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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".
Bridge session cancellation

In the winter it may be necessary to cancel a bridge session at short notice. This would be because of adverse weather conditions. If there is significant snow the village hall car park could be dangerous. If we have to cancel, we will send everyone an e mail and put a clear entry onto bridgewebs in either the Monday box or the Thursday box. It will not be possible to contact everyone by phone but please feel free to phone Colin or Tony if you are concerned. We do not see this being a regular occurance but your safety is our number one priority. We only had to cancel once in 2018 and not at all in 2019,

Last updated : 17th Jan 2023 15:29 GMT
Calculating your Handicap

Rolling Handicap  For each month, a handicap is calculated which is the average of all uploaded percentage results for the previous 12 months - This is taken away from 50 to give the handicap for that month. Handicaps are calculated for each player, not a pair. Good players would get a negative handicap, players with a lower average get a positive handicap.

Calculating handicap for a pair  For each result in the competition, the result is taken and the handicap for that month for each player is calculated. The handicap for the pair in an event is calculated by adding their handicaps together and dividing by 2. Note, a different handicap is used for each event, this is as if the handicap is applied at the time that the event took place.

e.g.. (But see below)

  • Player with handicap of 2 and partner with handicap of -5, use -1.5
  • Player with handicap of 2 and partner with handicap of 3, use 2.5
  • Player with handicap of 2 and partner with handicap of -3, use -0.5


  • Non Members handicap set at  -5 (uses player database)
  • New Members start on -5 until they have played 5 games.



Last updated : 17th Jan 2023 15:30 GMT
The Clubs aims objectives and ethos


We play bridge in a friendly convivial environment. The Club is not for beginners, it is for those who can play bridge at a reasonable level but we can accommodate members who have not previously played duplicate. We consider it to be a failure if members leave because they feel intimidated. Our aim is to have respect for all members and abide by the English Bridge Union code of etiquette.  However all members should be aware that slow play also affects everyone. The Director may ask for a table to not play a board if the members at the other tables have all finished and the remaining table is still in the bidding process. In this eventuality then that table will have not played recorded as the score. This will not affect their final percentage score.


Last updated : 18th Jan 2023 10:08 GMT
Group Update March 2023

Recruitment - Over the last two months we have been actively seeking new members via several different methods. Now that we do not have an influx of players from the beginners courses we do need to try to bring in new members who have played bridge in the past, in some cases not for many years. This recruitment campaign has been very successful especially for Thursdays. On that day we are just about at our maximum of ten tables. We have sufficient equipment for that number and we have no plans to exceed it. There is still plenty of space on Monday evenings. 

Finances - Our finances are in good shape and we can confirm that we will carry on with free bridge on the first Monday and Thursday of each month until at least October. 

Partners- If anyone needs a partner you can see who is available on Bridgewebs. Their name will be shown on either the Monday or Thursday entry along with the names of those down to play at the next event. 

Competitions – In 2023 we plan to do things a little differently. There will be two competitions running from January 1st to early December. To qualify for these competitions you will need to play a minimum of twenty times either on a Monday or Thursday or a combination of both. A trophy will be presented at the Christmas party for the player with the best average percentage score unhandicapped and the player with the best average percentage score handicapped so everyone is in with a chance. You can see how the competition is progressing by clicking on the competitions tab in the left hand menu on our Bridgewebs site.                      

  • Sometime over the Easter period we will have a random pairs event. Partners drawn when you arrive. It will be based on duplicate scoring. Wine and chocolate will be provided and there will be a prize for the winning pair. 
  • In July we will have a Chicago bridge event. Details to follow. 
  • In October we will have a pairs competition. Details to follow.

Help – We would like to thank everyone who arrives early to help us set up. Thank you also to Morris, our board monitor!! We are sure that you all appreciate that running a session is not easy especially if one of us is away. The system of letting us know if you plan to play the following week helps us to set up the required number of tables.We do not have to reset if there is an unexpected late arrival. If you need to drop out at the last minute it is not a problem as long as you tell us, even if it is by phone at the last minute. What we do need is at least one, preferably two, people who can either run or help to run the game. You do not have to be a computer expert but you do need to be comfortable using one and not panic if something goes wrong!!! John has offered to help but if anyone else would like to give it a go please let us know. We will continue to provide free tea/coffee and biscuits if and when there are half tables. 

The vast majority of us want to play a competitive game but please remember friendship is more important than winning. This is our main pre-requisite for both current and new members. Our numbers are now just about back to where we were pre pandemic. Thank you all for your continued support. 

Colin and Tony.

Last updated : 8th Mar 2023 18:54 GMT
Important Information
Important Information

Please arrive at least fifteen minutes before the official start time (usually 1.00 p.m.on a Thursday and 7.00 on a Monday). You must have a partner. If you need a partner use the facility to ask for one. If you have a problem the convenor will be able to do this for you. Alternatively ask the Director on the day to announce that you need a partner for the following week. If you find that you need a partner at the last minute and there is not a request on Bridgewebs you can phone Colin up to 10.30 on the day of the meeting and he may be able to help you find one.


Last updated : 5th Dec 2023 20:20 GMT
2023 Overall Champion
2023 Overall Champion

Congratulations to Chris as the overall winner of our 2023 un-handicapped competition. To qualify you need to play at least twenty times in the calendar year (Jan to November). The new trophy was presented by Nicky, "Half of the Chepstow U3A Big Cheese”)

Last updated : 2nd Apr 2024 19:26 BST
2023 Handicap Competition
2023 Handicap Competition

Congratulations to Nick and Marion the joint winners of our 2023 Handicap competition. They were presented with our new annual trophy for the most improved players in the calender year.

Last updated : 2nd Apr 2024 19:27 BST