Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club
Welcome to Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club
About the Club
About the Club

 

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. 

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.

Sunday Bridge for Kids

Starting on Sunday 7th May, the Club is hosting Bridge Sessions for Children aged 10-18 on Sunday mornings.  Click here for details.

Bridge Classes

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.

Interesting Hands

That was impossible.

Published 24 May.

History of the Club
History of the Club

 

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.

'Bridge with Angela' 5th edition
'Bridge with Angela' 5th edition

 

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.

Honours Boards
Honours Boards

 

 

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..

Click for the latest results
Click for the Members Only section
Members' Contact Details

A list of members' telephone numbers and e-mail addresses is held within a private area of this website.  Members who wish to contact other members can do so by clicking on Members Only above, and logging in.

Pauline Worthington

We regret to announce the death on 11th May of Pauline Worthington, following a road traffic accident.

Geoffrey Bignell LVO

We regret to announce the death on 27th April of Geoffrey Bignell. 

There is to be a family funeral and in June a memorial service, details of which will be posted on the noticeboard.

Summer Parties
Afternoon Party Wed 7th June 12.30pm (Bar open at 12 noon) Closing date for tickets: Wed 24th May
Evening Party Mon 19th June 6.30pm (Bar open at 6pm) Closing date for tickets: Mon 5th June.

 

All members are welcome to attend.  Cost for each party is £16 per person. 

Tickets must be purchased by the dates shown to guarantee a place.

Full details are on the Club Noticeboard

Changes to Friday evening bridge sessions

We now normally play teams on Friday evenings.  On the evidence of our popular fifth Tuesday teams events and the preference of our Friday evening players for teams whenever attendance has been low, this could be the solution we have sought for so long.  We would encourage you to give it a try!  To attract additional players who, perhaps, do not have much opportunity to play teams, the rule which restricts non-members to playing only 4 club sessions (other than Tuesday evenings) in a calendar year will not apply to Friday evenings, though the £1 non-member surcharge will continue to apply.

Come as pairs and expect to draw for team-mates.  The Director may 'seed' the draw to avoid the most experienced pairs playing together.  If an odd number of pairs turn up then, if more than 8, we shall revert to duplicate pairs but, if less than 8, duplicate pairs is unsatisfactory and the Director will ask for a pair to volunteer to go home, rewarded by a voucher for a free future session. Further detail can be found on the notice board in the hall.

What's On In May and June
Tue 30th May 7.30pm Fifth Tuesday Teams
Thu 1st June 1pm Gentle Duplicate
Wed 7th June 12 noon Afternoon Summer Party - see above
Thu 15th June 1pm Gentle Duplicate
Mon 19th June 6pm Evening Summer Party - see above
Sun 25th June 11am KCBA Phillimore Cup (Swiss Pairs) & AGM
Members' National Successes
Our team of eight who won the Corbett Cup (Jeremy Willans & Ian Draper, Steve Barnfield & Frances Connell, Espen & Helen Erichsen, Colin Wilson & Gerald Soper)  have continued their success by winning the Regional Final of the Garden Cities Trophy and earning a place in the National Final on 24th June.
Helen Erichsen (on the left) was a member of the English team which won the Lady Milne Trophy
Nick Irens, Norman Selway and team won the Seniors Trials in December and will represent England in the 2017 Seniors Camrose.

 

Members' County Successes
In the latest Kent green-pointed Swiss Teams, the teams who tied for first place both contained at least one TWBC member - so congratulations to Ian Draper (second fom left), Jeremy Willans (third from left) and Andrew Cairns.  
Congratulations to Tony Adams and Jim Wortley on winning the George Griffiths Cup (Kent's Seniors' Pairs), and to Norman Selway and Nick Irens who came second.  

Congratulations to Ravi Athwal and his partner John Amor, winners of the 2017 Larsky Cup, Kent's Championship Pairs.

Along with the fourth placed pair,  Jeremy Willans & Jill Skinner. Ravi and John will be invited to represent Kent in the EBU's Corwen Trophy in June.

 
     

 

Members' Club Successes
The Pivot Teams (Winter Cup) was won by Colin WilsonDiana Avis, Ann Hunt and Mike Kingsland
The Chairman's Cup 2017 was won by Nick Osler and Peter Bibb

The 2017 winners of the Putt and Warner Cups were John Plumpton and Bernie Waters, Gwyneth Davies and Jill Skinner - all pictured above.

