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Play it again, Sam

There are always hands which you think you could have played better. Have you tried the Play It Again feature? Click on your name in the results list to see your scorecard and choose the board you'd like to replay. Click on Play It Again, then BS Online and you'll be able to replay the hand ... and get guidance on how it should be done! 

Play Online every Tuesday Evening ... Supervised Play on Wednesdays

Stratford St Mary & Colchester Online Duplicate Tuesdays at 7.00pm

Our ONLINE BRIDGE CLUB with Colchester is now running successfully.

Basic information and links to useful videos are shown in the Stratford St Mary Club Online box on the right.

To register your interest, please complete the Registration Form below.


To see how to enter an online event, click on play online


Would you like to join a friendly online game of bridge with local players?

Play 12 boards at a relaxed pace?

Be able to ask an experienced player for help when you're stuck?

Be able to meet up with your fellow players in a "Zoom" online lounge for a friendly chat afterwards?

Now you can with Stratford St Mary and Colchester Joint Online Club.

Click HERE to see details and to Register Interest

Registration for Joint Colchester Clubs Online games
Looking for a Partner?

If you want to play in the Joint Colchester Clubs Online games on a Tuesday evening but need a Partner, there are TWO ways to find one!

Members can still follow the automated process detailed below, but you can also contact Elizabeth Knowlson on 01206 532839 or 07511 646730 or by email at and she will inform all club members by email that you are looking for a Partner.

To use the automated Find a Partner system on this website, click on Membership, on the left, then enter your email address and password where requested. If you don't already have a password, click on Forgotten Password and an email will be sent to you with a link allowing you to set one up. Two of you sharing an email address can still use this feature by following these instructions and setting up different passwords. 

Once you are in the Membership section, click in the Partner Required box for the appropriate date.

A note will appear in the Calendar on the Home Page showing that someone is looking for a partner. When another member goes into their system, they will find your name and contact details.

If this does not appear to work, it will probably be because the email address you are using is different from the one we have on our membership list. In this case, please contact the Secretary or Webmaster (click on Where & When, then Committee) so that our list can be updated.


We have decided that, with regret, we should not hold face-to-face Bridge sessions until the virus concern had calmed down.  Obviously we cannot set a restart date but we will be in touch again as soon as it becomes possible.

Stratford St Mary Bridge Club will therefore be closed for face-to-face bridge until further notice but remains active online.

Paul Rickard, Chairman

Welcome to the Stratford St Mary Bridge Club

We play friendly duplicate bridge at St Johns & Highwoods Community Centre, Colchester, CO4 9SR on Wednesday evenings. Start of play 7.00pm.

              New members welcome.

Club News

We were due to hold the Stratford St Mary Bridge Club's AGM on April 1 but this did not take place.

When we eventually return to play, we will arrange a meeting to replace the AGM where we will review the 2019/20 Financial statement and formalise the changes to the Committee membership. The Committee comprises a Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and up to six Committee Members and, fortuitously, we have exactly one nomination for each position. The nominated members will act as your Committee until the changes are formalised:

Chair - Paul Rickard

Treasurer - Elizabeth Knowlson

Secretary - Duncan Smith

Committee Members - Bill Anslow, Christine Cooke, Sheila Gibson, Nick Reay, Sue Dixon & Sue Smith.

Little to do right now but there will come a time when we have to decide when to resume activities.

Stay well and why not try the various on-line alternatives as detailed above and on the Suffolk Bridge website - click Suffolk Bridge


Upcoming Events

To see a list of local bridge events planned for 2020 click on the 2020 Events Summary tab on the left. 

Full details of all other planned Suffolk Bridge events can be found on the Suffolk Bridge website

All events are on hold and rearrangement is subject to Coronavirus developments, of course.

Interested in learning to play Bridge or you'd like to improve your game?

Vicky Potter runs the Colchester Bridge School and teaches at various levels.

If you, or someone you know, are interested, please call Vicky on 01206 501622. Click on the heading of this window to see more information on her website.

Col SSM Supervised Play
Scorer: Peter Bushby
SSM Col Joint Online
Scorer: Peter Bushby
11th Aug 2020
SSM Col Joint Online
Online 7.00pm
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Col SSM Supervised Play
Online 7.00pm
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SSM Col Joint Online
Online 7.00pm
Best Behaviour @Online Bridge

Best Behaviour is as important when playing online as it is when playing face to face.

We've had many Tuesday evening tournaments now (plus supervised play on Wednesdays) and it looks like we have many more to come

Thank you for your support and everything you've done to make Tuesday evenings pleasant and enjoyable.

Click HERE to see how to keep it that way and keep the friendly spirit going.

Stratford St Mary Club Online

With no bridge clubs open, Stratford St Mary has joined forces with the other local EBU club, Colchester Duplicate, to play online at 7.00pm on Tuesday evenings. Games will comprise 20 boards, 16 minutes per 2-board round, finishing before 10.00pm.

To play you will need to register with BBO (Bridge Base Online) and create a username. You also need to complete the registration form on the left, just once, and you'll receive joining instructions each week. Your choice, then, whether or not to play on any particular Tuesday. 

Many of you will not have played online before, so you will find the following links useful. Click BBO to see a list of short videos and click First Steps for some suggestions about getting started.

"Table money" will be BB$3/person (Don't buy BB$ via the BBO app - if you need to buy BB$ on an iPad, use Safari and log into BBO via

If you have any questions, please click on to ask Peter Bushby, who will be running these events and sending details of how to take part to those who register.

Our Find a Partner systems remain in place - see the box below the Registration Form for details.

Where did I go wrong?
Where did I go wrong?

You've seen these icons alongside the Results each week - but do you know what the green one is for?

Click on it on a Results page and you'll get into Bridge Solver On Line - where, among other things, you will find the Play It Again feature and details of how many tricks you made compared with the best double-dummy play. 

Lots of useful analysis - have a look ! 

Suffolk Contract Bridge Association AGM

The Suffolk Contract Bridge Association Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 21st June. All details can be found on the SCBA website

Aftereight years in the job, Jeff Orton stood down from the Chair. His replacement is Malcolm Pryor who, among his many duties, presently coordinates the online Suffolk Teams League full details of which can be seen HERE

Suffolk Bridge Website
Suffolk Bridge Website

Suffolk Bridge has updated its website to include numerous useful and interesting articles together with details of all the Bridge activities in the area - Clubs, Competitions and more. Just click HERE to see it.