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Mini-lesson + Assisted Play
Mini-lesson + Assisted Play

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.macf@btinternet.com or chris@boxbridge.co.uk

Paignton 2019
Bath BC Paignton Weekend, November 2019
Bath BC Paignton Weekend, November 2019

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November 2019

Staying at the Redcliffe Hotel (3*) TQ3 2NL

The bridge weekend includes:

  • Dinner, bed and breakfast on Friday and Saturday nights, plus Sunday lunch
  • Bridge: Friday evening Welcome Pairs; Saturday afternoon/evening Swiss Pairs, Sunday morning Teams.
  • Optional bridge extra: Saturday morning Seminar or Discuss hands with an expert.

The total cost for the weekend will be £180 per person, plus £40 single upgrade if requested and available. On submission of the completed application form (below), a deposit of £30 per person will become payable (or the full payment if preferred).

Full payment must be made by the end of September 2019, (after which there can be no refunds).

Paignton 2019 Application form

You can book for one or two guests (the second of whom need not be a bridge player) in a single application. 

When we receive your form, you will automatically be sent an acknowledgement containing details of how to pay (see above).

If you have further queries, please contact Christine MacFarlane either at the club or via email (Christine.macf@btinternet.com).

Paignton 2018 a fine time was had by all ...
Paignton 2018  a fine time was had by all ...

Around 30 members, some accompanied by non-playing other halves, enjoyed a splendid bridge weekend at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton, during the weekend leading up to Guy Fawkes Night. Christine and Stuart organised the perfect mix of bridge and social activity in very pleasant surroundings. From the Friday early evening welcome drinks through to the excellent Sunday lunch, a great time was had by all, and we're crossing our fingers that we'll all be able to go again next year. Our thanks to Christine and Stuart - and to everyone who came along to support this very enjoyable event. 

Paul C 

For a taste of the weekend's activities, plus photos of the winning pairs, see below.

A taste of Paignton 2018
A taste of Paignton 2018

Friday afternoon ...


We arrive at the Redcliffe on Friday afternoon, in time for a stroll along the sands.


6.00. Time for our welcome drink in the bar, followed by dinner in the restaurant.

... and evening 


Our first game of bridge, in the form of the Welcome Pairs


The winners are Rita and Andrew, seen here with our Chairman and their prizes.


Saturday morning


Free until 4.30. An ideal time to take the train down to Dartmouth, drive to Dartmoor, walk to/from Brixham, visit a nearby National Trust property or simply take a bus into Torquay.


For the keener among us, there's an optional Eastbourne-style Discuss last night's hands session, with James Dunlop as our resident expert. James pitches things just right for the assembled mixed bunch of a dozen or so players, and some useful lessons are learned. Thanks, James.


Right: James and partner Valerie, runners-up in both of the pairs competitions.

Saturday afternoon & evening


At 4.30 we take our places for the first two 5-board rounds of the Swiss Pairs.


Then a(nother!) free drink in the bar, followed by dinner and ...


... the competition continues for a further four rounds, finishing just in time for MOTD and (for those with stamina) a post-mortem back in the bar. The winners are Terry & Liz.



A slightly earlier start, to allow us to play our Teams match before lunch.


The winners are Terry and Liz (again!) and team-mates Ros & John, shown right with our Chairman - who, alas, has won nothing but has enjoyed a very pleasant and relaxing weekend.


It remains only to applaud the winners as they receive their prizes, thank our hosts for a job very well done and enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch, before meandering back up the M5 to Bath.


Chris J