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  • News from the Bridge Room in Paphos 2018

    Host report by John Barker, Jacquie Corbyn & Andrew Kambites:

    As those in the UK suffered wet and windy weather we were all very lucky to spend Christmas and New Year in the Paphos sunshine. During the first week we had up to 10 tables with guests from Holland and the Lebanon also joining us.

    Notable winners of the championship pairs were Hanna Broomberg and Mike Gentry. Our new Dutch friends Elisabeth & Marika (claiming to be not of our standard) romped home in the consolation pairs. The Swiss Teams was won by the strong foursome of Hanna & Mike, and Claire Vessey & Richard Hillyard. Finally Zeina & Joseph Asmar and Elliot & Beverley Black won the Butler pairs.

    In between the bridge guests swam in the sea, played tennis, petanque and shuffle board (winning 2 bottles of champagne). Many also made the 30 minute walk along the seafront to Paphos harbour and then onto the architectural site to see the ancient mosaics.

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  • 10 photos that will make you want to visit the Faroe Islands


    We've been visiting the Faroe Islands for a few years now and absoloutely love the peace and tranquility this stunning part of the world has to offer! The unspoilt natural beauty is such great inspiration and since these islands have such a strong affinity with knitting, it just makes sense to get the yarn & needles out! If you're still hesitant, these stunning photos may change your mind...

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  • News from the Bridge Room in the Algarve 2017

    Host report by James & Jane Tullett:

    If you are looking for a relaxing time away over Christmas to enjoy bridge and sunshine, Armacao de Pera is the place for you. The Holiday Inn Algarve has recently been renovated and is decorated to a high standard throughout and the hotel staff could not have been more helpful. Many of the rooms have sea views which provide wonderful vistas over the sandy beach, rock formations and heated outdoor pool.


    Breakfast and dinner are buffet style, plenty of choice every day and complimentary wine, beer, soft drink provided with your evening meal. Afternoon tea, coffee, cake and biscuits are served in the Bar Boa Vista. This is also the venue for sunset cocktails and entertainment after the evening bridge session has finished. The bridge room is light and spacious, adjoining the restaurant and offers wonderful sea views and seating terrace. We were welcomed with wonderful weather, sunny and warm (compared to back home). It was lovely to explore the village without having to don thick coats or even a sweater. We enjoyed wondering round the local market with impressive displays of fruit, vegetables and exotic looking seafood.

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  • Stitchtopia Highlights of 2017

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    We've had a very busy year here at Stitchtopia, we've travelled across the globe from Saigon to Yorkshire and we've made some amazing memories along the way! We've taken toboggan rides, giggled our way through a 'laughter yoga' session and tried our hand at so many traditional crafts in the places we've visited. Take a look at just some of our wonderful tours from 2017...

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  • Strasbourg & German Christmas Market Quilting Cruise



    Bright and early, we arrived at St Pancras station to begin our journey over to Germany! We met our quilting expert Karin Hellaby and fellow travellers before grabbing some edible supplies to keep us going through the day.

    We reached our floating home, MS Serenity, late afternoon and got settled in before our first meal on board and a chance to get some shut eye before the adventures begin tomorrow!

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