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No Fear Bridge 

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if you are someone who has recently started learning bridge and you would like the chance to play without time pressure and with  someone to ask if you need help, then you might like to play in our No Fear Sessions every Thursday Evening at 07.10pm.  There is no need to book, just turn up – there is a host so you can play without a partner.  These Thursday evenings are also suitable for anyone who prefers to play a relaxed game and everyone is most welcome.

Criteria for Club Championship Events


These will be held on Week 2 Wednesdays. Non eligible pairs may play without standing. 

For the Vera Walton Trophy and the Haslock trophy, in order to be eligible, the pair must have an average club handicap of 6 or higher.

The Joan Aspland Shield competition is open to all members and is handicapped.


These will be held on Week 3 Mondays. Non eligible teams may play without standing.

To be eligible for the Joyce Allard Trophy the team must have an average club handicap of 6 or higher. 

The handicap is based on NGS bands and is revised monthly.

Club Policy for Face to Face Bridge

In all face-to-face sessions held at the Club, including Yorkshire league matches, the Club's Covid-driven policy will apply.

We aim to adequately space the tables and maintain good air quality by natural ventilation and air purifiers. Hand sanitiser and wipes will be on hand. 

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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".
The Joan Aspland Shield Competition

The competition for the Joan Aspland Shield was held following the A.G.M. on Saturday 27th January.  Congratulations go to Elspeth Allcock and Alan Chadwick who won both before and after handicap with 60.78%. In second place were Stuart Herdson and David Redfearn with 59.44%.  Very well done both pairs.

Last updated : 1st Feb 2024 08:48 GMT
The Peter Greenwood Memorial Trust Charity Event

A few months ago the club held a Charity Bridge event in aid of The Peter Greenwood Memorial Trust. An amazing £600 was raised by the members. 

The charity has since given bursaries totalling £3,600 to help seventeen hearing impaired students pursue their studies at various colleges and universities.

Grants went towards purchasing equipment such as laptops, books, i Pads, headphones and work clothing. We are pleased that our club has made a substantial contribution to these grants this year and send good wishes and lots of luck to all the students who received them.

Last updated : 8th Feb 2024 08:55 GMT
Remembering Bob our Steward

Many long standing members will, with affection, remember Bob who was the Club steward for many years before his death.  Recently Nicky, his daughter, was looking through some of her late father’s possessions when she came across a plaque which the Club had presented to Bob in 2011.  It commemorated  the 25 years that Bob had, at that point in time, been working at the bridge club.

Nicky kindly decided to donate the plaque to the bridge club and she recently presented it to former Chairman Elaine van Heel together with a large photograph of Bob. (See photo of Elaine and Nicky on the Home page of the website)

Last updated : 8th Feb 2024 09:09 GMT
The Garden Cities Competition

By Liz Brown

On Saturday 13 May Bradford Bridge Club were proud to host the Northern Region preliminary round of the Garden Cities Competition.

The Garden Cities Competition is an inter county championship for teams of eight, one from each county.  It started in 1987 in Hertfordshire in Welwyn Garden City - hence the name - before becoming a national competition run by the E.B.U.

This year six teams took part - North East, Lancashire, Manchester, Nottinghamshire, Merseyside & Cheshire and Yorkshire.  The Yorkshire team included one Bradford Club member - Alan Jarvis.  Stuart Davies was Director.

The competition was quite a jolly affair.  It was the first time that it had been held since Covid.  Players were renewing old friendships and several said how nice it was to be back in Bradford!

The catering went smoothly.  Compliments were given and views on the merits of Morrisons sandwiches were exchanged.  (Keighley Morrisons sandwiches are better than most).

Much to our delight, Yorkshire came first and will take part in the final at Coventry in June.  Then everyone went home except the Catering Committee who had to tidy up.  Two hours later when they finished they said they never wanted to do any table clearing and tidying away again.  Then it occurred to them that the ladies had already done their share by baking all those delicious cakes.  Perhaps it was time for the men to show willing by helping with the heavy lifting.  No skill is required and instruction will be given if needed.

Please think about it gentlemen.  Stuart would like to host the Garden Cities Competition again and the competitors would like to come to Bradford again.  It all depends on you.

Last updated : 8th Feb 2024 09:10 GMT
Charity Event for the Peter Greenwood Memorial Trust

The charity event to raise money for the Peter Greenwood Memorial Trust and held by our Club on Sunday 1st October was extremely well supported and raised a total of £500.

