Lancashire Contract Bridge Association
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LCBA NoticeBoard

This area of the website is available for LCBA affiliated clubs and players to promote events and services they are offering across the county and beyond.  If you want to put something on this Noticeboard, please send an email with the information to

 Des King is offering FREE online bridge lessons through the Friendly Online Bridge Club - COMMENCING 4 OCTOBER.  For more information click HERE.


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

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

Welcome to LCBA
Tollemache Qualifier 12/13 Nov 2022

The Tollemache Qualifier was held on RealBridge on 12/13 November 2022. Lancashire were well placed overnight lying 3rd=, but finished in 7th position in the 15 team Group with the top 4 teams qualifying. The team was Ross Shine/Paul Hepworth, John Brearley/Andrew Lum, Mike Tomlinson/Linda Smith, Andrew Petrie/Don Hilton, Jeff & Ann Wilkins. The best pair on crossimps were Ross and Paul.

LCBA Teams of 8 Sunday 26 Feb 2023 at Bury Bridge Club11am

The LCBA Club Teams of 8 will be held on Sunday February 26 2023 at 11am at Bury Athaneum Bridge Club. LCBA clubs may enter bona fide member players making up one or more teams of 8 at £48 per team. The winning team can represent LCBA in the Garden Cities trophy. Enquiries to Mike Tomlinson at To put in an entry, please click Teams of 8 Flyer 2023.docx

Barry Brelsford Memorial Pairs 11 October 2022

This was held on 11th October 2022. Congratulations to the winners Jeff & Ann Wilkin. Second were John Holland & Jackie Pye, third Andrew & Veronica Petrie. Sixteen pairs took part.

Haley Trophy 2022

This Cup was donated in 2013 in memory of Steve Haley by his widow Shirley and is awarded annually to the best performing pair in the NBL A Division matches and the two separate days of the Presidents Cup. This has been won by Bill Alston & Colin Mitchell who scored 1.42 Ximps in NBL 3 and 0.01 XImps in NBL 2. They won this previously in 2015. Nick and Sue Woodcock were just behind with 0.43 in NBL 3 and 0.71 in the Presidents Cup Day 1.

NBL Match 4 8th October 2022

The fourth and final round of the Northern League took place on Sat 8th October 2022 on RealBridge.
Lancashire A (John Brearley/Andrew Lum, Ross Shine/Paul Hepworth, Don Hilton/Dagmar Fazackerley, Mike Tomlinson/Linda Smith) finished 1st of 6 teams. John & Andrew topped the Ximps by some distance.
Lancashire B (Jeff& Ann Wilkins, Stephen Bentley/Marilyn Blake, Mike Nicholson/Des King, Angus Kirby/Stuart Challinor) finished 5rd of 8 teams. Jeff & Ann Wilkins were 7th in the Ximps.

Lancashire C (Steve Gregson/Brian Apfel,  Dave Pendlebury/Pauline Holden, Judy Brearley/Helen Dent, Bill&Hazel Winter) finished 3rd of 6 teams. Stephen & Brian were 5th in the XImps.
Full results are at  ADAM NBL  but should appear eventually on the Northern Bridge League site.

LCBA Teams of 4 Entry

Just a reminder of the closing date for entries to the LCBA Team of 4 competition which is also a qualifier for the EBU Pachabo Cup 2023 competition

Entries to the Tournament Organiser Jeffrey Smith Email: Tel: 0161 702 3773

Closing Date for Entries Now: Friday 14th October 2022.

Entries Received:
B Alston, J Brearley, B Irlam, M Nicholson, A.Petrie, R Shine, M Tomlinson, S Woodcock

LCBA Executive Committee

The Lancashire Contract Bridge Association is currently run with the intention of promoting bridge in Lancashire and in organising county and other competitions for its members.

At present there are eight members on the Executive including a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairperson, Tournament Secretary, Membership secretary and Education secretary and an IT member/chairperson of selectors. During recent times the committee has been reduced because of deaths and resignations due to other commitments.

The Executive is wanting to appoint four other people who are willing to assist the present members in the successful organisation of the Association. Unless an emergency EGM is required it is not expected that there will be more than four meetings per annum. Recent meetings have been dealt with by zoom.

If you feel that you are able to help or require any further information then please contact the Secretary John Brearley, Email

LOP Championship Pairs

Congratulations to the winners of Quarter Three's competition John Brearley and John Dearing

Runners up Dagmar Fazackerley and Don Hilton

The restricted Competition winners are Ian Hitchen and Terry Potter

Runners up John and Rosanna Roberts

Prizes will be credited to their accounts

Quarter 4 competition starts on the 3rd October

NBL Match 3 17th September 2022

The third round of the Northern League took place on Sat 17th September 2022 on RealBridge.  

In the A division of 5 teams, Lancashire (Stuart Challinor/Angus Kirby, Colin Mitchell//Bill Alston, Mike Tomlinson/Linda Smith, Nick & Sue Woodcock) finished 1st. Bill & Colin topped the Ximps by some distance.
In the B division of 8 teams, Lancashire (Mike Nicholson/Des King, Andrew & Veronica Petrie, Andrew Lum/Dave Costich, Stuart Clarke/Mike Fay) finished 3rd. Stuart & Michael were 5th in the Ximps.

