Newcastle Bridge Club holds seven sessions of duplicate bridge each week – both daytime and evenings – and all players are welcome. The venue is close to Broadmeadow railway station and is also serviced by bus routes. There is disability access and off street parking is available. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the table fees which are $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The Club will help arrange a partner if required.
Several courses of bridge lessons for beginners are run throughout the year. Lessons commenced on 30th July. For information contact Wayne Morgan – Mobile 0488 298 599 or Home 02 4962 1816.
The club Mixed Teams is being held on Thursdays 9th, 16th and 23rd October. Each team must contain at least one female and one male player and liberal substitutes will be allowed. At the conclusion of play on the last night drinks and nibbles will be provided. This is the last team event of the year so please get your entries in now. If you need assistance in forming a team, contact Rosalie Broughton on 4972 0757 or 0428 405 620.
The Club was delighted to see the success of Newcastle members at the recent Central Coast Novice Congress. In the Saturday Pairs event, Newcastle pair John Jeffery and Peter Wheatley took first place, while second place went to another Newcastle pair in Alan Hemmingway and Bruce King. In the teams event, the only Newcastle team – comprised of Helen Black, Eileen Lewis, Judy Dwyer and John Burns – achieved second place, missing out on first by a very narrow margin after being close to the lead all day.
A survey was conducted in July to investigate participation rates amongst members. Committee was interested to know more about factors which contribute to attendance on various days and times of the week, the degree of satisfaction with Club services, and ways in which membership might be enhanced.
Results showed that the approval rate for the current situation is high. The Club was found to offer a variety of sessions to suit all preferences. It was interesting to see that – while there is general homogeneity across the week – the two days which have the highest attendances have distinctive cultures. These are Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesdays provide social activities in an environment which is less competitive than other days; less experienced players attend on this day. Participants on this day place high value on socialising, learning opportunities and rewards. More than half those attending on Tuesday do not attend on other days.
In contrast, a stimulating competitive environment is an attraction noted by several Wednesday respondents; social factors were mentioned by very few. One third of Wednesday players have more than 30 years experience. Several people stated that they are just there to play bridge and would prefer no other activities. Over two thirds of Wednesday players also play on other days.
Survey results will be valuable in Committee’s ongoing strategic planning, particularly in streaming new players into existing sessions. Consideration of mentoring/tutorial programmes and offering occasional social events will also be made with the smooth assimilation of these members in mind.
Members are invited to discuss any aspects of the survey with committee members.
The GNOT regional final for the Hunter Region was held at the Newcastle Bridge Club on Sunday 31st August. Twenty four teams from bridge clubs through out the region competed for the three positions available to progress to the national finals which will be held at the Tweed Ultima Resort in Tweed Heads from Friday 28th November to Monday 1st December 2014.
The three successful teams were: