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Bude Bridge Club Committee

The Club Committee for 2017/2018

 Chairman:   Neil Trenaman

 Vice-Chairman:  Ann Bennett

Secretary:   Christine Theobald

Treasurer:     Stephen Smith

Committee Members: Linda Ashworth, Deb Delvalle, Maureen Fallows, Chris Nichols 


The Directors' rota for this year:


1st and 2nd          Chris

3rd and 4th     Steven

5th                Chris or Steven

Wednesdays: Deb (Stephen, Bob, Neil, Chris)


1st and 3rd                   Neil

2nd and 4th                 Linda

 5th                            Neil or Linda

EBU Royalty 2018

The Club has several regular members in the 'Royalty and Honours' of the current EBU National Grading Scheme as of 1st March 2018.

King:  Alan Biggs

Queen: Jane Koldewey

Jack: , Steven Clifton,  Bob Bennett, Paul Creighton

10s:   Dave Clarke, Ann Bennett,  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


Tuesdays: Members £2.50,

Visitors £3.50 (£6.50 on Sims nights)

Wednesdays and Fridays: Members £2, Visitors £3


Contact Us

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

Click here for a summary of the new (August 1st 2013) alert/announce rules.

Andrew Robson Bridge
Andrew Robson Bridge

Click here to find tips and problems for all abilities set by Andrew Robson



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
Friday Bridge

Friday duplicate bridge at the  Parkhouse will be booked on a week by week basis.

There will NOT be bridge this Friday, March 16th.

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.

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.


A session for improvers who want more practice in a relaxed atmosphere - 14-18 boards, no Masterpoints, tea and biscuits...

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

Roll up, with or without a partner - Host system in operation!

During  Spring 2018, Chris and Neil will be delivering a short lesson at the beginning of some sessions, with set boards based mainly on that lesson.

Chris will deal with defence and declarer play on  January 10th (cross-ruffing) and 24th (takeout doubles), February 7th (Sherlock Holmes).

Neil will deal with bidding on February 28th, March 7th and 21st.

All other weeks will be normal duplicate sesions.


Monthly News Report .March, 2018

Alan Biggs and and Rob Mabley were part of the Cornwall 'A' Team that lost their recent match against a very strong Somerset team.

Congratulations to Mary Hicks and James Sim who were convincing winners of the February heat of the North Coast Wine handicap pairs and to Bob Bennett on winning the June Justice Individual Trophy. It was pleasing to see some of the Wednesday afternoon regulars take part in that event with Chris Skipp doing well to finish in 3rd position.

Congratulations to Alan Biggs and Steve Clifton who won the qualifying round of the club championship and the top 8 pairs who now go forward to compete in the final on 13th.March.

Well done to the other winning pairs during the month who were Christine Theobald and Mike Newman on Tuesday, 20th February, Gillian Jolley and Steve Trenner, Maureen Fallows and Alison Osborne and multiple winner Ian Curtis who won with Alan Merchant-White and Sarah Trenaman.

A Fitting End - March 2018

Spades are trumps. East to lead and win two tricks on defence.....

Let's consider East's options.

Declarer would ruff a heart lead; it wouldn't matter whether West overruffed because they would have to lead to agood dummy.

A Diamond lead fares no better as it would set up declarer's hand.

The answer is to play the Club, giving up a trick to dummy that declarer couldn't reach!

South discards a Diamond but finds themselves caught in a trump coup on the next trick.

Latest Tuesday result

Congratulations to Paul and David, winners on the night, and winners of the Club Plate, on March 13th.

10% behind, in second place, but winners of the Club Championship, were Chris and Jane.

Latest Friday result

Congratulations to Chris and Steven,  winners on March 9th with 77%.

Latest Wednesday Result

Congratulations to Neil and Sarah who were top, but the winners of the Wednesday Afternoon Trophy were Gill and Hilary who were runners up.Well done also to Anne Luxton, making her debut and Mick Stephens who were 3rd. 

EBU Winter Pairs

Out of 805 pairs nationally, Jane and Chris came 67th, Carole and Linda 112th and Jean and Mike 191st.

Our full club's rankings 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 third year.


The EBU has promoted the following club members in March 2018:

One Star Regional Master: Steven Clifton


Forthcoming Events

The full diary of competitions for 2017/2018 can be found under 'Calendar'. 

The Handicap Pairs final heat is on March 6th.

The Club Championship final and the Club Plate, are on March 13th.

The June Justice Individual is now rescheduled for February 27th.

Wednesday afternoon bridge continues throughout the spring and summer.

Top Ten Club

Leading  scores during the 2017/2018 season:

Chris and Steven  77.08%, March 9th

Alan and Paul  73.96%   December 5th

Jane and Chris  73.50%   June 27th

Jane and Steven.72.69% October 31st.

Maureen and Sylvia.  69.17%.  April 11th

Bob and Ann  69.05%   August 25th

Steven and Chris  69.00%  May 12th

Mary and James   68.45%   February 6th

Bob and Ann  68.00%  August 18th

Bob and Ann   68.00%  September 5th

Competition Winners 2017-2018

The John Ridding Club Championship: Jane and Chris

Club Plate: David and Paul

Teams: Chris and Jane, Neil and Sarah

Collian Cup:  Alan M-W and Ian

North Coast Wine Handicap Pairs: Mary Hicks and Jim

Doris and Frank Clifton Trophy: Alan B and Rob

June Justice Individual: Bob

Leslie Davis Mix and Match: Linda and Paul C

John and Bill Grand Slam Bottle: April 6th

Christine Carey Cup (Wednesday Afternoons) : Hilary and Gill


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.

20th March 2018
Open Pairs
Director: Chris Nichols
21st March 2018
Wednesday Afternoon Bridge
Director: Neil Trenaman
27th March 2018
Open Pairs
Director: Steven Clifton
Wednesday Afternoon Championship
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Neil Trenaman
Club Championship and Plate
Director: Chris Nichols
Scorer: Chris Nichols
Friday Pairs
Director: Linda Ashworth
Scorer: Linda Ashworth
Wednesday Afternoon Bridge
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Neil Trenaman
Handicap Pairs 6
Director: Steven Clifton
Scorer: Steven Clifton
Wednesday Afternoon Bridge
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Neil Trenaman