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Following the presentation by our architects at the Christmas party on 13th December, we were seeking your views on which of two possible interior finishes you would prefer. The consultation phase is now complete. Thank you for all your responses and comments. If you want to review the "mood" boards you will find them in the section of the website on property refurbishment.
Many congratulations to Irina Woods & Irene Holland who won Oxford Bridge Club's pairs championship, held on Sunday 22 January. They win the Beck Salver. Second were Howard Arnes & Ruth Kim, and third were Nigel Birks & Liza Furnival. Well done to them too. Full results are available via the results calendar.
Update: after consultation with the EBU, the original results have been adjusted to take account of the fact that two boards were played only twice. This has resulted in some changes to the final order. Please contact the Chief Scorer if you would like more information as to how and why the results have been adjusted.
Please click on title to open link to the County Newsletter.
In 2018 Oxford Bridge Club will carry out a major upgrade to the building that it owns. After a long period of planning and false starts we have taken on new architects who will take the project forward not only from a design and build perspective, but also as project managers. The picture shows the chairman signing the new agreement with architects Gray Baynes and Shew.
Between 13th December and Christmas, members will be able to view and comment on some ‘mood’ options prepared by the architects. The extent of the works means that the club will operate out of temporary premises from the beginning of April 2018 until the end of that year. More news on these details later.
This is a very exciting time for the club. From 2019 we will have the benefit of 3 separate spaces providing an improved and more flexible environment for the playing and teaching of bridge. We will provide regular updates to members on progress as the project develops.
🎄 The Christmas Party on 13th December was enjoyed by all. Spot the two bridge players in the photo of the entertainment between the two sessions of bridge that were played!
Monday 11th December
Monday evening OBS Party and Learn and Play is cancelled
We are aware that some members have been without power so unable to receive email or look at this website. You may wish to check that your bridge partner is as well informed as you are.
Tuesday 12th December - Although the main roads are mostly clear today, the weather over Monday night will become much colder. However we will go ahead and run the bridge activities on Tuesday. In planning your journey to the club please bear in mind that the current forecast for Oxford at 8.00am on Tuesday is -7 degrees C. You might wish to consult the weather forecast before setting out. Please take great care on icy surfaces and stay safe.
Tuesday morning Session will go ahead
Tuesday evening Beginners Table session for all Bridge for All year 1 students will go ahead
From Tuesday late afternoon the weather is forecast to get warmer so no further update is currently expected.
The third Oxford Junior Bridge Club Competition was held at the Oxford Bridge Club on the afternoon of Sunday 19th November when twenty-two children, aged 8– 14 years, descended upon the balloon decorated premises, generating laughter and good will. Click here for a full report and more photos.
The full amount raised for Children in Need is a magnificent £1,340.
Very many thanks to all those who participated in and contributed to our money raising efforts during Children in Need week (13th -17th November). Many thanks also to those who brought along home-made cakes and donated raffle prizes.
The laws of bridge were updated in 2017. OBC will be applying the new rules for all duplicate sessions from Monday 25 September 2017. Further details about the changes can be found here.
The EBU has also made some changes to the rules for announcements. Further details can be found here.
The club is running FREE taster sessions in advance of the beginners courses which start in September. If you want to learn bridge this is the first step.
If you are interested in learning this fascinating game then book your free place now by clicking here. The final event of the sequence is on19th September in the evening - BOOK NOW
If you know someone who you think might be interested then tell them about this offer. Tell your friends.
The EBU has made some changes to the system of NGS exemptions for members acting as hosts. Some members who host at OBC ask for the session to be excluded from the NGS so that their status won't be affected by playing with an unfamiliar partner. At the moment the host is required to let the scorer and/or director know that they wish NGS exemption before play starts. From 1 August onwards they are also required to notify the EBU, via their EBU member's account (MyEBU), within 30 minutes of the start of the session. The club is hoping that those who want to access the EBU website at the club will use their smartphones, to save disturbing the scorer at the beginning of the session. If this isn't possible, you may ask the scorer to let you log in to the EBU website on the scoring computer (you'll need to know your EBU login details). It may also be possible for the director to notify the EBU via their EBU members' account on your behalf. A letter from Gordon Rainsford of the EBU outlining the reasons for this change may be viewed here.
