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Bude Bridge Club Committee

The Club Committee for 2020, until an EGM:

 Chairman:  Chris Nichols

Treasurer:     Stephen Smith

Committee Members Maureen Fallows, Neil Trenaman, Steve Trenner


The Directors' rota for this year:


1st, 2nd and 5th Chris
3rd Bob
4th Stephen S


Wednesdays: Deb (scorers Tom and Terry)



1st     Neil


EBU Royalty 2020

The Club has several regular members in the 'Royalty and Honours' of the current EBU National Grading Scheme as of 1st September 2020:

King: Alan Biggs 

Queen:  Chris Nichols, Steven Clifton, Nick Newell

Jack:  Rob Irish, 

10s:  Jane Koldewey, David Clarke, Neil Trenaman,  Ann Bennett, Bob Bennett, Lindsey Sandilands, Paul Creighton




All sessions (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays): Members £2.50 (£3.50 Sims nights). 

Visitors £3.50 (£6.50 on Sims nights)


Contact Us

To contact us, please contact Chris Nichols at the above email and phone number.

Mr. Bridge Quiz
Mr. Bridge Quiz

Try the 'Mr. Bridge' quiz!

Updated every Tuesday.

North Cornwall Bridge Clubs
North Cornwall Bridge Clubs

As well as Bude, there are 3 other EBU affiliated bridge clubs in North Cornwall - Bodmin, Newquay and Wadebridge.

They share a website at

Welcome to Bude Bridge Club
Welcome to Bude Bridge Club
Welcome to Bude Bridge Club

                                                                                                                                                                                            (Summerleaze Beach, Mayday 2020)

Although The Parkhouse Centre is now open, the restrictions (no toilets, social distancing, one complete set of boards on each table, et al.) mean that we shall nor be able to recommence until further notice - probably not until the New Year. Let's hope we find a solution to this soon.

The joy of bridge is that online Bridge can still be had......  with Masterpoints, if you wish. 

Check out the EBU website, right at the top of the home page.  They are going to make it easy to access for those who have never played online before.  

Several club members are already playing, using Bridge Club Live (BCL) and /or Bridge Base Online (BBO). You can register with BCL at      {Click to go direct to their website) or with BBO via the EBU website.

By the end of August, our club members had played 25,364 hands on Bridge Club Live...

BCL will cost £12 for the first month, and you can then decide whether to continue or not.

BBO is a free service, but costs to play in competitive matches.

Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting

 The  Annual General Meeting scheduled for April 7th has been deferred until such time as the COVID 19 pandemic allows for safe resumption.

In the interim, an Acting Committee has been appointed to deal with any matters that may arise, and to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting, when matters allow, to appoint new officers.

Acting Chair:  Chris Nichols

Acting Treasurer: Stephen Smith

Acting Committee members: Maureen Fallows, Steve Trenner, Neil Trenaman.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Bridge

Our weekly sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will continue once COVID-19 has died down.

Friday duplicate bridge at the  Parkhouse will be booked on a month by month basis. 

The next date will be a long way off!

In Memorium

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of two of our former members in April this year.

Peggy Cann was a founder member of the club and had a wicked sense of humour!

She was a delight to play with and against and was always complementing the opposition on good play.

‘Oh, well done!’ could always be relied on if someone made a difficult contract.

Such a lovely lady, sorely missed.

George Booth, a staunch member of the club for many years, has also sadly passed away.

We will remember him as a true gentleman of the bridge table, always calm and polite with a gentle manner and lively sense of humour.

Our thoughts are with their family and friends.

To all members from Cornwall Bridge Association

Letter from County Bridge Committee, dated 10 May 2020.

