Spade Heart Shropshire Improvers' & Beginners' Bridge Club Diamond Club

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Welcome to Shropshire Improvers' & Beginners' Bridge Club
HOLIDAYS (we don't meet on Public Holidays, or in August)


No bridge 5 August to 2 September (incl.)

We do not meet on public holidays, or for 5 weeks over August, or for Mondays

that tend to be eclipsed by the demands of Christmas or New Year commitments.

So, the ten days when we are NOT MEETING in 2019 are:

22 April, 6 May, 27 May, 5-26 August (inclusive),

2 September, 23 December and 30 December.

On all other Mondays, we meet as normal:  7.00, Upton Magna Village Hall, near Shrewsbury.

For directions to Upton Magna Village Hall, see “How to Find Us” or “Where & When.

Bridge for Charities!

Charity Bridge events for your diary

Duplicate Bridge Drive (including excellent Lunch) on Saturday 14 September 2019, 2.00, at Upton Magna Village Hall (SY4 4TZ).  £18 per person.  Contact Jennie Coalbran on 01952 251 801, or on e-mail at  In aid of St Lucia's Church, Upton Magna and Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.

Any others…?  Just send me the details (


Practice, Tuition and Coaching...
Practice, Tuition and Coaching...

Improvers and Beginners now meet together for weekly sessions of Managed Practice (Monday evenings, Upton Magna Village Hall).

Managed Practice (MP) means a prepared set of hands will be played at a comfortable pace (i.e. slower than in mainstream clubs) that allows everyone to ask questions, consult their crib sheets, discuss options at the table, or get Dom to suggest possible bids or lines of play.  The aim is to improve through practice with plenty of support available and without the competitive pressures that characterize some other clubs.  We also look at any difficult hands that you nominate from the previous session, with Dom's suggestion as to possible auctions and lines of play.  For those who wish, there will be copies of articles on specialist topics from the Bridge literature and DVDs for loan (just ask Dom).

MP sessions are at Upton Magna Village Hall, SY4 4TZ, starting at 7.00 and going on to about 10.00. Cost is £5 per person. No need to book or phone, just come ~ our 'host' system guarantees that you will have a friendly partner, even if you come on your own. 

Oh, and we still have refreshment breaks and time to talk about grandkids and Brexit!

Learning and Improving...

For those who know the basics of Bridge, MP (Managed Practice, see above) works well.  Especially for those who lack playing experience, or who are not yet confident about joining a mainstream Bridge Club, or who want to refresh and dust-off their Bridge skills after years of abstinence.  Ask Dom about other Bridge Clubs in your area - he may be able to arrange a partner there for you, if you wish.

For those starting from scratch, Dom offers fast track intensive weekend sessions that bring you up to the point of being able to join the MP sessions; or you can learn at a more relaxed pace on a weekly basis.  Ask Dom for details ('phone 01694 723128 or e-mail

For those seeking to improve their established Bridge skills, Dom can provide more focused sessions with specially prepared hands (e.g. on pre-emptive bidding, or defending against slams, or bidding two-suited hands, or finessing, or 5-card majors, or 1NT conventions, or discarding, or whatever!) - this will be at your discretion; just let Dom know what you want (with enough time to prepare!).  Dom also offers coaching sessions for small groups, or even for pairs - just get in touch to chat about how you would like such sessions to work best for you.



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5th August 2019
NO MEETING (holidays)
Upton Magna Village Hall 19.00
Director: DW
12th August 2019
NO MEETING (holidays)
Upton Magna Village Hall 19.00
Director: DW
19th August 2019
NO MEETING (holidays)
Upton Magna Village Hall 19.00
Director: DW
Managed Practice
Director: DW
Scorer: DW
Managed Practice
Director: DW
Scorer: DW
Managed Practice
Director: DW
Scorer: DW