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Come and visit us at 4 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 3AA. Phone 01204 526484.  We welcome players of all standards and have lessons for beginners as well as practice and supervised play for the less experienced. The premises are easily accessed and have ample car parking.

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Archive 2020
LCBA Teams of 8 9th Feb 2020

Bolton A won the annual LCBA teams-of-8 competition held at Bury BC on 9th February 2020 ably run by Stuart Davies. The winning team was A Barnes/J Smith, S Norris/R Greenhalgh, P Evans/A Whittam, J Morrell/M Farr. Second were Southport, third Preston. Full details in LCBA results section. Bolton A will represent Lancashire in the Garden Cities Northern Regional Final on 26th April at Bradford BC.


As many of you may already know, Austin Barnes decided that he would stand down from the Committee at the time of the Annual General Meeting. This was after serving many years as a Committee Member, ten years as President and the last three years as Immediate Past President.  As you will know after having to cancel the original Meeting due to the Club closure, the AGM was finally held last night,  albeit by virtual on-line meeting.

At the meeting Duncan Ault announced Austin’s retirement and said that the Committee wished to mark the event in a very special way that would show how much the Committee and indeed the whole Club valued Austin’s contribution.

So in recognition of the many years and huge amount of work that Austin has done he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Club.    However it was felt that we wanted to do something more for Austin and so, despite his reluctance, we are renaming the Spring Ladder, the Austin Barnes Trophy.   A new trophy and Honour Board will be acquired.

If it had been normal times we would have asked Austin to attend the meeting to be personally presented,  with as many people as possible able to attend.  But in view of the strange circumstances we are currently in,  that was not possible.   It is therefore our intention that once we are all back together again we will hold a special event to mark his achievements.

In the meantime we hope you will all join us in thanking Austin for everything he has done.

Online Teams of 4

Bolton Bridge Club has fielded teams of 4 and 8 members in various leagues and events for many years. Lancashire Contract Bridge Association currently runs a team events league which restarts in September. We have recently been contacted about running a similar rated teams of 4 match against Deva Bridge Club (Chester)..   If you are interested in representing Bolton, then please let us know by email to It would be helpful if you have already got together with others to form a Team but if not we can see if we can match people up. Here is a brief outline of what playing in team events is like:

Eight players organize themselves into two teams of four players. All the 8 players need to be online. One player (the host)  creates the team game.  Invites will appear and once all the invited players have accepted, a team game will start up shortly after creation, and the 8 players are placed in their seats at gametime. The NS pair for each team plays the opposing EW pair at each table.When the specified number of boards are completed, that table is closed. When both tables have closed, the match is scored.  Teams scoring is by IMPs so the two scores at the table are compared and the difference is converted to imps on a standard scale.

Players can see the results in a few ways:   

  1. Enter the tourney, click TOURNAMENT RESULTS for a summary.
  2. Enter the tourney, click MOVIE for a board by board listing with IMPs/MPs for each board
  3. Use to see the "travellers"
Ecats Children in Need Pairs - Thursday 12th November 2020 at 7:15pm
Ecats Children in Need Pairs - Thursday 12th November 2020 at 7:15pm

There were 16 Tables which raised £160 for Children In Need. Local Results NS Glenn Oliver and Liz Wattleworth, EW Rosanna & John Roberts winners,. Thanks for all who took part. The commentary will be published on the ECatsBridge website at 10pm – at

Virtual Christmas Party

Thank you to everyone who attended our Bolton Bridge Club On-Line Christmas Party

Some very festive outfits on show !!

Congratulations to our Bridge prize winners: Marianne & Rhona, Vanessa and Sheila M, and Terry & Jeff.

Well done to our Quiz experts at Table 3: Rita, Stella, Andy H and Susan
Thanks to our Social Committee for organising the event.