Please be vigilant of fraudulent email

There have been reports of a number of clubs being targeted by email scammer, claiming money is owed by them to various bridge suppliers across Europe.

The emails tend to target the Treasurer along with another committee member (presumably details are gained from the club website) asking them to pay an outstanding invoice by transfer money via bank transfer and then sign the email as being from the other club official.

Please ensure all your committee members, especially Treasurers, are familiar with the potential signs of a fraudulent email. If you are suspicious or not sure of any outstanding invoices, please check with us before making any payments (Tel: 01279 870222).

Once a payment has been made via bank transfer the banks have little powers to stop or retrieve any money going through. Please be vigilant and look out for any signs that an email is not genuine. If you have any concerns regarding emails claiming outstanding balances owed to Fleming’s please don’t hesitate to contact us. Its better to be safe than sorry.

The Collier Lad’s Blog (No.1)

I feel justified in using the name “Collier Lad”, first because I’m called Collier, second because I’m a Lad, third I was born in Oldham and lastly, as a kid I wore clogs and played in the pit spoil heaps. Perhaps my chosen title of Collier Lad doesn’t have the same ring as Mr Bridge but time will tell!

So this is my first blog and was intended to tell you how wonderful we intend to be and how we will take A.L. Fleming to new heights but events have overtaken me. So I want to use this blog to congratulate Mr Bridge’s initiative to encourage club’s to change their card more frequently, thus seeing the back of some disgusting decks that I have come across. Alas, I fear Mr Bridge has missed an important point, as we are often told that “muck never done you any harm”, which may be true but bacteria and the spread of germs can be very harmful, especially for people whose immune system is reduced due to age or illness. My concern is that a brand new pack of cards can be contaminated the first time they are played with, for instance if a player has failed to wash their hands after going to the loo, coughed or sneezed on their hands that then pick up the cards or worst sneezes directly onto the cards or simply places the card onto a dirty table surface.

So my concern is what is actually being carried on the cards we play with. To find out, I have recently asked Dr Justin Pachebat of Aberystwyth University to carry out an analysis of various packs of cards. Some of you may recall seeing Justin on television when he led a team, including my son Miles, into analysing the giant “Fatberg” that was dislodged from the London sewers. So he is no stranger to the health issues that surround us – I await with trepidation for his report. Subject to what is found, we intend finding a cost effective and efficient means of sanitising cards, this could be an attachment to our existing Dealer4 card dealing machine or a “sheep dip” type of process or the production of cards with antibacterial surfaces. We wait and see, in the meantime I support Mr Bridge’s efforts and will support him wherever possible.

I did mention this matter to a player, prior to my meeting in Aberystwyth and he asked if I know how many people had died due to germs from cards, I answered that I didn’t know but neither did I know how many players had tummy troubles or caught colds or worse flu after playing with contaminated cards. Perhaps we are on the road to finding out and possibly solving potential problems. I very much hope that we will not need to label packs of cards:

“Playing cards can seriously damage your health”

My next blog will tell you what we have in mind for A.L. Fleming in the near and more distant future, enough to say that we are open to suggestions, rebuffs and any ideas that support our aim of encouraging new players to the game, with this in mind I offer my congratulations to Professor Samantha Punch and the “Keep Bridge Alive” team from Stirling University.

 Collier Lad
May 2019

PlayBridgeHolidayClub – we don’t intend organising our own holidays but will work with the existing providers (most of whom are already customers of ours), to notify you of what is available both in terms of new holidays and short breaks. We also intend developing the range of holidays and breaks by working in partnership with potential operators.

PlayBridgeBookClub – we don’t currently have plans of becoming a book stockist but we will work with publishers to identify interesting titles and working in partnership to provide a first rate procurement service

PlayBridgeCocktailClub – many of you will already be members of various wine clubs, so we don’t compete with this, rather we will offer the cocktail of the month, to entertain your guests, either prior to or after your bridge party

PlayBridgeTogether – we will produce two session of bridge per day, afternoon and evening, the dealing data will be available from our website and can be dealt by those who have a dealing machine, alternatively we will offer a board dealing service from our Takeley base. Having played the game, scores can be downloaded and the overall scores will be displayed, we will also send hand records to all participants


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Please do not attempt to send your bank details via Email. This is very insecure,
and the safety of your details is NOT guaranteed.



Due to unacceptable losses, all Small Packet orders now have to be signed for.

Customers fromScottish Highlands & Islands and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
still need to order by phone in order to receive the best shipping prices. 
SEE BELOW for more details.

At the point of sale, you will be asked to select a shipping method. Please choose carefully from the options available which are based on your delivery address. These options are:

  • UK Mainland, Isle of Wight and Southern Scotland
  • Scottish Highlands and Islands and Northern Ireland
  • Collect in person

Customers fromScottish Highlands & Islands and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man 
still need to order by phone in order to receive the best shipping prices.

​If you choose incorrectly, the shipping cost will be calculated incorrectly and your order is likely to be rejected.
In the event of this happening we will let you know and complete your order the old-fashioned way. The reason we ask you to do this is due to a fault (omission) in the new shop software which we have been told will be fixed soon.

International customers please call as previously.



UK and Isle of Wight

Orders of value from £0 - £20.00 including VAT - shipping cost £4.20 3-5 days delivery
Orders of value from £20.01 - £119.99 including VAT - shipping cost £7.68 next day delivery Mon - Fri
Orders of value from £120 or above including VAT - shipping cost FREE next day delivery Mon - Fri


Scottish Highlands, Islands and Northern Ireland
£12.42 all weights up to 10Kg.

Isle of Man and Channel Islands
Variable - Please Call

These services are only available via an email or telephone order.



We are able to arrange a Saturday delivery for an additional charge.
If you wish to use this service you will need to contact us.



We still run an invoicing system for those ordering on behalf of bridge clubs.
Please choose your purchases as normal, and select the invoice method at checkout.


At Flemings, we are already aware that our prices are very competitive; if you
find any items cheaper elsewhere, we will try to match that price. PLEASE CALL.



The Collier Lad’s Blog (No.1)

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Bishop's Stortford, Herts.
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