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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.

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 1100 hrs and finished by 1800 hrs, so about six hours of bridge and an hour for lunch.

To ensure all players get a chance to enter, every club in the County was invited in October to enter a team, and having heard from them we now have 9 slots left, which are now open to bridge players in Gloucestershire who wish to form their own teams to enter the event. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis from the time at which entries open.  Entries must be submitted by email to .

The opening of entries will be advertised in this notice (it will be sometime the week starting 18th November), and only then can entries be submitted. Entries sent in before the opening date will be ignored. 


Entries must include the names of the four players, and  if the entry is accepted we will contact the captain in December about food choices for the team. We will run a waiting list if the event is over-subscribed.


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.

  • 11th Nov.   Autumn Pairs
  • 18th Nov.   League
  • 25th Nov.   Mixed pairs
  • 2nd  Dec.   Swiss teams
  • 9th   Dec.   Autumn Pairs
  • 16th Dec.   League

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

Bredon Vale Inter-Club Teams Event

Sunday 17th November 2019.  Start 13.30.  End around 18.00.

Cost £5 per person to include Bridge and Tea

All Gloucestershire Clubs - both affiliated and unaffiliated - are invited to send  up to three teams of four people

Only one member of the team may hold a rank of National Master or above.

Entry by email or by signing up on the county notice board,

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

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

Bredon Vale
Autumn Pairs 3
Midland Counties League: DERBY (H)
MCL - Glos - Derby
Swiss Teams 3
County KO Qual.
GCBA Squad Practice
League 3
Everett Cup
Autumn Pairs 2
17th Nov 2019
Tollemache Qual
18th Nov 2019
League 4
 Click for more information
25th Nov 2019
Mixed Pairs
27th Nov 2019
GCBA Squad Practice
2nd Dec 2019
Swiss Teams 4
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