Classes B

BAHA’I FAITH  Rosette Heidarieh
Tue 11.4-12.45 (Room 28) email: 
Autumn Term only fortnightly, on Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11.
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 10.30 -11.35  (Room 29)                              email:  
Come and enjoy the rhythms and dances of the Middle East.  Great fun. Gets you moving. Beginners welcome.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP                 Barbara Stevens
Thur 10.30 – 11.35 (Room30)                             email: 
Autumn and Spring terms only.                   
Within a confidential setting we will discuss varied themes and feelings to do with bereavement for those who have lost a partner.  Each week we offer insights, helpful coping strategies and support.

BREXIT: THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS    New         David Ellis
Tues 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 24) Autumn term only, fortnightly on  Oct 16, 30; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11.
The UK economy – how will it perform through the exit/transition process?  The impact on our UK laws.  What about deal/no deal?  The potential impacts of Brexit on UK industries; security; migration patterns and on Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  What can history tell us  about European co-operation and confrontation and where do future threats appear to be coming from?   Are we likely to want to return and re-join the EU?  Could there be a further referendum?

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

Bridge: Absolute Beginners                         Therese Jones
Mon 11.30 – 13.30 (Room 24)     N.B. The class will begin late – on Monday 1 October 
The first year of a basic Acol course, suitable for those who have never played bridge – but a familiarity with card games such as whist would be an asset   You will learn in a friendly non-competitive way, getting the correct groundwork to move to more exciting play next year.

Bridge: Next Step Beginners                        Julia Simkins
Thur 14.00 – 16.05 (Room 24)                           
This class is for those who would like to  consolidate what they have learned or for those with a little knowledge of basic Acol, but need reminding.  The course is based on the Acol system. Patience,  perseverance and a sense of fun are useful assets.

Bridge: Supervised Play                               Irene Fine & Nat Diamond
Tue 14.00 – 16.15 (Room 24)                          emails: &
Members will play the same prepared hands. Any issues arising will be explained by Irene, a very experienced player. During the first hour, Nat will assist less competent players.

Bridge: Lower Intermediate                        Naomi Stuart
Wed 14.00 – 16.00 (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   (note the time)       David Powell
Thur 11.30 – 13.45 (Room 24)                        email:
Generally, a topic is introduced and discussed one week, then in the following week we practise what has been learned by playing prepared hands which are then explained and discussed.  At the beginning of the year important aspects, notably opening leads, are revised. Subsequently, topics focus on aspects of the game not usually covered in beginners’ classes, such as transfers, losing trick count, weak two bids, re-opening doubles, Jacoby 2NT, Michaels, unusual NT, Roman key-card Blackwood, and others. The second half of each class is devoted to supervised play.

Bridge: Intermediate Lesson                      Tony Mavropoullos
Wed 12.50 – 13.55 (Room 2.21)  
The first half hour is spent in preparation – help is welcome – followed by a lesson useful for the session below.

Bridge: Intermediate Supervised Play          Tony Mavropoullos 
Wed 14.00- 16.00 (Room 2.21) 
This friendly supervised play requires the ability to play at reasonable speed and involves simple duplicate, including prepared hands to reinforce topics covered in the lesson above.

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: After Acol – what next?               Chris Queen
Tue 10.30 -12.45  (Room 24)
If you are comfortable with Acol, this class is for you. The only conventions we use are Stayman and Blackwood. You will  improve your confidence when bidding and playing with strategies for winning – or if defending, finding the best way to break the opponent’s contract.  With an on line programme projected on the wall, we compete against others playing the same cards, then compare our score with theirs – 50% is the average and 100% means we have received the best score for the hand.  We often pause for discussion and can take notes during the play, usually playing 12 to 16 hands.  We could, if we wish, replay the hands using different bidding and play. The computer never gets annoyed if we make a mistake !

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.