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News 2017 archive

This page is where older news stories of ongoing interest to members are stored, For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

Note that news items are in reverse date order. Most recent first.

This is finish option 2
This is finish option 2
Club Refurbishment: members' views sought on the interior finish

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.

This is finish option 1
This is finish option 1
Update on the Extension to the Bridge Club - November 2017
Update on the Extension to the Bridge Club - November 2017

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.

Christmas Party 2017
Christmas Party 2017

🎄 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!

Weather interrupts Bridge - UPDATED

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.

Oxford Junior Bridge Club Competition 2017
Oxford Junior Bridge Club Competition 2017

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.

Children in Need
Children in Need

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.



Old 1 coins
Members will be aware that the old £1 coins have now ceased to be legal tender, although they can still be exchanged at banks.  Accepting both versions of the £1 coins imposes an extra burden on the cashier as they have to be accounted for separately (they do not weigh the same ...).
As a service to members the club will continue to accept the old £1 coin until the end of the month, but from November I would be grateful if you did not present any more of the old coins.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Chris Kerr
New Laws of Duplicate Bridge and Announcing Rules

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.  

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.

FREE Taster Sessions

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.

NGS exemption for hosts - new system from 1 August 2017

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

Oxford Bridge Festival 4-7 September 2017

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.

Rubber Bridge at OBC

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). 

Andrew Robson Charity Bridge Day

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

Gentle Duplicate - new session on Wednesday afternoons
On Wednesday afternoon 18th January we are starting an additional duplicate session intended primarily for inexperienced players. Attendance guidelines are the same as for Thursday evening, that is any partnership may only have one player with more than 5000 Master Points. The session is hosted and you may attend without a partner if you have less than 5000 Master Points. Play will start at 2.00pm.
Free Taster Session for Young people

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: juniorbridgeoxford@gmail.com

The Oxford Junior Bridge Club runs every Sunday afternoon in the church hall during term time

Free Taster Session for Young people

Encourage your children, grandchildren and friends' children to try bridge

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: juniorbridgeoxford@gmail.com

The Oxford Junior Bridge Club runs every Sunday afternoon in the church hall during term time