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Minutes of Trustees and Committee meetings (latest available 22nd October 2022) and AGM meetings, together with copies of Newsletters (latest available Sept 2022) can be found in "Members Area". The AGM 2022 draft minutes and reports are now available. 


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David Betterley

David Betterley, one of our former committee members, died on 8th December 2021 at the age of 80.  David passed away peacefully and will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Pam, his children, Nick and Sarah, children-in-law, Verity and David and grandchildren, Finlay, Aurelia, Alice, Warwick and Tom. 

Ian Dent & Ruth Allenby

We have learned of the tragic deaths of Ian and his wife Ruth at their home in Desford.  They were both frequent players at the club.  Because of his work experience doing website work for M&S, Ian helped me in the early stages of setting up our Bridgewebs web site.   

David Deane

David Deane died on Tuesday 2nd November. His wife, Pauline, died two weeks earlier.  He was a member of long standing, playing at St James when it was known as Cranes.  David used to teach bridge at Oadby Beauchamp School.  Among his pupils were Jean Wightman, Colin Gore and Paul Bowyer.

Goodbye to one of our Honorary life members.

David Pollard

It is with sadness we announce the passing of David Pollard (Yorkshire). David is pictured above (front row, far right) on our visit to the Houses of Parliament in 1998. He was a long serving committee member and was treasurer for a good number of years until 1989 when he suffered a brain aneurysm from which he made a remarkable recovery.
He and Norman Williams were the instigators of the Bridge holiday to raise money for the extension at St. James Road. In the early days of the holiday they had two per year and the locations included Belgium and Tunisia.  He taught bridge at the club and ran many separate tutorials for club members for many years which were extremely well supported.
His successes included the Woodier Cup: 1997 with Jean Wightman and 1995 with Ken Ford.  Don Smith Memorial Trophy 1992 with Richard Buckby.  Wightman Trophy in 1983, 1981 and 1980 and the Hammersley Cup  1993 with David Fletcher,  Brenda & Frank Harris (Brenda is one of our Honorary Life members), 2003 with Mick Mahoney, John Beattie and Richard Bell and in 2004 with Jean Wightman, David Fletcher and Mick Mahoney. David left Leicester for York in 2005 but during the lockdown he was able to join with CBC to play on line - his usual partner was Mick Mahoney. 


Cynthia James

Cynthia was a long standing member of the bridge club, serving on the committee for several years and becoming Secretary.  Cynthia played in many of the sessions each week and attended the bridge holidays for many years, probably more than most other members.  She was a very confidant person, we always knew when she had come to the club.  I’ll remember her, mainly, for the telephone conversations with the phone several inches away from my ear! 

She had been ill for the last few years and had been in a care home in Epsom near her family for the last month.  She leaves a son, daughter and grandchildren.

Norman Williams

Norman was an honorary life member.  In addition to time as a committee member, in past times, he was one of our teachers running classes for new students.  He presented the Williams Cup to help promote the playing of bridge for the students.  For many years he attended the bridge holidays and with David Pollard helped instigate and run the holidays not only in England but abroad.

For many years, he was the Director on Friday afternoons which was one of our most busy sessions with his wife, Ann, attending the sessions as host.  There were times when we were so full that the sit out table was in the bar.  Before he retired from directing, he was my ‘trainer’ for the Friday sessions.

His life has included:Merchant Navy, US army (1959), Manager at Ford Motor company, Amateur dramatics (1974), Shopkeeper in Torquay, Landlord in London, Farmer in Wales, 

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Marjorie Gilbertson

Marjorie Gilbertson passed away on 3rd March. She was being treated in the Leicester Royal Infirmary for over a month, not for COVID-19, but initially for a bad cough which caused her discomfort and made eating and drinking difficult.

Marjorie and her husband, Don, had been part of the Leicestershire bridge scene for many years and, after Don passed away a few years ago, Marjorie continued to be a very active participant in Leicestershire bridge. Pat Watson partnered her in club games, league matches and County matches for more than twenty years and theyenjoyed many congress week-ends together.

More recently, Judy Hill became one of Marjorie’s regular partners and, not surprisingly, they had a successful partnership at the bridge table and became close friends.  Marjorie was always delightful company - an intelligent, fair minded lady with a great sense of humour and a strong personality. All those who knew her will be feeling a great sense of loss.

Doug Rollason

We are sorry to report that Doug Rollason died on 2nd September at The Lawns Care Home aged 101 years. Doug had not played at the club for a number of years but will be remembered as a lovely man, a true gentleman. He was Financial Director at Premier Drum in Wigston for many years. If anyone has memories of Doug that they want to share then please pass those on to us.

His funeral will be held on Monday 21st September at 13:00 (A.J.Adkinson & Son).

Geoff Marlow

Geoff Marlow died on 17th July 2020.  He was 80 years old.  He leaves two children, David and Jane.  He had recently returned to bridge and was always a friendly face at the bridge table.

