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Table Money

Table money of £2.50 for Members (Juniors £1, Guests £3) includes tea/coffee and biscuits

Play starts at 19:00

All pairs to be seated by 18:55 to allow the movement to be assigned.

Club Committee

Chairman: Richard Watkins

Secretary: Carole Reid - 07927443310

Treasurer: Stephen Rafferty

Competition Secretary: Brent Wormald

Members: Marjorie Higgins, Penny Gowland

Need a Partner?
Need a Partner?

Taw Vale Bridge Club operates a Host system; for details check the "Calendar" in the opposite side panel. We aim to start play at 7 pm so please arrive by 18:50 if you do not have a partner.

There is a "Members Only" section that you can post messages to the membership.

Announcing and Alerting
Announcing and Alerting

Click here to see the latest (August 2013) EBU regulations on Announcing and Alerting.


The Community Centre Hall is a great venue for Bridge; it is easily accessible from anywhere in North Devon and can easily accommodate up to 20 tables. BUT it is a noisy room with little absorbent material around the room to deaden the noise of people chattering. As a number of us are deaf, we tend to raise our voices to be heard over neighbours who are talking and so the noise escalates, sometimes quite rapidly.

Despite pleas and many a "sssshh" from several others, noise remains a problem. If anyone has any suggestions they can make to help us overcome this problem, please let a committee member know and we'll put them to the test. 

Welcome to Taw Vale Bridge Club

... to Taw Vale Bridge Club web-site. We are a very friendly, well-attended club based in Barnstaple, affiliated to the EBU & the DBA.

We welcome players of all abilities at the Roundswell Community Centre (next to Sainsbury's) on Mondays throughout the year (except for Bank Holidays). There is plenty of free parking and easy disabled access. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available during the evening.

Please arrive and be seated by 6.55 p.m. for a prompt 7.00 p.m start; if you do not arrive by then you may NOT be able to play. If you expect to be late please phone a committee member and ensure your partner knows you are coming!  If you intend to use the host system you MUST arrive by 6.50 as the host could have gone home. The Calendar shows who is host!

If you have any comments on this web-site including any changes you would welcome, then please let us know.

John Woolcott Weekend at Isca
John Woolcott Weekend at Isca

In the qualifier for the John Woolcott pairs competition on Saturday 6th Jan, several club players prospered in qualifying for the final. Alison came 5th with partner Ann Slee on 57% with Harry and Sam taking 3rd place on 59%. But 7% ahead of them and 5% ahead of Ian Walsh & Warner Solomon were David & Carmen. Excellent but even better was that they were not content with this and won the final too. Brilliant, congratulations to you both. Harry & Sam came 6th in the top half in the 7 table final, while Brent & Paul achieved the same position in the B final. David was again successful coming 4th out of 20 in Sunday's Teams event playing with Graham and teaming up with Richard & Carol. 

EBU Garden Cities (Teams of 8) Competition Jan 2018

Unfortunately there was very little glory to be had from our two teams in this competition coming 5th and 11th (out of 13 respectively). The A team had a poor first session; only one pair, Richard & Carol were in positive X-IMP territory in both sessions. Overall the best overall performance was by Brent & Alison who were strongly positive in the second half - with only these two pairs positive over two sessions. 

Also in the top half  with marginally negative X-IMP values: - Chris & Gill (the best 'B' team pair) and Penny & Roger (best pair overall in the first session).

The competition was won most convincingly by the strong Torquay team taking an average 15.75 VPS from their 12 matches. The club asked for a contribution of £5 towards the cost of £12 per person (£2.50 for Sam & Theo) 

