Cheltenham Bridge Club
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Emergency Contacts
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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The Programme of Bridge Lessons 

This is the programme for 2023/4. The programme for 2024/5 will be published by the end of May 2024.


Welcome to our site for those wishing to learn how to play bridge or improve their game as beginners/improvers.

If you require more information on any of the courses offered or have any ideas of courses you would like CBC to offer, please contact Nicola Renshaw on

Cheltenham Bridge Club has a staged process whereby you can start with Bridge Lessons, practise at our beginner's practice sessions and then move on and play the game at our ‘Gentle Bridge’ sessions. When you feel you are ready you can join in the club’s full programme of activities in the afternoons and evenings Monday to Saturday.

You can join any of the training and improvement sessions according to your level of ability/experience and a standby partner will be available, if needed.

All stages are run on a friendly and relaxed basis and will enable you to quickly make new friends and develop a bridge partnership of your own.

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Training When Audience

Year 1 of a two-year course.  This course is taught either in weekly lessons or over two weekends

Every Wednesday from 27/9/23 for two 12-week terms

Weekend 25-26 November 2023

This course is designed for absolute beginners or those returning to bridge after a long absence.

Year 2 of the two-year course.  This course is taught weekly

Every Tuesday from 26/9/23  for two 12-week terms

This course is for those who have completed Year 1, returners to bridge who confidently know the basics or those who wish to brush up on the basics

Refreshers Weekend 2nd and 3rd December 2023 For returners to bridge and those who attend Next Steps

Year 3 consists of 2 full days combining consolidation as well as some new learning. 

The content of the morning will be determined, in advance, by the group attending.
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Two full days on

12 November 2023 with a focus on card play and  

27th January 2024 with a focus on teams bridge.

At least 16 people are required to make the days viable.

These two days are designed for people who attended the two-year course and those who wish to brush up their skills during a whole day of intensive bridge.

Time will be dedicated to card play strategies whether as declarer or defender and to playing teams bridge.

If you are a regular club player but would like to learn more about card play and teams bridge – please join us.

Tweak to Transform
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A programme of Seminars and Play & Discuss sessions on dedicated Fridays from Sept to April These sessions are for people who feel comfortable playing in club sessions and who wish to further develop their skills.  A focus will be on aspects of bridge that can make a real difference to your results.
Aspiring Tournament Players
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A programme of 4 seminars

These seminars are for those who feel ready to play in events outside the club e.g., congresses, county and EBU events. 


Learn Bridge in a Weekend

Cheltenham Bridge Club offers an intensive weekend course where you can learn the BASICS of bridge in a weekend. This FAST TRACK course is ideal for those who wish to learn the basics over a weekend and have family and friends who they can continue to play with. The weekend course costs £150 (2022 price) and includes all tuition and notes.

  • Date 25-26 November 2023.
  • Cost £150
  • Reductions available for those under 25 and on certain benefits.
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Please contact Nicola if you are interested in a weekend course.

Two Year Course

We offer a two year course teaching bridge to absolute beginners.

In Year 1 you will learn the basics of bidding and card play techniques. In Year 2 you have an opportunity to consolidate all you have learnt in Year 1 as well as learn more bidding and play strategies to further enhance your playing and enjoyment of bridge. In both years, plenty of time is built into lessons to practice and consolidate.

Each year consists of:

  • 24 lessons, each lesson lasting 2 hour
  • Year 1 Course will begin 27th September, either 10:00am-12:00am or 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Year 2 Course will begin 26th September, 9:00am-11:00am
  • The fee for Term 1 is £140 including VAT
  • Reductions available for those under 25 and on certain benefits.
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    Click Here for full details of Year 2 course

All lessons are held in the dedicated teaching rooms at the bridge club
All lessons are by experienced bridge teachers and are 
taught in a relaxing and sociable environment.

Please contact Nicola if you are interested in our two year course.

Returners to Bridge

If you are returning to bridge or would like a refresher then I recommend our Intermediate  course which is the second year of our two year course.  It is for those who would like to refresh and meet new people. 

  • The course will begin 26th September 9:00am-11:am
  • The course fee is £140
  • Reductions available for those under 25 and on certain benefits

Click Here for full details of our Intermediate course.

Refreshers Weekend
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for full details of the Refreshers Weekend


Please contact Nicola Renshaw on if you would like to discuss returning to bridge or refresher courses.

Player Development Programme

We have a group of club members, who have a very wide range of experience and who are very willing to share their knowledge and skills with club members.

Please click here for further information