Cheltenham Bridge Club
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The Club landline number is 01242 522502,  but in the case of an emergency please call 07515 398027 (Pauline Sanderson) or 07787 148152 (Lesley Harrison)

Cheltenham Bridge Club
is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Registered Charity No:   1188825

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Welcome to Cheltenham Bridge Club Registered Charity 1188825

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Our Building  Chairman's Message  

Cheltenham Bridge Club will be opening shortly and in order to fulfil this role we need someone to undertake three important tasks for the Club. We want help in the following areas;

  1. Risk Management, this involves identifying areas where the club may be at risk, premises, finance etc
  2. Health & Safety, again identifying areas where the club may be exposed to risk. We want a club that is a safe environment for the playing of bridge.
  3. Safeguarding, this role is to safeguard the playing of bridge by both young and old.

Each role which will be examined individually but there may be some overlap.The Club will assist all helpers in order to achieve their goal.Please contact me if you interested in taking this matter further:       (01242 524890 & 07989 125835)

Best wishes & keep finessing
Hugh Wilkinson

 Covid-19 Help

Click here if you need help, or are willing to help others.

About Us

Cheltenham Bridge Club is a Registered Charity (number 1188825). We are the largest and most successful club in Gloucestershire and the 4th most popular in the country.

Special September Teams

Special September Teams
Congratulations to Malcolm Green, Mike Lewis, Toby Roberts & Arun Nanda who won the event,
and David Horton, Sally Boyd, Anne Swannell & Nick Haynes who were the best team with a player NGS 6 or less.
Prize will be a free CBC game!

David Lewis

Members will be saddened to learn that David passed away on Sunday. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with his friends and family.

Ernie Glanville

Members will be saddened to learn of the recent death of Ernie Glanville, a distinguished member of the club. The thoughts of all at Cheltenham Bridge Club are with his friends and family.

Special Spring Sunday Afternoon
Special Spring Sunday Afternoon

Thank you to our members for a successful event with 42 pairs on BBO and 13 pairs on RealBridge.

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27th February 2021 - February Remembered
This is a special bridge event in memory of our three friends who died in February - Ian Constable in 2019, Wendy Angseesing and David Hauser in 2020. ..........

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Sybil Davies

Members will be saddened to learn of the death of Sybil Davies.

Tony Withers

Members will be sad to learn that Tony died recently. Our thoughts go to his family and friends.

Happy Easter!
Happy Easter!

Over the Easter weekend all online bridge is running as usual. In addition, GCBA is running an Easter Handicap Pairs on Monday evening at 6pm - to enter email:

Garden Cities 2021

CBC will run a club heat for the 2021 Garden Cities event on RealBridge. Entries by Monday 22nd March. All club members are welcome to join. Click for more information.

Online Bridge at Cheltenham Bridge Club

Current Leaderboards:    Open    Pairs    Gentle    Danish    IMPs

How to play RealBridge

You just need to be a CBC member, a CBC student member, or an Online Visitor - nothing else is needed.

Click Play RealBridge, choose your event, and Log In

Essential preparation in advance:

 How to play Bridge Base Online

You must be a CBC member, a CBC student member, or an Online Visitor. You need a BBO account, $ credit, and to have registered your BBO username with the club.

Online Bridge

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 CBC Online Schedule

Our regular sessions on BBO and RealBridge (RB)

  • BBO Monday 13:45 - Open
  • RB   Tuesday 10:00 - Gentle (NGS 7 or below)
  • BBO Tuesday 13:45 - Open
  • BBO Tuesday 19:30 - Open
  • BBO Wednesday 19:00 - Gentle (earlier start time)
  • BBO Wednesday 19:30 - Danish Pairs
  • BBO Thursday 10:00 - Gentle (NGS 7 or below)
  • BBO Thursday 13:45 - Open
  • RB   Thursday 19:00 - Open (standby provided)
  • BBO Friday 13:45 - Open
  • BBO Friday 19:30 - IMP scoring
  • BBO Saturday 10:00 - Open

Session Strengths:
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Sybil Davies

Should you wish to make a donation in Sybil's memory, send a cheque to the Funeral Director, or online here for Cleeve Common Trust and here for Cancer Research UK.

