Bradgate Bridge Club who play at the Rothley Centre on a Monday and Wednesday, celebrated their 50th anniversary at a lunch at the Grey Lady in Newtown Linford on 28th March. Over 100 of the 150 members were able to attend.
The Club was founded back in 1968, when a group of social bridge players decided to put their bridge onto a more formal footing. It has met at the Rothley Court and the Reservoir pub (now the Badgers Sett) over the years, but pub landlords found that members didn't drink as expected (bridge requires a certain degree of concentration!) and so the Club was 'moved on', first to Rothley Village Hall and then to The Rothley Centre when the centre was built in 1981.
Among the guests were Sue Tyler, daughter of the founder member Howard Tyler; she is now a bridge teacher and a keen member of the Club. Also present was the Club's oldest member, Monica Lucas (93), who still turns out for the league teams on occasion - proof indeed that bridge keeps the mind sharp!
Pictures are of Margaret Butterworth (Chairman), with Monica Lucas and the 50th party group (presentation of flowers to the organising committee).
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