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Stewards rota

The following rota for steward duty covers January-April 2023. If you are unavailable on any of these dates, or need to change, please contact Jenny Coats.

January 2023: 6 Janet McDougall; 13 Mike O'Sullivan; 20 Gillian Nolan; 27 Breda Adcock

February: 3 Glynis Currie; 10 Diana Salisbury; 17 Hilary Smith; 24 Gavin Walker

March: 3 Paul Warran; 10 Robert West; 17 Brian Whittaker; 24 Mary Walker; 31 Rachel Osborne

April: 7 Sid Adcock; 14 Christine Andrew; 21 Michael Blandy; 28 Richard Bradley

Directors' rota


Directors' rota for January-March 2023: January: 6 Sue Hands; 13 Georgie Dalton; 20 Breda Adcock; 27 Nigel Lewis. February: 3 Sue Hands; 10 Georgie Dalton; 17 Nigel Lewis; 24 Sue Hands. March: 3 Breda Adcock; 10 Georgie Dalton; 17 Nigel Lewis; 24 Sue Hands; 31 Breda Adcock

Bridge Etiquette

Please observe the EBU rules of Conduct and Etiquette at all times, especially the parts that say "bridge is an extremely enjoyable game", "make bridge enjoyable for yourself, partner and opponents" and "enjoy the company as well as the game". 

News Page

This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

Hand of the Month July 2015

North                    South

♠ KJ65               ♠ AQ7        Bidding is: -

♥ 3                     ♥ AQ         W    N    E    S 

♦ KQ3                ♦ J1042      -     1♣   1  3NT  

♣ QJ1097          ♣ 6432        P    P     P

You get the expected heart lead think carefully before you proceed.

You need 3 more tricks.  You need to try and develop tricks in your longest combined suit which is clubs. To do this you need to lose the lead twice but that leaves the heart suit wide open and you will go down. You need to play diamonds immediately, which will get you 3 more tricks, the same as you would get from the club suit but only losing the lead once.  You should play a diamond to the king at trick 2.

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Last updated : 24th Sep 2015 12:27 GMT
Bridge as a sport - the Judicial Review

28 APR 2015

Bridge has again been in the headlines recently, with reports in the national media on the case involving the EBU, Sport England, and whether ‘bridge is a sport’.

In the most recent hearing Mr Justice Mostyn ruled that a judicial review could be undertaken against Sport England’s refusal to recognise bridge as a sport. This is a first step in the legal process to have Sport England recognise bridge as a sport, so whilst it is not a definitive decision in itself it is an important and positive step towards a favourable ruling and a reversal of Sport England’s position.

Sport England is the organisation which determines which activities are recognised as sports in England, and it chooses to use a 1992 definition provided by the European Sports Charter. This definition refers to “sport and physical recreation”, which Sport England has chosen to interpret as excluding all Mind Sports. The last time Parliament assessed the issue of ‘what is a sport’ was when considering the Charities Act in 2011, and on that occasion it specifically included Mind Sports. The Charity Commission now recognises as ‘sports’, activities which promote health involving physical or mental skill or exertion, and as such includes bridge as a sport. As you will know, English Bridge Education and Development, and some county bridge associations and clubs are now recognised as charities due to the public benefit offered by playing bridge. The EBU therefore believes that the position of Sport England in respect to bridge is contrary to the most recent legislation. It is also at odds with the position of the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, and the governments of other European countries (including Ireland, the Netherlands and Poland), who all recognise bridge as a sport.

A reversal of Sport England’s position would give the opportunity for the EBU, and counties and clubs, to receive funding (whether from national or local sources), which can be used, for example, for the development of playing facilities, or for teaching initiatives, whether for children or adult players. It would also enable bridge to receive greater opportunities to be included in the pursuits available to certain groups. These factors would enable, for example, greater exposure to school children, or to those older people who may be affected by social isolation or cognitive decline. It would also be an important step in the EBU’s case with HMRC regarding VAT.

The EBU hopes that a favourable outcome will be to the benefit of its members, but also to all current, and potential, bridge players in the country, and to society as a whole. We hope that irrespective of personal opinion of what constitutes a ‘sport’, all members will appreciate the inconsistencies in Sport England’s position, and that the benefits of playing bridge deserve the greater exposure that a change in their stance could generate.

Given that bridge is currently in the public’s thoughts we would encourage you to contact your local media, or your local MP (perhaps after May 7th), and extol the virtues of bridge. You need not address the issue of whether it is, or isn’t, a sport – that is something which will ultimately hinge on a legal ruling – but please explain why it is such a worthwhile pursuit and should get the greater prominence and funding which the status of ‘sport’ would allow it to receive. Any positive response which your contribution receives may aid the EBU’s case, but more significantly can help increase interest in bridge in your local area.

Links to press coverage and media interviews are available below.


Last updated : 23rd Jul 2015 08:48 GMT
June 15 Hand of the Month

One member has sent in the following hand: -

  North                    South

♠ AK65432           ♠ -              Contract is 7NT

♥ K                      ♥ AQJ        West leads a    

♦ AK                    ♦ QJ10       How do you make the contract?  

♣ AKQ                 ♣ J1098765  

Answer - Take the first trick with the  H ace. Play the H Q and H J discarding the D A and D K. Play the D Q, the D J  and the D 10 discarding the C A, C K, and C Q the clubs are then masters.

Last updated : 23rd Jul 2015 08:43 GMT