Make a donation...

CBC vs Gottingen Teams

Teams Results

(full results here)

2021 Subscription Renewal

Thank you to all for your support in a difficult 2020. Subscription renewal is now overdue for online play in 2021. The payment details can be found on the Club Noticeboard (above). Please make belated payments as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Free Expert Seminars

In conjunction with RealBridge, CBC is running two free 4 board sessions:
Wed 2nd June 4pm, Andrew Robson on Weak Twos.
Wed 9th June 4pm, David Bird on Declarer Play.
Please click here for more details.

John Whittenbury

Members of CBC who knew John Whittenbury and were going to attend his wake on Monday 14th September 2020 at Stroud Cricket Club (by the Ryford Industrial Estate on the Ebley bypass), please note this has been CANCELLED due to new governament guide lines. This follows Church and crematorium services held in private (following Government Guidelines) in the morning.

National Master Pairs Heat
On Sunday 1st March Cheltenham BC is hosting a heat of the National Master Pairs.  This is for the Ann Staveley Trophy.  Start 11.00am.
Similar events are taking place all over the country.  Cost is £13 plus £5 for tea.
This is for players below the rank of Regional Master on 1st January 2020.
A chance for less experienced players to enter a national competition in the comfort of the bridge club!
To enter sign the entry form on the club notice board or email
2018 AGM Prize Winners
  • 19 1 Champions Pairs
  • 19 2 Tivoli Teams
  • 19 3 Verrion
  • 19 4 Ceri Rees
  • 19 5 Norah Allen
  • 19 6 Ben Bennett
Chris Kinloch
Chris Kinloch, who used to be a regular player in Cheltenham, sadly died recently.  CBC members who remember him are invited to join Basingstoke BC to play a game in his memory.  9th December on BBO.  10th December on RealBridge.  To join:  details are on the calendar on the Basingstoke BC website. Entry form available.  
Bridgeathon Friday 12th - 14th October

Thank you to all members who supported the Golden Ticket Draw and Bridgeathon and to all the organisers who assisted in the smooth running of our fundraisers.
The Golden Ticket draw, won by Becky Graveney, raised £480. We hope Becky enjoys her free play at the Club over the next year.
Peter Swales won the Bridgeathon quiz scoring 16 out of 20 and will receive a free membership to the Club for 2019. The quiz raised a further £50.
After VAT and Pay to Play costs the Bridgeathon raised £640. All of the funds raised will be used in the refurbishment of the café area.

EBU Winter SIM Pairs

A great turnout of 26 tables for this National SIMS event held on BBO on Wednesday 13th January.

National Results

Expert Commentary

Derek Rue 1934-2018

There will be many bridge players in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and the rest of the country who will be saddened to know that Derek Rue died on July 10th, just after his 84th birthday.  His regular presence in the Cheltenham Bridge Club will be missed by his many partners and his friends.

Derek was born in Northern Ireland before the second world war and he went to school in Worcester.  He was only nineteen when he took the civil service exam and moved to Cheltenham.

Derek joined the GCHQ as an executive officer in 1953.  During a long and very successful career he held a number of increasingly challenging operational and administrative posts. His final appointment was as Head of the Security Division responsible to the Director GCHQ for all security matters within and across the department.  He retired in 1994 as a member of the Senior Civil Service.

Derek was an important figure in the history of the Cheltenham Bridge Club and Gloucestershire County Bridge Association.  In 1966 he was one of the founder members of the Cheltenham B.C. with the foresight to purchase the lovely building in Tivoli Road. The conversion into a splendid playing space has given one of the top bridge clubs in the country a permanent home that is shared with the county association.  In the decades since, he was a regular member of the committees of the Bridge Club and the County Association, fulfilling a number of roles in each. In 2010 he received a Dimmie Fleming Award for services to bridge.

