Monday evenings 6.45–9.30
Each session starts with a short discussion of one of last week's hands, followed by 14 hands of assisted play.
Tutors: Christine MacFarlane, Chris Jones and Trevor Purches.
Cost: £7 pp, including refreshments
For more information, contact Christine.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UPDATE Mixed fortunes for our members playing in the Gold Cup (see below). They won their semifinal against Zia Mahmoud's team only to lose the final on the following day against Simon Cope's team. Congratulations – and commiserations – from us all.
Taf Anthias & Chris Dixon, with teammates Sally Brock and Barry Meyers, defeated a strong Welsh team on Sunday in the quarter-final round of the Gold Cup. Consequently they will be playing at Solihull in the semi-final this Saturday and, we hope, in the final on Sunday.
A team from Bath University, supported by Bath BC and including Bath BC members James Green and David Birkinshaw, played in this year's inter-university competition, the Portland Bowl – the first time a team from Bath University has entered.
Unfortunately, they ended up suffering a first round defeat to the Oxford team by the agonisingly small margin of 87–92 IMPS.
Congratulations to John Perry and Marianne Lewin, winners of this year's Swan Trophy, held at Bath BC on Thursday 15 October with a score of 63.17%. This was a successful title defence for Marianne, who won the 2014 Swan Trophy with Colin Webb. Chris & Jan Dixon were in second place with 61.6%.
The Swan Trophy is a charity event, with all table money and any voluntary donations going to Dorothy House. We are pleased to report that the event raised an impressive £250 – many thanks to all participants for their generosity.
For the full result, click on the event name (below right, in the Results section).
This year's Gold Cup begins with a Derby match for two Bath BC teams. The home team – Chris Dixon, Taf Anthias, Pat Davies & Richard Samter – will take on visitors Roger Karn, Richard Moore, Ambrose Holmes-Mackie and Hugh Gross starting at 6.45 on Wednesday 9th September.
RESULT: Congratulations to the Dixon team, who won 77-57.
Spot the Bath BC players ...
Click here for an aerial photo of the Oxford Hall in Brighton during August this year.
The photo features several regular and not so regular players at Bath BC. Can you spot them all?
Triple click in the green space below for the answer.
Paul Cooper, James Green, Vic Holden, Chris Jones, Dave Latchem, Alex Lawton, Marion Loudoun, Jane Portnall
Congratulations to Chris & Jan Dixon, winners of this year's Pepys Trophy, held at Bath BC on Thursday 2 July with a score of +47 IMPs.
Richard Moore & Roger Bendall came 2nd, with +40 IMPs, and in 3rd place with +29 IMPs were Keith Radmall & Barry Shephard.
Congratulations to these recently promoted members:
Congratulations to Jerry Hall and Bill Lawrance, winners of this year's Aveyard Trophy held at Bath BC on Wednesday 10 June, with a score of 65.2%.
The £171 table money for this event has been donated to the British Heart Foundation together with £104 in extra donations – a total of £275. Many thanks to all those who took part.
Congratulations to Chris & Jan Dixon, who won the 2015 Chairman's Trophy on Thursday 21 May with 66%, ahead of Taf Anthias & Richard Samter and Graham Hartley & Tim Brierley in 2nd and 3rd places.
Click on the results button (bottom right of this screen) for the full result.
Congratulations to Bath's Pat Davies and Swindon's Katharine Hodgson, winners of this years Wiltshire/Avon Swiss Pairs held at Bath University on Saturday 7 March. Pat and Katharine came first out of 124 pairs with a score of 110 out of a possible 140 VPs.
Many congratulations to Bath BC members Richard Samter and Norman Botton, winners of the Life Masters Pairs section of the EBU Ranked Masters Pairs, held at Birmingham on 28 February & 1st March.
... to our incoming Chairman, Paul Cooper.
Further details of the new committee are available in the AGM minutes in the Members' documents area of the website.
