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.
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Published 3 November.
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..
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.
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.
Repairs to the rear of the roof are underway and will not be completed until later in 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.
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 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
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 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.
Colin Wilson and Gerald Soper, who won the Autumn Championship Pairs
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)
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)
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 John Brown & Bob Fordham who won the Dymant Cup.
Ian Draper, Gwyneth Davies, Barbara Collins and Angela Treen who won the Tatlow & White Rose Bowl
Members can view the minutes of past AGMs and Committee Meetings by clicking here. If not already logged in, you will need to do so before you can view them.