Latest News from Arena

Latest News from Arena

  • News from our bridge holiday to Cyprus

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    Host report by Barry & Maggie Watts

    We all left home on a very wet and very gray day. Arriving in Paphos was a complete joy. The sun shone and temperatures rose every day. Breakfast by the pool and looking for shade in December! Swimming in the sea with water at air temperature; bliss.

    The Athena Beach is a friendly 4 star hotel that that provides everything guests could want. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and the public rooms are well designed for relaxation and entertainment. The food in the three wonderful restaurants was excellent and two weeks wasn’t long enough to sample everything on offer.

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  • News from our bridge holiday to Bristol

    Report by Bob & Jacky Baker

    A happy group of players saw in the New Year with four days of bridge at the Mercure Hotel in Bristol. The winners of the two principal events were:

    Pip Duncan & Donne Hoong
    New Year’s Eve Pairs: Donne Hoong and Pip Duncan Continue reading

  • News from Madeira

    Host Report

    By Judy Sanis

    First for Bridge welcomed over 100 guests to the Pestana Bay Hotel in Madeira. We had the most beautiful weather and guests sat outside for breakfast and dinner and sunbathed by the pool. Madeira is a truly spectacular island and everyone appreciated the trips organised by Atlantic Travel or made their way on local buses. We had a courtesy bus which ran regularly to Funchal where it was possible to enjoy the old town or take a flat stroll along by the sea.All the staff in the Pestana Bay were very welcoming and helpful and we also thank Rita, our travel rep. for her help and thoughtfulness in planning our trips around the island. We all found time to play bridge although most guests only chose to join us in the evenings. We had a range of competitions organised by Andrew, our bridge director, and his seminars were well supported. Continue reading
  • News from Menorca

    Host report from Menorca

    By Bob & Jacky Baker
    S’Algar remains as picturesque and peaceful as ever and we were fortunate to enjoy beautiful clear blue skies and sunshine for much of our fortnight there. There were, as usual, many guests who were returning and they all agreed that the hotel and in particular the dining was better than ever. Continue reading

  • Host report from our Bridge holiday to the Chateau des Comtes de Challes

     

     

     

     

     

     

    By Andy & Chris Simmons

    This was First for Bridge’s first visit to the Chateau des Comtes de Challes. Located in the French Alps, the Chateau has stunning views from spacious gardens to the valley below and to the backdrop of snow-capped mountains in the distance. Continue reading

  • Report from our recent bridge cruise on Celebrity Eclipse to Iceland

    by Judy & Allan Sanis

    It was a pleasure to be back on Celebrity Line’s beautiful ship “The Eclipse”. The staff welcomed our “First for Bridge” group and we were once more looked after in the stunning bridge room with floor to ceiling views. Even bridge had to take second place to the sighting of a whale but we played through waterfalls and spectacular fiords! We had the benefit of being a smallish group and we all got to know each other and played bridge in harmony and friendship.

    The trips our guests chose were varied and included swimming in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, experiencing amazing geological formations dating back to the ice age and four by four off-roading. All the ports we visited were immediately accessible from the ship’s gangway and so walking around and finding a coffee was always an alternative to the organised trips. Once back on the ship the food, the entertainment, the bars and the shopping filled a gap between our twenty bridge sessions.

    All our regular players won a prize during the two weeks bridge.  So everyone shown in our pictures is a winner. Continue reading

  • News from the Bridge Holiday at The Athena Royal Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus

    The Athena Royal Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus - Host's Report

    by Jacky Baker

    Back to Cyprus once more for yet another superb holiday. The staff at the Athena Royal Beach Hotel couldn’t do enough for us, and the guests remarked how they went out of their way to do all that was asked of them and more besides. “Happy Hour” in the hotel bar and lobby area was popular before dinner and the resident pianist was enjoyed by all. After the bridge sessions there was a variety of first class entertainment to enjoy as the players discussed the hands they had just played. Continue reading

  • 29th Official Queen Fan Club Convention Report

    Presthaven Sands, North Wales, 26th-29th September 2014

    by Jim Jenkins



    A return to North Wales brought more Queenies along to the annual bash that’s known as the Fan Club Convention. There had been an 17 month wait since last years and everyone in attendance was well up to party like there’s no tomorrow!

    Presthaven Sands in Gronant, next door to Prestatyn, was the venue for our 29th Annual Queen Fan Club Convention, a new venue for the proceedings. The park was vast and the main function ballroom was in the middle of the complex.

    Conventioneers started congregating in the Carousel Bar waiting to check in. The bar was open so made the wait bearable, ‘Convention Water’ started to flow and didn’t stop! People made their way to the allocated caravans to drop off luggage and then head back to the bar to meet up with friends.

    The Friday entertainment started late afternoon with Wayne Plants KARAOKE session which always goes down well. Fans were asked to send their favourite videos so a top 10 chart could be collated. The VIDEO TOP 10 had its countdown to the No.1 which was I Want To Break Free.

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  • Christmas & New Year news from the bridge room!

    Host report from the Athena Beach Hotel

    by Ro Kaye
    22 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015

    The spectacular sea view which greets guests entering the Athena Beach Hotel is just a foretaste of the delights which await the holiday maker. Comfortable beds, a huge variety of delicious food, polite and caring staff and excellent bridge facilities all contribute to make this holiday a prime location for First for Bridge. Continue reading

  • 2014 Stitchtopia Round Up

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    2014 has been a fantastic year for Stitchtopia, with a mixture of brand new tours being introduced to our programme and some old favourites making a return. We've travelled to some beautiful places, met some wonderful new friends and completed some stunning knitting and quilting projects in the process, so please read on to catch up with what's been happening this year! Continue reading

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