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Sun 2nd Dec 2018 Lytham Rose Bowl 1:30pm at Lytham BC
£20 per person (inc meal) Entries to Jeremy Stanforth Email

Sat 15 Dec 2018 Preston Christmas Swiss Pairs + Buffet 3pm start 7 x 5 round
Entries to Catherine Draper  Email:
Tel: 01772 815255 Mobile: 07734 053494

Sun 20th Jan 2019  Blue Pointed Butler Pairs at Preston BC 11:00am start £10 per player.
 Entries to: Jeff Smith. Email:

Sun 3rd Feb 2019 LCBA Championship Pairs at Bolton BC 1:30pm start £20 per player inc meal.  Entries to Mike Tomlinson Tel: 07391 468820  Email:


Lancashire has a bridge club in most of its major towns. Several clubs have a host system to ensure you can get a game. Contact details and club times are on the Clubs page though its sensible to check before attending a new club. Clubs with beginners and intermediate classes are also listed on the Clubs page. The website has details of forthcoming competitions and results. If your club is not affiliated you may become a direct member of the EBU. This entitles you to play in all Lancashire competitions, be eligible for Lancashire Teams, and attend all Lancashire Council Meetings

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Welcome to Lancashire Contract Bridge Association
Council Meeting 26Nov18

At the recent LCBA Council Meeting, it was agreed to keep the Pay To Play County session charge at 2p which is still one of the lowest in the Country. The club levy used for many years as a player charge has been abolished, the fee for direct members affiliating to LCBA remains at £4. The affiliation fee (for those whose primary affiliation is to another county) will be £2 - currently applies to LCBA Mixed Pairs or Hector Barker Pairs).

The new Selection committee is Jeff Smith, John Brearley, Barry Brelsford & Mike Tomlinson and we are looking for new pairs to make themeselves known to the Selection committee if they wish to be considered for County matches. The Haley Trophy, awarded to the pair with the best results in the A Team NBL matches, was won by Paul Hepworth and Rick Bentley.

Lytham Rose Bowl Sunday 2nd December 2018 1:30pm

The Lytham Rose Bowl will take place on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 1:30pm. This is a two-session LCBA all-play-all pairs event. The entry fee is £20 per person which includes a meal provided at half time. If you are interested in playing in the event, please visit the Lytham Bridge Club website which contains a link to the entry form.

Jeremy Stanforth (Secretary)
Lytham Bridge Club
4a Pembroke Road
Lytham St Annes


Tollemache Cup

The Lancashire team failed to qualify for the Tollemache Final in the qualifier held at Daventry over the weekend. Nick/Sue Woodcock were the only pair with a positive CrossImp score at the end. Full results available on the EBU website.

Preston Christmas Swiss Pairs Sat 15Dec18 3pm

Preston BC is holding a Christmas Swiss pairs on 15 December 2018 with a 3pm start.
Click here for an entry form
Open to all EBU Members, Christmas buffet after 4 matches (7 x 5 board matches), Bring your own wine/beer

Entry Fee   £30 per pair
Entries to:  Catherine Draper, Rose Cottage, 179 Chapel Rd, Hesketh Bank PR4 6SA
Tel: 01772 815255 Mobile: 07734 053494

27/28 Oct LCBA Congress Pairs (Brierfield) Teams (Bolton)

The LCBA Congress was held on Sat/Sun 27/28 October 2018 with the Pairs run by Rob Turner on the Saturday at Brierfield, Teams run by Neil Morley on the Sunday at Bolton.

There were excellent attandances at both events largely due to the sterling efforts of our new Tournament Secretary, Mike Tomlinson. The pairs was won by Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke, with Jeff Smith & Andrew Petrie second, Roger Allison &Ppeter Richmond third. The teams was won convincingly by Mike Nicholson & Des King, Stuart Norris & Rod Greenhalgh, with Dave Edwards & Gillian Jones, Gareth Thomas & David Burrows in second place. There were 18 tables at the pairs, 14 Tables at the teams.

