More face to face bridge on the way

Good to be back in business!

Thanks to everyone who this week came to our first two face to face bridge sessions in the post-Covid era, one in Charlbury and the other in Wytham Village Hall. It was good to see so many familiar faces again and to welcome some new ones as well. Everyone said how much they enjoyed getting back around a bridge table in a friendly and sociable atmosphere, which is very much the Andrew Robson way. With many others saying they are hoping to join the next event in either or both venues, the outlook looks very positive.

Future face to face plans

The future shape of face to face events is becoming clearer. The aim is to hold a face to face play session at least once a fortnight in Charlbury and regularly every week in Wytham Vlillage Hall. The Charlbury events will be on Monday afternoons and the Wytham ones on Thursday mornings. The emphasis at both sessions will be on friendly social bridge with expert supervision available to everyone as they need it. Our aim has always been to build a community of like-minded members who enjoy meeting others as well as playing bridge in the right spirit.

A competitive online option

For those looking for a more competitive game, our regular online Tuesday morning sessions will continue as now with the emphasis on teams play – ideal for those with regular partners who are looking to test and sharpen their game against more experienced opposition. Using Zoom rooms will continue to enable us to review the hands with you, looking to analyse the bidding and play while they are still fresh in our minds. Let me know if you are interested in trying these sessions; while they are ideal for regular partners, I can always pair you up to create new ones if you contact me.

Teaching

I have had a lot of requests for teaching, especially refresher courses, and I am trying to schedule sessions to meet the demand. It is getting quite complicated, so I am proposing to run another Doodle poll to try and narrow down the options. There are also vacancies for more players in a couple of regular online group coaching sessions, one on Friday mornings and another potentially on Wednesday mornings. These sessions are the simplest and most efficient way to improve your game. I am also planning to record a series of one-hour refresher videos covering specific topics.

This week

As chance would have it I am away this coming Monday and Tuesday (March 14th-15th) so the next Charlbury face to face session will be March 21st, starting at 2.30pm. There will however be another Wytham face to bridge session this Thursday (March 17th), starting at the new regular time of 10am. You can book up for both these sessions here via Paypal or directly by bank transfer – contact me for the details if you don’t already have them.

This is the link for the next Charlbury session.

Face to face supervised play in Charlbury March 21st 2022

The next Monday afternoon face to face event in Charlbury starts promptly at 2.30pm, with refreshments included. The address will be emailed to you if you have booked in or told me by email that you wish to come. Plenty of free parking available.

£15.00

This is the booking link for the next face to face play at Wytham.

Face to face supervised play Thursday March 17th 2022

Our next face to face event in Wytham Village Hall, starting at 10am, with refreshments included. Come and make contact again with the group that was flourishing before Covid entered our lives. Please try to arrive a few minutes before the start time. Free parking. Just off the A34.

£15.00

This is the link for the regular Tuesday morning session.

Face to face bridge returns

We are kicking off this week!

There are two face to face bridge sessions this week, the first steps, I hope, back to pre-Covid normality. I am running a session in Charlbury tomorrow afternoon (March 7th), which will be hosted very generously by Andrew and Rosie Dent at their house (plenty of parking), and a second on Thursday morning (March 10th) in Wytham Village Hall, just off the western ring road. There is still time to book up and join us for these inaugural sessions. You can do so either by following the instructions below or by going to the Book Here page at the top of the website.

All welcome as always. Exactly how we organise the sessions will depend on the final numbers but I can guarantee an interesting session for anyone who comes. I will take the opportunity to discuss future plans, including the timing of events and teaching, with those present on the day. Please note that the Charlbury session starts at 2.30pm and the Wytham one at 10am (slightly later than the start time we had before, and designed to make it easier to avoid the morning traffic). I will be there a little earlier to set up and any volunteers to help with that will also be welcome.

The Tuesday morning supervised play session will continue online on Tuesday morning (March 8th) as well, starting at 9.15am. Looking ahead, however we progress with face to face bridge, there will always be at least one online session every week and I am hoping to introduce an evening duplicate in due course as well. I am also reshuffling a number of group coaching groups and if you would be interested in joining a regular group for one of these please let me know. Wednesday and Friday mornings are two spots where they may be room to accommodate you.

Some teaching classes will also begin shortly.

Face to face supervised play March 7th 2022

Our first face to face event in Charlbury for more than two years, starting at 2.30pm, with refreshments included. Will discuss our future plans for teaching and play in Charlbury as well so please do come along if you can. The address will be emailed to you if you have booked in or told me by email that you wish to come.

£15.00

This is the booking sheet for face to face play at Wytham on March 10th.

Face to face supervised play Thursday March 10th 2022

Our first face to face event in Wytham Village Hall for over a year, starting at 10am, with refreshments included. Come and make contact again with the group that was flourishing before Covid entered our lives.

£15.00

This is the link for the regular Tuesday morning session.

