National U3A Bridge

LetterTo All Devizes U3A Bridge Players

Thank you for your positive reply to our preliminary enquiry. Overall, there has been a great response, so we’re going ahead with what has become a “Bridge Festival”, celebrating u3a’s 40th Anniversary from Monday 19.  In the interim, Steve Carter has developed online information and is now busy devising and testing how the games would work best.
As promised, Bulletin 1 is given below updating you with our news and progress to date. We’ll be in touch again, nearer the time.

Bulletin 1

We’re pleased to report that we’re off to a great start to our 40th Anniversary Bridge celebration and thank you to all who’ve replied to our preliminary enquiry. Whether you are:
– Playing online
– Playing face-to-face Duplicate
– 4 + players gathering for a game of Chicago or Rubber Bridge

We hope there’ll be “something for everyone” for the five days of Monday 19.  Responses to our preliminary enquiries indicate that in excess of 350 pairs are keen to play and replies are still coming in. In addition, a number have said “possibly” while waiting for more details.
This first bulletin is to update you on progress.
We have set-up a dedicated u3a 40th Anniversary Bridge website at: where the latest information will always be available. On the same website, we’ve also set-up the following: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
“Find a Partner” option on the website for those who would like to play online.
“Getting Started” option for those returning to Bridge, to help them get going again
If the website does not address your questions, please continue to contact your regional Bridge contact in the first instance.
We know that some small Bridge groups would like to join the Festival but have insufficient numbers to play Duplicate Bridge and we are looking into the possibility of setting up “Local Bridge Hubs” to accommodate them – this feature has been added to the website and we’d be extremely grateful if your group could offer this functionality to other local u3as.
We’ll be in touch again in June/July with detailed plans and the intention is that everything will be set up before the summer holidays begin in earnest.
Another great thing that has come out of this is that Steve Carter has been appointed u3a Subject Adviser for Bridge. Jack Rouse has been the Adviser for over 5 years and has now passed the baton to Steve. Jack will continue to host Bridge Competitions on BridgeBaseOnline (BBO) for the foreseeable future.
Please spread the word to your Group Members and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like information you cannot find on our website.

Note:- You do not need to belong to Bridge Club just register you interest to Peter Dibben who can be found under Chicago Bridge.