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In the event that you decline to sign the new form, but continue to play at the club anyway, your agreement to the contents of the form will be inferred. 
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  October Bulletin Entry

The Bridge Club Annual General Meeting will be held in the Vale Room at 7pm on Tuesday 11th October ahead of a shortened session of bridge.

Any nominations for appointment as an Officer of the Club, or as a Member of the Committee, should be notified in writing(or by email) to the Secretary or Chairman at least a week in advance, together with any matters which a member may wish to be discussed under Any Other Business

Dates for Friday Social Bridge in October will be the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.

Last updated : 21st Sep 2022 17:50 BST

Please refer to the Village Hall Safeguarding Policy as follows

Last updated : 15th Sep 2022 10:58 BST
  Infection Prevention Requirements

Instructions to Players for Face to Face bridge 

  1. No cash will be used on playing nights
    1. Members will be required to pay by bank transfer.
    2. Details of the club's bank account and how to pay may be obtained from the Chairman/Treasurer.
  2. Vaccine
    1. All members who intend to play F2F must have received a second dose of anti-Covid vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to their first live session.
    2. Anyone displaying cold or fever symptoms should not attend the live club sessions
  3. Sanitiser
    1. Please note that gel-based hand sanitisers are strictly BANNED from use in the Club, due to the possible detrimental effect on the Dealing Machine if gel were to be transferred to it via the cards.
    2. Only alcohol-based sanitisers should be used and the Club will supply at least one dispenser per table.
    3. As few members as possible should handle chairs and tables at the start and finish of the session. Hand sanitiser should be used before and after handling any furniture.
    4. Similarly, sanitiser should be used before and after touching doors to the Vale Room, kitchen, toilets, storage cupboard, etc.
    5. Also, hand sanitiser should be used after moving tables and before touching any equipment or cards on the table.
  4. Kitchen
    1. The kitchen will be banned from use for the present, other than emergency water supply
    2. Note that no refreshments will be supplied by the club initially, until sessions have been ongoing successfully and one or more suitable volunteers been found to maintain supplies of tea, coffee, milk, biscuits, etc.
    3. Members should bring their own refreshments and drinking water.
  5. Bidding Boxes and boards
    1. Sanitiser should be used before and after handling boards, playing cards or bidding boxes.
    2. Members are reminded to avoid touching their faces as far as possible after handling boards and cards
  6. Airborne virus
    1. Masks may be worn at all times indoors, apart from when drinking or eating, if an individual player wishes to.
    2. In the event that infection rates nationally, or locally, increase substantially, then at least one window and the doors to the lobby and outside may be kept open to facilitate a draft.
    3. Members should be aware that the room may therefore become chilly in the autumn and winter months.
Last updated : 11th Sep 2022 08:59 BST

Privacy Notice for Blewbury Bridge Club

What personal data does Blewbury Bridge Club collect, and what is it used for­­­?

Who is your data shared with?

Where does this data come from?

How is your data stored?

Who is responsible for ensuring compliance with the relevant laws and regulations?

Who has access to your data?

What is the legal basis for collecting this data?

How you can check what data we have about you?

Does Blewbury Bridge Club collect any “special” data?

How can you ask for data to be removed, limited or corrected?

How long we keep your data for, and why?

What happens if a member dies?

Can you download your data to use it elsewhere?




What personal data does Blewbury Bridge Club collect?

The data we routinely collect includes members’ names, addresses and email addresses. We collect this data directly from our members when they join the club.

For some of our members we may have additional information such as committee memberships, teaching qualifications, DBS checks done with the member’s knowledge and permission, or tournament director roles. We may also keep information relating to disciplinary matters and sanctions.

We collect the scores from games you play, which are displayed on our results pages and used in maintaining the EBU’s National Grading Scheme (NGS) and the Master Point scheme. They will also be displayed on the club noticeboard.

What is this personal data used for?

We use members’ data for the administration of your membership; the communication of information, and the organisation of events. We provide your data to the English Bridge Union (EBU) for their use as explained in the section below.


Who is your data shared with?

Your membership data is passed on to the EBU, of which you become a member when you join Blewbury Bridge Club. The EBU shares data with its associated charity, English Bridge Education and Development (EBED), since it shares offices and data systems with them, and also with Oxfordshire or any other county that you may have nominated as your county of allegiance.

