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BRIDGE GROUP

by Margaret Kemmer

I have been a member of the Bridge Group since its inception, possibly 1974 or 1975.

It was founded by Betty Mason, who was a wonderful player, teacher and an inspiration to us all. A few members had never played before, and she took them to her house for "private lessons". Her husband was new to university life, having become Professor of Forensic Medicine after retirement from the army. As a bridge partnership they were unbeatable at our annual competition.

When we began we often had 4 tables playing and paid 10p for our tea and biscuits - now in 2004 we still pay 10p! During one of my 3 year stints as secretary, my house was burgled and the bridge money stolen. The Women's Club took pity on me and reimbursed me! Sadly we find it difficult to attract new players as all the younger women are working. And we old ones are finding the stairs of the flat increasingly difficult to mount.

Once a year we organize a competition with husbands invited if possible, and we take along delicious food for a buffet with plenty of wine - the play is notably more enjoyable after our supper break. The winner receives a prize and the silver Betty Mason Cup for a year. We hope to continue our friendly chatty bridge group but struggle to even assemble one or two tables.

Although I don't remember the exact year when we began, I know it was before 1976, as I proudly went to bridge in February that year wearing my best furry hat to boast that I was now a granny. Unfortunately the hat was stolen from the hallstand whilst we were playing (before there was a lock on the flat door). So thereafter we took our coats into the room with us. Now sadly the change of flats with 2 flights of stairs defeats me!



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