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Lancashire has a bridge club in most major towns, with several clubs having a host system to ensure visitors can get a game. Contact details, club times are on the Clubs page though you should check before attending a new club. Beginners, intermediate classes are also listed on the Clubs page. This website has details of forthcoming competitions and results. Unaffiliated clubs may become a direct member of the EBU. This 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


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Archives 2018
New Team of 8 Date - 25 Feb 2018

The date for the Team of 8 has been changed to 25th February 2018.  The veniue and arrangements at Bury Bridge Club, the Athenaum remain the same.

Manchester Congress 6/7Jan2018
  • Club/Ashworths ManCongress 2018
  • CrozDegsy Manchester Congress 2018
  • Teams Man Congress 2018

The annual Manchester Congress took place last weekend with many Lancashire players involved. There were 66 pairs and 33 teams. Cros Croswell & Degsy Williams were in the prizes finishing 8th while John & Catherine Ashworth won the nonexpert prize finishing 10th.  Jeff Smith with Alan Mould, John Holland & Paul Hackett won the Championship Teams.

Further details on the Manchester County and Manchester Bridge Site.

Cancellation of Butler Pairs Sun 21 Jan 2018
Unfortuantely, the Butler Pairs scheduled on Sunday 21 January at Lytham has been cancelled due to a lack of support.
Preston Blue Pointed Teams 14Jan 2018

The Preston Blue Pointed Teams was held in the new spacious comfortable premises at Preston on Sunday 14 January. There were 14 teams and the winners were Jeff Smith/jackie Pye, Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, second Bill Alston/Colin Mitchell, Andrew & Veronica Petrie. Full results at Preston Bridge Club site

Reminder - LCBA Championship Pairs Sun 4th Feb 2018

The LCBA Championship Pairs will be held on Sunday 4th Feb 2018 1:30pm at Bolton Bridge Club.
£20 per player including meal. This is a Green Pointed Event and the leading four pairs will be invited to represent Lancashire in the EBU Corwen on 2/3 June at Mercure Hotel, Daventry. 
Contact Jacqueline Wright, 6 Filey Road, Lytham St Annes FY8 3EZ Tel: 01253 722872

LCBA Championship Pairs Sun 4th Feb 2018

The Championship Pairs was held on 4th Feb 2018 at Bolton Bridge Club. With only 16 Pairs, TD Rob Turner ran an all-play-all 2-session Event. Winners were A Barnes & S Norris, second A Lum & D Costich, third N & S Woodcock and fourth D & D Ault. These four pairs will be invited to represent Lancashire in trhe Corwen Trophy later in the year. See results page for the full final ranks.

Tollemache Cup 10/11Feb 2018

The Tollemache Final was held at the Mercure Hotel Coventry over the 10-11 Feb 2018 weekend. Kent won the event with Lancashire team finishing 5th of the 8 teams.The team was in contention on Sunday but sadly did not finish strongly and the heart of the team was possibly affected by a harsh adverse ruling against one pair in the last match on Saturday against Manchester. The team was Croswell/Willams, Barnes/Norris, Smith/Pye, Woodcocks and Brearley/Shine with Croswell/Williams carding the best Cross Imp performance over the weekend.

LCBA Plate 2017-18

The draw for the LCBA Teams of 4 Plate 2017-8 is now on the EBU website and in the LCBA Knockouts section.

Harrogate Spring Congress 16-18 Feb 2018
Harrogate Spring Congress 16-18 Feb 2018

The annual Harrogate Spring Congress run by the Yorkshire CBA was held at the Cairn Hotel from 16-18 Feb 2018.  The Swiss Teams event attracted 57 teams and was won by Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye, John Holland & Alan Mould. Full results available on EBU web site.

Lancashire Teams of 8 25Feb2018

There was a healthy turnout of nine teams - Bury, Bolton A,B, Brierfield, Poulton A,B,C, Preston,Southport at the LCBA Teams of 8 held at Bury Bridge Club on 25th February 2018.  The event was won by Bolton A, with last years winners Preston second, and Southport and Bury equal third. Full details in the results section. Bolton will represent Lancashire in the Garden Cities Regional Final (probably at Bradford) on Sat April 21 2018.

