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About the Club
About the Club

 

We are a friendly bridge club aiming 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 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.

To find out more, whether about future events, our regular sessions or the bridge lessons we offer, please email us at twbridgeclub @ btconnect.com.

Publicity for Bridge in Kent Schools
Publicity for Bridge in Kent Schools

An article in The Times on 3 December described the development of Bridge in Schools, using as an example Weald Primary School, where Jim Garlinge and Anton Mauve are involved in teaching the pupils.  

This has built on an initiative started by Diane Rogers and Stephen Pierce following up an email from the school to the West Kent Youth Bridge Association.  Two children from the Weald attend our Sunday Junior Club regularly and two others have also attended once or twice.  

Click here to see the full article in The Times.

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.

Gentle Duplicate on Thursday Afternoons

We now have a Gentle Duplicate session on Thursday afternoons, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.  These sessions are intended as an introduction to Duplicate for new members and to cater for more experienced players who want a short, relaxed session.

Please note that the bridge sessions start promptly at 1pm

  • Just turn up, no partner required
  • Start 1.00pm and finish 4.00pm
  • Bar open from 12noon / Sandwiches available
  • Play 18/21 boards
  • Break for tea and cakes

Table money £3.50 members and £4.50 non members.  All are welcome to attend.

The next session of Gentle Duplicate is on 15th December.

Interesting Hands

How to defend?

Published 24 November.

'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.

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 the newly reduced price of £7.95, down from £10.  It is available from the Club Bar, or phone Oliver on 07941 042958.

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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.

Christmas Parties
Afternoon Party and Pairs Wednesday 14th December at 12.30 pm ....... Bar Open at Noon
Evening Party and Pairs Including Flitch Monday 19th December at 6.30pm ............. Bar Open at 6pm

Tickets cost £16 per person.  If members wish to attend, please add your name to the appropriate list on the Club noticeboard, and enter the name of your partner.  Payment is preferably by cheque, which can either be posted in the box in front of the noticeboard or given direct to Rosemary.

New Year's Eve Party

The club is holding a Duplicate Bridge and Champagne Party on New Year's Eve.  Guests are welcome, and there will be a host, so you can sign up even if you have no partner.  The cost is £14 per person inclusive of table money.   The bar will be open at 7.15, and the bridge commences at 8.00.  At approximately 11.00, a finger buffet and complimentary champagne (or non-alcoholic alternative) will be served and we shall stay to welcome in the New Year.  Please sign up on the list in the hall, and purchase your tickets by Monday 5th December (cash to Rosemary or by cheque in the box provided).

What's On In December
Wed 14th December Noon Afternoon Christmas Party - see above
Mon 19th December 6pm Evening Christmas Party - see above
Mon 26th December   Club Closed
Sat 31st December 8pm New Year's Eve Party - see above
Competition News

  Kent Congress

Members' successes in the Swiss Teams  were:

Gerald Soper's team won the Owl Cup.

Pictured left are the joint second team of Diana Avis, Diane Rogers, Colin Wilson and Ann Hunt

Pictured right are the winners of the Birkle Bowl for the highest-placed non-expert team of Mark Mortimer, Bob Fordham, David Keith and Duncan Cox

In the Swiss Pairs, Frances Connell and Steve Barnfield won the Gentry Cup for the highest placed married pair. Jonathan Wittmann and Nick McCarthy won the Puddleduck Plate for the highest placed non-expert pair.

Winners of the Latest Club Competitions

John Murrell and Irvine Caplan won the Autumn Championship Pairs

 

Diane Rogers and Colin Wilson won the Maud Corbett Cup

The Friday afternoon ladder was won by  Maurice Allin

 

 

 

Pictured right are Jill Skinner and Jeremy Willans,  winners for the third successive year of the Centenary Cup for Mixed Pairs; also winners (playing at Hawkhurst) of the TW and Hawkhurst Pairs Salver.

Barbara Collins and Ravi Athwal have won the Tatlow and White Salver for the third successive year, this time partnering Gwyneth Davies and Ian Draper

 

Espen and Helen Erichsen have recently both achieved national success. 

Espen was a member of the team that won the Gold Cup - he is third from left in the picture. 

Helen won the Great Northern Swiss Pairs with Fiona Brown - see the picture on the right.

Jeremy Willans, Ian Draper, Norman Selway, Colin Wilson and Gerald Soper comprised 5/8 of the Kent team for the Tollemache qualifier, achieving an excellent 2nd place and qualification for the final.

 

 

 

Congratulations to all

 

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.

Christmas Parties
Afternoon Party and Pairs Wednesday 14th December at 12.30 pm ....... Bar Open at Noon
Evening Party and Pairs Including Flitch Monday 19th December at 6.30pm ............. Bar Open at 6pm

Tickets cost £16 per person.  If members wish to attend, please add your name to the appropriate list on the Club noticeboard, and enter the name of your partner.  Payment is preferably by cheque, which can either be posted in the box in front of the noticeboard or given direct to Rosemary.

New Year's Eve Party

The club is holding a Duplicate Bridge and Champagne Party on New Year's Eve.  Guests are welcome, and there will be a host, so you can sign up even if you have no partner.  The cost is £14 per person inclusive of table money.   The bar will be open at 7.15, and the bridge commences at 8.00.  At approximately 11.00, a finger buffet and complimentary champagne (or non-alcoholic alternative) will be served and we shall stay to welcome in the New Year.  Please sign up on the list in the hall, and purchase your tickets by Monday 5th December (cash to Rosemary or by cheque in the box provided).

What's On In December
Wed 14th December Noon Afternoon Christmas Party - see above
Mon 19th December 6pm Evening Christmas Party - see above
Mon 26th December   Club Closed
Sat 31st December 8pm New Year's Eve Party - see above
Competition News

  Kent Congress

Members' successes in the Swiss Teams  were:

Gerald Soper's team won the Owl Cup.

Pictured left are the joint second team of Diana Avis, Diane Rogers, Colin Wilson and Ann Hunt

Pictured right are the winners of the Birkle Bowl for the highest-placed non-expert team of Mark Mortimer, Bob Fordham, David Keith and Duncan Cox

In the Swiss Pairs, Frances Connell and Steve Barnfield won the Gentry Cup for the highest placed married pair. Jonathan Wittmann and Nick McCarthy won the Puddleduck Plate for the highest placed non-expert pair.

Winners of the Latest Club Competitions

John Murrell and Irvine Caplan won the Autumn Championship Pairs

 

Diane Rogers and Colin Wilson won the Maud Corbett Cup

The Friday afternoon ladder was won by  Maurice Allin

 

 

 

Pictured right are Jill Skinner and Jeremy Willans,  winners for the third successive year of the Centenary Cup for Mixed Pairs; also winners (playing at Hawkhurst) of the TW and Hawkhurst Pairs Salver.

Barbara Collins and Ravi Athwal have won the Tatlow and White Salver for the third successive year, this time partnering Gwyneth Davies and Ian Draper

 

Espen and Helen Erichsen have recently both achieved national success. 

Espen was a member of the team that won the Gold Cup - he is third from left in the picture. 

Helen won the Great Northern Swiss Pairs with Fiona Brown - see the picture on the right.

Jeremy Willans, Ian Draper, Norman Selway, Colin Wilson and Gerald Soper comprised 5/8 of the Kent team for the Tollemache qualifier, achieving an excellent 2nd place and qualification for the final.

 

 

 

Congratulations to all

 

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..