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Welcome to the website of South Mansfield & Blidworth Bridge Club!  


We would ask players to try to take their places 10-15mins before 7.00pm to allow time for the organisers to set out the correct table movement. If you are aware that you are going to be delayed please contact the club to let them know you are on your way. 

Welcome to South Mansfield & Blidworth Bridge Club
Our thanks to Thelma and Tom for all their hard work

One unfortunate outcome arising from the ongoing postponement of the Club’s AGM, has been the failure to give members the opportunity to properly show their appreciation of the efforts of two popular committee members who, after many years of dedicated service, have decided to stand down and give someone else a chance. This gave the rest of the committee a problem, particularly as the ever changing Covid-19 guidelines give no indication as to when this might be possible.  The answer was to make a surprise, but socially distanced of course, visit to the homes of them both. On Tuesday 6th October, some committee members braved the showers to visit both Thelma Stephens (retiring Treasurer) and Tom Richardson (former Treasurer of South Mansfield, prior to amalgamation, and long serving committee man). 

As our photographs show, Thelma, who has now handed over her ‘bean counting’ responsibilities to Craig Wagstaff, was presented with a planter in recognition of her sterling work and participation in playing what she has always maintained is ‘just a game, but a lot of fun with a wonderful group of friends’.

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As for Tom. It is well known that there are four great delights in his life and these are Jean (& the family), bridge, golf and organising Christmas parties.  We’ve never been quite sure in what order these should be listed!!

Whatever, in a brief sunny interlude at their back door in Ravenshead, Tom was presented with an entertaining book on golf and a large bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Chocolate, quite possibly the fifth greatest love of his life. Some of us have known Tom for many years and regard him as a true friend but recognising that Jean has had to ‘put up with him’ – willingly we’re sure!! – for now well over sixty years, she also was presented with a planter.(Spot the one amongst the fine display on their patio!)

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All three appeared to be happy with the visit, and a lthough not able to personally thank all Club members for the surprise gifts, they hope to be able to do so once we’re given the ‘all clear’ and allowed to meet up as friends, once again, around the bridge table.

Bridge Club Live

Welcome to Bridge Club Live (BCL) on-line bridge.

Please contact Sue Wright on 07970198312 or Mike Gyles on 07947845305 for more details on how to join in the fun!

Further information will be circulated on the e mail round robin by Mike in the next few days

But don't wait for an invite - we are now registered with BCL . As EBU members you can get a 50 day free trial. For anyone who has joined since 1 October 2020, please contact Sue so that she can contact BCL to get your free trial added.


Covid 19 Update


Unfortunately the Covid situation is worsening again and so there is little prospect of reopening before the New Year at least. 

The committee will keep the situation under review. The health and safety of all our members is our main priority.

We are in the process of joining Bridge Club Live - see above for further information

We will keep you updated through the website, regular email/phone call communication and our Facebook page


AGM 2020 postponed

The  AGM to be held at the South Mansfield Community Centre on Monday 14th September 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will let you know when we can rearrange the AGM.


Lockdown Update

As of today20 May 2020, there is no indication of when restrictions designed to limit the spread of Coronavirus are likely to be lifted to such a degree to allow social gatherings and eliminate the need for social distancing. Under these circumstances it is difficult to forecast when SM&BBC may be able to safely return to the Community Centre and resume normal operations.

For the time being, members will continue to get emailed updates every fortnight.  Those not contactable by email will, as an alternative, receive a phone call from a Club official to make sure that they are keeping fine and remind them that help is at hand if required.  Any member with an urgent issue that the Club may be able to help with needn’t wait to be contacted.  Details of three current committee members can be found under the ‘information’ tab.

With current plans for a summer party in doubt, rest assured that once this is all over, the Club will announce arrangements for how we all might celebrate ‘coming out the other side!’

In the meatime all members are advised to keep a) safe b) sane c) spirits up and d) washing those hands!

For the latest advice on Coronavirus click here and here

Nottinghamshire CBA Update

Notts CBA now has a FaceBook page as an additional resource to the website to keep you in touch and updated on current initiatives.  All are welcome to join.

On 2 June 2020 at 7.30 pm, Notts CBA are to run a Duplicate session on Bridge Base Online (BBO), cost $3 (BBO dollars) for 18 Boards

if anyone wants further information contact Sue Wright (County contact)

Charity Event Update

Following a very successful charity evening held on Monday 24th February, a considerable sum of money was raised.  As our picture confirms, members of the committee gathered to proudly display an enormous cheque for £415 prior to presentation to the trustees of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Gamma Scanner Appeal.

Charity Event Update
Coronavirus update -Bridge Club closed

The government has recommended the cancellation of all unnecessary social gatherings.

This obviously includes bridge and is likely to be the case for the forseeable future.

In view of this clear, scientific-based advice SMABBC is cancelling all of its sessions until further notice

We will keep you updated via e mail, text/phone and this website.

South Mansfield & Blidworth Bridge Club

We are a bridge club run by the members for the members.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly club where everyone is made welcome.

New and returning bridge players are invited to come and join us and while we don't have the infrastructure to offer formal training, we do have dedicated members who provide one to one guidance, mentoring and practice sessions to help you develop your bridge skills and knowledge.

We are fortunate to have two EBU qualified Tournament Directors to help club nights run smoothly.

Masterpoints and Promotions

The English Bridge Union operates a Master Points Scheme. Any player can obtain points from success in duplicate bridge competition, on a scale which varies according to the success itself, the size of the competition and its status. About the top one-third of players in a competition will be entitled to Master Points.  Only members of the EBU may register their points and have their records maintained. A lapsed member may have valid Master Points registered on renewal of membership of the EBU.

Members may see their record via myEBU, using their membership number and password.

The following members have been promoted during the last 12 months

Congratulations to:

Fay Buckley promoted to County Master (Dec 2018)

Janet Franks promoted to District Master (Dec 2018)

National Grading System (NGS)

A very brief introduction

The NGS provides a fair and trustworthy measure of an individual’s current performance when playing duplicate bridge, which is easy to understand and reflects changes (both up and down) in an individual’s current standard of play. The NGS indicates an individual’s current playing ability based on the last 80 or so playing sessions at whatever level they play.

The NGS is complementary to the Master Point Scheme, whose existing arrangement is unaltered. The two schemes are independent.

NGS Grades

The NGS calculates a current grade and a grade band for each EBU member, which is updated whenever new results for that player are received.

The value of your current grade is the scheme’s estimate of the percentage score that you would achieve on average if partnering another player with the same current grade at Match Pointed Pairs in a field of nationally average strength.

EBU grades have been divided into 13 playing card bands, ranging from ‘Ace’ at the top to ‘Two’ at the beginners’ end. Each band covers a 2% range of grade values,with ‘Eight’ having a range of 49‐51%.

Further information is available on the EBU website. A full listing of NGS for England and individual counties can be accessed on the EBU website/NGS.

Congratulations to Bob and Sue

Congratulations to Bob Laughton and Sue Wright on becoming EBU qualified TDs. Bob  and Sue recently attended the 4 day EBU training held at Solihull Bridge Club and received their results on Monday 20 May 2019.

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Director: Sue Wright
Scorer: Mike Gyles
Director: Sue Wright
Scorer: Mike Gyles
Director: Bob Laughton
Scorer: Sue Wright