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General Information

Emails

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To contact the club, please email southcroydonbridge@gmail.com

 

 

Members

 

Who require Partners should login to Reservations/Find a Partner link in the Menu above to indicate that they are looking for a partner.

Non-Members

Wishing to play and needing a partner should email southcroydonbridge@gmail.com.

Stuart Macoustra RIP
Stuart Macoustra RIP

 Update: We have been advised that Stuart's funeral will be held on Monday, 6 June at Croydon Crematorium at 14.30. RSVP to Audrey Paton on 07525 333658.

In the afternoon of 15 May 2022, my first ever partner at South Croydon BC slipped away peacefully at St Judes Nursing Home in Sutton. We played bridge together for over 30 years, mostly playing a rather old fashioned version of Acol.

He was always courteous at the table, though may have appeared brusque at times. But in reality he looked kindly upon other players and was regularly holding bridge dinner parties at his flat with Indian or Chinese meals providing the sustenance.

He was a very keen sailor and loved sailing "Braw Lass" exploring the western coast of Scotland and its myriad of islands with bridge friends acting as crew. Personally I was content to enjoy a return trip to the Isle of Wight! He certainly didn't share my passion for competition angling but always reminisced when he helped me run a large match on the Grand Union Canal and appreciated the skill of the competitors. It was the first time that particular match used computer scoring - though team scoring was in essence similar to Duplicate sessions! Along with Phil Gee, Stuart helped publication of the result long before all the competitors had returned to headquarters!

Of course living close to SCBC, Stuart was often press-ganged into filling in because of a non-appearance of another player and he did so regularly. Though an Apple Mac user, he was helpful in helping me the intricacies of MS DOS back in the late 80s and gave sound advice to buy a surge plug. He was also pleased to design customised amusing score cards for sessions when we played teams of four on Wednesday Evenings prior to the Covid 19 Pandemic. 

I first met Stuart at Pegasus Bridge Club when they were holding sessions at the plush Coulsdon Court and we extended our wings to Knaves (now Kenley BC), Bromley/Bromley South as well as Croydon and played in the Civil Service League and NW Kent League. After he moved into a retirement home in South Park Hill Road, his health deteriorated and it became clear he could not look after himself and so in September 2021 soon after his 88th birthday he took up residence in St Judes. Rest in Peace old friend.

Dave Harper

Keith Sandland RIP
Keith Sandland RIP
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Joe Raine RIP
Joe Raine RIP
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Welcome to South Croydon Bridge Club

We are based in a dedicated bridge room in our own premises in South Croydon, we run four duplicate sessions a week and some tuition. All duplicate sessions have returned to face-to-face.

New players are always welcome and should email the Club email address.

Last updated : 11th Feb 2022 14:53 GMT
Swiss Teams

We are running Swiss Teams events on

  • 22 May - Lock Watson Cup
  • early October (02 or 09 Oct)
  • 11 December

The event on 22 May will start at 14:00 and finish about 21:00, with a meal break in the middle. There will be a charge of £16 per head, which will be collected on the day (card or cash), members may add it to their monthly statement.

The aim is to have 6 8-board matches. If there are insufficent entries then we will run a multiple teams event. If it is a Swiss event, the Lock Watson Cup will be awarded to the highest placed team which consists of only South Croydon BC memners. There will be cash prizes, these are not resricted to member only teams.

Meal options:

  • main
    • salad - checken or ham
    • jacket potato - with chesse, tuna, beans or cheese
    • sandwiches - ham, tuna or cheese
  • desert
    • cheesecake
    • gateau
    • cheese and biscuits

Click here for entry form.

For more information or if you want to play but don't have a partner or team mates  contact Tony or Su

Last updated : 12th Apr 2022 13:31 BST
NEW TO THE AREA OR JUST VISITING?

We welcome new members and visitors to all our sessions of play. Please contact the Committee on southcroydonbridge@gmail.com or call Tony on 07900 823752.

All sessions have real time computer scoring and pre-dealt hands. We have a licensed bar which serves hot and cold food. On site car parking is available.

See Committee Contacts on the left should you wish to speak to a Committee member.

Last updated : 11th Feb 2022 14:50 GMT

Bridge Sessions

We run the following face-to-face sessions:

  • Wednesday 11:00 (lunch available at the bar)
  • Thursday    19:30
  • Friday        19:30
  • Saturday    14:15

The sessions will be played under the following Covid restrictions:

  • you must have received both the main Covid vaccinations to play, the booster is not yet required; exemptions for those who have been medically advised against receiving it 
  • kitchen access will be restricted to two nominated people per session who will serve the drinks before the session and once during it
  • windows will remain open to maintain ventilation during the session

Until the number of tables is consistently high enough to guarantee that a session will go ahead, in to avoid wasted journeys pre-booking by 20:00 the day before play is essential. Please email  Tony (southcroydonbridge@gmail.com) for the Friday and Saturday sessions. Wednesday and Thursday are attracting enough players and are turn up and play.

Table money for members will be invoiced monthly in arrears, payment from non-members may be collected in advance.

 

Last updated : 6th May 2022 10:42 BST
Chairman's Prize - including wine for the winners!

Saturday 4 June - Saturday 2 July - Saturday 6 August

♠   ♣ 

The winning pair will each get a bottle of wine from a choice of Merlot, Malbac and NZ Sauvignon Blanc - standard table money. Guests welcome!

Last updated : 19th May 2022 16:27 BST
Hand 16 disqualified
Hand 16 disqualified

This hand came up at Adam Wiseberg's Real Bridge session on Tuesday, 14 December. He was partnering the great Indian and Lancashire cricketing legend Farokh Engineer. Dave Harper was partnering Ricki Douglas, now back in France. The 2♣ opener is the big hand and the 3♣  was supposed to convey a hand in the 13-15 HCP range. After the 2 rebid and 4NT enquiry, Dave bid 6H a bit disappointed that Grand Slam probably wasn't on. After the hand was over, Adam objected to Ricki's opening as being illegal and so awarded himself Average+.

As 2♣ is a strong hand  Law 7C (a) in the Blue book applies where the opener must have 16+ HCP or 12+ HCP AND at least 5 controls. At the other two tables the contract  was 4 +2!

Last updated : 23rd Dec 2021 13:12 GMT
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Last updated : 26th Jan 2020 14:29 GMT
SWISS TEAMS Sunday 22 May

Full details in middle column.

Results
Friday
Director: Tony Hilton
Thursday
Director: Stephen McNeill
Wednesday
Director: Tony Hilton
Friday
Director: Tony Hilton
Thursday
Director: Tony Hilton
Wednesday
Director: Tony Hilton
Friday
Director: Tony Hilton
Thursday
Director: Tony Hilton
Calendar
Wed 6th Jul 2022
Duplicate
11:00
Thu 7th Jul 2022
Duplicate
19.30
Fri 8th Jul 2022
Duplicate
19.30
  (Partner?)
Sat 9th Jul 2022
Duplicate
14.15
Wed 13th Jul 2022
Duplicate
11:00
Thu 14th Jul 2022
Duplicate
19.30
Fri 15th Jul 2022
Duplicate
19.30
Sat 16th Jul 2022
Duplicate
14.15