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Lyn Bowler

We have sadly learned of the death yesterday (Sun 18 April) of Lyn Bowler, who was a very popular member of the club. The club would like to express it's condolences to Jackie, his family and friends. The funeral details will be posted here when they are available.

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Please note:

Wed & Fri afternoons, Play will commence by 1.30pm

Mon Supervised Play will commence by 1.45pm

Thurs evenings, Play will commence by 6.45pm

Please ensure you are seated at least 10 minutes earlier, so the movement can be set. Joining the session cannot be guaranteed after this time.

Table Money

Table money is £3.00 per Member and £3.50 per Visitor which includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

Message Board

We now have a new message board if anyone would like to use it.  Any information entered will be on open internet access for all to see. A great way to find a partner if you want one. Try it out on the menu bar above.

Welcome to Thanet Bridge Club
Coronavirus - Club Closure


Following the latest government announcement that all unnecessary social contact is to be avoided, it has been decided to close the club with immediate effect. We will not be holding the sessions on Tuesday evening, Wednesday and Friday afternoon or Thursday evening this week. The Military Whist on Saturday is also cancelled. There is no end date fixed for this closure. Monday Supervised Play sessions are also cancelled. We are intending make online games available to members please see the item below.




We want everyone to be able to carry on playing bridge with their regular partner despite the Corona virus. Now that the Government has told bridge clubs and the like not to meet we can use online bridge to enable people to continue playing. 

From tonight the EBU is organising national games online for those who cannot go to their local club but it is also possible if people want it to organise club events online where you play with your regular partner against the same people with whom you play at the club every week on the same afternoons as the present club sessions.

However the prerequisite for any of this to happen is for members to acquire a 'Bridge Base Online' (BBO) Username. We are asking members to do this ASAP. BBO is the largest online bridge platform and is the one Broadstairs use with robots to avoid sit-outs. You can play on BBO on a computer, a tablet or a smartphone. For Apple devices you can go to the App Store and search for 'Bridge Base Online' and download the App. Similarly for all other phones and tablets you can find the App in Play Store. On a Windows laptop or desktop you do not need to download anything simply Google (other search engines are available) 'Bridge Base Online' and click on the link.

In all these routes the first screen to which you come will ask you to Log In or to become a member for free. You can take this second option which will allow you to create your own Username. You are limited to 10 characters but it can be whatever you want so long as someone else has not already taken it. Your password can also be something simple of your own choice there are not complicated restrictions as there are with sites involving monetary transactions. Once you have done this you will be able to Log In and join the EBU or the club games when they start. However you will see that there are already lots of games there for you to play. In amongst the 'Public Clubs' there is even an Acol Club but first of all you might want to try some of the 'Solitaire' games where you just play with 3 robots so you can become familiar with how you bid and play a card.

When you are ready to join in with the Club online please enter one of our events by clicking Online Entries, the second item in the main menu.

In order to set up games just for club members we need to know what your BBO Username is. If you have one already or when you acquire one please fill in the form below and click 'Send details to the club' just once so that we have a record of it.

Tuesday Evening Social Bridge

Tuesday Evening Social Bridge is being introduced  on the 1st, 3rd, and if applicable 5th Tuesday of the month, to compliment Broadstairs BC's Social Bridge on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening of each month.

To mesh with Broadstairs BC's sessions, the Table Money will be £2.50 for all players, and Players must be seated by 6:50pm, so Play can start by 7:00pm

Play will be gentler to suit novice and intermediate players, with possibly fewer boards, and slower play than a normal sesstion. Director: Paul Gibbons

See Calendar for future dates.

This Session is Hosted so no partner is required.

Special event on Tuesdays 22nd and 29th October. Over these two weeks our Gentle Duplicate will be Swiss Pairs, where it is just the normal pairs scoring with which you are familiar, but where almost everyone can win masterpoints. Even if you can only come one week or play with different partners each week you can still win masterpoints for the matches you win but if you play with the same partner both weeks you can win even more.

New Entry Buzzer

The Club has a new Entry Buzzer for entry through the Front Door

Press the Top Button on the Right of the Door

2019 Club Championship

The Championship will include all full Club sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The Championship will be in the form of a Ladder of the Average % for each Pair, taken from their 30 Best Scores during the full year at Club level, and any Individual will ranked for each Pair they have been a member of. If you have 3 partners, you will be listed 3 times.