There were 38 people in the main drive.  Additionally there was a mini-bridge drive suitable for those who may never have played bridge - the latter being run by Stephen Halston.

The event started with a short informative talk by officials of the Trust.  This included information about the Trust’s origins and described the kind of assistance it provides to help deaf people progress in their chosen careers. 

There was a huge selection of delicious cakes at the break when a raffle was also drawn and a cheque for £500 was presented to the Trust’s treasurer. 

Many thanks to those who came to the event, to the organisers  and to those who provided refreshments and raffle prizes. 

Last updated : 8th Feb 2024 09:10 GMT
The Flitch Competition

The Flitch competition for married couples was held on Wednesday 14th February and congratulations go to Susan and Harry Hoyle who won with 57.41%.

In second place with 55.56% were Louise and Mark Armitage and third were Liz and Morris Brown who achieved 54.63%.  

Well done all three pairs!

Last updated : 15th Feb 2024 13:10 GMT
The Men's Teams and Ladies Teams Club Competition

The Men's Team and Ladies Team Competition was held on Monday 19th February. Due to the low turnout all the teams played each other. 

Congratulations go to Jacqui Hutchinson, Margaret Andrews, Georgie Ramseyer and Carol Swales who won the Ladies trophy.  In second place were Susan Hoyle, Pat Benson, Elaine Van Heel and Madeleine Newby. 

The winners of the Men's trophy were George Bak, Stuart Davies, Mark Armitage and Steve Blackburn.  Robert Eaton, Lauri Andrews, Peter Smith and Mark Lewis came second.

Well done everyone!!

Last updated : 20th Feb 2024 09:18 GMT
Men's Pairs and Ladies Pairs Club Competition

The Competition for the Men's and Ladies Pairs trophies was held on Wednesday 13th March. Due to there being few eligible pairs in the Ladies category, the events were combined.  However, Congratulations go to Susan Hoyle and Jean Britteon who won the Ladies trophy and to Stuart Davies and George Bak who won the Men's.  Very well done both pairs.

Last updated : 24th Mar 2024 09:12 GMT
The Haslock Trophy Competition

The Haslock Trophy  competition was held on Tuesday afternoon 9th April. 

After handicap, the winners with a score of 61.11% were Robert Eaton and Joanne Johnson.

In second place were Patricia Loughton and Pat McGrellis with 60.00% and third were Cath Riley and Kevin Sunderland .with 58.33%. 

Congratulations to all.

Last updated : 10th Apr 2024 08:50 BST
The Handicap Teams Competition

Congratulations go to George Bak, Stuart Davies, Mark Armitage and Steve Blackburn who won the Handicap Teams competition.

In second place were Robert Eaton, Jacqui Hutchinson, Georgie Ramseyer and Carol Swales. 

Very well done both teams.

Last updated : 11th Apr 2024 08:42 BST
The Joyce Allard Teams Trophy

The Joyce Allard Teams trophy competition was held on Monday 20th May. To qualify the teams had to have an average club handicap of 6 or more.

In first place were Liz Brown, Morris Brown, Maureen Robinson and Norma Bennett.  Runners up were Robert Eaton, Georgie Ramsayer, Andrew Peel and Carol Swales.

Many congratulations to both teams.

Last updated : 13th Jun 2024 14:09 BST
The Vera Walton Trophy Competition

The Vera Walton Pairs Trophy competition was held on the afternoon of Tuesday 11th June. To be eligible, pairs are required to have an average club handicap of 6 or more.

Many congratulations go to Patricia Loughran and Pat McGrellis who won both before and after handicap with a score of 70.00%.

In second place, also before and after handicap,were Connie Hayes and Kevin Sunderland with 66.67%.

Norma Bennett and John Andrew were third with 50.83%.

  Very well done everyone!

Last updated : 13th Jun 2024 14:13 BST
The B.C.B.A. Teams of Four Championship

The B.C.B.A. Teams competition was held on Monday 17th June.

Congratulations  go to the winners, Stuart Davies, George Bak, Robert Eaton and Maureen Bradford.

Runners up were Peter Smith, Mark Lewis, Lauri Andrews and Margaret Andrews. 

Very well done both teams.


Last updated : 18th Jun 2024 09:23 BST