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 2019, apart from 15 May and 25 December. 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 the victim of 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.


The Frank Hemming Salver - 2018

Fifty members of the Bridge Group very much enjoyed the inaugural Frank Hemming Salver competition on 4 July. The salver, presented to the Group by Frank Hemming, a founder member of the Group some ten years ago, will be played for in future on the first Wednesday of July.

The morning was a great success and the play was followed by the Group’s eagerly anticipated annual summer lunch.

Congratulations to the inaugural winners, Gill Rebaudi and Joan Cooper, and the runners-up, Janet Green and Ros Bourne. The salver was presented to the winners by John Boadle, a founder member of the Group with Frank.


The correct lead? Image courtesy of Martin Emery

Images courtesy of Roger Keeling

Thank you Roland!

The U3A is very much a ‘self-help‘ organisation. The same is true of the Bridge Group, with our members sharing the load in terms of organising and running the Wednesday morning sessions.

For many years, Roland Bentley has been the Group’s ‘meeter and greeter’, together with safeguarding its finances. After being the first to arrive every Wednesday morning without fail, Roland recently stood down. The Group’s members wanted to show their appreciation of Roland’s unstinting support and commitment by presenting him with two ‘thank you’ gifts.

Roland is well known to the Group for his unique sense of humour and joke telling ability and was, very appropriately, presented with a book of ‘The Best 500 Jokes Ever’. Unfortunately, there were only three not already in his extensive repertoire. He was also given something he’d always wanted, a chihuahua, to remind him of the one joke he will always be associated with!

From us all, Roland, many, many thanks!

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Images courtesy of Roger Keeling

The Bridge group coordinator is Roger Keeling, who can be contacted by email by clicking on his name, or by telephone on 01629 823796.

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Last updated on 6 March, 2019
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