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West Wales Bridge Association 3rd Annual Swiss Pairs competition, open to all registered WBU members only. This fun format that gives all players a challenge is a Green Points event and will take place on the Stepbridge platform on Saturday 31st October at 11am.  Please click on the link below for full details: prior booking essential.
 
The annual Green Pointed Porthcawl Congress.  Including a range of Pairs events and Teams games, this is on Friday 27th - Sunday 29th November so please reserve the diary dates. Details are to be finalised shortly and further information will be found on the website:
Presidents Cup 2020 AGM
Presidents Cup 2020 AGM
John Raymond Transport Cup 2020 AGM
John Raymond Transport Cup 2020 AGM
Max Powell Rose Bowl 2020 AGM
Max Powell Rose Bowl 2020 AGM
Irene Thomas Gift 2020 AGM
Irene Thomas Gift 2020 AGM
Beginners Lessons

Lessons are held every Monday at 3.15 pm in Nolton Church Hall.  We are now into the second year of the course.  

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Bill Turner

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our Club President, Bill Turner on Sunday 13th. September.

Bill was born in the mid 1930s on a remote farm in Mid-Wales and suffered early misfortune when he lost the sight of one eye in an accident when he was fruit picking as a boy during the war.  After moving to Llandeilo he met the love of his life, Mair, they married, had two sons, and Bill began a successful career in engineering.

Bill was a keen sportsman, playing cricket and golf, but, despite his eyesight, his real strength was pistol shooting, at which he was good enough to represent Wales.  A man of incredible energy and intellectual curiosity, he threw himself into all his interests, such as gardening and photography, with passionate enthusiasm, as those of us who played Bridge with him will readily attest. It is difficult to imagine a keener or more dedicated Bridge player than Bill, and he was playing most days until his final illness.

Bridgend Bridge Club was very important to Bill and we owe him a lot.  When the club had to find new premises, he spent much time and effort researching possibilities, before settling on Nolton Church Hall, which has proved an excellent venue.  His technical skills were evident in the way he organised the cupboard and mended damaged tables, his commitment to the club, which he served as Chairman for many years, being second to none.  He was always singing the praises of Bridgend BC and trying to persuade other Bridge players to give it a try.

Bill ran Bridge classes for several years and produced copious and very well organised notes.  Latterly he was generous in his efforts to support and develop less experienced and able players, and those of us who partnered him learned a lot.  What was remarkable was that, well into his eighties, Bill was still looking to develop his own game and explore new approaches, sometimes, it has to be said, to the point of complications which were difficult for a man of his age to remember - the fact that he was willing to try, however, shows how focused and competitive he remained right up to the end.

While Bill never reached the heights in international terms he was able to achieve in shooting, he did serve as Chairman of the National selectors for a time, and was a very well known figure on the Welsh Tournament scene for many years - in fact he was probably one of the best known and recognisable figures on the local Bridge scene.

Bill’s phone calls were legendary.  If you played with Bill, you could expect a call from him the following morning, and wonder what was wrong if you didn’t hear from him.  Even if you hadn’t played with him the night before, you might still get a call to give you a blow by blow account of his exploits, to test how you would have approached a particular problem, or to sympathise with him on his bad luck.  We all felt that, inconvenient though these regular calls sometimes proved to be, we would miss them when they stopped, and that has proved to be the case.

While it is often said after people have gone that they will be sorely missed, it is not a cliche in Bill’s case - he was a larger than life character whom we will all miss immensely.  The way in which he faced increasing health difficulties, especially those which hampered his enjoyment of Bridge, declining eyesight and hearing, showed what a resilient and courageous character he was.  His fearlessness meant that he was not slow to give his opinion and stand his ground, which could lead to “artistic differences” with partners, but, even if you disagreed with Bill, you couldn’t help admiring his spirit, determination and commitment. Wherever he is now, you can be sure he is looking to make up a four for a game of Bridge.

 

The Funeral will be held at Bridgend Crematorium on 29th September at 10:30am.  At the family's request attendance is restricted to family members only.

Last updated : 20th Sep 2020 12:48 BST
CLUB CLOSURE - URGENT

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BRIDGEND BRIDGE CLUB

WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Last updated : 18th Mar 2020 17:26 GMT
Welcome to Bridgend Bridge Club
Welcome to Bridgend Bridge Club

BRIDGEND 1831

We meet at Nolton Church Hall in the centre of Bridgend on Wednesday and Friday Evenings at 7:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 1:45 pm. Table money for all sessions is £2.50 for members and £3.50 for non-members except for SIM Events when table money is £5.50 for members and £6.50 for non-members.  Session prices include light refreshments.  We have ample parking for the evening sessions and good facilites for those with disabilities.  Visitors and new members are always welcome so please come along and join us in a friendly game of Bridge.   For further information regarding beginner's classes or if you need a partner, please telephone the club secretary on 01656 661968.

Last updated : 5th Mar 2020 18:37 GMT
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PLAYING BRIDGE on STEPBRIDGE

StepBridge User Guide

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Playing Bridge On BBO

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Club Night
Director: Glyn Williams
Scorer: Bridgemate
Afternoon Duplicate
Director: Glyn Williams
Scorer: Bridgemate
Club Night
Director: Glyn Williams
Scorer: Bridgemate
Max Powell Rose Bowl Pairs
Director: David Newman
Scorer: Bridgemate
Afternoon Duplicate
Director: John Evans
Scorer: Bridgemate
Club Night
Director: Glyn Williams
Scorer: Bridgemate
Club Night
Director: Glyn Williams
Scorer: Bridgemate
Afternoon Duplicate
Director: Steve Burgoyne
Scorer: Bridgemate