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Last updated : 30th Jun 2024 13:56 BST
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  Face to Face Club Summary (From "crude" count of 850 clubs)
Face to Face Sessions On Offer 1278
Clubs Offering Face to Face 665
Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:01 BST
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  ♥  Club Statistics Update 14th July 2024 ♥ 
The number of clubs in the database has risen to 852. (711 active).
The number of club face to face sessions noted on all 838 is
1,278

 
The number of club sessions analysed in detail has reached 1437 (from 528 clubs).
The detail captures day of week, time of day and the average number of tables in the last three sessions.
 
Dormant and defunct clubs are forming a big section (4% and 13%), they are now being excluded from data about active clubs.

Newly discovered defunct and dormant clubs are being included as they come to light to try and assess the long term impact of Covid.
My estimate would be that 25% of clubs that were active pre-covid have folded. Smaller weekly clubs were hardest hit.
Players at many clubs are almost back to pre-covid levels, but most are around 50-60%. Many clubs have critically low table numbers.
 
It is still clear that weekday morning sessions, where offered, are popular!
 
Most proportions are steady. There is still a slight and steady rise in clubs offering Face to Face sessions only
as opposed to offering online only, or a mixture of face to face and online.
 
The slight shift upwards in table money continues, though £2.50 remains the typical sum.
 
 
♥  Club Statistics Update 14th July 2024 ♥ 
Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:04 BST
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  Club Sessions, F2F and Online, by Day and Time
Club Sessions, F2F and Online, by Day and Time

 

Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:05 BST
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  Online Session Platforms
Online Session Platforms
Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:03 BST
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  Some Analysis of F2F Average Table Numbers by Venue Type

14th July 2024

F2F Average Tables   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve
All Clubs F2F 6.74 8.6 7.5 6 9 6.8 6 8 7.4 6 8 7 6 9 7 6   6.62 8   8 4
EBU Clubs F2F  6.96                                          
Non Affilialted Clubs F2F 6.38                                          
Dedicated Premises 7.45                                          
Shared Community 6.63                                          
Multi Sport Club Section 6.28                                          

 

30th June 2024

F2F Average Tables   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve
All Clubs F2F 6.70 8.6 7.4 6 9 6.9 6 8 7.3 6 8 7 6 9 7 6   6.62 8   8 4
EBU Clubs F2F  6.91                                          
Non Affilialted Clubs F2F 6.35                                          
Dedicated Premises 7.43                                          
Shared Community 6.56                                          
Multi Sport Club Section 5.86                                          

 

16th June 2024

F2F Average Tables   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve
All Clubs F2F 6.71 8.2 7.4 6 9 7.1 6 8 7.4 6 8 7 6 9 7 6   6.62 8   8 4
EBU Clubs F2F  6.92                                          
Non Affilialted Clubs F2F 6.38                                          
Dedicated Premises 7.50                                          
Shared Community 6.54                                          
Multi Sport Club Section 5.71                                          

2nd June 2024

F2F Average Tables   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve
All Clubs F2F 6.72 8.2 7.5 6 9 7.1 6 8 7.4 6 8 7 6 9 7 6   6.62 8   8 4
EBU Clubs F2F  6.94                                          
Non Affilialted Clubs F2F 6.37                                          
Dedicated Premises 7.60                                          
Shared Community 6.50                                          
Multi Sport Club Section 5.34                                          

19th May 2024

F2F Average Tables   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve
All Clubs F2F 6.71 8.7 7.3 6 9 7.1 6 8 7.4 6 8 7 6 9 7 6   7.1 8   8 4
EBU Clubs F2F  6.93                                          
Non Affilialted Clubs F2F 6.36                                          
Dedicated Premises 7.61                                          
Shared Community 6.46                                          
Multi Sport Club Section 5.34                                          

5th May 2024

F2F Average Tables   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve
All Clubs F2F 6.70 8.7 7.2 6 9 7.1 6 9 7 6 8 7 6 9 7 6   7.1 8   8 4
EBU Clubs F2F  6.91                                          
Non Affilialted Clubs F2F 6.38                                          
Dedicated Premises 7.58                                          
Shared Community 6.45                                          
Section 5.39                                          

