursday evenings during 2022/23.  The second of the four heats is on Thursday  18 August.  All club members, regardless of the subscription that they hold and regardless of the weekly sessions in which they usually participate, are very welcome to play in this competition.  Many thanks to Alan Booth for all of the work in calculating the handicaps that will be applied to the actual results in these sessions.

I do hope that these events and indeed all our club sessions are enjoyable to members and continue to be well supported.

Kindest Regards,

David Halford

Last updated : 18th Aug 2022 21:57 BST
  Results: Swiss Teams Wednesday 27th July

Many thanks to everyone who took part in this event.  It was a great evening and a lovely friendly atmosphere. 

Congratulations to the winning teams:

First:  Anne Freeston, Peter Dobson, Elaine Bell, Lolly Turner

Second: Sue Evans, Louise Wilson, Ann Sutherland, Nicola Downes

Third: Richard Lichfield, Ian Darch, John Hellens, Chris Gait

Last updated : 5th Aug 2022 13:11 BST
  Swiss Teams Wednesday 27th July
Many thanks to club members for supporting this event so strongly.  I am delighted to report that we will have 14 teams competing.  Details of the pre-selected teams appear below.  Please join your team mates at your home table at the start of play.  Playing in the event is easy - the incredible RealBridge software deals with all the movements so relax and enjoy the event.  I am very grateful to Richard Greenwood, who will be directing the event, and to Alan Booth for organising the team selection which is entirely based upon your average scores across all duplcate sessions over the last year.  I am also grateful to Petrena Walley and Jennifer Romer, who have agreed to act as a reserve pair for the evening.

If, for any reason, circumstances change and you cannot play, please let me know immediately.  Changes to the movement are always problematic and the Swiss movement works best with an even number of tables.

The teams and their home table numbers are:-

1. N/S Eileen Oakley / Chad Chadwick.   E/W Michaela Valance / Belinda Morgan

2. N/S Lorna Fellows / Rufus Ulyet.   E/W Sue Deakin / Paul Surplice

3. N/S Bob Law / Steve Clifton.   E/W Wendy and Eric Silverstone

4. N/S David Brown / Rachel Ward.   E/W Carole Adamek / Sarah Rosie

5. N/S Sue Evans / Louise Wilson.   E/W Ann Sutherland / Nicola Downes

6. N/S Bill Rosie / Billy Nicholson.   E/W David Holdsworth / Robin Humphreys

7. N/S Richard Greenwood / Jonathan Price.   E/W Linda Symonds / Clare Maiden

8. N/S Richard Litchfield / Ian Darch.   E/W John Hellens / Chris Gait

9. N/S Sue Knoll / Duncan Holman.   E/W Val Ridding / Chris Greatbatch

10. N/S Anne Freeston / Peter Dobson.   E/W Elaine Bell / Lolly Turner

11. N/S John and Sylvia Fletcher.   E/W John and Enid Darby

12. N/S Paul Bryant / Edward Sage. E/W Pauline Terry / Margaret Harper

13. N/S Philip Morgan / Onnie Powers.   E/W Barry Menheneott / Dinah Spillane

14. N/S David and Sarah Halford.   E/W Derek Moses / David Malcolmson

Good luck to everyone.

Kindest Regards,

David Halford

 

 


Last updated : 28th Jul 2022 09:35 BST
  'Monday Gentle Pairs' now 'Monday Pairs'

Our regular Monday Gentle Pairs afternoon session has evolved into a format similar to our Wednesday and Thursday evening sessions and will now be referred to as simply 'Monday Pairs'.

Last updated : 23rd Jul 2022 10:14 BST
  EBU Masterpoint Promotions for our Club Members
EBU Masterpoint Promotions for our Club Members

The EBU is pleased to encourage and reward members who have been performing well with Masterpoints which, after acquiring a certain number, lead to a promotion in rank.

Congratulations to our members listed below who have attained a promotion in May.

Christine Greatbatch  Area Master
John Fletcher  Club Master

Last updated : 18th Jul 2022 23:44 BST
  July Simultaneous Pairs Sessions
July Simultaneous Pairs Sessions

 

Many congratulations to our members who won our SIMS sessions recently and scored very well in the national rankings.

Sylvia and John Fletcher won the Monday club session and are currently ranked 47th nationally with a score of 56.59%.

