The full course is 4 days, but to run a club session is only 2 days. Put aside 18th/19th January and come to OUR club.The tutor is June Booty who is fun AND good. Remember her at the swiss pairs? The final two days are Thursdays 30th January and 13th February. Call Joan 01491 579795 for queries.
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Wallingford Bridge Club wish to pass on their thanks to Abingdon Bridge Club for hosting the Len Salmon Trophy match on Sunday 17th November. We were made very welcome and served with an excellent half time tea with homemade cakes.
Congratulations to Wallingford players who won comfortably in all three sections. The photos include Adrian Lambe (club captain) receiving the Len Salmon Trophy from Gordon Carroll (Abingdon captain).
Each club has now won the trophy twelve times and we look forward to welcoming Abingdon to Wallingford in 2020.
The Club held its annual Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs competition on Sunday, 22 September. 44 pairs took part in six rounds of six boards each, with sandwich and cake refreshment after three rounds. Click here for the results.
Prize winners were:
Top position: Stephen Marsh & Elizabeth Yearling
Second position: William Clennell & Dominic Cooke
Highest improvement in position after the third round: Mike Nunn & Gary Stevens
Highest position for non-experienced pair: Peter Dyer & Sue Waddington
The Director was June Booty and the Scorer was Cliff Hones.
Wallingford Bridge Club has raised a phenomenal amount through our charity week, Stuart Fox's charity lessons and the Pead Plate amounting to £1040 for http://www.flexicare.org.
Thanks to everyone at the club for being so generous with donations and joining in with the historic Pead Plate handicap competition. A lot of fun was had. Congratulations to the winners.
First place: Helen & Gary Jennison, Alan & Elena McBride
Second place: Kevin & Ruth Carter, Waltraud Scott & Helen Spicer.
Wallingford Bridge Club celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sunday 30th June. See Wallingford Bridge Club - the first 50 years.pdf
It was a Swiss Pairs competition of 6 rounds of 4 boards each. We had 23 tables and our Director was June Booty.
A delicious lunch was served to us by the local Chequers Inn and drinks were provided.
A good time was had by all; to see the pictures taken, click photographs to open a new web page.
Best Non Expert result: Tied by Anna Wright & Geoff Ward and Janny Watson & Pat Swain
Highest rising pair: Debbie Roberts & Geoff Nicholas
Second position : Adrian Lambe & Ron Quainton
First position: Gillian Lonsdale & Nigel Wilkes
All the table money at our Club’s evening sessions on Monday 11th November and Wednesday 13th November will be donated to the BBC’s Children in Need under the ECatsBridge SIMS events. Our members responded very generously to the request to donate at least twice the normal table money.
We apologise for the problem on Monday evening which meant our results could not be included in the national SIMS table. The National positions for those who played on Wednesday (and further information about the scheme), can be found here.
The total amount donated by the Club to Children in Need this year is an amazing £737. Since ECatsBridge started these events in 2002, they have raised over £1m. for Children in Need.
At the Oxfordshire Bridge Association AGM on Thursday 13th June, Kathy Talbot presented Dave Workman with the trophy for winning division four of the Wessex League.
Congratulations go to Dave and all players from the D Team for their successful season.
Photos from the club’s AGM held on Wednesday 1st May 2019.
Agenda is here. Competition Winners are here. The AGM papers are in the members’ area. Select and click Members Only Area from the left hand column of the Home Page, log in then select Members Only Notices. Select the file 2019 AGM Papers - 1 May 2019.
Please click to read Colin's Christmas message to all the Club members.
On Friday, 19 October, 10 teams competed in the Club’s annual Pead Plate event.
Members of the winning team were Tony Godfrey, Lesley Sixsmith, Beryl McGreevy and Prue Porter. All results are here
Particular thanks are due to Margaret Sloper for organising and directing the evening.
During the week, raffle tickets had been sold which raised £400. Adding this to the table money for Friday of £100 results in a donation of £500, to which the Club will seek to add Gift Aid of another £100.
The worthy beneficiary of this year’s charity donation is Maggie’s Oxford Centre where the money will be spent on additional plants. If you would like to know more about the Centre, please click here.
We were delighted that 40 pairs participated in our annual Swiss Pairs competition.
The photograph shows Ron Quainton and Peter Russell receiving their first place prize from Colin Jones, the Club’s Chairman.
In second place were Adrian Lambe and Jo Murray.
The prize for the pair who made the biggest improvement during the second half of the competition was won by Erica and Christopher Sheppard.
Prizes for being in the best position in the less experienced category were awarded to Lesley Sixsmith & Linda Clark and Alex Tabbitt & Jayne Watney.
Full results are here.
Peter Randall from Stratford-upon-Avon directed the event.
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Click link for minutes AGM Draft Minutes 2018.pdf
The morning beginners class have just completed their final lesson of the year. Congratulations to all of you who have finished the course. We have had lots of fun learning and for some revising the basics and I wish you all success in developing your skills further.
This was my last class teaching at Wallingford Bridge Club before I head up North, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years of teaching beginners, and running the supervised play session. Thank you to my colleagues Francis Glassborow and Patricia Hones for all their support.
Where has the year disappeared to? Christmas is nearly upon us!
The year has seen continued growth in membership and attendances. The refurbishments to the building have created a superb building for the local community and bridge players. 2017 has not been without its headaches. One of the problems we are facing is that of success. Plans are in hand for a modest extension and internal re-vamp that will offer greater flexibility in the use of the hall and a modest increase in playing space. A further improvement to the car parking area is also in the pipeline.