In the C Division of 6 teams, Lancashire (Steve Gregson/Gwen Beattie,  Dave Pendlebury/Pauline Holden, Steve Bentley/Marilyn Blake, Dave Bowyer/Dave Bridggs) finished 5th.
Full results are at  ADAM NBL  but should appear eventually on the Northern Bridge League site.

LOTL Q3 2022 Season Completed

The 2022 Q3 season of LCBA Online Teams League (LOTL) has now completed. Thank you to all players in the 19 teams that competed in the 3 divisions, and congratulations to the leading teams:

Division 1
Winners – Sue Woodcock, Nick Woodcock, Sue Fjortoft, Stuart Clarke.

Runners-up – John Gladders, Phil Downham, Michael Ellerby, Adrian Fontes, John Howard, Mike Perkins, Brian Stockdale, Julian Sykes.

Division 2
Winners – Ken Broadbent, Stephen Bentley, Marilyn Blake, Paul Likely.

Runners-up – Ann Sallin, Nick Hinton, Dave Thomas, Tom Wilson, Geoffrey Nicholson.

Division 3
Winners – Dave Thompson, Ken Wood, Paul Vose, Barbara Heaton, John Dootson, Sandra Dootson, Catherine Ashworth, Cilla Prescott.

Runners-up – Charles Nixon, Philip Meadowcroft, David Quick, Arthur Southwood, John Gordon, Kamlesh Garg.

Lancs v Cumbria 4 Sep 2022

In the annual Lancs v Cumbria match today, Cumbria won by 86 Imps. The match was ably run by Ken Johnson and played on RealBridge with the results available on this site.

Forthcoming events

Forthcoming Events 2022 (accuracy not guaranteed)

Fri 9-Sun 11 Sep Isle of Man Congress (Douglas)
Sat 17 Sep     NBL  RealBridge
Mon 19-25 Sep Guernsey Congress
Sat/Sun 24/25 Sep   Cumbria/Westm Swiss Teams/Pairs RealBridge
Sat/Sun 1/2 Oct Great Northern Pairs (Village Hotel, North Leeds)
Wed 5-12 Oct   First for Bridge Congress (Antalya, Turkey)
Sat 8 Oct   NBL RealBridge
Sat 16 Oct Chester Bowl?
Fir 21-23 Oct Autumn Congress (RealBridge)
Sat/Sun 29/30 Oct LCBA Congress BBO
Tue 6-8 Dec  Seniors Congress (RealBridge)
Sat/Sun 10/11 Dec  Llangollen Swiss Teams
Sun 18 Dec  Santa Claus Pairs
19-25 Dec Guernsey Congress (Peninsula Hotel,Guernsey)
27-20 Dec EBU Year End Congress (ILEC Centre, London)
Sat/Sun 21-22 Jan 2023 National Point a Board Teams (RealBridge)

LCBA Competitions Season 2022/23


Because of the slow return to face-to-face bridge, it seems unlikely there will be sufficient demand to restore our regular face-to-face event calendar.  Our competitions to the end of February 2023 will therefore be all online with the following dates:

LCBA K/O Teams of 4 (Pachabo Qualifier)

              Entries close Friday 30th September


              11am Saturday 29th October - Green point Swiss Pairs

              11am Sunday 30th October – Blue point Swiss Teams

LCBA Championship Pairs (Corwen Qualifier)

              11am Sunday 5th February

LCBA Club Teams of 8 (Garden Cities Qualifier)

              11am Sunday 26 February

Conditions of Contest and entry details will be available nearer the event dates

Representing the County

County Selections for A and B Team in 2022 are now on the website under County Matches > Matches 2022

Representing the County - expression of interest

We are in the process of Selections for County Matches this year which will all be held on RealBridge so you don't have to travel to represent the county.
Playing bridge for Lancashire is very enjoyable - particualrly:

  • It enables you to be part of a team from all areas of Lancashire;
  • You meet players from other counties;
  • Playing against other county players improves your game

There are opportunities at various levels and if you would like to be considered for selection (and have not played previously), please Email either JeffSmith at or John Brearley at

LOP Improvers NGS <=10
Scorer: Mitch
LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
Wed 30th November 2022
LOP Open
Fri 2nd December 2022
LOP Intermediate <= 10
Fri 2nd December 2022
LOP Open
Weekly Schedule (BBO)
   LOP Improvers NGS <=10 2pm
   LOP Open 7pm
   LOP Open 2pm
   LOP Intermediate <= 10 2pm
   LOP Open 7pm
   LOP Open 7pm
   LOP Open 2pm
LCBA Competitions
LCBA Champ Pairs Sun 5 Feb 23 BBO
LCBA Teams of 8 Sun 26 Feb 23 Bury BC
Madeleine Berney tbc Sun 14 May 23 Brierfield BC
Restricted Pairs tbc Summer  
LCBA Congress Sat/Sun 28/29 Oct 23  

The 4th Quarter , 2022 season of LOTL is scheduled to start on the 6th October 2022. There are 23 teams in three divisions.

Fixtures can be accessed by clicking the links below.

Div1      Div 2      Div 3

Information for Captains Q4-22.pdf