Ravi Athwal and Jon Thoresen  have won the Abergavenny Cup.

Stephen Pierce, Jean Paxton, Maggie Piazza and David Jones won the Podmore Cup.      

Click for the latest results
Click for the Members Only section
Members' Contact Details

A list of members' telephone numbers and e-mail addresses is held within a private area of this website.  Members who wish to contact other members can do so by clicking on Members Only above, and logging in.

Pauline Worthington

We regret to announce the death on 11th May of Pauline Worthington, following a road traffic accident.

Geoffrey Bignell LVO

We regret to announce the death on 27th April of Geoffrey Bignell. 

There is to be a family funeral and in June a memorial service, details of which will be posted on the noticeboard.

Summer Parties
Afternoon Party Wed 7th June 12.30pm (Bar open at 12 noon) Closing date for tickets: Wed 24th May
Evening Party Mon 19th June 6.30pm (Bar open at 6pm) Closing date for tickets: Mon 5th June.

 

All members are welcome to attend.  Cost for each party is £16 per person. 

Tickets must be purchased by the dates shown to guarantee a place.

Full details are on the Club Noticeboard

Changes to Friday evening bridge sessions

We now normally play teams on Friday evenings.  On the evidence of our popular fifth Tuesday teams events and the preference of our Friday evening players for teams whenever attendance has been low, this could be the solution we have sought for so long.  We would encourage you to give it a try!  To attract additional players who, perhaps, do not have much opportunity to play teams, the rule which restricts non-members to playing only 4 club sessions (other than Tuesday evenings) in a calendar year will not apply to Friday evenings, though the £1 non-member surcharge will continue to apply.

Come as pairs and expect to draw for team-mates.  The Director may 'seed' the draw to avoid the most experienced pairs playing together.  If an odd number of pairs turn up then, if more than 8, we shall revert to duplicate pairs but, if less than 8, duplicate pairs is unsatisfactory and the Director will ask for a pair to volunteer to go home, rewarded by a voucher for a free future session. Further detail can be found on the notice board in the hall.

What's On In May and June
Tue 30th May 7.30pm Fifth Tuesday Teams
Thu 1st June 1pm Gentle Duplicate
Wed 7th June 12 noon Afternoon Summer Party - see above
Thu 15th June 1pm Gentle Duplicate
Mon 19th June 6pm Evening Summer Party - see above
Sun 25th June 11am KCBA Phillimore Cup (Swiss Pairs) & AGM
Members' National Successes
Our team of eight who won the Corbett Cup (Jeremy Willans & Ian Draper, Steve Barnfield & Frances Connell, Espen & Helen Erichsen, Colin Wilson & Gerald Soper)  have continued their success by winning the Regional Final of the Garden Cities Trophy and earning a place in the National Final on 24th June.
Helen Erichsen (on the left) was a member of the English team which won the Lady Milne Trophy
Nick Irens, Norman Selway and team won the Seniors Trials in December and will represent England in the 2017 Seniors Camrose.

 

Members' County Successes
In the latest Kent green-pointed Swiss Teams, the teams who tied for first place both contained at least one TWBC member - so congratulations to Ian Draper (second fom left), Jeremy Willans (third from left) and Andrew Cairns.  
Congratulations to Tony Adams and Jim Wortley on winning the George Griffiths Cup (Kent's Seniors' Pairs), and to Norman Selway and Nick Irens who came second.  

Congratulations to Ravi Athwal and his partner John Amor, winners of the 2017 Larsky Cup, Kent's Championship Pairs.

Along with the fourth placed pair,  Jeremy Willans & Jill Skinner. Ravi and John will be invited to represent Kent in the EBU's Corwen Trophy in June.

 
     

 

Members' Club Successes
The Pivot Teams (Winter Cup) was won by Colin WilsonDiana Avis, Ann Hunt and Mike Kingsland
The Chairman's Cup 2017 was won by Nick Osler and Peter Bibb

The 2017 winners of the Putt and Warner Cups were John Plumpton and Bernie Waters, Gwyneth Davies and Jill Skinner - all pictured above.

Ravi Athwal and Jon Thoresen  have won the Abergavenny Cup.

Stephen Pierce, Jean Paxton, Maggie Piazza and David Jones won the Podmore Cup.