Thank you for the camellia and planter given to note my time as chairman of Bath Bridge Club, for the kind words expressed by John at the AGM and to others who have spoken to me privately. It has been a privilege and largely a pleasure to serve the club as chair for the last 6 years and for many years before that on the committee. I would also like to thank all the committee members, both past and present, who have made the task a pleasure and have worked so hard for the club.
I have not gone away and will continue to support the club in any way I can from the wings, or most probably the store room. I have assured the new chair, Paul Cooper, that he will have any advice he wishes to have and am sure the club is in good hands and will continue to develop while ensuring that the interests of all members are included.
I have potted up the camellia and now have lots of time to find the perfect spot for it in the garden.
With many thanks and good wishes
We had a great 18-table turnout for this charity Sims. Many thanks to those who came and for your generous donations, which were matched pound for pound by Bath BC. Altogether £296 was raised to combat Ebola.
Congratulations to our winners, Chris and Jan Dixon NS and Maureen Mobley and John Maggs EW. Jane Portnall & Rose Rogers and Jackie & Alan Taylor were in 2nd and 3rd places NS, while Jo Seddon & Pat Lewis and Marion Loudoun & Keith Radmall were 2nd and 3rd EW.
At the time of posting, Chris & Jan were lying in 2nd position worldwide – congratulations to them.
Click here to see how you did nationally. A link to the hands commentary is given below.
Congratulations to Taf Anthias and Roger Bendall, who won the Swan Trophy on Thursday 16 October with 63.6%. In second place with 61.4% were Audrey Archer and Vernon Madge, and Alan Perkins and Bill Nadel came 3rd with 60.2%.
Although there were only 12 tables in play, members gave generously for this charity event, and we have been able to send £300 to Dorothy House. Thanks to everyone who took part for their generosity (and their patience with the teething troubles at the start of the evening).
Yes, the weather was a bit chilly and wet for the 34 pairs who played in the Corsham Pairs on Sunday 12th October, but it ended well enough for Bath BC - especially its younger players. The winners were Ambrose Holmes-Mackie and James Green, closely followed by David Birkinshaw and Steve Stafford in second place, with Christine and Richard Moore third. Well played all!
A lovely tea was provided by Corsham BC, to whom many thanks.
A nice new venue, too - pity about the self-opening windows ...
We are sad to announce that Gordon Mobley has died. Gordon was a long-standing member of Bath BC, but because of illness had not played at the club in recent years. Our sincere condolences go to his family, and especially to his wife Maureen.
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in May, June and July 2014
Butler Challenge for the Pepys Trophy
Congratulations to Chris & Jan Dixon on winning the Pepys Trophy on Thursday 31 July (and on their recent wedding).
Ambrose Holmes-Mackie & James Dunlop were in second place and Richard Samter & Roger Karn third.
Congratulations to Steve Lawrence and Terry Butler, winners of the City Cup held on Thursday 10 July.
Thanks to all who took part and made donations: £150 has been sent to Alzheimer's Research UK.
Congratulations to Ian Kirkhope and Maurice Baker, winners of the Aveyard Trophy held at Bath BC on Wednesday 11 June ahead of Arnie Whitfield and Les Shepherd in 2nd place and Marion Loudoun and Keith Radmall in 3rd place.
Congratulations to James Dunlop and Roger Karn, winners of the Chairman's Trophy Final held at Bath BC on Tuesday 13 May. There were a couple of bottles of wine sitting on the front desk at the end of the evening, so we're hoping that these have now been passed on to the winners.
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in March and April 2014
We've been a bit depleted at Bath BC on Wiltshire League matchdays, especially on Premier League nights, but that's reflected in the fact that Bath BC players feature in 4 of the top 5 (out of 13) PL teams as well as in the 1st and 3rd placed (out of 7) League 2 teams.
Well done to you all, but especially to members of the Williamson and Bridge teams, winners of the PL and League 2 respectively. Details of the teams and the final scores are available via the WCBA website (click here).
... to Trevor Purches, Susie Gall, Roger Bendall and Richard Moore, who have just won the Wiltshire Knock-out.
