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Your 2019 Club Events & Points To Note


  • NEW: March 6th-13th - Bridge Holiday to Cyprus (see below)
  • Friday 22nd March - Next match against Edgbaston Golf Club (please let Marijke know if you are interested in playing)
  • NO BRIDGE: Tuesday 30th April & Thursday 2nd May as the rooms are needed for the European Team Squash Championship
  • Thursday 16th May - EPC Bridge Charity Evening - play for The Ann Dawes Trophy
  • Tuesday 4th June - Warwickshire SIMS Pairs Charity Event - for the Air Ambulance
  • NO BRIDGE: Tuesday 18th June & Thursday 20th June as the rooms are needed for the Nature Valley Tennis Tournament
  • October: Date and venue to be confirmed - Bridge Weekend Away
  • Tuesday 5th November - The Ken Franklin Club Trophy Event
  • NEW: Tuesday 12th November - Children in Need SIMS Pairs Event - £5 donation from all players
  • NEW: Thursday 28th November - Bridge Workshop & Lesson by bridge guru Andrew Robson
  • Thursday 5th December - The Bridge Xmas Meal & Party


2019 Other Events


2018-19 Bridge AGM
2018-19 Bridge AGM


Please click here to see a copy of the presentation given at our recent AGM


Share Your Story
Share Your Story


We would love to hear more about why you started playing bridge and what keeps you playing.

To share your story please click here and answer these few questions:


How long have you been playing bridge? When did you first start playing?

Why did you start playing bridge? What was the catalyst behind you taking up bridge?

In the early days, who did you play with?

What keeps you playing? What do you like most about bridge?

(Optional) What would improve your bridge playing experience at the club?


Annabel will then contact you to write up your story to add to our growing collection.


2019 Monthly Sunday Evening Bridge Lessons
2019 Monthly Sunday Evening Bridge Lessons


Lesson Schedule for 2019 For Improvers & (NEW) Advanced Players

6.30pm-8.45pm in the Function Room

Click here to download an information sheet


For Improvers with Adam Friase

  • Jan 20 - Revision – opening 1NT and 1 of a suit
  • Feb 24 - Balanced hands 15-19
  • March 3 - Introduction to defence and which card to lead
  • March 31 - Transfers
  • May 19 - 2NT opening and Stayman
  • June 9 - Basic overcalls and take out doubles
  • July / August – Summer break
  • Sept 22 - Replies to take out doubles
  • Oct 27 - Pre-emptive opening hands, scoring and simple tactics
  • Nov 24 - Strong 2s and the 2 club opening
  • Dec 15 - Slam bidding


For Advanced Players with Guest Speakers

  • Jan 13 - Advanced defence, counting declarers hand with Liam Johnstone
  • Feb 17 - The effective use of the double with Ian Thompson
  • March 24 - Teams scoring tactics with Peter Nicholds
  • April 14 - Communication and entries with Adam Fraise
  • May 12 - Leads and defensive signalling plus count and suit preference with Liam Johnstone
  • June 30 - Unblocking with Peter Nicholds
  • July & August – Summer break 
  • Sept 8 - Endplays with Adam Fraise
  • Oct 6 - Avoidance and safety plays with Peter Nicholds
  • Nov 17 - Competitive part score bidding with Ian Thompson
  • Dec 1 - Mysterious Ways (The mischievous tips and tricks they won’t teach you in other lessons when you can’t follow the rules!) with Liam Johnston


Format: 2-hour sessions: 6.30pm-8.45pm (arrive at 6.15pm) in the Function Room


Lesson fees and how to book: Your two options are:

  1. Either: Pay-as-you go and select which lessons you want to attend and pay £9 (or £11.50 for visitors) for each two-hour lesson
  2. Or: Save money and book all 10 lessons for £50 (or £65 for visitors). For the:
    • Improvers lessons - please book and pay the tutor (Adam Fraise) directly
    • Advanced programme - please book and pay for this at the reception.


Any questions? Please email: Sue Froggatt


Bridge Abroad with the EPC in Cyprus in March 2019
Bridge Abroad with the EPC in Cyprus in March 2019


Wednesday 6th – 13th March 2019
Venue: 4* Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in Paphos

26 players have already booked! (As at 17th July)

Join us for a week of duplicate bridge (every morning and evening) in this fabulous beachside hotel. It’s right by a sandy, Blue Flag beach, and just a five-minute walk from the shops, bars and restaurants in the stylish harbour. Style-wise, the hotel has a modern edge, with a pool with infinity edges and Smart TVs in every room.

The leisure facilities include two outdoor and one indoor pool, a tennis court, sauna, steam bath, hair and beauty salon, gym and fitness classes. There are three golf courses nearby - Minthis, Secret Valley and Elea.

(In March the average high temperature in Paphos is 19ºC, with evening temperatures dropping to 9ºC.)

Click here for a brochure



1. Accommodation: You need to book this yourself via Jet2, tui (formerly Thomson) or by booking the flight, hotel and transfer seperately. The package prices (at mid 2018) for flights and hotel from Birmingham were £625*1 for a double room and £832*1 for a single. This includes: 

  • Half board+ for breakfast and a choice of evening meal or lunch plus one glass of beer, wine, soft drink or fruit juice is included with your meal, plus a 1 litre bottle of mineral water for two people.   
  • Transfers to and from the airport to the hotel
  • Luggage allowance: 22kg with Jet2, and 20kg with Thomas Cook.

*1 as in June 2018.

NB: There are also Saturday flights from Birmingham and the option of staying longer – for 10, 11 or 14 nights if you want to extend your stay.