Information from your results is also passed on to the EBU for use in its master point and NGS schemes and, unless you have chosen to have your NGS grade kept private, this may also be used for stratification and handicap purposes.

Some of your data will be available for use by Bridgewebs acting as a Data Processor on our behalf. They are not free to pass this on to other organisations that are not connected with Blewbury Bridge Club.

Your personal data is not passed on by us to organisations other than those indicated above, whether or not connected with bridge.



Where does this data come from?

Data for most of our members comes from them when they join Blewbury Bridge Club or when they update their information either directly or via their EBU record.

The information held by the EBU may be updated by your club if you have given it permission to change your record. You can change this permission on My EBU by going to Account -> My Details.

If you are a direct member of the EBU, you will instead have provided your personal data directly to us when you joined Blewbury Bridge Club, or when you updated your record with us.

Scoring data comes directly from the results of the club games in which you play.


How is your data stored?

This information is mainly stored in digital form on computers and in the form of written documents stored at the home address of the Membership Secretary. We use Bridgewebs as our data processor for this purpose. Any information that is stored remotely is stored in compliance with the GDPR.


Who is responsible for ensuring compliance with the relevant laws and regulations?

Under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) we do not have a statutory requirement to have a Data Protection Officer. The person who is responsible for ensuring Blewbury Bridge Club discharges its obligations under the GDPR is Sarah Donne.


Who has access to your data?

Members of the committee of Blewbury Bridge Club have access to members’ data in order for them to carry out their legitimate tasks for the organisations.



What is the legal basis for collecting this data?

Blewbury Bridge Club collects personal data that is necessary for the purposes of its legitimate interests as a membership organisation and participant in an internationally recognised and regulated, competitive mind sport.

For some data, such as that relating to financial matters, the basis for its collection and retention is to comply with our legal obligations.

Similarly, personnel data is kept in compliance with our legal obligations.


How you can check what data we have about you?

If you want to see the basic membership data we hold about you, you should contact Hilary Strang.

You can contact us with a “Subject Access Request” if you want to ask us to provide you with any other information we hold about you. If you are interested in any particular aspects, specifying them will help us to provide you with what you need quickly and efficiently. We are required to provide this to you within one month.

There is not usually a fee for this, though we can charge a reasonable fee based on the administrative cost of providing the information if a request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, or for requests for further copies of the same information.


Does Blewbury Bridge Club collect any “special” data?

The GDPR refers to sensitive personal data as “special categories of personal data”.  

We do not record any such special data of these categories, the only data we record relates to the disabilities of members who have explicitly requested it to be recorded for the purpose of giving them stationary positions in our competitions (which we aim to do wherever feasible). If you wish to change this data on your record you can do so at any time by contacting Hilary Strang.

How can you ask for data to be removed, limited or corrected?

There are various ways in which you can limit how your data is used.

·         If you wish you could become an “anonymous” member. This would involve you having a pseudonym with an EBU number under which you would play. If you do this however, you would not be able to access any EBU membership benefits such as the magazine or playing in EBU tournaments.

·         You could maintain your club membership with your correct name but with limited contact details. However, we do need to have at least one method of contacting you. You could for example simply maintain an up-to-date email address, but of course this would limit what we and the EBU are able to provide you with in the way of written information, so you would not be able to get English Bridge in printed form or any other benefits that require a mailing address.

·         You do not need to provide us with your date of birth unless you wish to enter age-limited (junior or seniors) events or gain concessions based on age.

·         If you do not want your NGS grade to be public, you may choose for it to be kept private. You can change this option as often as you wish.

·         You may choose not to appear in master point promotions lists.

·         You may choose not to receive information emails from Blewbury Bridge Club (we do not send any out on behalf of other organisations).

·         Any of these options can be implemented for your club membership by contacting Hilary Strang.

·         Any of these options can be implemented for your EBU membership by logging on to My EBU, going to Account –> My Details and editing your record there, either to correct erroneous data or to delete information you do not wish us to have. If you need any assistance with this you may contact the Office Manager



How long we keep your data for, and why?

We normally keep members’ data after they resign or their membership lapses in case they later wish to re-join. However, we will delete any former member’s contact details entirely on request.

