Near Brewery or Potterne
Leader: Diana Slater
The group meets from 10:00 to 12:00 noon.
This is a game similar to rummy but played with tiles decorated with Chinese symbols but fortunately English numbers. Initially the game appears complicated but by learning a few basic hands it is soon possible to participate in a game and win. Although there are 81 scoring hands, these do not need to be learnt in one go. What usually happens is that a new player learns a few hands and then as they see other hands being played they investigate further to extend their own repertoire of methods. You can build up at your own speed whilst still enjoying the game. We play at tables of two, three or four players and play is individual. We do not play with a partner as one would in whist or bridge.
For those who have played before we follow the rules established in 1998 to reconcile the many different versions of Mah Jong and a book explaining it all can be purchased from the group leader. For those who have never played before tuition is given during your first couple of sessions and then you will be raring to go.
Our group is a friendly group enjoying interesting chats on most topics whilst also exercising our brains. From the latest research these are some of the requirements to ward off loneliness and dementia as we age.
We meet on alternative Tuesdays throughout the year, normally near the brewery but occasionally in Potterne in the Market Place. We will be meeting in Potterne on 31st March and 26th May but otherwise in Northgate Street on 3rd March, 17th March, 14th April, 28th April and 12th May. For more information please contact the group leader, Diana Slater, who has an Answerphone.