Manchester GP Swiss Pairs 3rd March 2018

The Manchester GP Swiss Pairs at Altrincham BC on Sat 3rd March 2018 attracted 48 pairs. The event was very ably run by Rob Dixon and Joan Lewis. Well done to Bill Carr and Sue Woodcock who won the event, and Nick Woodcock and Sue Fjortoft who finished 3rd after narrowly losing to Bill and Sue in the last round! Full results on the Manchester Bridge Club website.

Cumbria GP Swiss Teams

Congratulations to the team of Sue Woodcock & Stuart Clarke, Nick Woodcock & Sue Fjortoft who won the Cumbria Congress Teams on 11 March 2018 in a field of 37 teams. Sue & Stuart also finished 2nd in the Consolation Pairs Final, while Bill Carr and Michael Fay finished 5th in the Championship Pairs Final.

LCBA Teams-of-4 Final

The LCBA Teams of 4 knockout competition has now progressed to the Final. The match will be between Morrell (Farr, Evans, Whittam) and Hepworth (Bentley, Purdy, Irlam) with the winning team representing LCBA in the Pachabo Cup later in the year.

LCBA Teams-of-4 Cup Final 18 April 2018

Congratulations to John Morrell's team (Marianne Farr, Alan Whittam, Paul Evans) who beat Paul Hepworth's team (Rick Bentley, Brian Irlam, Alan Purdy) in the Lancashire CBA Teams of 4 Cup final. They will be invited to represent Lancashire in the Pachabo Cup on the 9th/10th June 2018 at the Park Inn by Radisson Bedford Hotel.

Staffs & Shropshire Congress Swiss Teams 29Apr2018

Congratulations to Mike Tomlinson,Linda Smith, Jeff & Ann Wilkins who won the Staffordshire & Shropshire Congress Swiss Teams on 29th April 2018.

Manchester Higson Cup 29Apr2018
Manchester Higson Cup 29Apr2018

For the second successive year, Jeff Smith along with Dave Barton, Irving & Joy Blakey won the ManchesterHigson Cup on the 29th april 2018.

Madeleine Berney Cancellation

Sadly, the Madeleine Berney scheduled for Sunday 6th May 2018 has been cancelled due to lack of entries.

Preston Swiss Pairs Sat 26th May at 4pm

Following the successful Opening Event at Preston BC attended by players from across the Country, they will be running a Swiss Pairs event on Saturday 26th May. The event starts at 4pm and there will be a buffet to enjoy, plus bridge in a relaxed social setting

Entry fee £25per pair - to include refreshments
 Open to all players - Newcomers welcome
 5 x 6 board matches
 Light supper served after 3 matches
 Soft drinks provided - feel free to bring your own wine/beer
 Prizes to leading pairs plus non-expert prizes
 Closing date for entries 24th May (or when full)

LCBA AGM 21 May 2018 at Preston BC 7:30pm

Monday 21 May 2017 7.30pm

at Preston Bridge Club

The AGM will take place on Monday 21st May at 7:30pm at Preston Bridge Club. We would encourage all members to attend and have a say in the running of bridge in Lancashire. If you have  a specific issue you want to raise at the meeting, you can Email the secretary John Brearley. The agenda and accounts for the meeting will be sent to all clubs before the meeting and published on the website. Secretary: 

John Armstrong Swiss Pairs 20 May 2018 at Deva

Twenty six pairs competed at Deva in Merseyside's John Armstrong Green Point Swiss on Sunday 20th May.  Mike Tomlinson and Bob Loveridge finished in second place behind Rodney Lighton and John Currie.  Full results are on the Deva web site.