Derek first came to prominence as a top county player in the 1960s and was a regular winner at county and national level in the decades since, right through until this year. He helped Gloucestershire win the Tollemache Cup in 2007. Derek represented England’s Senior Team in the European Championships and the World Olympiad in 2004, and he was also a silver medallist in the 2001 European Bridge Pairs Championship.  He wore his England blazer with pride.

Derek also found time to enjoy sport.  He was a life member of Worcestershire County Cricket Association and watched them regularly. Some of us will also know how much he enjoyed a social round of golf.

Most importantly Derek was a very good friend to so many of us.  His excellent conversation, his knowledge of world affairs, his wit and his kindness will be a loss to us all.

Spring 2021 BBO & RB Special Event

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Cheltenham Bridge Club

Invites Members and Friends to join us for a Pairs Competition

“Special Spring Sunday Afternoon”

Sunday 21st March starting at 2 o’clock

This is a Very Special Simultaneous event to be run on BBO and Realbridge

You choose your preferred venue and we put all the scores together to achieve one result.

We will play 24 boards with a tea break after 12 boards.

Entering is Easy! 

Everyone is welcome!


How to Enter:


  • If you are a member and you have registered your BBO username – Just turn up with a partner and play!  Cost is $4 - search on “chelt” as usual
  • If you are a friend or you are a member who has not registered your BBO name, email Steve ( and tell him your BBO name and EBU number. Then just turn up with your partner and play.  Cost is $4, payable on BBO as BB$ in advance.
  • Log in to BBO, go to Competitive – All Tournaments –
  • Search “chelt”

On RealBridge

  • The cost will be £3.00. This needs to be paid in advance to:    
               Account Cheltenham Bridge Club       Sort Code: 40-17-53           Account Number 01572253


This Competition is a first for Cheltenham Bridge Club

Please do support us.  It is suitable for all our bridge players

The game is being run by Sarah Amos

New CBC Guidelines - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cheltenham Bridge Club is managing the risks of COVID-19 by following the advice issued by Public Health England (PHE). Please adhere to that advice which can be found here:

1. If you feel unwell with a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild), please do not visit the bridge club.

2. If you've recently travelled to any of the most affected countries in the last 14 days, had close contact with or helped care for anyone suspected or diagnosed as having COVID 19, please self-isolate, and do not visit the club until you have the all-clear. 

3. Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues. Throw away used tissues then wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, use your sleeve.

4. Please refrain from shaking hands and hugging and kissing when you greet people.  Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

5. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, before, during and after your visit to the club, and especially before consuming food. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.          

Whilst attending the Bridge Club:

  • The club has purchased three covered pedal bins which are for paper tissues and used wipes. Please use these to dispose of these wastes and not the open bin.
  • There is no evidence that handling notes and coins transmits Covid-19 so any risk is likely to be low. Cashiers will find a box of disposable gloves in the two offices to wear if they wish when collecting cash. Please dispose of them in the covered bins only. Please can all members paying by card handle their own card and not pass it to the cashier.
  • There are packs of wipes on all three floors in the playing rooms for whoever is playing North to use to wipe the bridgemate. Please dispose of these in the covered bins.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough during the session please do not use the cards to shield your mouth. If you use a tissue please discard it in the closed bin. If you cannot do that please cough or sneeze into your elbow.

More detailed guidelines issued by Cheltenham Bridge Club can be found by (clicking here).

Cheltenham Bridge VE Congress 2020

The Cheltenham Bridge VE Congress 2020 will be held from Friday 8th May to Sunday 10th May at The Chase Hotel, Brockworth. Please see the brochure. Entry forms here

Survey Results

Thank you to all for participating in the survey. The results will be analysed to improve our programme next year, Click here to see the results.