Since underlying statistical data, like scores from bridge games, continues to be necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was originally collected and processed, results from events used for the NGS are not deleted by Blewbury Bridge Club or the EBU although they will no longer be attributed to a player who does not want their data to be kept.

Historical ranking lists and prize lists are required for archiving purposes and names cannot be removed from them.

Other data, such as that relating to accounting or personnel matters, is kept for the legally required period.


What happens if a member dies?

We normally keep members’ information after they die. If requested by their next-of-kin to delete it we will do so on the same basis as when requested to remove data by a former member.


Can you download your data to use it elsewhere?

Your session data that is held by the EBU can be downloaded as a csv spreadsheet. You can do this by logging on to My EBU and in your Sessions list, clicking on “Download as CSV”. To access data held by Blewbury Bridge Club contact Hilary Strang.


Last updated : 11th Sep 2022 08:52 BST

Minutes of Annual General Meeting held online by Zoom meeting on Wednesday 6 October 2021

This meeting was held online by Zoom Meeting.  The following notes and discussion points were circulated in advance to form the basis of the meeting.  Additional comments and decisions taken have been inserted in text boxes. 

Members Attending: Michael Allen (Chair), Jill Allen, Richard Brodie (Vice Chair), Deirdre Cochrane, Malcolm Cochrane, Sarah Donne, Bob Downey, June Downey, Colin Field (Treasurer), Jean King (Sec), Helen Matthias, Dermot Matthias, Dermot Paddon, Hilary Strang, Pres Wells, June Wells

Agenda Item

  1. Apologies

Mick Moore, Shiv Datt, David Long, Mike Brown, Hazel Nixon, Alan and Meg Prior

  1. Minutes of AGM 08/10/20

No alterations.  Proposal to accept the Minutes as accurate - Proposed: Colin Field, Seconded: Hilary Strang.  Meeting agreed.

  1. Matters Arising
      1. Item 4 a vii – the Chairman has given considerable thought to the possibility of re-starting Novices sessions on line but decided that it would require too much time and effort. He has played on the ‘RealBridge’ site a number of times. We also tried a new video facility available on BBO in our club sessions there but found it to be not a great success. Too many players did not wish to use video, and some had technical difficulties. So that idea has not been pursued further.
      2. Item 4 b iii – likewise Beginners’ lessons have not continued.
      3. Item c – The School - now no longer in use. All our equipment, etc., was cleared from the School, and the Village Hall Management Committee dealt with the tables and chairs.
      4. Item 6 b – this has been actioned and is ongoing.
      5. Item 15 a – naturally the idea of awarding a ‘keepsake’ prize as well as the cups to competition winners will now need to be put on hold for another year.
      6. Item 15 c – it is planned to introduce card payments for table money when F2F bridge resumes.
      7. Item 15 d – it was subsequently agreed that the Undo facility would be allowed, but only with the agreement of the Director for each specific request.

No further Matters Arising identified.

  1. Chairman’s report and Future Plans

It has, of course, been yet another difficult year for the management of the club. The future continues to remain uncertain, both for a return to F2F bridge, and for the numbers of members willing and able to play bridge, either F2F or online. A number of members have ceased playing already for various reasons.

      1. Since the last AGM Club online sessions have continued on BBO on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for the whole year. Results are uploaded on to the website each evening.
      2. Thanks to those who regularly Direct these events. It was agreed that a small sum of £5 should be paid to Directors for each event directed, as they are unable to direct and play at the same time.

Bob Downey suggested later in the meeting that we could afford to pay £10 but Dermot Paddon was quite happy with the £5.


      1. Similarly, the Chairman has facilitated Club sessions for members on Funbridge, on Mondays and Wednesdays, and on Fridays for Novices. All these sessions are flexible and run from 10.30am to 10.30pm. Members play on their own when they wish, within these hours, and results of all participants are collated at the end of the evening. A monthly ladder for the Monday/Wednesday sessions, and separately for the Friday sessions, is included on the website.
      2. With completion of the refurbishment of the Village Hall the Vale Room now provides a much improved venue for use by the club.
      3. Two attempts to re-start F2F bridge were made early in September, but regrettably insufficient members were able to attend to make the sessions viable.
      4. A return to F2F bridge will be kept under review over the coming months.
      5. The Dealing Machine, laptop, printer, Bridgemates, bidding boxes and sufficient consumables are now re-located to a locked cupboard in the Vale Room.
      6. It is intended that most of the remaining club equipment, etc., will also be returned to the Vale Room from the Chairman’s house in due course.
      7. It will be necessary yet again to consider how we can further increase the numbers of active members in the club, once playing conditions allow.  It may be advantageous to run an afternoon session instead of one of the evening sessions – and members’ views of this may well be sought in due course.

