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Annual Subscriptions

Annual subscriptions for 2020 were approved at our AGM on 28 January 2020 and are due for payment by the end of February.

Payment should preferably be made by transfer to the club's bank account; please ask the Treasurer for our bank details.  Many thanks.

Annual General Meeting

Our fourth full AGM was held on Tuesday, 28 January 2020.

Notes from the meeting, together with the Chairman's report and the Treasurer's financial statement for 2019 can be found by clicking here.

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

The club is closed until further notice.

Unfortunately, you can't play bridge and maintain 'social distancing' or avoid touching bidding cards and playing cards other players have just touched.  Many of our members fit the 'elderly' demographic and quite a number have underlying medical conditions.

On 16 March 2020, after much careful thought, we decided that the only prudent route, for the safety of all our members, was to close the club until further notice - and then, a week later, the Prime Minister announced the restrictions which would have taken that decision out of our hands if we hadn't already made it.

We'll keep a close eye on relevant news and listen to the expert advice before considering when we can reopen.  We'll try to keep the calendar updated as we learn more, but please assume for now that the club is closed until there's explicit news to the contrary.

During these difficult times, both Andrew Robson and Bernard Magee have been and continue to offer some great online training, which we'd hope they'll continue long-term.  There are also many online games (both friendly and competitive) you can take part in to practice your skills.  Please talk to Graham Daniel if you want information or advice on any of these things or to check what's still in plan by ourselves or the SCBA.

Take care, look after your loved ones and spread only kindness.

Last updated : 9th Nov 2020 15:28 GMT
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.

Last updated : 8th Oct 2019 15:06 BST
Education Opportunities

Improve your Bridge in 2020 - or when Covid-19 allows!!

The notes below were written before the club and the country went into lockdown; they're clearly no longer relevant, other than to give an indication of what the club and the SCBA try to offer in normal times - and intend to offer again when the good times return!

Following on from his very useful 'back to basics' refresher session on 22 January, John Cockram will now be taking us to the next step on Wednesday, 11 March.  This session will help develop your bids and responses in both no-trumps and suits, all based on a simple Benji Acol system.

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.

Please let us know if there are any topics you'd particularly like us to cover in future sessions.

Looking beyond our own walls, provisional dates for more Andrew Robson and Caroline Macpherson training events over the next year have now been published by the SCBA and added to our club calendar.  Why not have a look and at least pencil them in your diaries whilst they're in your mind?  They're always excellent value.

Last updated : 16th Aug 2020 16:54 BST
County League

The latest matches in this season's league were played on Friday, 27 November - online on BBO of course!

Our 'A' team, represented by Tricia Ewing, Liz Hale and Terry and Ann Yearsley played a team from Cheddar and came away with a 13-7 win.  They're now the only unbeaten team in their division and are locked in a top of the table tussle with teams from Clevedon and Yeovil.  Congratulations to them.

The 'B' team had a bye in this round but both teams play again on Friday, 11 December.

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.

Last updated : 29th Nov 2020 12:27 GMT

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.

Last updated : 20th Jun 2019 13:35 BST
Help with Using BBO

Adam Wiseberg and Paul Gipson have each produced some excellent YouTube videos which can help with many aspects of using BBO - from initial registration through to the complexities of creating a team match and using sample hands for a teaching session.

You can click here to see Adam's videos and here to see Paul's.

Our thanks to Adam and Paul for creating these videos and for allowing us to use them.

Last updated : 29th Oct 2020 14:32 GMT
SCBA West of England Online Congress 2020
SCBA West of England Online Congress 2020

We all feared that this year's West of England Congress would be another victim of the Covid-19 pandemic, but I'm delighted to say that those busy boys at the SCBA have now announced their plans to run it online.  Not only that, they're actually taking advantage of adversity and turning it into a nine-day festival, from 26 September to 4 October, rather than cramming everything into one weekend.

They've included events for everybody, from the least to the most experienced, and included both blue and green pointed events, explanations of which can be found in our club handbook if you really do want to know!

During the first weekend, there will be Open Pairs and Swiss Pairs events plus a relaxed pairs event for those who enjoy a slower game.  There are lots of options during the week (including a 'set up your own matches' knock-out teams event), before the festival comes to its climax with Championship Pairs and Swiss Teams events (and another relaxed pairs event) on the closing weekend.

Full details can be found by clicking here.

What's not to like!  There really is something for everybody so please make your plans, support the SCBA's efforts and join as much of the fun as you can during the West of England Online Congress 2020.

Last updated : 10th Aug 2020 17:09 BST
Michael Coda Simultaneous Pairs 2020

Once again this year, on 4 February, we played in the annual Michael Coda event, organised by the SCBA, helping to raise funds for local charities.  This year, the chosen charity was Bibic, based in Langport, which helps children and young people with learning and behavioural difficulties resulting from brain injury, autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD and a wide variety of other conditions.

More than 200 pairs took part at many participating clubs across Somerset.  None of our pairs were in the top ten but we did have three pairs in the top twenty - so a very creditable result!

The consolidated results can be seen by clicking here, and a useful commentary on the hands can be seen by clicking here.

One thing which often causes confusion when the consolidated results appear for an event like this is why our pairs don't always appear in the same order as they were on our club evening.  Click here for an explanation which will hopefully clear up some of that confusion!

Last updated : 7th Mar 2020 17:21 GMT
RealBridge Demo
Director: Shireen Mohandes
Open Pairs
Director: John Cockram
Scorer: Howard Davies
Open Pairs (Handicapped)
Director: John Cockram
Scorer: Graham Daniel