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Woodborough Bridge Club

Established in 1986 – Affiliated to the EBU

Celebrating 30 years of Bridge

Woodborough Village Hall   –   6.45pm for 7.00pm start.


Woodborough Bridge Club continues to have almost twelve tables at its weekly Thursday evening meetings – almost fifty players. The Club caters for a wide range of standards from those who are very successful at match play to others who are “improvers”. Whatever the level of play, the atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly and there are plentiful supplies of chocolate biscuits to go with the tea and coffee when time permits.

The scoring system, for those not familiar with it, is a computer system using Bridgemates. Each table has a dedicated sending unit for the score to be sent off to the computer at the end of each round. Within seconds of the last card being played at the end of the evening it is possible to see on line every card that every player played throughout the evening, how different players played the same cards, and how everybody scored. This would have been science fiction stuff worthy of Star Trek only a few years ago.

The committee has felt the need to update the Club’s constitution which was many years out of date and it also needs to address new legislation which is coming into force regarding data protection. There is never a dull moment.

If you would like to know more about the game of Bridge or would like to attend as a guest one week, do please make contact with us using one of the methods below.

Please contact Jane (0115 9652595)  or

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Southwell Minster

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

This month there’s a treat in store for anyone who enjoys the sound of church bells ringing. The National Twelve-bell Striking Contest for the Taylor Trophy 2018 is getting under way at Southwell Minster on March 24th. This is one of three venues for the eliminator rounds. The others are Selby Abbey, North Yorkshire, and Holy Trinity Ossett, West Yorkshire. The final will be held in Cambridge at Great St Mary’s on June 23rd.

On Saturday, March 24th, at Southwell the draw for order of ringing will be made at 11am. The six teams coming are from Bristol, Guildford, Melbourne, Norwich, Oxford and Wimborne. Both Bristol and Melbourne featured in last year’s final. Each team is allowed a short practice before performing the set test piece. This year it is half a course of Cambridge Surprise Maximus, which will take about 20 minutes to ring. The contest ringing should be completed by around 3.00pm, and the judges will be giving their verdict a little while afterwards. This is an opportunity to listen to some seriously good ringing at the Minster. If the weather is fine, then listen from the churchyard.

Meanwhile we have celebrated the first wedding of the year at St Swithun’s with good ringing on 27th January. Three of us were available, so friends from Calverton and Oxton came over to make up a full band. Our two new learners, Richard and Steve, are making satisfactory progress on Wednesday evenings.

If you would like to learn more about what is involved in ringing church bells or find out about the fascinating art of bell music, please get in touch. We would welcome anyone over 12 years old, whether a novice or a retired ringer wanting to join us. We practice regularly on Thursday evenings starting at 7.00pm and learners have separate tuition on a one-to-one basis to establish the basic skills, presently on Wednesdays.

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