NBL Match 4 6Oct2018

The final round of NBL matches for the 2018 season was played on the 6th October at Bolton (A), Bradford (B), Leeds (C). The A team finished last, the B team finished 2nd and the C team won on the day. The Final positions leave the A team 5th (of 6), the B team 3rd (of 8) and the C team (3rd) of 8. Full details as usual available on the NBL site

Dimmie Fleming Award - Jacqueline Wright
We are delighted to announce the succesful acceptance of Jacqueline Wright for a Dimmie Fleming Award. This award is for people who have retired from an official role but have worked hard and tirelessly in the promotion of bridge and made a significant contribution. Jacqueline was the Lancashire County Tournament Secretary for many many years aand with some health problems only stepped down from the role this year.

The awards will be presneted at the EBU AGM in London on Wednesday 28th November or a suitable venue of the recipients choice by a local official at a bridge club, a County AGM meeting or an EBU congress/competition.

Tollemache Qualifier Selection

The selectors have chosen the following team to represent Lancashire in the Tollemache Qualifier: Rick Bentley & Paul Hepworth John Brearley & Ross Shine Croz Croswell & Derek Williams Jackie Pye & Jeff Smith (Capt) Nick & Sue Woodcock The event is being held over the weekend of 17/18 November 2018 at the: Staverton Estate Hotel, Daventry Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 6JT

LCBA Mixed Pairs 23Sep2018
LCBA Mixed Pairs 23Sep2018

There were 13 Tables at the LCBA Mixed Pairs held at Poulton BC and ably run by Ken Johnston. The winners were Ian Kane & Barbara Eastabrook, with Stuart Clarke & Sue Woodcock second, Nick Woodcock & Sue Fortoft third. First Session prize went to Charrlie Colson & Roz Halliwell and second session to Ian Mckenna & Barbara Cain..

NBL Match 3 22Sep2018

The third round of NBL matches for the 2018 season were played on the 22nd September at Bradford (A,B), Keighley (C). The A team finished 2nd (of 6) on 54 VPs. The B team finished 3rd (of 8) on 84 VPs and the C team finished 6th (of 8) on 64 VPs thus moving to third position overall. Full details as usual available on the NBL site

Cumbria/Westmorland Congress 15/16 Sep 2018

The annual Cumbria/Westmoreland Congress was held on the 15-16 September 2018 at the Castle Green Hotel. The teams was won by Mike Tomlinson & Bob Loveridge, Jeff & AnnWilkins (pictured Jeff,Mike,Ann,Bob). John & Judy Brearley finished second in the Swiss Pairs. Full results on Cumbria website.

Cumbria/Westmorland Congress 15/16 Sep 2018
LCBA Team of 4 2018 Competition

We are now taking entries for the LCBA Teams of 4 Knockout 2018-19 competition. There is a Cup competition and consolation Plate competition for first round losers. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and runners-up in the Cup competition and the winners of the Plate Competition. The Cup winners will be entitled to represent Lancashire in the Pachabo Cup on 9th/10th June 2019. You can register your entry with Jeff Smith at or with the Treasurer Barry Brelsford Send an entry cheque £28 payable to LCBA direct to Mr. B.Brelsford, 13 Windsor Lodge, Windsor Road, Andsell, Lytham FY8 1XU. Closing date for entries September 30 2018.

NBL Match 2 11 August 2018

The second round of NBL matches for the 2018 season were played on the 11th August at Bradford (A,C),Leeds (B). The A team finished 6th (of 6) on 25 VPs. The B team finished 5th (of 8) on 61 VPs and the C team finished 2nd (of 8) on 79 VPs thus retaining their 2nd position overall. Full details as usual available on the NBL site

County Club Challenge 11Aug2018
County Club Challenge 11Aug2018

On Saturday 11th August Preston Bridge Club hosted the County Club Challenge. This is a new event designed for players with an NGS of 10 or below. It was a  great success everyone had a good time and an enjoyable game of bridge. The winners were Lynda Grundy and Sheila Nolan from Oakfield Bridge Club. Full results on our results page.


East Lancashire Bridge League

The East Lancs Bridge League season recommences at the end of August and welcomes any new team to enter the League. It currently has two Divisions with about 5 teams in each so each team plays 4 matches in the season. Players not affiliated to the EBU are still eligible to enter the League. There is an associated optional Cup knockout competition (Sarker Cup).

