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Brierfield Bridge Club
2 Clitheroe Rd
Telephone 01282 694175
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In Memoriam
My dear aunt Pauline Wimpenny by Bill Hawkyard

Pauline died on 30th August after living in a care home for 12 months.

In 1924 she was born in Huddersfield and lived in the Simonstone & Burnley areas as a child. During the war years Pauline was stationed at Bletchley Park working with the top-secret information which made a big difference to the outcome of the war. The family were immensely proud of her achievements in the war.

Pauline was introduced to Acol in the early sixties and with her then husband Noel went on to take a big part of early development of Huddersfield Bridge Club.

Bridge and the piano were to become a huge part of Pauline’s life and she told me of the very happy times she had on many bridge holidays. 

She taught bridge to literally hundreds of people at Great Harwood, Todmorden and Brierfield, where she was made an honorary life member in 2005.

She partnered John Parry at Brierfield for several years. 

We started to play at Brierfield in 2012 although I would dearly loved to have played with her in her golden years. I do remember when her memory was starting to fail, her saying to me as 4th player and just having trumped my winning 9, “I don’t know what has happened to your bridge Bill, you used to play such a good game”

After her retirement in 1984 she tended her small garden, was a keen artist, enjoying painting holidays and art groups and latterly supporting Andy Murray in any tennis tournament. 

She even dumped our bridge for Wimbledon fortnight.

Her memory started to let her down about six years ago. Alzheimer’s gradually robs people of their existence. She stopped playing in 2018 when her world gradually became smaller and smaller.

Pauline recovered from quite a few downs in life and enjoyed the ups. She definitely lived her life, her way and will be sadly missed.


David Luffrum

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of David Luffrum on the 23rd July 2022, in Airedale Hospital.

David became a member of Brierfield Bridge Club in 2016 and offered his services as House Manager in February 2018. He very much enjoyed this role and his contribution has been invaluable having spent inestimable hours working to improve the condition and running of the club. In particular, researching and overseeing the installation of the ventilation system which has played such a major part in the successful reopening of the club after the pandemic.

David was a very popular member, his bridge partners, both online and at the club, commenting that he was a pleasure to play with, always supportive and never ever critical.  His dry sense of humour and frequent witticisms often brightened the day especially online during lockdown. As one member commented ‘he's one of the nicest people I have ever met, if there were more people like him the world would be a better place’, a sentiment echoed by us all.

David’s interests included football and he was particularly pleased when his team, Brentford, were promoted from the Championship in 2021 and finished 13th in their 1st season in the Premier League.

Prior to joining the bridge club David was a keen badminton player, walker and golfer. Unfortunately these activities were curtailed by ill health in recent years but he also enjoyed pottering in his garden and always had a project of some sort on the go whatever the weather. David was clearly quite innovative and able to turn his hand to anything from constructing ramps, repairing outbuildings and greenhouses and constructing fish ponds not to mention a wide variety of repairs at the bridge club. 

David battled with more than his fair share of health issues over recent years. He was an inspiration to everyone, never complained, was always cheerful and positive and dealt with everything with unfailing stoicism.  

He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

We send our deepest condolences to Brenda and all the family.


Diane Hill


We were very sad to learn of the death of Diane Hill on 10 June 2022, aged 85.

Diane retired to live in Brierfield from Dublin, where she had held a senior position in the accounts department of a law firm.

She joined Brierfield Bridge Club in October 2000 and was a great presence over the years. A stalwart member, she even played a part in getting our current premises fit for purpose by painting the ladies’ toilets (single handedly!). 

She served as treasurer for some years and she is also fondly remembered for encouraging newly taught beginners by holding lunchtime improver lessons for them at the club.

As well as being an accomplished bridge player, partnering Dorothy Slater for many years, she was a keen artist in watercolours and oils and an avid gardener.

Full of wit and fun, with a mischievous sense of humour, she will be sorely missed by her many friends at the club.


