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7th May 2021 19:54 BST
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Coronavirus - Return face to face Bridge

Dear Bedford No Fear Bridge Member,

A big thank you to everyone who replied to my email on when to return to face to face bridge.

Consequently, the No Fear Committee has decided to re-open our Thursday morning bridge session, as soon as the Government will allow us to do so. We are confident we will have a sufficient number of members to play bridge straight away.

We also decided to reopen our improver bridge session on a Friday afternoon as soon as we can; subject to there being sufficient demand which we are confident there will be. We feel it is particularly important to support the new players, so they can develop their game and go on to play bridge elsewhere.

It is likely that the other bridge sessions will re-open in September. Some of our members are hesitant to return to playing face to face bridge straight away and we feel by September there will be sufficient demand for all the other clubs to re-open.

It should be noted that by 21st June, all of our members will have had the opportunity to have had both vaccine jabs.

There are of course caveats to the above:

  1. We need to confirm that our slots are still available for us with the venue owners, and any restrictions (eg restraint on numbers) that they may wish us to put in place.
  2. The Government’s target date of 21st June is under review and whilst the government hopes that all social restrictions will be removed on this date, there may be changes to this ‘Plan’.

We will write to you again closer to the time with more detailed guidance on how the bridge sessions will be run.  This will include such matters as: availability of sanitiser, face mask etiquette (we don’t consider they will be required when we sit at the table) and refreshments.

So hopefully not too much longer before we can all return to playing face to face bridge.

Kind regards,


Bedford Bridge Online

Bedford No Fear and Bedford Bridge Clubs have set-up 2 tournaments a week on Bridge Base Online (BBO) that are exclusively for bridge players in Bedford.

You will probably know most of the people you're playing against, keeping things as friendly as possible. The tournaments (that's the BBO term) will start at 10am on Mondays and Fridays, with the first tournament on Monday 30th March. These are not EBU tournaments, so no Masterpoints and no effect on NGS. 

To play you must register with Bridge Base Online if you haven't done so already, and e-mail Peter Flippant with your BBO id. Please also let him know if you think you are going to be playing in either tournament next week, so we can get an idea of likely numbers. It will be worthwhile for you to find out the BBO ids of your regular partners, and to add them as friends on BBO. 

On the day, you can register for the tournament from 8am onwards, but please make sure you are registered by 9:50am at the latest. Colin Porch has used his id (poco1) to create the tournament, but the directors could be any of Colin, Dale (dalesquire) and me (pjflip). To register, from the main BBO screen, go to Play Or Watch Bridge - Competitive, All Tournaments and find Bedford Pairs. You will need to register with a partner who is also online. If you don't have a partner, there is a “partnership desk” where single players can add their name to the list, or invite somebody already on the list to play with them.

Once registered, at 10am you and you partner should automatically be taken and seated for the tournament, so be ready! Maximun 14 minutes per round, or the board will be deleted.

Thursday Meetings

These sessions are for improvers and more experienced players.

  • Our mission is to encourage the wider community to play Duplicate Bridge.
  • We are a club that will provide improvers with a "stepping stone" to playing at other duplicate club
Contact Information

Sue Ford            email -       Phone - 01234 300218

Dale Squire       email -      Phone - 07713 626541

Bernard Henry  email -      Phone - 07866 456769

Peter Cullum     email -       Phone - 07545 508185


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