The Stratford St Mary Bridge Club is affiliated to the EBU and the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association.
For all information related to the EBU, click on the EBU Information tab in the above menu.
Click on this box to reach the website showing upcoming Suffolk Bridge events and recent results.
There are always hands which you think you could have played better. Have you tried the new Play It Again feature? Click on your name in the results list to see your scorecard and choose the board you'd like to replay. Click on Play It Again, then BS Online and you'll be able to replay the hand ... and get guidance on how it should be done!
You may have heard that the EBU, to which we are affiliated, is encouraging member clubs to adopt modern technology and has allocated some funds to help them to purchase Bridgemates. You will be very pleased to hear that, through the efforts of our Treasurer, Elizabeth Knowlson, the EBU has agreed to contribute £500 to Stratford St Mary Bridge Club to supplement our own expenditure.
We are very grateful to the EBU for this grant which helps to maintain the Club in a healthy financial position.
We also appreciate the extended loan of the County's Bridgemates prior to our decision to purchase our own.
Welcome to the Stratford St Mary Bridge Club
We play friendly duplicate bridge at St Johns & Highwoods Community Centre, Colchester, CO4 9SR on Wednesday evenings. Please be seated by 7.00pm.
New members welcome.
If you want to play at Stratford St Mary Bridge Club on a Wednesday evening but need a Partner, there are now TWO ways to find one!
Members can still follow the automated process detailed below, but now any players can contact Elizabeth Knowlson on 01206 532839 or 07511 646730 or by email at email@example.com and she will inform all club members by email that you are looking for a Partner.
To use the automated Find a Partner system on this website, click on Membership, on the left, then enter your email address and password where requested. If you don't already have a password, click on Forgotten Password and one will be sent to you. Two of you sharing an email address can still use this feature by following these instructions and setting up different passwords.
Once you are in the Membership section, click in the Partner Required box for the appropriate date.
A note will appear in the Calendar on the Home Page showing that someone is looking for a partner. When another member goes into their system, they will find your name and contact details.
If this does not appear to work, it will probably be because the email address you are using is different from the one we have on our membership list. In this case, please contact the Secretary or Webmaster so that our list can be updated.
Suffolk Bridge has a bright new website where you can find details of all the Bridge activities in the area - Clubs, Competitions and more. Just click HERE to see it.
To see a list of local bridge events planned for 2018 click on the 2018 Events tab on the left. For full details of particular upcoming events, click on the corresponding tabs.
Next is the Ladies' & Men's Pairs at Lavenham on September 12 followed by the Felixstowe Congress weekend on October 6 & 7.
To enter these events, click on Suffolk Bridge and you will find on-line entry forms on that website.
Among other events is an Autumn Bridge Weekend arranged by Hutton Bridge Club. For all details, click on the corresponding tab on the left.
Computer-dealt boards allow you to see a record of the hands you've played, together with an analysis showing what contracts could be made, alongside the results. You can then compare what you did with what you might have done.
This may be of little interest to some players but can be very valuable to those who wish to improve their game.
Other, minor, benefits include the availability of a printed hand record so that the director can easily resolve errors such as players finding they have 12 or 14-cards and a guarantee that the cards have been well shuffled. We hope that no one still thinks that these computer-dealt hands are "fixed" - the program which generates the deals is clever, but not clever enough to know how to create extra-difficult hands!
Click here to read more about computerised dealing and shuffling.
Interested in learning to play Bridge or you'd like to improve your game?
Vicky Potter runs the Colchester Bridge School and teaches at various levels including complete beginners.
If you, or someone you know, are interested, please call Vicky on 01206 501622. Click on the heading of this window to see more information on her website.
Christine Cooke is also an English Bridge Union (EBU) Trained Teacher and a member of the EBU Teachers Assoc. (EBUTA) offering Improvers Lessons and Bridge for Beginners.
Beginners Course follows the EBU Guidelines and the Course is accompanied with a FREE Student Guide Book. worth £26 for both the First and Second Year, with the First Lesson FREE.
Venue: 41 Stanley Wooster Way, Colchester. CO4 3XX Telephone no. 07980 822 624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Suffolk Bridge Club Teams of 8 event will be held again at Highwoods on Sunday November 11.
This event is contested by Teams from around a dozen Suffolk Clubs and players enjoy a excellent day's bridge with tea provided by the local Sea Scouts.
We now have a team comprising Elizabeth/Robin, Paul/Chris, Vicky/Sheila & Paul/Sue.
This does NOT mean that YOU can't also play in this event - it's not restricted to one team per club, so if you can get another team of eight Stratford St Mary members together, we'll enter TWO teams.
Remember the Club will be paying the entry fee.
Click HERE for more details.