It is hard to find a silver lining in the dark cloud that has been the pandemic afflicting the world over the past two years. However, there is a small one: the proliferation of on-line bridge. Not only have the established platforms and several new ones been a blessing to clubs in our local areas but they have also enabled players to visit clubs in other parts of the UK and abroad.
At the AGM on Tuesday, the EBU recognised various members' contributions to bridge in England. The meeting was held via Zoom, so unfortunately we were unable to present the awards in person. The awards have been posted out and some presentations have been made locally at clubs.
As clubs are getting back to face to face play, now is the time of year when party planning is in full swing. Last week we looked at ways for clubs to liven up party's with more social games of bridge. Two clubs that are preparing for their Year End celebrations are the National Liberal Club in London and Oliver Cowan Bridge Club, which started online last year but is planning face to face events for the first time.
Christmas is a time of year when most bridge clubs hold a special event to celebrate and perhaps enjoy a more light-hearted game of bridge than usual. This may mean no more than just savouring some mince pies and a glass of wine with the usual evening's duplicate, or it could involve some more serious fun. Even if your club is not yet meeting in person, you may still choose to hold and online video party.
Whilst one may not always get on with one’s partner, Bridge players have been terrific supporters of Charities over the years. And, Bridge events supporting charities are now easy to find using our soon to be launched Bridge Calendar.
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