Times are changing in the world of club duplicate bridge, probably never to return quite the
same as it was before the pandemic. We have all been denied our regular “hit” of social
duplicate bridge, and are sure to be denied it for many more months to come.
Will it return as strong as before, or, as some suspect, will the combination of “getting out
of the habit of playing”, preferring online bridge, or the fear of returning to close contact
with others, drive down the numbers returning to club bridge?
The county committee has been deliberating, even agonising, how to react to the current
situation. In the end, for the time being at least, it has done ……… nothing. This is due to :
1. We are all nervous and intimidated at the effort required to get an online county
bridge club off the ground. We have no natural IT whizz kid (we’re all pretty well over
70!) in our midst, and no one with sufficient energy and drive to take up such a
challenge has come to light.
2. We are not convinced there is enough enthusiasm to get a healthy club up and
3. There are an increasingly number of clubs – in Devon and further afield - that are
already welcoming players from out of their area (see lower). These opportunities
are, of course, in addition to the five daily duplicate sessions that the EBU is now
running on Bridge Base Online (BBO).
In six months time, as things develop and clarify, the CCBA will be in a better position to
judge the best way forward.

Club Champions 2020
Club Champions 2020

David Clarke and Steven Clifton are this year's Club Champions, pictured here receiving their virtual John Ridding trophies.

They also teamed up to win the Clifton Trophy.

Team Champions 2020
Team Champions 2020

 Sarah and Neil Trenaman teamed up with Chris Nichols and Jane Koldewey to win the club Teams Championship for the third successive year in 2020.

Neil was also winner of the June Justice Individual Championship.

Monthly News Reports

News reports will appear here once regular bridge recommences.

Bidding Problem of the Month - September

North opens 1 Diamond and East overcalls 2 Spades (weak).

What do you bid as South?

At one table, they tried 3 Hearts - very much over-egging their hand! When West bid 3 Spades, North bid 5 Clubs and there it rested.

At all other tables except one, South passed.

The successful South was the one who Doubled, showing values in the other two suits.

North was then able to take an educated punt at 6 Clubs, 'knowing' that South had a minimum of 4 Clubs and probabaly either the Ace of Hearts or the King of Diamonds.

Latest Tuesday result

 No Tuesday bridge for a bit - sorry.


EBU Sim Pairs

All EBU Sims Pairs competitions have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, including the Spring Pairs in May and the Cornwall Charity Sim Pairs in June.

Handicap Pairs 2019-2020

Winners of the wine prizes for this season:

September: Maureen Fallows and Ian Curtis

October: Noreen Heslop and Margaret Swayne

November:  Terry Abbott and Neil Trenaman

December: Paul Creighton and Alan Biggs

January: Annie Quartermain and Tilly Peck

February: Jenny Tregarthen and Linda Ashworth

March: Mike Newman and Rob Irish


HUGE Congratulations to Alan Biggs on his promotion by the EBU  in April 2020 to the rank of


Alan is the first member of the Club ever to reach this high rank.

Well done to other members of the club promoted by the EBU in May  2020

Advanced Master:  Christine Theobald

County Master:  Mary Hopgood

Forthcoming Events

No bridge at the Parkhouse until further notice.

Competition Winners 2019/2020


The John Ridding Club Championship

Steven Clifton and David Clarke



Teams of Four

Neil and Sarah Trenaman, Jane Koldewey and Chris Nichols 

Collian Bowl

Tertia and Tom Salt

Handicap Pairs

Maureen Fallows and Ian Curtis

Doris and Frank Clifton Trophy

Steve Clifton and David Clarke

June Justice Individual

Neil Trenaman

Jug of Bridge Wisdom

(See News Page)

Gill Lowe and Tim Benson
Beryl Mardon Memorial Trophy Deb Delvalle 

John and Bill Grand Slam Bottle

Alan Merchant-White, Steve Trenner, Chris Nichols  




Cornwall County Bridge Association
Cornwall County Bridge Association

Bude Bridge Club is affiliated to the Cornwall County Bridge Association.

Click here to visit their web-site.

2nd September 2020
No bridge
8th September 2020
No bridge
9th September 2020
No bridge
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Steven Trenner
Scorer: Thomas Salt
Club Championship 2 (members only)
Director: Steven Clifton
Scorer: Steven Clifton
Friday Pairs
Director: Linda Ashworth
Scorer: Robert Bennett
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Thomas Salt
Handicap Pairs 7
Director: Chris Nichols
Scorer: Chris Nichols
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Thomas Salt