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Forthcoming Events

Estimation Whist - POSTPONED

Jan 15th 2022 event has been posponed and will be held later in the year.


Keith Healey is now running Friday afternoons as a handicapped duplicate. We are encouraging beginners and improvers to join in. We would also like more experienced players to volunteer their services and, if possible, pair up with an improver - perhaps once or twice a month. 1.30pm START.  Please contact Keith on 01782 460639

Data Protection

A folder outlining club members' privacy rights under the Data Protection Act has been placed alongside the photocopier in the bar.

Welcome to Newcastle-under-Lyme & District B.C.
Return to playing at the club - PLAN B Update

We will be running an evening session on Wednesday evening throughout the Christmas period - 6.45 for 7pm start, cost £3.00.

Friday afternoon sessions will run again from Friday 7th January (at 1.15 for 1.30pm start, cost £2.50)

Tuesday afternoon sessions will stop now until the new year - updates to follow

Following the recent announcement on the commencement of 'PLAN B' by the government, it is now mandatory to wear a face mask whilst at the club, unless you are exempt.

If attending the club and someone is not wearing a mask, please do not question that as someone with a legitimate reason should not have to explain their medical situation over and over and can be discriminatory.

For anyone interested, here is the link to the regulations:

In addition, the previous club rules still apply:

Please only come to the club if you have had your vaccinations (or are exempt) and/or have had a negative covid test in the last 3 days
Please do not attend if you have a cough/cold/flu symptoms, even if not covid

If you need a partner, please by emailing me, and I will do what I can

Not ready to return to the club?  Don't worry, the online sessions will be continuing for a while yet.

NOTE: Covid tests are available free of charge from chemists or via this link:

There will be Bridge available on Sunday, 23 January 2022 at 6.30pm.  Please arrive and sit opposite your partner in good time. Thank you.
The player link for Sunday, 22 January 2022 is:
Additional Information Update from RealBridge for those of you using iPad's and other machines (WORTH READING)!
Contacting RealBridge for help

RealBridge are very happy to help with technical problems relating to RealBridge.

If you would like help with any of the issues below, please contact them:


    Telephone (UK): 0794 232 2209

    Telephone (non-UK): +44 794 232 2209

If you have a problem during a session, you are also welcome to ring RealBridge.

Telephone support is available 7:00 – 23:00 UK time (GMT).

iPads with iOS 15

The latest release of iOS – version 15 – causes problems when playing on RealBridge. RealBridge have a recommended solution to these problems. If you have iOS 15, please do follow RealBridge’s advice. If you don’t, you are likely to experience freezing or loss of audio during a session.

If you have an iPad with iOS 15, and you have not already updated your iPad as recommended by RealBridge on 8 December, there is a settings change that you should make.

RealBridge are very happy to talk you through the procedure. You can contact them on the number above.

If you are happy to make the changes yourself, please see:

For advanced users:

Step-by-step instructions, with pictures:

If you have an iPad with iOS 15, and you have already updated your iPad as recommended by RealBridge on or after 8 December, we now also recommend that you upgrade to iOS 15.2.  For instructions, see

If you don’t know which version of iOS you have, see , or contact RealBridge for help.

MacBooks and iMacs with Monterey or Safari 15

If you have a Mac that has been upgraded to macOS Monterey, and you use Safari, please see the instructions here:

If you have a Mac that has not been upgraded to macOS Monterey, but does have Safari 15, and you are experiencing freezing or loss of audio, also please see the instructions here:

Lenovo Windows laptops

If you have this specific problem:

  • You have a Lenovo laptop running Windows (not a Chromebook)
  • Other players can see you, but no one can hear you.
  • You can see and hear other players

Please see the solution here:

Lenovo Chromebooks

With some Lenovo Chromebooks, for a small number of people the RealBridge window keeps freezing. We are still investigating this. If you have this problem, please contact

Windows 7

If you have Windows 7, your web browser may say that the RealBridge website is insecure. This is a problem with the security certificate data on your computer. Please contact . We will advise you about how to solve this problem.

The Club would like to have and train additional Tournament Directors/Deputy Tournament Directors for RealBridge Sessions.  If you are interested please let Martin know.  His email address is below.

The cost is £2.50 per person, per session - paid via a transfer to the club's bank account - for details, please contact Martin at 

The Club is running regular weekly sessions each Sunday, starting at 6.30pm - for members and guests.  Results are posted on the Club website as soon as possible after the event (usually within minutes).  However, there are links below to previous session scores on RealBridge, if needed.

16 January 2022:

9 January 2022:

2 January 2022:

19 December 2021:

Bridge Lessons

Bridge lessons for both Beginners and Improvers will end after tonights Christmas game (7pm start) and will restart from Tuesday 4th January.

Doors open from 7pm and lessons start at 7.30pm

For more information, please contact

Online Virtual Bridge Club

We are running an online virtual club session every Tuesday at 18:30, on BBO -

Please contact Martin if you would like to join us ( and have not played with us before. 

If you have played with us previously, just register to play on the day, anytime from 16:30 to 18:15

We are running a Zoom meeting, aimed at the beginners and improvers but anyone can join, to discuss the interesting hands from the evening.

Starting at 9pm or shortly after (as soon as the BBO session ends), here are the details to join:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 256 961 3221
Passcode: ncbc123

Newcastle Bridge Club
Newcastle Bridge Club

Newcastle B.C. was founded in 1950.

The current premises is a single storey building owned by the members.

Hot drinks are available from the kitchen and soft drinks from the bar.

Partner broker is Paul (01782 619560).

Director: MA
Scorer: john bridge
Sunday 23 Jan 2022 Evening Pairs
Director: MA
Scorer: john bridge