Mah Jong

Every Tuesday

Near Brewery or Potterne

Leader: Diana Slater
At 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00
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 have been meeting weekly during this weird time of people emerging from their lockdown chrysalis. We are in the garden on warm enough days but can be indoors if it is chilly.
We have been pleased to see a couple of new faces and could fit in one or two more returners or novices should they appear. It is not a difficult game to get the hang of and its main interest is in the basic games being sufficient to begin with. We do not play in pairs, as in whist or bridge, so although you are on your own, at least no one knows if you are on an off day. Once confidence takes hold then new hands can be learnt with help from the rest of the group.
We had a lovely day on the Green on Well Being Day so it may become a yearly event for us.
 When the meet is in Potterne then we all gather outside Ma Quisine so that car owners can take the foot passengers.
2nd November             Potterne
9th November              Northgate Street
16th November            Potterne
23rd November            Northgate Street
30th November            Potterne
7th December              Northgate Street
14th December            Potterne
21st December            Potterne
4th January                  Potterne
11th January                Potterne
15th January                Northgate Street
25th January                Northgate Street

Do ring me (on the telephone number in the newsletter) if you would like to be introduced to the tiles, we have an answering machine and will ring back if need be.

Some (truncated) lockdown photos taken by Charles Slater (Click on photo to view whole photograph)

Updated on 04-10-2021