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.  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.

Bridge Classes
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.

'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..

More Success for our Club Teams!
More Success for our Club Teams!

 

 

Last year we were delighted to announce that our National Inter-Club Knockout ('NICKO') team had won this prestigious competition.  It is with great pleasure and admiration that we report that they have done so again!  They achieved this by beating seven strong teams including two of national calibre from Manchester and the Young Chelsea B C.  Many congratulations to the team of Andrew Cairns, Espen and Helen Erichsen, Norman Selway and Jeremy Willans.

 

Monica Aitken

 

KCBA have announced that Monica Aitken has been awarded the Dimmie Fleming Award, the highest honour the EBU awards to County volunteers. As well as services to Kent for more than 15 years, Monica served on our club committee for four years and was the TW congress secretary for five years.  The last club member to be so recognised was Ray White in 2002.

KCBA Larsky Cup heats

The format of  KCBA's premier annual pairs event, the Larsky Cup, is to hold multiple heats at Kent bridge clubs followed by semi-finals in February and a final on Saturday 16 March in Maidstone.  The following TWBC sessions have been designated as heats:  (1) Tuesday eve 27 Nov, (2) Monday eve 3 Dec, (3) Thursday eve 13 Dec and (4) Wednesday aft 9 January.  Normal table money (members £3.50, non-m £5.00) applies to all who play at these sessions whether they are interested in the KCBA competition or not, and in any case only pairs whose primary allegiance is to Kent are eligible for the Larsky.  The KCBA will write to all eligible pairs who achieve 50%+ inviting them to play in one of their semi-finals. Players are entitled to make more than one attempt to qualify.

Christmas Parties
Afternoon Party and Pairs Wednesday 12 December at 12.30pm.......Bar Open at Noon
Evening Party and Pairs Monday 17 December at 6.30pm ............. Bar Open at 6pm

Tickets cost £16 per person, which includes a 2-course buffet and table money.  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.  Tickets will be issued on receipt of payment.

New Year's Eve Party

The club is holding a Duplicate Bridge and Champagne Party on New Year's Eve, at which guests are welcome.  The cost is £15 per person inclusive of table money.   The bar will be open at 7.15, and the bridge commences at 8pm.  At about 11pm 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 Wednesday 19th December (cash to Rosemary or by cheque in the box provided).

What's On In December
Fri 14 December 7pm Gentle Duplicate
Mon 17 December 6pm Evening Xmas Party - see above
Thu 20 December 1pm Gentle Duplicate
Mon 24 - Wed 26 December     Club Closed
Mon 31 December 8pm New Year's Eve Champagne Party and Pairs - see above
The Club is open as usual on New Year's Day
Members' National Successes

Congratulations to our team of Andrew Cairns, Norman Selway, Jeremy Willans, Espen and Helen Erichsen who have beaten a strong Manchester team to reach the final of the "NICKO" competition

....and commiserations to Espen Erichsen whose team were overtaken in the final match of the
Premier League and finished a very close second.  Nevertheless it is likely that members of the team
will be invited to represent England in the
forthcoming Camrose competition

Also to the following members who represented Kent in the 2018-19 Tollemache Cup regional semi-final, which they won:

Jeremy Willans, Ian Draper, Norman Selway, Espen and Helen Erichsen, Colin Wilson and Gerald Soper

Members' County Successes

Congratulations to Ian Draper and Gwyneth Davies who won the Hunter Cup (awarded to the highest married pair in Kent's Mixed Pairs)

......and to Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner who won the Sussex Mixed Pairs AND the Sussex Autumn Congress Mixed Pairs AND came second in the Dyer Smith (Kent Mixed Pairs: Eddie Lucioni and Jean Smallwood fifth)

...and to Jean Smallwood and Eddie Lucioni who won the Swiss Teams at the KCBA Congress (Jennie Cain fourth).  Eddie Lucioni also finished fourth in the Swiss Pairs

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.

Members' Club Successes

Congratulations to.....

Colin Wilson and Gerald Soper, who won the Autumn Championship Pairs

Steve Barnfield and Frances Connell, who have won the Handley trophy for the Tuesday ladder with one session to spare

Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner, who have won the TW / Hawkhurst Salver - though on behalf of Hawkhurst D B C, not TWBC

Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner, and Maggie Piazza and John Plumpton, who won the Centenary Cup (autumn mixed pairs)

Bob Fordham and Jeff Lock, and Dave Voller and John Brown, who won the Brian Forty Trophy (Mark Mortimer and Christine Whyman ineligible)

Sue Holden and Rosemary Hull, and  Jean Smallwood and Eddie Lucioni, who won the 2009 Centenary Cup (Denise Baxter and David Greene ineligible)

Mike Griffiths who won the Friday afternoon ladder (John Brown ineligible as last year's winner)

Brian Lippard and Eddie Lucioni who won the Maud Corbett Cup

Yvonne Shaw and Tony Golding, who won the Lushington Cup (rubber bridge), and Emmanuel Di Bona and Simon Children who won the Lushington Plate (Gerhard Hess and Brian Lippard having graciously declined the honour)

Ian Draper, Gwyneth Davies, Barbara Collins and Angela Treen who won the Tatlow & White Rose Bowl

Members' Contact Details

A list of members' telephone numbers and e-mail addresses is held within a private area of this website, in accordance with the Club's Privacy Policy.  Members who wish to contact other members can do so by clicking on Members Only above, and logging in.   The Club's Privacy Policy can be viewed within "Information" in the menu on the left.