Having completed the autumn courses last week, it is time to think about some supervised play sessions in the weeks running up to Christmas. These will be a great chance to come and practise your bidding and play, with expert help on hand, and also to meet other players looking for fun and sociable bridge while improving at the same time (the “Robson way”).
Here are the first two suggested dates and venues. It will extremely helpful if you can let me know in advance by email if you can make it (email@example.com), also adding a phone number as well, purely in case of any unexpected last minute changes. Feel free to come with a partner or on your own. We can pair you up on the day. The cost will be £15 a session and include handouts and free tea and coffee.
Friday 7th December
Where: Woodstock (St Hugh’s Parish Centre, Hensington Rd, Woodstock OX20 1JL)
Time: 10am to 1pm
This is a fabulous newly renovated venue, with free parking outside, which I hope will be convenient for those of you living to the west and north of Oxford, and also for anyone living in the city itself. It is just off the main road running through Woodstock.
Tuesday 11th December
Where: North Oxford Golf Club, Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 8EZ
Time: 2pm to 5pm
There is free parking in the golf club car park. Easy access from the ring road and/or the A34. Note that this is an afternoon session. It will finish in time for you to get back and await the result of Parliament’s vote on Mrs May’s Brexit deal should that be your wish (Oxford Airport is nearby in case you want to make your escape instead).
The more players we can attract, the easier it will be to start holding them on a regular basis in 2019. It is important to note that you don’t have to come for the whole session, although it will be wonderful if you can. I am confident from all I have heard so far that we have the makings of a splendid like-minded bridge group.
I continue to look for other suitable venues and so these first dates will serve as trials for different places. I am still looking for a suitable venue for those who live on the east and south sides of Oxford, as also for evening venues, which are generally harder to find. All and any suggestions gratefully received.
At each session I will provide a set of pre-dealt hands for you to play and enjoy, with supervision if you need it. At the end of the session I will give you the hand records and we will go through some of them in a Q and A session. You can take the hand records away later to study, should you so wish. Important to emphasise however that you can also just come along and play cut-in Chicago if you prefer. The most important thing is to let me know in advance if you are coming, so I can attempt to balance numbers. You can pay on the day in cash or in advance by bank transfer. I will send you details when you say you would like to attend.
The schedule of classes and playing sessions for 2019 will be emailed to you over the weekend. The plan is to hold classes on Monday and Thursday mornings and regular playing sessions on (provisionally) Friday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. If these times don’t suit you, please let me know and if there is sufficient demand for another slot in the week I will, subject to other commitments, do my best to arrange it.