The first course I am offering in the New Year is Andrew Robson’s Next Step course. This is the follow up to his popular beginners course which I have taught in Oxford three times already. The course will be held as four double lessons on four consecutive Friday mornings, beginning on January 17th 2020 and running from 9.30 to 12.30pm (or however long it takes to cover all the material). The venue will be Wytham Village Hall. The cost is £180 for the entire course, which includes a 50-page set of course notes, expert tuition, refreshments and follow up material. Each lesson includes four pre-dealt hands for you to bid and play. A number of you have already signed up for this, but if you have not done so and think it might be suitable for you, please let me know as soon as possible. I am attaching a Next Step Booking Form, which includes how to pay by bank transfer, but you can also pay online here as well. Details of other courses in the New Year will be published shortly.
The Next Step course is ideal for those who have learnt the absolute basics of the game and are looking to further and practise what they have learnt.
A quick reminder to anyone who has not seen my earlier message that exceptionally there will be no play and learn session at Wytham Village Hall tomorrow morning (December 3rd); instead the session will be held on Thursday (December 5th). It will be back to normal next week and every Tuesday thereafter, excluding the Christmas break. I am looking to hold two play and learn sessions a week in the New Year, as well as further meetings in Charlbury, and more courses.
Our autumn Andrew Robson bridge courses start this week, with Improver starting tomorrow at 9.30am in the NOA, Summertown, and a bespoke Refresher course for a number of you who have requested it on Thursday mornings (same time, same venue as Improver). I will also shortly be confirming final details of the Beginners, Essential and Advanced Play course dates. Two of these courses (Beginners and Advanced Play) will be made up of four three-hour lessons rather than eight shorter weekly ones. If you would like to join any of these, even at this late stage, please feel free to let me know and I will fit you in if I can.
For the next few weeks our regular Tuesday morning supervised play session will be held at Wytham Village Hall, which is the next (very lovely) village you get to if you keep going past The Trout in Godstow (our former venue) and sits just the other side of the A34. Some of you may know it already from either the pub (The White Hart) or the conservation work Oxford University does in Wytham Woods or from Inspector Morse (one of whose murder cases takes place in the woods). It is accessible either from Wolvercote or directly from the A34 and overlooks the cricket ground and the woods. There is parking right outside. It is just a couple of hundred yards from the pub and village shop for those who like to stay for a drink afterwards.
Being a village hall means that we do not need to be so rigorous about ending at 12.30. I propose therefore to keep the official starting time at 9.30, but as long as you can turn up by 10am, you will always be welcome. I am also reinstating a Doodle poll to allow you to indicate if you are likely to be coming – not compulsory, but helpful for Annabel and I to know rough numbers. Here is the link to the poll. I will normally check the names on Monday afternoons. I will also check the bank account to make sure I know who has paid in advance (still the preferred payment option, although cash is also welcome).
There will be another lesson and play session in The Corner House, Charlbury on Thursday afternoon (September 26th) starting at 1.45pm. Further regular dates will be scheduled when I have an idea of how popular they are likely to be, based on this second Doodle poll (link here). Those who have already been to one of these popular sessions, or would like to consider them in the future, are invited to show their interest in future dates between now and Christmas. Hope to see you soon.
This is the schedule for all the bridge courses and play sessions we are running this autumn. I have added booking forms for the courses, on both the autumn course page and also on a new booking forms page. The weeks ahead now look like this.
(am) Improver course, in Summertown, starting September 23rd
(am) Bridge at Wytham Village Hall, every week starting 9.30am-9.45am
(pm) Advanced Play (four half day sessions, starting on October 16th)
(am) Essential course, in Summertown, starting September 26th
(mid-am) Refresher course, in Oxford, starting September 26th
(pm) Bridge in Charlbury, at the Corner House, from 1.30pm
(am) Beginners course (four half day sessions, provisional timing)
I am thinking of adding a second play and learn session either on Friday mornings or Wednesday evenings, at a venue to be determined. If you would be interested in this please let me know so I can judge whether there is sufficient demand to make it work. I am also planing to run a short course on the 2/1 bidding system for those who play duplicate regularly.
Look forward to seeing you soon. Jonathan.
We have our regular bridge session at The Jacobs Inn in Wolvercote tomorrow (August 20th) starting at 9.30am. On Thursday (August 22nd) I will be hosting another lesson/play session at The Corner House in Charlbury, starting at 1pm. I am meanwhile putting the final touches to the schedule of autumn courses, which will start in the week beginning September 23rd. Most lessons will be on Mondays and Thursdays but there may be other times as well if there is sufficient demand. Thank you to everyone who has contacted me asking about future courses. I hope to accommodate as many of you as possible. There will be a free taster session for beginners on September 16th; if you think you might know someone who would like to learn bridge, please mention it to them and ask them to come along to see how we go about it. It is a free and no partner is needed. Best wishes Jonathan.
A quick reminder, for those who may not have seen my earlier email, that bridge tomorrow morning (July 9th) will not be at The Trout but once again at the Jacobs Inn in nearby Wolvercote. Also that there are additional places for the two special one-off seminars I am offering – one on transfers (this Thursday July 11th, starting at 9.40am) and the second on doubles (penalty or takeout?) next Monday (July 15th) at 9.40am. Both sessions to be held at the North Oxford Association in Diamond Place, Summertown (behind the Co-op). The cost for each two-hour lesson is £20, but free for those who have just finished the Essential Extra or Improver Plus courses.
Despite having to postpone a couple of lessons because of unavoidable changes to my schedule, the two courses I have been teaching this summer (Essential Extra and Improver Plus) are sadly coming to an end. Because they have been such excellent learners, however, I have decided to offer a bonus lesson to all members of these two courses and would also like to open these two popular single topic lessons to anyone else who would like to join, for a single one-off payment of £20.
The two dates are as follows:
Date: Thursday July 11th
Time: 9.40 to 11.40am
Where: North Oxford Association, Summertown
Subject: Transfer bids
Free to members of the summer 2019 Improver Plus course. £20 anyone else.
Date: Monday July 15th
Time: 9.40 to 11.40am
Where: North Oxford Association, Summertown
Subject: Doubles – takeout or penalty?
Free to members of the summer 2019 Essential Extra course. £20 anyone else.
I will also provide summary notes by email after each lesson.
To book a place for either lesson, simply email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your place and pay either online in the normal way by bank transfer or bring cash on the day.
Following requests from half a dozen budding enthusiasts who have completed my Beginners course, I am also looking to teach a version of the Next Step course over the course of the summer months. This will be done on an ad hoc basis through a series of 5 or 6 somewhat longer sessions than normal. If you would like to join this programme, please let me know and I will endeavour to arrange it. Next Step is suitable for anyone who is not a complete beginner, but is keen to go up a level or has recently returned to playing the game. The venue will also be in Oxford, and somewhere close to good parking and the ring road. More details once it is clear that we have the numbers to make it viable.