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Wednesday 24th April, Nottingham

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Newark - 15 October 2019

Once again we were favoured by the weather gods, having one of the few dry days in October for our 2019 Cafe Bridge event in Newark.

78 dedicated bridge players came to The Ram for half past nine to register, enjoy a coffee, meet up with friends and fellow bridge players, before receiving their final instructions for the day. Everyone then dispersed to one of 5 different cafe venues to play the first 6 boards of bridge, before moving on through the day to all the other venues, playing a further 6 boards at each as well as having lunch at one of the venues. Fortunately no one went missing and everyone returned to The Ram, to relax, enjoy a well earned glass of wine or juice, before the drawing of the raffle and presentation of prizes.

After a closely fought competition, the winners were Shirley Ashtari and Dick Milne scoring 61.57%, closely followed by Mike Nailard and Mervyn Jones with 60.32%. As the day is primarily designed to provide a friendly game of bridge between friends, prizes were also awarded to those scoring nearest to 50%, these were won by Lynne Marlow and Ruth Milliken and by Marion Donaldson and Sue Hollins.

As well as people having a thoroughly enjoyable time, the event looks to raise money for a very worthwhile local charity, with £1450 being raised for this year’s charity – Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance – who are celebrating their 25th anniversary; a very satisfactory result thanks to the generosity of all concerned.

A big vote of thanks is also due to the 5 venues who hosted the event, Carriages, Castle Barge, Gannets, Harbour Master, and especially The Ram who provided a base for the whole day.


Café Bridge - What is it?

Café Bridge has been running in a number of towns and cities for many years. 

A typical Café Bridge event is a duplicate pairs bridge game set up over multiple cafés and restaurants. Pairs move to a new venue after each round, guided by a movement card, while board sets remain on their starting tables throughout. The registration fee includes morning coffee, a 2-course lunch at one of the venues and a glass of wine/soft drink at the end of the day.

The object of each event is to provide an enjoyable day of friendly, sociable, duplicate Bridge for all participants and to generate funds for charity. 

Café Bridge Nottingham continues to be a very successful phenomenon. It combines the fascination of playing the wonderful game of Bridge in a spirit of fun and enjoyment with fundraising on an impressive scale. In the eleven events since 2012 thousands of £££’s have been donated to charity. Café Bridge Nottingham has become a must go to event! 

Café Bridge Nottingham is organised by a team of volunteers who take no payment for their time and effort so all proceeds from the events are donated to our chosen charity.

We hope that you will join us for the next event. If you would like more information, or to be added to our distribution list, please use the “Contact Us” 

Café Bridge Nottingham - the history

Café Bridge Nottingham continues to be a very successful phenomenon. It combines the fascination of playing the wonderful game of Bridge in a spirit of fun with fundraising on an impressive scale. Phil Meats and Toni Smith started us off eleven events ago in 2012.

Our last happening was on 13th November 2018 when 80 people circulated round five venues all day in Newark and raised £1,500 for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

The picture below shows Karen Carter who gave a presentation about the service. Many people present were astonished to learn that the recently acquired fully equipped helicopter was called upon to answer an emergency three or four times a day. A rota of pilots, doctors, and medics are on call seven days a week and they are supported by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Karen showed us two photographs of a gravely injured young boy who was rescued by the service, and the same young boy many months later smiling and sitting in the helicopter with the crew, fully recovered - a heartwarming story.

Café Bridge Nottingham - the history
Our next event

Put 21st April 2020 in your diary as soon as you can - we return to Nottingham for our fourteenth event. 

If you are on our emailing list, you will receive an invitation in plenty of time. If you would like to be added to our emailing list, please use "Contact Us"

21st April 2020
Nottingham Cafe Bridge
Details to follow
3rd November 2020
Newark Cafe Bridge
Details to follow
Cafe Bridge Newark
Director: Keith Spencer
Scorer: Keith Spencer
Cafe Bridge Antwerp
Café Bridge returns to Nottingham
Director: Keith Spencer
Scorer: Keith Spencer