The following notes will tell you most of what you need to know about us:
The Pavilion in the Cringleford Recreation Ground at the end of Oakfields Road, Cringleford village, NR4 6XF. (3F on page 35 of the Norwich A-Z.)
2. Start Time
We play for about three hours every Tuesday, starting by 6.45 PM. Players must be seated by 6.30pm in order to finalise the bridge movement for the evening.
3. Finishing Time
After playing typically 21 boards (hands) we usually finish before 10 PM. Rarely do we exceed this time.
4. What We Play
We play duplicate pairs bridge. Cards are shuffled, dealt, details of each hand recorded on a curtain card, and put into bidding boxes by the players at each table before play commences. Please note, we do not adhere to Law 22A. We open with 12 points or 11 and a good hand. Some members play Weak Two Openers.
If no player at the table wishes to bid, the cards are reshuffled and re-dealt. If, after re-deal, there is still no opening bid, the hand is 'passed out'. Otherwise, we adhere to the rules in the EBU Book of Laws. We have a team of directors. They play during the session. We use bidding boxes to keep the noise level down.
5. Break (absence of!)
We have no facilities for tea or coffee-making, so play proceeds without a break (although some members bring a thermos).
We use Bridgemate electronic scoring for all our sessions. The results are available at the end of the evening and will appear on this webpage. Please see links to Results.
7. Subscription and Table Money
The table money is £2 per member and £3 per guest (please see 9 below). In addition, a subscription of £10 per member falls during the first week of September each year.
8. Playing Equipment And Furniture
As we are not the sole users of the Pavilion, we have to set out the tables, chairs and playing equipment at the start of each session and put them away again at the end. It is greatly appreciated if the able-bodied members could assist in these chores.
The first three attendances at the club are a trial period. If you decide our club is not for you (or vice versa) we can amicably part.
The club is not affiliated to the English Bridge union (EBU) and do not collect EBU points.
We think this covers most aspects of the club's practices. The atmosphere at the club is friendly and easy-going.