Thursday, 28th May 2020, 5:04am
CLUB CLOSED : SEE CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT UNDER NEWS ON THE HOME PAGE
We hope that everyone is well and managing to cope in these difficult times.
No doubt you will all be missing your bridge sessions and seeing friends at the Club but there are other ways of keeping up with the game. Quite a few of our members are playing bridge online or watching the excellent seminars that are being broadcast.
There are various websites where you can play online and the EBU have a detailed description of these and explain how you can do this with your usual partner or with friends at https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3736 All these online websites are very similar and all are excellent. As an example of what you can do the EBU link below describes how to register on just one of the sites and how to set up a table where four friends can play http://www.ebu.co.uk/ebuscore-wiki/bboinstructions.
Of the seminars Jack Stocken has just developed a paid subscription daily Bridgecast using Bridgebase Online to go through an instructive Intermediate or Advanced hand (or both) with a video commentary. See https://yorkshirebridge.co.uk/jacks-daily-bridgecast/
Andrew Robson also offers something similar https://www.andrewrobson.co.uk
Those of you who have been on the Mr Bridge cruises will know Bernard Magee. Bernard Magee is streaming free live bridge seminars on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11.00am on YouTube. You can watch live and ask questions or comment during the event or catch up on past seminars. Go to https://mrbridge.co.uk/ and scroll down to Live Seminars
We hope that we’ll all be playing bridge at the Club soon – but in the meantime enjoy what you can do online and keep safe and well.
We have just heard that Margaret's funeral tomorrow 24th March is to be held privately. It is now for her family only.
The Bradford Swiss Pairs scheduled for 19th April 2020 will no longer take place this year due to the current Covid-19 epidemic.
CLUB CLOSED WITH EFFECT FROM TUESDAY 17 MARCH UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
In light of advice from the Government on March 16th the Committee has decided to suspend all drives at the club until advice is received that it is safe to resume. We will be keeping a close watch on news updates and hopefully the exponential growth of the disease will be flattened by following the official advice and resumption may be all the earlier as a result.
The Secretary will be informing, via email, all those members signed up to Pianola and phoning those others she can identify who are not.
The final match in the 2019-2020 season was played on March 8th with our A, C and D teams winning their matches. The season as a whole was good for all our teams so well done to all who played. The A and B teams just missed being promoted but the C team played very well and (by one point!) will being playing in the division above next season. Thanks to all who played.
Members will be extremely sorry to know that Margaret died on 28th February,
She had been a member of the Club since 1993, soon became a member of the Committee and in 2000 House Committee Chairman, stepping down from the role only last year. She had great energy and did a magnificent job in organising work people - but she did not just do that, she was very hands on and if you came to the club out of hours you would find her repairing something, painting, cleaning obscure nooks and crannies and generally keeping the Club clean and well run. She referred to all this as her "little job".
Margaret was one of the three "witches" (yes, that is what they were called) (with Elaine and Kath Moorhouse) who catered for the Club events for many years starting with the second in-house Christmas Dinner in 1995. This catering spread to include all outside events at the Club. Her proud boast was that she didn't cook but just dusted her oven!!! However Margaret was quite definitely the quiche queen and also made a mean roulade.
Margaret loved travelling and made a particular point of being away every year on her birthday! She must have been to nearly every country in the world.
Following an operation for cancer last year she was told she would probably not live beyond Christmas. So it was good that she was able to go to Italy with her son, daughter-in-law, their family and her sister just before Christmas and also to continue playing bridge until very recently.
We shall all miss Margaret. PLEASE NOTE THAT HER FUNERAL ON 24th MARCH IS NOW FAMILY ONLY
This is just to let everyone know that unfortunately we are having to cancel the afternoon drives on Tuesday March 3rd and Thursday 5th (and Friday morning 6th), as the staircase and hallway are being re-decorated all that week - and there will be no access to the upstairs bridge room or cloakrooms.
All being well, the decorator will have completed the work within the week and we shall be back to normal by the following Monday.