IF YOU are looking to take on a challenge as well as meet new people then Oakfield Bridge Club could be just the place for you.
The thriving club, which boasts around 40 members, is seeking new players to learn the game from scratch by joining their beginner sessions from August 31.
Led by Rod Smith, one of the club’s founder members, the sessions comprise two modules each of 12 weekly lessons (£60 per module) to teach the game to players.
Janet Meredith joined the club with her husband Paul last year and is enjoying getting to grips with the game.
She admitted: “There is a lot more to it than you think and I did find it quite difficult to pick up. It is a lot of information to retain and put into play.
“But Rod is a great, friendly teacher, and he provides notes which are really useful.”
She added: “We had just both given up work and were looking for something to do. Our friends were already playing and enjoying it so we decided to try it too.
“Sometimes when we’re playing games, parts of it are beyond me – but we’re in it for the experience and enjoyment, and I’m getting better all the time.”
Paul added: “It is a challenging game but it’s a nice, friendly club. It is a great way of meeting people and making new friends.”
Rod, who has been playing bridge for 15 years, writes all the lesson material himself, along with quizzes, to make the game accessible for beginners.
He has also recently started holding seminars at the Club, which meets at the Masonic Hall in Uppermill, to help members work on different aspects of the game.
He said: “Bridge is a fascinating game and a great way of making new friends and exercising the brain at the same time.
“We have a lot of single people, or people who do not work and have time on their hands, and want to learn a new hobby. The game will provide hours of fun and excitement.”
Oakfield Bridge Club meets three times a week at the Masonic Hall, High Street, Uppermill, which has parking facilities. For more information or to sign up for the Beginners Sessions, call 01457 875122 or visit their website: www.bridgewebs.com/oakfield