Please look at the current Year to Date Championship Ladder in Competitions on the left hand side.

Find a Partner

 If you know you will need a partner call and leave a message, or text Peter Webster on 07710 419241, or email him on leave contact details, dates, and any preferences.  He will co-ordinate the service, keeping a list for all partner requests for upcoming sessions, and notify you if a suitable partner is available.

Please try to register your partner requests at least 24 hours in advance, as on-the-day requests may be difficult to match.

If anybody does not regularly play a particular session, but is happy to consider occasional games with those seeking a partner at short notice, please register an interest.

Monday Afternoon Supervised Play Sessions

On Monday afternoons at 1:45, Paul Gibbons is running Supervised Play sessions.

These sessions are aimed at players who want to practice their Bridge skills, and to be able to discuss their hands, correct plays, and solve problems etc. in a relaxed atmosphere. Table money £3, including refreshments.

If you don't have a partner, just come on your own, or contact the Partnering Service who should be able to match you up.

As Supervised Play, there will be no EBU Master Points awarded.

Thanet Bridge Club
Thanet Bridge Club

Thanet Bridge Club, Northdown House, Northdown Park Road, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent, CT9 3TP.  

The club has been established over 25 years and over that time we have moved from The Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate to Northdown House in Cliftonville, then to Margate Football Club and we have now returned to Northdown House. The venue is large enough for all of our tables in the Red and Gold rooms, both of which are on the ground floor.  Ample car parking is also available.

The club, which is EBU registered, meets at 6.45pm on Mondays and Thursdays every week for regular pairs competitions. Our Wednesday and Friday afternoon sessions start at 1.30pm.  We hold social events including two dinners each year.

Visitors and new members are most welcome to our friendly club. Please contact the Secretary, Nigel Thomas on 01843 600363 or email

2021 AGM

This years AGM will be held via Zoom  on Thursday 8 April at 6pm. An invitation to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to all members by email before the event.

The agenda, minutes of last years meeting, election of officers form and treasurers reports for the meeting will be sent out by email to members shortly.

If you are unfamiliar with how to join a Zoom meeting there is some information on the Zoom website

2020 Club Master Point Champions

These players earned the most local points in sessions played at Thanet Bridge Club.

Player MPs
Maureen Tatham 849
Makcolm Dale     822
Roddy Macaulay      811
2020 Masterpoint Rankings

For masterpoints won by Kent players:

Sharon Bayne was 2nd in Category 2 - National and Premier National Masters

Malcolm Dale and Roddy Macaulay were 9th and 10th respectively in Category 5 - County Masters, Masters and Advanced Masters

Annual Subscriptions 2020/2021

The annual subs which were due on November 1 2020 will be waived. No annual subs will be collected until the club can resume playing in person.

Those who have a lottery ticket will receive a credit against the next annual subs.

Online Bridge Charges from June 1st

As most of you are probably aware by now, from June 1st we will be charging BBO$3 (approx £2.50) per person per session.

This is to cover the fees to EBU and BBO now that the EBU have resumed charging for games.

We are adopting the same policy as Broadstairs Bridge Club in that £1 per player per session will be refunded to each player, payments being made every 3 months.

Broadstairs have kindly offered to administer this for us.

The link below lets you purchase BBO dollars with a credit card through your BBO online account.

Web site 2020

Click on "Latest Result" in the top right hand corner to see how you got on. You will find a lot of detailed information there - not just the final scores but your own personal scores on each hand and all the travellers with scores and match points entered.

Master Points are now transmitted to EBU electronically, and all club members are also EBU members and have an EBU number.

#28770 Pairs Thanet BC (Members Only) Fri 2pm
Director: Paul
Scorer: Paul Gibbons
#9263 Pairs Thanet BC (Members Only) Wednesday 2pm
Director: Paul
Scorer: Paul Gibbons
#81461 Pairs Thanet BC (Members Only) Sun 2pm
Director: Paul
Scorer: Paul Gibbons
#66506 Pairs Thanet BC (Members Only) Friday 2pm
Director: Paul
Scorer: Paul Gibbons
#46638 Pairs Thanet BC (Members Only) Wednesday 2pm
Director: Paul
Scorer: Paul Gibbons