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FUN AT FROME

AT the beginning of 2013, Frome Bridge Club was

barely surviving. Having talked to other people

whose clubs had needed reviving, John Perry and I

decided the best way to encourage bridge was by

running a teaching class in the daytime and

advertising it widely. We thought that one of the

difficulties would be catering for bridge players at

different levels so decided to run two parallel

classes, Beginners and Improvers, taking place

simultaneously. We decided to combine teaching

with playing and keep the charge low at £3.

Lessons started in September 2013 with twelve

beginners and twelve improvers. We were fortunate

in that several of the regular club players came along

to help. This gave us flexibility and there was a real

feeling of Frome Bridge Club helping itself.

We continued our separate lessons until Easter

2014, when we brought the two classes together,

playing supervised set hands. In autumn 2014 we

became aware that there was still eagerness to learn,

so we opted for half an hour's lesson before playing

twelve boards. We have continued this up till now.

Over the course of our journey a few people have

dropped out, but more have joined, so that recently

we have had thirty people from the classes there on

a Thursday. The atmosphere within the group is

tremendous and there is much laughter.

As to our original aim to boost club numbers, we

now regularly have six tables. New members coming

to our Monday night have im proved the at mos phere

and all our original mem bers have been

totally supportive of them. The overall feeling is that

we're all in it together and, most important of all,

we're having fun. (Marianne Lewin)

STATE SCHOOL

SUCCESS

FOUR students from Queen Elizabeth's Grammar

School, Horncastle, took part in the Loughborough

Grammar School national schools' bridge tour nament;

it was the only state school that took part.

The students were taught by Reg Loosely, a member

of Louth Duplicate Bridge Club, who runs the

Tuesday evening club session.

The day consisted of a Swiss teams tournament

and a mini-bridge tournament. The competition

began with three matches to identify the four top

teams, followed by supper before the semi-finals.

Aaron Hutton and his partner David Dichmont,

aged 17, and Anne Hutton and her partner James

Burman, aged 15 and 13 respectively, played

brilliantly and were runners-up - not bad after only

a year of learning! (Deirdre Fell)

CORN CAIRDIS

THE annual Corn Cairdis - Cup of Friendship -

match, between teams representing elements of the

English Bridge Union and the Contract Bridge

Association of Ireland, has been won this year by the

EBU.

The match took place on 18th-19th April at

Stamford Bridge Club, and included teams

representing the counties, the clubs, and the

officials. The EBU team scored a combined 253 VPs

to the CBAI's 226.

England has now won the event fifteen times, and

Ireland eight. r

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