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LEARNING BRIDGE
Bridge Lessons in Worcestershire

The following lists shows teachers who offer lessons in Worcestershire. Most teachers work from the English Bridge Union course which is based on a Beginners year of two terms followed by an Improvers year of two terms, after which players should be able to play duplicate bridge at a club or play socially to a good standard.

There are also further lessons available for players who want to develop their game beyond the EBU syllabus, and other teachers not listed below sometimes also offer lessons.

If you would like to discuss learning bridge, or if you are unsure what level of tuition is right for you, please get in touch with the County's Education Rep Mike Vetch, at mike1958v@mail.com or on 01905 769877.

Teachers offering Beginners Classes

Redditch area Eve Doyle evedoyle@blueyonder.co.uk 01527 62777
Malvern area Joyce Skelton joyce.skelton@sky.com 07584 299153
Evesham area Alan/Liz Boyes alan1pdbc@btinternet.com 01386 861787
Wyre Forest Richard Greenwood rmgreenwood@talktalk.net 01299 402513
Bromsgrove area Eugene Elijah   01527 871255
Worcester area Mike Vetch mike1958v@mail.com 01905 769877
Worcester area Helen Cameron   01905 864168

 

Teachers offering Improvers Classes

Malvern area Joyce Skelton
joyce.skelton@sky.com
07584 299153
Evesham area Liz Boyes   01386 861787
Wyre Forest Richard Greenwood rmgreenwood@talktalk.net 01299 402513
Bromsgrove area Ian Lewis   01384 395962

 

Teachers offering classes for Intermediate / Experienced players

Malvern Mike Theelke miketheelke@sky.com 01684 897757
Arrow Ian Thompson   01789 762447

 

Courses for Autumn 2018

Venue Teacher Day Level Places available? Contact
Leigh Sinton Joyce Skelton Mon morning Consolidation (beginners) Yes Joyce, see above
Leigh Sinton Joyce Skelton Mon afternoon Improvers/Intermediate Yes Joyce, see above
HoW College, Worcester Mike Vetch Tue evening Beginners Yes Mike/ Book direct
Malvern Mike Theelke Wed morning Revision: recent learners/Social Yes Mike T, see above
Malvern Mike Theelke Wed afternoon Revision: improvers/New club players Yes Mike T, see above
Malvern Mike Theelke Thur afternoon Intermediate for Club players Please ask Mike T, see above
Areley Kings, Stourport Richard Greenwood Thur evening Improvers/Intermediate Yes Richard, see above
Malvern Mike Theelke Tue morning Revision: recent learners/Social FULL
Malvern Mike Theelke Thur morning Revision: improvers/New club players FULL

Please note that only those courses in bold marked Beginners can cater for new beginners; Beginners extension is a second-term course.

Courses for January 2019

Venue Teacher Day Level Places available? Contact
Pershore BC Alan Boyes Single Weekend: 2nd/3rd March 2019 Beginners, Fast-Track Yes Alan, see above
Leigh Sinton, nr Malvern Joyce Skelton Monday, 10am till 12-30pm Beginners, Fast-Track Yes Joyce, see above
Leigh Sinton, nr Malvern Joyce Skelton Monday, 1-30pm Improvers, 7 sessions from 21st Jan Yes Joyce, see above
Malvern Mike Theelke Tue morning Revision: recent learners/Social Please ask Mike T, see above
Various (Hive, WBC, DBC) Mike Vetch Tue evening Beginners extension Please ask Mike Vetch, see above
Malvern Mike Theelke Wed morning Revision: recent learners/Social Yes Mike T, see above
Malvern Mike Theelke Wed afternoon Revision: improvers/New club players Yes Mike T, see above
Malvern Mike Theelke Thur morning Revision: improvers/New club players Please ask Mike T, see above
Malvern Mike Theelke Thur afternoon Intermediate for Club players Please ask Mike T, see above
HoW College, Redditch Mike Vetch Thur evenings, from 24th Jan Beginners Fast-Track Yes Mike Vetch, see above
Areley Kings, Stourport Richard Greenwood Thur evenings, from 10th Jan Beginners Fast-Track Please ask Richard, see above

 

 

Training/Teaching Initiative throughout Worcestershire

The WCBA Committee decided last year that it should put in place a bridge teaching and training initiative aimed at the average club player to help them improve their game and help make their participation more enjoyable. This initiative has become even more relevant with the unfortunate loss of John Cattanach who, more than anyone, has helped new players develop. As a result, Ian Thompson, with the help of Mike Theelke, has put together a series of one-day and half-day seminars which have been offered to the clubs within the County. A number of these have already been successfully run at various club premises and more are in the pipeline.

The seminars consist of a discussion on a particular topic followed by the bidding and playing of set hands which give the players the opportunity to practice what they have learnt. Following a sandwich lunch, a session of supervised play is usually carried out with Ian and Mike on hand to assist.

Topics developed include:

  • Planning the defence
  • Part score competitive bidding
  • Planning the play of the hand
  • Use of the double

If any club wishes to consider running such a seminar then please contact Ian Thompson on 01789 762447 or by e-mail to ian.arrowbridge@tiscali.co.uk The website Bridge at Arrow website will also provide additional information.