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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 (As of 16.7.18)

Chairman: Richard Watkins

Secretary: Carole Reid - 07927443310

Treasurer: Penny Gowland

Competition Secretary: Brent Wormald

Members: Marjorie Higgins, (Vacant)

Need a Partner?
Need a Partner?

Taw Vale Bridge Club tries to operate a Host system but you cannot expect there to be a host unless there is shown to be one in the Calendar opposite. If no hotst is shown, it may be worth turning up speculatively. Carole Reid may have an update on the situation or know of someone looking for a partner.     If there is a host advertised you MUST arrive by 18.50 in order to be eligible to play. 

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


AGM 2018 Minutes.doc

Latest Committee Meeting: minutes committee meeting 2018-09-13.doc


::The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018. They provide data protection laws across the EU, making it easier for you to understand how your personal data is used & to give you greater control over its use. Like the EBU, TVBC undertakes to collect and to use your personal data in compliance with the GDPR as a membership organisation.

We will use your data for the administration of your membership, the communication of information & the organisation of events. We only share your contact details with the EBU who share it with DBA.

We have issued a PRIVACY NOTICE with more details (click here Privacy). (May 2018)

Bernard Magee DVDs

One of our members has kindly donated the complete set of 36 Bernard Magee DVDs for the benefit of bridge players in the North Devon clubs. These are held at Roundswell and may be borrowed free of charge. You simply need to register your borrowing them in the book which is stored with the DVDs at Roundswell. Follow this link to see the full list of titles.

Announcing and Alerting
Announcing and Alerting

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

Welcome to Taw Vale Bridge Club

WELCOME to The Taw Vale Bridge Club. We are a very friendly club, playing in the Roundswell Community Centre in Barnstaple, affiliated to the EBU & the DBA.

We welcome players of all abilities at the Community Centre, located next to Sainsbury's, most Monday evenings (except for Bank Holidays). There is plenty of free parking, easy access from the A39, disabled access, with free tea or coffee & biscuits during the evening break.

We operate a host system - please check the calendar as a host will not be available for certain competitions (e.g. league matches and Swiss teams).

Aim to arrive to 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's mobile 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 may have gone home  

Calendar, Hosts & Competition

If the host System is to continue in a meaningful manner, we urgently need more people to volunteer as hosts so please find a date during the season when you could host (check the calendar), perhaps when your regular partner is away. Sign up on the sheet or advise Carole (preferably), Richard or any committee member.   

Your results from club nights (apart from certain competitions, such as Mixed Pairs) count towards club competitions. Also, results from the Open Pairs nights (shown by Φ) contribute to the Overall Pairs Competition. It is planned that all sessions, apart from those shown in green on the calendar, will have predealt boards.

Final Teams results 2018/19

It was quite close at top of each division, in Div 2 after the final round and in Div 1 before it. In Div 2, Alan White's team which was leading on 88, sat out with both Peter Cresswell and Jan Ward's slipping past on 89 (after an 18-2 win) and 90 (after a 12-8 win) respectively. Commiserations & Congratulations appropriately. In Divsison 1, John Boxall & Penny's teams both ended in 3rd spot on 84. One point separated the top two teams at the start of the night but a 15-5 win by Richard C over Sam Mckibbin gave the former an 11 VP margin of Victory, Sam's team just retaining 2nd spot. Richard W & Jane Keatley's teams will be relegated (depending on the number of teams available next year). It was great to see the enthusiasm generated by Sally's supervised session.  

See "Competitions" for final League Standings.    Masterpoints for the last round are now on EBU (dated 29.4) together with ranking points for the top two teams in each division. Neither these MPs nor those for the Swiss Teams event from the beginning of April are shown in the clubs MP table.


Swiss Teams Competition 2018/19

Firstly many thanks to all who contributed over the two weeks of this years competition, notably Directors Stephen & Roger, Neil for his general assistance, Richard C for technical collaboration & Carole for help in organisation. Evertything now seems finalised and the use of boards 25-32 when the computer expected 49-56 seems not to have had any effect. It is always difficult to get the MP processing right in this 2 week competition and this is still being looked at. Please advise on anything that looks wrong! The Riser's Prize goes to Betty, Barbara, Liz and Alan. There is a tie for first place for the third year in succession. This year Julie, Mike, Richard W, Jennifer & Malcolm gained 84 VPS as did fellow winners Richard, Carol, Neil & Chris who won all their  matches. Brent & Paul, playing with Gill & Roe in the second week netted third place after leading the pack after week one. 

EBU Masterpoint Promotions. Congratulations to
Stephen Rafferty to 5* Premier Regional Master
Carole Reid promoted to 1* Master 
Cathy Doel promoted to Local Master 


EBU - Mar 2019

27th May 2019
Director: N/A
3rd June 2019
Ladies Pairs/Gents Pairs (Please be seated by 6.50)
Director: Roger
10th June 2019
Singles 3
Director: Stephen
17th June 2019
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Richard
24th June 2019
Championship Pairs 1
Director: Roger
Charity Evening
Mixed Pairs
Host: Yes