My thanks go to the management committee, bridge teachers and all the volunteers who work so hard to make the club a success. I feel I should make a special mention of Norman Gascoyne who, amongst his many other jobs, has been instrumental in making changes to the small room and in significantly improving the playing area.
Finally, thank you all for your support and I wish you all a safe and very happy Christmas and New Year.
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The Monday evening party (19th Dec) with Gillian Leaver (Web News Editor) by the Christmas tree and the winner of the "Partner Swapping bridge" Gaye Kyle, with her prize presented by the hostess, Lyn Arnold.
Please forward any photos from the other parties for inclusion here.
Wallingford Bridge Club is number 20 in the EBU list of clubs based on the number of sessions played. This is a movement of 4 places from last year. Click this link to see the top 50 english clubs.
As another year-end approaches, I thank everyone who has helped to make it yet another successful year for Wallingford Bridge Club.
Christmas is a time to give thanks. I am very grateful to those members who have given their time to make the club so successful.
I wish you all a merry Christmas, good health, and happiness in the new year… (and good bridge!)
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Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to this worthy cause.
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To view the draft minutes, click Members Only Area from the left hand column menu, log in then select Members Only Notices again from the left hand column menu.
A familar looking Santa attended the Monday party and the Friday afternoon party. (Right) A break from the Monday party Chicago play.
A happy, peaceful Christmas and a
prosperous New Year to you all.
Please click the title to read Colin Jones' Christmas message to all the members.
We would like to wish Joan Grandison a very Happy Birthday.
Joan, a member of the club since 27 December 1973, will be 95 on 11 April.
Many happy returns Joan.
Following a successful trial, we will be continuing with our Monday morning bridge sessions. These will be held every Monday except on the second Monday of the month when the OBA County Seniors Event takes place at the club. We play from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. It is a friendly duplicate pairs session, playing 24 boards. Players are of mixed abilities and inexperienced players are welcome. Host available.
Congratulations to Malcolm Currie and John Slater who won the County Mens Pairs Competition, which was held in Yarnton on Thursday 27th October . Photo and results on the OBA Website http://www.oxfordshirebridge.co.uk
Our annual blue pointed event took place place on 13 September 2015. Congratulations to the overall winners Nigel Wilkes and Gillian Lonsdale. Please click here for the full results. Thank you very much to Barbara Antrobus and others for organising this enjoyable event.
The Teams Calendar for 2015/16 is now on the website. Select Competitions - Teams - Teams Calendar 2015 - 16 from the left hand column of this home page or click on the title to view.
We are very sorry to report the sad passing of Edna Gillette, one of Wallingford Bridge Club's founder members.
Please click here for the latest edition of the Club's newsletter. It includes a summary of our recent AGM. For the full minutes, click here.
Congratulations to the following 1st year students who have successfully completed the English Bridge Union's Beginning Bridge Course run by Gillian Weatherley at the Club:
Helen Adams, Wendy Mugggeride, Pauline and Alan Harvey, Gill Dexter, Liz Robertson, Wendy and Iain Morrison, Ann and George Lazur, Nicola Harrison, Sue Burfoot, Kathryn Murphy, Paul Compton, Roger Elliot, Stephanie Gibbons, Susie Mee, Claire and Riccard Andersson, Sylvia Walsingham, Sarah Whittaker, Jackie Johnson, Torril and Basil Evans.
Congratulations also to Debbie Roberts and Geoff Nicholas who came 2nd in a field of 106 in the recent Berks and Bucks Swiss Pairs.
Some of the club's 2014 competition winners, receiving their award from the club's President Graham Rayner
The Oxfordshire Bridge Association competition and the English Bridge Education & Development student Sims were held at Roke on 22nd March. Five tables of bridge players and three of minibridge players took part from 16 schools in the area. Prizes were kindly presented by Richard, Earl of Macclesfield.
The leading student pair in the country at the moment are Arthur Anstis and Cameron Butcher, whilst the leading minibridge pair are Jacob Potter and Aidan Saunders. Congratulations to all.
More information on Bridge for Schools is here
Andrew Robson's Masterclass at Wallingford Bridge Club was a great success Many thanks to all involved especially to Lyn Arnold.
Congratulations to our Chairman Colin Jones and Jo Murray who won the Abingdon Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs on Sunday 8 February. They were first in a field of 40 with 89 VPs.
Some big smiles from the Friday and Monday parties respectively. A total of £340 was raised for Helen and Douglas House.
Malcolm's Funeral was held on Tuesday 8 November 2014 at Easthampstead Crematorium.
There is a tribute to Malcolm by Clive Keep here
I would also like to add that Malcolm introduced me to bridge through his Didcot evening classes and I echo everything in Clive's tribute. I enjoyed his regular bridge column in the local Herald series and also his amusing book, "Bridge at the Blunt End".
The EBU have sent out an updated sheet on changes to the Announcements and Alerting which came into effect on 1st August 2013.
Announcements have been modified for the first time since their introduction in 2006.
Non forcing minor suit openings, which may be short, are to be announced as "may be X" where X is 0, 1 or 2.
2NT openings, Stayman, and transfer responses are to be announced in a similar way to 1NT openings.
The alerting rules have been changed slightly for artificial suit bids on the first round of the auction. Previously, for example, a 1H 3S splinter was alerted, but 1S 4C was not. This has been corrected.
Please click here for the EBU summary sheet of these and other changes.