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Recent news

This page contains news items that recently appeared on the home page.  They are listed in reverse date order - most recent first. News from earlier has been archived - click on the links to view.


The Oxford Junior Bridge Club welcomes particpants to its summer term sessions on Sundays at Summertown Church Hall. Click to download details OJBC19summer term flyer 2019.pdf.  You may also want to read the report on activities during the spring term by clicking here OJBC19 spring report.pdf.



Many congratulations to Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak (pictured left) who won the County Mixed Pairs competition held at OBC on Sunday 7 April. 

Congratulations also go to Denis Talbot & Peter Briggs who won the County Men's Pairs competition held at Yarnton on Thursday 28 March. 


Results for both events are available on the Oxfordshire Bridge Association website



On Tuesday 2nd April we held heats of the spring EBED Student Sim Pairs competitions. There were two events: a Sim Pairs event for our Bridge for All year 2 students which this year also doubled up as a heat of OBA's Oxford Times Cup; and a Minibridge Sim Pairs for our Bridge for All year 1 students.  Congratulations to winners Clive Gillam and Mena Remedios, and to Jeanette Ewen and Richard Ewen. Eight of the participants came to the club through our Fast Start Bridge weekend event in January 2019.  Nine tables took part across the two events.

Changes from 1st April !!

With effect from the start of our new financial year we will introduce new suit symbols in some competitions.

The first pair to bid 7 Acorns wins a prize.


The end of March marks the end of year for the ladders for all of our bridge sessions. Congratulations go to this year's ladder winners (second and third placed names in brackets): 

Monday morning pairs: Mary-Ann Sheehy (Tim Sheehy; Robert Gasser)

Tuesday morning pairs (a pairs ladder): Margie Charnock & Marion Stevenson (Roger Smith & Sue Smith; David del Nevo & Mary Hamilton)

Wednesday Gentle Duplicate: David Goodall (Phil Chaundy; Liz Mills)

Wednesday evening pairs: Peter Briggs (Aleks Lishkov; Kathy Talbot)

Wednesday evening teams: Peter Briggs (Cliff Pavelin; Moira Pavelin; Steve Nyman - all joint second)

Thursday Gentle Duplicate: Jane Matheson (Erika Syba; Christine Bishop) (Irina Woods has kindly offered to step down from this ladder)

Friday morning pairs: Diane Coe (Mary-Ann Sheehy; Howard Arnes)

Friday evening pairs: Liza Furnival (Jonny Richards; Martin Illingworth)

Friday evening teams: Martin Illingworth (Diana Thorne; Peter Randall - joint second)

Trophies for the ladder winners will be awarded at the AGM in July.

Please note that only club members are eligible to win the ladders. 


Many congratulations to Christopher & Jane Whelan who won the club pairs competition held on Sunday 31 March. They are the club's pairs champions for 2018-2019, and will be awarded the Beck Salver at the AGM in July. 

Andy King & Amr El-Kashef came second, and Kathy & Denis Talbot third, so well done to them too. The full results are available here

Fast Start Bridge - Weekend course March 2019

The final preparations are under way for our weekend Fast Start Bridge Course. 

One place remains. Click here to book.


Three weeks ago Michael Byrne was at OBC running a training weekend for the International Junior squad. Two weeks ago he gave two great seminars as part of our education programme.  One for club players and one for experts. 52 players enjoyed a challenging time.

This weekend he was the the overall winner of the Portland pairs event.  See the national results at https://app.pianola.net/Results/Session268491

You can find the local results for our local heat of the event here.  Congratulations to Emily Middleton and Matthew Covill who were the highest placed OBC pair in the heat.




Congratulations to Kathy & Denis Talbot who won the County Pairs final held at OBC on Sunday (17th March).  Well done also to Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak who came fourth. The top four pairs in this event qualify to represent Oxfordshire in the Corwen Trophy, due to be held in June, where they will play against top players from other counties. 

The full results are available here


Congratulations to Peter Randall, Liza Furnival, Alastair Gidman & Lorna Swadling who won the club's teams-of-four competition for the Rose Bowl. Second were Denis Talbot, Kathy Talbot, Nigel Birks & Diana Nettleton, and third were Martin Illingworth, Marion Sheppard, Claire Macdonagh & Julie Anderson. Well done to them too. 


Congratulations to club members Gustave Rieunier & Tom Brus who won the Oxford heat of this year's Masters Pairs Competition. And also to Bridget Watson & Holly Kilpatrick who came third.

The results for the Oxford heat are here.  The overall national results are on the EBU website here


Congratulations to Liza Furnival & Nigel Birks who won this year's Mixed Pairs Competition, for the Winnie Ling trophy. Kathy & Denis Talbot came second, and Mary-Ann & Tim Sheehy third, so well done to them too. 

Welcome to our visitors and newcomers

Welcome to groups who will be in the club over the next few weeks.

Welcome to the group of 20 beginners who are attending out Fast Start Bridge weekend course on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11th-13th January. Click for further details. If you missed out this time, the event is being rerun at the end of March.


Welcome to Oxford Junior Bridge Club who are holding their Winter Competition at the club on Sunday 3rd February. Click for further details.

Weather Update

Please take care while the weather remains cold, as pavements and the forecourt of the club may be slippery. 

You can review the weather forecast for Oxford at https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2640729. You can look at the current weather in central Oxford via the webcam in St Giles. See https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/webcams/.  Click the arrow in the centre of the picture to get a constantly updated video.

The Saturday Seminar on 2nd February will take place as planned.

The Oxford Junior Bridge Club Competition on Sunday 3rd February will also take place as planned


Many congratulations to Diana Thorne, who won the Individual Competition held on Sunday afternoon, and who is now the club's Individual Champion for 2018-2019. 

Very well done also to Makiko Rogers who came second and Claire Macdonagh third. 


Oxford Junior Bridge

The start of term signals that the regular Sunday sessions for Oxford Junior Bridge Club resume.  See details here.


We welcomed Oxford Junior Bridge Club to our premises when they held their Winter Competition on Sunday 3rd February. A report and the results are available on the Bridge4Schools website.


Happy New Year to All!

Our new building

Thank you to all our members in 2018

We wish to thank all our members who have so very generously supported us in the fund raising. We reached our target with a little to spare!  Everyone is now working very hard to ensure that we get our normal operation working smoothly in our great new building. It will take a little while to exploit all the exciting new features!  Please try to help those who are setting everything up.