Colin Field commented that an afternoon session could be a good idea.  A mix of BBO and Funbridge possibly.  We should check out other Clubs’ sessions so as to not clash.

      1. Thanks to the Committee and everyone who has helped to support the club through these difficult times.
      2. Teaching - It has not been possible to progress this in the past year.

  1. Village Hall Refurbishment
    1. As reported above, now complete, and it makes a much improved venue for us to use when we are able to.
    2. We have our own locked cupboard which should be large enough to store all our equipment and consumables.
    3. A formal re-opening of the Village Hall took place on Sunday 26th September, and the club was formally represented there by the Vice-Chair and the Secretary.
    4. It is unlikely that the club will start using the Vale Room again in the near future.

The possibility of paying a retaining fee to the Village Hall to keep our slots open was raised.  They haven’t asked for it and at present their funds have been boosted by a local authority grant given to help community facilities hit by the loss of income due to Covid restrictions.

  1. Treasurer’s Report

The latest accounts have been circulated by email

Colin Field’s report covers a period when all Bridge activity took place online. 
For this period the club accrued £971.04 net income, bringing the club’s bank balance to   £12,709.70

With respect to finances only the BBO sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday were relevant. Each  player paid  $3 per session, BBO took their fee (30%)  and the balance was passed to the EBU  who paid that into our club account. That amounted to £2470.56 shown as table money.  The  EBU  then charged our account for p2p  fees, membership, insurance etc to the sum of £706.96  as shown.

Expenditure  was a fee of £5 paid to our directors for directing each online session  totalling   £285. and £407.56 for servicing the dealing machine and maintaining our online computer  support.

The Chairman thanked Colin for this report and for the work he puts in for the club.  Proposal to accept the final audited accounts made by Pres Wells, seconded by Dermot Paddon.  Accepted by all the members present.  No dissenters.

CF added that he would like our table money to reduce back to what it was before we raised the £1 levy towards the Village Hall Refurbishment fund, and the BBO online fee to go down to $2. The agreed that the BBO fee should be reduced to $2. There were no dissenters.  (MA explained the background to the current charge of $2.50.  At the time we were planning to re-start F2F bridge, the table money fee was agreed by the Committee - at the meeting held 6/Sep/21 - by removing the £1 surcharge for the Village Hall Refurbishment, but then increasing by £0.50 because the Vale Room hire has increased, making £2.50.  It was felt that the on-line fee should be roughly in line at $2.50.)

Jean King explained to the meeting that our bank, HSBC is switching all Community account customers over to a Charity account.  This will incur a basic charge of £60 per annum but we can keep any other transaction fees to a minimum if we opt to do online banking and discourage the use of cheques and cash.  CF had decided to retire from his position as treasurer with effect from this AGM so JK was tasked with changing to online banking in readiness for the appointment of a new treasurer.  Once we have the on-line facility JK will be able to give the treasurer full access to the account and limited access to others whose jobs require it.  JK to add Deirdre Cochrane and Michael Allen as cheque signatories.

  1. Team Captain’s Report

Dermot Paddon reports as follows:

Because of the COVID pandemic all matches were played online (BBO) for the first time.  The set up and running of matches was complicated as BBO did not (and still does not support teams of eight).  It became clear quickly that all matches needed a non-playing host. Your captain was successful in persuading colleagues in other clubs to take this responsibility on for Blewbury home matches. On the other hand, sorting out dates was straightforward as everyone played from their own homes.

The club had a successful season winning four of the six matches comfortably and losing two by fairly small margins.  The team finished runners up and were promoted to Division 2 for the new season now underway though our first match (of six) is not until November.

