Release 2.19r
AGM 19th March

Please note the date of our AGM. Good news we have received nominations for Chair, Treasurer, Club TD, Club Captain and to cover the vacancy for one "ordinary" committee member. The Secretary and House Chair are restanding. Many thanks.

YCBA Free Event

The YCBA is running a FREE on line on line Swiss teams of four on Real Bridge on Sunday 24th March. There will be six matches of six boards from 11am to 4pm with a short break for lunch. Please enter direct to

January 2024 Masterpoint Promotions

Congratulations to our members who have achieved the following master point promotions

Local Master Erica Hannam

Club Master Judith Best,  Susan Fisk

District Master Kenneth Garrett, Anne Wilson

County Master Nigel Boot

Swiss Pairs

The scoring at Swiss Pairs (and Swiss Teams) is a bit different to normal match point scoring in that each round is converted into VPs (Victory Points). The following document gives a simple  explanation  Swiss

Cow and Calf In Ilkley

Teams Training

Teams training runs every Thursday from 10am to 12 noon. Topics and hands will be pre selected. Everyone who would like to play teams is very welcome. 

Personal Accounts

Members can now log in to see their own personal account which shows sessions played, outstanding balances and payments made. Note payments can be made by bank transfer or by cheque but not cash please. Any queries to our Treasurer Steve Clifford. Please note that payments made are updated weekly onto the personal account.

This is the current club privacy policy (September 2022) POLICY in line with GDPR. 

Health and Safety Policy

This is the current Health and Safety Policy version 3.0. Players with mobility issues should note Appendix One Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan. POLICY

The majority of the Club's Covid related restrictions have now been lifted. However, in order to help ensure the health and safety of everyone that plays at the Club we ask that you do not attend the Club if feeling unwell and particularly if suffering from Covid or other respiratory infection.

Committee Minutes

Members can access archived regular committee meeting minutes in the members only section.

Welcome to Olicana Bridge Club

Located in the centre of Ilkley, we are pleased to welcome  members and visitors. Each week, there will usually be seven sessions in the club at 12 Wells Promenade. These are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings with play starting at 7.05pm, Wednesday morning at 9.55am and on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 1.45pm. There will be pivot teams on the second Friday evening and students social sessions on occasional Fridays at 7pm. We also run two on-line sessions each week on Monday (BBO) and Thursday (Real Bridge) at 7.15pm.  Please see the calendar and competitions for more details of all of our events.

Our Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning sessions are guided and hosted. They are designed for less experienced players and do not earn Masterpoints.

We would politely request visitors to arrive 15 minutes before the session starts and all members to be seated in good time to assist the TD and scorer to set up the movement. Upon arrival please remember to switch all mobile devices to silent.

Please do not bring cash to pay for f2f sessions, we will invoice members for all sessions played and this will be  £2.50 members, £3.50 non members. Members can log in to see their own personal account. 

In the latest data from 2022/23 Olicana Bridge Club was the sixteenth most popular bridge club in England. 

Yorkshire League
Yorkshire League

The penultimate round of the f2f Yorkshire League teams of eight is on Sunday 3rd March. Our matches are

A team  v  Doncaster B AWAY 

B team v Bradford B HOME 

C team  v Doncaster C AWAY 

D team  v Wakefield C HOME 

Northern Easter Festival
Northern Easter Festival

The Northern Easter Festival takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrogate on 30th/31st March. On the Saturday there is a Swiss Pairs (49 boards) and a separate 9 High Pairs (25 boards). On the Sunday it is Swiss Teams (49 boards). See POSTER for full details.

Intermediate Seminars

Geoff Kenyon is continuing his series of in depth seminars (maximum 12 attendees) costing £5 payable in advance to Jacqui Farrar (sign up the club only) as follows:-

Saturday 9th March Use of Doubles in Competitive Situations Repeat FULL

Saturday 13th April Unassuming Cue Bid Repeat.

Kath Libbert is leading a further seminar in our general Saturday seminar series on Saturday 23rd March. Topic Losing Trick Count.Cost £5.

All seminars start at 10am.

Guided Bridge

We run two sessions of Guided Bridge each week for less experienced players in the club on Monday afternoon (1.45pm start) and Wednesday morning (9.55am start). So do come along and enjoy a friendly, relaxed session lasting about two hours. There is a host available for our guided bridge sessions so you don't need a partner.

Our next Stepping Stones  in the Club will be on Friday 15th March 2024 at 7pm. Specifically for those making the transition to playing bridge in a Club setting but open to anyone wanting a gentle, social and supportive bridge evening, No partner required and a bar is available.

Playing on line in Club events

Most weeks we have two on line Duplicate Pairs earning master points. Typically, we run a 20 board Duplicate Pairs on BBO  on Monday evening starting at 7.15pm and Thursday evening Duplicate  Pairs on Real Bridge at 7.15pm. Detailed instructions on how to play in each event can be downloaded from the links below. 

How to play in BBO club room

How to play on Real Bridge

Note direct links to the Real Bridge sessions will be posted on the calendar entry at least 24 hours before the event to simplify login.

The Real Bridge Support Team has provided notes on resolving  problems using Real Bridge. Click HERE for more information.

1st March 2024
Afternoon Widdowson Trophy 3 in the Club
Handicapped Trophy
3rd March 2024
Yorkshire League match 6
4th March 2024
Afternoon Guided Pairs in the Club
4th March 2024
BBO Duplicate Pairs
Afternoon Duplicate Pairs in the Club
Director: Les
Scorer: Kevin
Real Bridge Duplicate Pairs
Director: Tish
Duplicate Pairs in the Club
Director: Iwan
Scorer: Steve
Morning Guided Pairs in the Club
Director: Ian
Scorer: Ian
Duplicate Pairs in the Club
Director: david
Scorer: bruce