2. Bridge: There will be a small fee to cover any bridge expenses. This will be advised when we know how many people are coming. NB: This fee does not apply to any non-bridge players (e.g. partners) joining us.

To secure your place

Step 1: Please book your flight and room type.
Step 2: Please tell Marijke Rodrigo (Bridge Committee Treasurer) that you have booked - 07948 815703


Any questions? Please contact Marijke.


Christmas Bridge Fun Games & Dinner
Christmas Bridge Fun Games & Dinner


Click here to see all the photos from our Xmas party.


Friendly Match With Edgbaston Golf Club
Friendly Match With Edgbaston Golf Club


Photo of our very friendly return match against Edgbaston Golf Club at the end of October. Pleased to report that we won.

PS: Quite a few of our regular players were also playing for the golf club... which made it ultra friendly!


The 2018 Bridge weekend away!
The 2018 Bridge weekend away!


To see lots more photos from our weekend away please click here

To read the feedback from our weekend away please click here


The Ken Franklin Trophy
The Ken Franklin Trophy


Many congratulations to Marijke and Mark who have won the Trophy for a second year running - well played and well deserved.  Also very well done to the runners up Angela and Gill and Carol and Shirley.

It was a super ‘turn out’ so can I just thank everyone who attended and made the afternoon so worthwhile.

Also a particular thank again to Ken, the Benefactor, the Committee who organise these events but in particular to Ray who had a lot of work to do organising such a large group with a not uncomplicated movement to ensure fairness to all players.  He undertook this difficult challenge extremely well - it's not easy organising, directing and playing so many thanks to him for his massive contribution.  

This job wasn’t made easier as a result of a Police arrest which delayed the start of the event - all just to adds to the stress. Well done everyone and thank you.

Jan Weston

Beginner Bridge Crash Courses


The Bridge Committee have decided in future to run the Beginners Bridge Crash Courses "on demand".

If you, or you know someone, would like to attend please email Sue and let her know and she will add you to the list.

When we have sufficient numbers we will then organise another course at the club with Adam Fraise. 

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The 2018 Bridge Charity Evening
The 2018 Bridge Charity Evening


On 20th September we had a record 20 teams at our Annual Charity Event and raised over £2,600 for Parkinson's UK.


Big congratulations to the winner, John Gregory scoring 3,100 points. This was a very special winner... it was because of John that the Committee chose Parkinson's to be our charity.... serendipitous or what!  (Read John's story here.) Second was Patrick Bookey with 2,960 points closely followed by Rosemary Prosser with 2,920 points.


The Team Winners were 'Shingler's Minglers'  with 9,660 points... led by Mary Shingler (who ran our bridge club in the 1970's), Patrick (the runner up... who also donated/spent a huge sum in our auction to secure Roger's gardening services), Rosemary (who came 3rd) and Evelyn. Second came the 'To be advised' team with 9,140 points (Rose and John Gregory with thier friends Linda and Johnc C) followed by 'The Silly Sausages with 7,500 points (Robert K, Roger F, Mark R and Jan R).

To see more photos from the evening please click here.

We have many people to thank for making the evening a great success...

  • Barbara, Angela, Di, Judy, Rose and others who helped sell a huge amount of raffle tickets
  • Then bridge players, other EPC members and suppliers... who donated prizes for the raffle
  • Roger F and his team... the auction for your services will not be forgotten!!
  • On the day many player "cake bakers" who did us proud, then
  • Finally not forgeting Levy... who gave us free teas and coffees (and our new F&B Manager Ryan, donated a raffle prize of a family day out to Twycross Zoo).


It was great to hear our Chair Jan, start by reminding us about Parkinson's and that what we raise is ring-fenced for local projects. Also great to be joined by our CEO, Rob Bray at the start, and hear that he was interested in learning how to play bridge!


On the evening we were joined by two teams from Mosely Bridge Club and we also had our Chairman (David) and Chair of Tennis (Ed) joining in and hope they will join in again.


Annabel, Jan, Marijke, Ray & Sue

Your EPC Bridge Committee

The 2018 Winner of the Ann Dawes Charity Trophy: John Gregory


Bridge Playing Celebs!


Take a look at some famous UK bridge players here - how many do you recognise?

Can you name all the players that went to Turkey in 2018?
Can you name all the players that went to Turkey in 2018?



Playing bridge in Turkey in May 2018
Playing bridge in Turkey in May 2018
EPC Bridge Players in Turkey, May 2017
EPC Bridge Players in Turkey, May 2017

Anne, Jan, Amy, Marijke, Roger, Jan, John, David, James, Val & Diane at Lykia World

See more photos here.

The 2017-18 Bridge Committee
The 2017-18 Bridge Committee


You can find out more about our individual roles, tasks and responsibilities here.


The EPC Bridge Club


The Edgbaston Priory Bridge Club

Welcome to the EPC bridge club.

We are primarily a private member's racquets and fitness club, with a historic and proud connection to lawn tennis.

Bridge has been played at the club for over 40 years (see the 'timeline' menu section) and is a thriving and growing activity at the club.

We aim to support both learners and regular players, and host fun charity events and weekends away.

EPC Bridge Vision Statement


"To encourage and enable members to enjoy playing bridge and add value to the membership experience.

We will provide access to the game for beginners and help intermediate and good players to improve their skills through lessons up to and including competition level.

Bridge at the EPC will provide fun and foster friendship."


The EPC Bridge Committee, 2017

Results & Analysis

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26th February 2019
Function Room 1pm
Director: TBA
5th March 2019
Function Room 1pm
Director: TBA
12th March 2019
Function Room 1pm
Director: TBA
Director: Mark Reuben
Director: marijke
Scorer: Marijke
Director: Ray Fiveash
Scorer: Ray Fiveash