The League continues on-line but this season on Realbridge which supports teams of eight. Tutorials for captains in running matches on this platform are being arranged.

MA thanked Dermot for organising the Team.

  1. Election of Officers and Committee

Colin Field, The Treasurer, has decided to stepdown from this role he has held for 10 years, but is willing to remain on the Committee.  Many thanks to him for all his hard work on behalf of the club.

All other Officers and Members of the Committee have agreed to continue in their current roles for another year.  Deirdre Cochrane has agreed to stand for election to the committee and, at the same time, to stand for the Treasurer’s position.


Proposal to elect Deirdre Cochrane to the Committee and agree to her being Treasurer.  Proposed by Dermot Paddon, seconded by Helen Matthias.  All in agreement, no dissenters.

Proposal to re-elect all existing Officers and committee members, namely Michael Allen (Chairman), Richard Brodie (Vice Chairman), Jean King (Secretary), Colin Field, Mick Moore, Sarah Donne.  Proposed by Dermot Matthias, seconded by Pres Wells.  All in agreement, no dissenters.

  1. Subscriptions and Table Money.
    1. It has been decided to continue the suspension of annual membership fees for another playing year.
    2. Table money – see above section 6 - the meeting agreed to reduce the BBO fee to $2

  1. Competitions/trophies
    1. All competitions continue to be suspended.
    2. Results from on-line sessions continue to be uploaded to the website.
    3. Also, a monthly Funbridge Ladder is posted on the website for both Monday/Wednesday sessions, and for Friday Novices.
    4. Cupholders may continue to keep their cups.

MA has received an email from Meg Prior saying that Charmian Marples has agreed that the new cup could be called The Marples Cup.  MA recommends delaying the purchase of the cup until competitions resume with F2F bridge.

  1. Publicity and Recruitment.
    1. The club faces a serious challenge to its viability in the future because of the 2 year hiatus caused by the pandemic. We will need to recruit new members, and probably re-start teaching of learners.
    2. Suggestions would be welcome as to how to increase participation in both our BBO and Funbridge sessions.
    3. Also for recruitment of new members once the club gets back to full operation.
    4. And volunteers to help with these issues.
    5. There are no plans at present to start any new teaching.

MA: Something to bear in mind is that the EBU is doing a lot to assist with recruitment and online teaching

HS: We are losing track of actual membership numbers since we’ve not been collecting the annual subscription. 

  1. Club Equipment

Covered under Chairman’s Report 4.g

  1. Website
    1. Not much activity. Monthly Funbridge averages for both Tuesday/Thursday evenings combined, and Novices on Fridays are posted on the website.
    2. A copy of the Blewbury Bulletin monthly entry is also included.
    3. Results from club sessions on BBO are now being regularly uploaded to the website and also submitted to the EBU.

  1. Future dates
    1. 2021 Christmas Party – cancelled
    2. 2022 AGM – Thursday 6th October, hopefully live in the Vale Room ahead of a bridge session
    3. 2022 Christmas Party – Sunday 11th December, 5 for 5.30, Village Hall

  1. Any Other Business.

From Mike Brown, a suggestion that the club plays one or preferably both of its online club nights using Real Bridge.

Every Monday I play with a friend at a small club in Dorset using RealBridge. The club is very similar to Blewbury in that it has about 50 members and gets 6-7 tables each week. It is a very friendly club and the great thing about Real Bridge is that I have ‘met’ all the people who play and have made friends with them all to the point where at each ‘table’ I receive a pleasant welcome greeting, I can see all my opponents and if we finish with spare time I can chat to them and get to know them in such a way that they have become a group of friends.

Changing from BBO would allow the social side to return to the Blewbury Club without the need to sit around a small table.

I can see nothing but advantages in switching at least one evening, it is cheaper, I pay £1.50 per session, it is more social and now that our team will be playing on RealBridge it would be an advantage to them. It is also much easier being able to tell your opponents what system you are playing and to alert your conventional bids rather than having to type everything.

The ensuing discussion covered the following points:


Video has been tried with BBO but not all our members were comfortable with it.  

Video and Microphone also take up a lot of the processing power so it can slow down the tablet/pc in use.  On a tablet/ipad the video images take up a good proportion of the screen making the space for the cards even smaller and more difficult to see.

