There are six Bridge groups in Sherborne U3A – five meet at Alweston village hall, and one in Sherborne town at Tinneys Lane Community Centre. Groups 1 and 3 meet in alternate years.
At Alweston Village Hall
Bridge 1: Beginners’ Group meets on Tuesdays at 2pm and teaches those who have never played Bridge before or who have dabbled but not fully learned all the conventions and techniques. The current session started in September 2019 - and runs for 20 weeks.
Bridge 2: Chicago Assisted Play meets on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 2pm and provides a forum to practise playing the game, with opportunities to ask for help. It was set up with the intention of attracting those who had recently learnt to play, but we cater for more experienced players as well.
Bridge 3: Duplicate Assisted Play meets every week Tuesdays at 2pm, following the same aims as Chicago Assisted Play above but with Duplicate movement. The next session starts in September 2020 and runs for 30 weeks.
Bridge 4: Beyond the Basics was a new group for 2018/19 which meets on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 2pm. It is a 2-year course which teaches features of the modern game that go beyond what is normally learnt by beginners and introduces techniques involving artificial bids. It follows a syllabus similar to that taught to the former Bridge Improvers group.
Bridge 5: Duplicate Bridge Group has 50+ members and meets on Mondays at 2pm (every week except bank holidays). This is not a group for inexperienced players but we do accommodate a reasonable spread of abilities. We generally play 22 boards with a break for tea, and sessions are conducted in a friendly manner. A results table is produced each week and e-mailed to the whole Group. New members should come with a regular partner.
At Tinneys Lane Community Centre
Bridge 6: Social Bridge Group has 20+ members and meets on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 2 pm. It had its origins in the former Bridge Improvers group and therefore attracts those with a good intermediate standard of play. New members should come with a regular partner.