Our playing sessions have now settled down into a regular pattern, and although we can't claim to offer something for everybody there is a reasonable mix.....
Monday Morning - Guided Play - The emphasis is on playing the game, but at a gentle pace that will help build confidence and experience. These sessions aim to ease the transition from lessons to play, and experienced players are always on hand to offer support to newcomers and returners to the game. Advice can be given during the play itself, and nobody need feel out of their depth. It's helpful if you can come with a partner, but with plenty of club hosts on hand you are guaranteed a partner - and you can usually chooose between sombody of your own standard, or an experienced club member.
This is perhaps the most popular route in to the club; we see new players on a regular basis, and everybody is welcome. And if you just want to turn up and watch for a while, and talk about the game with an established player, that's fine too.
Once you feel ready to launch out into something a little more demanding, why not try the Lighter Bridge sessions on Tuesday evening?
Tuesday Evening - Lighter Bridge - The relaxed evening sessions see us play at a (very) slightly slower pace than on Monday and Thursday evenings, and with only 18 - 21 boards we will complete the session by 10 pm. Club hosts are always on hand, so you are guaranteed a partner for the evening, and for those who want it there is plenty of help and advice available - once the hand has been played! All players receive credits towards their National Grading Scheme scores, and there are EBU Master Points for the winners and runners-up. This session is proving increasingly popular - we now regularly have 12, 13 or more tables.
Monday and Thursday evenings - These have a more competitive atmosphere, and the beginner would find them quite testing. Club hosts are available on an occasional basis (especially Thursdays), but if you don't have a partner please check with the Secretary before attending. Our normal mode of play is Pairs, but we also have regular monthly Teams events. These are shown on the Calendar, but if you are planning on joining us at one of those evenings, again, please check with the Secretary first. From time to time we also have other Teams events, and an occasional Swiss Pairs event.
Need to know:
Please try to be in the playing room at least 10 or 15 minutes before the advertised start of play. Results are always available immediately at the end of play.
A visitor's first session is free, and the next three sessions - up to an overall limit of four - cost table money + 50p. Before the fourth session is reached visitors may be invited to apply for membership of the club.
Monday morning - start 09.30; finish before 12.30; table money £2.
Tuesday evening - start 19.00, finish by 22.00; table money £2.
Monday and Thursday evenings - start 19.00, finish about 22.30; table money £2.50
Membership 2019 - 2020: £35 per annum (and pro rata for those joining during the year).