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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.

Recent News & Info
Michael Coda Simultaneous Pairs 2020

In November last year, we had a fabulous turnout for our heat of the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs charity event, with nine full tables raising a total of £180 for that wonderful charity.

Next, on 4 February, we're playing in the Michael Coda event organised by the SCBA, this year raising funds for the Bibic charity.  Bibic, based in Langport, help children and young people with learning and behavioural difficulties resulting from brain injury, autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD and a wide variety of other conditions.

Please come along and give us your support.  Table money will be slightly higher than usual at £3 a player, with the club covering all the other costs - including your normal tea and biscuits!

County League

Both of our teams played again on 17 January - and, maintaining their recent form, they both won again.  That's all of their last four matches for the 'A' team and three out of four for the 'B' team!

The 'A' team, respresented by Tricia Ewing, Julie Holder and Terry and Ann Yearsley, triumphed 14-6 against a team from Cross, consolidating their lead at the top of the table and, with only one match still to play, making them odds-on favourites for promotion as champions.

The 'B' team, represented by Graham Daniel, Tony Bowler and Christine and Andrew Weller triumphed 11-9 in a tight encounter with a team from Street and are now sixth in the table.

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

Education Opportunities

Improve your Bridge in 2020!!

As previously advised - and requested by several of our members - our next session (and maybe others that follow it) will follow a 'back to basics' theme.  This reflects the unquestionable truism that, after learning all the Acol basics, many bridge players expand their skill in various ways but often then forget some of those basics.

John Cockram's session on Wednesday, 22 January, will discuss partnership agreements (your system, on which it's vital you and your partner have a common understanding), giving you a basic model for that, and then address both no-trump and suit opening bids.

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, don't forget that Caroline Macpherson will be paying a return visit to North Somerset at the Claverham Village Hall on Sunday, 9 February.

Caroline's topic is 'Double' and she'll be guiding us through the various (and valuable!) uses of the Double Card - Penalty, Take-Out, Negative and Responsive to name but a few - with the main focus, as always, on declarer play and defence.

Thanks to generous funding from the SCBA, the day is FREE of charge - although you will need to bring your own lunch!

Click here for more details and to book your place on the SCBA website.

Annual General Meeting

Our next AGM will be held on Tuesday, 28 January 2020.

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

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 on 12 November, with nine full tables raising a total of £180, every penny of which went to the charity.  Our thanks go to everyone who contributed to that great total and to the village hall committee for kindly agreeing to waive their normal hire fees for the night.

We look forward to helping raise even more next year.

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

County League

Both of our teams played again on 13 December - and they both won!

The 'A' team, respresented by Tricia Ewing, Julie Holder and Terry and Ann Yearsley, triumphed 13-7 against a team from Street, consolidating their lead at the top of the table and, with only two matches still to play, making them odds-on favourites for promotion.

The 'B' team, represented by Graham Daniel, Howard Davies, Daphne Patrick and Carolyn Waite recorded their best-ever result with a 16-4 victory over a team from Cross, moving up to equal sixth in the table.

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

Education Opportunities

Improve your Bridge in 2020!!

Our 2019 training programme finished with a great session on bidding thin games from Martin Holcombe (thanks Martin!) and the planning for 2020 is already under way.

Following requests from a number of our members, John Cockram will be running a 'back to basics' session on Wednesday, 22 January.  It's undoubtedly true to say that, after learning all the Acol basics, many bridge players expand their skill in various ways but often then forget some of those basics - and this session (and maybe others that follow it) is intended to help address that.

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

Looking beyond our own walls, don't forget that Caroline Macpherson will be paying a return visit to North Somerset at the Claverham Village Hall on Sunday, 9 February.

More details will follow on both events but please put the dates in your diary now.

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.

County League

Both of our teams played twice in four days (on 29 November and 2 December) and, between them, won three of those four matches.

The 'A' team, respresented by Tricia Ewing, Julie Holder and Terry and Ann Yearsley, triumphed 20-0 against a team from Wilton and leapfrogged them to the top of the table.

They repeated that score (with the same team) in their second match - but, unfortunately, that was against our 'B' team, represented by Graham Daniel, Tony Bowler and Christine and Andrew Weller!

