This is a new group, formed in January 2023, which has really taken off! Originally planned for Beginners, it has already split into two groups: Beginners and Improvers.
Both groups meet in Southwell at the Burgage Close Community Room, which is part of the Burgage Close Community flats situated close to the junction of Burgage Lane with King Street. There is generally parking available on Burgage Lane.
For both groups the emphasis is on maintaining a sociable and supportive ethos where we talk to each other, help each other and enjoy learning and improving together.
Beginners Bridge The Beginners group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm and there are currently 16 members (July 23). This group is for absolute beginners and anyone who feels they need to go right back to basics. You can come as an individual or with a partner. Although it is not a formal Bridge Course, input on Acol bidding is offered and each session builds on learning from previous sessions. Learning is consolidated by playing prepared hands designed to practise new learning under supervision.
For this reason we would also welcome anyone who is an experienced bridge player, familiar with the Acol System, with empathy and willingness to help beginners to join our existing team.
Improvers Bridge The Improvers group meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 2pm to 4pm. Our ethos is to improve and update our Bridge in a supportive and relaxed environment. Discussion of the bidding and play of the hands is not just allowed but encouraged. There is regular input on Acol bidding and an opportunity to play prepared hands to consolidate learning. This group is suitable for people who played Bridge years ago and would like to refresh their skills and knowledge. And we also have players who have learned the basics but want to develop their bidding and playing skills.
We currently (July 23) have 26 members, which is as many as we can accommodate in the room, with the leader and assistant who are experienced players. So there is now a short waiting list. Please contact the group leader, Elaine, if you would like to be added to this list. Priority will be given to current Southwell u3a members.
Members who wish to play Bridge more competitively are encourage to move on to one of the non-u3a Bridge Clubs in Nottinghamshire.
Quiz: Look at the three hands shown below:
What would you open with hand 1?’
Which of your black suits would you open with hand 2?
How would you bid and make a Grand Slam with Hand 3?
Discuss with a friend and see if you agree: Would you go 1 NT for any of these? No perfect right answers ......
Think you might be interested in joining this group?
1. If you are not already a member of Southwell U3A but are interested in finding out more about these groups and/or would like to attend one of their group meetings please click on the Contact Us link and let us know which group you are interested in. We will arrange for the Group Leader to get in touch with you as soon as possible.
2. If you are already a member of Southwell U3A and are interested in joining either group you can contact the Group Leader directly. Their details are in the Group Leaderspage in our Membership Area of the website. As a Southwell U3A member you will have received the password for the Members Area pages in Newsline. If you have forgotten the password please use the Contact Usfacility on this website to request the password.