John Paul Corry 1.1.48-6.1.18
John Paul Corry 1.1.48-6.1.18

JCs funeral was held on Thu 25th at the North Devon Crematorium an was attended by a good number of John's bridge friends and many others too. We sang Jersualem lustily and heard recitations of 'Seaside Golf' by Betjeman & 'Death is nothing at all' by Henry Holland. These were followed in complete and wonderful silence by Eva Cassidy's ever beautiful 'Somewhere over the Rainbow'. Alan White gave a moving and illuminating speech about his friendship with John covering its wide mix of bridge, sporting and social aspects, their shared interests and humour  transcending their political and cultural differences. The service was followed by a gathering at John's Golf Club, the Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! There was a good spread with Cheese & Cake a plenty to accompany banter & reminiscence. Indeed there was so much that quantities of each found their way to Roundswell for enjoyment by Barnstaple members. Donations to North Devon Hospice via Richard Williams Funeral Directors, 8 The Square, Northam, EX39 1AR would be appreciated. John was helped greatly by his regular attendances there. Here he is on a happy day in September 2014.

Club Christmas Party at the Barnstaple Hotel
Club Christmas Party at the Barnstaple Hotel

The club's 2017 Christmas Party and Prizegiving night took place on Monday 11th December.

An excellent evening was enjoyed by all who came. The prizegiving of trophies & cash prizes was presented by our President Michael Grimshire. Well done to everyone. Thanks to Michael for presenting, to Jacqui as recordist (more pictures to be made available on web-site) and Stephen as Treasurer and particular thanks to Penny who organized the evening with great enthusiasm and effect. Richard asked that absent friends were remembered.

An enjoyable, brief session of bridge followed. At the Chairman's table, Fay blasted 6N & 7N on successive hands. After next Monday, 18th December, there is a two week break for Christmas & New Year & our next regular evening will be round 4 of teams on January 8th.

The committee joins the Chairman in wishing a hearty and memorable festive period to all members.


HOSTS - Thanks to everyone who has hosted recently. More hosts are needed so please try and find a date during the season when you could host if you haven't done so recently; perhaps when your regular partner is away. Sign up on the sheet or advise Carole (preferably), Richard or any committee member. Names of hosts are shown on the calendar.  

Your results from club nights (apart from one-session competitions such as Mixed Pairs) count towards a number of club competitions. Results from the Open Pairs nights (shown by Φ) contribute to the Overall Pairs Competition. It is anticipated that all sessions, apart from those shown in green, will have predealt boards.

Singles 2 - March 12th

Three NS pairs were in a 1% range just shy of 60%, with Richard M & Jane edging it from Brent & Stephen and visitors Paul Guppy & Tony Hards. EW found in second position with Alison & Nicky on 67, 5% ahead of Peter & Tracey on 62. It was great to welcome Paul & Tony to the club and we hope to see them again soon. After the second round of this years competition, Brent is 10% ahead of Alison although Ali has the highest score over the first two rounds.

Latest teams commentary

In the penultimate round of this years teams Division 1 saw a maximum win for Sam Mckibbin's team who moved closer to new leader Richard Carter who won 17-3. These teams play each other in the final round next month and with only one VP between them, winner takes all, although a draw for Richard would be enough. John Boxall and Richard Watkins teams both had 13-7 victories. Only a heavy win in the last round might enable Jan and President Michael G's team avoiding relegation. It was disappointing that there should have been a no show in Division 2 where there were victories for Brian Warne and Fay. If the number of teams committing to play next year is sufficient then any of four teams could achieve promotion alongside Jane Keatley's team whose promotion is virtually assured. The (pre-dealt) set of boards used in this round showed interesting distributions with West picking up lots of two-suiters, well handled by Julie at my table. Please go to results to see the hands.

EBU Masterpoint Promotions. Congratulations to

Carmen Ruiz-Castell - Promoted to 5 Star Premier Regional Master

Liz Martin - Promoted to 1 Star Master

Keith Morgan - Promoted to Club Master

19th March 2018
Northern Section Swiss Pairs
Director: Richard
26th March 2018
Open Pairs Φ
Host: Chris Nichols
Director: Roger
2nd April 2018
Closed for Easter
Host: N/A
Director: N/A
9th April 2018
League Teams 7
Director: Roger
16th April 2018
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Stephen
Singles 2 / Open Pairs
Host: Barbara Rennie
League Teams 6 (Division 2)
Host: Elizabeth Nunn