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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.

Special Events

Charity Day in support of MNDA

Thursday 6th October at 10.00am

Individual Competition

Sunday 16th October at 2.00pm

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Individual Competition on Sunday 16th October

Bookings are now open for the club's annual Individual Competition, which takes place on Sunday 16th October at 2pm at the club. This is a sociable and fun event where you play with a different partner every round. So no need to arrange a partner - just book yourself in and come along and play! 

Entry fee is £7.00 per player, to include tea, coffee and light refreshments. The closing date for entries is Saturday 15th October, but please be aware that we may close it to entries sooner than this to avoid fractions of a table.  

Further information is available on this page, or if you'd like to go straight to the bookings page please click here

Easy Squeezes - a Tutorial with Annabel Barnett - Tuesday 11th October

On Tuesday 11th October at 7.00pm Annabel Barnett is running a tutorial on squeezes - this is suitable for anyone who is interested in this fun part of bridge, starting with hands where you don’t even have to count! Annabel will then move to look at slightly more complicated squeezes. The tutorial will be suitable for anyone who is playing Bridge regularly, beginner or expert.  

The session will take place on BBO, using the ‘voice application’. Further details on how to join will be given when you register. Please book a ticket in advance via the usual booking system by clicking here

Update - this tutorial has sold out but please join the waiting list if you are interested. We hope to repeat this session later on this year. 

Evening Learn & Play Returns to Thursdays from 29th September

Evening Learn & Play which was being held on Tuesday evenings over the summer has now returned to Thursday evenings at 7.15pm. Please book your tickets by 5.30pm on the Wednesday before as we will only run the sessions with at least two full tables. You can book tickets here

Charity Bridge Day in support of MNDA

Join us at the club from 10:00 AM on Thursday 6 October for a Charity Bridge Day.

Raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, an organisation which, as many of you know, is close to the heart of our member, Susan Fletcher, who was diagnosed with MND last year.  This will be a fun day out for everyone, and for those of you who have not yet returned to face to face bridge, a chance to see old friends and remember how it feels to hold a hand of cards!

Tickets cost £25 per player, and visitors are welcome. For further details and to book your place, please click here. UPDATE: this event is now fully booked; but there is a waiting list in case someone has to drop out

John Deech Challenge Pairs

The Trustees believe that it is vital for members to return to playing face-to-face at 147 Banbury Road.  Otherwise, there is a real danger that the club's ownership of its premises will become unviable.  We are therefore encouraging players to return to playing face-to-face bridge. To that end, John Deech has kindly offered to finance a new pairs tournament for both experienced and less experienced players.  This will be played on fourth Wednesday evenings, from September until May (excluding December), with the first session being on Wednesday 28th September. 

There will be cash prizes, a new trophy (the John Deech Challenge Trophy), and free refreshments (wine, beer, soft drinks and nibbles) will be provided throughout the session.   

Click here for further details.

The trustees aim is to achieve a minimum number of 10 tables for each session.  We therefore encourage all of you to support this exciting new tournament which will combine bridge and a chance to meet your fellow members face-to-face  as we used to before the pandemic. 

Rubber Bridge Knockout Competition (the Meltzer)

Entries are now open for the club's annual rubber bridge knockout tournament. This competition is open to all members, at all levels of play. The winners receive the Meltzer Trophy, and there will be a Plate competition for those who lose their first match. Matches are played between October and May at times and venues (ie at home, at the club, or online) to suit. Entry fee is £5 per player. Closing date for entries is Friday 30th September.

Click here for further details and the entry form.

New Beginner Courses starting 3rd October

From 3rd October, term 1 of year 1 and year 2 '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.

Please spread the word and let anyone who might be interested in learning to play Bridge know that they can find information on courses on this website - click on the ‘Learn to Play Bridge’ box in the top right hand corner of the home page. 

There are leaflets available with details of the lessons which you can download and print out - A5 Learn to Play Leaflet 2022.pdf   Please put these up in your local coffee shop, supermarket, golf club or leisure centre, or hand out to anyone who you think might be interested in learning Bridge. You can also pick up physical copies of the leaflets at the club from the kitchen area. 

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 Bridge & Après Bridge sessions on the 2nd Wednesday evenings, and a new F2F session on 4th Wednesday evenings, plus Speedball Bridge on 1st Friday evenings. Check the calendar for details. 

There's no need to prebook club F2F sessions with the exception of Tuesday evening Learn & Play sessions (see below).

Tuesday evening Learn & Play sessions are at the clubhouse and must be prebooked. Click here for more information about Learn & Play sessions. 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 Video problems

If you are having trouble with sound or video on your iPad or other device when using RealBridge, this guidance may help you to fix the problem. [updated September 2022]

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!

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

PLAYING ONLINE BRIDGE RealBridge
Click here to book your place at a RealBridge session.
Further information on playing on RealBridge is available here.
Results
Morning Pairs - hybrid
RealBridge and clubhouse
Director: Anne L (online); Martin I (F2F)
Scorer: Anne L
Host: Marj H (online); Viv S (F2F)
Gentle Duplicate
RealBridge
Director: Susan
Scorer: Brian
Host: Stevie R
Learn and Play
Bridge Club
Director: Anne L
Scorer: Anne L
Host: Allan S
Learn and Play
RealBridge
Director: Kathy T
Scorer: Anne L
Host: Adele B
Gentle Duplicate
RealBridge
Director: Ian
Scorer: Ian
Host: Andrew W
John Deech Challenge Pairs
Clubhouse
Director: RS
Scorer: LF
Host: Peter Sh.
Calendar
Mon 3rd Oct 2022
Morning Pairs
RealBridge 10.00
Director: Chris D
Scorer: Marion
Host: Peter Sh
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Tue 4th Oct 2022
Morning Pairs - hybrid
RealBridge and clubhouse 10.00
Director: Cliff P (online); Richard (F2F)
Scorer: Steve (online); Richard (F2F)
Host: Dominique K (online); Gay H (F2F)
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Wed 5th Oct 2022
Learn and Play
RealBridge 10.00
Director: Anne L
Scorer: Anne L
Host: Nick W
 Click for more information
Wed 5th Oct 2022
Gentle Duplicate
RealBridge 14.00
Director: Martin
Scorer: Martin
Host: Fiona S
 Click for more information
Wed 5th Oct 2022
Teams
RealBridge 19.15
Director: Martin I
Scorer: Martin I
Host: Not hosted
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Thu 6th Oct 2022
Motor Neuron Disease Charity Bridge
Clubhouse 10.00
Director: Martin
Scorer: Liza
Host: tbc
 Click for more information