Abbeygate Bridge Club
Nowton Court Village, Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5LU
Christmas Party

Abbeygate Bridge Club invites all members to Christmas drinks at 6:00pm at Nowton Court on Tuesday 19th December before our usual duplicate. Drinks provided, please bring snacks and finger food. Prizes for overall and handicap winners. All welcome, please join us even if you are not Tuesday 'regulars'

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RealBridge information


If you are unfamiliar with RealBridge please ensure that you have read the Player Guide before you log in:

You can test your microphone and camera here:

The RealBridge Room will be open from 6.30 pm on Monday.   Please log in no later than 6.50 pm.
After clicking on the link please fill in your forename and surname, e.g. Ian Jones (not I. Jones or Ian J), and ID number (which is your EBU number).  Once you have logged in please sit at a table with your partner and chat to them and your opponents while you are waiting for the start.

If you require any further information regarding the event please contact Tim Evans:

Last updated : 8th Nov 2022 16:20 GMT
Bridge for Fun time and date

Venue: Blackbourne Community Centre,
Elmswell IP30 9GY

Time and Date: Friday 21st April, 1:30 for 2:00pm start (please be seated by 1:45)

Last updated : 5th Mar 2023 12:07 GMT
Learn to play bridge at Abbeygate
Last updated : 10th May 2023 10:22 BST
Hospice Bridge Friday October 20th 2023

Entries are now open for the next Bridge for Fun afternoon in support of St Nicholas Hospice Care, at the Blackbourne Centre in Elmswell

Please note the slightly earlier start time, to be seated to start play promptly at 1:30pm

Once again there will be an excellent tea, provided by the Bury Friends Group

Click here to download and print an entry form. Entry forms will also be available at local bridge clubs over the next few weeks. 

More information as always from Bridget: or 01284 749009

Last updated : 29th Sep 2023 14:55 BST
Hospice Bridge
Mo and Terry

The Hospice Bridge Tea on Friday 21st April raised over £2,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care. Players enjoyed an excellent tea and an afternoon of duplicate bridge at the Blackbourne Centre in Elmswell. 

Congratulations to Carol Smith and Ivor Thulborn, winners East-West in their section in their first tournament since starting to play bridge as complete beginners last year. Overall winners were Mo and Terry. Nick and Jane Foster tied for second place with Celia and Elizabeth, just a whisker ahead of Caroline Harris and Sam Pickering. Jonathan and Paddy topped their section North-South. Click here to see the full results and boards

Many thanks to all who worked hard to make the day a success, especially Anne and the catering team, also to Stansfield Bridge Club and Cavendish Bridge Club for the loan of Bridgemates and bidding boxes


Last updated : 20th Oct 2023 19:03 BST
Wednesday Relaxed Duplicate returns at Nowton Court

Members and visitors gathered at Nowton Court on Wednesday 5th April for an enjoyable evening of relaxed duplicate, with a glass of wine on offer to celebrate the return of this popular session. After a short presentation on Red Suit Transfers by Nancy, players settled down to seven rounds of bridge, with members on hand to assist with tricky bidding problems.

Congratulations to Jackie and Jane who topped the ranking with a creditable 62%. Chris and Laila were joint second with Celia and Elizabeth

Duplicate sessions will run every Wednesday evening, 6:30 for 6:45pm start. All members will be welcome to enjoy the sociable atmosphere and a relaxed pace of play. Results and boards will be available on the website, scroll down to Results on the right of this screen to view.

Last updated : 20th Oct 2023 19:03 BST
Birthday Flowers for Celia

Celia discovered that some things are hard to keep quiet when Jonathan (directing) presented her with flowers on behalf of members in recognition of her big birthday last week

Celia started the tradition of Tuesday night bridge twenty years ago when she was teaching bridge at West Suffolk College and the club's home was Risbygate Sports Club. Many of her former students are current members and regular players at Abbeygate, and elsewhere in the county. 

Last year Celia was awarded Honorary Life Membership in recognition of her contribution to the club over the past two decades, click here to read more

Last updated : 20th Oct 2023 19:04 BST
Masters of Bridge..
George and Terry

Congratulations to Terry Sawers who received his Bridge Master certificate recently from the EBU on achieving 5000 Masterpoints. Terry has a way to go though before overtaking George Moody, who is an EBU Life Master, holding no fewer than 215,500 Masterpoints (as of last week, by this week it may be more!)

Masterpoints are a measure of lifetime achievement in bridge. Higher ranking players will usually have played for many years and competed successfully in county and national events. George has played card games since childhood and took up bridge in his thirties, going on to play in national competitions. He also played football until he was 59.


To find out more about Masterpoints, go to the EBU website, sign in with your EBU number and password and from the Home page select Gradings and Rankings. To see your own Masterpoint record, from My EBU select Masterpoints

Last updated : 20th Oct 2023 19:04 BST


 AUTUMN 2022


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Last updated : 20th Oct 2023 19:04 BST
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Last updated : 1st Nov 2023 07:42 GMT