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Bridge lessons and practice sessions

The Deva Bridge Club provides many opportunities for players to learn to play bridge or to improve their game including beginners lessons, improvers lessons, supervised play sessions and gentle duplicate.

For more details click on Lessons and Practice Sessions in the menu.

You can also check the calendar to see dates and times. (Lessons and practice sessions are shown in green.)

New to the Deva?

For details of our programme of lessons, pairs sessions, teams league, supervised social play, gentle duplicate and rubber bridge click on information in the menu above this message.

Deva Bridge Club Ltd

Deva Bridge Club Ltd is a company limited by guarantee number 8645380 registered in England & Wales, registered office:

Deva Bridge Club
WI Hall
Village Road
CH3 7AS.

The club is affilated to the English Bridge Union and to Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association.

The Glyn Ellis Teams Trophy (Ladies v Gentlemen)

History (or scurrilous rumour) suggests that the tradition of teams matches between the sexes at the Deva came to an end because the ladies (whose teams regularly featured Welsh internationals) always won. The tradition was revived a few years ago when, following the death of Glyn Ellis (who had been the club's Principal TD for over 20 years), his wife Anne donated a trophy to the club. The committee decided that, as teams had been Glyn's favourite form of bridge, they would reinstitute the annual teams battle of the sexes.

The Glyn Ellis Teams Trophy is a charitable event held annually in favour of the Hospice of The Good Shepherd at Backford. It is played on the first Sunday in August.

Rules and procedure

The Glyn Ellis Teams Trophy is played between equal numbers of all-male and all-female teams (usually 10 of each sex) over 9 x 3 board rounds.

Each side is organised by a captain who recruits team leaders who are then responsible for organising a team of four.

The results are shown on the club website as a "normal" teams competition with IMPs scoring but the overall result is calculated by adding up the IMPs scored by all the male teams and all the female teams with the trophy being awarded to the captain of the winning side.

In addition each member of the highest scoring male and female teams are awarded a bottle of wine.

Entry is £12 per person which covers bridge, a glass of wine or soft drink beforehand and a delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes with the remaining proceeds going to the Good Shepherd Hospice at Backford.

2018 event

The 2018 Glyn Ellis Teams Trophy was played on Sunday 5th August.

This was the 10th year that the Glyn Ellis Trophy has been played and, once again, the gentlemen came out on top. (Ron Halford and Christine O'Dell tell us that they revived this competition after it had previously ceased because the ladies always won!)

The results can be viewed by clicking here.

Principal TD Jean Stelfox, Club President Annie Mead and ladies' captain Joan Lythgoe offer their congratulations to Philip Waring captain of the victorious men's team seen holding the trophy.


The highest ranked team (John Dawe, Russ Whelan, Bob Sneddon and Philip Waring) received bottles of wine as their prizes.


As did the highest ranked women's team (Mary Palin, Jean Hand, Sheila Shea and Anne Dodd).