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Welcome to Huddersfield Bridge Club
Bridge Christmas Party Update

Bridge Christmas Party Update

Tickets have been selling like hot cakes and now there are only 4 left for the Bridge Christmas party on Monday 12th December!

Please see David as soon as possible if you would like to purchase one.

“He (She) who hesitates is lost!”

-Joseph Addison in his play Cato 1713

Education, food and a potential encounter under the mistletoe for £15 sounds like a bargain.

Raffle prizes still being accepted by Liz too. 

Michael
29/11/2022

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

Dear All

I'm sure that you are all looking forward to the forthcoming Christmas Party on the 12th December, where a good time will be had by all!   Preparations are well in advance! Don't forget to buy your ticket from David as soon as possible .... selling out like the proverbial hot mince pies. 

However, we are now putting together Raffle Prizes for the day .... and you don't even have to be there to enter the Raffle!! Tickets (£1 a strip) will be sold in the week up to the party, and during the party itself, with the Raffle drawn just after lunch. Prizes will be numbered, so you won't miss out, even if you can't be there.

So, the next plea from us - can you help us to provide Raffle Prizes? If so, please reply to this email and let me know. Prizes can be brought to the club in the week commencing 5th December, preferably, rather than the day itself. You may know a local business, have a friend, who would cheerfully donate some sausages, parachute drop, voucher ..... let your imagination take hold!

Many thanks in anticipation, Liz

Social Bridge Friday 9th December

Social Bridge Friday 9th December

Due to the rearrangement of the Christmas party to the following Monday and other issues we have decided to postpone this event until the new year.

It is also likely to become a more regular evening of social bridge as we have entered into discussions with Brighouse Bridge club about sharing the hosting of Friday evening sessions and encouraging members of both clubs to attend.

More details to follow.

Michael
23/11/2022

Team Results:

Team Results:

A barren weekend for our travelling teams with all three on the road yesterday:

The A Team went down 15-5 to York C and the B Team despite leading for three rounds had a poor last 8 boards and lost 14-6 at Ripon in the lovely village of Burton Leonard.

The C Team had the shortest trip to Brighouse Doubletons but also suffered a 18-2 loss to mull over in the car home.

Next Sunday, the B Team host Shelley in a rearranged match before all three are back in action for the last time before the mid-season winter break on Sunday December 4th.

The A team and B Teams host Bradford C and Ilkley D respectively, while the C Team travel to play Bradford D.

Michael
21/11/22

Bridge Christmas Party
Bridge Christmas Party

Bridge Christmas Party

I am very pleased to announce, after much diligent work from David that involved talking to lots of caterers and considering all kinds of options like wraps and platters and maybe even “foreign food” like Lancashire Hot Pot, we have managed to secure a caterer at a price suitable for the good folk of Yorkshire. However, to find a suitable caterer we have had to move the previously communicated date of the Christmas Party to MONDAY 12th DECEMBER with members asked to arrive at 11.30am for a hot and cold buffet to commence promptly at 12 noon.

Tickets are ONLY available from David Ford so beware of touts! The price of £15 includes a two course lunch and a glass of wine.

The meal will be followed by an afternoon of bridge.

There will also be a raffle and any donations of prizes will also be greatly received.

Tickets are limited and David plans to be selling them at every session next week so buy yours early to avoid disappointment.

He has promised me he will sell them on a first come first served basis and won’t be consulting Santa’s naughty list!

Michael
18/11/22  

Committee Meeting Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from this week’s committee meeting. Full minutes are available as usual.

Additional Social Events
We will be holding a bridge session and inviting other local clubs on Friday 9th December for a social evening as previously agreed. 

A list will be going up in the club very soon for members to register their interest in attending.

We shall also be asking whether members are interested in attending a catered Christmas Party on Sunday 18th December from 12 midday until 4/4.30pm This will be our only Christmas event and while open to all members will be limited to a capacity of 52 people on a first come first served basis. Once I have sorted out a caterer, we will agreed a ticket price and invite members to purchase. David has very kindly volunteered to head a subcommittee to organise it.

