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Come and learn to play bridge with us!

The Club runs several types of lessons to help you learn and improve your skills of the game. 

If you are new to the game, we run a three-term course to fully immerse you.  But if you have a little experience we also run a successful fast-track lessons to get you playing bridge quickly, usually over a couple of weekends or Sundays.  We are planning our next set of courses at the moment and if you would like to learn with us, contact us via

Our main lessons are held on Saturdays from 10am and you'll learn bridge under the teaching skills of leading EBU tutor Mike Hickling.   The cost is £10 per session and there are discounts if you sign up in advance.

We are also looking at starting a class on a Monday evening later in the year, contact us for further details.

We also run lessons for those who want to improve or refresh their existing bridge skills.  Contact us for more information. 

If you would like further information, contact the club on the email address above or ring Dave Tilley on 07984529673.


Our Session playing times are as follows:

Sunday and Wednesday:  1:00pm

Tuesday and Friday:  1:15pm

The Friday afternoon sessions are 

supervised play for those new to bridge.

If you are planning to play and need a partner,

please arrive at least 15 minutes

before the session is due to start and advise

the Director.


MAY 2019

Saturday 11th

Committee Meeting at 10 am




Monday Supervised Pairs

From 7:30pm - 10.00 ish. We offer a chance to play and practice under supervision from experienced players The session is designed for our new members and anyone wishing to play will be expected to play Simple Systems The existing Friday session will still continue at 1:15pm. It would help us if you could let us know if you are planning to attend.Please sign up by emailing or by adding your name to the list at the club.  One Monday a month will consist of a seminar and playing some relevant hands.  The last Monday of each month is designed to be a full practice session to get you used to playing more competitively, often with a more experienced partner.  



At the 2018 AGM we decided to change the name from ‘Host’ to ‘Standby Partner’ for the role of being available to play at club sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, when someone arrives without a partner. The name ‘hosting’ had deterred some members who believed that the role involved a bigger responsibility. This is a recap of what is involved:

  • Putting your name on the rota to be a standby partner
  • Turning up on the day and being willing to play bridge with any member or visitor who arrives to play without a partner
  • This will usually involve playing simple systems
  • Being prepared to leave without playing if no standby partner is needed. This also happens when an even number of people arrive without a partner.

The standby partner does not pay table money for the day if required to play and if not needed, will be given a token for a future session.

The scheme has been running for a number of years and is very important as an encouragement for new people to come along to sessions and so that existing members know they can continue to play if their regular partner is missing for a while.

At the AGM we also discussed what we could do to share out the role more evenly among members.  Ken and Irene have taken the bulk of the hosting role over the last year. Members did not agree that being a ‘standby partner’ once a year should become a requirement of membership but we did agree that we would make more effort to encourage members to share in that club responsibility.

I agreed to take the role on the committee of coordinating the standby partner rotas. If you’d like to take part you can:

  • Put your name on the rota, which is on the notice board,
  • Give me a ring if you’d like to know more or like me to put your name on the rota if you don’t often call into the club.

Richard Aubery, Tournaments and Stand-By Partner Organiser. 0161 718 2663


Saturday 13th July at 10am


Bit of a late notice here, but ...




SLIGHTLY more relaxed than normal, this will be the start of a few additional events - if popular, we can do them more often.


With the usual tea, coffee & biscuits (and maybe even CAKES), everyone's welcome to join us for a social and sociable event.


Could be a good chance for beginners & improvers to get into the swing of things.


Normal table fees apply (£2.50 for Members and £4 for guests).  Please let us know if you are coming - there's a list up at the Club, or you could ring Dave Tilley on 07984 529673.


If you're short of a partner, just let us know and we'll see what we can do.




One of the friendliest Bridge Clubs in Manchester

Tel 0161 865 2846 at session time

or  Club Secretary Dave Tilley on 07984529673

Email us:


SUNDAY AFTERNOONS starting at 1.00pm


TUESDAY AFTERNOONS starting at 1:15pm

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS starting at 1:00pm



  Bridge Lessons - Come and Learn to play bridge with us
Bridge Lessons - Come and Learn to play bridge with us

Have you ever wanted to learn to play bridge?   It's a great game and can be played by people of all ages from 10 to 100.  It can help with sharpening the memory and honing other skills. 