EBU SIM PAIRS 3/5/2018 - WINNERS M Tomlinson & L Hoy

Congratulations to Les Hoy & Mike Tomlinson who won the recent EBU Sims on Thursday 3rd May at Poulton Bridge Club and also won the competition nationally with 74.08% over the whole UK!

LCBA AGM 21 May 2018

The AGM of the Lancashire CBA took place on the 21st May 2018 at Preston BC. Mike Tomlinson has taken over from Jacqueline Wright as Tournament Secretary and it was noted the excellent work that Jacqueline had done for a very long time. The new General Data Protection Act comes into force today (25th May 2018) and LCBA has published its GDPR Privacy notice on the Minutes page. LCBA have arranged a new non-expert competition – 'The County Club Challenge'. The clubs have been sent details, some have responded enthusiastically whilst others have ignored it. Please ensure your club is participating. There is also an initiative from some Preston members who have organised a Cafe bridge day for July, full details are on both the LCBA and Preston websites

Yorkshire Congress 2-3 June 2018

Congratulations to Don Hilton and brother Richard Hilton who won the Yorkshire Congress Championship Pairs event.They also won the Teams Consolation event playing with I Crockatt & J Levesley

LCBA Teams of 4 Plate Final 28June2018

Congratulations to Colin Mitchell's team (Bill Alston, Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye) who beat Sue Woodcock's team (Nick Woodcock, Bill Carr, Stuart Clarke) in the Lancashire CBA Teams of 4 Plate final.

Presidents Cup 30 June/1 July 2018
Presidents Cup 30 June/1 July 2018

Well played the Lancashire team that were declared winners on the day of the annual Presidents Cup on 30June/1 July 2018 held at the East Midlands Bridge Club at Derby. The competition is for North Western Counties Teams of 8, and this year there were 8 teams taking part (Hereford, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, Manchester A, Manchester B and North Wales). Full results will be available in the results section. The picture shows David Stevenson presenting the Lancashire team with the Cup - left to right:   Degsy Williams, Sue Woodcock, Stuart Clarke, Jeff Smith, John Brearley, Jackie Pye, Ross Shine, Cros Croswell, David Stevenson (TD). Lancashire last won the Cup in 2008 when it was held at Poulton BC.

NBL Match 1 July 14 2018

The first round of NBL matches for the 2018 season were played on the 14th July at Sheffield (A), Bradford (B) and Keighley (C). The A team finished 3rd (of 6) on 63 VPs behind Manchester (68) and Yorkshire (64), The B team finished 5th (of 8) on 71 VPs and the C team finished 2nd (of 8) on 92 VPs just behind Manchester C1 on 94 VPs.Full details as usual available on the NBL site

Michelle Brunner Charity Memorial 21July2018
Michelle Brunner Charity Memorial 21July2018

The annual Michelle Brunner Charity Memorial in aid of Christies and St Anns Hospice was held on 21st July 2018 and raised around £1800. The winners on the day were Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, John Holland & Alan Mould. There were 16 teams taking part. Full results on Manchester Bridge Club website

Manchester GP Teams 22July2018
Manchester GP Teams 22July2018

There was a full house at Altrincham for the Manchester Green Point Teams on Sunday 22nd July, including visitors from the US and Australia.  The winners were the Southport team of Roger Allison, Peter Richmond, Bill & Liz Wattleworth who won their last two matches against illustrious opposition to finish ahead of Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Joy & Irving Blakey, with Karen McCallum, Axel Johannsson, Alan Mould and Michael Newman third. Detailed results are on the Altrincham and Manchester Bridge Club web sites.

Scarborogh Multiple Teams 26July2018

Well done to Jackie Pye along with John Holland, Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst who won the Scarborough Multiple Teams held on 26th July2018 in the Scarborough Congress.

East Lancashire Bridge League

The East Lancs Bridge League season recommences at the end of August and welcomes any new team to enter the League. It currently has two Divisions with about 5 teams in each so each team plays 4 matches in the season. Players not affiliated to the EBU are still eligible to enter the League. There is an associated optional Cup knockout competition (Sarker Cup).