21st April 2024

F2F Average Tables   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve
All Clubs F2F 6.72 8.7 7.3 6 9 7.1 6 9 7 6 8 7 6 9 7 5   7.1 8   8 4
EBU Clubs F2F  6.96                                          
Non Affilialted Clubs F2F 6.34                                          
Dedicated Premises 7.58                                          
Shared Community 6.52                                          
Section 5.39                                          

7th April 2024

F2F Average Tables   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve
All Clubs F2F 6.72 8.7 7.2 6 9 7.1 6 9 7 6 8 7 6 9 7 5   7.1 8   8 4
EBU Clubs F2F  6.97                                          
Non Affilialted Clubs F2F 6.34                                          
Dedicated Premises 7.58                                          
Shared Community 6.51                                          
Section 5.39                                          

24th March 2024

F2F Average Tables   Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve AM PM Eve
All Clubs F2F 6.72 8.7 7.2 6 9 7.0 6 9 7 6 8 7 6 9 7 5   7.1 6   8 4
EBU Clubs F2F  6.96                                          
Non Affilialted Clubs F2F 6.35                                          
Dedicated Premises 7.55                                          
Shared Community 6.51                                          
Section 5.39                                          


 

Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:06 BST
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  What are clubs offering? (By actual numbers)
What are clubs offering? (By actual numbers)

Web sites are checked on a rota basis addressing last inspected first. These figures are updated once a fortnight.
The time between reviews of each club is about a year.
A few new clubs are added in each fortnight.

 

Hybrid Events means the club is offering Face to Face AND Online and some in the form of Hybrid Events.
Hybrid Club means the club is offering some Face to Face and some Online Sessions.
Face to Face means the club is only offering Face to Face Sessions.
Online means the club is only offering Online Sessions.
School means the offer is principally lessons and practice.
Dormant means the club web site is there, but the club is not offering sessions dedicated to its members.
Defunct? means the club web site appears to have been closed down.

 

Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:07 BST
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  Face to Face Table Numbers ALL Clubs by Day and Time
Face to Face Table Numbers ALL Clubs by Day and Time
Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:07 BST
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  What are clubs offering? (Proportion of sample)
What are clubs offering? (Proportion of sample)
Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:07 BST
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  Club Venue Types
Club Venue Types
Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:07 BST
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  Club Governance
Club Governance
Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:08 BST
  Club Member Table Money
  • 2024 07 14 Member Table Money
  • 2024 07 14 Member Table Money EBU Affil
  • 2024 07 14 Member Table Money Non EBU Affil
Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:08 BST
  Latest Full Club Collated Data
Total in Database 852  
Of which EBU Affiliated  419 49%
Of EBU Top 50 (2019) 50 6%
     
More than 100,000 website visits in last year 143 17%
20,000 -  100,000 website visits in last year 359 42%
Less than 20,000 website visits in last year 179 21%
No count of visits available 30 4%
     
Dedicated Premises 63 9%
Shared Community 555 78%
Section of Multi Purpose Sports or Social Club 29 4%
Shared Bridge Venue 8 1%
Holiday Venues 1 0%
Private 7 1%
Online Only 48 7%
     
Club Offer = Hybrid Event 7 1%
Club Offer = Hybrid Club 146 17%
Club Offer = Face to Face 496 58%
Club Offer = Online 52 6%
Club Offer = School 10 1%
Club Offer = Dormant 32 4%
Club Offer = Defunct? 109 13%
Total Classified 852
Face to Face Sessions On Offer 1278  
Clubs Offering Face to Face 665 78%
Offering at least one online 210 25%
  850  
Clubs Offering BBO Competitions 106 12%
Clubs Offering RealBridge Competitions 119 14%
Clubs Offering Bridge Club Live  Comps   0%
Total Online Club Sessions Weekly 402  
Club Bridge Base Online Sessions 187  
Club RealBridge Online Sessions  191  
Club Bridge Club Live Online Sessions 10  
Club StepBridge Live Online Sessions 2  
Club Online Sessions Other Platform 12  
Highly Active (>100,000 visits annually) 143 17%
Average Online Sessions weekly 186.5 1.30
Face to Face Sessions Weekly 514.5 2.76
Face to Face Sessions Under Discussion 0 0%
     
