Face-to-face bridge restarted on 27th August! We also continue to run our online club programme.

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Junior Bridge

There is an active Junior Bridge community in Oxfordshire. Many schools run a Junior Bridge club with help from regular Bridge players from this and other clubs. The Bridge4Schools website has further details, or send an email  

Regular Sunday sessions for Juniors are held in Oxford and at Roke.  Details below and at the Bridge4Schools website.


Do you like maths, puzzles, quizzes
or card games?
If so, you might well enjoy bridge!

The Oxford Junior Bridge Club runs every Sunday afternoon
At the Oxford Bridge Club,
147 Banbury Road,
Oxford OX2 7EN


2nd May - 27th June

Half Term – 30th May

2.30 – 4.30pm

£5 per session; first visit free; family concessions

For Information, please contact Holly Kilpatrick:

WE CATER FOR ALL LEVELS – beginner to advanced
Junior Online Bridge Competition
Run by Oxfordshire Bridge Association
Using "RealBridge"
Sundays 25th April and 30th May 2021
From 4.00 - 6.00pm
All levels of junior bidders are welcome, from anywhere on the Globe,
Entries and Enquiries:

Please provide:

  1. A parent's email address
  2. Your full name
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Your EBU number (if you are a member)
  5. A Contact phone number for emergencies
Holly Kilpatrick: 07753 672001

We had planned to return in September; flyers and posters had been distributed, the parents informed, the juniors ready and the boards duly dealt and stacked and then – Boris moved the goalposts and it was all off!

However, one of Boris’s problems in this life is that he tends to move the metaphoric goalposts backwards, forwards or sideways before we’ve blinked and absorbed the previous set of instructions! Indeed, no sooner had we cancelled the sessions than this clause appeared on the Government website:

There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people. These include:

  • for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • registered childcare, education or training
  • supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups

OPT Trustee, Julie Anderson, decided emphatically that the Oxford Junior Bridge Club (OJBC) fell into these categories and so, it was all on again and on Sunday 4th October, at 2.30pm we opened the doors to eleven juniors, including a new family eager to learn.

The layout looks a little different, with four bridge tables pushed together to create one huge table, but the Oxford Bridge Club is the ideal design to have one large table in each of the small rooms and two large ones in their main playing area at the back of the building.

We, the volunteers, were all ready to be strict about hand washing, sanitising and social distancing but, of course, the juniors are accustomed to all this from school and nobody needed reminding. We took our tea breaks table by table and, again, this was second nature to the children; it was the adults who were in danger of too much socialising!

Our first learn and play session went as happily and smoothly as ever and we fervently hope to continue until 6th December. At the end of the afternoon, almost every junior and parent expressed their pleasure at being back playing face to face bridge. One junior even said:

"Today was more fun than online learning- you have a funny face and voice on Zoom, Holly!"

The Oxford Junior Bridge Club has been running every Sunday afternoon, 2.30 – 4.30pm during term time since September 2014. We are modest about our successes, but Henry Rose was our first pupil and many of our other pupils have represented England in the youth teams.

However, equally importantly, a large number of juniors have come to us, over the years, and learned the basics of bidding, play and defence and have hugely enjoyed the game and our friendly sessions, which are run entirely by volunteers. Many of our pupils and former pupils play regularly and successfully in adult club sessions.

Holly Kilpatrick, 25th October 2020


Did we really think the spirit of Oxfordshire juniors would be deterred by Lockdown? Just because they have no physical school, sport nor any other activity and cannot even see one another? Of course not!

On Sunday afternoon 17th May forty juniors, aged from 9 – 16 years, played in a two hour pairs competition playing fifteen boards on BBO (Bridgebase Online.) Nineteen of these juniors were either current or former members of the Oxford Junior Bridge Club, which now meets regularly (in normal times!) on Sunday afternoons at the Oxford Bridge Club.

Some were old hands at using BBO, but for others it was their first experience of an online competition and, armed with some highly original Usernames, and grim determination, they duly logged on, as instructed, by 1.45pm – well about half of them did, meanwhile my mobile phone and inbox was awash with anxious messages:- “BBO won’t accept my Username”, I can’t remember my password” “Is it too late to enter?” “My partner’s pulled out!” “are usernames case sensitive?” “I can’t find my ipad….”

Huge thanks to Jonathan Lillicrop from the EBU and Kathy Talbot (Kathy52) our TDs, who somehow, miraculously managed to solve all these crises and play duly started, almost on time and proceeded, without further dramas.

Warmest congratulations to Zane Soonawalla and Freddie Beneat, North/South winners  and to Rufus Barnet and Marco Vann, East/West winners. Leo Fleming, aged 9 years and his cousin, Ned Blakemore, were the top scoring pair of the Novices.

Further thanks are due to Jonathan Lillicrop at the EBU, who gave us this competition free of charge, and to Giorgio Provenza and Joan Bennett for rounding up further troopers to compete.It was sad not to be able to give them a lovely tea and to congratulate them ALL but we hope this might be the first of many such junior events.

Holly Kilpatrick, 19th May 2020

For full details of the schools bridge programme, look at this website: www.bridgewebs.com/bridge4schools