Bridge Sessions.......


The

 Bridge sessions from "NZ Day" on......
 
   One week on from our decisions to change the Thursday Night Session from Face to Face bridge to RealBridge we are back again make further changes in how the sessions are run. Numbers playing the evening sessions continue to decline which makes bridge on those sessions less interesting, somewhat more of a lottery scoring along with each session costing the Club money. We can't say these are the end of changes to session play as the latest version of Covid slowly works it way into New Zealand life but does mean the sessions on RealBridge are unlikely to change again for the foreseeable future.
The Committee has decided that Tuesday & Wednesday nights will also now move to the RealBridge platform. For the moment Monday Night will remain to Face to Face with no change in the rules applying while Covid and numbers playing permit.

Nigel Gresson

President

Thursday Bridge - 3rd February onwards

Numbers for the three Thursday Summer bridge nights were not as expected and fell as the events took place. Hence the decision has been made the first Thursday Night event - "Thursday Opening Pairs" will played on RealBridge rather than live.
The start time is 7.30pm
RealBridge link details in the usual place

Depending on numbers for the other nights over the same period decsions will be made on whether RealBridge will replace some or all of these events.

Nigel Gresson
President
31 January 2022

Bridge for 2022 - an update....

To all club members -
 
The committee of the Bridge Club meet yesterday to consider what the Club should do with with bridge at the Club considering the current and pending changes to Covid and made the following decisions -

•    MASKS ARE MANDATORY AT THE CLUB FOR ALL BRIDGE

•    The playing rooms will be arranged to maximise table isolation
     External ventilation, weather & security permitting will be provided by the use of the fans, building doors and windows
     Be prepared to find the air conditioning is NOT running so dress as as required

•    Bridge, as per the programme book will continue as normal from 31 January
     The first competition of each session will run as normal ( 3 weeks ) before numbers etc. are evaluated
     If numbers do not support Face to Face bridge all bridge will revert to RealBridge

 
These previously announced Covid measures continue to apply -

•    If you come to bridge you must be well and have no symptoms of any illness

•    ALL Players will be required to show a Covid Vaccine Pass to play in the Club-rooms
     This is a one time requirement for each person unless the rules of the Vaccine Pass are changed

•    Hand sanitiser will be provided at the entrance to the building / playing rooms and selected locations in both rooms
     Please sanitise on arrival and departure from the Club

•    The use of face masks is mandatory to enter the club - signing in, sanitising etc.....

•    The kitchen will be open but please DO NOT share food or drinks

•    You bring your own pen that travels with you

•    Only South will handle the BridgeMate. East will verbally agree to the score

•    Contact details will be recorded as per the government Covid requirements
     The Club would ask all members to make use of the Covid Contract Tracing App when visiting the Club-rooms

•    The two Friday Day Bridge sessions will be played in separate rooms

•    Bridge Club employees will wear masks when their duties take them to the playing room

•    Bridge Club employees will be required to show a valid Covid Vaccine Pass

 
Should insufficient numbers play under these conditions Club play will revert to RealBridge

Nigel Gresson
President
26 January 2022

Welcome to Hamilton Bridge for 2022

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Bridge for 2022
 
To all club members -
 
Covid allowed us a normal Xmas / New Break this year so we hope that you and your family & friends were able to take advantage of this break and get ready for the coming year
Its very unlikely we have seen the end of Covid but meanwhile Bridge at the Club will be able to restart with face to face bridge during the week of 10th January. Summer bridge commences from the 11th January with our usual bridge programme starting from the beginning of February

These precautions will be re-visited and updated when and if the Omicron variant of Covid becomes established in NZ

At the current Orange Level our safety precautions for FACE to FACE Bridge are as follows:

•    If you come to bridge you must be well and have no symptoms of any illness

•    ALL Players will be required to show a Covid Vaccine Pass to play in the Club-rooms
     This is a one time requirement for each person unless the rules of the Vaccine Pass are changed

•    Hand sanitiser will be provided at the entrance to the building / playing rooms and selected locations in both rooms
     Please sanitise on arrival and departure from the Club

•    The use of face masks is mandatory to enter the club - signing in, sanitising etc.....

