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History of Competitions

This page contains details on the club competititions and the rules.

 
 
  The Martin Warner Cup

“Martin was my bridge partner for several years at WBC and I never knew him to criticise or argue with another player. He was always extremely courteous and gentlemanly, was a pleasure to play with, very generous with the time he gave voluntarily to WBC and a great asset to the club.” – Martin McDonald

  The Doreen Charteris Cup

“I met Doreen Charteris many years ago at a Ploughman’s session at Wimbledon Bridge club. Whilst opposing her at the table one day, she asked me if I would partner her at a future Ploughman’s and we began to play regularly at this session.

Distinctive in her dress and hairstyle, Doreen won many cups and competitions and was a regular on the Congress circuit with her partner and friend Marie Horlock.

Doreen was a staunch member of WBC and part of her legacy to the Club has helped to buy a new trophy, which is to be awarded annually in her name. I am proud to have been counted as one of her friends and I miss her dearly.”          - Billie Stephens

  The Bill Medd Cup

Bill Medd took up  bridge seriously after retiring from his position as General Physician at Kingston Hospital. He enjoyed the competitive element in the game and was a most agreeable partner to several of the members. He and Valerie Lane particularly enjoyed the Monday lunch time sessions and, to encourage more members to play at that time in the week, he presented a cup and board. However, the cup is now presented for another event. After many years as a loyal member of the club he and Julia retired to Dorset to be nearer their family and to enjoy fishing for salmon, which was his enduring passion, with some of his grandchildren.

  The Robert Pope Ladder

Robert Pope was a fine gentleman who worked for WBC as Manager for a number of years. He was an immaculately turned out and highly organised person.  He was also a lovely bridge partner. He was a sincere and hard working manager who did his work in a very quiet, diligent and efficient manner. He was very helpful to all members and was able to tackle any problem with a professional approach. He was available every day of the week at the club and his affable nature made him very popular with members. Unfortunately, he had to give up his job due to ill health. His contribution to our club was immense and can never be forgotten.

 

  The Geraldine Helsey Salver for the Charity Pairs

This competition was set up to raise money for local charities, close to the hearts of our members.
Dee Miles and Geraldine Helsey won the competition in its first year and donated the salver to the club.
Geraldine died of cancer soon after.

Many people will remember Geraldine and her surgeon coming to the club to give a demonstration of how she was being fed her drugs through a pipe.
Dee Miles played at the club up until a couple of years ago, when she went into a home, near to where her daughter lived. She died last year.

This competition is held every year, on a Sunday in November. It is a light  hearted event open to all members and their visitors. There are raffle prizes, an auction and a delicious home made afternoon tea. Come along, enjoy the fun and raise some money for charity.

  The Hetty Van Os Trophy For the Individual

Hetty, one of our original members, worked hard for the club, and directed many of our afternoon sessions. She was a firm believer of the Individual event and could always be found playing in that session on a Monday evening.

When the Individual became an annual competition she donated this cup to the club.

An annual competition, which will be held on Bank holiday next year over one session.
Any rank of player, even those who have never played competition bridge before, will enjoy this light hearted event.

  The Jim Reynolds Ladder
Jim Reynolds and his wife, Ruby, were members  No. 1 and no.2 of our club. They helped John and Elizabeth Gullick make the club what it is today. They helped with the transition from St John's Church Hall to 56a Worple Road, and also with the transition from rubber to duplicate bridge. Jim made all the side tables which we are still using today, and gave guidance and assistance with all aspects of the club in its early days. He was a delightful man, a real gentleman, and it was a pleasure to play bridge with him.
  The Jim Ratcliffe Cup for the Men's Pairs

This cup was named after the late Jim Ratcliffe.

Jim was one of our main directors and a math’s teacher at the Holy Cross Convent School in New Malden. His mother, Jackie, also played at the club, until moving to Devon shortly after he died. Always happy and cheerful, he would accommodate any number of people, late or not. He worked tirelessly for the club and was a pleasure to have around. He died very young of a brain tumor, and is sadly missed, but warmly remembered by the club even now.

  The Gwyneth Sather Cup for The 500

Gwyneth was a very good bridge player and together with her husband Stuart won many national and local events.

Gwyneth was a highly regarded and very patient teacher of bridge who introduced many of our present members to the game. She sadly died of cancer in her prime. This event has been named after Gwyneth in recognition of her contribution to the teaching and development of new players at WBC.

  The Bartlett Bowl for the Mixed Pairs

Jean Bartlett and her husband, Chris Bartlett are both founder members of the club, and Jean is a former Chairman, and session Director. The Bartlett Bowl was presented to the club by Jean Bartlett to mark her years as Chairman of the club in its early days, covering the period of its transition from a Proprietor's club to a members' club and dealing with the many necessary changes, including the writing of the revised Constitution. Jean wanted to give something different from the traditional cup, something which could be used by the recipient. i.e. as a fruit bowl or for a flower display, rather than just being displayed  in a trophy cabinet. She also liked the idea of an alliterative title. It is one of our most beautiful trophies.

 

  The Malcolm Willcock Ladder

Malcolm was a major figure in the world of Classics being a professor at Oxford and later founding the Classics department at Lancaster University.

He played bridge to a very high level, and is fondly remembered at the Club for his characteristic modesty and good manners.  He took over as Chairman at short notice when he was approaching 80, and was one of the kindest and most popular Chairmen in the Club’s history.

  The Peel Cup for the Ladies Pairs

This trophy was donated to the club by Joan Peel.

Geoffrey and Joan were founder members of the club, who moved to Cheltenham some years ago, but we are fortunate to have players of such quality back with us again at the club. Ironically this was the only competition that Joan failed to win!

This competition is held annually, around Easter time.

It is open to all lady members, for the first time in 2011 will be run as a mini ladder

  The Felix Karlsen Cup and Bochsler Cup for Club Teams Championship

These two cups were donated to the club for our annual teams championships.

Felix Karlsen was introduced to the club by our founder John Gullick. He taught bridge here for many years. He died about 10 years ago, but is still warmly remembered by all that knew him.

Jim Bochsler worked tirelessly for the club over the years, as a Director, as Treasurer, as Chairman and as a Committee Member. He donated the cup to the club and has been the proud winner of it several times. Jim died in 2014.

This competition is run as one event. It is a team of four event open to all members whatever their rank.

The winners of the top half win the Bochsler Cup.

The Karlsen Cup is a trophy for the winners of the Mixed Pivot teams