Derek Rue Rubber Bridge Competition

This years Derek Rue Rubber Bridge Competition is special as it will remind us of Derek who gave so much to our club.  Please sign up on the CBC noticeboard or email Judy - - to join the competition.
We will decide how to organise it when we know the size of the entry.  We do know that it will be sociable and fun so find a partner and join us.  You do not need to be an expert rubber bridge player to enter.  Judy will give you a quick lesson if you wish; just ask her.

Children In Need SIMs 2020

Children In Need at Cheltenham Bridge Club

Cheltenham Bridge Club is holding a Simultaneous Pairs, in aid of Children in Need, on Wednesday Evening 11th November at 19.30.  This will be on BBO and is organised by Ecats. Clubs from all over the country will join in so you will be able to see your local and national result.  And, most importantly, we can do our bit for Children Need.  Hand commentaries will be online after the event.  Our director will be Sarah Amos from the EBU.

We will not be charging an entry fee on BBO but will collect all the money by asking you to send it directly to the club account. We ask you to pay a total of £7.00 for each player.  This is £3.50 for the table money and £3.50 for the Children in Need supplement.

Payments and Donations

All payments should be made to the Club main account, Cheltenham Bridge Club,

  • Sort code 40-17-53
  • Account no 01572253,
  • Reference CiN

NOTE: Some members paid for an Autumn EBU Sims event on 6 October, which was aborted.  If you did there is no need for you to pay the table money for this Sims event. You will need to pay for the Sims element in full (£3.50 on this occasion) or top up your Sims payment by a further £1.75 if you paid the supplement for the aborted Sims game.

We hope as many of our members as possible will join us on this occasion and make it a record entry for our contribution to Children in Need.

Money Raised Nationally

Click on  to see the national running total so far, and details of individual club allocation. If you wish to make an additional donation, that would be wonderful - please click here: How to make a donation

National Results and Expert Commentaries

53rd Cheltenham Congress Highlights
  • Rolf Garside Trophy
  • Club/Winners Mixed Teams

Congratulations Ashok, David, Anne and Roger, winners of Mixed Teams.

Congratualtions Jane Allison and Robert Macrae, winners of Rolf Garside Trophy.

Other winners were

Gentle Bridge: Wendy Trayhern and Shirley Kayne
Mixed Pairs
First: Lorna Swadling and Alistair Gidman
Second: Paul and Fiona Littlewood
Third: Sian Brady and John Whittenbury
Ladies Pairs: Maki Sutton and Jeanette Simon
Mens Pairs: Nicky Ferguson and John Councer
CBC vs St.Albans

Congratulations to St.Albans Bridge Club for their victory.
Click here for match results

SIMS - Thursday 23rd July

Full national results and a download of the commentary on the hands are available here:

Results Commentary Booklet
Club Winners At The Congress
Club Winners At The Congress

Congratulations to club memebers Cherie Lusher and Jane Rowley on winning the ladies pairs at the recent congress..

Annecy 2019
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  • Annecy Prize Giving
Thank you Ro!

Thank you to Ro for her wonderful service to the club as Chairman for the past 3 years, and welcome to new Chairman Hugh Wilkinson seen here with Ro at the AGM.

Annecy Match

Congratulations to Annecy Bridge club for their victory over Cheltenham last month. The full results are here.

Kidney Research Event

On Thursday 9th July 13.00 we are running a Kidney Research charity event. This will be a national simultaneous pairs event and hand records will be available. The usual 4 BB$ fee will apply but we ask that you donate £3 to the charity (click here).

Lilley Brook
Lilley Brook

Congratulations to David and Wendy Lewis who won the 12th CBC Cafe Bridge event held at Lilley Brook Golf Club on 28 February.  70 players enjoyed the event.  Proceeds of £180 have been used to plant up the flower beds in the rear car park.  The organisers are now working towards another event in the summer