Basingstoke Bridge Club
a friendly club offering opportunities to learn as well as play
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22nd July 2024
Virtual Club Pairs
RealBridge 7.15pm
Director: Robbie Burns
Scorer: Robbie
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22nd July 2024
First Steps into Duplicate
Maydene 7.15pm
Director: Heather Frazer
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23rd July 2024
9 High Event
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Scorer: Charmaine
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  Club Xmas Party 2023


62 people attended the Club Xmas Party on 20th December at the Chute Pavilion, Sherborne St John.  What a fabulous night we all had.  Great food and great bridge.  Thanks to everyone who contributed either with food, bringing tables, helping on the night, taking photos (Sam) or just generally contributing to the fun atmosphere.  Huge thanks to Malcolm for organising all of the bridge and who had us all trying to 'fudge' our contracts to attempt to get a score that we needed on our bingo card!  It was unfortunate that the band had to pull out at the last minute, but hopefully we can arrange another event next year where we can all get to hear them, the singers, and the dancers.

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  Fund raising event on 1st June


£1,451.75 was raised!!

Well the Fund Raising Event at Sherborne St John on Saturday afternoon was a Roaring Success - from the Roaring 20's to 70's music to the singing,  the incredible dancing demonstrations and the fun line dancing session for everyone!  Over 100 people were treated to an amazing afternoon with Scones, Tea and Sangria (for those that bought a raffle ticket).

Well done to our newly formed Band and Singers - John, Alan, Tim, Caroline, Dayl, Mel, Anona, Chris and Sam who were making their debut for the club - you did us proud.  Thank you to Caroline, Sue and their partners for their very 'sensual' Argentine Tango demonstrations

and a big thank you to all involved with the organisation, the making of the scones, the servers, washer uppers and those that helped clear up - far too many to name all - but in particular, Anona, Sam, Barbara, Clive, Bunny and Paul.

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  Club Weekend Away 2022
  • Championship Pairs Winners
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  • Handicap Pairs Winners
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♠   Club Weekend Away in Bournemouth  ♣ 

56 club members and some partners enjoyed a recent weekend of fun bridge at the Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth.  It was great to meet up with so many and also enjoy the seaside town and surrounding area!

A full report of the event will be coming in the next newsletter but in the meantime thanks go to

John F, Jean, Stan, Malcolm, John G, Judi, Anne T, Ivor, Sally and Heather

who all had a hand in organising or helping towards the various events.

  Club regains the Teams of 8 Simmons Cup 2019
Club regains the Teams of 8 Simmons Cup 2019

Our annual match against Newbury (Simmons Cup for Mixed pairs) took place recently. This year we were successful in reclaiming the trophy after it had been in Newbury's possession for the last 2 years! 

Well done to our team of Chris & Helen Kinloch, Manny & Fil Navarro, Tracey Adams & Steve Tearle, Mary and Andrew Ferguson,  Sandra Ruffell and Keith Bennett,

Viv Morris & George Collins and Ann Goss & Keith Williams and Jane Rutherford and John Fairhurst.

Special thanks to Newbury for again playing the match in such a friendly manner, an enjoyable day for all!



  St Leonard's on Sea photos 2019
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  Fun Bridge at the Club 2018

This year we again held  our party at the Chute Pavilion so we could all mix up together.It was good company, food, drinks and prizes.

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  50th Anniversary and reopening of the club 2016
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  Xmas Party All friends together 2016
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  Alencon visit 2016
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Back in 1982 bridge players were suddenly invited to participate in the annual Basingstoke/Alencon twinning Festival of Sport. Two Alencon players arrived for the weekend to stay with Chris & Helen Kinloch. Since then firm friendships have been made.

Although the other twinning visits have fallen away, the exchange between the Bridge clubs has grown and every year, each club has hosted the Bridge match along with social visits.

This year it was the French hosting the visit and although it normally takes place in May, it was an Autumn weekend this time.

The Basingstoke team, Chris & Helen Kinloch, John & Barbara Glasscock, Andrew & Mary Ferguson, Graham & Liz Bragg, David Walton & Anne James and May Lawn & Danielle Sissingh, arrived in bright sunshine in Alençon  to the usual warm welcome from French friends, old and new. There were nine tables for the bridge tournament in the afternoon. Unfortunately none of our pairs came top, so we had to relinquish the Raymond Guérin trophy which we won in Basingstoke last year.  However, as usual, the bridge competition was only one small part of the weekend and it was followed by several  apperitifs and a delicious meal at the club.

On Sunday we visited Le Perche, an area of natural beauty situated around the town of Belleme in the south-east of the Orne department of southern Normandy. Despite the light rain and mist which continued throughout the day, everyone really enjoyed looking round the picturesque villages and trying to find answers to quiz questions about the area. After lunch at the golf club some brave souls took part in a two hole putting competition, the scores for which were added to our team's quiz totals.

Anne & David were the worthy winners of the Sunday events. Back at the Alençon bridge Club there were more apperitifs and another beautiful meal. We did manage to sing an adaptation of the well known French song "Ma Normandie" as a thank you to our hosts.

 Dates are still to be arranged, but we look forward to welcoming our French friends in Basingstoke again next year.