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Tuesday 7th November, Newark

We have a received a few enquiries about the Cafe Bridge event in Nottingham
We will not be running an event in April 2024 but we hope to be back in Newark in October/November.
We will contact you with details nearer to the time
Newark 7 November 2023
Final Instructions


7th November 2023



Registration will take place in 3 stages between 9.30 and 10.00am at “Swan & Salmon”. It will be helpful to the registration process if you can be there as a pair, but we do understand that this may not always be possible

Please note registration will not open before 9.30am so if you arrive earlier you will have to wait before registering.

Initial registration will take place at the foot of the stairs of “Swan & Salmon”, where you will be checked in and allocated either a N/S or E/W pairing.

Once you have completed the initial registration you can proceed to the Café Registration Area upstairs where you will be able to select your choice of Café for lunch (first come, first served). You will need to present your N/S or E/W card to register at your Café of choice.

As you register, each pair will be given two “Movement Cards” which set out all the instructions for the bridge hands later in the day. These cards indicate which Café you should play each round at, which boards you will play and the pair numbers of your various opponents. It is essential that you keep, and follow these, throughout the day.

To make ordering your lunch less time consuming, we will once again be adopting a system at this event where you will make your lunch choices as part of the registration process before leaving registration for your first venue.

Once you have registered and collected your “Movement Cards”, please decide what you would like to order for lunch from the special pre-set menu of the Café you have chosen. We will have set up a separate section in the registration area where we will have organisers who will record your lunch choices, they will need to know your pair numbers from your “Movement Card”, your name and what you want to eat.

You can order any 2 courses from the menu, starter and main, starter and dessert, or main and dessert. Please make a note on the back of your “Movement Card” of your own food choices.

Please help us by ordering you lunch choices as soon as possible after getting your “Movement Cards”.

Anyone using their phones for scoring who would like some help will then be able to take advantage of Keith Spencer’s expertise.

Once you have completed the Café registration process, you are free to enjoy the tea/coffee and biscuits that are provided, to check on the “Reach” charity stand and to spend some time talking to friends. Hopefully you will also succumb to the charms of our sellers and buy some raffle tickets to raise extra funds for our charity.

Around 10am there will be an introductory welcome, some final instructions, and introductions to your group leaders for the day before you set off to your first venue to arrive soon after 10.30am.

We would appreciate your co-operation in ensuring a smooth registration process, not only for those of you who are returning once again, but also for those of you for whom this is their first Café Bridge event.

Play During the Day

You will play 3x 2-board hands at each of 5 venues. Your “Café Director” will supervise this process. There will be 3 tables at each venue, so you will play all 3.

You will have your 2-course lunch at your 3rd venue; your meal will be served around 13.30p.m. after you have played the 3x 2-board rounds at that venue; all first courses will be served together i.e. starters and mains for those not ordering a starter, followed by the rest of the mains and desserts.

If you wish to purchase any drinks or further items at any of the venues, these will be at your own expense.

After lunch you will proceed to your last 2 venues, before returning to “Swan & Salmon” for our final get together.

We have scheduled all the events to try and ensure that the day can run smoothly, avoiding unnecessary waiting but still allowing enough time to play the hands, have a leisurely lunch and make your way to your next venue; if you have any problems, please talk to your “Café Director”, but please try to avoid falling behind.

Final Get Together

Our final round-up will take place at “Swan & Salmon” when you get back around 4.45pm to unwind and enjoy a free drink – a glass of wine or orange juice. We will then draw the raffle and present the prizes to the day’s winners.

We hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable day which we hope to finish around 5.15pm