Finchley Games Club

Making Thursday evenings better since 1983

THE FINCHLEY GAMES CLUB IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

It is with sadness that we announce that for the first time in its 37-year history the FGC has been forced to suspend operations for the foreseeable future.

Give the extraordinary events we are experiencing this is the only course of action we can take. Especially given the nature of the actions we perform in sharing game markers and cards etc., in proximity, for 3-4 hours at a time.

We also have more than a few members who are in the ‘at risk’ category.

Safety is paramount.

Rest assured, the FGC will still exist when we emerge from our bunkers as we have sufficient funds to weather the storm. This is also true of our excellent hosts, the Old Finchleians, who have confirmed that the Thursday evening slot will be kept open until we return.

As to when that return will be, we simply do not know.

The FGC will be closed for at least the next 4 weeks. This includes the ‘All Day Sunday’ event planned for the 22nd of this month.

After that we will review as appropriate and announce the restart date as early as is prudent.

This page will still be active and monitored if people have questions or want to check in.

Stay safe. Stay sane.

Posted Tuesday 17th March 2020 10:53:00 by Ian Pearson

12th March

Games Played:

A good crop of games, with a good number of new attendees as well.

Normally, at this point, I’d say, long may it last. But it hasn’t, through no fault of our own.

I just hope a pray that everyone gets through the current Pandemic and we all meet up at the Great Finchley Games Club Restoration party.

Take care everyone and we will see you on the flip-side.

Posted Tuesday 17th March 2020 10:52:02 by Ian Pearson

5th March, the day Stalin died

Games Played:

On this day in 1953, Joseph Stalin died. As did John Adams in 1829, the last surviving HMS Bounty mutineer 1829. As to the games, quite a good crop and again we had some potential new members. I hope we made you feel welcome and that you will return.

After all the FGC keeps a lot of us sane.

FGC and CORVID 19

While no-one should panic, we have to be sensible. Here are the NHS guidelines to avoid catching or spreading the virus.

DO

wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

DON'T

do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. 

(This is surprisingly difficult.)

FGC ON SUNDAY

Until further notice, this even is still going ahead.

10 hours of fun on Sunday March 22nd.

Starting at 12 noon.

The event is now posted on Facebook, so please let us know if you plan to attend.

Posted Wednesday 11th March 2020 22:57:04 by Ian Pearson

20th February – The day of the first recorded wine auction in London

Games played:

On this day in 1673, wine auctions became a thing in London. Personally, I think wine is for drinking, not investment. But that’s just me, what do I know? Also, in 1962, John Glen becomes the 1st American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7. Fifty-eight years ago, so why do we not have a moon base acting as a gateway to the other planets? Humans are explorers. As a species, we are geared to wander and if we don’t, we suffer.

We are currently in an ‘eggs in one basket’ situation. Imagine if the coronavirus had a 90% fatality rate. We need to expand off the Earth for scientific endeavour, profit and extinction reasons.

FGC ON SUNDAY

Don’t forget, 10 hours of fun on Sunday March 22nd.

Starting at 12 noon.

The event is now posted on Facebook, so please let us know if you plan to attend.

Posted Thursday 27th February 2020 10:46:45 by Ian Pearson

30th January, the day Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed

Games Played:

On this day in 1661, Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England was ritually executed. I say ritually, because he had actually been dead for two years. Rather apt, given what’s happening tomorrow. I wonder who history will regard as the ‘Oliver Cromwell’ of Brexit. The field of candidates is rather large, but as they say, history is written by the victors.

Another good turnout. Again, with new people who all spent the evening with smiles on their faces. If this continues, we will have to think seriously about buying more tables as well as negotiation for more space at the Old Finchleians. A good problem to have and long may it continue.

I have to mention ‘So Long My World’. A controversial game that is just so beautiful to look at.

FGC ON SUNDAY

Don’t forget, 10 hours of fun on Sunday March 22nd.

Posted Friday 31st January 2020 11:06:47 by Ian Pearson