Classes B


BAHA’I FAITH Rosette Heidarieh
Thur 13.50 – 14.55 (Room 26) Autumn Term only
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).

BEAUTIFUL BELLY DANCING Amara Procter
Tue 10.20 -11.25 (Room 29)
Come and enjoy the rhythms and dances of Egypt and the Middle East. Great fun. Beginners welcome.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP Barbara Stevens (Tel: 0796 1046061 )
Thur 10.20 – 11.25 (Room 30)
Within a confidential setting we will discuss a varied themes and feelings within bereavement, each week offering insights and helpful coping strategies.

BRIDGE CLASSES 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 use 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)
Continue to learn and play bridge.
If you have a good basic knowledge of the game, 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: Intermediate David Powell, email: david@epswanstead.com
Thur 11.30-13.45 (Room 24)
On alternate weeks, during the first half of the class we discuss aspects of the game not always covered in beginners’ classes, such as transfers, weak twos, losing trick count, trial bids, re-opening doubles, Jacoby 2NT, Roman key-card, and other common conventions. In the other weeks, the first half of the class is taken up playing prepared hands to practise what was covered in the previous week. The second half of all classes is devoted to supervised play.

Bridge: Practise to get Perfect New Irene Fine
Tue 12.40 – 13.45 (Room 24) Autumn Term only
Fortnightly on Sept 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21; Dec 5. Members will play their own game and problems arising will be solved and explained by Irene, a very experienced player.

Bridge: Intermediate Lesson Peter Nash
Wed 12.40 – 13.45 (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 – 16.00 (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: 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 Players Jennie Deco (Room 24) & John Collins (Room 28)
Friday afternoons 
This is a social group of members who meet to play an unsupervised game. You are welcome to join them if your play is of a suitable standard or if you can make up your own group of four. Leave your name in the Office and you will be contacted by one of the above.

BUDDHISM: AN INTRODUCTION Orca Liew
Tue 12.40 –13.45 in Autumn and Spring Terms (Room 22) and Room 28 in Summer term.
An introduction to the history, philosophy and practice of Buddhism
and an introduction to Mindfulness meditation.