Release 2.19r

Annual membership subscriptions are now due. £10 if paid by the end of April, otherwise £15. Please pay via your personal account if possible, using your EBU number as reference plus SUBS. Many thanks.

Affiliated Teams of four
Affiliated Teams of four

At the YCBA Affiliated Teams at Wakefield Bridge Club Olicana finished sixth (out of fifteen teams). The Olicana team was Bernard Burns & Jacqui Farrar and Christina Powne & Carole Kelly. The winning team came from York.

McKenzie Trophy Swiss Pairs 2

The second round of our Swiss Pairs for the McKenzie Trophy takes place on Tuesday 30th April with the usual start time of 7.05pm. Please sign up to assist event planning.

March 2024 Masterpoint Promotions

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

2 Star Premier Regional Master Jacqui Farrar 

County Master Simon Bevan

Area Master Xavier Woodward

Local Master Liz Armstrong, Pauline Gray


We rely on many volunteers to enable our club to provide a great environment to play bridge. Here is Evelyn Friend cleaning and refurbishing all the bidding boxes. A great job, Evelyn,  Many thanks.

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 Louise Johnson. Please note that payments made are updated weekly onto the personal account.

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

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. Note from 1st April sessions will be £2.75 members and £3.75 non members. Members can log in to see their own personal account.

Special Offer for Members

Please look out for an email from our Club Secretary detailing a special offer from Andrew Robson to all Olicana Club Members (excluding existing bridgecast subscibers). Join Andrew's Bridgecast "Lite" offering of 3 new videos per week for a month for FREE. Offer ends 30th June 2024. Bridgecasts have 4 levels from beginner to advanced, typically last about 8 minutes and can be watched multiple times. They consist of a hand with bidding and play with Andrew's expert insights. Not sure, please speak to Tish Hopkins, Tony Hughes or Jacky Snowden who are all existing subscribers. To take advantage of this offer use the code in your email on the bridgecast website BRIDGECAST


Our next seminar is on Saturday 4th May at 10am. This is a repeat topic Defence to 1NT X exit transfers by Geoff Kenyon. Cost £5 payable in advance to Heather Harvey.

Sylvia Baty Award 2024
Sylvia Baty Award 2024

Jacky Snowden (centre) our Teaching and Training Coordinator was delighted to present the 2024 Sylvia Baty Award to Tracey Gaston and Clive Smith. Both attend the Continuing Bridge Course on a Tuesday morning. The award established in memory of former club member and teacher Sylvia Baty can be used to purchase either books or online bridgecasts from Andrew Robson,  Many congratulations.

Nelson Rose Bowl
Nelson Rose Bowl

The 2024 Nelson Rose Bowl takes place at Wetherby Bridge Club on Thursday 16th May with an 11am start. Cost £100 per team of four (ladies only) including buffet lunch and complimentary glass of wine. See Nelson Rose Bowl 2024. for entry details.

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 19th April 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.

19th April 2024
Afternoon Duplicate Pairs in the Club
19th April 2024
Stepping Stones in the Club
22nd April 2024
Afternoon Guided Pairs in the Club
22nd April 2024
BBO Duplicate Pairs
Afternoon Duplicate Pairs in the Club
Director: Lindsey Wharmby
Scorer: Tony Hughes
Real Bridge Duplicate Pairs
Director: Ian
Duplicate Pairs in the Club
Director: Iwan Williams
Scorer: Maureen Williams
Morning Guided Pairs in the Club
Director: Ian
Scorer: Ian
IMPS Trophy 4 in the Club
Director: david
Scorer: bruce