In a close final, the Purches team clawed their way back from a 17-IMP deficit to beat the Hodgson team (Keith Williamson, Bob Bannister, Alan White, Tony Olech and Katharine Hodgson) by 6 IMPS.
Because of closed roads and the Wilts Premier League, we only managed 7 tables for the Sims on Thursday 20th, but we still managed to raise £96 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Many thanks to all who contributed.
If you'd like to see how you did nationally, click here.
Congratulations to ...
Congratulations to Keith Williamson, who with partner Katharine Hodgson won the Corsham Pairs on Sunday 13th October. Commiserations to Maureen Mobley and John Maggs, who came 2nd and Hugh Gross and Roger Karn in 3rd place.
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in January and February 2014
Big numbers on Wednesday evenings ...
... are great news, but can make life tricky for directors, scorers and duplimators. They're also a bit beyond the capabilities of the straight Mitchell movement. Which is why we're experimenting with the Eddy Mitchell ...
Click here for more.
Congratulations to Richard Moore and Roger Bendall, winners of the WCBA Championship Pairs Final held at Devizes on Sunday 16 January. In second place were Huw Oliver and Pat Davies, ahead of third-placed Brian Johnson and Sue Hands.
Congratulations to Chris Dixon and Jan MacLeod, winners of this year's WCBA Mixed Pairs competition held in Devizes on Sunday 26th January.
Our Simultaneous Pairs in aid of the Philippines Disaster Fund on Tuesday 21 January raised £130. Thanks to all those who attended for their generosity.
An assisted play section is now running alongside these social duplicate sessions. Trevor Purches, a qualified and experienced EBU teacher, will provide support and advice for those who feel that they do not yet have the experience or confidence to join in the normal duplicate session.
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in November and December 2013
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in September and October 2013
Congratulations to Colin Webb and Marianne Lewin on winning the Mixed Pairs competition for the Swan Trophy. A total of £310 was raised for Dorothy House: many thanks to all those who took part and donated to this very worthwhile charity.
The changes to announcing and alerting have already been in force in the club since the beginning of August. The main changes are:
Bath Bridge has been granted Charity status by the Charity Commission. This is to promote the amateur sport of contract bridge. The trustees are the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, who are charged to ensure our activities meet the objectives of our charitable purpose. This is not seen as too onerous as our aims have always been to promote bridge in Bath. We will provide annual reports to the Commission, which can be viewed on their web site. Our registered charity number is 1150133, which we must display on all our communications.
Being a charity means we can reclaim tax paid by people making donation to the club. Our annual subscriptions, which go toward administration can, we believe, be treated as donations. Hence we are asking all those who pay tax to complete a Gift Aid form when they pay their annual subs, which are now due. Please return forms to Audrey Archer. It also will aid us in seeking grants and gain beneficial rates should we lease premises.
I would like to thank John Whittleton for all his work in progressing this with the Commission. We would like to hear from anyone who can assist us in maximising the benefits of our new status.
The French bridge players from Aix have just concluded their 6th exchange. All the guests stayed with ten host families. Fine weather made it a truly relaxing occasion and an opportunity for some great bonding.
16 visitors arrived in time for a welcome dinner at the One Beaufort restaurant on the first evening. The mayor's office arranged a reception and visits to the Roman Baths and the Assembly Rooms. Mireille Dany, the local Aix Bridge Exchange organiser, signed the Parlour Visitor's Book on behalf of the visitors. Additionally a group spent a morning at Bath Thermae. The twinning association kindly supported a day at Dyrham House and Park for our French guests.
The group played two bridge evening sessions at the Bath Bridge Club scooping gold, silver and bronze for EW on the first evening. However their fortunes were diminished on the second evening when the Brits managed to hold their own. A final bridge session on the Friday afternoon involving mixed teams was won by Jean-Francois and Mirelle Dany together with two students from the Bridge School of Bath, John Crookes and Nigel Cockburn. The contest played in the delightful setting of the BRLSI was interlaced with a traditional English cream tea, a Pimm's summer cocktail and a sumptuous buffet, all provided by the school.
