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 have been meeting in our courtyard with a charcoal burner under the table, under a gazebo. Unfortunately we can only accommodate four people due to distancing concerns. It is necessary therefore to ring Dian Slater for a place. If there is enough interest she can also hold an afternoon meet each Tuesday.
When it really gets too cold or stormy then common sense will prevail.
We would normally continue through the Christmas season but at present we shall have keep an ear to the Covid situation. When we are allowed to meet indoors then we shall revert to alternate Tuesdays as before.
Do ring Diana Slater to get up-to-date information, and to consider joining us, whether you are a novice or old hand. She has an answerphone and will return your call.
Some (truncated) lockdown photos taken by Charles Slater (Click on photo to view whole photograph)