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The purpose of our group is to play competitive, social bridge in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. We play "Basic Acol" at an intermediate level and will meet at Matlock Town Football Club every Wednesday morning during 2017, apart from 10 May. Play starts at 9.15am and continues through to 12.30pm. The cost is £2.00 per week (inclusive of tea or coffee and biscuits), payable on arrival.

Our group has gone from strength to strength and around 50 members now attend each session, with up to 14 tables playing duplicate bridge in two groups. Each group plays about 20 boards.

The results of each morning's session may be viewed by clicking here.

The U3A is a "self-help" organisation, so each week two volunteers take turns to manage the tables and scoring system. Additionally, other members take responsibility for refreshments and collecting the £2.00 charge paid by each player.

Members appreciate all the contributions made to ensure the smooth running of our group.

Having become victim to our success, we have, regrettably, closed the group to new members. However, we have opened a "Waiting List" and, if there is sufficient demand, we would be very pleased to support the creation of a second group - please contact the coordinator for more information.

Christmas Buffet

A note for your diary – the Group’s Christmas buffet lunch is planned for Wednesday, 20 December. As previously, we have the Football Club until 1.30 pm and the bar will be open from noon.

Cober Hill - 2018

We have again reserved Cober Hill next year from Monday, 14 to Wednesday, 16 May. The cost per person will be around £146, with a packed lunch on the Tuesday. Should you wish to stay on Sunday evening, the additional cost is £66.

We will need to pay a deposit to confirm our booking by end November. If you would like to go, please confirm with either Margaret Rice or Chris Barnes as soon as possible, with an appropriate cheque made out to Matlock Area U3A.

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The correct lead? Image courtesy of Martin Emery

10th Birthday Celebration

The Bridge Group celebrated its 10th birthday at its regular Wednesday morning bridge session on 18 October at Matlock Football Club. Over 50 members were there to present a beautiful ‘bridge themed’ birthday cake to thank two of the Group’s founder members – Frank Hemming and John Boadle.

Frank and John were able to take us back to the early days of the Group, with just a handful of enthusiastic members, which has now grown such that the Wednesday morning sessions regularly attract 50 enthusiastic players. They particularly noted the Group’s continuing friendly and welcoming nature, with the emphasis very much on social bridge and the active involvement of all members in running the Group.

As the birthday cake message fittingly reminded us all – ‘Bridge players do it with finesse’.

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Images courtesy of Mike Frosdick

The Bridge group coordinator is Roger Keeling, who can be contacted by email by clicking on his name, or by telephone on 07831 268152.

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Last updated on 30 October, 2017
© Matlock Area U3A, 2017 - Registered Charity Number 1161704