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Welcome to First Class Bridge Academy
First Class Bridge Academy and Club

Welcome to the website of First Class Bridge

Now the 31st biggest club in the country. 


There is bridge played at Barleylands every day from Monday to Saturday catering for every level from complete beginners to the very highest echelon of bridge players. Most sessions are hosted so you can just turn up and play without a partner.

There are regular starter courses for complete beginners and a number of supervised bridge sessions for those wishing to go to the next level.

First Class Bridge Academy and Club
Bernie's Norfolk November
Bernie's Norfolk November

Dunstan Hall 4th - 8th Nov.

4 nights Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Bridge.

Not hosted - don't forget to bring your partner!

Experience four-star luxury in the heart of Norwich at the Elizabethan-style Dunston Hall. 

Set amidst 150 acres of parkland, Dunston Hall is home to a US PGA-rated golf course, a fantastic spa and pool as well as a health club for guests to enjoy.

Double/Twin £295

Single £355

Revised Start Times Monday/Thursday Evening - 19:00


Following requests that more beauty sleep is required - no comment from me - the Monday and Thursday Evening Sessions will now run 7-10 pm starting in June

Ray Cornell Double Success!!
Ray Cornell Double Success!!

Mid Essex had a double triumph; winning both the Ray Cornell Trophy and the Prize.

The Trophy (teams of 4) winning team: Robert Elliott & Simon Moorman, Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer.

The Prize (combined a and b teams overall) winning team: Robert Elliott & Simon Moorman, Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer, Paul Mollison & Bernie Hunt, Steve Cade-Bowyer & Pat Johnson.

The X IMP's were topped by Marc and Paul with Paul and Bernie a highly creditable 4th.

The team will now go forward to represent Essex in the national Garden Cities Competition.

Very well done to all.

ps. The picture is Bernie celebrating in his usual understated way!


Club Sessions

Monday Evening 7.30    Intermediate/Advanced

Tuesday Afternoon  1.30 Improvers

Thursday Morning  10.00  No Fear/Improvers

Thursday Evening  7.30  Improvers

Friday Morning    10.30  Really Easy

Friday Evening 7.30  Advanced

Saturday Morning 10.30  Improvers

Supervised Play

Supervised play is a great way to improve your game in a relaxed environment. Come along on your own or with a partner. Either shuffle and deal or play hands from an earlier session.

Tuesday  10.30    Ann, Jon and Bernie

Wednesday  10.30  Ann, Cath and June

Friday Afternoon 1.30  Terry and Brian

World Sims at Barleylands!

 World Sims on Saturday 2nd June.

Congratulations to

Catriona Lovett and Mike Harbour

They finished 25th in the world

Basic Course



During June and July we will be covering all subjects from the basic course

An ideal time for those who have learnt earlier to come back and brush up on a few things

All welcome.

Bernie Hunt's Eastbourne Weekend February 2019


Friday 22nd to Monday 25th February 2019



Events at Barleylands

We are holding numerous County and National events at the club this year

Please see the big screen when you are next in, better still come along and compete!

Improvers Club

An ideal starting place for someone who wants to play Club bridge. A host system is in operation so you are sure of a partner. Thursday mornings 10:00 to 12:45.

Bernie would like Club members to be aware of the EBU (English Bridge Union) Members Area (click on the heading above) which enables you to see your Master Points and NGS (National Grading System) rating. Set up initially requires Bernie to send your email address to the EBU (you can subsequently remove it) so your password can be emailed to you. If you'd like to be set up, please let Bernie know your email address (via firstclassbridge@btconnect.com).   

Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Really Easy Club
Friday Duplicate Pairs - Advanced
25th Jun 2018
Monday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30
26th Jun 2018
Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 13:30
27th Jun 2018
Basic Course
Barleylands 13:30