John Harriman

John Harriman passed away peacefully in Brixham, Devon on 25th May, aged 73. Born and brought up in Mountsorrel, John attended Humphrey Perkins GS.  He was a well known local footballer representing Mountsorrel Amateurs and Sileby Town with some distinction.  He was a prominent member of the County Bridge Club in the 1980s.  He left Leicestershire for a career in teaching and then IT, spending most of his later life in Devon. Loved by all who knew him he leaves his wife Jenny and son, Sam. A true gentleman in all senses.

David Godfrey

I have been told that David Godfrey has lost his fight against Covid-19.  As a frequent Friday afternoon player, he played on the last Friday before our shutdown. 

Ruth Petter

We are saddened to learn of the death of Ruth Petter on Saturday 28th December 2019.

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Mary Gibson

GIBSON Veronica Mary (neé Mullarkey) Previously resident of Hendon Grange and Groby. Died peacefully on Saturday May 4th 2019 at South Lodge Care Home. Beloved wife of the late Cliff, devoted mother of Sue, Sheila and Robin..

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Richard Tyler

Richard was born in December 1934 and died on 5 April 2019 age 84 and educated at Stoneygate School, Rugby and Queens College, Cambridge.

Professionally he was Director of family shoe retailing business which he sold and then was able spend more time with his family, wife Gillie, sons Nick and Chris and five grandchildren.

Always, he had a keen interest in sport: Member of Leicester Hockey Club, long-time member of The Leicestershire Golf Club where he served as both captain and president, cricket, tennis and even ping-pong.  He was a keen yachtsman with boat at Blakeney where the family had a holiday home.

Other interests included vegetable gardening and quizzes. 

As a member of the County Bridge Club he has served on the committee, been on a winning Hurwich team twice and has won the Cayless individual cup.

Anne Kind




It is with sadness that we learnt of Anne’s death on January 1st, 2019 aged 96. Anne was a long-standing member of CBC, much valued and loved. Anne led a full and interesting life. She was Leicester Family Planning Clinic’s first volunteer in 1954. She later took on a senior role as a fund-raiser for LOROS and was instrumental in raising more than £1.5 million to develop the hospice.She, along with husband Bill, was a founding member of the Bowmen of Glen archery club and a triallist for the GB Olympic archery team. She was also an award-winning poet. She will be missed.



Peter Cooney


I'm sorry to say that Peter Cooney died peacefully at the L.R.I. on Thursday 8th November 2018. He was 88 years old.


Sue Bowyer


We are sad to report that Sue Bowyer passed away on 28th October 2018.



Jean Jessop

We are saddened to learn of the death of Jean Jessop, peacefully at home after a long illness, on 26th February 2020. Jean was a member of the club for many years, and although she resigned last year due to ill health she will be remembered by those who went on the club bridge holidays as she attended several of these. The memorial service planned for Tuesday 17th March 2020 has been cancelled.

Basil Thomas




            Basil Thomas


    I am sorry to announce that Bas finally lost his fight against his illness.  He died on Saturday, 5th August 2017.


    He has been a frequent player on Friday afternoons partnering his wife, Wendy.  He will be missed by the Friday 'regulars'




Yasser Haider

Yasser died at the end of December 2016.  His funeral was on 5th January in a village in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

Garry Duddle

I am sorry to report that Gary died on Monday, 20th March.  The funeral was at Gilroes on Friday 31st. March 2017 

Gary worked at the Brush Group in Loughborough for many years until he took early retirement for health reasons.  In the early 1980s he was one of the founder members of the Clarendon team along with current members Sue and Paul Bowyer, Jim Mason and Simon Stokes. In those days, League rules dictated that new teams had to enter in the lowest division, so division 7 was their starting point.  Over the years, Gary won several competitions at the County bridge club, winning the Staines Trophy with Marjorie Gilbertson for three consecutive years and the Hammersley Cup three times between 2010 and 2014 with team mates Irene Krantz, Simon Stokes and Yasser Haider.  In LCBA competitions, he won the Hyman Crammer Memorial Trophy twice, partnered by Sue Bowyer on the first occasion, and by Simon Stokes on the second.  He won the Otto and Edith Bowl, twice, partnered by Irene Krantz.  Gary also played regularly in the Midlands County league partnered by David Green.  He was always affable and welcoming to everyone he met at the bridge table. Gary would be the first to say that much of his bidding relied on flair rather than lengthy bidding sequences – the Hurricane Higgins of the Leicestershire bridge scene.

He leaves his wife Margaret, daughter Sarah, son Keith and many friends in the Leicestershire bridge community.

Tony Odams

To read about Tony 30 July 1933 to 3 December 2016 Click HERE

Jean Wightman passed away on 23rd October 2015.  She had been battling cancer for two years. She has been a formidable opponent at the bridge table and has won several of the club's cups and trophies: Woodier, Buckby (six times), Staines (3 times), Hammersley (5 times).
For a more detailed obituary click HERE  
Marjorie Booton

I regret to inform you that Marjorie Booton died on 30 October 2015.  Age 102 years.

I am sorry to report that Bill Gray died on Friday 13th November 2015.  A brief bridge history for Bill can be seen HERE