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GDPR - A copy of the club's privacy notice can be seen under "Information". A copy is also on the noticeboard.

Welcome to Folkestone Duplicate Bridge Club
Message from the Chairman

As I write this update on Thursday 4 June, it is hard to believe that it is 73 days since we last played face-to-face bridge at Folkestone. The large majority of our members had never played online at that time and were complete strangers to BBO and to terms like "self alert" (though occasionally they did), "Undo" (though occasionally they wished they could) and "BB$" (would probably have thought that sounded like a cryptocurrency). How quickly things have changed!

At Folkestone, we are now a Virtual Bridge Club with online

   (1) Duplicate Pairs every Monday evening at 7.45, with an entry fee ("table money") of BB$3.

   (2) Teams of Four league on Thursday afternoons at 3.30 with no entry fee. Season 2 of the league commences this week, with Season 1 having been completed on May 25.

Both these events are for members only . Non-members wishing to play in either or both of these events are very welcome and can do so by joining the club and paying our annual subscription of £10. They, like our existing members, will benefit from the committee's decision that the 2020/21 subscription year will start to run from the date when we return to playing again face-to-face. 

On behalf of all those who are taking part in these events, I thank Brian Crack, our Director of Bridge, for all the time, energy and skill that he has devoted to getting all this in place.  

Chris Lohan and Shirley Goldwin have moved their teaching online using BBO and in some cases Zoom. We also have a team in place who have helped, and continue to help, those members new to online bridge to become familiar with BBO.

I hope that you and your families and friends are keeping safe, well and active.

David Ellerby

FDBC Chairman



Our second virtual club event on BBO for members only will be on Monday 8th June at 7:45pm. However you will need to log on to BBO at 7:30pm at the latest to register in the event. We will be charging BB$3 for the event. Please make sure you have sufficient funds in your BBO account.  PLEASE NOTE THAT ENTRIES WILL CLOSE AT 4pm ON THE DAY.

Sharon Bayne will be running the event for us. She will send you an email on the day of the event with joining instructions.  Please note when you log on to BBO for 7.30pm, please move straight to 'FEATURED AREAS',  then 'Virtual Clubs', then 'EBU-England', then look for 'Pairs Folkestone BC ....  Click on the event to register with your partner (you type in their BBO name to invite them and they must accept for you to be registered) and wait to be automatically moved to your first table and opponents at 7.45pm. 

In order to assist Sharon with the movement if you intend to play in the event please enter using the form below. Only one member of a pair needs to fill it in and please do not refresh the page as it may enter you twice.

BBO Teams League

Our first BBO teams league finished on Monday 25 May and the final table is shown on this page. As shown above we will be running a pairs session on Mondays thereafter starting at 7.45 pm. A new season of the teams league will start on Thursday 4 June , playing 6 x 12 board matches and starting at 3.30pm. Results and the league table will be posted on this website.

Welcome to Folkestone Duplicate Bridge Club Website

We play duplicate bridge every Monday, 6.55 pm for 7.10 pm start, at

Folkestone Baptist Church
Hill Road
CT19 6LY


Our facilities include:

♠ Ample on-site parking             Good disabled access

Free tea, coffee & biscuits       ♣ Host system

               ♠ Pre-dealt hands

              Bridgemate scoring with results at end of play

               Hand records & results on website that evening

             ♣ Gentle duplicate for less experienced players

               ♠ Bridge classes

Bridge Classes and Gentle Duplicate

Our Professional EBU Teacher, Chris Lohan, runs the following classes:


Tuesdays       10.00am to 12.00 noon INTERMEDIATE

Wednesday    10.00am to 12.00 noon IMPROVERS

Tel: 01303 891162,  Email:


Our EBU Associate Teacher, Shirley Goldwin, runs classes in her home in Mersham. Please contact Shirley for further details on 01233 501871 or


Our EBU Associate Teacher, Gill Cordell, runs a beginners' class in her home in Hythe on Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon. Please contact Gill for further details on 01303 230876 or


Gentle Duplicate for less experienced players runs alongside the main movement on Monday evenings.  Anyone wishing to join in should contact Chris in advance.

Competition Evenings

We run competition evenings for club members only on the majority of the first Mondays in each month. We also run a number of Simultaneous Pairs events to which pairs of visitors are warmly invited.  (For details of events click Calendar).

Host System

Members or visitors requiring a partner for the evening should contact Tony Bennett ( or tel. 01304 827956) before 3pm on Monday. Tony will inform the host by 3pm on Monday whether or not they are required.

Online league season 1 final table

Michael P, Brigid, Paule & Roger   


Brian, Shirley, Ben & Mark L


Helen, Charles, Sarah & Rory


Tony, Paul, Sally & Jenny        


Eric, Liz, Pat & Peter 


Jan, Gill, Susan & Dennis  


Stewart, Catriona, Michael G & Lee


Chris, David, Pauline & John    


Congratulations to Michael, Brigid, Paule & Roger






Competition winners 2019
Competition winners 2019
The 2019 winners of the club's events were presented with their
trophies at the New Year party by David Ellerby , club chairman . From
left to right , the winners were Helen Derry , Charles Derry , Lynda
Butler , Geoff Butler , Chris Lohan , David Ellerby , Paul Fox , Gill
Hawkes and Tony Bennett . Other winners were Jane and Bill Flavell ,
Georgette Rapley , Mark Benson and Malcolm Lewis
2nd BBO Teams League Round 1
Online pairs
Director: Sharon Bayne
Scorer: Sharon Bayne
BBO Teams League Round 6
8th Jun 2020
Online pairs
Director: Sharon Bayne
11th Jun 2020
2nd BBO Teams League Round 2
15th Jun 2020
Online pairs
Director: Sharon Bayne
18th Jun 2020
2nd BBO Teams League Round 3