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.


We are very pleased to say that our first team performed well in the County Teams of Eight League and has won promotion back into the first division after an absence of two years. There are many opportunities for all members to play in a number of different competitions at various levels.

It is always interesting to meet players from other Clubs with different ideas which can feed back into our own Club. An informal training session entitled “Handling Big Hands 1” will be held on Tuesday 15th May at Lowdham. It is intended for intermediate and more experienced players and will look at the theory and practice of handling big hands both for the declarer and the defence. To reserve a place please email

The committee has decided that the Club’s constitution was overdue for a revision and this has taken up a great deal of time. The next little challenge is to consider the implications of the new data protection act (GDPR) which comes into force on 25th May. In the light of concerns that have emerged recently in the world of social media, it is right that even small organisations such as Bridge Clubs should look closely at the way in which it acquires, stores, and uses the data that it collects about members. This is also likely to take up a great deal of the committee’s time. Never a dull moment!

Please contact Jane (0115 9652595)  or

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

Spring has been late coming this year and the change to warmer weather mid-April has been most welcome. Let us hope that the Merry Month of May will be a herald for summer to come. And no more so than on the 12th, when we shall have the pleasure of ringing for a wedding, always a happy occasion, and especially so when the bridal couple are personal friends.

On the same afternoon we shall be meeting up with ringing friends at Calverton for this month’s District Meeting followed by a social event and evening ringing on the eight bells at Gedling.

A week later is of course the Royal Wedding and many bells will be pealing out in celebration of the event up and down the country.

Sergeant Samuel Spencer (1895-1918) will be remembered on Sunday, May 27th before morning service with half muffled ringing followed by prayers and the lighting of a candle in church. Samuel is the only Woodborough soldier to lose his life at sea when the troopship Leasowe Castle was torpedoed off the Egyptian coast. His name is recorded on the Chatby Memorial at Alexandria and of course on our own village cenotaph.

Nationally bell ringers are also remembering their forebears who were called to service in the conflict and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Some 1,400 bell ringers died during the War and to honour their memory the ringing community is aiming to recruit the same number of new ringers to take part in the nationwide event by ringing on the centenary of the Armistice.

When the bells rang out on the 11th November 1918 they announced the end of the most catastrophic war the world had yet seen. At the time, bells were at the heart of the community, marking events of great significance and communicating to people long before modern technology connected us. Bellringing has always had a much wider function than its role in the church. There is a poster, reproduced here and displayed in the church porch, which gives more information.

English style bell ringing is a tradition that is over 400 years old. It is a team activity for all ages and walks of life that stimulates the brain and keeps you fit. Come and join us; you will be made most welcome. We practice regularly on Thursday evenings starting at 7.00pm and ring before service on Sunday mornings.

Stephen Smith, Tower Captain
Tel. 965-4426 or 07817-979390

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