December Newsletter 2020


Well what a year it has been but the Club has managed to keep going and even flourish online and thanks to everyone who has made this happen especially our Chairman.  We have more members playing bridge now than we used to get actually coming to the Club on occasions!

64 members attended the virtual Christmas Party on 11 December. Hilary Turner and Marion Wicks won the handicaps pairs competition. Sue Clarke, Alan Dunworth and Lynda Evans won draw prizes and David Heywood was top in the quiz. Members were able to choose whether they played on BBO or RealBridge and Julia was able to merge the results to appear in Pianola. Many thanks go to Graham and Fran for organising the entertainment and to Marilyn Finlay for buying and delivering the items to the winners. 

We raised £356.61 from the party for our 2 charities – Lymington Hospital Friends and The Lymington Community Centre. The total rose to £ 529.03 with member donations including money transferred from some bar accounts. The cost of Lockdown League season 3 also included a £2 per member charity donation as we were not able to hold the usual charity tea in June. In total we have therefore raised this year a grand total of £657.03 which will be split between the 2 charities. Well done and thank you to everyone who contributed.

The Lockdown League has proved a great success and we are now about to launch season 6 which will begin on Monday 4th January.  We are now back to 4 sessions a week, across both BBO and RealBridge platforms, a mix of pairs and teams, and look forward to welcoming even more of you to these in the New Year.  If you have still to try the virtual YD, it is not too late and we can help you get started.  

Andrew is starting a host system in 2021 for Friday afternoon RealBridge sessions. This will be in surname alphabetical order of those who have participated on a Friday (with the exception of the Christmas party). Andrew will host on Friday 1st January.

Fran Alexander, together with help from Pat Maycock-Elliott, Tony Elliott, Jo Morrow and Kate Morris, has started a Gentle Duplicate session on a Friday morning, aimed at the students whose lessons were cut short when we closed in March.  Current members who might like some revision are invited too. Graham is aiming to follow up his “multi 2D” sessions with some more instruction for existing members, so keep an eye out for any information emails.

Only one of the 3 yearly competitions has been completed so far and that is The Most Improved Individual. Just log into Pianola and click on Competitions on the green strip at the top. You can also see who will be in line to be the Club Individual and Pairs Champions at the end of the month.

Fortunately, resignations have been quite small this December and new members are gradually coming on stream despite not being able to get to the Club itself but happy to play online. Our membership is hovering around 150 at the moment.

We have decided not to issue new parking permits and Member Contact booklets for 2021 at the moment, so please keep using the 2020 (blue) version.

Please try to keep your details up to date on your Pianola record and also take time to look at the website to see what’s on as it is updated regularly with news and events.

Remember there is bridge on New Year’s Eve if there is enough take up!

Here’s hoping for a better 2021!

Have a lovely Christmas.

Chrissy Thomas

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