Lancashire Contract Bridge Association
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LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
Fri 19th April 2024
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Mon 22nd April 2024
LOP Open

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Lancashire has a bridge club in most major towns, with many having a host system to ensure visitors can get a game. Contact details, club times, beginners, intermediate classes are on the Clubs page though you should check before attending a new club. This website has details of forthcoming competitions and results. Membership of an affiliated Lancashire club  entitles you to play in Lancashire competitions, be eligible for Lancashire County Teams, and attend all Lancashire Council Meetings. Lancashire CBA has a data protection policy ref LCBA Privacy Notice.pdf

Pls contact the WebMaster for any omissions, corrections for the site.

Welcome to LCBA
LOTL 2nd Quarter Fixtures

The fixtures for the 2nd Quarter LOTL are now available via the links below. There are 2 divisions of 9 teams.

The first fixtures are scheduled for 11th April 2024.

Div1               Div2

LCBA as a charity

LCBA as a charity

We have received the following email from the Charity Commission:

Dear Applicant,

You have applied to register the above organisation as a charity.

We are satisfied that LANCASHIRE CONTRACT BRIDGE ASSOCIATION is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities

Our next step is to secure a new bank account for the organisation and as soon as we have this, the charity will start operations.  In line with the agreed resolution at the EGM, the existing LCBA as an Unincorporated Association will then be wound up and all its assets transferred to LCBA(CIO).


LOP Competition Q1 2024

Congratulations to the successful pairs in the Monday Night LOP Competition Winners
Open: Andrew Petrie and Jeremy Dhondy

Runners up Open: Nick Woodcock and Sue Fjortoft

For the Jack and Under Competition

Winners Chris Waddington and Martin Cousins

Runners Up Brenda Begley and Trevor Mayes

BrianMas accounts will be credited with the appropriate prizes

Players are reminded that if they have a credit balance in their account they can request the money be paid into their bank account or into their club account if they have one

Mr Denis Robson 1934 - 2024
Mr Denis Robson 1934 - 2024

We are sorry to announce the death of Mr Denis Robson on 10th March 2024 after a long period in a rest home. Mr Robson was a self-confessed bridge addict since being introduced to the game as a young boy. A regular in the Lancashire county side, twice a Gold Cup finalist and with an England international cap to his name, he was a worthy Grand Master. An accountant by profession, he was Thwaites brewery chairman for three years, having joined the Daniel Thwaites board of directors in 1980. Denis was Chairman of the EBU from 2002-6. He married Val in 1959, they had five children Alison, Jacqui, Nicole, Robert and John.  After giving up bridge at the top level he played with Val in local events.  When Val died in 2021 Denis returned to his roots living in a nursing home in Sunderland.

The funeral will be on Wednesday 27th March.  12.00  funeral mass at St John's RC Church, High Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy M21 9EE.  13.00 funeral tea in St Johns Parish Centre, corner of High Lane and Chequers Road M21 9DL, 200m walk from the church.  Cars can be left in the church car park or parking available at the parish centre, entrance on Chequers Road.  The family will attend a committal service at Manchester Crematorium after the funeral before joining mourners at the Parish Centre. Please e-mail me if you intend to attend so that I can give the family some idea of numbers for catering.

Play Without The Experts (PWTE) Congress

FESTIVAL OF BRIDGE – Play Without The Experts (PWTE) Congress Sunday 8th to Wednesday 11th Sept

As part of the Festival of Bridge,the EBU is holding a national event at Barton Manor Hotel near Preston, for players, NGS 10 and below.  This PWTE Congress will be a tremendous opportunity for developing players in Lancashire to experience a national bridge congress with a new format offering both competitive match point sessions and seminars, all taking place at a luxury spa hotel.  Oliver Cowan, who is building a national reputation for enjoyable and well run bridge events is organising this event as a volunteer, with all proceeds being donated to Cancer Research UK.

Players can book into the whole event or particular sessions, and you can find all the details by clicking HERE.  Continuing its investment in developing players in the county, LCBA is offering Lancashire members who are booking individual sessions, a £2 discount. Any member can book up to 4 sessions under this scheme.  It’s first come, first served - once the £200 budget has been allocated it will be full price.


RUTH HENIG Nov 1943 - Feb 2024
RUTH HENIG Nov 1943 - Feb 2024

We are sorry to announce that our President, Baroness Ruth Henig passed away late last week at the age of 80. Ruth was a strong and popular player who competed regularly and successfully at Lancaster Bridge Club, in the Fylde League and in county and national competitions.

She was a Labour member of County Hall for more than two decades, from 1981 until 2005, representing the Lancaster East division - and she also spent a year as chairwoman of the authority.

Lady Henig was a child of Jewish refugees who came to the UK from the Netherlands in 1940. She went on to become a history lecturer at Lancaster University, eventually serving as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

She served as chairwoman of the Lancashire Policy Authority from 1995 to 2005 and chairwoman of the Association of Police Authorities from 1997 to 2005, when she became the association’s president.

