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Welcome to Wakefield Bridge Club
Now open again - in our new home
Now open again - in our new home

As the national lockdown ended on Monday 19 July, we re-opened for face-to-face bridge in our new premises at Thornes Park.  The first few weeks have seen a very encouraging response from members, and we look forward to welcoming more and more of you back as and when it feels right for you.....

We are currently offering the following sessions:

Monday morning: 10.00 - 12.30 - a Stepping Stones session for beginners and early improvers - supported play, no NGS or Master Points

Monday evening: 19.00 - 22.30 - Pairs

 Tuesday morning: 10.00 - 12.30 - a teaching session for beginners/improvers, building on the recently completed YCBA Online course; see the calendar for topic titles.

Tuesday evening: 19.00 - 22.00 - Pairs, but a slightly shorter session than Mondays and Thursdays.  A host is always available for this session, so you are guaranteed a partner.

 Wednesday evening: 19.00 - 21.30 - a teaching session for beginners/improvers, building on the recently completed YCBA Online course; see the calendar for topic titles (a repeat of Tuesday morning's session)

Thursday evening: 19.00 - 22.30 - Pairs

Friday morning: 10.00 - 12.30 - Pairs, a slightly shorter session

 These teaching sessions are open to all, but will be aimed very much at beginners and very early improvers; and will depend on demand.  For further information, please call the Secretary, Stephen Hanslip, on 0781 555 3130

For directions on reaching Thornes Park, see below.

Welcome to our new home...
Welcome to our new home...

Wakefield Bridge Club

The club was founded in Autumn 1953 and currently has about 200 members.  On 19 July 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

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 have been a great success, with most of the 20+ starters staying the course - congratulations!

The last of the ten weekly lessons, followed by online practice sessions, took place on Tuesday 27 April, with the final (delayed) Wednesday sessions on 28 April and 5 May.

With our new premises now open Wakefield is not continuing with the further tranches of lessons, but we invite all our beginners 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!

2019-2020 Competition Winners

The table below shows all of the winners of the competitions for the 2019-20 season.





Woodcock Roux Cup

Overall Average

Brian Leggetter


J Switalski Cup

Monday Average

Tony Murray


J Switalkski Cup

Thursday Average

John O’Sullivan

Ian Johns


Forrester Cup

Overall Handicap

Brian Leggetter

131 Points

Leslie Fulton Cup

Monday Handicap

Tony Murray

79 Points

Leslie Fulton Cup

Thursday Handicap

Brian Hutton

57 Points

Dorothy Crook Salver

Increased Average

Val Carter


Wakefield City Cup

Tuesday Average

Alan Ardron


Jim Smillie Trophy

Teams Player

Peter Wallace

48.5 Points


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

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.  

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.

Friday mornings - Not reserved to less experienced players, but this new face-to-face session should be of particular appeal to less experienced players.

Need to know:

  • Pairs of visitors are always welcome.  Single visitors please contact the Secretary, except on Tuesday evenings, when you can just come unannounced.
  • Sessions are charged at £2.50 table money per head, except Monday morning (£2 - with 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
  • Monday evening - start 19.00, finish about 22.30 - play 24 - 27 boards
  • Tuesday evening - start 19.00, finish about 22.00 - play about 21 boards
  • Thursday evening - start 19.00, finish about 22.30 - play 24 - 27 boards
  • Friday morning - start 09.45, finish about 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.


Tuesday Evening Pairs
Director: Danny Parsonson
Scorer: Danny Parsonson
Stepping Stones Pairs
Director: Danny Parsonson
Scorer: Danny Parsonson
Monday Evening Pairs
Director: Danny Parsonson
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
20th Jan 2022
Thursday Evening Pairs
21st Jan 2022
Friday Morning Pairs
24th Jan 2022
Stepping Stones Pairs