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 maybe finds all the rules rather daunting, we start gently, easing you into the game. I give lessons every October for 4 weeks to those wanting to take it up. 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.
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 the 1st and 3rd Friday in the month at The Conservative Club. HR9 5AW at 10.00 am for a 10.15 start until 12.30 f you are tempted and can play Mah Jong already or are interested in learning, please contact our co-ordinators and we will welcome you to our Mah Jong group.