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Annual Subscriptions

Annual subscriptions for 2019 are now overdue and should be paid as soon as possible - preferably by transfer to the club's bank account.

Please contact the Treasurer for our bank details.  Many thanks.

Annual General Meeting

Our third full AGM was held on Tuesday, 29 January 2019.

Notes from the meeting, together with the Chairman's report and the Treasurer's financial statement for 2018 can be found by clicking here.

Welcome to the Kingston Seymour Bridge Club - come along and join us!
Introduction and General Information
Introduction and General Information

Welcome to the website of the

  Kingston Seymour   Bridge Club

We hope you'll find it both interesting and informative.


The club meets in the Village Hall, Kingston Seymour, near Clevedon, where duplicate bridge is played once a week on a Tuesday evening, starting at 7:15pm - although we ask players to arrive by 7:05pm so that the number of tables and movement can be established and play started promptly.

We usually play 24 boards, have a tea and biscuit break half-way through the evening and aim to be packed up and out of the hall by 10:30pm at latest.

We use computer generated hands and BridgeTabs electronic scoring devices.  Results are usually available at the end of the evening and are also published on this website, together with hand records and optimum contract information.

We like to think of ourselves as being a pretty friendly bunch, with an enjoyable evening being as important (and more achievable for most of us!) as topping the table.

Table money is £2.00 for members and £3.00 for guests and visitors, with the tea, coffee and biscuits included at no additional charge.

Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome but we do ask that they contact one of our committee members (whose details are in the 'club information' section) in advance - in order to check we'll have room for them and to enter their details in our electronic scoring system!

We are affiliated to the English Bridge Union (EBU) via the Somerset Contract Bridge Association (SCBA) and as such all of our members are entitled to the benefits of EBU membership as described here.

Master points are awarded for all events except improvers evenings.

Education Opportunities

Change of Date!!

Our Autumn training programme is now under way and, thanks to John Cockram's excellent session, sixteen students are now better informed on how to react if their partner's weak no-trump opening is doubled.

Our next session will now be on Wednesday, 13 November, when Martin Holcombe will lead a session on bidding thin games with confidence and, just as importantly, stopping short.

Martin says:

"It’s a very scientific way of assessing whether or not the game is achievable.  It's a smashing subject but also very simple; I’m confident that everyone, including the more experienced amongst the group, will benefit.  It will enable games to be reached on very few points whilst also stopping below game when it appears there are more than enough between the two hands".

As usual, the session will start at 2:00pm in the Kingston Seymour Village Hall and will be charged at £2 for members or £3 for non-members, to include refreshments.

Advance booking is essential so that we can make sure we have enough copies of the handout paperwork and practice boards.  Please click here to email your booking.

Looking beyond our own walls, the Andrew Robson seminars in Street on Friday, 18 October are fully booked but you can still book places (free of charge) on Caroline Macpherson's seminar in Street on Saturday, 16 November.  Also, please put in your diaries that (thanks to the SCBA's support) we've now booked Caroline for a return visit to North Somerset at the Claverham Village Hall on Sunday, 9 February.

Overall then, plenty of opportunities to improve your bridge - and most of them cost less than a bag of chips!  Don't miss out.

County League

Both of our teams played their first matches of the 2019-20 season in Woolavington on Friday, 11 October - with both of them now playing in the fourth division.

The 'A' team, respresented by Terry and Ann Yearsley, John Pady and Julie Holder triumphed 16-4 against a team from Wells and immediately moved into second place in the table.

The 'B' team, represented by Graham Daniel, Tony Bowler and Christine and Andrew Weller, had a more disappointing (but still very enjoyable) evening, losing 16-4 against a friendly team from the Wilton club - but they did win the second half!

Click here to see the table and details of the matches played.


The SCBA (Somerset Contract Bridge Association) are very active, we work closely with them and get a great deal of support from them.

Click here to go to their website and see what they're up to.

Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs 2019
Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs 2019

We had a fabulous turnout for our heat of the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs charity event last year, with ten full tables raising a total of £195 - with gift aid adding 25% to that.

This year, we've entered again and will be playing on Tuesday, 12 November.  We'll be setting table money at £3 for this special occasion but, for such a great cause, you'll be welcome to pay a little more!  The village hall committee have kindly agreed to waive their normal hire fees for the night and the club will cover all the other costs - helping us to ensure that every penny of the table money will go to this very worthy charity.

SCBA West of England Congress 2019
SCBA West of England Congress 2019

This year's West of England Congress was a great success, with six competitions over the three-day event - and more than 60 tables on both the Saturday and Sunday!

Quite a few of our members took part in one or more of those competitions; none finished in the top 10% but it was all very enjoyble and a great experience for those who were new to it.

One prize we did come away with was that Graham won a £150 holiday voucher (kindly donated by First for Bridge) in the draw - but he now has to persuade Salma to go on a bridge holiday next year!

29th October 2019
Open Pairs
5th November 2019
Open Pairs (Handicapped)
12th November 2019
Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs
Open Pairs
Director: Graham Daniel
Scorer: Tony Bowler
Open Pairs
Director: John Cockram
Scorer: Tony Bowler
Open Pairs
Director: John Cockram
Scorer: Tony Bowler