We could ask Wallingford Club is there a difference between BBO Video and RealBridge Video

It’s worth further exploration especially as a return to F2F is unlikely until well into next year.

MA agreed to look at trying to run at afternoon session on RealBridge

MA revealed a recent survey of members on returning to F2F:

13 prepared to play F2F without masks but 8 aren’t ready to return quite yet.

13 won’t play F2F

We need a minimum of 4 full tables to make the return worthwhile.


Meeting closed at 20.15. 

Last updated : 19th Oct 2021 17:40 BST

MARCH 2020
I have decided that, faced with the impending threat of a rapidly increasing Coronavirus epidemic, we should temporarily suspend all playing sessions of Blewbury Bridge Club immediately. There are also good reasons why we should not wait for Government Advice before acting.
A bridge Club, despite being a relatively small social gathering, has particularly critical issues when faced with such a virus.
1) The age profile of the members is such that a significant proportion can be defined as 'at risk' of serious illness/death. Quite a number may well have underlying health issues which seems to be an important consideration.
2) It is impossible to maintain 'social distancing'. Not only do we come close to each other when moving about the room, but we sit barely a metre from each other. The room is also, as you will be aware, quite cramped, which exacerbates our contact with each other. Furthermore, the biggest risk of passing on a virus is the manner of our activity - we all handle the boards and many sets of cards, which are a prime candidate for carrying germs.
3) We are playing in a school. It seems that children are less at risk from this virus than older people, but they will, undoubtedly, be spreading germs on hard surfaces all over the school. So increasing the risk to our members. 
The available evidence is that we are about 2 weeks behind Italy - even if we only experience 50% of Italy's problems it will cause great difficulties. It is reported that the Government is drawing up recommendations that the elderly avoid public gatherings. As I mentioned above, I believe bridge club activities hold particular additional hazards not faced by normal public gatherings.
The government is delaying issuing more draconian measures because of the economic impact - they are not thinking of the elderly as the first priority. I think we must do that. Also bear in mind that this is different to seasonal flu - there is no inoculation and the hidden incubation period/ease of spread makes it very dangerous.
For these reasons I am taking immediate action. I trust you will all support this difficult decision.
I will keep you informed of developments.
With no sign of an imminent return to normal life the club will continue to be closed for face-to-face play. However, a Virtual Blewbury Club has recently been created on Bridge Base online, with club sessions on Tuesday and Thiursday evenings. We also have dedicated club sessions on Funbridge, 10.30am-1030pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a similar Novices session on Fridays. 
Last updated : 13th Oct 2020 10:45 BST

Tom Le Cren Cup - Stephen Quinn

Marjorie Le Cren Cup - Shirley Moore

Pari Parsu Cup - Richard Brodie and Michael Allen

Blewbury Bridge Club Cup - Diane Bell

Roy East Cup - Fiona Jack and Jane Lennox

The Bird Salver - Dermot Paddon and Diane Bell

Shield for the Most Improved Player - 

Last updated : 30th Sep 2020 18:52 BST



  1. Playing Discipline. Please do not make suggestions/complaints in a loud voice from the table – direct any such issues quietly through the Director. Please do not make directing decisions or try to sort problems out unless you are the Director for the evening. Leave such issues to the Director, whatever you think – if you are at the table where a decision is made it is always possible to ask a question at the appropriate moment but you must respect the Director’s decision and not seek to do his/her job yourself.
  2. PLEASE PASS ON YOUR BOARDS WHEN YOU ARE MOVING.  Please place boards in correct order before passing them on and find out where they should go – don’t just leave them anywhere.
  3. Would the person due to make the opening lead PLEASE lead BEFORE writing down the contract in their score card, or indeed putting away their bidding cards.
  4. Please ensure you wash up and dry your own cups in a timely fashion.
  5. Dummy to pass on bottom board when their table is finishing late
  6. Help to set up from 7pm is always welcome.
  7. Also at the end in packing things away. 
  8. Please report to the club by 7.20pm.
  9. PLEASE be considerate when other tables are still in play and keep conversation, particularly conversation about the cards played, to a minimum and at a LOW VOLUME. 
  10. Let your opponents know your basic bidding system when you sit down, unless you have a convention card or are playing standard Acol.
  11. Keep a scorecard.