The 'B' team, represented by Graham Daniel, Tony Bowler, Daphne Patrick and Glenda Horner did however win their other match 11-9 against a team from Wells.

With three games left to play, there's still a lot to play for this season but, as you can probably imagine, the 'B' team's cheering the 'A' team on for promotion so that they don't need to play them next season!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Education Opportunities

John ran another great session (on bidding with single-suited hands) on 26 June, but will now be taking a well-earned break for the summer.  He'll be working on his Autumn programme whilst he's resting(!!) and we expect to publish content and dates by the end of August, with the next session being towards the end of September.  Watch this space!!

Looking beyond that, Andrew Robson will be delivering three seminars in Street on Friday, 18 October.  Click here for details.

And there's more .... Caroline Macpherson will be performing in Street on Saturday, 16 November, and will be back with us in North Somerset next February.  More details as we firm up on them, but please put the first two dates in your diaries now.

Meantime, enjoy the summer sun!

Education Opportunities

Date Change!!

It's a bank holiday week and grandchildren arriving on their half-term holidays have trumped our plans - and we've had to concede that running a class on 29 May was perhaps a lttle ambitious!

Consequently, that date is cancelled and the planned programme has moved to Wednesday, 26 June, when John will present a session on bidding (and responding) with single-suited hands - that's anything from a six-card suit upwards.  He might also touch on the dreaded 4441 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.

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.

Their next AGM will be held in the Woolavington Village Hall on Sunday, 26 May 2019, starting at 1:00pm.  Click here to see the agenda and here to see the minutes of last year's AGM.

Note that the AGM is followed by a Swiss Teams event and what's usually an excellent tea.  Both are FREE.  More details on the agenda.

Education Opportunities

Our 2019 programme is well under way; John and Martin have already delivered three classes and there are dates in the diary (see the club calendar) for two more sessions to the end of June.

The next of these is on Wednesday, 29 May, when John will present a session on bidding (and responding) with single-suited hands - that's anything from a six-card suit upwards.  He might also touch on the dreaded 4441 hands!

All of these sessions 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.

Education Opportunities

An average of 20 people took advantage of the six excellent training sessions John Cockram and Martin Holcombe ran in 2018 and our 2019 programme kicked off in Kingston Seymour on 4 February, when John delivered a session on limit bids, followed by a session on opener's re-bids from Martin on 25 March.

Three more dates are already in the diary (see the club calendar) for sessions to the end of June.  The first of those is Wednesday, 1 May, when John will present a session on Reverse Bids (also known as Going Over Your Barrier) to show Stronger Hands.

All of these sessions 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.

County League

Both of our teams played in Woolavington on Friday, 22 February.

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

The 'B' team, represented by Graham, Tony, Daphne and Salma, had a disappointing (although very enjoyable) evening, suffering a 16-4 reverse against a team from Street.

The 'B' team, this time represented by Graham, Tony, Christine and Andrew, have since played a re-arranged match against a high-riding team from Cheddar, kindly hosted by the Chew Valley club in Chew Stoke.  Another enjoyable evening with a disappointing result - this time a 17-3 reverse, leaving us fifth in the table.

Both teams play their final matches of the season in Woolavington on Friday, 12 April.  Watch this space!

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.

Education Opportunities

An average of 20 people took advantage of the six excellent training sessions John Cockram and Martin Holcombe ran in 2018 and our 2019 programme kicked off in Kingston Seymour on 4 February, when John delivered a session on limit bids.

Four more dates are now in the diary (see the club calendar) for sessions to the end of June.  The first of those is Monday, 25 March, when Martin will present a session which follows on from the one on limit bids.  We're calling it 'Further into the Auction' or 'Opener's Re-bids' as it will cover where one player has opened and their partner has responded with a bid which isn't a limit bid - so that opener has to bid again.  The session will also touch on what happens if the opposition interfere.

All of these sessions 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.

Education Opportunities

An average of 20 people took advantage of the six excellent training sessions John Cockram and Martin Holcombe ran in 2018 and our 2019 programme will kick off in Kingston Seymour on Monday, 4 February, starting at 2:00pm.

