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 are operating weekly, at present, throughout the summer. If we have fine weather it will be in the garden which has proved very relaxing.
We welcome new blood whether returners or people who wish to try a different game. It is no more challenging than rummy and can be played at a basic level or in more depth using the book by which we all play. We have enough sets but if anyone wishes to bring their own, then we can share it with them. Here is the list of dates and any changes will be circulated among those for whom I have an e-mail address.
Potterne 30 Highlands Potterne SN10 5NS
Northgate St 17 Northgate Street, Devizes SN10 1JL
3rd August Potterne
10th August Northgate St
17th August Potterne
24th August Northgate St
31st August Potterne
7th September Northgate St
14th September Potterne
21st September Northgate St
28th September Potterne
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)