The guests departed in the early evening to enjoy the opening of the Olympic Games in the comfort of the houses of their hosts. We look forward to going back to Aix in 2013 for a return match.
Congratulations to Alan Reid & Steve Stafford and Tom Martland & Alan Snell, local NS and EW winners of this year's EBU Stratified SIMs.
The highest placed Bath BC pair nationally were Lesley Irving and Ann O'Reilly, who finished 18th overall with a stratified score of 61.13% – congratulations to them also.
Click here to see the commentary on the hands.
Congratulations to Trevor Purches and James Dunlop, local winners of this year's Charity Challenge, held in aid of Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research. The winning score was 62.8%. Trevor and James were also the best-placed Bath pair nationally, in 78th place out of 1324, with 61.6%
Our evening raised £165 for the charity – many thanks to members for their generosity.
Click here to see the commentary booklet for the hands.
Congratulations to Bath BC members John & Ros Marshall, who with teammates Ann White & May Brand won the WCBA Teams of Four competition which took place in Devizes on Sunday 14th February.
To see the full result click here.
Jenny Bates; Andrew Butt; Elizabeth Gilbert; Douglas Higham; Elgar Jenkins; Helen Mohr; Les Shepherd; Brian Webber; Rodney Weaver; Arnie Whitfield.
Many congratulations! 02/09/11
We are sad to report the death oflong-standing member John Doran, who was taken ill at Bristol Bridge Club lastweek and died on Saturday evening. His funeral will be held at 12 noon onThursday 14th July at Haycombe Crematorium.
23 June 2011
Dear TrevorWhat a magnificent farewell you and the Bridge Club gave to Joan and me last night. The champagne we will take to our new home and celebrate our arrival there. The flowers are really beautiful and the cheque was very generous.We have greatly enjoyed being members of Bath Bridge Club and have made many friends there. We will miss the club and its members a great deal.Very many thanks to you all. Joan and David
17 August Rushden & Diamonds
28 September Kidderminster Harriers
5 October Altrincham
9 November Hayes & Yeading
30 November Crawley Town
25 January AFC Wimbledon
We hope these will not detract from the enjoyment of the evenings' bridge.
Rita James 06.08.10
We regret to announce that Audrey Whitaker died peacefully in her sleep last Friday following an illness. Audrey was a member for more than 30 years, back to the time when the club met above Andrews Estate Agents. She was a long-time bridge partner of the late Tony Ballard and for over 25 years with Margaret King. She was also a committee member for many years.
We offer our condolences to her husband Bob and their son, daughter and family.
All members and friends are welcome to attend her funeral, which will be at St Mary's Bathwick on Tuesday 27th at 12.00, followed by a wake at Bathwick Boatman Restaurant, Forrester Avenue, from 1.30 to 5.30. It would be helpful if you could let Margaret King know if you are likely to attend, to have some idea of numbers. Her phone number is 465 217.
It would be helpful if you could let Margaret King know if you are likely to attend, to have some idea of numbers. Her phone number is 465 217.
Audrey will be sadly missed by her friends at Bath Bridge Club.
By way of ensuring a smooth process, when the lead player gathers her cards he/she turns over the pile and presents the top card face up to the scorer immediately and before shuffling them. This works very efficiently.
There was a good attendance (47) at our AGM held on Tuesday 16 March. Two new members were elected to the committee: Angela Gunning and Peter van Praag. Keith Selly and Chris Chatfield were also re-elected as examiners.
We thanked Susie Gall for her work as treasurer and welcomed new treasurer Peter and committee member Angela. The meeting also thanked the committee and mutual thanks were given to all those who help to run the club, both up front and those in the background finding partners and doing techie things in the cupboard.
