Upminster & Cranham Bridge Club
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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.

We are back!

We are delighted to say we have returned to our regular face to face bridge session on Friday evenings.

However, as so many of you have been playing with us online we will be continuing with our online session at the same time. The the results will be merged, NGS is calculated on the section in which you play while masterpoints are more generously awarded based on the merged postions. 

We are still committed to continuing our Wednesday morning online session as it is clear there is a place for online daytime bridge. The club will offering both types of sessions for those that wish to take advantage; your club - your choice. We would remind you that all sessions, whether online or F2F are hosted. In addition our free daily Funbridge game will continue for the benefit of members and the WhatsApp group will remain actively supported. If you require access to either please ask.

Shortly we will be running another 'Beginning Bridge' course so please make anyone you know who may be interested aware.

Our face to face sessions are available to all so long as you are fully vaccinated and without symptoms of illness. There will be some minor requirements such as sanitising hands on EVERY entry to the hall while space and ventilation will be maximised. Initially there will be no kitchen facilities so please bring your own drink. If you wish to bring your own bidding box or wear a face mask/shield this will be respected and welcomed.

As we begin to explore reintroducing events, teaching and holidays membership will be reintroduced from September.

Upminster & Cranham BC

Regular BBO session Wednesday mornings at 10:30am and Friday evenings at 7:30pm, there is also a Face to Face session at the same time on Fridays at 7:30pm - please join us if you can.

We are also running a daily game on FunbridgeYou'll need a Funbridge account (free) and our game password to play these 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 face to face session has restarted but an online version continues at the same time via www.bridgebase.com. In addition there is an online session every wednesday at 10.30am. 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 face to face club club nights which are hosted. Table money of 4BB$ (equal to 4$US or around £2.90) will be collected via your BBO account for online sessions and 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 delighted to assist.

What's on

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

Due to the situation with Coronavirus sadly our physical activities were 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.

We are working to get back to these things and we will let you know as soon as events are reintroduced.

Guests, visitors or friends are always very welcome to attend any of our sessions or events but only members may win competitions. Members will be entitled to discounted rates.

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)
Friday Pairs (F2F)
Friday Pairs (BBO & F2F)
Wednesday Pairs (via BBO)
Calendar
22nd September 2021
Wednesday Pairs (via BBO)
10:15
24th September 2021
Friday Pairs (via BBO)
19:15
24th September 2021
Friday Pairs (F2F)
Cranham Social Hall 19:15