What is Mah Jong
It originated as a gambling game in China for 4 people, played with small tiles, very often on a marble table. The game spread to other countries in the early twentieth century, becoming popular in the West in the 1920s. Along the way it changed into a number of different national forms. The British version is relatively close to the original Chinese game. It’s fast paced, fun and easy to learn!
For the newcomer to Mah-Jong, who may be finds all the rules rather daunting, we start gently, easing you into the game.
After a few weeks of learning the basic game, you progress to a more complex version when you can have a go at trying to make Special Hands. We run a 6 week beginner's course every September/October.
Besides the social side to Mah Jong (we do laugh a lot as we all make mistakes) it seems to have some benefits in the prevention of dementia in the elderly. The playing of Mah Jong belongs to a class of leisure activities known as cognitive activities (including reading, playing musical instruments, painting, etc.)
We meet every Friday from 10.15 -12.30 at member's houses but on the last Friday of every month we meet at The Wonky Donkey which can accommodate all our members comfortably. We have now grown from 4 members, 6 years ago, to 22! If you are tempted and can play Mah Jong already or are interested in learning, please contact our group leader and we will welcome you to our Mah Jong group.