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Your 2019 Club Events & Points To Note

*** NO BRIDGE: Tuesday 18th June... the room is needed for the Nature Valley Tennis Tournament ***

  • Thursday September 12th: Friendly Thursday Bridge begins again (after the summer break)
  • October 11th-13th: Bridge Weekend Away at Puckrup Hall in Tewkesbury - Click here for more information and how to book
  • Tuesday 5th November - The Ken Franklin Club Trophy Event
  • NEW: Tuesday 12th November - Children in Need SIMS Pairs Event - £5 donation from all players
  • NEW: Thursday 28th November - Bridge Workshop & Lesson by bridge guru Andrew Robson
  • Thursday 5th December - The Bridge Xmas Meal & Party


2019 Other Events


2019 Monthly Sunday Evening Bridge Lessons
2019 Monthly Sunday Evening Bridge Lessons


Lesson Schedule for 2019 For Improvers & (NEW) Advanced Players

6.30pm-8.45pm in the Function Room

Click here to download an information sheet


For Improvers with Adam Friase

  • Sept 22 - Replies to take out doubles
  • Oct 27 - Pre-emptive opening hands, scoring and simple tactics
  • Nov 24 - Strong 2s and the 2 club opening
  • Dec 15 - Slam bidding


For Advanced Players with Guest Speakers

  • June 30 - Unblocking with Peter Nicholds
  • July & August – Summer break 
  • Sept 8 - Endplays with Adam Fraise
  • Oct 6 - Avoidance and safety plays with Peter Nicholds
  • Nov 17 - Competitive part score bidding with Ian Thompson
  • Dec 1 - Mysterious Ways (The mischievous tips and tricks they won’t teach you in other lessons when you can’t follow the rules!) with Liam Johnston


Format: 2-hour sessions: 6.30pm-8.45pm (arrive at 6.15pm) in the Function Room


Lesson fees and how to book: Your two options are:

  1. Either: Pay-as-you go and select which lessons you want to attend and pay £9 (or £11.50 for visitors) for each two-hour lesson
  2. Or: Save money and book all 10 lessons for £50 (or £65 for visitors). For the:
    • Improvers lessons - please book and pay the tutor (Adam Fraise) directly
    • Advanced programme - please book and pay for this at the reception.


Any questions? Please email: Sue Froggatt


Weekend Away To Puckrup Hall
Weekend Away To Puckrup Hall


Click here for more details


Are you interested in being on the Bridge Committee next year?
Are you interested in being on the Bridge Committee next year?

Next year there will be three vacancies on the Bridge Committee as Jan, Marijke and Sue are all stepping down.

So we would love to hear from anyone who is interested in being on the Bridge Committee in 2020.

If you are... please can you speak to or email Jan Weston.

Many thanks

The Bridge Committee


The 2019 Bridge Charity Evening
The 2019 Bridge Charity Evening

The Individual Winners at Our Charity Event

L-R: Carol Dainty, Ann Dawes (Winner) and Sue Bowan

For more photos of the evening click here


On Thursday 16th May we had 17 teams at our Annual Charity Event. We raised £2,220 for Beanstalk/The Oaks Primary School in Druids Heath to help provide literacy support for young children.

Big congratulations to the winner, Ann Dawes with 3,490 points... who wins her own trophy (The Ann Dawes Trophy).

Runner-up was visitor and ex-member Carol Dainty with 3,350 points and third was Sue Bowman with 2,980 points.

The Team Winners were 'The Jams' with 10,740 points. The four members of the winning team were Ann Dawes, Scilla Carney, Janice Wainwright and Sue Bowen.

Second came the 'The Forbidding Fourbidders' team with 8,700 points (Effie Richards, Amy Innes, Jan Rodrigo and Robert Nock) followed by 'The Dainty Taylors' with 8,520 points (Dylis and Andy Taylor with guest Carol and Dan Dainty).

We have many people to thank for making the evening a great success:

  • Bridge players, other EPC members and local suppliers... who donated prizes for the raffle
  • Roger Florey and his team... the auction for your gardening services will not be forgotten thanks to Di Fiveash making bids which frightened the auctioneer (husband Ray!)
  • Ronnie Shoebotham who donated/spent a huge sum in our auction to secure Roger's services
  • Barbara and others who helped sell a huge amount of raffle tickets
  • The many player "cake bakers" who did us proud and
  • Levy... who donated our teas and coffees.

On the evening we were joined for the second year running by the EPC Chairman (David) and Chair of Tennis (Ed) joining in and hope they will continue to join in again.

Annabel, Jan, Marijke, Ray & Sue

Your EPC Bridge Committee


Beanstalk Charity - Letter of Thanks From the Headteacher at the School
Beanstalk Charity - Letter of Thanks From the Headteacher at the School

Hi Janet


On behalf of all the children at The Oaks Primary school can I say a massive thank you to everybody who has contributed to such an important cause.  When you suggested it would be a sizeable donation I didn't realise how sizeable!


A donation like this makes a huge difference, not only to children's learning, but to their sense that people care and believe in them.  The money comes at such an important time; you are surely aware of the funding issues we face in schools at the moment and it is a relief to be able to devote funds to specifically improve children's reading.  


