NEW TO THE GAME - BEGINNER COURSES IN AND AROUND OXFORDSHIRE
To play bridge well there is a lot to learn. Just as one cannot run until one can walk, it is important to start with a sound grounding in the basic elements of the game and this will take you time to acquire. Don’t worry - it is worth it!
The information below relates to those clubs affiliated to The Oxfordshire Bridge Association that provide lessons specifically for beginners.
Typically they will run a course of lessons over a period (often through the winter months) and then may follow that up with further courses to extend your knowledge of the game. Their objective is not only to enable you to play a game of bridge with your friends but also to prepare you for the world of competitive duplicate bridge so enjoyed at bridge clubs by thousands up and down the country. The 20 clubs affiliated to Oxfordshire have a combined membership of over 1500 players.
The following clubs currently have teaching programmes for beginners:
ABBEY SMITH BC (at Little Horwood, Bucks) - see website www.bridgewebs.com/abbeysmith/ - or e-mail Abbey at firstname.lastname@example.org
AYLESBURY ACES BC - see website www.bridgewebs.com/aylesburyaces/ - or e-mail Paul Morris at email@example.com
AYLESBURY VALE BC - see website www.bridgewebs.com/aylesburyvale/ - or e-mail Sue Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ian Mitchell at email@example.com
BICESTER BC - see website www.bridgewebs.com/bicesterlearning/ - run classes on Thursday afternoons - contact Ken Langdon at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07850 616069
BRIDGE IN OXFORD - Jonathan Davis, founder of Bridge in Oxford, teaches beginners classes at the North Oxford Association in Summertown, North Oxford three times a year. More details on the website https://arb-oxf.uk or via email email@example.com.
CENTRAL YARNTON BC - see website www.bridgewebs.com/centralyarnton/ - run classes on Tuesday mornings - contact Jonathan Price on 077666 21710
CHIPPING NORTON BC - advise that people wishing to learn will be put in touch with a teacher if they ring David Megson on 01608 645382
FARINGDON BC - see website www.bridgewebs.com/faringdon/ - or contact Malcolm Higgins by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring him on 07788 582244
KINGS SUTTON BC - see website www.bridgewebs.com/kingssutton/ or ring Marian Day on 01295 811393
OXFORD UNIVERSITY BRIDGE CLUB - see website users.ox.ac.uk/ oucba/ - they run beginners' classes for University members during the Michaelmas Term on Monday evenings
WALLINGFORD BC - see website www.bridgewebs.com/wallingford/ where you can either send an e-mail to enquire about bridge lessons or ring Joan Bennett 01491 579795, 07548 782 538, or email@example.com. Lessons started on 10th September 2019, although new members are always welcome.