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Hector Barker Pivot Teams scheduled for Sun 8 April has been cancelled.

Madeleine Berney Swiss Pairs Sun 6 May  1:30pm at Brierfield BC


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Archives 2017
LCBA Butler Pairs Cancellation (Sun Jan 22 2017)

The LCBA Buitler Pairs scheduled for Sunday Jan 22 has been cancelled due to lack of entries along with some organisational problems.

Preston Blue Pointed Teams 15th Jan 2017

In the Preston Blue Pointed Teams on 10th January, winners were Peter Richmond, Roger Allison, Glen Oliver and Andrew Holborn on 142 VPs out of 200. Second were Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock and Bill Carr and Maureen McConkey.  This well supported event had the maximum capacity 11 teams. Full results are on the Preston Bridge Club site.

Ewart Evans

We are sad to learn of the death of Ewart Evans. He was a member of many bridge clubs including Blackburn and Bolton over the years and had many successes in local Lancashire and other events. Despite longstanding health problems, he was the most kind, cheerful, courteous, good humoured and friendly player at the table always ready to acknowledge a good play by the opponents and always helpful to other players where needed. He will be sadly missed. The funeral is 2:30pm Wednesday 1st February at Howe Bridge Crematorium, Lovers Lane, Manchester M46 0PZ.

Stratified Simultaneous Pairs Monday 13th March 2017

Preston club will be holding this event, which is scored within four rankings all across the country
A  One or both members of the pair are above tournament master
B  Both members of the pair are below tournament master
C  Both members of the pair are below master
D  Both members of the pair are below district master
So you can compare your score with lots of people across the country and receive Blue points and local points accordingly
Table money for the night will be £5.00 members £6.00 visitors
Preston BC can only take 12 tables so please enter before the event to avoid disappointment
Contact Gill Armstrong phone 01772 465699 phone or text 07920859525 Email

LCBA Championship Pairs

There were 24 pairs at Blackburn for the LCBA Championship Pairs. The final was won by M Tomlinson/N Sutcliffe, with J Brearley/R Shine second, P Worswick/D Hammonds third and P & H Williams fourth. They will represent LCBA in the Corwen at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport on the 10th/11th June 2017. The Consolation Final was won by B & L Wattleworth.
Full details on Results page.


LCBA Teams of 8 12 Feb 2017

LCBA had 8 Teams in the annual Teams of 8 held at Bury Atahaneum on 12th Feb 2017. Winners were Preston BC (JM Brearley/A Lum, D Hilton/D Fazackerley, M Tomlinson/N Sutcliffe, C Mitchell/B Alston) on 104VPs. Second were Bolton A, third Southport. Full deatils (including Ximps) are in the results section on this Lancashire website. Preston will represent Lancashire in the Garden Cities Regional Final on Sat 6th May at Bradford BC..

Manchester GP Swiss Pairs at Altrincham 4thMarch2017
Manchester GP Swiss Pairs at Altrincham 4thMarch2017

There was a full house at Altrincham on Saturday 4th March where fifty one pairs competed in the Swiss Pairs.  Congratulations to the joint winners Jeff Smith/Alan Nelson and Marianne Farr/John Morrell who were ahead of Kath Nelson/Jeff Morris in third place. Sue Woodcock and Stuart Clarke finished 7th. The Ascenders Prize was won by Barrie and Julia Newall. Full results to follow.

Mersyside GP Swiss Teams at Deva 5th March 2017
Mersyside GP Swiss Teams at Deva 5th March 2017

Congrats to Andrew Petrie who was in the winning team with Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper and Nicola Smith at the Merseyside GP Teams at Deva, There were 15 teams. Bill/Liz Wattleworth, Anthony Butler and Glen Oliver finished 6th.

Hubert Phillips Bowl Finalists 2016-17

Congratulations to the team of Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, John Holland and Alan Mould and semifinal substitute Rhona Goldenfield in reaching the Hubert Philips Bowl Final. The Hubert Philips Bowl is the mixed teams-of-four championships of England, named after the former EBU chairman, Hubert Phillips. They beat the Hinden team in the semi final, with Rhona playing as substitute as Jackie was recovering from a recent operation, They will play the winners of the other semi final between Sally Brocks team and Michael Byrnes team. 

Hector Barker Cancellation

Please note that the Hector Barker Swiss Pivot Teams scheduled for Sun 26th March has been cancelled due to lack of entries.

Martin Braid Pivot teams
Martin Braid Pivot teams

Jackie Pye, Jeff Smith playing with John Holland and Alan Mould won the Martin Braid Pivot teams charity event at held at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday 2nd 2017. There were 16 teams at the event with around £500 raised for the British Heart Foundation charity, Full results on the Manchester Bridge Club website. Kath Nelson and Alan Mould spoke of their fond memories of Martin Braid and thanks were given to Sue Braid for her generous support for this event.

LCBA Teams of 4 Final 24th April 2017

The LCBA Teams of 4 has reached the Final stage between P Hepworth's team (R Bentley, B Ripley, K Renno) and Sue Woodcock's team (N Woodcock, B Carr, S Clarke). The Final will be played on Monday 24th April 2017.

