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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. DRAFT minutes are posted under 'Committee Minutes'.

Committee 2015-16

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

Committee minutes

The latest Committee meeting minutes (for 6th July) 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.  We thank Kate for doing this job so well in recent months and wish her well with the relocation.

Recent Updates
Home Page
23rd Jul 2015 12:47 BST
Committee minutes
22nd Jul 2015 17:49 BST
General Information
22nd Jul 2015 17:37 BST
Committee 2015-16
29th May 2015 22:26 BST

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.

Parking Arrangements
Parking Arrangements

Parking charges are being re- introduced in Halifax.  The 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.   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.

Upcoming events

The next major event of the season will be the Taylor Cup Mixed Pairs on Tuesday 4th August.

Other events are listed under 'Programme of Events' in the left hand menu.

Beginners classes begin September 2015
Beginners classes begin September 2015
The next Beginners course will start on Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 7 pm.  The first two classes are free! 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.
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.


Congratulations to Neil Robertshaw and Peter Henning who won the first competition of the season, the Adams Cup Club Pairs.

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.

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
Members' facilities on the website

There are now more facilities on the website for members.  The 'Find a partner' and 'Members only' links in the left-hand menu take you to the new facilities.  Members on email will have received an email explaining how to log in, and their password (which will have been changed, if you already had a password).  Don't hesitate to contact Alan on about any technical difficulties you may have.

Find a partner

If you are looking for an ad hoc partner for Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings you can now use the web if you are on email.  Go to the link in the left-hand menu. If you have any difficulty, email Alan on

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

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.

2015/16 Yorkshire League Fixtures

The fixtures for the forthcoming season can be found here ( 2015/16 fixtures).

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.

Tuesday afternoon Handicaps

The summer solstice handicap was won by Richard and Colin, who collected  the trophy and a winners mug apiece.  Runners up  Judith and Christine received a small bag of nostalgia and both pairs received their awards amidst much applause.  The next handicap will be held on the 4th August and will feature a stunning seasonal prize for the winning pair.  As always this will be hosted and visitors are very welcome.

Improver lessons

Mick Clark started the Year 2 section of his course on Tuesday 2nd June. Mick has joined forces with the Brighouse class and is teaching at alternate venues, starting in Halifax. 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 /

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.

28th July 2015
Tues afternoon pairs
Director: Grant
28th July 2015
Tues evening pairs
Director: Steph
29th July 2015
Wednesday eve pairs
Director: Edward
27th July 2015
Monday Pairs
Director: Steph
Scorer: Steph
24th July 2015
Friday Improvers
Director: Robert
Scorer: Heather Walker
23rd July 2015
Thurs eve pairs
Director: Robert
Scorer: Gordon
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