We are a large friendly bridge club with over 500 members. We aim to cater for all standards of players, from beginners to internationals. Whatever your experience, we have a session to suit you, and visitors are always welcome.
Duplicate and rubber sessions are held on weekdays at the Club House, 40 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1DL. 01892-530739.
In our large and comfortable premises we also offer refreshments and bar facilities. We host many Kent County events and Charity Bridge Days, and we are affiliated to the EBU.
To view a summary of all regular weekly sessions we offer, including the type of player each one is suited to, please see the Weekly Timetable on the left.
To see all Results, including a personal analysis for the sessions you've played in, plus a full Calendar of Future Events, please use the menu on the left. A link to the Latest Result can also be found on the top right of this page.
Email us to find out more, whether about future events, our regular sessions or the bridge lessons we offer.
We offer a full programme of bridge classes and supervised practice sessions - for both beginners and those wanting to improve their skills. For more details of our classroom teaching by Stephen Pierce and Chris Morgan, see the Menu on the left. If you'd like to discuss which courses or sessions may suit you best, please email us or phone us.
To complement the classes and practice sessions, we can also supply a popular book by local bridge teacher Angela Tompson, details of which are shown below.
Three wrongs make a right.
Published 9 September.
Gentlemen and Players by Oliver Kinsey traces the development of the Club and its fine building since its foundation in 1872.
Click here for a review of Oliver's book in the EBU Magazine.
The book can be purchased for £7.50 It is available from the Club Bar, or phone Oliver on 07941 042958.
Angela Tompson has updated her guide for students and improvers; this is the fifth edition following upon the success of the earlier versions. The basics are unchanged but Angela has taken the opportunity to include further conventions currently and commonly played, including Benjaminised Acol, commonly known as "Benji".
This book commences with the very basics of bridge and goes on to describe the essential elements of bidding. Guidance on play of the cards and defence is included followed by explanations of conventions commonly played.
The price is £7.95 and it can be purchased at the club bar or phone Angela on 01892 526716.
The Honours Boards for recent years can be viewed as full-size images by going to the relevant item on the left-hand menu. There you can see the winners of all cups and trophies awarded in Club Competitions for Pairs and for Teams during that year. They also show the winners of individual trophies in the year..
We regret to announce the death of Tom Pigott. Tom was a member of the Club for some 50 years and was recently made a Life Member. He will be sadly missed. The funeral is to be private, but there will be a Memorial Service in due course, the details of which will be published when known.
Repairs to the rear of the roof have begun, and the work is likely to last until early November.
We have allocated two car park spaces next to the one for the flat, adjacent to the Squash Club road, for use by the Squash Club and the Roofing Contractors. The Squash Cub allocation is to compensate for the loss of space in their car park due to encroachment of the scaffolding. Generally, the space used by the Roofing Contractors will be required weekdays between 8am to 6pm, and the Squash Club requirement is evenings and Saturday lunch time.
These two reserved spaces will be marked with cones whenever possible. Members are not allowed to park in these spaces until the work on the roof is complete.
On Thursday 27 September the Club is holding its only rubber bridge competition of the year - the Lushington Cup and Plate.
Members who enjoy rubber bridge are encouraged to sign up for the event. Full details are on the club noticeboard.
Espen and Helen Erichsen are re-running their course of 6 lessons on Slam Bidding in the evening, starting Wednesday 26 September at 7.30pm. Click here for details.
Members can sign up for the course via a form which is on the noticeboard.
Our team of eight have won the Garden Cities Trophy - the annual National clubs' championship - for the first time in the club's history. We heartily congratulate them on this wonderful achievement.
Our team: Colin Wilson, Gerald Soper, Jeremy Willans, Ian Draper, Frances Connell, Steve Barnfield, Espen and Helen Erichsen.
See below for news of our Nicko 'A' team.
Congratulations to Pat and Bernie Waters whose performance in the TW heat of "The 2018 World Wide Bridge Contest" has won them the right to play in the worldwide final.
This will be a 24-pair event played in China in late October.
The Committee have to be on constant guard to ensure that each bridge session is attended by a director and a scorer. Fortunately, lapses occur only rarely. However, our position is not totally secure. Volunteers move on, and we are now seeking fresh offers of help. Training is given, and we never expect too much of a volunteer too soon. If you are willing to give either directing or scoring a try, please contact Colin Wilson or any Committee member. Thank you.
Congratulations also to........ to Helen Erichsen who, with her partner Fiona Brown, came 10th in the Women's Pairs at the European Championships
....... to Helen Erichsen and Jon Thoresen who won the Portland Pairs, and to Espen Erichsen who played in the England team that won the Camrose Trophy this year
....... to Espen Erichsen whose team reached the semi-finals of the Schapiro Spring Fours
.......to Norman Selway whose team won the Brighton Bowl at the EBU Summer Festival
Also to the following members who represented Kent in the Tollemache Cup qualifiers and final - and WON the event:
Jeremy Willans, Ian Draper, Norman Selway, Espen and Helen Erichsen
Norman Selway represented England in the 2018 Senior Camrose
Congratulations to Nick Irens, Norman Selway, Kay Preddy, Espen and Helen Erichsen who have won the Arnold Cup (Kent knockout teams)
Also John Plumpton and Jonathan Wittmann (pictured) who have won the Phillimore Cup (Kent summer pairs). Norman Selway came 2nd and other TW pairs did well to finish in the top eight: Jean Smallwood and Eddie Lucioni, Duncan Cox and
John Brown, and Denise Baxter and Helen Sanders
Norman Selway also came second in the Berks and Bucks GP swiss Pairs.
Mike Bryant and David Keith won the Larsky Cup (Kent pairs)
Jean Smallwood and Eddie Lucioni came third in the George Griffiths Cup (Kent Seniors' Pairs)
Several club members achieved a victory point score of over 60% in the KCBA May green-pointed Swiss Teams: Andrew Cairns was in the winning team, Espen and Helen Erichsen, Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner were second (both teams pictured),
Pat & Bernie Waters and to Moira Maslin & James Johnston who won the Rex Corbett Cup (summer mixed pairs).
Though Helen Erichsen & Croz Croswell led the EW table, Croz was a few days' short of becoming a member and unfortunately, therefore, not eligible.
Pat Chowdhury & David Harris and to John Brown & Bob Fordham who won the Dymant Cup.
Angela Treen, Tim Roberts, Myra Scarbrough & Colin Manley who won the Winter Cup (Pivot Teams).
Ian Draper, Gwyneth Davies, Barbara Collins and Angela Treen who won the Tatlow & White Rose Bowl