She was awarded a CBE in 2000 for services to policy and in 2002 was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire.

The mother-of- two was made a Labour peer in 2004 and served on various committees, eventually being named deputy chairman of committees in 2015. She has been serving as one of the upper chamber’s Deputy Speakers since 2018.

We offer our condolences to her family and our thanks for her support to the County over many years.

Weekly Schedule (BBO)
LOP Open 7pm
LCBA Competitions 2024


The calendar for 2024 is






Club Teams of 8

Sun 25th Feb



EBU Garden Cities qualifier

Championship Pairs

Thu 28th March



EBU Corwen qualifier

Madeline Berney

Sun 5th May 11am



Swiss pairs

Restricted Pairs (Jack High)

Sun 4th August



NGS J and below

LCBA KO Teams of 4

Nov – May (entries by 31Oct)



Pachabo qualifier

LCBA Congress

16-17 November


Barton Manor Hotel

Swiss pairs & Swiss teams

LCBA Mixed pairs

Sun 8th December


St Anne’s

Match point pairs

Conditions of Contest and entry details are published on the LCBA website.

Non LCBA Forthcoming Events


Leeds Swiss Pairs Sun 12 May Leeds
John Armstrong Swiss Pairs Deva Sat 18 May Deva BC
NBL Match 1 Sat 13th July RealBridge
NBL Match 2 Sat 17th Aug RealBridge
NBL Match 3 Sat 14th Sep RealBridge
NBL Match 4 Sat 19th Oct RealBridge
WBU Llandudno Swiss Pairs Aug 3-4 Llandudno
Play without the Experts Sep 8-11 Barton Manor,Preston
Bridge It's a Big Deal Festival Sep 9-15  
Manx Bridge Congress Sep 13-15 Isle of Man
Cumbria/Westm Swiss Congress Sep 21-22 Kendal BC
Porthcawl Congress Nov 1-3  
Tolle Qual Nov 9-10 RealBridge
Northern Easter Festival 30-31 March2024

The Northern Easter Festival was held at Harrogate over the weekend of 30-31 March 2024.  Congratulations to Mike Tomlinson & Linda Smith who won the Swiss Pairs.

LCBA Corwen Qualifier 28March24

The LCBA Championship Pairs was run online this year with 13 pairs taking part. Congratulations to the winners Paul Hepworth & Rick Bentley, 2nd  Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye, 3rd Cath Ashworth & Barbara Heaton, 4th Nick & Sue Woodcock.  These four pair have qualified to represent LCBA in the Corwen on the 15th-16 June 2024 at Yarnfield Park, Stone.  Full ranks available in the Results section.

LOTL Q1 2024

LOTL season Q1 2024 is now complete with the final leading two teams in each division as below

Division 1

Winners:  John Morrell, Marianne Farr, Mike Nicholson, Rod Greenhalgh, Jeff Smith

Runners Up: Sue Woodcock, Nick Woodcock, Stuart Clarke, Michael Fay

Division 2

Winners: Neil Roberts, Terry Fleetwood, Andrew Mcgrae, Raj Subramanium

Runners Up: Rose Parker...

Division 3

Winners: Charle Nixon, John Gordon, Chris Nicholson, David Quick, Arthur Southwood, Ian Douglass

Runners Up: Helen Dent, Ian Eswards, Kamleh Garg

LCBA TEams of 8 25 Feb 2024

There were 7 teams playing 6 x 7 board rounds at the LCBA Teams of 8 competition held at Bury on 25Feb2024. The winning team was Bolton A (J Smith/M Farr, S Norris/R Greenhalgh, M Nicholson/J Morrell, P Evans/A Whittam) with Brierfield second and Preston third. They will represent Lancashire in the Regional Final of Cities Trophy on 11th May 2024. See results page for full details.

Cumbria/Westmorland Swiss Teams/Pairs 23/24 Sep 2023

Well done to Mike Tomlinson, Bob Loverdge, Stuart Clarke, Michael Faye who won the Cumbria/Westmorland GP Swiss Teams held at Kendal Bridge Club on 23 Sep 2023. Second were Jeff Smith, Rhona Goldenfield, Jackie Pye & John Holland. Full results at Swiss Teams  Well done to Jackie Pye and John Holland who won the Swiss Pairs on 24 Sep 2023. Full results at Swiss Pairs

Cumbria Match 10Sep2023

The annual Lancashire v Cumbria match took place on Sunday 10th September 2023 at Poulton BC. The final score was Lancashire 260 Imps Cumbria 177 Imps so Lancashire won by 83 Imps. Andrew Lum / David Costich and Mike Tomlinson/ Brian Irlam were the top pairs on XImps. The full details are at Lancs v Cumbria Match