•    The wearing of Masks once seated is recommended but currently not compulsory
     This is based on the premise the Bridge Club is a private location and not open to the public
     We suggest you research MASKs at the Ministry of Health website to help confirm your decision by looking here

•    The kitchen will be open but please DO NOT share food or drinks

•    You bring your own pen that travels with you

•    Only South will handle the BridgeMate. East will verbally agree to the score

•    Contact details will be recorded as per the government Covid requirements
     The Club would ask all members to make use of the Covid Contract Tracing App when visiting the Club-rooms

•    The two Friday Day Bridge sessions will be played in separate rooms

•    Bridge Club employees will wear masks when their duties take them to the playing room

•    Where possible the playing room will be arranged to maximise group isolation
     External ventilation, weather & security permitting will be provided by the use of the building doors and windows

•    Bridge Club employees will be required to show a valid Covid Vaccine Pass

 
Should we find that insufficient numbers decide to play under these conditions we will revert to RealBridge

Nigel Gresson
President
January 2022

Christmas & New Year 2021

Overall places - Interclub 2021

Hi all

Bridge in 2021 turned into another difficult year we could mostly happily forget but has finally come to an end. Hamilton Bridge is now on holiday with the Club closed for regular bridge until the start of February
Summer Bridge for 2022 commences on 11th January - the Club will be running four sessions of Bridge each week - the link will show you those dates click here

In addition we are planning to start a new feature in 2022 - a once weekly session of RealBridge commencing on Sunday 16th January @ 7pm which it is hoped will run thru the remainder of the bridge year. It will be run as two streams - Open and Junior with Intermediates able to chose according to "their comfort level"

You will no doubt have noticed that subscription notices and programme books for 2022 have not yet been delivered - the delay being largely due to Covid slowing down the process of book production and the finalising of next year's advertising programme

For those who would like to see the programme now, there is a copy of each session's programme on this web site under the Info TAB - click here ( these programme dates are correct as at the date the information was placed on the web site but please confirm dates when your programme book arrives )

2022 Bridge Year
The format for bridge sessions in 2022 can't yet be confirmed but the intention is for it to be the format the Club has used for many years - face to face bridge. Should this not prove possible Summer Bridge will revert to RealBridge in the first instance to allow time for further decisions. There are too many variables at present to be definitive about what happens at the start of 2022 - Covid itself and the possible entry into New Zealand of the latest strain, Covid and how it reacts to the release of Auckland from lock-down, how Covid and holidays "work" together etc etc.

Take care and keep safe and have a happy and enjoyable break

 
Hamilton Bridge

Should you need to contact the Bridge Club over shutdown, use email via this link or (contact@hamiltonbridge.co.nz)

Club Office - Closed from 17th December 2021 until 11th January 2022

Summer Bridge from 21 November until Xmas 2021

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Summer Bridge for 2021 - 2022

To all club members:
The situation with Covid and the lock-down level has improved in the last day or so but there is considerable concern amongst our members in where this is taking us as the number of cases of Covid is increasing. Not helping here is the change in the notification system from Lock-down Level to the "Traffic Lights" along with the ability for Aucklanders to travel in the near future and what the impact of that will be.

The Club this week has been surveying its members on how they would like to play - face to face or online via the RealBridge Platform

Summer Bridge until Xmas -

Hamilton

Payment -
Non Hamilton Club members are required to deposit $3 per session to the Hamilton Club bank account No. 01-0315-0381282-01

Please ensure you add your name and the event with your bank transfer

Clubs members table money will be charged to their Compa$$ account

If you invite a friend from outside the club to play it is your responsibility to ensure payment

Monday Evening - RealBridge for 7.00pm start

Tuesday Afternoon - Face to face at the Club-rooms for 1.00pm start

Tuesday Evening for JUNIORS & BEGINNERS ONLY - RealBridge for 7.00pm start

Thursday Evening - RealBridge for 7.00pm start

Friday morning - Face to face at the Club-rooms in Richmond Room for 10.00am start ( Summer Bridge )

Friday morning - Face to face at the Club-rooms in O'Neill Room for 10.00am start

At the current Level 2 our safety precautions for FACE to FACE Bridge are as follows:
•    If you come to bridge you must be well and have no symptoms of any illness
•   The use of face masks is mandatory. The club has a limited number of disposable ones available but please bring your own
•   The kitchen will be closed
•   At the re- start of Bridge in 2022 players will be required to show a Covid Vaccination Certificate to play in the Club-rooms
•   You bring your own pen that travels with you
•   Only South will handle the BridgeMate. East will verbally agree to the score
•   Hand sanitiser to be used will be provided at the entrance to the playing rooms and selected locations in both rooms
•   Contact details will be recorded as per the government Covid requirements
•   Friday Day Bridge - separate rooms

Should we find that insufficient numbers decide to play at Lock-down Level 2 we will revert to RealBridge

Summer Bridge after Xmas will decided on after the Club looks at how Bridge has performed over the next 4 weeks running up to Xmas

Social RealBridge

Results Hamilton Bridge Club 2021 - 2022 AGM




   

 Election Results 2021 - 2022

 
  President :   Nigel Gresson
 

  Vice President :   Mereana Cullen
 

  Club Captain :   Laura Sommerville
 
  Committee :

