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Brierfield Bridge Club
2 Clitheroe Rd
Telephone 01282 694175
webmaster Peter Banks
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Welcome to Brierfield Bridge Club
Membership Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed the member survey.

We are currently considering reopening the Club having regard to government guidance and the survey responses.

We are hoping that the Club will reopen in late July or August and will be contacting all members regarding the reopening plan in due course.

A summary of the survey results is available in the Members Only section - Information for Members



Paul Jennings

We are very sad to learn of the death of Paul Jennings in Blackburn Royal Infirmary on Thursday 10th June.

Please let us all take time to remember him.

Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Carole and family.

We will provide details of the funeral arrangements when they are available.

You will find an obituary on the In Memoriam page.




Congratulations to two of our teams in Division 3 of the Lancashire Online Teams League.

For Season 5 the winning team comprised Norman Cope, Kath Lees, Ian Peel, John Spencer and Martin Cousins with second place

going to Rosemary Price, Tony Price, Alan Crabtree, David Spencer and Cathy Curran.

Well done and good luck in the future.

Increase In Table Money for BWS

Please note that as from 1st June the table money for BWS Virtual Club sessions will be £2.50. There will be no increase for the Thursday morning Improver sessions.

Brierfield Success

On the 2nd June a friendly teams match was held between Tyler Hill Club in Kent and Brierfield. Seven teams from each club took part and the results were totalled to give an overall winner. Four of the Brierfield teams ably captained by David Bowyer, Trevor Mayes, Janet Marshall and Marjorie Owen won their matches. The outcome was a victory for Brierfield by 76 - 64 Victory Points. By far the most noteworthy and crucial victory was the 18 - 2 by Janet's team comprising Sheila Casson, Janet Bailey and Sheila Cornwell. In recognition of their efforts a little prize will be awarded when we return to the Club!

Thanks to Nigel Hopwood for organising the Brierfield Teams, Simon from Tyler Hill the event organiser and everyone who took part.

Free Mini Lesson On Doubles

Jack Stocken has produced four short videos on the double.

He covers the take-out double, double for penalties, further use of double and the protective double.

If you would like to access the videos and worksheets that accompany them, click here to register for free.


Laws and Ethics


Members will be pleased to know that the EBU has the power to suspend a member where they find sufficient evidence of unfair or dishonest play. Over recent months there have been several instances where it has been proved that online players have had knowledge of some aspects of each other’s hands obtained by illicit communication with each other. The disciplinary action taken has resulted in suspension of EBU membership for periods of up to 5 years.

There’s more information here.


Thursday Improvers
Please note that the Improvers' Lesson on the 17th June will be the last one for now - we'll have a break over the summer.  We will resume Improvers lessons in the autumn, though the format remains to be decided.
However, our usual Gentle Duplicate Pairs on RealBridge, at 1030 on Thursday mornings, will be continuing every week.



New Member Applications

We have recently approved an application for membership.

You'll find details on the 'Information for Members' page in the Members Only section.



2021 Subscriptions

The Committee has decided to waive members subscriptions for 2021.

They will be increased to £15pa from 2022.

RealBridge is the nearest thing to face-to-face bridge you can get, without actually being in the same room as the other players round your table. It incorporates video and voice, so the 4 players can see and talk to each other. We're now offering 3 sessions per week on RealBridge (Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning and Friday evening).

If you’re wondering whether you’ll be able to use RealBridge on your device, click HERE.

We've produced a Guide to Best Practice which you'll find useful.

The RealBridge website offers excellent guidance, a blow by blow description of the features of RealBridge and how to use them. It is well worth your time to go and have a look. Go to the RealBridge website, and click on Players, Player Guide. It is all beautifully and clearly presented, with screenshot illustrations. are also on RealBridge.

To play in a RealBridge session, click the link in the top right column of this page. 

The link is not active until 2 hours before the start of the session.



Message from the Committee

All of us on the committee are working hard to keep both the fabric of the building and the spirit of the Club going as best we can during these difficult times.

If you have any questions, or any suggestions for how we can improve things please email the Club at Or keep in touch via our Facebook page.

Now it is clear that we are going to be more and more dependent on playing onine for our bridge for a while to come,  it is perhaps a good time for a refresher on the etiquette. Click here to see a few pointers.

John Stell Tutorials

John Stell has some excellent Tutorials, aimed at beginners/improvers.

In particular, on Tuesday evenings he focusses on doing a commentary on live games which many of our members have found entertaining.

Thanks to Alan Purdy for sharing this. 

Playing Bridge Online

The Club wants to encourage you to play bridge online - both to maintain your interest and also to keep you in touch with each other. 

If you have a computer, laptop, iPad or tablet, and an internet connection, then you have all you need to play bridge online.

But if you don’t understand what to do, or you have questions, or are encountering difficulties, we have a team of buddies who would love to help. Please get in touch with any of the following: Trevor Mayes, Janet Marshall, David de Andrade, Peter Banks, Norman Cope, Sue Ozer, Anne Spencer, David Spencer, Angela Scott, Nigel Hopwood.

As well as the help from our buddies, there’s some useful information at 'Playing on BBO'  in the menu to the left (with many thanks to Cheltenham Bridge Club for putting this together and sharing it). You’ll also see a list of YouTube videos on various BBO-related topics that you can link to. 

Huge thanks to David Tilley for organising and setting up our virtual Club (BWS), joint with Warrington and Stretford. BWS are currently playing 5 sessions a week - Monday afternoon, Monday evening, Wednesday afternoon, Friday evening and Sunday morning. These are charged at £2.50 per session. See the calendar for the session times.

If you’ve never played in a BWS session you’ll need to email David with your name and BBO user name, no later than the day before the first event you want to play in.

You may prefer to play casually online (which is free on BBO) in which case the Club has two further options.

1.  Register your interest as an individual or as a pair with Anne Spencer by email and she will try to put you in contact with other members. You can then set up your own private tables for four on BBO and play whenever you wish. (See the video guides mentioned above)

2. Nigel Hopwood is coordinating the setting up of groups of four to play on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. To take part please email Nigel with your names (individual or a pair) and BBO user names no later than 10pm on the preceding Monday. Please indicate if you are experienced in setting up an online table. Nigel allocates the tables of four and the players themselves decide how many boards to play. 

Enjoy your bridge!

EBU Top Clubs 2019 - 2020

The EBU has announced that Brierfield Bridge Club is now the 12th best attended in the country. Up 2 places from last year and, for the first time, the best attended club in Lancashire

With thanks to all our players for your continuing support.

Bernard Magee Live Broadcasts

Many members will have heard of Bernard Magee, especially if you’re on the Mr Bridge mailing list.

Bernard does live broadcasts via YouTube every Monday Wednesday and Friday starting at 11am. They're free, each lasts about 40 minutes and they’re good for beginners and intermediates.

Thanks Trevor for sharing this.

Bernard Magee Bridge

SEE LINK BELOW FOR NEXT REALBRIDGE SESSION (not live until 2 hours before start of session)


Wednesday afternoon

Thursday morning

Friday evening





Fri 18th Jun 2021
Evening BWS Virtual Pairs - RealBridge
Sun 20th Jun 2021
Morning BWS Virtual Pairs - BBO
Mon 21st Jun 2021
Afternoon BWS Ten-High - BBO
Mon 21st Jun 2021
Evening BWS Virtual Pairs - BBO
Wed 23rd Jun 2021
Afternoon BWS Virtual Pairs - RealBridge
Thu 24th Jun 2021
Morning BWS Improvers - RealBridge
Fri 25th Jun 2021
Evening BWS Swiss Pairs - RealBridge