Calling all U3A bridge players! We have had two teams entering for this new duplicate bridge knockout competition. They are The Bridgemates, and The Poker Stars. Are they being allowed to go straight through to the final?  You can prevent this by entering a team of your own by the end of September. Just four players are needed for a team.

Please get in touch with me for further details. John Dearman 01326 318630

Improve Your Bridge -

Weekly on Mondays 10am – 11am at members’ homes.  John Dearman (01326) 318630

Bridge Workshop - Progress

The 25 week Bridge Workshop course, designed for improvers and those returning to the game has now concluded. Support for this class was exceptional with 28 players registered and an average attendance of over 22.
As a result of this strong support the group has, 'en bloc' continued as a weekly playing group. We now open at 1.30 p.m. regularly every Friday and start play as soon as the room has been arranged. We play Chicago and, with a tea break, continue until 4.00 p.m. The West Room can accommodate 7/8 tables and there are a few seats available should you be interested in joining us. In the first instance please contact me, Malcolm Parker on 01872863170.


Bridge Online:

Here is news from U3A Carrick’s tiniest group. It’s about a game played by more members than any other, I would guess.

A couple of Sundays ago I logged on to the Acol  Club on the BridgeBase website, and saw that Dave Crawford was just starting a table going, with his usual partner. So I joined his table to be sociable. Mistake! That meant I could get as partner anyone in the world who favoured the Acol system. It turned out to be someone whom on past experience I had marked to avoid.

My loss was Dave’s gain. After four quiet hands, my partner and I crashed with six clubs down one, many other tables making six spades. Then we failed to reach game with a combined 26 point count. Out of the 16 tables,13 made three no trump.

At that point I left the table, gracefully I hope. I have sent Dave details  of both the catastrophic hands as a souvenir.

An advantage of playing online is that afterwards, you can look at every bid made and every card played at all sixteen tables. That particular Sunday, I was happy to forget that.

John Dearman (01326) 318630

Rubber Bridge:

The Monday morning Rubber Bridge has now moved from the Kernow Club to the Railway Tavern (on the right hand side as you enter the railway forecourt). The room there is very pleasant and the bar staff made us very welcome. There is a free car park beside the main entrance with more parking spaces round the back. There is also a Park and Ride bus stop just across the road. We intend to continue there each Monday morning from 10am till noon. At the moment we average about 12 players each week, but we hope the numbers will increase now parking is easier.
  John Mollard (01326 374811) is the leader, and you can contact him if you have any questions about the group.



CHESS continues at Chiswell, Trehaddle Cusgarne TR4 8RN

at 2pm on Monday afternoons.

Ernest Perry01872 870526



Euchre -

Would you like to try a new Whist-like Card Game?

On the second Monday evening each month, at 7.30pm at Oak Tree Farm, Bissoe. Beginners encouraged!
Please telephone John Bishop to register your interest! 01872 862949



This Chinese game is played not with cards but with a fascinating array of tiles. We play twice a month at Perranwell Church Hall, that’s the second and fourth Fridays, at 1.30 pm until 4pm. You can simply turn up and you will get plenty of friendly help in learning to play. It is a game  for four players but you play your own hand independently: no partner to keep happy, and you don't need a good memory. There is no need to contact me before coming for the very first time, but if you prefer, a learning session can be arranged ahead  of attending a group session.
Mahjong is a simple game with more complicated scoring (but you’ll soon pick it up) and Chinese rituals, a bit like rummy with attitude. We are a friendly bunch so come and have a try.

Chris Breach 01872 862063



We hold a friendly tournament most months, but numbers, ideally 7 to 9, have been a bit thin this summer. So if you want to try this easy-to learn card game, which does not require a good memory, you will be even more warmly welcomed than usual.

We hold a friendly tournament nearly every month. Numbers range from five to nine people. More than ten and we should have to split up into two tables. That's only happened once so far.

Our standard time of meeting is now the fourth Thursday of the month, at 2pm, in Falmouth. It takes only a few minutes to learn the basics. No money changes hands. Tea money provides the wherewithal for a small tournament prize for the following month.

You can get the flavour of the game at the 25th Anniversary celebration on June 3rd. Play online for a few minutes with my help.


A special pre-Christmas tournament will be held in the Wild West of Falmouth during the afternoon of December 22nd. If you are curious  about this easy-to-learn game, get in touch with me.

The only money that will change hands is tea money. But there will be a prize for the winner and runner-up. The first to lose all their chips has to make the tea.

John Dearman
01326 318630



Scrabble- update!

after last month’s article Wendy has now collected names of interested members, but to squeeze this past the committee for approval we would appreciate more members coming forward to express an interest in playing. We know your out there! So come on and give Wendy a call.

The facts.
Wendy Pascoe has provisionally booked the Threemilestone Community Centre for a monthly scrabble meeting starting Tuesday morning January 9th.
For more details and to express an interest without any obligation contact Wendy.
Email address:;   Tel. 01872 275840.





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Richard Allen Groups coordinator