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Orpington Bridge Club
History
On 13 April 1947, a Mr. Banks and a Mr. Godfrey met at 117 Queensway, Petts Wood to form the Queensway Bridge Club. It played rubber bridge and team events and met on Tuesday and Saturday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. Subs were 10/6d (53p) a year and table money was 1/- (5p).
In 1954, due to increased rates at Queensway, the Club met for a while at the Homemade Cake Shop, then in 1955 moved to the Sherlies Hotel, followed in 1956 by a move to St Dunstans ( a private school in St Johns Road) where, on Saturday evenings a lady was paid 5/- (25p) to serve tea and biscuits for 6d (3p).
In 1957, Knoll Country Club in Knoll Rise was approached and an agreement reached that the Bridge Club could meet there, provided that they joined the Knoll CC at 2.20 per annum, 3.30 for married couples, and continued to pay the Bridge Club fee and table money. In an effort to attract more members, sessions of duplicate bridge were introduced which proved very popular.
In 1963, the Bridge Club became affiliated to the EBU and in 1966 its name was changed to Orpington Bridge Club.
When Knoll CC came under new management in 1979, the Bridge Club moved to the Liberal Club in Station Road, Orpington, where it has been ever since.