EBU Affiliated 119 83%
Medium Active (20,000-100,000) 367 43%
Average Online Sessions weekly 129.25 0.35
Face to Face Sessions Weekly 491.25 1.34
Face to Face Sessions Under Discussion 0 0%
     
EBU Affiliated 198 54%
Low Active (<20,000) 264 31%
Online Sessions weekly 28.5 0.11
Face to Face Sessions Weekly 188.25 0.71
Face to Face Under Discussion 40 15%
     
EBU Affiliated 75 28%
Club Governance    
U3A 19 3%
Limited Companies 21 3%
CIO 22 3%
Proprietors 38 5%
Section of Multi Activity Club 32 5%
Status Not Recorded Yet 22 3%
Informal Association (No constitution published) 267 38%
Unincorporated Asociation 306 43%
Club Web Site Host    
BridgeWebs  694 97%
Pianola 9 1%
Community 3 0.4%
U3A 3 0.4%
BridgeCloud 2 0.3%
Clubs4UK 1 0.1%
Teaching Activity
Club Home Pages reviewed for Teaching Information  729
Home page shows no current activity 473 64.88%
Clubs will be counted multiple times:  
Club offers Rubber 1 0.81%
Club offers Chicago 5 4.07%
Beginners Lessons 151 122.76%
Improvers  Lessons 122 99.19%
Advancers Lessons 7 5.69%
Practice 47 38.21%
Tasters 2 1.63%
Private Lesson 2 1.63%
BFA 4 3.25%
EBS 1 0.81%
FastTrack 5 4.07%
Refresher 6 4.88%
Page refers learners to named teacher 51 41.46%
Club Home Page Names Teacher(s) 124
No teacher name yet recorded 729
Table Money 608
£1.00 22 4%
£1.50 29 5%
£2.00 159 26%
£2.50 98 16%
£3.00 184 30%
£3.50 21 3%
£4.00 51 8%
£4.50 3 0%
£5.00 23 4%
>£5.00 18 3%
Table Money (EBU Affiliated) 341
£1.00 5 1%
£1.50 10 2%
£2.00 62 10%
£2.50 72 12%
£3.00 115 19%
£3.50 17 3%
£4.00 37 6%
£4.50 3 0%
£5.00 13 2%
>£5.00 7 1%
Table Money (Not EBU Affiliated) 266
£1.00 17 3%
£1.50 19 3%
£2.00 97 16%
£2.50 26 4%
£3.00 69 11%
£3.50 4 1%
£4.00 14 2%
£4.50 0 0%
£5.00 10 2%
>£5.00 10 2%
Last updated : 14th Jul 2024 21:09 BST
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  Club Snippets

A selection of news from club web sites and other reports

Older Material has been moved to another page: : Archived Club Snippets

 

Last updated : 30th Jun 2024 14:14 BST
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  Club Snippets 2024

The Grove

!!! WE ARE CLOSING Our very last Monday evening is at 7.30pm on 12th February 2024 WE ARE CLOSING !!!

Canterbury Duplicate

The constitution was identified as requiring a update to incorporate the changes in location and update to modern norms of communication and also minor modification to disclipary procedures due to the current membership numbers. The new constitution was discussed at the 2024 Annual General Meeting and decision was to allow the membership more time to study the new constitution online and if any disagreements to notify the secretary.

The document has been e-mailed to all members and will be draft until 1st June 2024 for 2024 members to review and make any proposals. If no objections received formally, by e-mail, from the 2024 membership list, by 1st June the document will have been ratified as agreed.