Oxfordshire Bridge Association is running a bridge Festival from 4th to 7th September 2017, based in St Hugh's College, Oxford. There will be both duplicate and rubber bridge and it is aimed at beginners to experienced players. The programme includes a welcome tea and activity, cafe bridge and lunch, bridge sessions, seminars, and session reviews, a visit to Christchurch College and Gala prize-giving dinner. Each day may be booked separately. Click here for further details and a link to the online entry form. The club has produced information for attendees to inform them about learning and playing opportunities at the club.
The Rubber Bridge section at Oxford Bridge Club would very much welcome some additional players. They meet at the club on Thursday afternoons at 2pm, for friendly chatty bridge, with a break for tea and biscuits. Please come along with a partner. Cost is £2.50 plus 1p a hundred. If you have problems finding a partner, or would like further information, please call Lucy Edwardes (there is a list of members' telephone numbers on the hall cabinet).
The AGM of the charity will be held at 147 Banbury Road at 6PM on Wednesday 28 June 2017. All members welcome, and there will be a bridge session following the meeting.
Click on the title to view all the documents relating to the AGM
There are a few places left on a charity event in support of Rosehill Junior Youth Club in Oxford where Andrew Robson will be leading two Tuition/Play sessions. Friday 17th March 10.00-15-00. For details use the links below:
Rosehill JYC flier FINAL.PDF
bridge day final flier.docx
Sunday 15th January 2017; 3.00 - 4.30 pm
Summertown Church Hall, Banbury Road OX2 7EZ
(Entrance in Portland Road).
The session is aimed at young people aged 8 to 18 Years
- but families are welcome
To book please contact Holly Kilpatrick: email@example.com
The Oxford Junior Bridge Club runs every Sunday afternoon in the church hall during term time
OBA Social Bridge is running one of the ever popular Cafe Bridge events on Tuesday 26th April in Henley. Details and an entry form can be found by clicking here. The event is currently fully booked.
From 1st April 2016 bridge on Tuesday evenings at 147 Banbury Road will only take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month. These are the events run by the Oxfordshire County organisation. Details of the competitions can be found on the OBA website: the first Tuesday is a multiple teams event and the third Tuesday is a duplicate pairs event.
We have made a number of alterations to the website effective from 1st April 2016 which reflect changes at the club. As we enter the new financial year for the charity you will find updates relating to the following:
A number of members have indicated they do not recognise the club officers and trustees So a set of pen pictures is now available on the website by going to the menu item "About the club" and then clicking on the sub-menu item "Trustee pen pictures". Alternatively, you can click HERE.
The Morrie Marsh competition in 2016 marks the end of an era. For the last seven years the club has been fortunate to have had Oxford Bridge Learning looking after all the teaching at the club and running sessions for novices on Monday evening and Thursday morning. Melinda Jordan and John Briggs have worked tirelessly to introduce new players to the game and to help them in their first steps in playing duplicate bridge. We owe them a debt of gratitude and thank them both.
The club has accepted the challenge to continue their efforts. A teaching programme is already under way – the details can be found on the Education pages. From 1st April 2016 the club will continue running the sessions on Monday evening and Thursday morning under the label “Learn and Play”.
The information about regular sessions has been moved to the area of the website called Where can I play? A permanent link will be kept via the top left hand box above the menu on the left.
Congratulations go to this year’s winners of the Morrie Marsh Trophy, Tessa Goddard and John Cooper with 64.84%. In second place were Colin Wels and Tilly Dearden, and third were Matt Wright and Jan van der Ploeg. The Morrie Marsh is the club pairs competition for novice players. Entrants may have no more than 500 EBU Masterpoints. Click here for a picture.
Congratulations to Steven and Stephanie Bliss winning the Beck Salver on 14th February and Peter Randall and Diana Thorne for winning the Winnie Ling Competition held on 18th February.
You enjoyed or missed ‘Christmas Drinks and bridge’ at our Christmas event this year on Wednesday 10th December.
We enjoyed a short entertainment by Harmony Inspires (Barbershop chorus) Ladies Accapella Chorus and mulled wine provided by Pat Lewis and her team.
The final accounts for the three months to 30 June 2014 of the old members' club are now available to view. They will be presented to the final general meeting of old OBC next Wednesday, 17 December.
To view a copy, click HERE.
From time to time the club is asked to publicise open events in the county and elsewhere. You can find the current list on the "> Calendar" tab on the left under "Other events". Right now two Blue pointed events in the county are listed. You can also find there a link to EBU event information.
Click to navigate to the "other events" page.
