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. The cost is £3 per week per member, payable on arrival and includes refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits.

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The Group was formed some ten years ago and has gone from strength to strength. However, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to cease playing face to face in March 2020, although the Group remained very active by holding regular, popular online competitions. We were able to recommence the Wednesday morning sessions at the Football Club on 25 August, 2021, having undertaken a detailed Risk Assessment and, as a result, implementing appropriate Covid safeguards to minimise risk.

We typically play around 20 boards during the morning, with results being published at the conclusion of each session. To review the results (and view the Risk Assessment and Covid-19 playing safeguards) click here.

It is essential the all members familiarise themselves with the modified playing arrangements and associated safeguards and precautions.

In line with the u3a’s ‘self-help’ ethos, volunteers take turns to organise and manage the tables, operate the computerised scoring system and provide delicious refreshments.

Prior to the Covid-19 shutdown, we were unable to accept any new members due to space constraints at the venue. As things settle down after the return, we will be reviewing if we are now able to offer the opportunity to some of those on the waiting list to join the Group.

The Bridge Group Coordinator is Roger Keeling who can be contacted by email or by ‘phone on 01629 823796