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Wednesday 24th April, Nottingham

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Another excellent day of Café Bridge - our eleventh

Newark was another huge success

£1,500 went to Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
Thank you all so much
November 2018

The weather was very kind to us - blue sky and sunshine all day. It is a major logistical challenge to get 80 people circulating round five different cafés and bars to play bridge, have lunch, and come together at the end of the day in reasonable time for drinks, prizes, raffles, and debrief. But it all worked with almost military precision. The standard of play varied from the very good to the not so good, but most importantly it was played in good spirits.

One of the objects of the exercise is to generate interest among the general public in the hope that one or two may take up the game - we were certainly gazed upon with some curiosity from time to time.

The winners were Dick Milne and Shirley Ashtari on 69.74% and the runners up were Suzanne and David Cobley on 66.75%. We also offer a little something to those who came nearest to the 50% and they were Pauline & David Tillcock and Heather Darwent & Marian Griew. 17 prizes were raffled off.

The total sum raised for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance was an impressive £1,500.

Many thanks to the five venues who hosted this rather unusual event, The Ram, Gannets, The Old Post Office, The Queen's Head, and Water's Edge. The Ram in particular did us proud by hosting us at the beginning and end of the day for the main welcome and debriefing.



Nottingham April 2018
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It was the tenth and largest Nottingham Café Bridge event and 84 people met at Café Contemporary for coffee and the day’s briefing. They were moved by an address by Alison Furlong of Rainbows Children’s Hospice which was the day’s charity. Armed with individual route cards and a map, participants then strode to their first venue of the day where they played six hands of bridge in a group of 12. There being no time to waste, as soon as play had finished the café directors were whipping people off to their next venue where they played another six hands with a different group of players. The logistical challenge of getting 84 players to move between five different venues to a tight timetable without bumping into one another was huge - and impressively executed. The latest technology allowed players to record the scores using their smart ‘phones and the BriAn app and results for all players were instantly updated throughout the day. Lunch was taken at one of the venues after the third venue and at the end of play everybody gathered at All Bar One for drinks, thanks, the drawing of the raffle, and presentation of prizes to (1st) Mike Nailard and Ian Nicholson, (2nd) Kathryn Growchoska and Ann Adkin. Other venues where Bridge was played were Dino’s, Pitcher and Piano, and Jamie’s. There was a real buzz in the air and all agreed that Tony Brook had pulled together a very successful team to run the day. There were a few gasps and spontaneous applause when it was announced that Rainbows Children’s Hospice has benefitted to the tune of £1,500. And the message? Bridge is fun.

18th October 2017 at Newark
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This was the ninth Cafe Bridge drive run in Notts by members from Woodborough BC.

We played at three venues, Castle Barge, The Ram and Gannets, using a Cafe Bridge movement designed specifically for us, and using BriAn scoring software.

The results were available before the raffle had been drawn, with Hilary Kirkland dancing with joy to win a painting by Judy Meats.

The winners were Toni Smith and Steve Fordham. Runners up Keith Spencer and Phil Meats.  Closest to 50% were Sue Wright and Janet Franks.

Thanks must go to our organisers Phil and Judy Meats helped by Jean McKee and AnnMarie Campbell.   Also to our directors, Dot and Steve, Phil and Keith and Tony and Margaret, and Allan and Hilary and Andrew for running the raffle.

And to our venues which gave excellent service as well as donating raffle prizes.

£517 was raised for Beaumond House Hospice, which was amazing, thanks to everyone.

4th April 2017 at Nottingham

Played in Nottingham in aid of Beaumond House Hospice. 

12th April 2016 at Nottingham
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Played in Nottingham and organised by Phil Meats with Toni Smith as MC, this was the first Café Bridge Nottingham event using the BriAn Bridge App and raised some £600 for Beaumond House Hospice. 

Another hugely enjoyable day playing bridge in Nottingham's finest cafes.  Did we notice the drizzle? No sirree.  Many had been before, but there were cafe bridge newbies too.  Electronic scoring with BriAn meant that results were available well before the raffle had finished.  Three pairs were within one percent for the top places.  Well done to the Winners: Clare Batten & Graham Brindley; Second: Mike Willoughby & Richard Jephcott; and Third: Ray & Julia Furlonger.   Thanks to all our helpers, Keith Spencer, John Edwards, Toni Smith, Steve Fordham, Dick Milne, Mike Nailard. And to Ann Adkin and Kathryn Grochowska for running the raffle.   Money raised this time was £645.89, which will again go to Beaumond House Hospice in Newark.

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And indicate if you wish to be included on the mailing list for further cafe bridge events.  Suggestions include Southwell and West Bridgford, as well as Nottingham again.  Phil & Judy

11th October 2016 at Southwell
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Cafe Bridge was held in Southwell for the first time on 11 October.
The event was held at 3 venues with 4 tables at each venue.

Thanks to Saracens Heads, Gossip and the Minster Refectory for hosting.

This event raised £401.50 for Beaumond House Hospice in Newark.

1: Rebecca Ronan & Carol Fisher

2: Steve Fordham & Toni Smith

3: Kathryn Grochowska & Ann Adkin

6th October 2015 at Newark
6th October 2015 at Newark

Cafe Bridge was held in Newark on 6th October 2015 and raised funds for Beaumond House Hospice.  We played and lunched at Castle Barge, Cafe Amore and The Prince Rupert, three strikingly different and characterful venues.  Then met for a drink, raffle and prizegiving back at Castle barge.  The winners (see images) were Steve Fordham & Toni Smith, followed by Kathryn Grochowska & Ann Adkin.  Well done!

14th April 2015 at Nottingham
14th April 2015 at Nottingham

Nottingham Cafe Bridge was run for the third year on Tuesday 14th April.  Again it was a sell-out, with 80 players rotating between 5 city centre cafes and restaurants through the day.  The event is very popular and has a great 'buzz'.

We all met at Couture, part of the Contemporary Art Gallery, for a welcome and introduction, before moving to one of the venues, Dino's, All Bar One, Missoula, Couture or Jamie's Italian.  After the first set of 6 boards, we rotate to another venue, where we play a second set, then have lunch.  Three more rotations, and then all gather at Jamie's for a glass of wine and a raffle, while the scoring was finalised, using BriAn electronic scoring.  The result was soon on the website (click this link), and prizes awarded, for each of four sections.

The overall winners were  Margaret Parkinson and Norma Keaton, well done to them!

Section A winners were Alysson McLintock & Dick Milne.

Section B winners Dave Quinton & Pam Maguire.

Section C went to Helen Lister & Mary Dade.

The final outcome is that around £700 was raised for Beamond House hospice in Newark.  Well done everyone!

29th April 2014 at Nottingham

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