Northern Easter Bridge Festival 14-16 April 2017

The Northern Easter Bridge Festival was held at Ilkley on the weekende 14th-16th April. Lancashire successes included Open Pairs - Jeff Smith with John Holland of Manchester winning, Swiss Pairs - Nick & Sue Woodcock finished 2nd, Brian Irlam & Nihar Mitra 5th and Jeff & Ann Wilkins 6th,  Swiss Teams - Michael Tomlinson & Linda Smith, Jeff & Ann Wilkins finishing 2nd in the Swiss Teams.

Manchester Higson Cup 23 April 2017
Manchester Higson Cup 23 April 2017

Jeff Smith along with Manchester players Irving Blakey, Dave Barton & Leslie Klein won the annual Manchester Teams of 4 Higson Cup on Sunday 23rd April at Manchester BC.

LCBA Teams of 4 Winners 2016-17

The LCBA Teams of 4 competition has been won by Sue Woodcocks team (Nick Woodcock, Bill Carr & Stuart Clarke). They beat Paul Hepworth's team,(Rick Bentley, Ken Renno & Brian Ripley) by 41 Imps in the final. They will represent LCBA in the Pachabo Cup on the 10th/11th June at the Mercure Hotel, Daventry.

Madeleine Berney 30th april 2017

The results for the Madeleine Berney Trophy held at Briefield BC on Sunday 30th April are shown on this website.Winners were Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, with second equal George Bak and Steve Blackburn and John Dearing/Jeremy Stanforth. The LCBA commitee is aware that there was some disruption with the scoring on the day and that one less swiss pairs round was played. It apologises for the inconvenience and as compensation, LCBA will be offereing £2 discount on next years competition entry to the participants in this years comepetition.

Blackburn Open Swiss Pairs 14th May 2017
Blackburn Open Swiss Pairs 14th May 2017

Congratulations to Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith on winning the annual Blackburn Open Swiss Pairs event. Second were John Brearley and Andrew Lum, and third Jacqueline Wright and Barry Brelsford. Thank you to all club members who helped to ensure that the day was a success, especially to Annabel and the catering team for the superb buffet meal. Full results on Blackburn Bridge Club site.

Lancashire CBA AGM 15thMay2017 at Bolton BC

Monday 15 May 2017 7.30pm

at Bolton Bridge Club

The AGM will take place on Monday 15th May at 7:30pm at Bolton Bridge Club. We would encourage all members to attend and have a say in the running of bridge in Lancashire. If you have  a specific issue you want to raise at the meeting, you can Email the secretary John Brearley by May 1st and he will put it on the Agenda. The agenda and accounts for the meeting will be sent to all clubs before the meeting and published on the website. Nominations and Proposals should be sent to the Secretary John Brearley by 1st May 2017 at 

Pachabo 2017

The LCBA Team of Nick & Sue Woodcock, Stuart Clarke & Bill Carr led for a significant part of the weekend EBU Pachabo Cup competition held at the Mercure Hotel, Daventry.
They ended 8th in the Final positions. Full details on the EBU site.

East Lancs Bridge League

In the East Lancs Bridge League, the winners of both the League and Sarker Cup was Dave Pendlebury's team (Pauline Holden, John & Judy Brearley). The Lawrenson Salver was won by Wynn Sutherlands team (Sue Whittam, Irene Bowers,Barbara Heaton)

Fylde League

The Fylde league 2016-17 is now complete. Division 1 was won by Preston with runners up Bolton, Division 2 by Bolton B with Lytham A second, Division 3 by Lytham B with Clifton A second and Division D by Bolton D with Chorley B second. Full details on Fylde League site at:

Northern Bridge League Match 1 8Jul2017

The Lancashire A Team finished 3rd, B Team finished 4th, C Team finished 2nd in the first set of NBL matches this season. Best pairs on Ximps were Croz Croswell/Degsy Williams (5th) and John Brearley/Ross Shine (7th) in the A Division, Bill Carr/Stuart Clarke (4th) in the B Divsion and Barry Brelsford/Jacquline Wright (8th) and Les Hoy/Keith Stewart (10th) in the C Division.

EastBourne Summer Seniors 9Jul2017

Well done to Nick & Sue Woodcock who finished 2nd in the Eastbourne Summer Senior Teams playing with the Chris and Helen Kinloch.

Presidents Cup 2017

Lancashire finished 3rd behind Manchester and Yorkshire in the annual Presidents Cup Team of 8 held at Manchester on 15/16 July 2017. The team was Nick / Sue Woodcock, Jeff Smith / Jackie Pye. John Morrell / Marianne Farr and Austin Barnes / Stuart Norris (Sat only) Mike Nicholson / Des King (Sun only). Best pairs were Austin/Stuart 4rd, Jeff/Jackie 6th and John/Marianne 8th on the Butlers. Further details at.

Michelle Brunner Pivot Teams

Congratulations to Marianne Farr and John Morrell who won the annual Michelle Brunner Pivot Teams playing with Peter Jones & Jim Luck.
There were 21 teams at the event which was held at Manchester BC and over £2000 was raised for Christe Hospital charity.