John will be presenting a session on limit bids in support of your partner's opening and then developing the bidding after that.  It definitely won't be complicated and is intended to reinforce things you should already know - but might have forgotten!

Following that, Caroline Macpherson (another excellent bridge tutor) will be running a FREE session (funded by the SCBA) on 'Bidding with a Fit' at the Ring O'Bells in Nailsea on Saturday, 16 February.  Click here for more information.

Then there's another weekend in Bruton (again taught by Caroline) at the end of March.  Several of our members have attended these weekends over the last three years and found them great value.

Click here for more information and here for the flyer/booking form.

County League

Our teams played their latest matches on Friday, 25 January, both playing the teams which are top of their respective divisions.

The 'A' team, respresented by Terry and Ann (Yearsley), Daphne and Sylvia (Fearon) played a very strong team from Castle Cary and suffered a 17-3 reverse.

The 'B' team, represented by Graham, Tony, Brian and Derek gave a team from Frome a fright, leading them at half-time, but eventually going down to a creditable 12-8 defeat - the Frome team's closest result of the season!

Our next matches are on 22 February; watch this space!

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.

Annual General Meeting

Our next AGM will be held in the Kingston Seymour Village Hall on Tuesday, 29 January 2019, commencing at 6:30pm.

Minutes of our last AGM (held on 30 January 2018), together with the Chairman's report and the Treasurer's financial statement for 2017 can be found by clicking here.

County League

Our teams played their first matches of 2019 on Friday, 11 January, and both performed well.

The 'A' team, respresented by Tricia, Liz, Terry and Ann (Yearsley) played the table-topping team from Street and came away with a very creditable 10-10 draw - bringing Street's 100% record to an end.

The 'B' team, represented by Graham, Tony, Daphne and Glenda (dipping her toes in the water for the first time), beat a team from Wells by just one IMP (recovering from being 18 down at half-time!) and were therefore also awarded a 10-10 draw.

Our next matches are on 25 January; watch this space!

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.

Education Opportunities

Our 2018 programme is now complete, with an average of 20 people having taken advantage of the six excellent sessions John Cockram and Martin Holcombe ran.  Many thanks to both John and Martin - and all the folk who helped them.

We will be putting another programme in place for 2019 but you can kick-start your New Year's education by booking on the FREE session Caroline Macpherson (another excellent bridge tutor) will be running on 'Bidding with a Fit' at the Ring O'Bells in Nailsea on Saturday, 16 February.  Click here for more information.

Then there's another weekend in Bruton (again taught by Caroline) at the end of March.  Several of our members have attended these weekends over the last three years and found them great value.

Click here for more information and here for the flyer/booking form.

County League

A disappointing night for both of our teams on 14 December, when they travelled to Woolavington (along with 30 other teams) to find there were no boards!  Needless to say, there were a few red faces amongst the organisers, but we still enjoyed the tea and biscuits before heading home somewhat earlier than expected.

No matter, we live to fight another day and (like Manchester United!) hope to see improved results in the rest of the season.

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.

Annual General Meeting 2017

Our second full AGM was held on Tuesday, 30 January 2018.

Minutes of the meeting, together with the Chairman's report and the Treasurer's financial statement for 2017 can be found by clicking here.

Tuition Sessions - Next on 12th November at 2:00pm

More than 30 people attended Martin Holcombe's excellent session on overcalls and he's following it up with a session on doubling.

The two subjects go hand in hand as, quite often, your opponents' opening bid coupled with what you have in your hand gives you a choice between doing one or the other!  Doubling as a subject does of course go much wider than that but you can be confident, based on feedback from Martin's last session, that you'll go away feeling much more confident in this important part of your competitive armoury.

The session will be on Monday, 12 November, kicking-off at 2:00pm in the Kingston Seymour village hall.  As usual, it will cost just £2 for club members and £3 for guests, with tea and biscuits included in that fee.  It's likely to be very well attended and we have to produce handouts and practice hands, so reservations are essential.  Please advise ASAP if you’d like to be there.

 

See the chairman's blog for information on more great tuition opportunities.

