Portsdown U3A

Mah Jongg Group 1

Majjong pic

 Mah Jongg Group 1



We continue to meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. We still manage, just, to meet in the homes of those group members who have the necessary furniture-moving skills, space and patience! I should again thank all these noble (and strong!) ladies for continuing to keep the group going in this way. It does mean that our numbers are necessarily limited , to about 12, as we need to be seated around tables, to a maximum of 4 per table. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing, or a bad, that we don’t always have a ‘full house’, so we usually succeed in squeezing in however many people arrive to play. We have several times considered hiring a room, but the general feeling seems to be that we prefer to continue as we are. I think that’s probably because we are a friendly group and it’s quite a social evening as well as a ‘serious’ one!

Of course, if anyone is willing to set up another group, that wouldn’t be rejected as I daresay there are people in Portsdown U3A who would like to learn to play.I would remind them that Heather and Janice Henderson host an afternoon group.

Mah Jongg is a deceptively simple game to learn, at first, so it is easy to get started and join in quickly, BUT, it is possible to take it to a whole new level, or levels, if you want to. That certainly makes the game harder for others and challenges us all! Some group members have played elsewhere and are willing to teach these ‘special hands’ to others. So, thinking caps on, folks!!

The game is intriguing – the basics are easy to learn after a game or two, but it can then be taken to different levels that need a little more concentration, but even so, if you succeeded in calling Mah Jongg before anyone else, you might not be the person with the most ‘points’ (we don’t gamble, though we do have a small prize for the highest scorer at our Christmas meeting!). Whether you play with this evening group, or the Monday afternoon one, you are most welcome to join us.


Janice Henderson’s daughter, Heather, kindly offered, at the Open Afternoon, to host an afternoon group and this has now been set up for the 4th Thursday afternoon of each month, at Heather’s house. Currently she can only take about 8 people. Most of those who have signed up so far are new to the game, so Janice has agreed to help them to learn how to play. Who knows? Maybe we will be able to have a little tournament next year, between the two groups, and then we’ll see who’s the champion!!  (Most likely not myself!!)



Christine London


Group leader: Christine London
Email: contact@portsdownu3a.org.uk