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Bolton Congress 31Aug/1Sep 2019


T he Bolton BC Annual Congress will be held at Bolton Bridge Club on:

Saturday 31st Aug 2019 12:30 pm – Championship Pairs

Sunday 1st Sep 2019 12:30 pm – Swiss Teams

Entry for each competition is £12 per player.
Buffet meals available both days at £8 each and must be ordered by Friday 23 August
Tea/Coffee available throughout. EBU Licensed: TD Ken Johnson

Enquiries/entries to: Linda Hitchen (Home Tel 01204 494506, Mobile 07787 528464, Email:
Click here for Online Entry Form

Please advise any essential seating or dietary requirements when booking and we will try our best to accommodate them.
Smart casual wear please.  The organisers reserve the right to change the format should numbers necessitate it.


Members will be aware of how much work goes on both visibly and behind the scenes to ensure smooth operation of the club - in numerous areas such as directing, dealing, refreshments and finance - to name just a few. An area where more help would be welcome is in members volunteering to host occasionally especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The hosting system (which is a condition of membership) where feasible has been well used since its inception many many years back with many members  benefiting and forming new friendships and bridge partnerships through its use. However there is a risk that we may not be able to continue if more members don't come forward and volunteer to take on the role of host. So - if you play regularly and don't make a contribution to the running of the club in any other way - then please consider hosting every few months - even if you have no intention of using it yourself. Don't be afraid of doing so, we encourage hosts and hosted to agree simple systems to play on the night and to adopt a "no blame approach"!

Please simply identify a date when you are free and put your name on the list on the noticeboard.
If you'd like to discuss the way this operates then please speak to any committee member.

Bridge with Tea and Cake
Bridge with Tea and Cake


The first of the new season of Bridge with tea and cakes events took place on Sunday 13th October 2019. Thirty two member participated and were treated to a feast of calories at the interval, strawberry tarts, meringues and lemon drizzle cake to name a few. The prize winners were, N/S Wendy Blyth & Vanessa Openshaw, E/W Rona Egan & Brian Perry and following handicap adjustment N/S Angela Lohan & Ian Gibson, E/W Loraine & Trevor Corner (pictured above). This will be a regular event over the winter months and a great way to spend a cold and wet Sunday afternoon.





Charity Event

On the afternoon of Thursday 26th September the club held a charity event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Many thanks to those who donated so generously. Also a big thank you to those members, all "bake off "contenders, who provided a splendid array of cakes. The event was attended by 36 players and raised £260 for the charity. 

Charity Event
Championship Pairs 6th April 2019

There were 17 pairs at the annual Bolton Championship Pairs on 6th April. Congratulations to the winners Steve Fanning & Barbara Heaton, who won in a very close finish ahead of Angus Kirby & Stuart Challinor (2nd) and Sue Whittam & Linda Wilson(3rd). There were several spot prizes and many other prizes in what was a very enjoyable two session event including a wonderful buffet from our regular caterer. Full details of the final scores in the results section.


Spring Ladder 2019

Congratulations to Paul Evans who has won the Spring Ladder 2019 for the best 8 Tuesday Evening duplicate performances over 11 weeks (Tue 5 Feb 19 ro Tue 16 Apr 19). He won with an average of 60.09%. Second was Mike Nicholson on 56.03%, third equal John Simm & Wendy Blyth on 54.27%. Full details on the Competitions > Spring Ladder 2019 page.

EBED Simultaneous Pairs - Thursday 16th May

Bolton Bridge Club held a session of the EBED Spring Simultaneous Pairs event on Thursday 16th May starting at 7:25pm.  The local event winners were Stuart Norris and Rod Greenhalgh (65.48%) followed by Paul Evans & Sue Hyman (61.90%) . However, the National Ranks are somewhat different with Paul & Sue lying 3rd on 66.45% and Stuart & Rod lying 73rd on 57.31%.


Individual Competition - Fri 17th May 2019
Individual Competition - Fri 17th May 2019

Bolton Bridge Club held the annual Individual competition open to all Bolton members at 7:30pm on Friday 17th May,   There were 24 participants playing 11 rounds of two boards with differnt partners and opponents. Congratulations to Dave Morris who won the event with a 62% score. Second was Terry Potter, third Wendy Blyth. Full details in the Results section.

Bolton Congress 31Aug/1Sep 2019
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The annual Bolton Congress took place on the weekend of 31Aug/1Sep 2019. There were 23 players in the pairs and 9 teams. Pairs winners were Rodney Lighton/John Currie, with David Bowers/Dave Briggs second and Paul Evans/Alan Whittam third. The teams was won by Stuart Challinor/Tony Wilkinson, Paul Evans/Alan Whittam with Karen Reissman/Irene Davies, Alec Smalley/Barbara Lewis in second place. Full detail are on the results page.

EBU Honours Austin Barnes
EBU Honours Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes, the Past President of the club, has been presented the Dimmie Flemming Award by the EBU. This is in recognition of his significant and substantial service to Bridge administration in Lancashire. The award was presented to Austin by the Chairman of the Lancashire County Bridge Association, Brian Irlam.