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Welcome to Minehead Bridge Club. We are a small friendly club and we play duplicate bridge on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the  Minehead Methodist Church Hall (please click on the 'Information" tab in the left hand column for further details). We use Bridge Mates for computerised scoring on both evenings and on Tuesday evenings Master Points are awarded but on Thursdays, when it is a little more relaxed with a mix of beginners and more experienced players, a prize can be won by the winning pair! There is always a spare partner for each evening except for competition nights.Visitors are very welcome to either or both evenings.

Minehead Club -"The Beginnings"

Club of the Month – Minehead

Memories of The Minehead Bridge Club’s beginnings are fading, but as a child I remember my very good bridge player Grandmother telling us about the early days between the two Great Wars when she would go along - walking naturally - to an afternoon’s rubber bridge at The

Wellington Hotel with the Ladies, all dressed up in their finery of course! At the helm in those days was Mrs Perry and membership was by invitation only! During WW2 it all came to an end for a while, but with the return of the men who had learnt our lovely game in The Officer’s Mess, commenced again - with the men invited! The club changed venue to The Red Shoes Dancing Studio but records didn’t begin until 1990 when Cherrie Cooper-Hawken who had been fiercely keeping things in order retired as Club President.

The club had grown under Cherrie’s careful leadership and with her retirement, Frank Taylor who had been the Honorary Secretary since

he moved into the area, became President in 1990. He then insisted on minutes being taken! The club made another move on to The Beach Hotel. Once there, under Franks guidance, it was decided to move into the modern game of Duplicate and eventually we became affiliated to the English Bridge Union. But it was ‘Ssh keep your voice down, we’ve got that board next!’ So along came silent bidders - remember them? - and finally the bidding boxes we all use now. Going from strength to strength, members were playing County events and with the arrival into the area of Kathleen Shrewsbury - soon to become our new Secretary, some were also representing Somerset for Inter-County

events.

But by now the Beach Hotel was too small for a growing membership as Frank, along with David Beach were by now teaching groups and encouraging new inexperienced members into the fold. So on to The Oak Room at The Hobby Horse - too dark - and on to The Northfield Hotel - nice bar! - where we ‘lodged’ for years, with Alice and Peter Jackson by now very much at the helm, until the management decided they required the Conference Room themselves.

We are now very happily settled in The Avenue Methodist Church Hall, playing duplicate bridge on Tuesday and Thursday evenings under the guidance of our trained Directors. Chris Parkin is our current Chairperson, and also teaches Beginners or Improvers from time to time as does Nigel Cox. Our Thursday evenings are non pay-to-play, just a very informal ‘light duplicate’ evening which our less experienced members seem to prefer, and with a £5 prize for coming top! More experienced players are very welcome but are only allowed

the prize once......after that they are handicapped out to enable our less experienced members the chance to win something. With careful guidance and encouragement they are slowly gaining confidence and some are filtering in to play on Tuesday as well.

We have around eighty members, some who are just starting to ‘climb the ladder’ and have just become Local Masters. We cover a huge range of experience, including one member who is a Grand Master which is almost as high as you can go! Our members play for pleasure and some represent the club or themselves in County Events, and some play for the County and some in National Events.

We are a friendly bunch, always happy to welcome anyone into our club. There is usually a Spare Partner, so you can arrive on your own. We now have a website too, so why not google Minehead Bridge Club and read all about us. We’d love to see you and you can become part of our story.

Jackie Moody – (joined in 1984.)

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(It was your editor’s first bridge club in Somerset – I joined in 1977 and can endorse what a friendly welcome I received) 

Pairs League

PAIRS' LEAGUE 2019

The sixth season of the Pairs League starts on Friday March 8th at Woolavington.

For those who havent played before this is an event in which pairs play against a set target score with results imped as in a teams' game. Pairs are placed into divisions so are guaranteed to be playing only against others of similar ability and so there is nothng to be feared by less experienced players wishing to have a go. Last year we had four divisions and 24 pairs in total.

Pairs play 2 x 12 board matches on each of 5 evenings the other dates being Friday March 22nd (Woolavington), Tuesday April 2nd(Woolavington)  Wednesday April 10th (Cossington) and Thursday April 18th (Cossington) with all matches starting at 7pm.

Closing date for entries is Friday February 22nd, entry is open to all and costs £25 per pair for the whole event.

You can enter by clicking here.

County League

COUNTY LEAGUE 2018-19

For 2018-19 season SCBA are again asking Club Secretaries (or appointed League representative) to make an entry for all teams representing their Club in the County League.

Last season 28 teams played in three divisions. We have an indication that at least three new teams may enter in 2018-19, so if the number of teams exceeded 30 we would run four divisions with the advantage that there would be a more even standard within each league.

The number of divisions, the composition of the leagues and questions of promotion and relegation following the 2017-18 season cannot be resolved until we know how many teams have entered.

Players representing a Club must be bona fide members of the Club, but this season SCBA are accepting entries from ‘Barbarian’ teams in the lowest division.

A ‘Barbarian’ team could be formed by any individual or pair who wish to play in the County League, but cannot generate enough interest in their own club to form a complete team.  

Please ask any pair or individual who may be interested in playing in a ‘Barbarians’ team in the County League to contact Bob Warrender.

 At a later stage Clubs which enter more than one team must nominate a ‘core’ of 4, 5 or 6 members of each team who will play if available and who cannot play for another team.

At this early stage we only need to know the number of teams which your Club are likely to enter in the County League in 2018-19, identifying teams by initials of Captain’s names.

Payment and required details of teams will be asked for later. Fees depend on number of teams in a division

It is particularly important to inform Bob Warrender of :

  1. any new teams who wish to enter
  2. any teams that played in 2017-18 who are not entering in 2018-19

Please reply to Bob Warrender, Cutty House, North Cadbury, Yeovil BA22 7DG

(email ‘marianandbob86@gmail.com’) or (phone 01963-440070) as soon as possible.

The League programme starts on 31st August and we need to organise the leagues well ahead of this date.  

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Mobile Phone

The Bridge Club now has a mobile phone which will be on during play on both evenings so that members can be contacted if need be, the number is - 07840237616

Calendar
26th March 2019
Director: Peter Jackson
Spare Partner: Betty Glossop
28th March 2019
Spare Partner: Carol Norris
2nd April 2019
Sim Pairs
Director: Tony Goldsmith
Spare Partner: No Spare
Results
21st March 2019
Thursday Duplicate
Director: Chris P
Scorer: Chris P
19th March 2019
Tuesday Duplicate
Director: Paula Parkin
Scorer: Sally Stuttard
14th March 2019
Thursday Duplicate
Director: Tony G
Scorer: Tony G
Mobile Phone

The Bridge Club now has a mobile phone which will be on during play on both evenings so that members can be contacted if need be, the number is - 07840237616

Calendar
26th March 2019
Director: Peter Jackson
Spare Partner: Betty Glossop
28th March 2019
Spare Partner: Carol Norris
2nd April 2019
Sim Pairs
Director: Tony Goldsmith
Spare Partner: No Spare
Results
21st March 2019
Thursday Duplicate
Director: Chris P
Scorer: Chris P
19th March 2019
Tuesday Duplicate
Director: Paula Parkin
Scorer: Sally Stuttard
14th March 2019
Thursday Duplicate
Director: Tony G
Scorer: Tony G