    Cherie Barton
    Hugh Barton
    Dave Edson
    Ella Gray
    Rachelle Meijer
    Richard Wagstaff

 

Julie Thorburn
Secretary

2021 AGM

Image of AGM notice To all club members:

Following Wednesday's announcement by the government that the Waikato /Hamilton area will move to Level 2 on 16 November The Hamilton Bridge Club will hold the 2021 AGM on Sunday 21 November at the Club-rooms in Richmond Street

The Quorum for the AGM is 30 financial members so please attend

Sundays approx. timetable for the AGM -
▶ 2pm AGM
▶ Approx 2.30pm - Selected Trophies will be presented
▶ At conclusion of the prizes "fun bridge" commences till approx 5.30pm
▶ Christmas Dinner concludes the event

Cost for dinner and bridge - $10 charged to your Compa$$ account

For the Level 2 rules applying Sunday our safety precautions are the following:
•    If you come to the AGM or bridge you must be well and have no symptoms of any illness
•   The use of face masks while playing bridge is mandatory. The club has a limited number available but please bring your own
•   The kitchen will be closed to all but those preparing the dinner
•   All attendees are required to show Covid Vaccination Certificate
•   You bring your own pen that travels with you
•   Only South will handle the BridgeMate. East will verbally agree to the score
•   Hand sanitiser to be used will be provided at the entrance to the playing rooms and selected locations in both rooms
•   Where possible physical distancing will be employed in the O'Neill room to alleviate the requirement for face masks
•   Contact details will be recorded as per the government Covid requirements
•   Select officers of the Club and all workers will wear masks at all times

Nigel Gresson
President
15 November 2021

Hamilton Bridge - 2021 AGM

Notice is given that The Bridge Club's AGM is planned for Sunday 21 November at 2pm however should lock-down prevent this the AGM will be rescheduled to 28th November. Should this happen the AGM on 28th will be "face to face" or by Zoom dependent on the state of lock-down

The Quorum for the AGM is 30 financial members

The Committee - the Club needs more members for the next committee. If you feel you have something to give to the Club then can you please contact our President Nigel re the next steps
 
Whether this AGM takes place is outside the control of the Club due to Covid 19 and is a lock-down in effect

If No Covid lock-downs in place on AGM day -
▶ 2pm AGM
▶ Selected Premium Trophies will be presented ( majority of the prizes are presented at the session "party nights" )
▶ At conclusion of the prizes ( AGM ) "fun bridge" commences till approx 5.30pm
▶ After bridge Christmas Dinner concludes the event

 

Covid Lock-down on AGM day
Should there be a lock-down in effect during the week prior to the AGM then the AGM will be re-scheduled to the 28th November
Should it not be possible to hold the AGM on the 28th the meeting will be held using a Zoom session on the same day. The agenda for this meeting will be confirmed when the Zoom held event becomes necessary otherwise the meeting day will run as per that planned for the 21st

◉ Members have the chance to raise any Club issue at the AGM. These must be raised by writing or emailing to the Club via the Club Secretary

◉ Election of officers for the Club takes place at the AGM. Nominations for these need to be submitted on the forms found attached to this web page or on the Clubs website ( Info on the top menu )

 

Submitting Notices or Nominations -

The Club notes that the presence of a Lock-down in the 2 weeks prior to the AGM date will potentially influence the ability to deliver notices or nominations to the Club. It is also appreciated that it may not be possible then to hand deliver notices to the Club or have paper copies on the appropriate Club forms either.

The Club is flexible here and will accept a form deposited in the Club mailbox or those scanned , printed or photographed and then emailed to the Secretary. Where it is not possible to print the form a handwritten copy of the form provided it contains all the required information will be acceptable

All forms received ( notices & nominations ) will be displayed on receipt on the Club website in lieu of display on the Club notice board if a Lock-down is in effect. Signatures or Identifying Names will removed for reasons of privacy but a copy of any document will be available to members on request from the Club Secretary.

 

Important dates -

▶ Month of November - the AGM is required by the constitution to be held in this month

▶ Sunday 21st November - Current planned day for AGM    

▶ Reserve day for the AGM is 28th November

▶ Receipt of any request from members for an issue to be raised / discussed at the AGM - 14days prior on 7th November

▶ Election of officers - nominations close 7 days prior to AGM on 14th November

 

Zoom AGM -
If the AGM is to be undertaken using Zoom all members of the Club will be emailed the standard set of documents to be presented at the AGM. This will take place not less than 72hrs before the date of the AGM

 

Trophies -
Should you be the current holder of a Club trophy then please discuss the return of the trophy with the Club Secretary

 

Downloads -
Nomination for Club Office form

Hamilton Bridge Constitution 2017

 

Nigel Gresson
President
1 November 2021

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