Sue Evans and Louise Wilson won the Wednesday club session and are currently ranked 2nd nationally with a score of 71.45%.  Richard Greenwood and Jonathan Price came second in this session and are currently ranked 4th nationally with a score of 68.81%.  Tony Tidmarsh and Barry Menheneott came third in this session and are currently ranked 9th nationally with a score of 62.08%.

David Brown and Rachel Ward won the Thursday club session and are currently ranked 12th nationally with a score of 63.72%.

All the results can be followed here on the ECats website.  Some clubs may not have submitted their results so the final national positions remain subject to change.

Many thanks for supporting these sessions and please remember to make your charitable donations.  Details remain below on the club website.

Kindest Regards,

David Halford

Last updated : 18th Jul 2022 23:44 BST
  Swiss Teams, Wednesday 27 July 2022
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The club will be staging a Swiss Teams event on Wednesday 27 July 2022 with the usual 7pm start.  Previous events have been extremely popular - 16 tables participated in April - and I look forward to another excellent evening of bridge.

As with previous teams events the teams will be pre-formed with a more experienced pair teaming up with a less experienced pair. ..........

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Last updated : 23rd Jul 2022 10:14 BST
  Simultaneous Pairs July 4-7- Donation Details
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The SIMS sessions are charitable and look to raise funds for very worthwhile causes.  For this round of SIMS - The Summer Charity Pairs - funds are being raised for Kidney Research UK and the British Heart Foundation, with the total proceeds being shared equally between the two charities.

Participation in the sessions is included in your club subscription and there is no additional payment required to Bewdley Bridge Club. ..........

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Last updated : 23rd Jul 2022 10:14 BST
  Simultaneous Pairs Sessions in Week Commencing Monday 4 July 2022
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 Please make a donation to charity - see instructions below  

Bewdley Bridge Club is delighted to report that all three of our duplicate sessions this week - Monday afternoon, Wednesday evening and Thursday evening - will comprise Simultaneous Pairs (SIMS) events.  The sessions will be held on RealBridge and just follow the usual links to play.  SIMS are sessions where identical boards are played in all the various bridge clubs that have entered the event - usually at least 30 clubs nationally and internationally. ..........

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Last updated : 7th Jul 2022 23:01 BST
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Bewdley Bridge Club Annual General Meeting - 29 June 2022

To Be Held at Wharton Park Golf Club, 6:15pm Start

I look forward to welcoming members to the Annual General Meeting of Bewdley Bridge Club on Wednesday 29 June 2022.  Please find attached below copies of the agenda, minutes from the 2021 meeting which was held on Zoom, and formal reports from the Honorary Treasurer and myself as Club Chairman.

After two years of pandemic it represents a significant step forward to be able to hold the AGM in person in the delightful setting of Wharton Park Golf Club. ..........

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Last updated : 29th Jun 2022 23:24 BST
  An offer of help if you are experiencing the latest RealBridge problems
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Unwanted icons in front of the bidding box, when using Microsoft Edge

If you use the Edge browser and it has just been updated, you may notice these icons in front of the bidding box:

It is caused by a feature of Edge called “Visual Search”. You should disable this feature for the RealBridge site.  To do that, hover over the icon (or the upper of the two icons), so that you can see the lower icon with three dots in it. ..........

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Last updated : 9th Jul 2022 08:52 BST
  Congratulations to our Members
Congratulations to our Members
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We were delighted to note some recent promotions of club members under the EBU master point scheme.

Members listed below have attained a promotion in May:

*Jonathan Price  Advanced Master
*Michaela Vallance  County Master.

In April the promotions were:-
* Jeff Faulkner and Bill Rosie promoted to Master
* David Holdsworth and Ann Sutherland - District Master
* Val Ridding - Area Master
* Sylvia Fletcher - Club Master. ..........

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Last updated : 19th Jun 2022 03:00 BST
  Annual General Meeting 2022
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The decision has been made to hold this years Bewdley Bridge Club AGM at

Wharton Park Golf club on Wednesday 29th June 2022 with a start time of 6.15pm.

The meeting will be as brief as possible commencing at 6.15pm and will then be followed by an evening of F2F duplicate bridge at 7pm. ..........

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Last updated : 19th Jun 2022 03:00 BST
  Friday Afternoon Bridge at Wharton Park Golf Club - A Message from our Chairman
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For the last four Friday afternoons we have played Face To Face Bridge in the superb setting of Wharton Park Golf Club.  Huge thanks are due to Eileen and Candy for making these events possible, to Paul Bryant for helping with directing and to Chad Chadwick for helping in so many ways so that everyone could enjoy their game.