The League secretary is Chris Pickup Email and further details can be found at:  East Lancashire Bridge League Website

LCBA Mixed Pairs 23Sep2018

On Sunday 23rd September at Poulton Bridge club there is a Lancashire mixed pairs competition starting at 1.30pm. It is £20 for the day with a meal provided. The competition is open only to LCBA Affiliated members. If you would like to enter please send an e-mail or text and payment can be made on the day or a cheque through to

Tournament Secretary

Michael Tomlinson
65 Westwood Road


BB12 0HR

07391 468820


County Club Challenge 11Aug2018
County Club Challenge 11Aug2018

On Saturday 11th August Preston Bridge Club hosted the County Club Challenge. This is a new event designed for players with an NGS of 10 or below. It was a  great success everyone had a good time and an enjoyable game of bridge. The winners were Lynda Grundy and Sheila Nolan from Oakfield Bridge Club. Full results on our results page.


NBL Match 2 11 August 2018

The second round of NBL matches for the 2018 season were played on the 11th August at Bradford (A,C),Leeds (B). The A team finished 6th (of 6) on 25 VPs. The B team finished 5th (of 8) on 61 VPs and the C team finished 2nd (of 8) on 79 VPs thus retaining their 2nd position overall. Full details as usual available on the NBL site

LCBA Team of 4 2018 Competition

We are now taking entries for the LCBA Teams of 4 Knockout 2018-19 competition. There is a Cup competition and consolation Plate competition for first round losers. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and runners-up in the Cup competition and the winners of the Plate Competition. The Cup winners will be entitled to represent Lancashire in the Pachabo Cup on 9th/10th June 2019. You can register your entry with Jeff Smith at or with the Treasurer Barry Brelsford Send an entry cheque £28 payable to LCBA direct to Mr. B.Brelsford, 13 Windsor Lodge, Windsor Road, Andsell, Lytham FY8 1XU. Closing date for entries September 30 2018.

Cumbria/Westmorland Congress 15/16 Sep 2018

The annual Cumbria/Westmoreland Congress was held on the 15-16 September 2018 at the Castle Green Hotel. The teams was won by Mike Tomlinson & Bob Loveridge, Jeff & AnnWilkins (pictured Jeff,Mike,Ann,Bob). John & Judy Brearley finished second in the Swiss Pairs. Full results on Cumbria website.

Cumbria/Westmorland Congress 15/16 Sep 2018
NBL Match 3 22Sep2018

The third round of NBL matches for the 2018 season were played on the 22nd September at Bradford (A,B), Keighley (C). The A team finished 2nd (of 6) on 54 VPs. The B team finished 3rd (of 8) on 84 VPs and the C team finished 6th (of 8) on 64 VPs thus moving to third position overall. Full details as usual available on the NBL site

LCBA Mixed Pairs 23Sep2018
LCBA Mixed Pairs 23Sep2018

There were 13 Tables at the LCBA Mixed Pairs held at Poulton BC and ably run by Ken Johnston. The winners were Ian Kane & Barbara Eastabrook, with Stuart Clarke & Sue Woodcock second, Nick Woodcock & Sue Fortoft third. First Session prize went to Charrlie Colson & Roz Halliwell and second session to Ian Mckenna & Barbara Cain..

Tollemache Qualifier Selection

The selectors have chosen the following team to represent Lancashire in the Tollemache Qualifier: Rick Bentley & Paul Hepworth John Brearley & Ross Shine Croz Croswell & Derek Williams Jackie Pye & Jeff Smith (Capt) Nick & Sue Woodcock The event is being held over the weekend of 17/18 November 2018 at the: Staverton Estate Hotel, Daventry Road, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 6JT

Dimmie Fleming Award - Jacqueline Wright
We are delighted to announce the succesful acceptance of Jacqueline Wright for a Dimmie Fleming Award. This award is for people who have retired from an official role but have worked hard and tirelessly in the promotion of bridge and made a significant contribution. Jacqueline was the Lancashire County Tournament Secretary for many many years aand with some health problems only stepped down from the role this year.

