News – Page 8

Woodborough Bridge Club

Established in 1986 – Affiliated to the EBU

Celebrating 30 years of Bridge

Woodborough Village Hall   –   6.45pm for 7.00pm start.


Drained by Southgates’s boys being knocked out by Croatia. Daunted by having to regroup for bronze on the Saturday. On tenterhooks about whether Serena would prevail so soon after giving birth. On edge to see Federer attempting the seemingly impossible. Relieved that England rugby had prevailed against South Africa. Amazed that English cricket had triumphed so comprehensively against Australia but disappointment about being pipped at the post by India. Worn out by the stress of the British Grand Prix. And everybody baking in the heat and hoping for rain and only watering the gardens in secret at night. BBQs in the garden, tennis on Woodborough courts, football in the park, cricket stumps on the wall, and men in shorts.

A typical English summer. No time for Bridge then.

But oh yes there is. Forty players turned out for 24 boards of duplicate bridge at Woodborough village hall last night. A bit of a failure really, because Director Clive had urged us all to speed up to get through 27 boards. The chocolate biscuits were a bit rushed but a very good night nonetheless. As ever.

The new committee meets next week for the first time and will allocate roles. It hopes to be able to put lumpy matters such as new constitutions and GDPR behind them this year and concentrate on Club developmental matters such as recruitment and retention, team and competition play, and a teaching program.

Please contact Jane, details below, if you think that you may be interested in learning this fascinating game.

Please contact Jane (0115 9652595)  or

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

We were pleased to continue the tradition of ringing before Feast Sports on July 7th despite the last-minute change in timing. Fortunately, our friends from Calverton and Oxton were still able to come over to help. Many thanks to them.

On July 28th, we welcomed a party of ringers from Irthingborough, Northants, who wished to ring at St Swithun’s church as part of a tour of local churches.

Sunday services in August are spread round the benefice and the only service at Woodborough is on the 12th. There are weddings at Oxton on the 11th and at Woodborough on the 14th mid-week. We hope to be able to help each other out so that both the brides can be welcomed by bells.

Our need for more volunteers to come and ring has been heightened by the loss of one of our learners, Richard, who has landed his dream job with the British Antarctic Survey. He is currently training for cold water diving and will be going to Antarctica this month. He goes with the best wishes of our band for a successful new career.

Four years ago, we started out to Remember the Great War of 1914-18 and in particular the sixteen men who are commemorated on our War Memorial. I have just finished the research on the last of those men. There are three to remember in October: Ernest Orange, Harry Desborough and Fred Severn Foster. Their stories will be told at the Sunday services on the 7th, 21st and 28th.

The latest news from the Ringing Remembers project to recruit 1400 new bell ringers to match the number who lost their lives in WW1 in time to ring for the Armistice Centenary is good, with over 850 signed up so far and steadily being joined by others. Publicity for the project has appeared in local media and been featured in The Times and in a couple of episodes of The Archers.

Our Thursday practice sessions start at 7pm and end between 8pm and 8.30pm depending on who is attending and how many. These evenings are an excellent opportunity to come and find out what is involved in ringing the bells and have a conducted tour of the belfry. There is a long history with our bells going right back to the time of Queen Mary in the middle of the 16th century. Our earliest bell is now over 450 years old and still going well. The youngest has just passed its tenth birthday. By contrast, our oldest ringer is approaching 75 and our youngest is in their early teens; and we are still going well too! But we would like a little more help.

If you would like to have an introduction to bell ringing on our practice sessions, or maybe another more convenient time, please give me a phone call or send me an email.

Stephen Smith, Tower Captain
Tel 07817-979390