Last updated : 17th Feb 2020 17:34 GMT



Constitution and Rules


Name and Objectives

1. The name of the Club shall be The Blewbury Bridge Club.

The objects of the club are:

  1. To promote and further interest in the playing of Contract Bridge.
  2. To promote the mutual acquaintance of and social intercourse amongst its members.



2. The membership of the club will comprise Ordinary Members who have paid their annual subscription in the manner provided for in these rules.


3. Only fully paid up Ordinary Members shall be entitled to attend and vote at the meeting of the Club.



4. Any Ordinary Member shall be entitled to introduce guests to the Club except previous Members who have been asked to resign by the Committee.


Club Management

5. The affairs of the Club shall be under the management of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and four Committee members who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting, all to hold office for the ensuing year.  Nominations for election to the Committee may be made verbally before or at the Annual General Meeting.


6. The members shall vote for the candidates at the Annual General Meeting and those with the majority of the votes shall be elected and shall be advised accordingly by the Secretary within one week of the meeting.  In the event of a tie between candidates a further vote shall be taken for the candidates in that tie.


7. The Committee shall meet at least twice a year and shall be responsible for the general management of the club, in particular:


a) to authorise such expenditure of Club funds as they may deem necessary;

b) to consider the amount of the annual subscription, entrance fee, table money, visitors’ fees, match fees and any other charges they may deem necessary and to propose changes to be placed before a General Meeting;

c) to co-opt Members to fill casual vacancies on the Committee until the next General Meeting;

d) to take whatever disciplinary action over members they may deem necessary;

e) to appoint Sub-Committees for the general running of the Club;

f) to wind up the Club (ref. Clause 26).


8. The Committee shall have power to enter into contracts, leases and other financial commitments on behalf of the Club within available funds.  Commitments which would cause an excess over these funds shall not be entered into without the approval of the Members at a General Meeting.


9. At Committee meetings three members shall constitute a quorum.  Should there be no quorum present the meeting shall be adjourned to a date to be agreed upon by the Committee members.  In the absence of the Chairman the members present shall elect one of their number as Chairman of the Meeting.


Annual General Meeting

10. The Club’s financial year shall run from 1st September to 31st. August.  As soon as practicable, and in any event not more than three calendar months after the end of the financial year, there shall be a meeting of Members to be known as the Annual General Meeting under the direction of the Club Chairman for the purpose of transacting the following business:


a. to receive the Secretary’s and Chairman’s reports;

b. to receive and approve the Annual Accounts;

c. to consider proposals submitted for inclusion on the Agenda;

d. to elect a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Members for the following year;

e. to conduct any relevant business.


At least fourteen clear days’ notice of the date of the meeting shall be given by display on the Club notice board.


11. In the absence of the Club Chairman the members present shall elect from their number a Chairman of the said meeting only.  (This rule shall also apply to an Extraordinary General Meeting).


Extraordinary General Meeting

12. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened by the Committee at any time or by any ten Ordinary Members upon giving notice in writing to the Secretary, signed by all of them and clearly  stating the purpose of the Meeting.  The Secretary shall then arrange for the Meeting to be held within one calendar month of the date of receipt of the requisition and shall give Members not less than seven clear days’ notice of the date, time and purpose of the meeting in the same manner as prescribed for an Annual General Meeting.  The business of the meeting shall be confined to the discussion of the matter for which the meeting was called.



13. At all Annual or Extraordinary General Meetings each Ordinary Member present shall have one vote only, except that in the event of an equality of voting the Chairman of the meeting shall be entitled to a second or casting vote.


Secretary and Treasurer

14. The Secretary shall be responsible, under the direction of and with the help of the Committee, for all the business of the Club and shall conduct all correspondence, send due notice of all meetings to the Members concerned and keep all Members informed of all matters of interest to them.  The Secretary shall maintain the following records:


a. Register of Members

b. Minutes of all meetings

c. Files of correspondence



15. The Treasurer shall be responsible for all monies paid to the Club, for making all necessary payments as authorised by the Committee and obtaining vouchers therefore so far as is practicable. The Treasurer shall keep an account of all transactions, shall produce such accounts for inspection as required at any Committee meeting and shall deposit all monies received in such Bank or Banks as the Committee may authorise.  The accounts shall be audited annually.