We had a MOST successful week raisIng money for Children in Need. The raffle was a spectacular array of varied items all donated by Club members and at most sessions during the week the Social committee provided cake for members. We raised a grand total of £1160.00 for Children in Need and that is all thanks to the enormous generosity of the committee and ALL our Members who so generously supported us. Our donation is the second highest donation on ecatsbridge at the moment!
OBL are running a 6 week course on Benji ACOL (Weak 2's) starting on 14th October 2014. Click for more details
The Social Committee organised a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 26th September 2014 in conjunction with the morning session. Members enjoyed the bridge . . .
and the cakes.
Members contributed generously during the event. The club donated the table money from the session. The event raised a total of £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Many thanks to Pat Lewis and her team.
John Fleming, Secretary
Bar prices have not been increased for several years (certainly not since I became Treasurer in 2009) but costs continue to rise. The profit on bar sales has fallen dramatically in the last year, and as a fundraising activity of the charity, we are required to ensure we make a reasonable return on this activity. I am sorry to have to tell you, therefore, that prices will increase on Wednesday 1st October 2014. A new price list will be posted behind the bar, but you can also see the new prices by clicking HERE.
Chris Kerr (Treasurer OBC-CIO)
The Laws and Ethics committee recently decided to change the way seating is randomised. This will make it fairer for all.
Anyone who, for medical reasons, needs a stationary seat can still inform the director and, where possible, they will be allowed one. Everyone else will simply take a place where they like. Before the start of play, the director will draw a random card from a shuffled pack. If it is an odd black card, all those sitting at odd-numbered tables change direction. If it is an even black card, all those sitting at even-numbered tables change direction. If it is an odd red card, players at all tables change direction. If it is an even red card, no one changes.
Along with this, we will continue to apply the principle that if there is an odd number of tables, there is an EW sit-out and if there is an even number of tables, there is an NS sit-out (there are some exceptions dictated by the movement).
Kathy Talbot (Chief TD)
Congratulations to Chris Dawe and Peter Briggs, winners of the John Simpson trophy, and to runners-up David Bygott and Steven Bliss. Congratulations also to Julie Anderson and Geraldine Krall, winners of the Doreen Simpson trophy and to runners-up Wendy Claye and Marion Sheppard.
The club celebrated significant milestones in its history on Wednesday 25th June 2014. A party was held to celebrate the transition to become a Charity in the form of Oxford Bridge Club CIO.
Presentations were made to Sandy Constable the president of the members' club,
and to Esme Alden, latterly catering officer.
Both had served the club in many different roles over a very long period.
The Social Committee organised an informal afternoon session followed by a social hour before the normal evening bridge. Richard Sills, the chairman, outlined the history of the club, thanked the many who had brought the club to its present position, and made the presentations . . .
. . . while the members enjoyed the the warm sun and a glass of wine between the sessions.
The formal transition of all club operations to the CIO happens at midnight on 30th June 2014.
Congratulations to the Oxford C team (Nigel Birks & Liza Furnival, James Anderson & James Dow) for successfully winning their 5th round NICKO match against Petersfield B. This puts them through to the final 16 teams in the competition, from a field of over 250 teams-- a notable achievement. Best of luck in round 6!
The club accounts have now been completed and examined. They will be presented to members at the AGM on 21 May 2014. You can see a copy of the accounts by clicking here. And you can see a copy of the Communal fund statement by clicking here.
The club pairs competition for the Beck Salver will now be played on Sunday 11th May. Please sign up at the club or email the Tournament Secretary to book your place. All members of the club are eligible to play.
It's time to nominate members for election at the AGM. We have published a Newsletter (2014-1) which provides some background information about the transition of the club to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
The nomination form with explanatory notes is also now available and explains how we will elect our trustees at the AGM. Please take time to consider how you can help to run the club during the coming year.
The AGM will take place on Wednesday 21st May 2014 starting at 6.00pm. The job of the secretary will be easier if nominations are received by 4th May but this does not preclude other nominations right up to the meeting itself.
Whilst OBC plays no part in running the activities that take place at 147 Banbury Road on Tuesday evenings, some members do attend some of these sessions. The county organisation (OBA) have announced changes which take effect from 1st May 2014. The details may be found on the OBA website by clicking here. The sessions all start at 7.15pm.
OBC members had great success in the OBA County Pairs Final played on Sunday 30th March.
Congratulations to the winners Cathy Rowland and Aleksander Lishkov. There were 4 pairs from OBC in the first 6 places. Dave Dobson and Brian Wright were 3rd, Lisa Furnival and Nigel Birks were 5th and Claire MacDonagh and Brenda MacDonagh were 6th.