Pay2Play will come into effect on 1 April. You will see little difference in the way we manage our session. All playing members will become EBU members and receive magazines and a diary as well as an EBU number. The EBU will be funded by invoicing the club based on the number of people playing. This will cost the club a little more and as we have suffered a loss of income from lower table numbers, and also have a desire to continue to spend money on equipment and facilities to improve our playing conditions, it was agreed to increase table money to £2.50 (£3.50 for visitors) the first increase in table money in memory.
In AOB we discussed the cessation of our assisted play session due to lack of numbers, not principally due to cost but more because of the amount of effort those running it had to commit for just 2 or 3 attendees. There are other teaching and assisted play schools in Bath. The committee will continue to look at opportunities to attract new players and assist less able players to be able to play in club sessions.
Finally, prizes were awarded as follows:
The Committee prize was awarded to Robin Drummond, in appreciation of his long-standing contribution to the running of the club. Robin has been directing, duplimating and generally organising Wednesday evenings, as well as having been a committee member in the past.
Why not enter the Garden Cities ? This is a national event with a county and regional qualifier for the national final. It is played in teams of eight with each team representing their club. Clubs can enter an unlimited number of teams of eight. Players wishing to represent Bath Bridge Club must be members of the club, Wiltshire CBA and the EBU. They need not have vast bridge experience, but some knowledge of teams and teams scoring is desirable. If you would like to represent Bath BC please write your names on the sheet on the Club noticeboard. If more than 4 pairs enter, the committee will select as many teams of eight as the number of entrants permit. We would like to field as many teams as possible. The Wiltshire qualifier will be held at the Nursteed Centre, Devizes, on Sunday 22 November. (27/10/09)
Our congratulations to Phil Green and Diana King who have been awarded Professional status by EBUTA (The EBU Teachers Association). This is the highest level a Bridge Teacher can attain. (27/06/09)
On June 10th the Bath and Bristol clubs met in a nine-a-side teams match, arranged to celebrate the life of Peter Austwick. The event was the brainchild of Oli Espitalier-Noel, the current Chairman of Bristol, as a tribute to Peter, who had been held in great affection and esteem by the membership of both clubs. Bristol were the hosts, and as well as providing a free evening's bridge there was a free drink (at least one, in fact) on arrival for all the visitors. Larry Bennet created the movement and directed. The Bristol club was full and everyone who played in the event enjoyed it hugely. It's not often that we play a proper teams event at club level, and those who had not played teams bridge before cannot wait to repeat the experience. Pat Davies was the organiser at the Bath end and the fact that the match was played as nine teams per side simply reflected the number of players from each club who wanted to support the event. There was quite explicitly no attempt at selection and both teams reflected a genuine cross-section of bridge experience. In light of that it would not be right to make too much of the fact (although I thought I'd just mention it) that the Bath team emerged victorious on the evening by the slender margin of 11 IMPs. But it genuinely was one of those occasions when the result didn't matter. It was a most enjoyable evening and warm thanks go to the Bristol club for having the idea in the first place and for acting as such generous hosts. The event was conceived as a one-off, but given that we all enjoyed it so much there is already talk of making it an annual occasion - perhaps with Bath acting as host next time. (11/06/09)
We all know that Teams bidding is a bit different - but not this different! Many thanks to Pete van Praag for the latest Bath Replay, The Butler did it! available here or via the panel. (09/06/09)
The Minutes of the Bath BC Committee meetings held in March 2009 and June 2009 are available here (highlighted dates) or via the Library page. (05/06/09)
Many thanks to Jim Corbett for This Bridge - is it anything like Whist? - his account of how he came to learn bridge. Click here to read/download. If you came to bridge in an interesting way, write it up and send it in! (03/06/09)
Cheltenham Success. A Bath team with Welsh support came 2nd in the Cheltenham Congress Swiss Teams on Sunday 3 May. Congratulations to Sue Ingham, Gwynn Davis, Susie Gall and Trevor Purches, who earned 97 points (behind the winners' 105). Photographic evidence here. (07/05/09)
Many thanks to Phil Green for our latest Bath Replay, Do not finesse, available here, or via the panel. (24/04/09)