LCBA Plate Final

The LCBA Plate Final was won by Andrew Petries team (A Holborn, A Lum & D Costich) who beat Michael Tomlinson's team by 23 Imps in the Final.

Preston Blue Pointed Pairs 6Aug2017

Well done to Dave Hammonds and Paul Worswick who won the Preston Blue Pointed Event on Sunday August 6th. Don Hilton were 3rd and Michael Tomlinson & Linda Smith were 5th. There were 26 pairs on the day. Full results on Preston BC website.


Lancashire v Cumbria 13 Aug 2017

Cumbria beat Lancashire by 96 Imps in the annual match for the Pearse McNamara Trophy played at Lytham BC. Full details in the results section.

NBL Match 2 19thAugust2017

All the Lancashire teams performed well in the NBL Match 2 to leave them well placed at the halfway stage of the NBL Season. The A Team finished 3rd to leave them 4rd in the overall Table but only 9 VPs behind the top teams. The B Team were 2nd and currently lie 2nd in thee overall Table only 1 VP behind the leaders. The C Team also were 2nd and currently lie 2nd in the overall C Division. The best CrossImps were A Team Bill Alston/Colin Mitchell 4th, Jeff Smith/Marrianne Farr 6th, B Team Andrew Lum/David Costich 4th, Brian Riply/Barrie Newall 7th, C Team Jeremy Stanforth/John Dearing 6th, Alan Crabtree/David Spencer 7th. Full results on NBL Site.

Northern Bridge League Match 3 9Sep2017
The third round (of four) of the Northern League was played on Saturday 9th September at Bradford, Keighley and Brierfield for the A, B and C teams respectively.

In the A division,Lancashire,finished first on the day and moved into first equal position overall.  Cros Croswell/Degsy Williams headed the CrossImps Table with Paul Hepworth/Rick Bentley in 4th and Don Hilton/Dagmar Fazackerley in 6th place.
In the B division, Lancashire finished fifth equal and now lie second overall.  Tony Wilkinson/Stuart Challinor were 3rd, Brian Ripley/Barrie Newall were 8th in the CrossImps Table.

In the C division, Lancashire finished fifth and now lie fourth overall. Barry Brelsford/Jacqueline Wrght were the highest pair on 7th in the CrossImps Table.

LCBA MIxed Pairs 17Sep2017
LCBA MIxed Pairs 17Sep2017

This years event wa held at Poulton Bridge with 11 tables as an all play all competition. Winners were John Halliwell & Linda Smith, second Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye, third John & Judy Brearley. Full Ranks and details in results section.

Lancashire Teams of Four

Just a reminder that entry to the LCBA Teams of 4 Cup (& Plate) competition closes on September 30 2017. Entries including £28 fee to Jeff Smith, 28 Windsor Road,Prestwich,Manchester M25 0FF

Teams shall have four, five or six players only four of whom may play in any one match. All must be paid-up EBU members with primary allegiance to Lancashire. Members may be added to a team, free of charge, at any time prior to the final round and subject to a maximum team of six. No player may represent more than one team in the competition. This is a green pointed event; points will be awarded to the winners of each match.The overall winners will hold the Blackburn Bridge Club Cup for one year. Teams losing their first match will be entered into a Plate competition run on similar lines to the main event but with a 24 board final.The Cup winners, or failing them the runners-up, are eligible to represent Lancashire in the Pachabo Cup. Their entry fee will be paid but they will be expected to pay any other expenses which may be incurred.

NBL Match 4 7th Oct 2017

The final round of NBL matches were played yesterday.

A Team finished 4th with the best pairs Barnes/Norris 6th, Shine/Brearley 9th, Smith /Pye 12th in the Ximps.
B Team finished 3rd with the best pairs Wilkins 5th, Wilkinson/Challinor 9th in the Ximps
C Team finished 4th with the best pairs Hoy/Apfel 5th, Calloway/Clarkson 10th in the XImps

In the NBL Final Table, Lancs A finished 2nd, Lancs B finished 2nd. Lancs C finsihed 5th

The full final results are on the NBL website.

NWBA Swiss Pairs 8Oct17

Congrats to Sue Woodcock and Stuart Clarke in winning the NWBA Swiss Pairs at Mold on 8th October. Full Results at N Wales Bridge website.

Haley Cup 2017

The 2017 Haley Cup goes to Degsy Williams and Cros Croswell. This Cup was donated in 2013 by Steve Haley's widow Shirley and will be awarded each year for the best performing pairs in the NBL A Division based on the CrossImps from at least two appearances. Degsy and Cros finished 4th in Match 1 and 1st in Match 3.The previous winners were Degsy Wiliams & Cros Croswell (2013), Austin Barnes & Stuart Norris (2014) and Bill Alston & Colin Mitchell (2015), Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye (2016).

Northern Bridge League Review Meeting 26Oct17

The annual review meeting for the Northern Bridge League took place in Bradford on Thursday 26th October.
The dates and provisional venues for 2018 are on the NBL website.