The League secretary is Chris Pickup Email and further details can be found at:  East Lancashire Bridge League Website

Scarborogh Multiple Teams 26July2018

Well done to Jackie Pye along with John Holland, Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst who won the Scarborough Multiple Teams held on 26th July2018 in the Scarborough Congress.

Manchester GP Teams 22July2018
Manchester GP Teams 22July2018

There was a full house at Altrincham for the Manchester Green Point Teams on Sunday 22nd July, including visitors from the US and Australia.  The winners were the Southport team of Roger Allison, Peter Richmond, Bill & Liz Wattleworth who won their last two matches against illustrious opposition to finish ahead of Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Joy & Irving Blakey, with Karen McCallum, Axel Johannsson, Alan Mould and Michael Newman third. Detailed results are on the Altrincham and Manchester Bridge Club web sites.

Michelle Brunner Charity Memorial 21July2018
Michelle Brunner Charity Memorial 21July2018

The annual Michelle Brunner Charity Memorial in aid of Christies and St Anns Hospice was held on 21st July 2018 and raised around £1800. The winners on the day were Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, John Holland & Alan Mould. There were 16 teams taking part. Full results on Manchester Bridge Club website

NBL Match 1 July 14 2018

The first round of NBL matches for the 2018 season were played on the 14th July at Sheffield (A), Bradford (B) and Keighley (C). The A team finished 3rd (of 6) on 63 VPs behind Manchester (68) and Yorkshire (64), The B team finished 5th (of 8) on 71 VPs and the C team finished 2nd (of 8) on 92 VPs just behind Manchester C1 on 94 VPs.Full details as usual available on the NBL site

Presidents Cup 30 June/1 July 2018
Presidents Cup 30 June/1 July 2018

Well played the Lancashire team that were declared winners on the day of the annual Presidents Cup on 30June/1 July 2018 held at the East Midlands Bridge Club at Derby. The competition is for North Western Counties Teams of 8, and this year there were 8 teams taking part (Hereford, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, Manchester A, Manchester B and North Wales). Full results will be available in the results section. The picture shows David Stevenson presenting the Lancashire team with the Cup - left to right:   Degsy Williams, Sue Woodcock, Stuart Clarke, Jeff Smith, John Brearley, Jackie Pye, Ross Shine, Cros Croswell, David Stevenson (TD). Lancashire last won the Cup in 2008 when it was held at Poulton BC.

LCBA Competitions

LCBA Competitions for the 2018/19 season are listed below.
More details and Entry Form on the Competition Entry Details page.

Mixed Pairs Sun 23 Sep 2018 1:30pm Poulton £20 pp/meal
Knockout Teams of 4 By 30 Sep 2018 £28 pt
Congress Swiss Pairs Sat 27 Oct 2018 1:30pm Brierfield £27 pp/meal
Congress Swiss Teams Sun 28 Oct 2018 1:30pm Bolton £27 pp/meal

Butler Pairs
(Blue Pointed:EBU members only)

Sun 20 Jan 2019 11:00am Preston £10 pp
Championship Pairs Sun 3 Feb 2019 1:30pm Bolton £20 pp/meal
Club Teams of 8 Sun 24 Feb 2019 11am Bury £48 pt
Madeleine Berney Sun 5 May 2019 1:30pm Brierfield £20 pp/meal


Sun 16th December 2018
Santa Claus Pairs
Manchester BC
Fri 28th December 2018
Northern Year End Congress
Sat 29th December 2018
Northern Year End Congress
Sun 30th December 2018
Northern Year End Congress
Sat 5th January 2019
Manchester Congress
Victoria and Albert Hotel
Sun 6th January 2019
Manchester Congress
Victoria and Albert Hotel
Mon 7th January 2019
British Winter Sim Pairs
Tue 8th January 2019
British Winter Sim Pairs
Wed 9th January 2019
British Winter Sim Pairs
Thu 10th January 2019
British Winter Sim Pairs
Sun 13th January 2019
Preston BC Teams
Preston BC
Sat 19th January 2019
EBU National P A B Teams
Sun 20th January 2019
Butler Pairs
Preston BC 11:00am
Entry 10. Bring your own food.
Director: Jeff Smith
Sun 20th January 2019
EBU National P A B Teams
Sat 26th January 2019
Chester Congress
Deva BC