Christmas Opening
It was decided to close on the 26th and 29th December. All other sessions will run as normal over the Festive and New Year period.

New Year Teaching
Denis Murphy and team will run improvers classes from Tuesday the 10th January and Dallas and committee members will run a joint Huddersfield Bridge Club/U3A Beginners classes from the 12thJanuary 2023.  Both to run in the mornings from 10am until 12.30pm.

Sign up sheets will be published very soon or please register an interest by email (Huddsbc@gmail.com) . The Beginners Classes are also being advertised by the U3A.

Michael
10/11/2022

Yesterday's result ***AMENDMENT***

Huddersfield A was postponed by the opposition 

Huddersfield B played Doncaster C at home. Doncaster won 17:3

Huddersfield C played Halifax. Halifax won 20:0

 

 

Charity Handicap Online Pairs
Charity Handicap Online Pairs
Charity Handicap Pairs
Charity Handicap Pairs
Yorkshire Leagues Online Teams of Four

Online Yorkshire League Teams of Four will take place on the BBO website early next year 2023

The dates are:-

January 8th
January 29th
February 19th

The deadline for entry is November 26th

For more information please see Carrie Babington or email entry to carriebabington@me.com

Huddersfield Teams Results

Huddersfield Teams Results

Round two of the league fixture yesterday was very successful for Huddersfield Bridge Club with the A Team going to Keighley C in Division 4 and achieving a 12-8 away win.

The C Team in Division 6 hosted Keighley E and also won 15-5.

Unfortunately the B Team’s match in Division 5 was postponed at Shelley’s request forcing me to watch the football for the afternoon.

The next round of fixtures is on Sunday 30th Oct:

Wensleydale v Huddersfield A
Huddersfield B v Doncaster C
Huddersfield C v Halifax B

Michael
17/10/2022

No Partner Required Wednesdays

No Partner Required Wednesdays

All Wednesday evening session going forward are a no partner required session where you can just turn up and will be able to play.

This relies on someone on a rota, turning up and potentially going home if not required.

That person would play for free if required that evening or the next time they attend as a token thank you.

We currently have a number of volunteers but could do with 3-4 more people, so if you are able to commit to one Wednesday evening every other month to be our “spare” please let myself or Liz know.

Michael
14/10/2022

Committee Meeting Highlights

Highlights from this weeks committee meeting include the following:-           (A full set of m  inutes will be published as usual.)

Trustees Update –Protracted legal formalities are now nearer completion and  Katie will take the Land Registry forms round to be signed by resigning Trustees and newly appointed ones after the ratification at a committee meeting.. I will then form a working party to look at the issue of bridge club premises and location. A task that will take months and the request to view a potential new premise imminently underestimates the issues and legalities involved. 

Budget – It looks like we are breaking even at the moment, so we will discuss an increase in table money later only if required due to rising utility costs. 

No Partner Required Wednesdays – It was agreed to carry on as this has been deemed a success and to ask for volunteers to form a rota.  Anyone who volunteers will play for free that evening if required or at their next session if not required.

Liz to coordinate and publish volunteer rota.  Please contact her if willing to help out. Thank you to Robert Pepper for the idea.
Heating  ALL SESSIONS WILL BE HEATED AND MEMBERS CAN COME TO A WARM CLUB OVER THE WINTER. Save yourselves a few bob and play bridge at the same time!

Friday/Other Session – A member had asked if we could run a session on Friday evening as Brighouse had stopped.  After a long conversation, it was thought as we couldn’t ask any more of TDs to run it. We would leave it to members to sort out some friendly games if desired and they would just need to pay for heating if they go ahead. I will talk to the member involved. The same conclusion was reached about putting on another session i.e. we couldn’t spread ourselves too thin.

