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Table Money

Table money of £2.50 for Members (Juniors £1, Guests £3.50) to include refreshments at break

Play starts at 19:00

All pairs to be seated by 18:55 to allow the movement to be assigned.

Club Committee (As of August 2019)

Chairman: Richard Watkins

Secretary: Carole Reid - 07927443310

Treasurer: Penny Gowland

Competition Secretary: Brent Wormald

Members: Marjorie Higgins, Roger Gowland

Need a Partner?

If there is a host available it will show in the Calendar section. If no host is showing, ring Carole Reid Monday am as I may know of someone looking for a partner or I will send out email to members. If there is a host advertised you MUST arrive by 18.50 in order to be eligible to play. 

There is a "Members Only" section that you can post messages to the membership.

Announcing and Alerting
Announcing and Alerting

Click here to see the latest (August 2013) EBU regulations on Announcing and Alerting.

Bernard Magee DVDs

The complete set of 36 Bernard Magee DVDs for the benefit of bridge players in the North Devon clubs, are held at Roundswell and may be borrowed free of charge. You simply need to register your borrowing them in the book which is stored with the DVDs at Roundswell.

Welcome to Taw Vale Bridge Club
2019 Taw Vale Christmas Party

The Club Christmas Party was held on Monday 9th December at the Barnstaple hotel. Around 70 attended and a good time was had by all! This was a good number and was up again this year.  A small group continued in the bar before departing for last buses and taxis, commercial and domestic! It was sad that neither Carole nor Kate could attend due to illness.We hope that both are well on the way to fully restored health. Many thanks to Penny for organising this enjoyable annual event, to Barbara for presenting the prizes and to Jacqui for photography.


WELCOME to The Taw Vale Bridge Club. We are a relaxed & friendly club, playing in the Roundswell Community Centre, affiliated to the EBU & the DBA.

We welcome players of all abilities at the Community Centre in Barnstaple, located next to Sainsbury's, most Monday evenings (except for Bank Holidays). There is plenty of free parking, easy access from the A39, disabled access, with tea, coffee & biscuits during the evening break.

We operate a host system - please check the calendar as a host will not be available for certain competitions. If you intend to use the host system you MUST arrive by 6.50 as the host may have gone home

Aim to arrive to be seated by 6.55 p.m. for a prompt 7.00 p.m start. If you expect to be late please phone a committee member's mobile and ensure your partner knows you are coming!  

Calendar, Hosts & Competitions

Your results from club nights (apart from certain competitions) count towards club competitions; for example results from Open Pairs nights (shown by Φ) contribute to the Overall Pairs Competition. 

Hopefully all sessions, apart from those shown in green on the calendar, will have predealt boards. 

If the host System is to succeed more people need to volunteer as hosts - so please sign up on the sheet or advise Carole, Richard or a committee member.

Third round of Lovell

Firstly it was good to welcome Alan Biggs again and to see Nick Newell for the first time.   This round saw Sam & Patrick in 2nd position on 59% ahead of Carol & Richard on 58%. These pairs are positioned 2nd & 4th in the overall table either side of Brent & Stephen with two other pairs also averaging 58 or more from their best two. Alan White & Peter Cresswell lead the table by 1.5%. David & Carmen came top in this round with the excellent score of 67%. 

League Teams Round 3

Week 3 of the Teams League brought wins for Michael Grimshire's team, Sam McKibbin's team and for Jan Ward's team in Div 1.

Div 2 wins for Alan White's team, Barbara Rennie's team and for Jane Keatley's team.

Please remember the team number is fairly arbitrary when using ScoreBridge.

Well done to all of you.

First official Butler Pairs event

Firstly thank you to everyone who played in this event. It was especially good to see several of Sally's students taking part, Julia & Serena, Ruth & Geoff and new members Karen & Eamon.

It is worth noting that if you look at the travellers, each hand shows the Butler score eg on hand 1, 390 NS, 3N being the standard contract. So on this hand the NS scores were converted to IMPs relative to 390 and the EW relative to -390. So 3N +1 (430) beat the Butler Score by 40 for +1 IMP to NS. Gauging the level of the contract and making it are key so at the 10 tables where 3N made the scores were between +1 & +3 for NS. Two NS pairs scored just 130 missing the average by 260 for -6, with the pair conceding 50 in 6N missing the average by 440 for for -10. Congratulations to all those in positive territory, especially NS winners Roger & Chris and EW winners Julie & Mike. 

EBU Masterpoint Promotions. Congratulations to
2** Premier Regional Master - Richard Watkins
Premier Master - Marjorie Higgins
EBU - Oct2019



16th December 2019
Lovell 4/Open Pairs
23rd December 2019
Open Pairs Φ
30th December 2019
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Richard
6th January 2020
League Teams 4 Div 1
6th January 2020
League Teams 4 Div 2
Host: NA
Lovell 3/ Open Pairs
League Teams 3 Div. 2