Our Club runs regular lessons with several tutors including top EBU tutor Mike Hickling.  We run fast-track courses (held over a couple of weekends and suitable for those who have played the game a little before) as well as a traditional three term, nine-month course which will start in September 2019.  If you are interested in learning, please complete the form below and we will contact you by return.


  Hotpot Supper
Hotpot Supper

We had another of our popular Hotpot Suppers on Saturday 27th April, thanks to our Secretary, Dave Tilley, for organising. 


  Stretford Sabres - Manchester League Division Five

Manchester League 2018-19 Division 5 – Final League Table


                                                        M      L       S       R       T       T       W      O       J          B       Total           Ave

1       MONTON MISFITS                 +      20     16     18     22     15     19     25     27          28     190             21.11

2       LASTMINUTE.BID                 10     +       28     25     30     7       20     22     17          23     182             20.22

3       STRETFORD SABRES           14     2       +       21     15     28     12     25     11          30     158        17.56

4       RADBROKE BANDITS          12     5       9       +       14     18     24     17     22          16     137            15.22

5       THE BIDDABLES                    8       0       15     16     +       14     11     18     25          26     133           14.78

6       THE ENIGMAS                      15     23     2       12     16     +       7       13     23          19     130            14.44

7       WINNING WAYS                   11     10     18     6       19     23     +       19     16          2       124            13.78

8       OVERTRICK LUNATICS       5         8       5       13     12     17     11     +       21          30    122           13.56

9       JEMS                                         3       13     19     8       5       7       14     9       +          13          91            10.11

10     BOMBAY SAPPHIRES          2         7       0      14     4       11     28     0       17          +         83                9.22


Back in summer last year, four of us thought it would be fun to enter a team back into the Manchester League.  We applied and were a little bit surprised to be placed in Division Five, but as it turned out it was a good move and we played some really enjoyable matches against some superb teams.

As you can see from the final League Table, we finished in third place after being in second spot for most of the season.  A good thumping from Adam Wiseberg’s team, in the last but one match of the season meant that we dropped a place.

It was quite challenging at times having to get teams together and we had to deal with last minute cancellations, including a trip out to Macclesfield on a very icy and snowy evening, although we eventually played the game when the weather improved.  We also had team members including myself having to work at short notice, which caused a few stresses and strains too.

After bowing out of the cup in the first round to the eventual Division winners, Monton Misfits, the team made steady progress through the Plate competition and we reached the final, which is soon to be played. We’ll update you with the result after Sunday's final.

Thanks to everyone who played this season:  Wei Che Tham, Daniel Kelsall, Richard Aubery, Don Monks, Tony Yates, Ofelia McCabe, Ann Rees, Linda Williams, Frank Eade and Chris Collison.

Maybe next year we could enter a second team.  If you are interested speak to Richard Aubery or myself and we’ll help you get organised!

Thanks also to Kath Nelson and Adam Wiseberg for patiently guiding me through the etiquette and logistics of running the team.  We’ll certainly be playing next season!

Dave Tilley

Team Captain


The Club recently held two Simultaneous Pairs events.

On Tuesday we played a session in aid of the EBU Education Charity - EBED.   Irene Cooke and John Reeves finished top with a healthy 64.17%, with Chris Collison and Ann Rees second, and Dave Tilley and Richard Cross third.  

Here are the national results and as you can see here, Irene and John are currently second nationally! A fantastic achievement.

The national results do look slightly different from our scores, but this is because overall scores are adjusted based on the number of boards played at each club, and sit-out boards, etc.  

If you would like to see what contracts you should have been in and what you could have made, click here

Last week we held another Sim Pairs event to raise money for the RNLI with ECats Bridge.  This time, Richard Aubery and Ron Booth came top with  Richard Cross and Ron Jones as runners-up.

You can see where you came world-wide here.   You can see what you should have bid here.




The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time. Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland!) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers, under EBU tutor Mike Hickling (centre), and were being well fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds (far right).

The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley.  If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at  Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.

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