 

Michael
29/09/2022

Huddersfield Teams

Huddersfield Teams

A new season of the Yorkshire Bridge League kicked off on Sunday with two teams at home.

The A Team, captained by Carrie played and defeated Wakefield B 16-4 in Division 4 and the B Team captained by Liz lost narrowly 9-11 to Brighouse Buccaneers in Division 5.

The C team which will be captained by Diane had no fixture this first week in Division 6.

The league has reverted to the more usual day with tea provided by the home team, so extra thanks from both teams go to Chris and Pam for purchasing and serving the sandwiches and cakes at the half time interval.

The next set of fixtures are on Sunday 16th October with two teams at home again. The B and C teams at home to Shelley and Keighley respectively while the A team travel to Keighley

Michael

28/09/22  

Committee Meeting Highlights

Committee Meeting Highlights

Two new committee members were welcomed – Carrie Babington and Chris Pilling

The minutes of this week’s committee meeting will be published as normal but I would like to draw your attention to a few topics discussed:

Chris has volunteered to organise the catering for the Team’s matches this season and she will be grateful for some help please. There are five occasions when we will be hosting and providing sandwiches and cakes to 32 people at the club. Food be will served at about 4pm on a Sunday afternoon. Please see Chris for dates if you are able to help her.

Sue and Chris are investigating the issues with the chairlift and will be involving an engineer if necessary as well as providing user instructions to ensure the chair is reliable and is always left ready to use next time it is required.

In order to increase attendance we would like to offer a “no partner required” session each week, as well as Margaret offering her services to put people together if a partner is required. To do this we need some members who are willing to come along to a session without a partner and potentially not be able to play if not required. Please let me or a TD know if you are prepared to do this so we can advertise the sessions allowing people to turn up when their usual partner is away or if they are on their own.

We, in conjunction with the U3A through Dallas Cliff, will be offering Beginners Lessons in Bridge at the club from the New Year. We also hope to continue Improvers Lessons with Denis Murphy recommencing sometime in the future. We will publicise these beginners lessons to encourage new bridge players.

It was suggested that the committee consider the club moving to new premises that may be more suitable with regard to access etc. After some debate it was decided to form a working party to look at this huge topic before making a suggestion for all members to consider. This will take a fair bit of time and is quite a complicated issue. There is nothing likely to happen in the imminent future and no decisions will be made without membership approval.

Communication with people not on the internet will be improved by revamping the noticeboards and ensuring all website communications are printed and displayed.

Michael

26/08/22

New Committee Members

New Committee Members

The AGM last week was attended by 13 people and the minutes of the meeting are now available to members on this website.

We will also be displaying them at the club for those without access to the internet.

As I said to those present, a small number attending an AGM usually means the members are quite happy with how things are going so the existing committee can take that as a compliment!

Thank you to all who were able to attend for your contributions during the meeting.

I would also like to take this opportunity of welcoming two new committee members -Carrie Babington and Chris Pilling and thank them for agreeing to join us.

They join David, Ian, Liz, Margaret and Katie alongside the three unanimously re-elected officials of Pat, Sue and myself bring the committee up to full strength in numbers.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 24th of August.

 

Michael

04/07/2022

Behaviour at the Bridge Club

While this isn’t a huge problem at the Bridge Club there have been some minor incidents which I believe need comment before this issue grows.

Each member is responsible for how they behave as an individual, whether or not there is a “perceived” provocation.

I and all the other members expect and insist everyone behaves with courtesy and respect to each other, TDs, committee members, visitors, club staff, caterers or anyone they come into contact on the club premises and you will receive the same courtesy in return.

As I have previously said, the TD is responsible for all aspects of the session they are running and will decide the movement, where there is a sit out if required, rulings during actual play and when to remind members to lower their voices in between rounds. This authority has the full backing of me and the rest of the committee. Don’t ask me to choose between you and the TD going about their duties in a proper manner, because you won’t like the decision.

Bridge will be played at Huddersfield Bridge Club in a friendly welcoming atmosphere so people can enjoy their game and want to return on a regular basis.

