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Now playing face-to-face bridge on Tues and Fri mornings, plus some other sessions. Check the calendar for details. Most other sessions online. Click here for details of our regular bridge sessions.

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Free Taster Sessions & New Beginner Courses this Autumn

Do you know anyone who wants to learn to play Bridge? If so, then please encourage your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to try one of our free Taster sessions which we’re running in August and September at Oxford Bridge Club. It's an opportunity see how our Bridge classes are taught, meet the teachers and get to play some Bridge! In October, term 1 of a brand new year of ‘Bridge for All’ courses will start at the club. These have been developed by the EBU and are based on the Acol bidding system. Details are here.

Most of our students come to us through the website or through personal recommendation so your spreading the word and encouragement means a lot. They can find more information on this website by clicking on the ‘Learn to Play Bridge’ box in the top right hand corner. 

Oxford Bridge Club AGM

The Oxford Bridge Club AGM will be held at 6pm on 20th July 2022, at the club.

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Following the AGM there will be a free duplicate pairs session, also at the club. There won't be an online session that evening. Click here for more details

Bridge and après bridge

We’re introducing a new face-to-face session on 2nd Wednesdays, with the first session on Wednesday 13th July, at 7pm. After playing 20/21 boards (finishing by 9.30-9.45), we’ll have a friendly and relaxed chat about some of the more interesting hands, led by two Oxford-based England internationals, Diana Nettleton & Charlie Bucknell. The bar will be open. Click here for more details

We know that some members would like to get back to playing face-to-face bridge in the evenings, so here’s your chance! Please find yourself a partner and come along and join us.  We’ll try to find a host, so that those without a partner can play (check the calendar).  There will be no online sessions on 2nd Wednesday evenings for the time being.

Speedball!

Our first Speedball session, played on Friday 1st July was very successful and we plan to continue running it on first Friday evenings of the month. So do come and join us for the next session which will be on Friday 5th August, at 7.15pm, at the clubhouse. The bar will be open, and will have better stocks of wine this time!  Click here for more information on speedball

Bridge Refresher Courses starting in June and July

Oxford Bridge School is offering a 4-week course at the club for anyone who has played little or no bridge since the COVID pandemic and wants a reminder about the equipment, bridge movements and laws involved in a duplicate session, together with a review of ACOL basics. Each session lasts approximately two hours and is split equally between teaching and practice. The course will run twice – on Thursday mornings in June/July and again on Wednesday evenings in July/August. The cost is just £20 per person per four-session course, which must be pre-booked, or £6 per player for a single drop-in session (not pre-bookable). To go to the booking page please click here

Susan Fletcher's Pennine Way Challenge – Completed!

Many of you know Susan Fletcher who plays and directs at the club, and was Education Secretary until her diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease last July. Susan has completed walking the Pennine Way with 184 (!) of her friends, family and fellow OBC members – 268 miles and a combined ascent higher than Mount Everest – to raise awareness and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Susan has now raised over £66,000 via her JustGiving page and over £76,000 in total! Thank you to everyone who has donated. You can read Susan's story and make a donation at the following link – https://justgiving.com/fundraising/susan-fletcher-watts.

If you would like to follow Susan's Pennine Way Challenge journey (and spot familiar faces from the club) then follow her on Instagram @walkingthepositivepath or on Facebook here

Setting off from Ponden Reservoir About to walk from Gargrave Teachers and directors at the ready! A welcome after climbing Cross Fell The week 3 OBC crew
Playing Bridge at the Clubhouse

We are playing face-to-face (F2F) bridge sessions at the clubhouse on Tuesday and Friday mornings. These are hybrid sessions with two sections playing the same set of hands - one section playing at the club, and the other online, on RealBridge.

Additionally we are running monthly sessions on 2nd Wednesday and 1st Friday evenings. Check the calendar for details. 

Thursday evening Learn & Play sessions are also at the clubhouse. Click here for more information about Learn & Play sessions

There's no need to prebook F2F sessions - just turn up. All sessions are hosted, so you can come along without a partner. Visitors are very welcome. 

There's no requirement to wear a facemask whilst you are on the club premises, though you may do so if you wish. 

For more information about the precautions that we are taking against Covid please click here

RealBridge - Audio and Connection issues with iPads and Macs

If you are having trouble with sound or connections on your iPad or Mac when using RealBridge, particularly if you have recently upgraded to iOS 15, this guidance may help you to fix the problem.

HELP FOR THOSE THAT NEED IT

This is a busy and difficult time for us all.  Our priorities must reflect the need to look after the health and wellbeing of each other and do what we can to avoid spreading the virus.

We have set up a page in the “Members Only” section of the website to help those who are obliged to self-isolate and to enable those who are able and willing to help in some way to register their details and how they can help.  The members only section avoids individuals disclosing personal contact information on an open website. Here is the direct link.

If you have not visited the “Members Only” section before, here’s what you have to do.

Click on the  button in the top right corner of the home page and follow the instructions.

If you are not in one of the “at-risk” categories and your circumstances permit and you feel able, please sign up to help others. Offers of support will be much appreciated by everyone.

LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE!

♥ FREE taster sessions please click here.

♥ For information on 'Bridge for All' Year 1 & Year 2 courses please click here.

REFRESHER COURSES

♥  Courses in June and July at the club
♥  Click here for more information
♥  Click here to book

KATHY'S KORNER 

 Second Wednesday of month at 9.30am on RealBridge – discuss your tricky hands with Kathy Talbot

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PLAYING ONLINE BRIDGE RealBridge
Click here to book your place at a RealBridge session.
Further information on playing on RealBridge is available here.
Results
Learn and Play
RealBridge
Director: Kathy T
Scorer: Steve F
Host: Nick W
Gentle Duplicate
RealBridge
Director: Martin I
Scorer: Martin I
Host: Tony M
Teams
RealBridge
Director: Martin I
Scorer: Martin I
Host: Not hosted
Morning Pairs - hybrid
RealBridge and clubhouse
Director: Cliff P (online); Richard S (F2F)
Scorer: Steve Fisher
Host: Gaynor C (online); Peter S (F2F)
Morning Pairs
RealBridge
Director: Chris D
Scorer: MS
Host: Minty C
Morning Pairs - hybrid
RealBridge and clubhouse
Director: Ian B (online); Peter S (F2F)
Scorer: SMF
Host: Judy S(online); Viv S (F2F)
Calendar
Thu 7th Jul 2022
Free online bridge class - with Andrew Robson: Counting and card placement
RealBridge 11.00
Director: Martin I
Host: Annabel B; Nick W
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Thu 7th Jul 2022
Learn and Play
Bridge Club 19.15
Director: Christine B
Scorer: Ian B
Host: Ian B
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Thu 7th Jul 2022
Gentle Duplicate
RealBridge 19.15
Director: Ian B
Scorer: Ian B
Host: Irene K
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Fri 8th Jul 2022
Morning Pairs - hybrid
RealBridge and clubhouse 10.00
Director: Liza F (online); Richard S (F2F)
Scorer: Liza F (online); Pat L (F2F)
Host: Ruth K (online); Rosalind S (F2F)
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Mon 11th Jul 2022
Morning Pairs
RealBridge 10.00
Director: Richard S
Scorer: Marion
Host: Ruth K
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Tue 12th Jul 2022
Morning Pairs - hybrid
RealBridge and clubhouse 10.00
Director: Steve F (online); Sue S (F2F)
Scorer: Steve F (online); Margaret Q (F2F)
Host: Ros S (online); Liza F (F2F)
 Click for more information