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Welcome to Wakefield Bridge Club
New YCBA Match Secretary

We are sad to report the recent death of one of our best and most popular members, Geoff Newman.  He was a member for some thirty years, and serrved twice as Club President, as well as a long stint on the selection committee.

Importantly, he was until the start of this season our Match Secretary.  Karen Lemm has generously offered to take over as Match Secretary, for which we are very grateful.  Karen can be contacted on kt.lemm@gmail.com.

Come and join us in our new home...
Come and join us in our new home...

Wakefield Bridge Club

The club was founded in Autumn 1953 and currently has more than 180 members.  In July last year we re-opened in our new home at Thornes Park, where we have taken part of the ground floor of the former grammar school/college, now part of the Penny Appeal Campus.  The aerial view here shows the college/Penny Appeal buildings at the top left, and the main car park; the thin grey line running through the trees from the bottom right of the photo marks the line of the road up from the park entrance on Horbury Road.  For detailed guidance on finding us please click one of these links.

Directions to Wakefield Bridge Club - Maps and Photos.pdf

Directions to Wakefield Bridge Club - Written.pdf

The post code of the club is WF2 8QZ; the what3words /// address is flank.inspector.waving.  (Find the what3words app on your smartphone.)

The Secretary is Stephen Hanslip.  Please contact him on 0781 555 3130 - or at secretary@wakefieldbridgeclub.org.uk.

The club subscribes on members' behalf to Pianola, an online tool which helps you review your performance, analyse where you went wrong - and see how you can do things better in future.  If you have accepted the invitation from the club to join, just click the button below to log in to Pianola.  If you would like another invitation simply email or phone the Secretary.

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Online bridge lessons for beginners
Online bridge lessons for beginners

The Online Bridge Lessons for complete beginners were a great success, with most of the 20+ starters staying the course - congratulations!

With our new premises now open Wakefield is not continuing with the further tranches of online lessons, but we invite all our beginners - and new members of any standard - to join us at the club for face-to-face lessons.  

Many thanks to all the Wakefield members who acted as assistants to the playing tables of beginners - we couldn't have done it without you all.  Special thanks must go to Jim Edwards for his brilliant BridgePlay practice program, which has proved both very popular and quite invaluable; and not forgetting Brian Davison of Olicana Bridge Club who prepared the hands and wrote up the commentary, and David Guild who organised the whole course.  It was truly excellent, all round!

Looking to start playing bridge....?
  • Newcomer to the game, intrigued by what you have heard or seen?
  • Returning to the game, after a long time away?
  • Able to play, but no partner - not sure how to find one?

We may have the answer - just call the Secretary Stephen Hanslip on 0781 555 3130, or email him at secretary@wakefieldbridgeclub.org.uk.

All you have to do is make that first step - we'll take it from there.  

Our Playing Sessions
Our Playing Sessions

Forthcoming Events are now listed on the Calendar. 

Monday Mornings - 'Stepping Stones' -  for beginners and early improvers.  The emphasis is on a gentle pace where nobody feels rushed, and up to ten minutes is allowed for each board.  If you are stuck with either the bidding or the play, you can ask for help from a teacher.  Play starts at 10.00 am and we aim to play about 14 to 16 boards before lunch.  If you would like to be involved simply turn up on the day, or contact Danny Parsonson on 07581 476235. 

Monday and Thursday evenings - These have a more competitive atmosphere.  Club hosts are available on an occasional basis; pairs of visitors are always welcome, but if you need a partner please contact the Secretary.  Members can post a partner-finder advert on Pianola. Occasional evenings are marked as Teams Events, and then advance registration is required - see the calendar for details. 

Tuesday mornings - A teaching session for improvers, and open to new and existing members with some experience of the game.  No partner is required, and there is a mix of instruction and guided play.

Tuesday evenings - the atmosphere is a little more relaxed, and the number of boards played is limited to about 21.  Pairs of visitors are always welcome, and a host is always available (but not during August - sorry!).

Wednesday evenings - The new beginners' course started on Wednesday 9 March.  Please call if you would like to join in, as catch-up help is available.

Friday mornings - This new, relaxed session aims to be more social in character, and players of all grades are welcome.  A host is often available.

Need to know:

  • Please arrive ten minutes before the start of a session.  Pairs of visitors are always welcome; single visitors please contact the Secretary, except on Tuesday evenings, when you can come unannounced (but not on 17 May).
  • Sessions are charged at £2.50 table money per head, except Monday morning (£2 - no NGS or Master Points).  Please don't bring cash, we will send you a bill at the end of the month and you can pay by bank transfer.
  • Monday morning - start 10.00, finish before 12.30 - play about 15 boards
  • Tuesday morning - start 10.00, finish before 12.30 - a teaching session followed by up to 8 boards of guided play
  • Monday evening - Start 19.00, finish about 22.30 - play 24 - 27 boards
  • Tuesday evening - start 18.45, finish before 22.00 - play about 21 boards
  • Wednesday evening - start 19.00, finish about 21.00 - the beginners' course for those new to the game 
  • Thursday evening - start 19.00, finish about 22.30 - play 24 - 27 boards
  • Friday morning - start 10.00, finish before 12.30 - play about 18 - 21 boards
  • Membership 2021 - 2022: The membership fee is £35 per annum.  However, new members can join during the year at a rate of £3 per month remaining until the following 31 March (payable as a lump sum).
  • Drinks - Tea and coffee are available for a small charge in our own kitchen; we have a large fridge and members are invited to bring their own drinks. 
The Calendar....

The Calendar shows upcoming events, but please also see above for details of our regular playing sessions.

 

Results
Friday Morning Pairs
Director: Pat
Scorer: Chris
Thursday Evening Pairs
Director: Martin Fenton
Scorer: Karen
Tuesday evening Pairs
Director: Danny Parsonson
Scorer: Danny Parsonson
Calendar
3rd Oct 2022
Stepping Stones Pairs
10.00
3rd Oct 2022
Teams Event
19.00
Advance booking required - contact the Secretary
4th Oct 2022
Tuesday teaching session - discussion of hands from Monday morning
10.00
Tony Johnson has kindly agreed to run this session. From next week these sessions switch to Wednesday mornings at the same time.