If you don’t agree with this, then maybe Huddersfield Bridge Club is not for you.

Thank you to all the members who always behave impeccably and thank you for your continued cooperation.

Michael

23/06/22

Committee Meeting Highlights

The full committee meeting minutes will be published and available to members via the website as usual.

However, I do like to draw the attention of members to some particular items:

Playing Sessions - Behaviour and Smooth Operation

Each playing session is ran by one of our qualified TDs and we are very lucky at Huddersfield to have more than our fair share of willing TDs. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that any issues that arise before, during or immediately after the playing session, should be raised first with the TD present. The TD from the session may then request assistance, if required, from another TD or committee member. Examples of issues include movement to be used, reducing the noise level, ventilation, problems with bridgemates  etc or any other requests to change how the session operates. The TD in charge will have the final say and has been given that authority by the committee which in turn has been elected by members to run the club.

Social Bridge Evening with Other Clubs

After a positive response from other nearby clubs to our invitation, I can confirm a date for your diaries.

We will be running a bridge session on Friday 15th July. Exact details of the event including start time will be communicated nearer the time.

We will be asking people to confirm attendance in advance so we can plan the play/evening properly. 

Platinum Jubilee Party

There has been a fantastic response to the idea of marking the Queen’s achievement with a special afternoon of lunch and bridge and the event is now sold out. Therefore whether you are attending as a fervent Royalist, an addicted Monday bridge player or a huge fan of Mushy Peas, I hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and we will continue to look for other ways to encourage members to attend our club.

Michael

15/05/2022

Teams For Next Season

Carrie, as Huddersfield Teams captain, has received the following information from the YCBA with regard to competing in Teams events:

The YLC has listened to the comments made by members and taken on board the reservations made by some members regards playing face to face bridge in the winter months.  As a result, going forwards, our plan is to run 2 online leagues a year and one face-to-face league.  The face- to -face league will start a little earlier in late September and have a winter break after 5 matches and resume in March for the final 2 matches.

Dates for the Yorkshire League 2022-2023:

  • 25th September
  • 16th October
  • 30th October
  • 20th November
  • 4th December

WINTER BREAK

  • 12th March
  • 26th March

Provisional Dates for Winter 2023 Online

  • 8th January
  • 29th January
  • 19th February

Provisional Dates for Summer 2023 Online

  • 21st May
  • 18th June
  • 2nd July

Entry forms for the upcoming league will be released next month with a closing date of 31st July.  The fixtures should then be produced on or before the 13th August.

Therefore, can you please let Carrie know if you are willing and able to represent Huddersfield Bridge Club in either the face-to-face or online leagues or both?  You don’t need to commit to every single date for the league matches as we hope to have enough players in each squad to allow for holiday, family or other commitments on some of those dates and still be able to field a team. The YCBA is hoping more teams return to play bridge as the social mixing situation has greatly improved and we too at Huddersfield would welcome “returnees” who missed last season as well as any new recruits.

Michael

13/05/22

Results
Thursday Morning
Director: Pam
Wednesday evening
Director: Michael
Tuesday evening
Director: David
Monday Afternoon
Director: Ian
Online session, match-pointed pairs
Thursday Morning
Director: Pam
Wednesday evening
Director: Carrie
Tuesday Evening
Director: Liz
Monday Afternoon
Director: David
Calendar
5th Dec 2022
Monday Afternoon
Director: Ian
5th Dec 2022
Online session, match-pointed pairs
19:00
6th Dec 2022
Tuesday evening
Director: Katie
7th Dec 2022
Wednesday evening
Director: Carrie
8th Dec 2022
Thursday Morning
Director: Pam
12th Dec 2022
Monday Afternoon
Director: Ian
12th Dec 2022
Online session, match-pointed pairs
19:00
13th Dec 2022
Tuesday evening
Director: Katie
14th Dec 2022
Wednesday evening
Director: Carrie