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Online supervised play 8th March 2022

Our regular online play session, featuring challenge matches, kicks off at 9.15am on BBO and Zoom. Come and join some of our regulars as we rip through a series of live hands and learn as we play in a friendly and mildly competitive way. Always good fun with lots of chat.

£15.00

Bridge in Oxford update 94

Face to face restarting soon!

Please book in here, or on the new “book in” page at the top of the website, if you wish to join the normal Tuesday morning supervised play session this week, kicking off at 9.15am. All welcome as always. You can also book here for the first face to face bridge session in Charlbury, which will take place on Monday March 7th, starting at 2.30pm. On the morning of Thursday that week (March 10th) I am hoping to offer a face to face bridge session at Wytham Village Hall. Pre-booking required (so as to ensure even numbers).

Online supervised play March 1st 2022

Our normal online Tuesday morning supervised session, starting at 9.15am.

£15.00

Face to face supervised play March 7th 2022

Our first face to face event in Charlbury for more than two years, starting at 2.30pm, with refreshments included. Will discuss our future plans for teaching and play in Charlbury as well so please do come along if you can.

£15.00

This is the booking sheet for face to face play at Wytham on March 10th.

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Face to face supervised play March 10th 2022

Our first face to face event for over a year, starting at 10am, with refreshments included. Make contact again with the group that was flourishing before Covid entered our lives.

£15.00

Bridge in Oxford update 93

Face to face restarting soon!

Please book in here, or on the new “book in” page at the top of the website, if you wish to join the normal Tuesday morning supervised play session this week, kicking off at 9.15am. All welcome as always. I am happy to say that the first our our new series of face to face bridge sessions in Charlbury will take place on Monday March 7th, starting at 2.30pm. On the morning of Thursday that week (March 10th) I am also hoping to offer a face to face bridge session at Wytham Village Hall. Pre-booking required (so as to ensure even numbers).

Online supervised play Feb 22nd 2022

Our normal online Tuesday morning supervised session, starting at 9.15am.

£15.00

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Face to face supervised play March 7th 2022

Our first face to face event in Charlbury for more than two years, starting at 2.30pm, with refreshments included. Will discuss our future plans for teaching and play in Charlbury as well so please do come along if you can.

£15.00

Online bridge update 92

Please book in here, or on the new “book in” page at the top of the website, if you wish to join the normal Tuesday morning supervised play session this week, kicking off at 9.15am. All welcome as always. I am in the process of adding some new content to the website, so watch out for further updates and looking to restart face to face bridge in the first week of March.

Online supervised play Feb 15th 2022

Our normal online Tuesday morning supervised session, starting at 9.15am

£15.00

Online bridge update 91

Please book in here, or on the new “book in” page at the top of the website, if you wish to join the normal Tuesday morning supervised play session this week, kicking off at 9.15am. All welcome as always. I am in the process of adding some new content to the website, so watch out for further updates.

Online supervised play Feb 8th 2022

Our normal online Tuesday morning supervised session, starting at 9.15am

£15.00

Face to face bridge coming back

It looks like it won’t be long before we can go back to playing face to face bridge the Andrew Robson way in Oxford. As the Omicron variant fades and restrictions are lifted, we are planning on restarting our regular weekly play and learn sessions in Wytham and Charlbury, as well as continuing with online sessions and our first duplicate and team challenges.

Please look out for the chance to sign up and join us and renew contact with all the regulars who you may not have seen in person for the past couple of years while Covid was trampling all over our lives.

In the meantime this week I will be running the regular Tuesday morning online play and learn session, starting at 9.15am and finishing by 12 noon. You can sign up as usual using the link provided below, or do so from the new Book In page you will see at the top of the page. On Thursday next week there will be a second online evening supervised play session, starting at 7.30pm, and I will circulate details on that shortly.

Jonathan

Tuesday supervised play 25th Jan 2022

Our regular Tuesday morning online session (Zoom and BBO), starting at 9.15am.

£15.00

Online bridge update 89

In addition to the normal Tuesday morning supervised play session this week (sign up here), we are introducing a new supervised play evening session on Thursday 20th January 2022, starting at 7.30pm, which I have emailed details of separately. I hope that this may become a regular weekly event, but that will depend on the level of interest.

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Tuesday supervised play

January 18th starting at 9.15 am. Zoom + BBO

£15.00

Jonathan

Online bridge update 88

The first online evening play and learn session is scheduled for the evening of January 20th 2022, starting at 7.30pm.It will be hosted jointly by Charlie Bucknell and myself. Charlie is a young bridge professional (and an under-26 international player) based n Oxford and is joining ARB Oxford to offer more teaching and play options, in anticipation of a return to face to face bridge shortly. We have had some takers for this evening session already and I hope you will consider joining us then. You can sign up below or email me to ask for bank details.

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Evening supervised play (Online)

January 20th 2022 at 7.30pm (Zoom + BBO)

£15.00

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