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The latest GCBA Newsletter is available click: GCBA Newsletter Sep19.pdf

Minutes from the 2019 AGM now published.

The new season's printed calendar can now be colllected from Cheltenham Bridge Club


12 Nov 19 : next training day postponed (from 14 Dec) until 4 Jan 2020

08 Nov 19 : minutes of the November committee meeting

05 Nov 19 : Selection Guidelines of the REC published (see Representative Events tab)

18 Oct 19 : latest newsletter - Oct/Nov 2019 

23 May 19 : minutes of the 2019 AGM have been published.

Welcome to Gloucestershire County Bridge
♠  This is the official website for the GCBA   ♣ 
GCBA now has a Facebook presence : search on "GCBA bridge" or click here to find it; if you have a Facebook account, you can "follow" the page and get all the news delivered to you as it happens.
Do check out the FORTHCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS page for Congress, Green Point and Blue Point events.
Seasons' Greetings

  We wish a Merry Christmas to all our members &   

   a  Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year   


Details via GCBA EVENTS menu on the left : or click here (summary in table) or click here (printable calendar).

For all pairs evenings : you can turn up a pair any time and play as many or few sessions as you like; for teams other than the League, the same applies but come as a foursome.

Monday 9th Dec.            Autumn Pairs

Monday 16th Dec.          League

Monday 23rd Dec.          Autumn Pairs

Monday 30th Dec.          Celebration Evening with CBC  - All Very Welcome - Prizes for Winners + Spot Prizes

Monday 6th Jan.             Spring Teams

This Season's Monday events are in the calendar with extra information under Monday Nights Pairs/Teams

Patrick Shields is our CTD. Do contact him for more information -

GCBA Weekend Events

Cotswold Cup our Charity Event with all profits to the Sue Ryder Hospice

Sunday 2nd  February 2020    Start time : 13.00.      Finish time around 19.00.      Cost £10 pp

Enter as a pair.  Score as a team with international bridge players who have played the hands earlier.

Afternoon Tea + a Raffle (with super prizes!) all proceeds going to Sue Ryder + Bridge Prizes for pairs in different categories.

Sign up on the GCBA notice board or email


The GCBA has been given a sum of money by Keith Stanley with instructions to use it to finance a bridge competition (FREE ENTRY, FREE FOOD, SUBSTANTIAL CASH PRIZES and not just for the top teams) for players in Gloucestershire, as a thank you from him for the pleasure he has received from bridge in Gloucestershire over the years. This has been organised as a Swiss Teams event to take place on Friday 10th January 2020 at the Hatherley Manor Hotel; it will start at MIDDAY and finish by 18:45 hrs, so about five hours of bridge and an hour and a half for lunch.

We now have a complete entry list of 26 teams and but if any Gloucestershire bridge players wish to be placed on an additional reserve list please send the names of your team to

Team captains will receive further details within the next week or so.

Weekend Events


There is lots of learning to be done at the Gloucestershire Youth Bridge - click here for its website.

CHELTENHAM :  The teaching team are starting a new series of lessons starting in September. For more information see the club web site.

GLOUCESTER:  Lessons available on Monday at Gloucester B.C.;  see the GBC website for details.

NEWENT : Starting 27th September 2019 (1850 hrs for 1900).  More details at click here.  EBU qualified teachers, and it runs for two terms.

MALMESBURY (Tetbury & Cirencester) : Robert Cobbold offers "fun and friendly bridge for beginners and beyond.  07526451532" 

TETBURY : Jim Edwards runs lessons as part of the South Cotswolds Bridge Club venture - see the web site.

CHIPPING SODBURY: Lessons start in September after a free taster session on 10th September. - see website

WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE (boundary of South Glos and Glos, NW Wiltshire) : Ian Cooke (accredited EBUTA teacher) offers lessons for beginners, improvers and runs Gentle bridge sessions. Contact details here.


Latest Trophy Winners

Mixed Pairs:  Anne Swannell & Steve Sasanow

VIctor Ludorum - Geoffrey Paterson trophy: Mike Wignall

Summer Teams: John Councer & Mark Rogers

Summer Pairs: Joe Angseesing

Steve Darke Salver (AGM Pairs) : Kate & Philip Morgan

County League : Tony Letts & Duncan Cairns, David Jones & Peter Shelley

County Knock-Out : Keith Stanley with Paul Denning, Richard Plackett, Garry Watson, Alan Wearmouth


External Results

Please email any external result to for inclusion here.

Tollemache :  the EBU's inter-county teams of eight event was held over the weekend of 16/17 November. Thirty-six counties played in four groups of nine teams with the leading two teams from each group qualifying for the final in February. Gloucestershire were lying in mid-table after the first day, but a great performance on the Sunday saw them finish in second place to qualify for the final. Well done to Richard Butland, Garry Watson, John Atthey, Claire Robinson, Richard Chamberlain, Patrick Shields, Richard Plackett & Paul Denning.


County League



CLEVERLY TEAMS :  Div 1, NorthSouth

Swiss Teams 4
GCBA Squad Practice
Mixed Pairs
League 4
Bredon Vale
Autumn Pairs 3
Midland Counties League: DERBY (H)
MCL - Glos - Derby
Swiss Teams 3
County KO Qual.
8th Dec 2019
Midland Counties League: NOTTS (A)
9th Dec 2019
Autumn Pairs 4
14th Dec 2019
County Training - POSTPONED to 4 Jan
16th Dec 2019
League 5
 Click for more information
23rd Dec 2019
Autumn Pairs 5
30th Dec 2019
Open Handicap Pairs
 Click for more information
4th Jan 2020
County Training
6th Jan 2020
Spring Teams 1
10th Jan 2020
STANLEY Swiss Teams
 Click for more information
12th Jan 2020
Midland Counties League: Staffs/Shrops (H)