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..... my partner assumed I knew what I was doing!"

Question: I would like to teach my family and friends, including the children, the basics of bridge.  Does the club have any ideas or material I can use to start them off?

Our Expert Says:  We certainly have!  When we start lessons we aim to get our learners playing the cards within minutes, using a fabulous version of the game called 'mini bridge'.  The club has everything you need ..... (click here for full response)

Beginners' Class Plays in National SIM Pairs
  • Maggie
  • Beverley and Karen
  • Michelle and David
  • Charlotte and Michelle
  • Margot and Marian
  • David and Ros
  • Lesley, David and Ros

Just last month, this group weren't playing bridge at all, but yesterday, they played in their first ever bridge competition!  What a tremendous achievement.  The afternoon was a great success with the most fabulous homemade cakes and biscuits provided by Karen  (our director for the event).  Extra thanks go to Elaine, Roger, Paul S and Paul G for turning out to help host this event.

Cleverly League Initiation for Tudor Bridge Club - A Success
Cleverly League Initiation for Tudor Bridge Club - A Success

The first ever match, for Tudor, in the Cleverly League was played on 1st October.  Nestled at one end of the club playing room, the match was played without infringing on the normal club play, at all.  In a 'match of two halves' Tudor were successful in the first match, winning by 34 Match Points.  However, when the players 'changed ends' all that was to change and our adversaries won 41 points versus 27 points.  The end result was that Tudor won the match by 14 Victory Points to 6.  Our congratulations and thanks go to the Tetbury team for their performance and coming to Chipping Sodbury to play with us.    

Pictured (from left to right) Peter Skinner, Paul Gunning, Christine May, Mark Churchill, Roger Jackson, Jim Edwards, Karen Monaghan and Tricia Callow

Happy Birthday Alan
Happy Birthday Alan

from all your friends at Tudor Bridge Club

Jim Dewhurst - Random Pairs Event
Jim Dewhurst - Random Pairs Event

The event was held on Thursday 12th September and a fabulous 5 full tables turned up.  The beauty of this event is that every year the teams are different, because on the night the director will come up with some clever way of randomising the teams.  All went swimmingly, and Kate, Shirley, Ted  and Nigel (pictured above from left to right) won convincingly with a score of 20 IMPs - a full 12 points clear of the next team.  Congratulations to all involved and thanks to all those who took part.

Last Taster Session of 2019
  • Having fun
  • Easy to find
  • Stressed organisers!

In the last 'Taster Session' of  2019 we met even more people who want to know more about the king of all card games - bridge.  It was a great event and our thanks go to all those who came to meet us.  We hope you will all come back next week at 2 o'clock and begin the course with us.

Extra special thanks go to those who hosted  (Karen, Loretta, Lesley, Kate, Elaine, Paul S and Paul G, John, Mike, Derek, and Nigel) plus the ever patient photographer Alan.  It is the time and effort, such as this, which will ensure the longevity of the club well into the future.

Go Tudor!

Tudor Welcomes New Players to the Club
  • The winners
  • Dorothy and Pat
  • Loretta and Jean
  • Phil and David
  • Tom and Ted
  • John
  • Ann, Paul and Tony
  • Derek, Mike and Vivienne
  • Amanda, Maureen and Sue
  • Colin, Gilly, Alan and Barry
  • Jean and Paul
  • Elizabeth and Chris
  • Sue
  • Dorothy and Tony
  • John and Karen
  • Loretta, Derek and Jean
  • Ros, Mark, Jean and Paul
  • Dave Watson cup

Congratulations go to the new winners of the Dave Watson Cup - Colin and Alan.  However, the evening had more significance than a normal club session because we were able to welcome so many new players to the club.  We had 5 players from the beginners lessons, plus 3 guests from Downend and it was lovely to see Dorothy again after so long.  Thank you all for coming and helping us remember the great man.

The competition itself was closely fought with just 0.3% seperating the top pair from the 2 runners up.  And the winners didn't have it all their own way, they lost one match in a big way when they met 2 representatives from the beginners group, Derek and Vivienne!

Garden Party Bridge - Surprise Response From Attendees!
Garden Party Bridge - Surprise Response From Attendees!
On a beautiful day in early July 2019, Tudor Bridge Club hosted their first ever Garden Party Bridge event, in the heart of the historic town of Chipping Sodbury.

The venue was the hall, and bunting laden, hidden gardens of St Lawrence Presbytery. A picture perfect setting, in perfect weather.  Inside, the 28 bridge players, happily settled down to play a few hands of bridge throughout the morning and early afternoon.  A blissful, peaceful and perfect setting for a relaxing day.

Who would have thought the main topic of the day would be the food!

The day began with home made cookies, shortbread and gluten free biscuits with tea and coffee on arrival.  Then, as the day wore on the food just got better and better.  When the bridge paused for lunch, guests were offered a choice of Prosecco, white or red wine or chilled soft drinks before lunch.  A previous MasterChef winner (James Nathan) had made the Smoked Salmon terrine served with the lunch and had helped with several of the other dishes too, including 2 vegetarian and 2 non vegetarian quiches, Coronation chicken and a fabulous display of side dishes including the wonderful Courgette and Orange salad.  The sweet trolley featured Eton Mess, Chocolate Roulade, Raspberry Cheesecake and a cheeseboard too.  Just a few more hands of cards and afternoon tea was served.  There were plates and plates full of the best quality homemade fayre from Scones with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam, Ginger cake, Chocolate, Banana and Walnut cake, gluten free Lemon cake and Coffee and Walnut cake.

Small wonder all anyone wanted to talk about all day was the quality and variety of the food!  There wasn't a mention anywhere of how cruel the cards had been that day.

The event culminated with a raffle for MacMillan Cancer Support, raising over £200, with gifts kindly donated by local businesses, before the final prize giving.  The prizes were bottles of champagne for the pair with the most modest score (Norma Hutchings and John Maubach), for the pair who scored nearest to 50% (Ann Triner and Tony Baldwin-Charles) and for the pair who came top (Betty and Richard Harris).
To see all the pictures from the day click here

The event was hosted by Tudor Bridge Club, who are offering lessons from September 2019 for total beginners and also an intermediate course.  No partner needed.  For more details of the lessons, or to enrol in the Free Taster Session contact Christine on 07876 334921, or via a form on the website click here

The minutes from committee meetings are now published and available to the membership.  The purpose of this move is not only to demonstrate transparency but also to publicise the subject areas which the committee are discussing and to encourage your input.  

You will find the recent minutes located under the 'Membership' tab towards the base of the left hand navigation bar.  To see the minutes you will need to register on the site.  If you have any problems or issues doing this please contact Christine on 07876334921 who will do her best to help you.

Looking for a Partner

 Just call Paul on 07833 754352 or 01454 250176 and he will do his best to match you up with someone.

Tuesday Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Mark
Beginners' Lessons SIM Pairs
Director/Scorer: Karen
Thursday Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Karen
Tuesday Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Mark
24th Oct 2019
2nd Year Bridge Lessons
Director/Scorer: Karen
24th Oct 2019
Thursday Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Karen
29th Oct 2019
Tuesday Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Nigel
31st Oct 2019
Thursday Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Mark