The awards will be presneted at the EBU AGM in London on Wednesday 28th November or a suitable venue of the recipients choice by a local official at a bridge club, a County AGM meeting or an EBU congress/competition.

NBL Match 4 6Oct2018

The final round of NBL matches for the 2018 season was played on the 6th October at Bolton (A), Bradford (B), Leeds (C). The A team finished last, the B team finished 2nd and the C team won on the day. The Final positions leave the A team 5th (of 6), the B team 3rd (of 8) and the C team (3rd) of 8. Full details as usual available on the NBL site

27/28 Oct LCBA Congress Pairs (Brierfield) Teams (Bolton)

The LCBA Congress was held on Sat/Sun 27/28 October 2018 with the Pairs run by Rob Turner on the Saturday at Brierfield, Teams run by Neil Morley on the Sunday at Bolton.

There were excellent attandances at both events largely due to the sterling efforts of our new Tournament Secretary, Mike Tomlinson. The pairs was won by Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke, with Jeff Smith & Andrew Petrie second, Roger Allison &Ppeter Richmond third. The teams was won convincingly by Mike Nicholson & Des King, Stuart Norris & Rod Greenhalgh, with Dave Edwards & Gillian Jones, Gareth Thomas & David Burrows in second place. There were 18 tables at the pairs, 14 Tables at the teams.

Preston Christmas Swiss Pairs Sat 15Dec18 3pm

Preston BC is holding a Christmas Swiss pairs on 15 December 2018 with a 3pm start.
Click here for an entry form
Open to all EBU Members, Christmas buffet after 4 matches (7 x 5 board matches), Bring your own wine/beer

Entry Fee   £30 per pair
Entries to:  Catherine Draper, Rose Cottage, 179 Chapel Rd, Hesketh Bank PR4 6SA
Tel: 01772 815255 Mobile: 07734 053494

Tollemache Cup

The Lancashire team failed to qualify for the Tollemache Final in the qualifier held at Daventry over the weekend. Nick/Sue Woodcock were the only pair with a positive CrossImp score at the end. Full results available on the EBU website.

Lytham Rose Bowl Sunday 2nd December 2018 1:30pm

The Lytham Rose Bowl will take place on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 1:30pm. This is a two-session LCBA all-play-all pairs event. The entry fee is £20 per person which includes a meal provided at half time. If you are interested in playing in the event, please visit the Lytham Bridge Club website which contains a link to the entry form.

Jeremy Stanforth (Secretary)
Lytham Bridge Club
4a Pembroke Road
Lytham St Annes


Council Meeting 26Nov18

At the recent LCBA Council Meeting, it was agreed to keep the Pay To Play County session charge at 2p which is still one of the lowest in the Country. The club levy used for many years as a player charge has been abolished, the fee for direct members affiliating to LCBA remains at £4. The affiliation fee (for those whose primary affiliation is to another county) will be £2 - currently applies to LCBA Mixed Pairs or Hector Barker Pairs).

The new Selection committee is Jeff Smith, John Brearley, Barry Brelsford & Mike Tomlinson and we are looking for new pairs to make themeselves known to the Selection committee if they wish to be considered for County matches. The Haley Trophy, awarded to the pair with the best results in the A Team NBL matches, was won by Paul Hepworth and Rick Bentley.

Blackpool EBU Year End Congress 2018
Sue Woodcock & Stuart Clarke, Nick Woodcock & Sue Fjortoft won the Blackpool Year End Teams for the second successive year on Sunday 30th December 2018. Sue and Nick Woodcock also finished 2nd in the Swiss Pairs the previous day. Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye with John Holland & Alan Mould finished 3rd in the Teams, and Jeff & Ann Wilkins, Mike Tomlinson & Bob Loveridge finished 5th  Congratulations to all.  Full results are on the EBU web site.