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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 was held on the evening of 12th May 2015. There was an excellent turn-out for a well managed event. Minutes and details of the new committee will be posted soon.

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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13th May 2015 10:37 BST
Committee minutes
27th Apr 2015 17:23 BST
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 for 2015 are due for payment now. The rate has been kept as before and represents very good value at £10-00 per member and £5-00 for juniors. Members wishing to pay should speak to Edward Lea or pop the money/cheque into an envelope and leave it with the Director of the session. 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

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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

 Congratulations to June and Ken, winners of the handicap held on the 12 May. They received a bottle of sparkling wine for their efforts.   The June handicap, (the famous Middleton Plate), will take place as close as possible to the longest day, which is the 23 June.  As usual, this will be hosted and visitors and beginners are most welcome, (as they are on any Tuesday afternoon). The handicap sheet is on the notice board for inspection. 


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.

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.

28th May 2015
Thursday evening pairs
Director: Michael
Scorer: Gordon
27th May 2015
wednesday evening pairs
Director: RJ
Scorer: bb
26th May 2015
Tues after
Director: GGW
Scorer: GGW
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