Click here for the full results.
The club's Individual Competition for the Thompson Trophy was held on the afternoon of Sunday 9th March. Congratulations to Krys Kazmierczak who won the event; second was Christina Hardyment; Robert Gasser and Claire MacDonagh tied for third place.
Following the EGM held on 15th January 2014, a formal application by the club to form a charity was submitted to the Charity Commission. The application has been approved and the Oxford Bridge Club CIO has now been registered as charity number 1155820. CIO is short for Charitable Incorporated Organisation – this is a relatively new type of charity that incorporates characteristics similar to a limited liability company including the ability to own property.
The committee is now working on the next stages: making ready to transfer the assets and everyday operation of the club to the Trustees of the OBC CIO. The transfer will be completed when we have a general meeting of members when amongst other things we will hold elections for all the roles in the club.
Under the CIO regime, the management of the club will be in the hands of Trustees. Trustees are members who are either directly elected as Trustees or those who become Trustees as a result of being elected to certain Officer posts of the club.
More news will follow as we develop the details.
Your premises committee has reviewed all the tasks that have to be completed before any building work on the premises can start. The major items are: completing the conversion of the club to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation; receipt of an affordable quote for the work to be done; ensuring financing is in place; the availability of a temporary location that can be used for club operation while 147 Banbury Road is closed; and a builder ready to start work.
The result of this review is that the earliest date at which building will start is now 14th July 2014. A further update will be available after the next scheduled Management Meeting on 14th April 2014. The AGM of the club will be on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 6.00pm.
Having been filling in as Acting Match Secretary for the past few months, I am delighted to say that James Anderson has agreed to be co-opted to the post. As my swansong, here’s an update of the state of play at the end of January 2014.
We entered four teams of four in the National Inter-Club Knockout competition. The A, B & C teams all won their 1st round matches and got a bye through the 2nd round. The C team won their 3rd round match vs West Midlands; the others have yet to play. The D team lost in the 1st round proper, then lost in the 1st round of the Plate competition.
Division 1 is very tight, with few points separating Oxford B in 2nd place, Oxford C (3rd) and Oxford A (6th). Congratulations to the C team on a splendid 18-2 win over Menagerie A!
Oxford D team lie 6th in division 2, with survival in this division depending on results in the last two matches – both against Summertown teams.
Oxford E lie comfortably in mid-table in division 4, with Oxford F in 7th place, at risk of relegation.
Oxford G lie 3rd in division 5, narrowly out of contention for promotion. Oxford H have performed with credit in their first season, lying in 4th place, just ahead of three teams with longer Wessex League experience.
Any members who’d like to consider playing for a team next season are welcome to approach James Anderson – or Claire MacDonagh, who looks after the teams in divisions 4 & 5.
I am pleased to let you know that at the EGM held on 15th January 2014, members resolved that the club would apply to the Charity Commission to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. One change was made to the draft proposed OBC CIO Constitution after a proposal from the floor to increase the quorum for a general meeting from twenty to thirty members.
This main resolution involved making a constitutional change under the current governing document of the OBC and thus required 75% of members present to support the resolution - the resolution was approved nem con. The club has thus committed itself to becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation subject to approval of the Charity Commission. When such approval is granted there will be a further general meeting of members to formally adopt the new OBC CIO Constitution and the accompanying OBC CIO Articles of Association, and to elect a new set of Trustees and Officers under the revised governing documents.
Some background details on CIOs can be found in our December 2013 Newsletter.
Another Newsletter has just been published. It provides some background to the Extraordinary General Meeting that will be called for 15th January 2014.
The contents are as follows:
Click this box to read the document online. Some printed copies will be available at the club.
The A team have made a disappointing start to the season. They had a good first half against Oxford B, but fell behind in the second half, losing by 3-17. In their match against Menagerie B they were edged out in all four quarters of the match, losing by 6-14. The C team lost 6-14 to Wallingford A – a respectable result against strong opposition. Oxford B, C & A are currently lying 1st, 5th & 6th respectively in the division.
The D team, promoted two seasons running, found stiffer competition in division 2. A poor first half against Wantage A saw them 40 IMPs down at half time. They did much better to draw the second half, resulting in a final deficit of 40 IMPs and a VPs score of 4-16. They are currently propping up the division.
