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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.

Last updated : 13th Sep 2020 20:35 BST
Liam Sheridan

It was with great sadness and shock that we learned of the death of Liam Sheridan on Monday 10th. August.  A stalwart of our club from its early days, Liam had enormous stature as a player, not just locally, but on the national and international stage.

Liam represented Wales in 5 Camrose Home International Chapionships and in 4 European events, as well as at the Mind Sports Olympics in Bejing, as well as winning a prestigious invitational event, The International Masters, on more than one occasion.  He was one of the top Grand Masters in the country, having built up a huge number of Masterpoints over the years.

As a player of great authority, Liam exemplified the high standards expected of the top players, and disapproved when the better players tried to blind ordinary club members with science.  He always took the trouble to explain any bids which the lesser players might find confusing, and seemed to know instinctively which opponents needed understanding and supportive advice, and which deserved, and could stand, being gently castigated for their poor bidding or play.  He was a great mentor and coach, being generous in his advice to those whom, he could see, were keen to improve.  He kept an avuncular eye on the diverse and sometimes baffling characters who inhabit the world of Bridge, but he was rarely condemnatory, commenting that one member of our community “could be intensely irritating” being the worst thing I ever heard him say about anybody.

In recent years Liam put his teaching skills to great use supporting John Beard on his Bridge Holiday programme, and in developing a friendly and enthusiastically supported club at Aberthin.  Although he had competed successfully at the highest levels of Bridge, Liam enjoyed the social aspect of the game, as evidenced by the Bridge days he organised from time to time, usually accompanied by good food, and where the company was as important as the Bridge.  One thing Liam didn’t do was computers, so, when Covid 19 struck, he was quite prepared to put away Bridge for a while, commenting that there were plenty of other things to do in life.

One of these, famously, was a love of horse racing, and another a devotion to Jazz music. Additionally, in his younger days Liam was evidently a very good squash player.  He was a family man, of course, but suffered the cruel blow of losing his wife Maureen to a terminal illness at far too young an age.  They had been together since their teenage years and, having discovered Bridge, became a formidable partnership at the table as well as in life.

So, while Liam will be greatly missed at all levels of the Bridge community, we send our condolences to those who will miss him most, his family and, of course, his partner Glenda.

Last updated : 11th Aug 2020 17:43 BST
CLUB CLOSURE - URGENT

PLEASE NOTE: FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT ADVICE

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
ONLINE BRIDGE REGULATIONS

Summary Of Online Regulations

Last updated : 13th Jul 2020 16:28 BST
PLAYING BRIDGE on STEPBRIDGE

StepBridge User Guide

Last updated : 14th Sep 2020 15:55 BST

Playing Bridge On BBO

Last updated : 13th Jul 2020 16:30 BST
Results
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