 

County League

Both of our teams played in Woolavington on 12 October; our 'A' team playing their second match of the season and the new 'B' team making their debut.

The 'A' team, represented by Pauline & John Deal and Ann & Terry Yearsley, lost 16-4 to an experienced team from Wells, whilst the 'B' team, represented by Graham Daniel & Tony Bowler and Derek Sutton & Brian Cherry, lost  by a narrow 11-9 margin to a team from Cossington.  The latter match really was close, and could have gone our way with just one more trick on any one of three or four particularly tight boards. 

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.

SCBA West of England Congress 2018
SCBA West of England Congress 2018

This year's West of England Congress was a great success with several of our members taking part in one or more competitions over the three-day event.

Amongst them, Graham & Tony dipped their toes in the water for the first time, playing in the Swiss Pairs with 274 other players!  Have a look at the chairman's blog to see how they got on - and make a note to join them next year!

County League

The 2018-19 season is now under way, with a record 32 teams playing across four divisions.  Our established team is playing in the third division and, this year, we've entered an additional team to play in the new fourth division.

Our 'A' team have already played once, losing against tough competition from Cossington, and they're playing their second match on Friday, 12 October - when the 'B' team make their debut.

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.

County League

Our team have now played their last match of the season, with Pauline and John Deal, Patricia and Liz securing a 13-7 victory over a team from Coxley.  We've finished a very creditable fourth in the table and look forward to even greater success next season.

Congratulations to all who've played for the team, with particular thanks due to Patricia for taking the captain's role, organising the squad and making sure we always turned out a team, even when substitutions were necessary at short notice.

Patricia sends her thanks to everyone who's played in one or more matches over the season.

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

SCBA West of England Congress 2018
SCBA West of England Congress 2018

The West of England Congress provides a great opportunity to finish the summer with a festival of bridge in the impressive surroundings of the newly 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.

Tuition Sessions - Next on 24th September at 2:30pm

Recognise this scenario?  Your opponents open the bidding but you have some reasonable values; you and your partner might even have the majority of the points and you want to try and take the contract from the opposition or at least compete, perhaps intimidate them, making it more difficult for them to find a contract – or simply suggest a lead to your partner.  So how do you go about it?

An overcall can often be the starting point and they can undoubtedly be an important part of your competitive armoury.

 

Martin Holcombe (an experienced bridge tutor) will be addressing the subject at our next tuition session on Monday, 24 September, kicking-off at 2:30pm in the Kingston Seymour village hall.  As usual, the session will cost just £2 for club members and £3 for guests, with tea and biscuits included in that fee.  The session is likely to be well attended so please advise ASAP if you’d like to be there.

Inter-Club Competition - 28th July 2018

This friendly inter-club competition, organised in collaboration with the Clevedon & Portishead and Nailsea clubs, comfortably exceeded our expectations, with a total of ten teams (that's 40 people!) taking part - including very welcome representation from the Backwell, Yatton and Chew Valley clubs.

It provided a great opportunity for anyone with little or no experience of playing outside their home club to spread their wings and give it a go.  Some were paired with more-experienced partners and we believe it's fair to say they all enjoyed the afternoon and learnt from the experience - as well as enjoying the free tea and cake kindly paid for by the SCBA!

We expect to do it again - so watch this space.

Inter-Club Competition - 28th July 2018

In conjunction with the Clevedon & Portishead and Nailsea clubs, we've organised a friendly inter-club competition at the Ship Inn in Portishead, with players from other local clubs (such as Backwell, Yatton and Chew Valley) involved as well.

It's an opportunity for anyone with little or no experience of playing outside their home club to spread their wings and give it a go! Experienced players will be there as well - a few of them taking part, but all of them willing to give advice on how the hands might have been bid and played - and hand records will be available after play to help you learn from those experienced people as well as (hopefully!) having an enjoyable afternooon.

Play will start at 1:15pm (so you'll need to be there by 1:00pm please), we'll have a tea, cake and comfort break at half-time and should be done, dusted and on our way home before 5:00pm.

The SCBA have kindly offered funding support - so the event will be free of charge!

