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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.

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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.  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

Plans for our Autumn training programme are now coming together and John will be delivering a session on 'bidding after your partner's weak no-trump opening is doubled' on Monday, 30 September.  We've all been in that situation; it's the only one where doubling at that level can usually be taken to be for penalties rather than take-out and this session will give you some great advice on how you might rescue your partner from going several tricks down in a 'one no-trump doubled' contract.

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.

Further training sessions will follow on Wednesday, 23 October and Wednesday, 27 November.  Watch this space for details of the content, but please put the dates in your diaries now!

Looking beyond our own four walls, I believe 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, and (thanks to the SCBA's support) we've now booked her 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 final matches of the 2018-19 season in Woolavington on Friday, 12 April.

The 'A' team, respresented by Tricia, Liz, Terry and Ann, came close to beating a team from Nailsea, eventually losing by an 11-9 margin.

The 'B' team, represented by Graham, Tony, Christine and Andrew, had a more disappointing (but still enjoyable) evening, losing 14-6 against a team from the Wilton club.

Overall, both of our teams had a disappointing season, with both of them finishing in the bottom half of their respective tables.  That hasn't made it less enjoyable (well, not much less!) and, with a chance they'll be playing each other in the same division next year, there's more fun to look forward to - and more chances for others to join in!  Please talk to Tricia or Graham to find out more or sign up for one of the teams!

Click here to see the third division table and details of the matches played by our 'A' team and here to see the fourth division table and details of the matches played by our 'B' team.

Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs 2018

We had a fabulous turnout for our heat of the Children in Need charity event on 13 November, with ten full tables raising a total of £195 - and with gift aid adding 25% to that.  The village hall committee kindly agreed to waive their normal hire fees for the night, helping us to ensure that every penny of the table money could go to the charity.

At the time of writing this article, Daphne and Joe were lying seventh out of 1921 pairs taking part that night and more than £52,000 had been raised across the country - taking the total over the years past the magic £1million mark!

We look forward to helping raise even more next year.

Click here to see the national results and here to see the hand commentary, if you didn't pick up one of the booklets.

SCBA

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.

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

The West of England Congress provides a great opportunity to finish the summer with a festival of bridge in the impressive surroundings of the recently refurbished Winter Gardens venue.  Young or old, experienced or not, there is something here for everyone.

The events on Friday are very suitable for those wishing to try a tournament for the first time.  In the Swiss Pairs on Saturday, you'll only play against pairs with a similar score (so will never be over matched) and the same is true of the teams event on Sunday.

Please don’t think this is not for you, that you are not good enough or any such negative thoughts.  This is for you, you are good enough and, if you try it, you will enjoy it.  Anyway what is there to lose? 
 
You can play just one or more events or the whole congress.  Everyone is welcome.  Click here to see the details and an on-line entry form on the SCBA website.

Please talk to Liz, Graham or John for more information.

Calendar
17th September 2019
Open Pairs
24th September 2019
Open Pairs
1st October 2019
Open Pairs (Handicapped)
Results
Open Pairs
Director: John Cockram
Scorer: Graham Daniel
Open Pairs (Handicapped)
Director: Graham Daniel
Scorer: Andrew Weller
Open Pairs
Director: Graham Daniel
Scorer: Howard Davies