24 April 2019
Despite the earlier dire weather warnings, the gods shined on us with a mainly sunny and dry day when Café Bridge returned to the Weekday Cross and Victoria Street area of Nottingham.
94 intrepid bridge players turned up at All Bar One at half past nine to register, enjoy a coffee and get their instructions for the day. Moving so many people between 6 different cafés creates its own logistical issues but fortunately no one went missing as they played 30 boards of bridge, interspersed with enjoying lunch at one of the venues, before returning to All Bar One for a well earned glass of wine, or juice, drawing the raffle and presentation of prizes.
The winners were John Edwards and Paul Morris scoring 67.50%, closely followed by Ray and Julia Furlonger on 65.14%. The day is much more about enjoying a friendly game of bridge among friends than a serious competition so prizes are also awarded to those scoring closest to 50%; these were won by Pam Wakefield and Derek Poole and by Stefka Samus and Anna Harper.
In addition to people having a thoroughly enjoyable day, the event is also an opportunity to raise money for a very worthwhile charity, so raising £1,750 for our chosen charity – Rainbows Children’s Hospice – who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, was a very satisfactory achievement due entirely to the generosity of all concerned.
Thanks must also go to the six venues, who hosted us for the day – Head of Steam, Pitcher & Piano, Cross Keys, The Loxley, Lloyds No 1, and particularly All Bar One who pulled out all the stops throughout the day.