New players welcome at bridge club

Bridge fun: Port Macquarie Hastings Bridge Club committee Ian Peterson, Len Pascoe, Maree Don, Peter Briscoe, Helen Sligar, Chris Manser, Robyn Hardman.
Bridge fun: Port Macquarie Hastings Bridge Club committee Ian Peterson, Len Pascoe, Maree Don, Peter Briscoe, Helen Sligar, Chris Manser, Robyn Hardman.

The president of Port Macquarie-Hastings Bridge Club says keeping the mind active is one way to combat the aging process.

Peter Briscoe said playing bridge in an older demographic community such as the Port Macquarie-Hastings had 'inherent benefits’.

“Health professionals have increasingly recognised the potential advantages to their patients of frequent and vigorous mental exercise,” he said.

“A sharper brain means a sharper memory while an active brain stimulated by persistent concentration, visualising and sequencing boosts the immune system, leads to improved sleeping patterns, lightens your mood and combats melancholia,” he said.

“Not a bad outcome from a game of cards.

“There are those concerns about dementia as we age and bridge is a great way to do what you can to keep it at bay but there is a whole other, more positive side to the game too. 

“One of the inevitable consequences of life is that our circle of friends diminishes as the years pass. Regular bridge playing actually enhances your social life. Being the world’s most popular card game, bridge is not a solo exercise but rather requires four players.”

Port Macquarie-Hastings Bridge Club will host its annual open day at 11.30am on Friday April 21 while a new player lessons program commences at 9am on Friday April 28.

Both events are in the club’s Hamilton Green premises on Hastings River Drive.

“It would be remiss of me not to point out that there are no age or skill barriers,” he added.

“People of all ages, backgrounds and levels of card-playing ability can take up Bridge and play it successfully.”

For information on Port Macquarie-Hastings Bridge Club contact 6583 6775.

Active minds: The Port Macquarie Hastings Bridge Club will hold an open day and learners program.

Active minds: The Port Macquarie Hastings Bridge Club will hold an open day and learners program.