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Halifax Bridge Club
 
Club details

The address of the club is:-

44 Prescott Street,

Halifax

HX1 2QW

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

Contacts:

Hon Sec: Mr Grant Ward

01422 379683

grantgward@gmail.com 

website queries: alanpmcd@gmail.com
 
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Committee 2015-16

Full details of the committee, and who's doing what, can be found under 'Information', 'Committee 2015-16'.

Committee minutes

The approved Committee meeting minutes for 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

Bill and Stephanie Binns have taken on the role of arranging flowers and cards for our members. If you are aware of anyone who might appreciate a token of kindness, please let Bill or Stephanie know. 

 

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 three teams of eight players that compete during the Winter months in the Yorkshire Sunday League.

AGM

 The AGM will take place on the 10th May starting at 6-45pm in the main playing area. The agenda and associated paperwork will be emailed to all members a fortnight beforehand, and hard copies will be available in the club for those without an email address. Items to be considered for the agenda need to be submitted by email or letter to Hon Sec six weeks before the due date.  There will be vacancies on the committee which need to be filled and the appropriate notice will be put on the  board  6 weeks prior to the AGM.  Members are reminded that all submissions for the committee must be proposed and seconded. 

Beginners and Improvers classes 2016
Beginners and Improvers classes 2016
 A new course of 'Improver' classes will begin on Thursday 5th May.  This is a great opportunity for all bridge players to brush up on both bidding and card play.
 
The provisional time and date for the start of the next Beginners Course is 7pm on Tuesday the 6th of September 2016.
As usual these coursest will be run by fully-qualified EBU Professional Bridge tutor Mick Clark.  He can be contacted on 07927 409142, or email mclark2@gmail.com for further details of this and other courses.
2016/17 Yorkshire League

The number of teams for next seasons Sunday League needs to be submitted to YCBA in May. If you are interested in playing (either regularly or as an occasional reserve), please put your name on the notice in the club or speak to Liz Bailey. Details of the 2016/17 dates, fixtures and format can be found here (Format 2016/17).

Thursday morning social bridge

The "new" session  held on Thursday mornings is settling in nicely and will now become a regular feature of the club.  It starts at 10.00am and finishes at around 12.30pm.  It will always be hosted and is of course open to visitors.  The charge is a very modest £2-50 for members,  and for those who have missed breakfast, tea and toast with a selection of marmalades will be available! Any queries to Hon Sec at Hx 379683.

Hosted sessions

Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning 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.

Friday evenings are hosted.

Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association (YCBA) News

The January edition of the YCBA News bulletin is available to view at http://www.ycba.co.uk/

Facebook
Facebook

We're on Facebook. If you are too, please find us at https://www.facebook.com/Halifaxbridgeclub and 'like' us there. Tell your friends too - especially if they might join or be interested in our lessons.  Thanks to Sherran Edel for setting this up.

Parking Arrangements
Parking Arrangements

The arrangements in the local streets are 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.   Please check the parking signs to be on the safe side.

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.

Members will be aware that we have privileged, free use of some parking spaces in Clare Hall, opposite the club.  However, that use is under threat because of cars not being parked "tight" to the wall and obstructing the road to residents.  Members are asked to pull in to within a foot of the wall in future, dropping off passengers prior to parking. This concession is invaluable to us and members are asked to comply to safeguard this facility.

Please contact Grant on 379683 with any queries.

Click for the latest results
Find a partner

If you are looking for an ad hoc partner you can now use the web if you are on email.  Go to the link in the left-hand menu. Members on email should have received an email explaining how to log in, and their password. If you have any difficulty, contact Alan on alanpmcd@gmail.com

Alternatively, please telephone Edward Lea to see if anyone else has been in touch.  Edward can be contacted on 

01422 322829 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.

Tuesday afternoon Handicaps

The April handicap was won by a very short nose by Barbara and Pat from Richard and Colin.  The winners received a seasonal prize and a ceremonial wine glass.  Runners up received the traditional Easter bunny apiece.  There will not be a handicap in May due to the AGM etc and the prize fund will roll over to the longest day event in June.  This will be a handicap with the famous Middleton Plate as a trophy and associated prizes. Tuesdays and Thursdays are always hosted and visitors are most welcome.  Any enquiries to Hx 379683.

Friday night bridge

Friday evenings at the club have become established for those wishing to improve their bridge in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Recognising their success, the Committee has now drawn up a rota of directors and scorers for future sessions.  You do not need to bring a partner- just turn up for a 7pm start at a cost of only £2-50.  Please speak to Liz (01422 376560) if you have any questions, either as a learner or member wishing to assist.  Alternatively, contact Liz at elizabeth@brooklands5.freeserve.co.uk

Acknowledgement

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.

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 alanpmcd@gmail.com.

Rule changes

There are new Blue and White books from 1 August 2014 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.

Calendar
1st May 2016
Deal cards
2nd May 2016
Mon Eve (Upstairs)
7pm
Director: Stephen
9th May 2016
Mon Eve (Upstairs)
7pm
Director: ?
Results
29th April 2016
Friday night improvers +
Director: Robert
Scorer: Heather
28th April 2016
Thurs morning pairs
Director: GGW
Scorer: GGW
28th April 2016
Thurs eve pairs
Director: michael
Scorer: gordon
Click for the latest results
Find a partner

If you are looking for an ad hoc partner you can now use the web if you are on email.  Go to the link in the left-hand menu. Members on email should have received an email explaining how to log in, and their password. If you have any difficulty, contact Alan on alanpmcd@gmail.com

Alternatively, please telephone Edward Lea to see if anyone else has been in touch.  Edward can be contacted on 

01422 322829 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.

Tuesday afternoon Handicaps

The April handicap was won by a very short nose by Barbara and Pat from Richard and Colin.  The winners received a seasonal prize and a ceremonial wine glass.  Runners up received the traditional Easter bunny apiece.  There will not be a handicap in May due to the AGM etc and the prize fund will roll over to the longest day event in June.  This will be a handicap with the famous Middleton Plate as a trophy and associated prizes. Tuesdays and Thursdays are always hosted and visitors are most welcome.  Any enquiries to Hx 379683.

Friday night bridge

Friday evenings at the club have become established for those wishing to improve their bridge in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Recognising their success, the Committee has now drawn up a rota of directors and scorers for future sessions.  You do not need to bring a partner- just turn up for a 7pm start at a cost of only £2-50.  Please speak to Liz (01422 376560) if you have any questions, either as a learner or member wishing to assist.  Alternatively, contact Liz at elizabeth@brooklands5.freeserve.co.uk

Acknowledgement

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.

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 alanpmcd@gmail.com.

Rule changes

There are new Blue and White books from 1 August 2014 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.

Calendar
1st May 2016
Deal cards
2nd May 2016
Mon Eve (Upstairs)
7pm
Director: Stephen
9th May 2016
Mon Eve (Upstairs)
7pm
Director: ?
Results
29th April 2016
Friday night improvers +
Director: Robert
Scorer: Heather
28th April 2016
Thurs morning pairs
Director: GGW
Scorer: GGW
28th April 2016
Thurs eve pairs
Director: michael
Scorer: gordon