Upminster & Cranham Bridge Club
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Please note that late finishes spoil some players' enjoyment of their bridge. Please try to arrive at 19:15 for a prompt 19:30 start, thank you.

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Welcome to Upminster & Cranham Bridge Club
New Club in Upminster!
New Club in Upminster!

Welcome to the new EBU bridge club in the Upminster area offering a friendly and social regular bridge session on Friday evenings, a daytime competition, lessons, social activities and club holidays.

Play with Upminster & Cranham - 'We play with finesse'

Club Competitions

Club competitions include annual ladders for pairs and individuals (Gents and Ladies), improvers, handicap and a 'World of Bridge - World Championship'.

Our 'World Champion' will be the highest ranked individual/s from at least 3 of 4 'World of Bridge' events, these will be quarterly daytime sessions in local restaurants that include lunch - each event will feature a different country's cuisine.

Only club members will be eligible to win competitions (although non-members may play), there will be entry fees to 'World of Bridge' which is an 'open' event but these are discounted for members.

Temporary Club Closure to end!

In keeping with the EBU, the ECBA and other bridge clubs, face to face bridge has been temporarily suspended during the Coronavirus outbreak. This will continue to be the case until Government restrictions allow us to reccomence but following recent announcements we are delighted to say we now expect to return on FRIDAY 25th JUNE. As so many of you have been playing with us online we are investigating providing an online section on Friday evenings which will be merged with the face to face section.

Our Wednesday morning online sessions and our daily Funbridge game will continue even after the lifting of restrictions.

Our 'Continuing Bridge' 2nd year course will continue online but a new face to face 'Beginning Bridge' 1st year course will begin in July.

Of course, demand, practicalities and the confirmation of the lifting of social restrictions means that this is all subject to change.

Please everyone stay in touch and keep well and let us know if you wish to join our WhatsApp group, the light is at the end of the tunnel.

Upminster & Cranham BC Online!

STOP PRESS: Regular BBO sessions Wednesday mornings at 10:30am and Friday evenings at 7:30pm - please join us if you can.

During this period we are running a daily game on Funbridge and our regular Friday evening session on Bridge Base Online (BBO).

You'll need a Funbridge account (free) and our game password to play the daily games. They work on a drop in drop out basis, so, to complete the 'event' you'll need to play all 10 boards but at a time or times to suit you over a 24 hour period. You can play these games completely free of charge without a partner on a computer or via an iPhone or iPpad App. 

Please contact us for the password and visit www.funbridge.com or download the App to get started. Our game is found through 'Exclusive Tournaments' under our club name.

Our regular Friday night sessions are online via www.bridgebase.com. To take part you will need a BBO account (free) and pre-registration to play in our sessions, you may arrange to play with your regular partner or anyone you choose. Alternatively we will run a 'partnership desk' and can accommodate singles just like our club nights. Table money of 3BB$ (equal to 3$US or around £2.40) will be collected via your BBO account as these sessions will be uploaded to the EBU for both NGS and MasterPoints.

We also have a WhatsApp group (UCBC Chatter) for members to keep in touch, discuss bridge or anything else, please join us.

If would like help accessing any of these facilities Tony will be happy to assist.

What's on

We will keep you up to date with what's going on here! 

Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus sadly our physical activities are curtailed. We did have plans for
a theatre vist to see a couple of of members perform onstage, plus plans for more World of Bridge events and
a Battle of the Sexes night and not forgeting we were hatching exciting plans for the club's first holiday.

As soon as we're able to get back to these things we will let you know but in the meantime please see above
for our online activities and please stay in touch and safe.

Guests, visitors or friends are always very welcome to attend any evening or event but only members may win competitions.

Congratulations!

Last years competitions are concluded now so many congratulations to our top individual Nigel Stuttard, Mike A. Jones for top spot as an Improver and Caroline Norris for heading the Handicap field!
Finishing places can be found in the 'Historical Competitions' section to the left.

Our online games continue to be popular and members are also due congratulations for achievements over the last month or so:

Taking the first step on the Masterpoint ladder to the rank of Local Master are Mike Jones, Mike Jones (no really there are two), Doona Stuttard & Jennie Smith.

Then Brian Chart, Pat Youlden, Anne & David Gillespie, Caroline & David Norris, Steve Devlin, Kevin Kilby, Sandy Merredith and Rose Simpson all took the next step to become Club Masters.

The rank of Area Master one level up from there was reached by Sue Chart, Ged Youlden, Graham Long and Tom Carne.

The achievements and progression of our members gives us great pleasure and we offer you all our heartfelt congratulations, keep it up!

In case you are unaware, you can access your EBU record via 'My EBU' - speak with Tony if you need help to do so.

Movers and Shakers!

This years competitions are underway including the new improvers and handicap ladders, online events do count - please see the 'Current Competitions' menu on the left.

Results
Friday Pairs (via BBO)
Wednesday Pairs (via BBO)
Friday Pairs (via BBO)
Wednesday Pairs (via BBO)
Calendar
21st April 2021
Wednesday Pairs (via BBO)
10:15
23rd April 2021
Friday Pairs (via BBO)
19:15
28th April 2021
Wednesday Pairs (via BBO)
10:15