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Welcome to Hellesdon & Taverham Bridge Club
Hellesdon & Taverham Bridge Club
Hellesdon & Taverham Bridge Club

Welcome to the web site of Hellesdon & Taverham Bridge Club. We are primarily an online club and play club pairs duplicate bridge on Monday evenings on Realbridge.  We start at 7.00 and request that pairs are at their tables just after 6.45. We welcome guests and new members at any time, but ask that guests play with a member if the evening is a "Sim Pairs". There are six of these events throughout the year.

We also play Face to Face 2 to 3 times per year at a selected venue, these start at 10:00 am. 

We strive to provide a friendly atmosphere and to cater for novices as well as more experienced players.

Real Bridge session link

Link for the Real Bridge session on Monday evenings starting at 7pm. Please join us by 6.50.

Guests are very welcome, but please let us know beforehand.  Please contact the club using the Contact Us facility found within the Information section.

The table money for club sessions on Real Bridge is £1.50 for club members and £2 for guests. We will invoice people every 6-8 weeks.

You will join the session by following a link from the Session Links section in the menu to the left.




Bridge day at Wensum Valley 17th April

Information about the club's next bridge day at Wensum Valley Golf Club

Coffee will be available from 9.30am for start of play at 10am, ending at 4pm.  

The price for club members will be £23 (£28 for visitors) including coffee on arrival and a two course meal. 

Main course

  • Roast rump of lamb on wilted spinach and potato rosti with a rich red wine and rosemary jus
  • Grilled fillet of sea bass with a prawn, pea and parmesan mornay sauce
  • Oven baked nut roast with a wild mushroom sauce and Yorkshire pudding


  • Homemade Bramley apple crumble with vanilla custard
  • Homemade chocolate fudge brownie with honeycomb ice cream and butterscotch sauce
  • Fresh fruit with no sugar

If you would like to book a place please email Jo Vincent at with your menu choices. 

And then please send the money to John King, paying by BACS if possible.

Bank Transfer (BACS) to:

Taverham Bridge Club

Sort Code 20–62–53

Account No. 50886602

NB Please enter name and initial in the reference box


Or by cheque posted to:

John King, Treasurer

8 Chapel Court

Hellesdon, Norwich


New EBU announcing rules

The EBU have revised the rules covering announcements.

Please see 2022 Announcement Summary for all the details.

Bridge Classes

English Bridge School

The club's bridge teacher Graham Hardman is offering a range of bridge lessons - either on line or in face to face classes - for complete beginners or those who would like a refresher course. Graham is an accredited English Bridge Teacher and will be following the English Bridge School syllabus.

If you know of anyone interested please get in touch by emailing


Handicap Competition 2022/2 - Final Positions

Here is the final positions for the current handicap competion calculated after the event on 19 December

Note that there is now a page link under Competitions - Competition Information to a Google Doc that shows everybodies current handicap position, where eligible.

Rank Person Handicap Best 12 Score Score
1 Jeff Smith 0.99 708.93 701.84
2 Andy Ferenczy 0.97 712.26 690.89
3 Fiona Bradford 1.22 556.83 679.33
4 Barbara Baker 1.15 589.12 677.49
5 Mike Mason 1.15 589.12 677.49
6 John Dolamore 1.1 612.64 673.9
7 John Stevenson 1.19 556.83 662.63
8 Peter Walters 0.98 675.46 661.95
9 Cheryl Plunkett 1.04 635.14 660.55
10 Graham Hardman 0.87 754.56 656.47
Competition winners 2022
Competition winners 2022


Congratulations to 

Stewart Farquharson & Graham Hardman for winning the Taverham Trophy (July to Dec)

Stewart Farquharson & Graham Hardman for winning the Chris Dawson Salver

Jeff Smith for winning the Handicap Trophy (July to Dec)

Bryony Seppings and Mervyn Scutter for winning the Challenge Trophy (July to Dec)

Stewart Farquharson & Graham Hardman for winning the Taverham Trophy (Jan to June)

Mervyn Scutter & Bryony Seppings  for winning the Spring Cup

Jo Vincent for winning the Handicap Trophy (Jan to June)

Chris Mallon for winning the Challenge Trophy (Jan to June)

Please see the Roll of Honour within the Competition/Competition Information section for a full list of past winners.

Bridge day at Wensum Valley - September 21
  • Afternoon play
  • Coffee on arrival
  • Hand sanitisers and wine
  • Lunch
  • Morning play
  • Morning play

The club enjoyed a successful bridge day at Wensum Valley in September. 18 pairs, all well spaced played morning and afternoon with a splendid lunch in between.

Real Bridge information

For anyone interested in finding out more about Real Bridge please visit their web site RealBridge with Real People.

If you are interested in seeing how things work for a club please read this article. The link below will take you to a document prepared by the Harpenden Bridge Club and it is the most comprehensive I have found as an introduction.

Realbridge Getting Started.pdf (


Sessions are available here at Helleson and Taverham on Mondays, Wymondham on Tuesdays, Noverre on Thursdays and Norfolk & Norwich on Friday evenings.



Forthcoming events

Normal Club Pairs on Real Bridge (7pm start) except as shown below.


  • 17 April - All Day Bridge at Wensum Valley
  • 24 April - Spring Cup Round 4
  • 15 May - Spring Cup Round 5



3rd April 2023
Club Pairs
Real Bridge
10th April 2023
Club Pairs
Real Bridge
17th April 2023
All day bridge
Wensum Valley Golf CLub 09.30
Club Pairs
Spring Cup Round 3
Club Pairs