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

Tuition Sessions - Next on 20th June at 2:00pm

We've now had the third of our new tuition sessions; another excellent turnout with eighteen students this time and John Cockram's two charming young assistants (Daphne Patrick and Ann Bawdon) back to support his excellent tuition.

John's next topic is Conventions made Simple, and it will be on Wednesday, 20th June, commencing at 2:00pm.  Keep an eye on the club calendar (top right corner of the website home page) to see dates beyond that.

Sessions over the next few months will include Reverse Bidding and Fourth-Suit Forcing - and the possibility of guest tutors, who're queuing up to be part of our success story!

Please let us know if you'd like to attend or want more information.

Tuition Sessions - Next on 16th May at 2:00pm

We've now had the second of our new tuition sessions; twenty students this time and two charming young assistants (Daphne Patrick and Ann Bawdon) to support John Cockram's excellent teaching.

The next session will feature much more card play to consolidate John's teaching on the many ways no-trumps can be used in the bidding phase.  It will be on Wednesday, 16 May, commencing at 2:00pm.

John's sessions over the following two or three months will be on Conventions made Simple, Reverse Bidding and Fourth-Suit Forcing.

Please let us know if you'd like to attend.

County League

Our team have now played their penultimate match of the season, with Pauline and John Deal, Daphne and Isy securing an 11-9 victory over a team from Street.

We've still fourth in the table but the table is tight and, dependent on how other results go, we could yet finish anywhere between second and fifth - so there's still everything (and even an outside chance of promotion) to play for!

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

Tuition Sessions - Next on 23rd April at 2:00pm

We've now had the first of our new tuition sessions; fifteen students with widely varying levels of experience all getting great value from John Cockram's excellent teaching.

We're going to try alternating these sessions between Monday and Wednesday afternoons (as inevitably neither option is perfect for everyone!) and the next one will be on Monday, 23 April, commencing at 2:00pm.

John's continuing to emphasise how important a role no-trump bids can play and is talking about (a) opening a suit and rebidding in no-trumps, (b) two no-trump openings and (c) no-trump responses after partner opens a suit.  Plenty to get your mental juices going!

Please let us know if you'd like to attend.

Tuition Sessions - Next on 21st March at 2:30pm

As discussed at our AGM on 30 January, the before-play tuition sessions we've been running once a month are seen as being too brief to do justice to the subject or offer the opportunity to consolidate what's been taught by playing some relevant hands.  We have therefore been planning to offer separate, longer tuition and assisted play sessions and the first of these will be on Wednesday 21 March, commencing at 2:30pm and expected to last for a couple of hours.

As with our previous classes, these sessions will often be at a 'back to basics' level but they're definitely not just for our less-experienced players and are likely to be every bit as well received.

Please let us know if you'd like to attend one of these sessions.

Tuition Sessions

As discussed at our AGM on 30 January, the before-play tuition sessions we've been running once a month are seen as being too brief to do justice to the subject or offer the opportunity to consolidate what's been taught by playing some relevant hands.  We are therefore planning to offer separate, longer tuition and assisted play sessions and perhaps run them in conjunction with other local clubs.  More information will follow ASAP.

In the meantine, we will continue to hold tuition sessions on the first Tuesday of most months, before the start of normal play.  Whilst suffering from the limitations described, they are nonetheless invariably well received; topics are usually at the 'back to basics' level but it's definitely not just our less-experienced players who've taken advantage of them and learnt something!

Please let us know if you'd like to attend one of these before-play sessions; there's no addiitonal charge and sessions start promptly at 6:30pm.

County League

We've now played the seventh (of nine) match of the season, with Daphne and Isy, Tricia and Liz scoring an impressive 16-4 victory over a team from Yeovil.

We've back up to fourth in the table and, with just two matches to go, there's still everything to play for!

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

County League

We've now played the fifth (of nine) match of the season, with Tricia and Sylvia, Graham and Tony losing by a 12-8 margin to a team from Castle Cary.  It really was close, and could have gone our way with just one more trick on just one of the hands!

Despite losing the match, we've moved up to fourth in the table as the team which was just above us lost by a much bigger margin.  There's still everything to play for!

