1973. A Club newsletter was issued. The EBU asked clubs to raise money to support the 1975 European Cup, and a Bridge Drive was later planned for 1974. Mr Lemon, who took the beginners classes, left the area and Mrs Morgan was asked to take over.
Membership now stood at 55. As a result of the annual surplus of £33 the Club's bank balance had improved to £31. Annual subscriptions were increased from £1.75 to £2
It was agreed that master points would not be issued on Club nights. Two additional card tables were purchased.
Social events during the year included a car rally and a carvery buffet and dance at The British Legion Club (£1.75 per head).
1974. A coffee morning raised £14.50, and further funds were received from a Bridge Drive. The annual club dinner was again held at the Stanhope Arms.
The A team "did not have a successful year", but the B team was promoted as top of Division 6. There was a financial surplus of £17 for the year and the club balances were £48.
The events programme included a club pairs competition, two Bridge Drives (one of these being at Christmas) and a car rally. Matters raised for club nights were that there should be an earlier start, speedier play should be encouraged, boards would be kept on the table and North should be in charge of the table. The introduction of an electric timer as an aid to reduce slow play was deemed successful.
Space in the College staff room was limited as membership increased. Therefore, a limit on membership of 60 was considered. A second room was set up which appeared to run separate from the main room.
Elaine Hampton was appointed A Team captain.
1975. A sub-committee set up to manage club nights. It was agreed that there should be "no inquests" after hands had been played. Members arriving after 7 pm on club nights would have to play rubber bridge.
Subscriptions were increased to £2.50 (£1.50 for senior citizens), 25p of this going to the College.
The A team was relegated to Division 5 and the B Team was relegated to Division 6. The annual dinner was again held at the Stanhope Arms at a cost of £2.50 per head. Club night attendance averaged 8 tables.
1976. David Hutton took over as Secretary, Mrs Snook having resigned. The founder Chairman, Mr Snook, resigned as President.
The annual dinner was held at the Royal Hotel, and included a slide show/talk by Dr Watt. There was an annual profit of £75 leaving a balance of £145. Membership was now close to 60, the agreed limit. The Autumn Trophy (also known as the Criddle Cup) was established.
1977. Syd Criddle was elected Chairman and Bill Longden was elected Treasurer. A rule revision required that no committee member could hold office for more than three years. A Summer Trophy (KO Plate) was introduced,to be based on rubber bridge. The trophy was supplied by a Burton-on-Trent company, Robert Morton, Delaney, Galley of which David Hutton was Managing Director. The annual dinner was again at the Royal, at a cost of £3.75 per head.
There was a deficit for the year of £8 leaving a balance of £137. There was an overtime issue with the College caretaker, requiring bridge nights to end at 9.45 pm Much animosity built up between the caretaker and the Club as match nights could not be guaranteed to end by that time. The Club offered to pay overtime to the caretaker but this was not accepted. As a result the committee felt that there was a need to seek an alternative venue.
1978. Charles Marsh was elected Chairman and Gordon Grimley was elected Treasurer. There was a surplus for the year of £2 and the balance was £139.
The B team won Division 5. The Christmas Bridge Drive was by now a regular annual success. Willesley Park Golf Club was approached as a potential alternative venue for team matches but declined. A bridge match with Ashby's twin town, Pithiviers, was proposed.
1979. Elaine Hampton was elected Chairman and Tony James was elected Secretary. Industrial action at the College by NUPE meant that bridge had to finish at 9.30 pm on a club night. Alternative accommodation was sought. Venue offers from Measham Miners Welfare and from Packington Village Hall were declined. The Hockey & Cricket Club was contacted as a possible venue.
The surplus for the year was £17 leaving a balance of £156. The first Captain's Cup was held for a trophy provided by Elaine Hampton. It was agreed to offer master points for the following season.