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Tidy Savers Update – August 2016

Posted by on: Thursday, Aug. 4th 2016 11:52 AM

As regular players at Tidy Bingo will know, Tidy is under new ownership now and as such, we need to settle the Tidy Savers promotion and ensure you all get your vouchers that you have saved with us up to and including 31st July 2016.

In total you managed to save £550.25 since November 2015, an impressive amount by all accounts!

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Help For Heroes – Tidy Bingo’s 5th Donation

Posted by on: Wednesday, Aug. 3rd 2016 12:18 PM

On July 5th we made our 5th donation to Help for Heroes, taking the total amount donated at that point to an impressive £2,868.90! As is always the case when we make a donation, we received a letter thanking us just a few days later.

The letter thanks us for the donation and tells of his it is put to use supporting wounded soldiers and their families. If you read on, you will see a scanned copy of the letter.

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Tidy Cupboard – Changes Afoot

Posted by on: Friday, Jul. 1st 2016 12:36 AM

As you will all know, for some time now we have seen a drop in the number of players in the Tidy Cupboard. This has continued for a while now and David and I have made a decision to change things around a little.

Rather than lose the room completely, something we don’t want to do, we’re going to try and revive it. How we plan to do that may sound a little odd but there is a method in our madness. However, it does mean that from 1st August 2016 the Cupboard is only to be open on the 1st Tuesday of every month.

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Loyalty Rewarded At Tidy Bingo

Posted by on: Monday, Apr. 4th 2016 2:47 PM

As regulars at Tidy Bingo will know, the network offers a loyalty reward scheme that sees you earn extra bonuses, cash back etc. as you rise through the ranks. As a little something extra, we’re going to introduce a form of loyalty scheme into the Tidy Cupboard too.

As you will have noticed, player numbers have been dropping of late in the Cupboard and as such, it doesn’t remain viable to keep giving away as many loyalty points as we have been whilst player numbers diminish.

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Tidy Bingo Up For Best Jumpman Gaming Bingo Site

Posted by on: Monday, Apr. 4th 2016 1:23 PM

The Which Bingo Award shortlist has been announced today and once again Tidy Bingo has received a nomination. This year there isn’t a Best Boutique Bingo Site, the category we usually find ourselves in. For 2016, we have been nominated as Best Jumpman Gaming Bingo Site and for the first time since we launched, we’re going to put a bit of effort into winning.

It’s not that we don’t want to win, of course it isn’t, but we are always competing with brands we have bigger budgets and more players so it often feels like we are a non-starter. This year however, only five of the brands under the Jumpman Gaming hat have been nominated so our odds of winning are slightly better!

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Catchphrase Competition – March 2016

Posted by on: Thursday, Feb. 25th 2016 1:29 PM

Can you believe it’s nearly March already? It seems like only yesterday that we were running Christmas competitions and rummaging in Santa’s Sack! Anyway, as the year rolls on, it’s time for another Catchphrase competition and your chance to win a selection of Tidy branded goods, maybe some Help For Heroes bits and bobs and even some bonus funds!

This time we’re going to do things a little differently (not much) and will be sending the competition by internal mail, external mail and posting on Facebook. We’re hoping this gets more people involved and who knows, with enough entries – we might even throw in a few extra prizes!

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Ham And Egg Cups

Posted by on: Sunday, Jan. 24th 2016 5:36 PM

As some of you may know, I’m currently with Slimming World trying to shed a few stone. If you’ve never done this diet before then it’s worth knowing that foods are divided into categories and it is actually the only diet that I have done that I have found really easy to stick to. The only thing that I am not completely comfortable with is the weekly meetings, and whilst I know many get a lot from the meetings – they don’t really do it for me. If any of you guys want to slim along with me – feel free. I lost 6.5lbs in my first week….

That said, I have paid for 10 sessions, so I will do those and then probably just continue alone at home. Anyway, I digress, the reason for this blog post was to share one of the recipes that I made today, one that I really enjoyed and takes hardly any time to make. It’s a free food, so you can eat as many of these as you want.

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Free Jackpot Game – The Outcome

Posted by on: Saturday, Jan. 23rd 2016 9:50 PM

I thought that I’d sit in the room and watch our biggest every free game take place tonight, the big £1000 jackpot. I wanted to see who were winners, and of course, report the outcome to all the Tidy Bingo players who were otherwise engaged.

In total there were a whopping 4,437 when the game got underway and I was on tenterhooks (as I am sure the players in the room were too).

