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Club details

The address of the club is:-

44 Prescott Street,



Phone: 01422 352346 (please don't use for day-to-day contact)


Hon Sec: Mr Grant Ward

01422 379683 

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Annual General Meeting 2015

The 65th AGM of the Halifax Bridge Club will take place on the evening of 12th May 2015. It is hoped that as many members as possible will attend.  Details will be made available nearer to the event.

Please note that resolutions must be proposed and seconded by members of the Club, submitted in writing (or  by e-mail) and received by the Hon Secretary at least fourteen clear days before the date fixed for the annual general meeting.

Committee 2014-15

Full details of the committee, and who's doing what, can be found under 'Information, Committee 2014-15'.

Committee minutes

The latest Committee meeting minutes (for 2 March) are online. Find them under 'Information';'Committee minutes'.  They are confidential to members so you will need to know the procedure for entering user name and password to access them.  Check with Grant or email Alan McDonald for help.

Flower and Card Organiser

As we all know, Joan has acted as "Flower lady and card organiser" for those of us in distress.  Kate Borgman has taken this job over, so all requests to her please, on 01706 378386;  - and many thanks to Joan for her years of terrific service to the club.

Recent Updates
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League hands (home)
16th Feb 2015 22:52 GMT
Club details
16th Feb 2015 19:19 GMT

Welcome to the website of the club that offers duplicate bridge sessions for young and old.

The club has its own private premises and is well established, providing duplicate bridge sessions for nearly 150 members. It is a member of the English Bridge Union and the majority of the club events generate EBU Masterpoints. There are also occasional sessions that tie in with simultaneous county or national events.

In addition to a comfortable playing area, the club has its own kitchen and licensed bar.

Halifax Bridge Club has four teams of eight players that compete during the Winter months in the Yorkshire Sunday League.

Annual Subscription
Annual Subscription

Club subs are due and the treasurer and/or a club official will be available to collect monies at the start of each session in the week beginning 30th March.  The rate has been kept as before and represents very good value at £10-00 per member and £5-00 for juniors. A membership card will be issued as a receipt and members unable to pay that week are asked to speak with Edward Lea or pop the money/cheque into an envelope. Edward will forward the membership card in due course.

Improver lessons

Mick Clark will be starting the Year 2 section of his course on Tuesday 2nd June. Mick has joined forces with the Brighouse class and will be having the meetings at alternate venues, starting in Halifax. The numbers will be much more viable and they will also be more enjoyable being in a larger group.  Mick will be teaching with back-up from Ingrid (from Brighouse), a qualified EBUTA teacher. Mick can be contacted at

Friday evening sessions for learners and improvers have started again.  You do not need to bring a partner- just turn up for a 7pm start at a cost of only £1-00. As always, Irene and Robert will be in charge and it is hoped as many experienced members as possible will also attend to help people learn our fascinating game.  Please speak to Irene or Robert  (01422 347775) if you have any questions, either as a learner or member wishing to assist. Alternatively contact Grant on Hx 379683 /

Hosted sessions

Tuesday afternoon sessions are hosted: they're relaxed and open to learners and beginners. 

Wednesday nights are open events and are EBU-scoring, but they are managed at a pace suited to encourage improvers to attend and progress. You are welcome to turn up without a partner and be sure of a game.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings are not being hosted at present, but we hope to return to the possibility in mid-2015. Meanwhile, see 'Find a Partner', below.

Find a partner

If you are looking for an ad hoc partner for Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings please telephone Edward Lea to see if anyone else has been in touch.  Edward can be contacted on the following numbers.

01422322829 or 07990 970993

He will then offer you any telephone numbers he has been given. If you use the answer phone please leave your telephone numbers.

Parking Arrangements
Parking Arrangements

Parking arrangements in the local streets will be pay and display from 8 am to 6 pm, and after that time parking is to be permitted to anyone, including us, on both sides of the street.  This is once the current Council problem - leading to unlimited free parking in designated spaces - is overcome.

Our existing parking in Rileys, in the enclosed area at the back, and opposite, all remain unchanged. Cars parked opposite during bridge play require current permits. Contact Grant on 379683 with any queries.

Correction period for results

Results may be corrected up to five days after the start of play of a given session.  Under Law 79 (C) (1) we need to publish this notice.  Of course results are primarily the responsibility of the players at the table.  Normally small errors in the results are corrected within 24 hours.  If you have a query about a result contact the director of the night or Alan at

Rule changes

There are new Blue and White books from 1 August after a review of the rules.  In future any conventional bids on the first round of bidding must be alerted or announced.  In addition, any bid at the 3  or 4 level on the first round as a response to opener must be alerted as these are usually cue bids, splinter bids or asking bids and are therefore not natural. Formerly, anything above 3NT required no action.  In the first round Stayman and transfers are not alert-able but remain announce-able. Natural bids in the first round require no action.

Here's a scan of the ebu summary.  (Sorry, this is not showing correctly in all browsers)

Here's a link to the ebu page about the changes, and this is their new summary of announcing and alerting.

Click for the latest results
2015/16 Yorkshire League

The 2014/15 season has come to an end and we are now looking forward to a better year ahead.  If you are interested in playing for one of the teams, or in being a 'reserve', please add your name to the list which is posted on the notice board in Prescott Street.

Scarborough Pairs

Congratulations to Olga Middleton for winning the best novice performance in the Scarborough Pairs partnering John Eccleston on the weekend of 12/13 April.

Tuesday afternoon Handicaps

The April handicap was won by Doris and David, closely followed by Rose and Margaret; both pairs received seasonal prizes.  Handicap events will continue to be held on the first Tuesday of each month and soon the handicap committee will be issuing the new season's handicaps -applicable from the 1st May. (They will be put on the club notice board).   The next competition proper will be for the Middleton Plate, (last won by Derek and John), taking place on June 23d. All competitions are open to visitors and learners, and of course Tuesday afternoon is always hosted.

2014 / 2015 Competition winners and trophies
2014 / 2015 Competition winners and trophies


A list of competition winners has been posted on the notice board in Prescott Street.  To make sure there are no errors in the engraving of the silverware and boards, members are asked to consult the list and advise the Hon Sec if any corrections are required.

The list of all this season's winners can also be found under 'Competition Winners'.

Beginners classes begin September 2015
Beginners classes begin September 2015
The next Beginners course will start on Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 7 pm.  Fully-qualified EBU Professional Bridge tutor Mick Clark is running them, as ever.  He can be contacted on 01484 713677, or email for further details of this and other courses.
Thanks to Sandra Landy for teaching materials


Thanks to Sandra Landy for allowing the use of many of her articles as teaching aids, Andrew Kambites for his practice hands and The English Bridge Union for allowing their learning resources to be made available on the Halifax Bridge Club website. See Lesson Materials.

24th April 2015
Friday Improvers
Director: RJ
Scorer: Heather
23rd April 2015
Thursday Evening Pairs
Director: Michael
Scorer: Gordon
22nd April 2015
Wednesday Evening Pairs
Director: Bill
Scorer: Bill
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