The Rye Bridge Break was very much a Stocken family affair with Dinah and me helping Claudia and Zebedee look after our guests, whom I hope enjoyed the weekend as much as we did.
The George Hotel was very comfortable and the staff went out of their way to make us feel at home, particularly in the efficient conversion of the bridge room into the dining room for lunch and dinner.
Zeb’s topics were ‘How to handle tricky card combinations’ – an invaluable tool in every bridge player’s armoury – and ‘Doubling’ – an altogether tougher proposition and to those who found it difficult, take heart, since from time to time even the experts get hoist on their misunderstanding of their partners’ doubles.
An added bonus was that Saturday night was the annual Rye Bonfire Pageant and what an occasion that proved to be. It took an hour for the procession of bands, troupes, and seemingly every person in Rye, all carrying a flaming torch, to pass down the High Street. The bridge room gave us a grand-stand view without having to endure the press of the crowds in the street below.
In between the bridge sessions, the rain held off, enabling us to explore the delightful town itself. On the wall of one house I saw a sign that read: ‘re-furbished in 1491’ which I thought rather summed up the town and its long history.
To finish the weekend off we had an afternoon cream tea and bridge taster session on Sunday. Some players extended their bridge weekend and were joined by local players for cards, and enjoyed the most delicious home-made scones. A great end to a wonderful couple of days.
Peter Stocken, November 2014
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I have thoroughly enjoyed the course at The George. Thank you very much!
Terrific intro to Stocken Bridge and family. Excellent atmosphere of fun and learning.
Many thanks for the lovely weekend in Rye - there was a very interesting and friendly crowd of people and the hotel was great.
Thank you so much for all the effort you and the family put in to make the weekend in Rye so enjoyable.
We thoroughly enjoyed our first Stocken Bridge experience. I'm sure we will be back for more.
Great weekend, really enjoyed by us all. Thank you Zeb and Claudia!
I am full of admiration for the Stocken family. Great to have Dinah and Peter joining the teaching.
Loved the bridge, the Stocken family teaching and the booklets.
I thought you, your brother and parents were great hosts. You did your utmost to teach us and you are a smashing family.