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£604 Donated To Help For Heroes

Posted by on: Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2016 3:56 PM

Just before Christmas we made our fourth donation to the Help For Heroes charity thanks to the your continued support of the Tidy and the Troops game.

To date we have now donated £2238.75 with a further £49.25 raised since we last donated to this great cause. As always when we make a donation, Help For Heroes send us a letter and if you continue reading you will find a scan of the letter received.

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Thank You, Thank You And Again, Thank You

Posted by on: Tuesday, Dec. 22nd 2015 7:38 PM

There are many things that I love about Tidy and for those of you that know me, you’ll know that it has always been a dream of mine to run my own bingo site. From player, to host, from host to writer and then writer to site owner, it took me ten years to get here but I did.

There have been ups and downs, as our blog readers know, but one of the biggest ups happened this week. Quietly beavering away in my office, the doorbell rings with a delivery…..

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That’s So Last Century

Posted by on: Thursday, Dec. 10th 2015 12:15 AM

I was wondering if any of you saw the TV programme “That’s So Last Century” Tuesday evening and if you didn’t the programme is well worth a catch-up. It was about how things (technology wise) were when we were kids and it really was a funny eye opener. It was so interesting to see things we thought were cutting edge at the time look so outdated now.

Who can remember the fun of picture taking when we were young? You can’t? Of course you can’t, if you were very lucky your family had one camera of some description and that was generally known as “Dads'”. No smartphones back then. It would appear on special occasions only and so most people’s photographs of their childhood revolve around Christmas, Birthdays and family occasions. No 25 selfies before you went out to a party for us, and no pictures of every course of every meal or every dress ever worn. Nope, you would have a 24/36 picture film in the camera and you were restricted to that.

We have very few nice pictures of us as children (to be honest the school ones, when Mum could afford them, were really it). Once all the pictures were taken the film was sent off to the chemist and then you waited. And waited, and waited. Anything from seven days to three weeks and what you got back was just pot luck. 24 pictures taken would probably yield maybe 18 probably less, some of these would be out of focus, or the top of your head. Two would have Dad’s thumb over the lens and about three more would have badly developed into some sort of ghostly white haze image. Kids today just don’t understand!

Another part of the show was about TV’s. Of course, we all know technology has moved on a great deal but wow haven’t TVs moved on. We were lucky enough to have a rental TV in our front room when I was young. It was black and white up until I was about eight. It had a radio style dial to “tune in” one of the three channels we had and it was a matter of millimetre accuracy to get a picture and with there being no remote control it was normally mine or my brothers job to get up and change the channel whenever Dad decided. Let’s not even start about the dreaded aerial, many hours were spent with one of us standing by the TV clutching the aerial moving it inch by inch across the top of the TV, over to the table, down on the floor, anywhere to try and get rid of the interference and get any sort of picture. It’s a surprise we ever watched TV back then.


They also looked it computers and it really brought back some funny memories. No Laptops and tablets back then, so, of course, no online bingo (what on earth did everyone do??) I remember being given a few lessons in school on a BBC computer which was giant and made no sense whatsoever. You had to type things in weird code just to get a square to appear. An absolute waste of all our time. When I was a teenager, Mum and Dad both had good jobs so we were lucky enough to be gifted a ZX Spectrum Computer. My brother and I were overjoyed and somehow didn’t mind that the only game we could play was a very basic tennis game that took about an hour to load. Can you imagine people waiting for a game like that today?


It really is no wonder kids went out to play much more back then. Why waste all your day waiting for a very basic and boring game to load, or to sit squinting at the TV trying to watch a bit of Blue Peter. It is amazing how far technology has come in such a short space of time and the fact that I am sat here writing this on a little laptop when it took two people to move the schools one computer when I was 14 is pretty amazing.

I do wonder what things will be like in 20 years time, especially what our beloved bingo game will become. Perhaps we will be able to download our own caller straight to our living room (Johnny Depp anyone?) and play without any computer at all. Maybe we will be sat in an actual cyber Cupboard and be able to see each and play together, giving the phrase “chat room” a whole new meaning. That would definitely mean the end of pyjama clad sessions for me. Whatever happens, I am sure that bingo will still be going strong and many of us will still be playing. I am looking forward to the Tidy Cupboard 20 year reunion, however it materialises!

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cags Says:

Great blog as ever Sarah.How things change over the years.20 years time if im still alive and kicking will still wear my pjs,they are my Sunday best clothes ?

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