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The address of the club is:-

44 Prescott Street,



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


Hon Sec: 

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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.

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Welcome to the Halifax Bridge Club Website
Welcome to the Halifax Bridge Club Website

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.

2014/2015 Yorkshire League

Another win for the As, another draw for the Bs and sadly losses for the Cs and Ds on Sunday 25 January - see full scores under Yorkshire League. 

Irene Johnston is teams co-ordinator and we're at full stretch to run all our teams so please help her and the team captains by volunteering when you can, to make sure the teams can remain up to strength. 

Volunteers, please check the dates under 'Yorkshire League', 'Fixtures & results 2014-15' (or the calendar on the notice board) and book the dates now, or mark that you won't be available.

New league results and boards from the home fixtures are under 'Yorkshire League' and the latest available tables are in Links.

2015 Competitions
2015 Competitions

Sadly inclement weather reduced the turnout for the Teams of Four competition on 19th January.  Nevertheless, well done to the winners: Liz Bailey, Julian Raymond, Moira Wadsworth and Andrew Mitchell!

Competition time
Competition time

Congratulations to Neil Robertshaw and Fred Reid, winners of our last competition of 2014, the Swiss Pairs, on Thursday 18th December!

On October 7th we held both the men's and women's pairs.  The women's winners are Joyce Rushworth and Betty Gabbitas; the men's, Edward Lea and Graham Noble.  Well done to them!

The previous week, on Wednesday October 1st, Bernard and Margaret Parkin won the Minnie Owen Cup: congratulations!

Earlier in the competition season, theTaylor Cup for mixed pairs was won by Olga Middleton and Graham Noble; the Adams Cup for club pairs by Erika and Ken Pickles; and the David Morris Swiss Teams are Liz Bailey, Joyce Anderson, Andrew Mitchell and Moira Wadsworth.

New committee 2014-15

Following the a.g.m., full details of the new committee, and who's doing what, can be found under 'Information, Committee 2014-15'.

Committee minutes online

We're putting committee minutes online now once they've been agreed.  Find them under 'Information', 'Committee minutes'.  They're 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.

Secretary's contact details

Grant, our Hon Sec, can be called on 01422 379683.  His email remains 

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

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 01706378386. And many thanks to Joan for her years of terrific service to the club.

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
Tuesday Handicaps: win a coconut!
Tuesday Handicaps: win a coconut!

On Tuesday afternoon 3 February - lift those Winter Blues and


The winning pair will receive a Coco nut apiece!  Freshly picked from the outer islands!

The funfair starts at 1-15 and is open to all twizzlers past and present!!

We have had leeks and turnips in the past, but this is your winter treat, a real taste of the caribbean.

Non twizzlers can apply to the handicap committee if they wish to enter.

Find a partner

The committee is starting a partner finding system and in the first instance this will operate by telephone. Edward Lea will be the focal point on the following numbers.


01422322829 or 07990 970993


If you are looking for an ad hoc partner for Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings please telephone Edward to see if anyone else has been in touch. He will then offer you any telephone numbers he has been given. If you use the answer phone please leave your telephone numbers.


Let us hope that it works and helps our members. The committee will monitor the system to see if it can be improved in any way.

Individual competition (Clarice Sutcliffe) Weds 11 Feb

Wednesday 11 February @ 7pm (Members only)

Please note the new date of this event. Those wishing to participate should put their names on the entry list displayed on the club noticeboard from 8 January onward. This list will close at 8pm on Thursday 5 February.

For this competition, only basic Acol and some simple conventional bids will be permitted. For further details, consult the club noticeboard or speak to Andrew Mitchell or Liz Bailey.

Improvers' classes
Improvers' classes

The third course of 'Bridge for All' for regular players looking to progress their bridge - Develop your Defence - began on Thursday January 8th.  Mick Clark is accredited as a Professional Bridge Teacher by the EBU. 

Do contact Mick for more information if you're interested on 01484 713677, or by email to  He will of course also be playing regularly at the club.


Friday afternoons

Winter is icumen in, and Friday sessions are ending for now after Friday 28th November.  Many thanks to Robert and Irene Johnston for all their hard work.  Watch this space in Spring for new buds!

Children in Need

We had a lively evening in aid of Children in Need on Tuesday 11 November.  Go to the ecats website ( to see how our results compared to the other clubs playing on the same night. 

Parking Arrangements have changed again!

The official parking arragements in the local streets will be pay and display only 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.

Hosted sessions

 Friday bridge sessions, generally run by Irene Johnston (phone 01422 347775), are hosted, with advice and discussion as necessary.  When in operation (currently off during winter months) they're aimed at learners, beginners and those who have not played for a bit.

Tuesday afternoon sessions are also hosted: they're relaxed and open to learners and beginners.  Wednesday nights are EBU-scoring, but you're welcome to turn up then without a partner and be sure of a game.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings are not being hosted at present, owing to too few volunteer 'hosts' during the trial period, but we hope to return to the possibility in mid-2015.

Beginners classes begin September 2014
Beginners classes begin September 2014
The next Beginners' Course will start on Tuesday 2nd September at 7.00pm. Fully-qualified EBU Professional Bridge tutor Mick Clark is running them, as ever.  There 's already lots of interest but Mick still has a few places left.  Phone him on

01484 713677, or email for further details of this and other courses.

29th January 2015
Thursday Evening Pairs
Director: RJ
28th January 2015
Wednesday evening pairs (unfinished)
27th January 2015
Tuesday Afternoon Pairs
Director: GGW
Scorer: SC
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