Online bridge update 76

The Tuesday morning session this week (26th October) will be going ahead as normal, assuming sufficient numbers, and I am hoping we can all agree to the new regular start time of 9.15am. You can book from this post or from the sidebar of the website. Some regular coaching sessions will continue as normal this week (look out for separate email notifications if your group is not currently running).

Looking ahead I am keen to gauge numbers for the first face to face bridge session since the pandemic (red letter day!). The response to the Doodle poll tells me that there are more than 40 of you who in principle want to come back to playing face to face bridge, although I recognise that all the media heads about infection rates, booster jabs and new variants may mean that you are keen to restart, but in practice not quite yet.

I am proposing therefore to schedule our first face to face supervised play session on Tuesday November 2nd (in the morning, kicking off at 9.15am) or Thursday November 4th (same time). This will be at Wytham Village Hall. Please let me know by email as soon as possible if you think that either of these dates are feasible for you. I will judge what to do – whether to go ahead with one or both of those dates, and if not whether to continue with the online session on Tuesday morning – when I hear from you.

Looking further ahead, and assuming fair weather on the virus front, I am hoping eventually to offer up to five bridge sessions a week (three face to face, in Wytham and Charlbury, and two online, at least one of them a duplicate competition for those wishing to challenge each other – and me – in a friendly challenge). In addition to the current group coaching sessions, there will also be 1-2 courses and seminars running each week and maybe also a social bridge evening as well. Some of these may start in December and others in January. Ideally there will be something for everyone in this new and improved schedule. More details next week.

If you have not had a chance to take part in the poll, here is the link again. Thank you everyone who has taken part so far.

Jonathan

Pay for supervised play 26-Oct-2021

26th October 2021 from 9.15 am

£15.00

Online bridge update 75

The Tuesday morning session this week (19th October) is going ahead as normal and I am hoping to organise a new regular start time of 9.15am. You can book from this post or from the sidebar of the website. Some of the regular coaching sessions will also continue as normal this week. More importantly the new plans for returning to both face to face and online bridge should be ready to kick off in November.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Doodle poll about your preferences for bridge in the future. There was a terrific response and I am happy to say that there are plenty of you who want to return to face to face play and a similar number who want to continue with online, or some combination of the two. I will be starting a new regular schedule of supervised play, courses, group coaching and (new) tournaments to try and satisfy all the demand, starting in November.

Working out the schedule with available venues is complicated but it is coming together and I hope to have a draft schedule available by the start of next week. There is plenty therefore to look forward to. I have played myself face to face four times in the last month and I found it every bit as enjoyable as it was in the days before covid, albeit that I think online is just as well suited for some of the things that we do. So there will definitely be a mixture of the two as e go ahead from here

If you have not had a chance to take part in the poll, here is the link again.

Jonathan

Pay for Tuesday supervised play

19th October 2021 from 9.15 am

£15.00

J

Online bridge update 74

The Tuesday morning session this week (12th October) is going ahead as normal, but I am hoping to organise a new start time of 9.15am. You can book from here or from the sidebar of the website. If you have not seen it already I have emailed more than 200 of you with an online poll designed to see which of you are interested in resuming face to face bridge and which of you would prefer to stick to online sessions (the option of doing both is also available). If you have not seen the poll already you can access it by foloiwg this link. Looking forward to receiving your responses and then organising a detailed schedule.

Jonathan

Pay for Tuesday supervised play

12th October 2021 from 9.15 am

£15.00

J

Online bridge update 73

The Tuesday session this week (5th October) is going ahead as normal but will have to finish at 12 non. You can book from here, as some of you have done already. I am busy reorganising the group coaching sessions and will have the timetable of new courses and seminars available very soon. Face to face at Wytham or Charlbury may have to wait just a little longer, but the plans are advancing.

Jonathan

Pay for Tuesday supervised play

5th October 2021 from 9 am

£15.00

J

Online bridge update 72

The Tuesday session this week (28th September) is going ahead if there are sufficient numbers and you can book from here, as some of you have done already. If there are not enough to make for a proper challenge match, I an happy to offer a 90-minute tutorial or “play these hands with me” session. I am busy reorganising the group coaching sessions and will have the timetable of new courses and seminars available very soon. Face to face at Wytham or Charlbury may have to wait just a little longer, but the plans are advancing.

Jonathan

Pay for Tuesday supervised play

28th September 2021 from 9.15 am

£15.00

Best wishes

Jonathan

Online bridge update 71

I am head down in finalising the production of the Investment Trusts Handbook, an annual publication of which I am the founder and editor. so this week, with many regulars not available or away, I am postponing the Tuesday morning supervised play session for one week. You can however book now for Tuesday week. I am hoping to reorganise the week’s teaching from the start of October, with a number of seminars and courses, plus some face to face play if there is sufficient support, and will be contacting every regular group and the Tuesday morning players to confirm times through the autumn. Please watch this space!

Pay for Tuesday supervised play

28th September 2021 from 9.15 am

£15.00

Best wishes

Jonathan

Online bridge update 70

Back from two sunny weeks in France and despite a blizzard of form filling and test booking fighting fit and ready to restart a new autumn programme of bridge play and learning sessions. Because of the short notice, I do not know how many of you will be ready for a supervised play session on Tuesday 14th September, but if there are enough it will be going ahead, starting at 9.15am. Group coaching will also start again from Tuesday this week. I will also be posting details of additional seminars and investigating further the potential for face to face bridge at Wytham and in Charlbury, as promised.

Pay for Tuesday supervised play

14th September 2021 from 9.15 am

£15.00

Jonathan

Online bridge update 69

As noted last week I am going to be on holiday for the next two weeks, so there will be no supervised play or challenge matches in that time, and no coaching sessions either – sorry! The next supervised play session will be on Tuesday 14th September starting at 9.15am. Group coaching will also start again from Tuesday that week, and I will be posting details of additional seminars and investigating further the potential for face to face bridge at Wytham and in Charlbury. Looking forward to those.

Pay for Tuesday supervised play

14th September 2021 from 9.15 am

£15.00

Jonathan

Online bridge update 68

Our normal weekly supervised play session will be held on Tuesday morning (August 24th), but starting at the new time of 9.15am. Reminder that I am going to be on holiday from August 29th for two weeks, so there will be a break in all bridge sessions for those two weeks, but there will be a mixture of play sessions, seminars and lessons in the autumn when I get back on September 14th. A number of you have also expressed interest in either taking or redoing some of the basic Robson courses while there is also a backlog of single topic seminars to be held (for example two-suited overcalls, throw-ins and so on). More details on this shortly.

Pay for Tuesday supervised play

24th August 2021 from 9.15 am

£15.00

Looking forward to the brave old world that we all hope lies ahead!

Jonathan

Online bridge update 67

Our normal weekly supervised play session will be back on Tuesday morning (August 17th). I have added a payment button for that. Looking ahead, I am going to be on holiday from August 29th for two weeks, so there will be a break in most bridge sessions for those two weeks, but there will be a mixture of play sessions, seminars and lessons in the autumn when I get back. A number of you have also expressed interest in either taking or redoing some of the basic Robson courses while there is also a backlog of single topic seminars to be held (for example two-suited overcalls, throw-ins and so on).

Pay for Tuesday supervised play

17th August 2021 from 9.15 am

£15.00

Looking forward to the brave old world that we all hope lies ahead!

Jonathan

« Older Entries