The money will be spent on much needed books and reading resources.  It would be great if you are able to visit school and join the children and staff in choosing how the donation will be spent.  I will share the news with children in assembly where it would be wonderful if someone is able to present the donation.  I will also inform the parents of the donation through the newsletter and I will share the newsletter with you when it is sent out.


Thank you again to the Bridge Committee and all at The Priory who have contributed and thank you to you for the way you have championed the school's needs. I am humbled by the kindness and generosity of all involved. I hope you are fully back on your feet soon and look forward to seeing you.


Kindest regards


James Hill, Headteacher

The Oaks Primary School, Birmingham, B14 5RY


Bridge Players in Turkey in 2019
Bridge Players in Turkey in 2019

Looks like bliss... sunshine, cocktails and bridge!

L-R: Rob, Charlie, Roger, Ray and Linda


Photos From Our First Bridge Holiday in Cyprus!
Photos From Our First Bridge Holiday in Cyprus!


For more holiday photos click here.


Recent Friendly Match Against Edgbaston Golf Club
Recent Friendly Match Against Edgbaston Golf Club

Edgbaston Golf Club (Host) vs. Edgbaston Priory Club on Friday 22 March 2019

L-R: Jeff Bissenden, Tom Burley, Miriam Woodman, Sue Bowman, Ken Franklin, Terry Blatter, Carmen Cuadrado, Tricia Sadiq, David Houston, Sue Froggatt, Jean Pratt, Tricia Jones (Organiser for the Golf Club), Jane Betts, Annabel Hampson, Jan Rodrigo, Ros Tullock Gerri Draysey, Ray Fiveash, Marijke Rodrigo (Organiser for the EPC), Robert Nock, Heather Bissenden, Mary Ann Betts, Jo Oakley, Patrick Bookey

PS: EPC Won by 6,520 points

Share Your Story
Share Your Story


We would love to hear more about why you started playing bridge and what keeps you playing.

To share your story please click here and answer these few questions:


How long have you been playing bridge? When did you first start playing?

Why did you start playing bridge? What was the catalyst behind you taking up bridge?

In the early days, who did you play with?

What keeps you playing? What do you like most about bridge?

(Optional) What would improve your bridge playing experience at the club?


Annabel will then contact you to write up your story to add to our growing collection.


Christmas Bridge Fun Games & Dinner
Christmas Bridge Fun Games & Dinner


Click here to see all the photos from our Xmas party.


The 2018 Bridge weekend away!
The 2018 Bridge weekend away!


To see lots more photos from our weekend away please click here

To read the feedback from our weekend away please click here


2018-19 Bridge AGM
2018-19 Bridge AGM


Please click here to see a copy of the presentation given at our recent AGM


The Ken Franklin Trophy
The Ken Franklin Trophy


Many congratulations to Marijke and Mark who have won the Trophy for a second year running - well played and well deserved.  Also very well done to the runners up Angela and Gill and Carol and Shirley.

It was a super ‘turn out’ so can I just thank everyone who attended and made the afternoon so worthwhile.

Also a particular thank again to Ken, the Benefactor, the Committee who organise these events but in particular to Ray who had a lot of work to do organising such a large group with a not uncomplicated movement to ensure fairness to all players.  He undertook this difficult challenge extremely well - it's not easy organising, directing and playing so many thanks to him for his massive contribution.  

This job wasn’t made easier as a result of a Police arrest which delayed the start of the event - all just to adds to the stress. Well done everyone and thank you.

Jan Weston

Beginner Bridge Crash Courses


The Bridge Committee have decided in future to run the Beginners Bridge Crash Courses "on demand".

If you, or you know someone, would like to attend please email Sue and let her know and she will add you to the list.

When we have sufficient numbers we will then organise another course at the club with Adam Fraise. 

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Bridge Playing Celebs!


Take a look at some famous UK bridge players here - how many do you recognise?

Can you name all the players that went to Turkey in 2018?
Can you name all the players that went to Turkey in 2018?



Playing bridge in Turkey in May 2018
Playing bridge in Turkey in May 2018
EPC Bridge Players in Turkey, May 2017
EPC Bridge Players in Turkey, May 2017

Anne, Jan, Amy, Marijke, Roger, Jan, John, David, James, Val & Diane at Lykia World

See more photos here.

The 2017-18 Bridge Committee
The 2017-18 Bridge Committee


You can find out more about our individual roles, tasks and responsibilities here.


The EPC Bridge Club


The Edgbaston Priory Bridge Club

Welcome to the EPC bridge club.

We are primarily a private member's racquets and fitness club, with a historic and proud connection to lawn tennis.

Bridge has been played at the club for over 40 years (see the 'timeline' menu section) and is a thriving and growing activity at the club.

We aim to support both learners and regular players, and host fun charity events and weekends away.

EPC Bridge Vision Statement


"To encourage and enable members to enjoy playing bridge and add value to the membership experience.

We will provide access to the game for beginners and help intermediate and good players to improve their skills through lessons up to and including competition level.

Bridge at the EPC will provide fun and foster friendship."


The EPC Bridge Committee, 2017

Results & Analysis

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2nd July 2019
Function Room 1pm
Director: TBA
9th July 2019
Function Room 1pm
Director: TBA
16th July 2019
Function Room 1pm
Director: TBA
Director: Mark Reuben
Director: annabel
Scorer: annabel
Director: Barbara
Scorer: Barbara