News – Page 8

Woodborough WI

Our next W.I. meeting will be on Monday, March 18th. It is our Annual Meeting and “Games Night”.

The Friendship Group will be on Tuesday, March 5th at 2.00pm in the Institute.

The next walk is on Friday March 8th.  Meet at the Village Hall  at 10.00am with cars.

The next committee meeting will be at Catherine’s home, 10.00am on Monday 11th March.

Woodborough Bridge Club

Established in 1986 – Affiliated to the EBU

Celebrating 30 years of Bridge

Woodborough Village Hall   –   Thurs 6.45pm for 7.00pm start.

You may have read of my early experiences as a new member of Woodborough Bridge Club in previous newsletters. Well I said I would give you an update as I approach my 1st anniversary of joining the Club.

Thursday evening is greeted with a mixture of anticipation and sometimes frustration as bidding or play go awry, but the bad bits are becoming less frequent thanks in large part to the excellent coaching sessions laid on by Ray and Lloyd.

These two experienced players have been good enough to give up a couple of hours on a Friday morning to run coaching sessions for any club member wishing to learn new tactics and improve bidding and elements of play. Three session before Christmas were well attended, and a further four sessions are scheduled over the next couple of months.

The sessions are very practical with an opportunity to practice bidding and playing with specific tactics in mind. The time taken in preparing and delivering these tutorials is much appreciated by all those who attend.

The three teams that represent the Club against local opposition in the Nottingham leagues are holding their own against some stiff opposition; halfway through the season there is still plenty of time for triumph or disaster!

An active club with a balance of experienced players willing to share their knowledge and intermediate  and less experienced  players keen to improve, you might want to come along and give it a go.

If you are a potential bridge player and possibly interested in joining a club, why not come along and give us a try?

We meet in Woodborough Village Hall on Thursday evenings at 6.45pm.

For more information get in touch or see our website (details below).

Please contact Jane (0115 9652595)  or

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

On Tuesday, February 26th we were pleased to welcome six ringers from South Notts, who came to ring a quarter peal. A quarter peal is usually 1260 changes long, one fourth of the 5040 needed for a full peal on seven or fewer bells. As there are only 720 different changes that can be rung on six bells, it is necessary to repeat 540 changes to make up the QP length. This can be done whilst ringing some methods; but not with others, as you cannot get back to rounds at the end of the 540 changes. In these circumstances twelve extra changes are required making the QP a little longer at 1272 changes. It takes about 42 minutes to ring a QP on our bells.

We hope that all those who heard the performance appreciated the ringing during the morning. After their visit here, the band went over to Oxton for another QP before lunch.

This month we are hosting a District meeting at St Swithun’s for ringers of all abilities on Saturday, March 9th, from 10am to 12pm. This is one of the District’s monthly meetings held throughout the year. Last month’s meeting was at Whatton-in-the-Vale. The meetings are an opportunity for us to meet friends from other towers, maybe to ring new methods, and to socialise. We shall be having lunch together at the Nag’s Head afterwards.

At the end of January, we were joined by Edward who is learning to ring and is making good progress. We hope that he will be ringing with the band by the time you read this.

If you are interested in taking up the enjoyable activity of church bell ringing, please do get in touch. We are still short of enough people to ring all our six bells together and would welcome new learners or previously active ringers.

We practice on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm and ring for service on Sunday mornings from 9 or 9.30 am depending on the time of the service. You will be welcome to come and see what we do at either ringing time. Please do phone me to make arrangements for your visit, or email if you prefer.

Stephen Smith, Tower Captain
Tel 07817-979390