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

County League

We've now played the fourth (of nine) match of the season, with John and Pauline Deal, Daphne and Graham beating a team from Cross by a 15-5 margin.

We're firmly in the top half of the table (particularly when you add in the minimum of 12 points we'll get from September's match, when the opposition couldn't field a full team) and, with our next three matches all being against teams above us, there's still everything to play for!

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

Bridge in Somerset Initiative

The new SCBA committee are putting a significant initiative in place to develop a closer liaison between clubs and county, improve the opportunities for new players to embrace the game and help those already in it to improve their play.

This all kicks-off on 16 November and you can click here to find out more.  Our little club is on the agenda (!!) and everyone who's interested in the future of bridge in the county is encouraged to come along, enjoy some free tea and cake and join the debate.

County League

We've now played the second match of the season, with John and Pauline Deal, Daphne and Graham taking on a strong team from Street and losing by the narrowest of margins.  With the minimum of 12 points we'll get from last month's match (when the opposition couldn't field a full team), we've crept into the top half of the table - with greater things to come!

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

County League

A disappointing first evening of the season for our team in the SCBA County League.  Liz & Tricia, Sue & Sylvia all went down to Woolavington on 15 September but their opposition from Cossington couldn't field a team!  We will be awarded a winning score but, the way the rules are written, we probably won't know what it is until the end of the season. Watch this space!

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

SCBA AGM 2017

The SCBA (Somerset Contract Bridge Association) AGM was held at the Woolavington vilage hall on Sunday, 25 June.

Click here to see the minutes and here to see the associated reports from the SCBA website.

County League

Our team performed wonderfully well in their first season in this competition, finishing equal third in their division and missing out on promotion by just one place.

Perhaps we could enter a second team next season?

Congratulations to all involved.

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

Michael Coda Cup 2017

The club took part in the Michael Coda simultaneous pairs charity event organised by the SCBA in February 2017.  Nearly 200 pairs took part across the County with the funds raised going to local RNLI stations.

Final placings can be seen here and a every useful commentary on the hands can be found here.

Michael Coda Cup

We're delighted to be taking part again in this simultaneous pairs charity event, organised by the SCBA, with players across the county competing for the cup.

Our heat will be held on Tuesday, 7 February.  Table money will be increased by just £1 to £3 for members and £4 for guests and visitors, with £2.50 of that going to RNLI stations in Somerset.

Please speak to Graham if you want to find out more - but come along anyway and support this very worthwhile cause.

Annual General Meeting 2016

Our first full AGM was held on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.

Minutes of the meeting, together with the Chairman's report and the Treasurer's financial statement for 2016 can be found by clicking here.

SCBA Events 2016-17

The SCBA's plans for the new season have now been published and can be seen by clicking here.

There are already plans afoot for Daphne to lead a team in the County League but the new Inter-Club events provide an excellent opportunity for more players of all levels (as long as they're not Jedi Masters!) to have a go.  There are only two events (in November and January) and taking a bus-load to each of them would be wonderful.

Please speak to Liz, Graham or Daphne if you're interested.

SCBA AGM 2016

The SCBA (Somerset Contract Bridge Association) AGM was held at the Woolavington vilage hall on Saturday, 18 June.

Click here to see the minutes and all the associated reports from the SCBA website.

Somerset County League

We're proposing to enter a team in the SCBA County League, which plays matches roughly once a month from September to May on Friday evenings.  Two pairs are needed for each match but our squad does need one or two more pairs (and potentially some occasional players) to ensure we can fulfil our fixtures when anyone's unavailable.

It's a super opportunity to gain experience in a different environment and is more about enjoying the evening than winning every match!

Please talk to Daphne or Graham if you're interested.

Michael Coda Cup

The club took part in the Michael Coda simultaneous pairs charity event organised by the SCBA in February 2016.  Well over £1,000 was raised for Somerset Cancer Care.

Final placings can be seen here and a every useful commentary on the hands can be found here.

Inaugural General Meeting

Following our affiliation to the EBU, the Club's Inaugural General Meeting took place in the Kingston Seymour Village Hall on Tuesday 15th December 2015 - followed by our Christmas Party!

Minutes of the meeting can be found here.