Durham Bridge Club

Please welcome our new Chairman: Jonathan Lillycrop

Jonathan Lillycrop is taking over as chairman from Adrian Darnell. Here is Jonathan's profile in his own words: 

"I was taught bridge by my parents when I was 13 and have loved the game ever since. After university I got a job in London and became a regular at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. Gordon Rainsford who at the time was the manager of the Young Chelsea inspired me to get in to directing; I have risen up the ranks and am now one of two EBU Deputy Chief Tournament Directors. My first 12 years after leaving university were spent working for a bank in IT Infrastructure, firstly in London and later in Wroclaw, Poland. On my return to England I decided to follow my passion for bridge and started working for the EBU as their Club Liaison Officer. As of last September Rachel (my wife) and I moved up to Durham so she could start a PhD in Theology at the university. We are very much enjoying playing at Durham Bridge Club and having the opportunity to play together more than we did in London."

We thank our outgoing chairman Adrian Darnell for all the work over the years, keeping the club going during the tricky Covid years, securing grants for the club and taking the club to its 50th anniversary celebration in 2022. 

Published 17/05/2024

Kingston Bridge Club

Bridge Suspended While We Find a New Director

We had a great Christmas Party Duplicate on Thursday December 14th 2023.  Thank you all for coming and contributing to the occasion.  However there was sadness too, as we said goodbye to Ned Paul, our regular tournament director.  Ned was one of our founding TDs over 11 years ago. Ned puts on a lot of bridge in many places and is needing to cut down to spend more time at home. We wish him well!

So far we have not been able to find a replacement for Ned but we are still looking.  We will let players know when we are able to restart.  

Eastbourne Bridge Club

The club is now open for bridge in the new premises, but the lift installation is not finished.

....

The new address is Lion Works, Sidley Rd, Eastbourne BN22 7HB.  See Google maps.

Nettleham Bridge Club (Non EBU Affiliated)

♠   ♣ BRIDGE - It's a big deal

This club is contributing to this Festival by

holding a Charity Day on

Monday 2nd September 2024.

Please see main event opposite for full details and when to buy tickets.

Tickets numbers will be limited so book early!

on sale from 2 July 2024.  Contact Secretary Cathy Platt

 

Stannington Bridge Club

Stannington Bridge Club was launched on 1st August 2023 and is a merger of two bridge clubs - Newcastle, formed 1935 and Cramlington, formed 1992.

Cullompton & Willand Bridge Club

Dealing Machine Fund

A Dealing machine is going to be purchased. It is hoped that the machine will be used:

Weekly by Cullompton & Willand, Tiverton, & Silverton Bridge Clubs

By other bridge club or bridge teachers in the Devon/Somerset area as requested

By any other organisations as requested

For the dealing of hands for charity & simultaneous pairs events

The total initial cost of the dealing machine and other equipment needed is expected to be around £4,400.

This will be partially funded by voluntary donations.

The balance of the cost will come from surplus income from on-line RealBridge sessions  and the remaining from a loan from a member against the expected surplus income from the on-line Bridge.

♣ ♦ ♥ ♠ 

Total Donations to date are £1790

Thankyou to the following (and those who wished to remain anonymous) for their donations:

 

Last updated : 12th Jul 2024 22:52 BST
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  Club Snippets June - December 2023

Whitenap

Whitenap Bridge Club was formed in 1994 by Mrs Sybil Dickinson, see advert above, a very keen and able bridge player, who had moved to the Romsey area.  Mountbatten School was originally chosen as its venue, meeting from 7.00 to 10.00pm on Monday evenings for duplicate bridge.  The club now meets at the Age Concern hall, Linden Road in Romsey but retains its original name.

Unfortunately, not long after the club’s formation, Mrs Dickinson’s health deteriorated and she died in 1995.  It was her wish that the club continued and the solicitor, acting for her daughter, Mrs Jackie Brown, drew up a constitution changing the status of Whitenap Bridge Club from a Proprietor’s Club to a Members Club’.  Mrs. Brown donated to the club all the bridge equipment purchased by her mother and a sum of money which had accrued since the club’s formation.