The E team enjoyed greater success against Frilford B. Well down at half time, they staged a second half comeback to finish on level terms at 10-10. The F team lost their first match by 4-16, against Aylesbury Vale; but defeated Bicester B by 16-4. It is not many years since Oxford D lost to Bicester C – illustrating a significant change of fortunes. Oxford F & E are currently lying 2nd & 3rd respectively in the division.
The G team recorded an excellent win over Abingdon C, by 18-2; and another over Wallingford D by 12-8. The newly created H team were disappointed to lose narrowly 9-11 to Wallingford D. However, considering that this was the first match for most of the team – and that Wallingford D were in the same division as Oxford D only two seasons ago – this was a very encouraging start to their campaign. Oxford G are lying 2nd in the division, with Oxford H lying 4th out of 7 teams.
Richard Sills, Acting Match Secretary
Congratulations to OBC member Freddie Illingworth who was named the English Bridge Union's Young Player of the Year. Well done Freddie.
Congratulations to David Tuohy and Mike Scott-Tennant, winners of the John Simpson Trophy; and to Humaira Erfan-Ahmed and Sue Smith, winners of the Doreen Simpson Trophy.
The photo shows the presentation by members of John and Doreen's family.
Clikc here to see the letter from ROSY thanking us for the £1,225 donation we made to that charity
A Junior Bridge Club operates out of Wallingford Bridge Club's facilities at Roke and Berrick Village Hall. For more information go to www.bridgewebs.com/bridge4schools. Click for details.
The average age of the Oxford Bridge Club attendee was lowered dramatically on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd November when thirty children, aged 8 – 18 years descended upon the balloon decorated premises generating laughter and good will. See more photos (all taken by David Bygott) and read Holly Kilpatrick's report Oxford Junior Bridge Club Competition report.
Morrie Marsh Trophy
The contest for the Morrie Marsh trophy for novice pairs was held on 15th April. Congratulations to Rosemary Young and Joan Bailes who won the trophy this year.
The annual club pairs championship was held on Sunday 7th April this year. Congratulations to Denis & Kathy Talbot, who won by a considerable margin. Krys Kazmierczak & Sandra Nicholson came 2nd, followed closely by Cathy Rowland & Aleksandar Lishkov. Well done to all!
The week of November 9th - 13th is Children In Need week. We will be selling cake at each session and holding a raffle which will be drawn on Friday night. Join in the fun please!
Folowing the presentation by our architects at the Christmas party on 13th December, we are seeking your views on which of two possible interior finishes you would prefer.
Pictures of each option (1 and 2) are below. Click here to see higher resolution diagrams.
You can find further narrative descriptions by clicking here.
We are asking members to show their preference by completing an on-line survey which you can get to by clicking here. The closing date for the survey is Friday 5 January 2018.
Congratulations to Claire MacDonagh and Peter Sherry, winners of the Winnie Ling Trophy by a large margin. Runners-up were Diana Nettleton and Dave Dobson, fractionally ahead of Cathy Rowland and Christopher Whitehouse.
Please note that BridgeWebs will be doing essential maintenance on the club website. As a result, you will be unable to access the OBC website from 22:00 hours on Wednesday 29th July to 06:00 hours on Thursday 30th July. If you want to check your results for the John or Doreen Simpson Trophies, you can still log in and access your results on Pianola, since that operates via a different site. The results should appear on our club website once Marion has had a chance to upload them; hopefully on Thursday afternoon 30th.
Congratulations to Carol Benzie and Lorraine Jones and John Cecil and Peter Stephenson!
As you may be aware this week saw the Judicial Review take place to consider Sport England's position that bridge is not a sport.
The hearing concluded on Wednesday. To read the press release which summarises the EBU's position and some of the points which were raised click here - Press release - Judicial Review of Bridge as a Sport.
Play in the afternoon session
1NT - What happens next?
Oxford Harmony sings . . .
. . . to an appreciative audience
Then the raffle is drawn.
We had a very successful day and the amount raised for the Rosy charity will be published in the near future. The two winners were Juliet Johnson and Claire McGlashan as North/South and Kevin and Ruth Carter as East/West. They each received a bottle of Champagne and a very generous voucher from The Oxford Kitchen for their seven course taster menu!
Many thanks also to Pat Lewis for organising a succesful and enjoyable event!
We made £1200 for the Rosy charity which was a fantastic result! Thank you again to the Social Committee and to the support we received from those who played. We hope to present a cheque to Rosy within the next few weeks.