Someone told me that Whist Drives are for old folk. Well I might have been the youngest in the room but that’s only because everyone else has lived long enough to know what’s good for the soul.
In March, my other half and I thought we’d have a cheap date night trying something new. At just three quid for three hours of brain teasing card games and just a short walk from our house, we figured it was worth a go. We found a room full of lovely and interesting people, who were full of local knowledge and funny jokes, plus a cup of tea, biscuits and a raffle included in the price. All profits from the evening go to the upkeep of the busy Village Hall in our little Essex village, so we could polish our halos too.
We had such an enjoyable evening that we returned for the April event, bringing two other couples who’d never been before. They too had a great time and we all adjourned to the pub for last orders after a jolly good evening.
Whist Drives – what you need to know:
- Cheap to run and easy to play, Whist Drives are a staple of village fundraisers.
- A Whist Drive is a social event where progressive games of Whist are played, meaning that players move between tables, changing partners with every game. There’s no money involved – it’s not gambling but just playing for fun.
- The game of Whist is a trick-taking card game, played by four people, in teams of two, using a standard 52 deck of cards.
- All you need to play is a pack of cards (remove the Jokers), a pen and a piece of paper for each player to record their scores.
- You can find download and print Whist score sheets or order them online (Amazon has a selection of score sheets here).
- You can learn the game and practice online but you need to play in real life to get the real social benefit of the game. Here’s a good website to learn and play for free >
- The game of Whist has been around since the 16th Century and became a fashionable young gentleman’s game around the mid 1700’s.
- The term Whist is thought to come from the now obsolete Middle English meaning of the word ‘wistful’ meaning ‘quiet, silent or attentive’.
You can take it as seriously as you want – just make sure you’re having fun!