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Welcome to Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society
Visitors are always welcome
Visitors are always welcome

Welcome to the Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society web site.  The club meets for duplicate bridge every Thursday afternoon at the Henfield Hall, Henfield.  Click "information" for a  map and details.  Visitors are always welcome, even to club competition sessions.  Join us for a competitive, friendly game of bridge on Thursday afternoons. We look forward to seeing you.

A.G.M. March 8 2018

Our A.G.M.on 8 March was attended by a good gathering of 32 members, hopefully most of whom will be playing regularly to make a field of 7 or 8 tables in place of the 4 or 5 that we have had sometimes recently.  

Following Jo's  retirement from the chair I have reluctantly taken on the role, a post which I last held in the late 70s/early 80s.  I say reluctantly as we hope that someone else will come forward next year.  This also applies to the society secretaryship which, in the absence of any offer, Sue has even more reluctantly agreed to carry on for just one more year - our particular thanks are due to her for the work she does and the support she provides. 

Hugh is, again reluctantly, continuing his efficient stewardshipof H.D.B.S finances, for which we are very grateful, and we are delighted to welcome new blood as Hazel David has joined the committee.  We also welcome other offers of help at our duplicate sessions from non-committee members, and we hope you will continue to assist the director throughout the year,especially with setting up and clearing away at the end of the afternoon.


Bill Starr

 We learn that Bill Starr, the founder of Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society, has died recently in a nursing home in Wolverhampton, aged 87.  His funeral was on Wednesday 14 March. He had been independent and active until about 6 months ago. Bill founded the Henfield Candles, at one time the largest bridge event in Sussex Bridge, and returned a few years ago to play in the 40th running of the event.

Bill lived and played duplicate bridge at Burgess Hill, but in the early 1970s came to Henfield once a week to play rubber bridge ( for 1/2d a hundred ) at the Henfield Bridge Club, which met in the Upper Room at The George Hotel. I played there frequently with him and when The Henfield Hall opened in October 1974, Bill offered to start duplicate bridge lessons at the Hall. Some 70 people signed up for those lessons and classes were run at the Hall, on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

These lessons evolved into regular duplicate bridge on Monday and Wednesday evenings and the Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society was formed in the Spring of 1976, with Bill as its first chairman. The first Henfield Candles Swiss Teams bridge tournament was held in 1976 with 44 teams competing, and local members doing the catering. The tournament grew and one year reached a peak of 62 teams of 4, and that was before the Hall extension was built. In those days Henfield heats of county competitions sometimes attracted up to 15 tables in play, a far cry from today's world of duplicate bridge.

Bill is remembered by older HDBS and SCCBA members with both affection and gratitude.

                                                                                                                                                    PETER J BATES

Mid Sussex Teams of Eight

This event took place at the West Sussex Bridge Club on Sunday afternoon Feb 11th.    Six teams entered.  They were  West Sussex, Thakeham,Pulborough, Crawley, Henfield and Lewes.  Peter Bates was director and our team was Peter and Jo Jewson, Lynne Spooner and Sue Howley,  Angela Burgess and Sue Cottrell and Howard Da Vall and David Pickford.  After an excellent afternoon's play West Sussex came first with 70 points and Henfield came second with 39 points.   So well done the Henfield team.

New Parking Regulations

From 1st April 2017 Horsham District Council will be charging for car parking in their car parks. These include the Henfield Hall car park and the Henfield Library car park.  I have summarised the charges as they will affect you, the bridge club users.

Short stay infrequent users will pay £1.50 for a maximum stay of four hours.  This will have to be paid by cash, card or phone at a machine in the car park.  

Short stay regular users can purchase an annual disc.  This costs £12 and entitles the holder to use the car park for the maximum stay period of four hours per visit.

The second option is the one we hope our regular members will take up as it is very cheap  (only 23pence a week).  The discs are available from H.D.C. and you can apply for them by phone.     Discs are not vehicle specific and can be shared with visitors, carers et al and used in any of the participating rural car parks. Just check on the maximum hours allowed in other areas.  It is not always the same as Henfield.     

Need A Partner?

If You are looking for a partner, then ask Jo. She'll try and match you up. Please phone her on 01273 492251 giving her as much notice as possible.


We ask all members to be seated by 1:55 p.m. so that play can start promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Adur Valley Bridge Clubs

Click here for your quick link to clubs at
Keymer, Storrington, Shoreham & Partridge Green

Useful contacts

Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society - Please email Jo Jewson
Sussex County Contract Bridge Assoc.
English Bridge Union
The Henfield Hall