The Bridge Group plays competitive, social bridge in a relaxed, enjoyable environment. We play ‘basic Acol’ at an intermediate level and meet every Wednesday morning at the Matlock Town Football Club. Play commences at 9.15 am and continues through until 12.15 pm. Members should be seated by 9.05 to allow the computer scoring system to be set up. The weekly entry fee is £3 per member, payable on arrival, and includes refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits.

The Group was formed in 2011 and has gone from strength to strength. We currently have around 10 tables playing each week. We typically play about 20 boards during the morning and use Bridgemates and electronic scoring. Results are published immediately after each session and to review these click here.

Although most Members attend with a regular partner, we appreciate that this is not always possible. To avoid a potentially wasted journey to the Football Club, Janet Green has kindly agreed to act as a contact to match players who do not have a partner. Should you need a partner, please call Janet on 07734 347080 before 6.00pm on Tuesday.

In line with u3a’s ‘self-help’ ethos, willing volunteers take it in turn to set up and manage the tables, operate the scoring system and provide us with delicious refreshments.

If you are interested in joining us or want any more information about the Group, please contact one of our Joint Coordinators, Rachel Jenkinson or Roger Spells, by clicking here.

Cober Hill 2023

28 members attended our Cober Hill break (see above), commencing on Monday, 2 October, with a mid-afternoon welcome and the first playing session.

Cober Hill, now a conference centre, is a beautiful Victorian mansion, situated on the glorious north Yorkshire coast, just 6 miles north of Scarborough.  We have been visiting Cober Hill for our annual ‘away days’ for over a decade.

We all enjoyed three exciting, nail-biting playing sessions on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday morning.  Tuesday morning was free for rest and recuperation and to take full advantage of the local area.  For those of a more energetic disposition, this included two walks – a ‘long’ and a ‘short’ – and a round of golf at the lovely Filey course.  In the event, the ‘short’ walk turned out to be longer than the ‘long’. 

On Wednesday morning, the excitement steadily grew as the playing session progressed to its shattering conclusion.  The tension was only eased when the overall winners of three sessions were announced over lunch: N/S – Chris and John Barnes (59%) and E/W – Sue Wyatt and Janet Green.  Very worthy winners who justifiably received a standing ovation.

A most enjoyable time was had by all participants.   Particular thanks to Sue Wyatt for her considerable efforts in organising the event for us all.

The Frank Hemming Memorial Salver 2023

Along with John Boadle, Frank Hemming was a founder of our Bridge Group some
thirteen years ago.  In 2017, Frank donated a silver salver to the Group which has
been competed for each year since.

This year the competition took place on 6 September, followed by our Summer Buffet

The joint winners, sharing a score of 60.94%, were Linda Boadle with Gill Rebaudi
and Audrey Foster with Peter Dawson.