The first General Meeting was held on 23rd September 1996, at which it was agreed that the club should become affiliated to the English Bridge Union, however, after an EGM in August 2009 the club voted to disaffiliate from the English Bridge Union in 2010. It was also agreed that a trophy should be purchased in commemoration of Sybil Dickinson and this has been played for by club members every year.

Whitenap Bridge Club has been operating very successfully since its inauguration.

The Club reopened on Monday 13th September 2021 after closure due to lockdowns, running Face2Face bridge as before.

Helston

Helston Bridge Club

It is with deep regret that the Committee announce that Helston Bridge Club will close on 31st January 2024.

Voting by members at the Special General Meeting was in favour of winding up the club by a large majority.

More detailed information on votes received has been circulated to members.

From October 2023 AGM: 3.The Chairperson’s report was read out. The death of Rod Bell earlier in the year had been a great loss as he was a staunch supporter of the club. Numbers are low for both face to face and online and the club had struggled to get the numbers up.

Bedford No Fear

Sunday Evening Bridge Sessions

Hi Everybody,

It is with regret I have to advise you all that, due to a serious lack of numbers, we have decided to suspend the current Sunday Evening Bridge Meetings held at Biddenham Village Hall.

For most weeks since the pandemic our numbers have been between two and three tables and that does not even cover the base costs. We had hoped we would start to see some regular growth by now but sadly that has not happened. Most people do not enjoy playing with such low numbers as it lacks variety and restricts movement.

We plan to try to start it again in the new year when we hope to have in place a players booking in sytem whereby we will know in advance the numbers and we will be in a position to manage a people shortfall more effectivly. Ideally we would like to see a minimum of four tables on a regular basis. We cannot sustain a club meeting with less 16+ people as I am sure you all appreciate.

This email has been sent to all the players that have supported the Sunday club meetings over the last 5 months but if you know of someone who has not received it please pass it on or let me know and I will contact them directly.

We will try again in the new year and thank you for your support since the pandemic.

Regards

Peter Cullum

Cheltenham

Join us on Friday 8th December for our Christmas Celebration 

This is fully booked, there is a Reserve List available via the Calendar

Welwyn Garden City

The club is offering a L4 Christmas session on Tuesday 19 December at 10am @ KGV, this is for members only, please click here to sign up

THE CHRISTMAS SESSION IS FULL

After the bridge session, there is a members' lunch at Grove Pub, Hall Grove, WGC, AL7 4PH, please click here to sign up

THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH IS FULL

Bannersgate

November 2023

Bulletin

PLEASE NOTE !

Bannersgate Bridge Club was recently closed due to lack of membership numbers, following the Covid outbreak.

The committee would like to thank those members who have supported the club over the years and hope they find other ways to continue playing.

Apple Bridge Club

November 2023

1989 Bridge Club (Reigate)

July 2023

IT WAS VERY PLEASING TO SEE 10 TABLES ON THURSDAY EVENING THE HIGHEST NUMBER SINCE BEFORE THE PANDEMIC. LET'S AIM TO KEEP THE NUMBERS UP TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF THE CLUB.

Blackheath Bridge Club

We are back..! 

We held our AGM on Weds 25th January. Among other things, we voted to remain affiliated to the English Bridge Union. We have also had a changing of the guard, with Rosemary Lloyd taking over as Treasurer. We wish Ron Andrews all the best and many thanks for his 30 years in the role.

Onwards.. we are regularly getting 6 or 7 tables on Wednesday afternoons and we are hoping for more yet.. we've had to order some more handsets to cope with the increase in numbers and we're loving it..!

Our duplicate session is every Wednesday, starting at 1pm for 1.15 (approx. 3 and a quarter hours ).

We also meet every Thursday, starting at 6pm for 6.15. 

On Thursday evenings unfortunately we've been unable to get sufficient numbers to play duplicate but there has been a recent surge of interest from new members. Until there are enough members to play duplicate, members have simply enjoyed playing bridge face to face again with  other pleasant members. Please get in touch with Ivy Mcgeorge if you are interested in swelling the numbers.  I.mcgeorge3@ntlworld.com

Last updated : 27th Mar 2024 14:18 GMT