Sadly table numbers, which have peaked at four, have been insufficient to justify continuing with this trial. ..........

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Last updated : 20th May 2022 10:30 BST
  Congratulations
Congratulations

 

Congratulations to Stuart Smith on his promotion to Master Rank.

 

Last updated : 7th Jun 2022 07:18 BST
  Swiss Teams 27th April 2022

It was great that the Swiss Teams event was so popular.  16 tables is a club record.  Huge thanks to Richard for directing and to David and Alan for all the organisation.

Congratulations to the winning team : Sue Evans & Sarah Wenden,  Ann Sutherland & Alan Booth.

Joint runners up were:  Anne Freeston & Peter Dobson, Robin Humphries & David Holdsworth

                                     Petrena Walley & Camilla Warren, Barry Menheneott & John O'Driscoll.

Lovely to have such fun and sociable events in our club calendar.

Last updated : 5th May 2022 22:00 BST
  Master Point promotions in February

♠ Congratulations to Members promoted in February  

Anne Glendenning  Club Master
Mick Blakeman  County Master
Belinda Morgan  Area Master
Robin Humphreys  District Master
John Darby  Area Master
Bill Somers  Local Master

David Arbuthnott  Local Master

Last updated : 3rd May 2022 20:34 BST
  SWISS TEAMS 27th APRIL

We have a record entry for this event. If you find you are unable to play please let David or Richard know as soon as possible.

The teams are as follows (as per David’s email)

1 N/S Eileen Oakley & Chad Chadwick            E/W Jennifer Vale & Carole Adamek

2 N/S Lorna Fellows & Rufus Ulyet                  E/W Paul Surplice & Jill Yates

3 N/S David Brown & Rachel Ward                 E/W Bill Somers & David Arbuthnott

4 N/S Jonathan Price & Richard Greenwood E/W Val Ridding & Chris Greatbatch

5 N/S Richard Litchfield & Ian Darch          E/W Margaret Harper & Pauline Terry

6 N/S Jane Somervell & Felicity Somervell E/W Jan Adams & Tim Wadsworth

7 N/S David Halford & Sarah Halford    E/W Michaela Valance & Belinda Morgan

8 N/S Bill Rosie & Billy Nicholson        E/W Eric Silverstone & Wendy Silverstone

9 N/S Jeff Faulkner & Candy Shelley       E/W Jacqui Grenfell & Sylvia Fletcher

10 N/S Anne Freeston & Peter Dobson   E/W David Holdsworth&Robin Humphreys

11 N/S Sue Evans & Sarah Wendon          E/W. Ann Sutherland & Alan Booth

12 N/S Paul Bryant & Edward Sage           E/W Elaine Bell & Lolly Turner

13 N/S Philip Morgan & Onnie Powers      E/W Tony Tidmarsh & Linda Tidmarsh

14 N/S Camilla Warren & Petrena Walley E/W John O'Driscoll&Barry Menheneott

15 N/S Derek Moses & Steve Brown           E/W  John Hellens & Chris Gait

16 N/S Nick Walley & Skene Walley           E/W  Mick Blakeman & Jayne Bolton

The tables are labelled with the North player named. Please join the correct table.

We will play 5 x 4 board matches with IMPs scoring allowing 30 minutes per round, aiming for a 9:30 finish. Please keep up to speed as we will have to wait for all tables to finish before moving. The movement will be automatic so that you next play the closest team to you in the ranking list.

 

Click the link below to join the event

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Enjoy!

Richard

 

Last updated : 28th Apr 2022 11:46 BST
  Face to Face Bridge This Friday Afternoon Cancelled
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We have reluctantly decided to postpone the beginning of our trial Face to Face (F2F) bridge sessions and have cancelled Friday 1st and Friday 8th April at Wharton Park Golf Club due to the rapid expansion in the number of Covid cases in our area. 

We feel this is the only sensible course of action.  The situation will be reviewed in a couple of weeks and hopefully we can begin a trial of six further Friday afternoons commencing Friday 22nd April. ..........

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Last updated : 16th Apr 2022 21:25 BST
  Blakedown Bridge Drive

 There is a Bridge Drive on Wednesday 27th April at Blakedown Parish Rooms 10.30 for 11 . Price £12 including lunch.

Last updated : 28th Apr 2022 11:46 BST