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Welcome to Nailsea Bridge Club
Introduction and General Information
Introduction and General Information

Welcome to Nailsea Bridge Club website.  

The Club plays duplicate bridge on Thursday evenings. We are affiliated to the English Bridge Union (EBU) via the Somerset Contract Bridge Association (SCBA). Nailsea Club members automatically become members of both the EBU and SCBA once they have played 12 times at this club. As an affiliated club all our members are entitled to the benefits of EBU membership which you can read about here.

Hands are computer dealt (duplimated), enabling hand records to be available at the end of play. They are also displayed on this website, together with the evening's results. Master Points are then uploaded to the EBU. 

The Club takes part in SCBA competitions and three annual charity simultaneous pairs, Some of our players do well in county competitions and occasionally at national level. Others just enjoy a pleasant evening's bridge.

Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome.

The Club meets at Mizzymead Recreation Centre, Mizzymead Rise, Nailsea BS48 2JJ. Table money is £3.00 for members and £3.00 for visitors.

There is an annual Membership User Fee of £22. Once visitors have played three times they would be expected to become members of the Club.  

Please note that we are now using electronic scoring and request members and visitors to arrive by 7.05pm. If you are unable to arrive by then, but intend to play, please let someone know in advance. The director/scorer will then be able to set up the bridge tablets for a prompt start at 7.15pm.  


Mizzymead User Registration Renewal

The Bridge Club has no membership fee but Mizzymead Recreation Centre charges a User Registration Fee (URF) which is payable by the members of all sections and regular hirers.  Renewals are due on 1 May and the 2023 fee is £22.

Mizzymead prefer that the separate sections collect the UR fees from their own members and pay over in bulk. They will then not have to deal with numerous individual payments.  Ken Bawdon will collect your £22 either in cash, by cheque payable to Nailsea Bridge Club, or those who use internet banking can make payment direct to:

Account: Nailsea Bridge Club    Sort Code: 20-94-74    A/c No:  60659517

New (and returning former) members will need to complete a Registration Form available from Ken or under the information tab on the left hand side of this Home page.

Somerset County Teams Final

Nailsea member Michael Whittaker, playing with Roger Sweet, Frank Coltman and Colin Simcox, won the county teams KO final by 16 IMPS. The final was largely decided in the 2nd stanza of the 32 board match when the winners collected 24IMPS over 8 boards.

The hand shown helped the winners secure a good swing. The North player was a little worried about the adverse vulnerability and decided not to overcall the 1S opening with a pre emptive heart bid, which was made at the other table.After the 3H overcall a poor 4S bid closed the auction. This hand should have bid 4H to get over its playing strength in spades and presumed control in the heart suit. At Sweet and Whittaker's table a free run enabled the slam to be easily bid. 3H was a mini splinter showing the heart shortage and good support for partner's spades.4NT was Roman Key Card Blackwood and the 5C response showed one of the 5 Aces (the KS is an Ace!). 5D asked for the QS, and the 6D bid showed the QS( or enough trumps in the fit not to worry about it), plus the KD. The slam was soon claimed after the KH won the first trick.

Charity Challenge Cup 2023

The Club took part in the Charity Challenge Cup on 16th March. Two charities were being supported – Mind and McMillan Cancer Support.  A total of £90 was raised.

Thanks again to members for their support.

Somerset CBAs Charity Event - The Michael Coda Cup 2023

We held a heat of the above on 16th February, raising £101 for the High Sheriff’s Trust, which supports projects and groups throughout Somerset. The amount raised in the County to date (8th March) is £1,525. Many thanks to our members who supported this event.

Nailsea teams finish 1st and 2nd in County B League

Congratulations to the two largely Nailsea member teams who finished in the promotion places in the County B league this season. The team captained by Alan Evans won the league, narrowly beating John Cockram's team after securing a large win in the final round of matches. 

Celebrating the Club's 50th Anniversary
Celebrating the Club's 50th Anniversary

At the end of November 2022, the Club celebrated its 50th anniversary. A special event was held attended by more than fifty past and present members.

Two sessions of bridge were played either side of an excellent tea. It was a delight to catch up with a number of our past members and see them playing once again.

Two of our current members were also founder members of the Club. Barbara Parker and Marion Blackhall are shown cutting the cake to mark the occasion.

1st June 2023
Open Pairs
8th June 2023
Open Pairs
15th June 2023
Club Pairs
Open Pairs
Director: Ken
Scorer: BridgeTabs
Club Pairs
Director: Ken
Scorer: BridgeTabs
Open Pairs
Director: Ken
Scorer: BridgeTabs