Bank, etc. Signing Powers, Investments

16. All payments out of Bank, etc., accounts shall be signed by the Treasurer or the Secretary.  It shall be the Secretary’s responsibility for advising Banks etc., when a change in this office takes place and or forwarding specimen signatures to them as required.


17. Surplus monies shall be invested in Stocks, Shares, Property, etc. only with the approval of Members at a General Meeting.  Between General Meetings the Committee may authorise the transfer of surplus funds to interest-earning bank, etc., accounts as considered necessary.


Annual Subscriptions and Table Money

18. The Annual Subscriptions to the Club shall be payable in advance within one month of the commencement of the playing year (1st November).  Any Member who has not paid his/her subscription twenty-eight days after it has become due shall be considered in arrear and if it not paid within a further twenty-eight days shall cease to be a Member.  No Member in arrear shall be permitted to use the Club.  However, in cases of special hardship the Committee may, at their discretion, excuse payment of such Member’s subscription for such period as they think fit and the Member shall not during such period forfeit the privileges of membership.


19. Changes in the subscription shall be made only by resolution and approval at a General Meeting.  Any alteration in fixing the amount to be paid as table money shall be left to the discretion of the Committee.


20. New members joining within the last 3 months of the playing year (Aug, Sep, Oct) will be required to pay the full annual subscription which will cover their membership for 15 months, i.e. they will not have to renew until 1 November the following year providing the annual subscription is not increased. In that event they will be asked to pay the difference at 1 Nov in the current year.


Responsibilities of the Club and Members

21. The Club shall not be responsible for any damage, loss or injury sustained by any person whilst on the Club premises or engaged in any of the Club’s activities nor shall any person have any claim against the Club or the Committee (including the officers) for any action taken in accordance with the Club Rules.


22. The Committee may require any Member to make good any damage or loss caused by his/her actions or neglect to any property for which the Club is responsible.


Disciplinary Action

23. Should any Member have any cause for complaint against another Member he/she shall communicate this in writing to the Secretary for submission to the Committee.  After such enquiry as may be necessary the Committee shall take such action as they deem fit, provided that a Member may be required to resign from the Club only by a two-thirds majority of the whole Committee and only after he/she has been given ample opportunity to answer the charges against him/her.


Notice of Alterations to Constitution and Rules

24. A copy of the Constitution and Rules and all alterations thereto shall be affixed to the Club Notice Board and shall be binding on all Members. 


25. The Constitution and Rules shall be altered only by a majority of at least two-thirds of the Members present at a General Meeting.  Written notice of intention to proposed alteration and particulars of the proposed alteration(s) shall be given to the Secretary (for inclusion in the agenda) not later than twenty-one days prior to the Meeting.


Winding Up

26.  In the event of it being necessary to wind up the Club the Committee shall be empowered, after approval by the Members at a General Meeting, to take whatever action may be necessary to realise the assets of the Club and to distribute any surplus proceeds, after payment of all debts, amongst the Members entitled thereto in such equitable proportion as the Committee may decide.


Last updated : 18th May 2018 15:52 BST



  1. Either North or South should be responsible for entering the contract and lead into the Bridgemate.
  2. It is recommended that this is done before play of the hand commences but not if the person responsible is on lead.
  3. At the end of the hand the Person Responsible should promptly enter the result and press OK.
  4. He/she should then hand the Bridgemate to whosoever of East or West is nominated by that pair to check the Bridgemate entry.
  5. That Person, and it does not matter whether it is East or West, should check the result and, if satisfied that is correct, should then turn the Bridgemate to face the rest of the table and, only then, press the agree button at the top.
  6. If not agreeing the Bridgemate should be passed politely back to whoever input the result with an explanation of what is wrong.
  7. On pressing the agree button, the only announcement that should be made by the player checking and agreeing the result is the %age score for North/South, i.e. ‘So much % to North/South’, AND THAT IS ALL.
  8. The OK button may then be pressed to check other scores, but again ONLY such that all other parties may inspect them if they wish.
  9. Finally, the Bridgemate should be passed back to North or South.
Last updated : 8th Oct 2015 16:54 GMT