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 April to September 2023.
The club wil 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 includes Simultaneous Pairs in partnership with ECats Bridge, Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams. We have also transformed the club handicap competition so that it is staged quarterly throughout the club year. We continue to look for innovative opportunities to develop the club calendar to maximise enjoyment for members - a new innovation being played recently was a joint session with our friends at Pershore Duplicate Bridge Club.
We will have periodic sessions of Face To Face Bridge in the lovely settings of Wharton Park Golf Club, the latest of which will be on Wednesday 29 March 2023. Other Face To Face events are scheduled for 5 July (Club Annual General Meeting), 27 September and 13 December (Christmas Party). RealBridge sessions will be provided on those Wednesday evenings for those unable to attend Face To Face.
In addition to these sessions, the club provides morning social and teams sessions which remain very popular and which have helped to develop new players to join our ranks. Many thanks to everyone who has helped to develop these sessions.
Club membership is at a record high with every prospect of further membership growth over the coming year.
Thanks to Eileen, we have the most progressive teaching programme in the county. New initiatives will continue to be developed with the aim of widening bridge participation. It remains our ambition to work with local education providers to attract younger people to the game.
Many members enjoyed our inaugural club bridge holiday to Salisbury last October. I am delighted to report that interest in the planned holiday to Dartmouth this coming October is even greater and that we expect to have nine tables of bridge playing each evening over the three days of the holiday. Major thanks are due to Pauline Terry for all her hard work liaising with hotels and other partners.
This all points to a thriving club. Our table numbers for both the Wednesday and Thursday duplicate sessions are at record levels. 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, Belinda, Sue, Alan, Jonathan and Candy for all their hard work and encouragement.
Club finances are in excellent health and have been expertly stewarded by our new Treasurer, Belinda Morgan. In the context of the strong financial position, I am delighted to report that subscription rates can be reduced for the next six month period which covers April to September 2023. Club reserves are strong and remain available to support the development of new initiatives as they become identified.
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 £30
Duplicate Multiple Weekly Play £50
Morning Single Weekly Play £10
Morning Multiple Weekly Play £20
So the maximum subscription, which would cover every online bridge activity provided by the club would be £70 (equating to less than £3 per week and a reduction for this six month period of around 30% to reflect the strength of club reserves). 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.