Memories of Kath Gradwell by Lynne Grandfield and friends from Nelson Golf Club


Kath Gradwell   born 3rd June 1924   died 11th January 2022.

Kath …. Inspirational, indomitable, infuriating, competitive, chirpy, eventually blind as a bat, will be furious she didn’t make 100 …..

She started golfing at Burnley with her husband Alan.  They transferred to Nelson in 1979.  Alan died during her year as Lady Captain in 1990.  So, in 1997 she was Lady Captain again when she could truly enjoy her year.  She continued to play into her late 80s and stopped when she felt she was no longer competitive!!

She regularly played with Pat Oldroyd at Brierfield on Wednesday afternoons, often bidding in such a way as to make sure she played the cards.  She trusted few to play the cards better than her! Often with good cause and, annoyingly, with positive results. In her later years she had to cope with many adversities.  But cope she did.  Without complaint.  Without self pity.

I partnered Kath on Mondays at our Nelson Golf Club bridge sessions to the relief of the other ladies.  We tutted and muttered at each other but always with a laugh.  Laughter, stubbornness, competitive, strange conversation due to defective hearing aids – Kath’s, glasses with spotlights so as to see her scorecards ….. some of the many things I remember with a smile when I think of Kath.

Sadly missed by many friends, she was a proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  Our thoughts are with her son Brian and the rest of her supportive family.  Rest in peace Kath.   Keep sparking and save a table for us.


Muriel Bainbridge

We are sorry to hear of the death of Muriel Bainbridge, aged 87. Muriel was a member for many years, playing regularly with Susan Fillary, but had not played for some time due to illness.

She died on Friday 19 November in Belvedere Manor Care Home in Colne where she had been cared for since September 2019.

Muriel had many interests apart from bridge, including hill walking, Scottish country dancing and mountaineering.  With her husband Harold they managed to walk up to base camp on Everest many years ago. She was also a keen golfer and was a previous Lady Captain at Whalley Golf Club.

A lovely lady, Muriel was a real character and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memories of Eric Holden by David Briggs



It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of Eric Holden. I knew that he was very poorly but his death was still hard to take.

Eric and I first played bridge in the eighties at Blackburn and continued until the closure of Brierfield caused by the pandemic.

He was a very good player who had quite a lot of different partners and was a character and one of the fittest 80 year olds I ever saw before he became ill.

He was interested in most sports but especially football and horse racing and had an incredible memory of results in these fields.

Everyone who knew Eric will miss him but his surviving family his wife Pauline and children have lost a loving head of their family.

R.I.P. Eric


Paul Jennings


We are very sorry to learn that Paul Jennings has passed away.  Paul has been experiencing increasing ill-health for many years and had become very frail.  He recently suffered a nasty fall from which he never recovered.  He died in Blackburn Royal Infirmary on Thursday 10th June.  He was 79.

In his prime Paul was an excellent bridge player and played frequently at the club for many years, usually at the Tuesday or Thursday evening sessions.  His regular partners were Robin Atkinson, Rick Bentley and Nick Aves.  He represented the club in Fylde League matches playing for the C team on many occasions.  

Paul is survived by his wife Carole, and his children Helen, Jonathan and Richard.  We offer our condolences to them all. 


Patricia Reynard

It is with regret that we have learned of the death of Patricia Rosemary Reynard on 29 April 2021. She was 96 years old.

Pat was the last surviving founder member of the Club. She was the Tuesday and Friday evening partner of Dorothy Slater for over two decades and she also played with Margaret Atkinson on Wednesday afternoons for some years.


In Memory Of Joan Wheatcroft

It is with great sadness that Joan’s friends and members at Brierfield Bridge Club and Whalley Golf Club let you know that Joan passed away on Thursday 4th March peacefully in her sleep aged 91.

