Courses – B

Fitness Festival7
BAHA’I FAITH Rosette Heidarieh
Thur 13.50 – 14.55 (Room 26) fortnightly on Sept 29; Oct 13, 27; Nov 10, 24; Dec 8. Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 9, 23; Apr 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6.
An introduction to the Bahá’í Faith, some lectures, showing DVDs and discussions. “When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love”. Bahá’í Inspiration Amidst Disunity.

Thur 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 33)
We will discuss our experience of becoming grandparents. This role has always been charged with a multitude of experiences and emotions – and stories and jokes, of pride but also of pain. Marriages between people of different cultures and religions have long been around but we now live in a world that has brought a new factor: migration. Our children may move away to new cities, countries, continents and it can be difficult for parents and grandparents not to experience this as a hostile step. We will share and discuss these issues.

Tue 10.20 -11.25 (Room 2.21)
Come and enjoy the rhythms and dances of Egypt and the Middle East. Great fun.
Beginners welcome.

To make sure that you choose the right level for your standard of play, please speak to the co-ordinator first.

Bridge: Absolute Beginners 1 Julia Simkins
Thur 14.00 – 16.05 (Room 24)
The first year of a basic Acol course, suitable for those who have never played bridge. We go through Book 1 of the Learn and Play programme of the English Bridge Union’s Bridge for All. This allows you to learn in a friendly non-competitive way but ensures that you get the correct groundwork to move on to more exciting play next year and for ever.

Bridge: Absolute Beginners 2 Julia Simkins
Mon 11.30 – 13.30 (Room 24)
This class is a continuation of Year 1 and is for those who would like to consolidate what they learned last year or for those with a little knowledge of basic Acol, but need reminding. As in Year 1, we go slowly and gently. The course is based on the Acol system. Patience, perseverance and a sense of fun are useful assets.

Bridge: Improve your Acol Therese Jones
Tue 13.50 – 15.45 (Room 24) Autumn and Spring terms only
Continue to learn and play Bridge. If you have a good basic knowledge of the game and want to improve your play and learn the essential conventions used by most players in bridge clubs, this class should suit you.

Bridge: Lower Intermediate Naomi Stuart
Wed 13.50 – 16.05 (Room 24)
This class is aimed at those with about two or three years’ experience of bridge and a basic understanding of Acol. We spend time at the beginning of each lesson on a principle of bidding or play which is then followed by supervised play, practising these principles.

Bridge: American Standard Bridge Barbara Wallis
Wed 10.30 – 11.50 (Room 24) Autumn and Summer terms only
We will be learning the basic bidding methods of Standard American Bridge as opposed to Acol, which is only played in England. There will be plenty of time for supervised play, with an emphasis on reaching a suitable contract and on defending.

Bridge: Intermediate David Powell
Thur 11.30 – 13.45 (Room 24) email:
On alternate weeks, during the first half of the class we discuss bidding, which is not always covered in beginners’ classes, such as transfers, weak twos, trial bids, re-opening doubles, Jacoby 2NT, Roman key card, and other fairly common conventions. In other weeks, the first half of the class is taken up playing prepared hands useful for transfers, weak twos and use of the losing trick count. This will practise what was covered in the previous week.

Bridge: Why the expert players win Chris Queen
Tue 10.20 -12.35 (Room 24)
Members of this class join an Online Bridge School, presenting random deals which have been played by many other players. The class, as a group, will discuss how to bid each hand and then play or defend with the 13 cards they hold. After the hand is over, we will discover how well the class scored against previous competitors. We may replay the deal to see if different auctions or play could produce a better result and we can examine how other online players tackled the deal. During the lesson we will play around 8-10 deals.

Bridge: Intermediate Lesson Peter Nash
Wed 12.40 – 13.30 (Room 2.21)
This class is aimed at those with a good understanding of Acol. It aims to cover systematically the main aspects of bidding, declarer play and defence including more advanced topics useful for rubber and duplicate bridge.

Bridge: Intermediate Supervised Play Peter Nash
Wed 13.50 – 16.05 (Room 2.21)
You need a good understanding of Acol and the ability to play at reasonable speed. The class will involve either friendly supervised play or simple duplicate, sometimes including prepared hands to reinforce topics covered in the earlier lesson.

Bridge: Advanced and Duplicate Alan Unerman
Mon 12.50 – 16.15 (Room 2.21)
The first half hour is spent setting up tables and dealing boards – help would be welcome. From 13.30 there will be discussion on some advanced concepts. From 14.00 there is a friendly duplicate game.

Bridge Players Louise Berwald (Room 24)
Friday afternoons & John Collins (Room 28)
Should you wish to play an unsupervised social game, contact Louise, (she is in the Office on Tuesday mornings) leave your name with her and she will put you in touch with others who wish to play.

BUDDHISM: AN INTRODUCTION Julian Wall (and Orca Liew in Summer term).
Tue 12.40 -13.45 (Room 22)
Autumn term – An introduction to the history, philosophy and practice of Buddhism.
Spring Term – An Introduction to Mindfulness meditation. In the Summer term, members practise meditation with Orca. Starts on Oct 11.