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Bude Bridge Club Committee

The Club Committee for 2019/2020

 Chairman:  Deb Delvalle

 Vice-Chairman:  Vacant

Secretary:   Christine Theobald

Treasurer:     Stephen Smith

Committee Members: Linda Ashworth, Maureen Fallows, Hilary Dorren, Alison Osborne


The Directors' rota for this year:


1st, 2nd and 5th Chris
3rd Bob
4th Stephen S


Wednesdays: Deb (scorer Terry)



1st and 3rd Neil
2nd and 4th Linda
5th Neil or Linda


EBU Royalty 2019

The Club has several regular members in the 'Royalty and Honours' of the current EBU National Grading Scheme as of 1st May 2019:

King:  Alan Biggs, Nick Newell

Queen: Jane Koldewey

Jack:  Paul Creighton, Rob Irish

10s:   Mary Hicks, Steven Clifton , Chris Nichols



Members without regular partners are sometimes available.  

Ann Bennett is the club's partner co-ordinator.
Please contact her on 01288 361813
or email


All sessions (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays): Members £2.50,

Visitors £3.50 (£6.50 on Sims nights)


Contact Us

To contact us, please contact Ann Bennett at the above email and phone number.

Mr. Bridge Quiz
Mr. Bridge Quiz

Try the 'Mr. Bridge' quiz!

Updated every Tuesday.

North Cornwall Bridge Clubs
North Cornwall Bridge Clubs

As well as Bude, there are 3 other EBU affiliated bridge clubs in North Cornwall - Bodmin, Newquay and Wadebridge.

They share a website at

Welcome to Bude Bridge Club
Welcome to Bude Bridge Club

We meet for duplicate bridge every Tuesday at the Parkhouse Centre, near the Castle - arrive by  6.50 for a 7 p.m. start.  tea and biscuits...

We usually finish by 10.30 p.m. 

We also meet more informally on Wednesday afternoons - 1.50pm, just roll-up, no partner needed, and on Friday evenings, numbers permitting.

A partner for Tuesdays can usually be found - just phone Ann Bennett.

Please check the calendar to see if there are any special events on any particular date.

Welcome to Bude Bridge Club
Letter to EBU Magazine, December 2018

Lovely Cornwall  

'On a recent, extended and lonely babysitting holiday in the Bude area, I phoned and asked if it was possible to play at the local bridge club. The response was immediate and very welcoming: partners were organised at short notice and I can recommend Deb Delvalle and Ann Bennett (who organises partners) and all the members for their friendliness and warmth towards a 'bridging stranger'. Their kindness changed the time spent there to a lovely memory'.

(English Bridge magazine Issue 280, page 59)

Friday Bridge

Friday duplicate bridge at the  Parkhouse will be booked on a week by week basis. 6.50pm for a 7 pm start.

There WILL  NOT be bridge this Friday, May 24th.


A session for improvers, although everyone is welcome, who want more practice in a relaxed atmosphere - 15-21 boards, tea and biscuits, but no Masterpoints.

At the Parkhouse Centre, arrive by 1.50 for a 2 p.m. start - finish usually by 5pm.

Club Champions 2019
Club Champions 2019

Alan Biggs and Paul Creighton are this year's Club Champions, pictured here with their John Ridding trophies.

Alan also teamed up with Rob Mabley to win the Clifton Trophy.

Team Champions 2019
Team Champions 2019

 Sarah and Neil Trenaman teamed up with Chris Nichols and Jane Koldewey to win the club Teams Championship 2019.

Sarah was also winner of the June Justice Individual Championship.

Chris and Jane were winners of the Stratton Cup for Handicap Pairs and the John and Bill Grand Slam Bottles.

Inaugural Beryl Mardon Trophy winner
Inaugural Beryl Mardon Trophy winner

Maureen Fallows is the first-ever winner of the new Beryl Mardon Cup for service to the club,  voted on by the members.

Collian Bowl Winners 2019
Collian Bowl Winners 2019

Annie Quartermain and Rob Irish were awarded the Collian Bowl 2019 at the AGM.

AGM photos by Bob Bennett

Monthly News Report, April 2019

April has been a quiet month, after the A.G.M., with no competitions or cups to be won.

Alan Biggs won on 3 Tuesdays, twice with Paul Creighton and once with Bill Thomson. Mary Hopgood, Fiona Hargreaves, Mary Hicks and James Sim also won in April.

Wednesdays produced wins for Deb Delvalle and Geoff Scutt, twice; Jonathon Ball and Chris Nichols; and newcomers Peter and Kirstie Rosser, again!

May Problem of the Month

How would you bid this hand?

This was a recent hand at Taw Vale (E/W and N/S reversed).

Every North/South reached a 6 Heart contract.

After 1  from North, what do you bid as South?

You are obviously looking for a slam, if possible. 

If you bid 5 No Trumps, Grand Slam try, North will bid 6 Hearts.

What if you just bid a slow 1♠ ?

North will now bid STOP 3   and you can explore with some form of slam- seeking asking bid. Then the Grand, in Hearts or No Trumps, rolls in.

Latest Tuesday result

Linda & Steven were winners on Tuesday May 21st with 63%. Well done to them.

Latest Friday result

Congratulations to Chris and Steven, winners on 17th.May.

EBU Spring Pairs

In the local heat of the EBED Spring Pairs on May 14th  Mike and Rob came top in the club.

Out of 480 pairs nationwide, Jim and Mary were the only pair in the top 100, at 65th.

Full results are on the EBU website.

Handicap Pairs Sponsor
Handicap Pairs Sponsor

We are delighted to thank North Coast Wine for sponsoring our Handicap Pairs competition for the fourth year.

Monthly wine winners for 2018/19:

October: Margaret and Noreen

November: Sue and Glenys

December: Christine and James

January: Paul and Alan

February:  Jane and Chris

March: Annie Q and Nick


Congratulations to Carole Reed on her promotion by the EBU to the rank of 1 Star Master in April 2019.

Forthcoming Events

Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon bridge continue throughout 2019.

May 14th sees the EBU National Spring Pairs, whilst the Cornwall Sim Pairs is scheduled for June 18th.

 Friday evenings will continue when numbers allow.

Competition Winners 2018/2019


The John Ridding Club Championship

Paul and Alan

Club Plate

Steven and David

Teams of Four

Neil and Sarah, Jane and Chris

Collian Bowl

Annie Q and Rob I

North Coast Wine Handicap Pairs

Jane and Chris

Doris and Frank Clifton Trophy

Alan and Rob M

June Justice Individual

Sarah Trenaman

Jug of Bridge Wisdom

Alison Osborne
Beryl Mardon Memorial Trophy Maureen Fallows

John and Bill Grand Slam Bottle

Chris, Jane and Alan M-W
Christine Carey Cup
(Wednesday Afternoons)
Alison and James


Cornwall County Bridge Association
Cornwall County Bridge Association

Bude Bridge Club is affiliated to the Cornwall County Bridge Association.

Click here to visit their web-site.

28th May 2019
Open Pairs
Director: Stephen Smith
29th May 2019
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Deb Delvalle
4th June 2019
Open Pairs
Director: Chris Nichols
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Terry Abbott
Open Pairs
Director: Stephen Smith
Scorer: Stephen Smith
Friday Pairs
Director: Neil Trenaman
Scorer: Neil Trenaman
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Terry Abbott
EBU Spring Pairs
Director: Chris Nichols
Scorer: Chris Nichols
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Terry Abbott