Welcome to Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club
About the Club
About the Club


We are a large friendly bridge club with over 500 members.  We aim to cater for all standards of players, from beginners to internationals.  Whatever your experience, we have a session to suit you, and visitors are always welcome. 

Duplicate and rubber sessions are held on weekdays at the Club House, 40 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1DL.  01892-530739.

In our large and comfortable premises we also offer refreshments and bar facilities.  We host many Kent County events and Charity Bridge Days, and we are affiliated to the EBU.

To view a summary of all regular weekly sessions we offer, including the type of player each one is suited to, please see the Weekly Timetable on the left.

To see all Results, including a personal analysis for the sessions you've played in, plus a full Calendar of Future Events, please use the menu on the left.  A link to the Latest Result can also be found on the top right of this page.

Email us to find out more, whether about future events, our regular sessions or the bridge lessons we offer.

Bridge Classes
Bridge Classes

We offer a full programme of bridge classes and supervised practice sessions - for both beginners and those wanting to improve their skills.  For more details of our classroom teaching by Stephen Pierce and Chris Morgan, see the Menu on the left.  If you'd like to discuss which courses or sessions may suit you best, please email us or phone us.

To complement the classes and practice sessions, we can also supply a popular book by local bridge teacher Angela Tompson, details of which are shown below.

'Bridge with Angela' 5th edition
'Bridge with Angela' 5th edition


Angela Tompson has updated her guide for students and improvers;  this is the fifth edition following upon the success of the earlier versions. The basics are unchanged but Angela has taken the opportunity to include further conventions currently and commonly played, including Benjaminised Acol, commonly known as "Benji".

This book commences with the very basics of bridge and goes on to describe the essential elements of bidding.  Guidance on play of the cards and defence is included followed by explanations of conventions commonly played.


The price is £7.95 and it can be purchased at the club bar or phone Angela on 01892 526716.

Committee Minutes

The Minutes of the Committee Meeting on 14 August are now available to view in the Members Only area. 

The next Committee Meeting is on 25 September.

Len Handley

It is with sadness that we report the death of Len Handley, who was a leading member of Kent bridge and the West Kent Bridge Club in the 1970s and 1980s before he and his wife Elizabeth moved to Buckinghamshire.  He provided the trophy for the Tuesday ladder.

Lushington Cup, Monday 23rd September

Members are invited to enter for the Lushington Cup, a rubber bridge competition for pairs that is being held this year on Monday 23rd September, starting at 12.30pm.   To protect the interests of regular rubber bridge players, only members who have already played rubber bridge at the club at least 5 times in the year to date will be eligible for the Cup.  However, all comers may compete for the Plate.  Stakes are 3p per hundred. If you wish to enter please put your names on the list attached to the notice board.

2009 Centenary Cup and Centenary Cup

Historical note:  the Centenary Cup (30th Sept) is one of the club's major competitions:  a mixed pairs event which has run for over 40 years.   The 2009 Centenary Cup (18th Sept) is a competition for Wednesday afternoon players which was introduced in the year of the centenary of the club's move to the London Road premises.

ELIGIBILITY (please note):   To be eligible for the 2009 Centenary Cup trophy or any prize, both partners must have played at least 8 times at the club's Wednesday afternoon session prior to the event.

For the mixed pairs competition, a maximum of one ineligible pair (a non-mixed pair or a pair including a non-member) will be allowed to play, and then only if they convert a half table to a full table. If more than one ineligible pair turn up, the first to arrive will take precedence.

What's On In September
Fri 13 September 7pm Gentle Duplicate
Wed 18 September 1.30pm 2009 Centenary Cup (pairs)
Thu 19 September 1pm Gentle Duplicate
Mon 23 September 12:30pm Lushington Cup / Plate (rubber bridge competition, 3p per 100)
Fri 27 September 7pm Gentle Duplicate
Mon 30 September 7.30pm Autumn Mixed Pairs (Centenary Cup)
Members' National Successes

Congratulations to Norman Selway, bronze medal winner in the European Open Championships - Seniors' Teams

Also on the following successes in the EBU's Summer Festival:  Norman Selway, 2nd in the Harold Poster Cup, Gerald Soper and Colin Wilson, winners of the G C H Fox Pairs, and Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner, winners of the Mixed Pairs, Espen Erichsen's team 3rd in the Four Star Teams.  Also Reuben Lewis and Christine Gibbons came 4th in the 'Jack High' Pairs

Also to Ben and Tom Gardner, who have won the David Davenport Cup (a National junior event, participating by invitation)

Also to Roland Bourne, winner of the Priday Cup at the Junior Bridge Camp with
Ben and Tom Gardner fifth.  Ben and Tom won the 'speedball' with Roland second.

Also to our team of Andrew Cairns, Norman Selway, Jeremy Willans, Espen and
Helen Erichsen who reached the fifth round of the "NICKO" competition having
won it for two years running.   In addition, our team-of-eight, Helen and Espen, Jeremy,  Ian Draper, Steve Barnfield and Frances ConnellColin Wilson and Gerald Soper achieved 3rd placed in the national final of the Garden Cities competition.

At the Summer Seniors Congress, Gerald Soper came third in the Swiss Pairs
and Norman Selway second in the Swiss Teams

Members' County Successes

Congratulations to Ravi Athwal whose team won the Essex/Herts Swiss Teams

Also to Ian Draper and Jeremy Willans whose team won the Arnold Cup,
and to Jon Thoresen whose team won the Arnold Plate

Also to Ian Draper whose team came third in the KCBA Swiss Teams

Also to Elaine Cockerell and Denise Baxter who came third in the Kent summer pairs (Phillimore Cup)

Members' Club Successes

 to Colin Wilson, Diana Avis, Vida Bingham and Diane Rogers (Tatlow & White Rose Bowl),
 to Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner, Gerald Soper and Jean Paxton (Rex Corbett Cup),
to Brian Forty and Jennifer Johnston, David Greene and Catherine Hughes (Dymant Trophy)
and to Colin Wilson, Diana Avis, Vida Bingham and Diane Rogers (Pivot Teams)

Members' Contact Details

A list of members' telephone numbers and e-mail addresses is held within a private area of this website, in accordance with the Club's Privacy Policy.  Members who wish to contact other members can do so by clicking on Members Only above, and logging in.   The Club's Privacy Policy can be viewed within "Information" in the menu on the left.