Bridge at Brierfield and Whalley GC in her later years were Joan’s main pleasure in life.  She also played golf at Whalley for many years when she was younger.  Her husband, Freddie, unfortunately died on the course leaving Joan with twin boys aged 3 to bring up on her own.  Her sons, Paul and Mark, now have their own families but special credit must go to them as they have really looked after Joan throughout her life.

Joan was a great character and a strong personality and she will be sadly missed by us all.

John Bugler - A Tribute From John Ashton

I have known John for more than 30 years. I met him through mountain biking and orienteering. Then he was a successful financial advisor and Liberal Councillor in Rochdale. After retirement he took an interest in bridge and I encouraged him to join Brierfield Bridge Club.

Very soon his talents were recognised and he joined the committee as membership secretary and served in this role for several years.

He played regularly on Monday afternoons and established a formidable partnership with Dave Sleight. However the onset of Parkinson's disease meant he could longer make the journey from Rochdale so reluctantly had to give up the game he loved.

His last days were unfortunate. He was detained in hospital with a dislocated hip; there he contracted Covid and never recovered. He was a good friend and a lovely man who will be sorely missed.

RIP John.

Richard Thorpe - A Tribute from Trevor Mayes

It is with great sorrow that I have to inform you that Richard Thorpe passed away in hospital on 11th December aged 90 years.

A former member of the committee for many years and one of the stalwarts of the early years of Brierfield Bridge Club when we moved to Clitheroe Road.

He was a man of many talents from scorer, director as well as the Club’s building guru in those early years.

More or less rebuilding the patio area, knocking down an internal wall and laying hardboard sheets in every room with a little help from a few of his apprentices - George, Alan and myself.

A man of quick wit - on one occasion we were discussing the hosting rota and someone asked if there were any reasons that you could opt out.  Quick as a flash he joked 'if you are pregnant'.

To all of us that knew him he will be greatly missed - he had a true passion for Brierfield Bridge Club

Our thoughts are with Anita and family. 

Rest in peace my dear friend.



Russell Dent - A Tribute from Brian Irlam

It is with deep regret that I have to report that Russell passed away on the 24th October aged 91 years. He was a longstanding member of the Club and still playing good competetive bridge until a couple of years ago. He assisted the Club in many ways having been past Chairman and a more than competent teacher as well as being a successful player whose name can be seen on a number of the award boards at the Club. I had the pleasure and privilege of partnering Russell for many years. Never did I have a harsh word from him despite on a few occasions the reverse being true. If there was ever a query he would bring me an extract from one of his bridge books and point out, succinctly, the error of my ways.

He was one of life’s gentlemen and will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Thanks for everything Russell. Rest in peace my and many others friend.

Ann Smith


We were very sad to learn of the death of Ann Smith, on 15th October, at Pendleside Hospice. 

Ann grew up, with her three brothers and a sister, in the Rossendale Road area of Burnley until her marriage to Jim. She was a much loved and loving wife, mother and grandma. And a dearly loved sister, sister-in-law and auntie as well as a lovely friend to many. She worked with disabled people, first as a domiciliary, visiting people in their homes and helping them with their handicraft projects. She later became the manager at Oakenhead Day Centre in Rawtenstall.  She did voluntary work with Scope, supporting  disabled people and their families.  She arranged outings and social events and was always ready to lend a helping hand and give advice.

Ann learned to play bridge joining friends Norma Parkinson, Pauline Sandiford and Mary Butterworth in Diane Hill’s classes at Brierfield. Ann loved bridge, playing for many years with Norma whilst the Club was open. Ann and Norma also really enjoyed their bridge holidays in St Annes. After lockdown, and despite being ill, she played online whenever she could.

She was a much appreciated member at Brierfield, doing the scoring and helping at social events.

Ann and Jim became keen bowlers, playing at Padiham Bowling Club.  Ann started a Friday night ladies team and they had many laughs together. 

She even found time for painting and was a valued member of a painting group for many years.

A lovely friend who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Our thoughts are with Jim and family.