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The OBA is running monthly online events for juniors, and this month 7 of our members played in it, enjoyed it, and 5 have so far signed up for the July enent.

News Archive

This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

Chairmanís Christmas Message 2019

Click here for the full message.

Christmas is a time for both reflection and renewed optimism for the future. Each year that passes has its own character - and challenges!

Looking back over the past year, for me, it has been highlighted by a wonderful ‘party’ atmosphere of the bridge events to mark our 50th anniversary celebrations, combined with another year of record attendances.

On behalf of the management committee, let me thank you all for your support. We wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Colin Jones


Last updated : 5th Jan 2020 17:49 GMT
Wallingford versus Abingdon 17th Nov 2019
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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.

Last updated : 12th Dec 2019 14:25 GMT
WBC Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs on 22nd September 2019
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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.

Last updated : 14th Oct 2019 11:40 BST
Pead Plate, charity week = whopping £££ for
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
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.
Last updated : 1st Dec 2019 16:21 GMT
50th Anniversary Event on 30th June 2019 and Club History


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. 

Winners were:

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

Last updated : 6th Aug 2019 14:12 BST
Children in Need Nov 2019

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.

Last updated : 4th Dec 2019 11:25 GMT
Wallingford Win Wessex League Division 4

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.

Last updated : 4th Aug 2019 19:53 BST
AGM - 1st May 2019
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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.

Last updated : 27th May 2019 23:32 BST
Pead Plate - Report

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.

Last updated : 14th Nov 2018 08:04 GMT
Swiss Pairs 2018 Report

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. 

Last updated : 14th Oct 2018 11:22 BST
2018 Annual General Meeting - Photos and Minutes from 2 May
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Click link for minutes AGM Draft Minutes 2018.pdf

Last updated : 4th May 2019 15:59 BST
Message from Judi Kemp

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. 

Judi Kemp

Last updated : 24th Aug 2018 15:16 BST
Chairman's Christmas Message

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.

Colin Jones

Last updated : 10th Jan 2018 11:47 GMT
AGM 2017 Pictures and Draft Minutes.
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Hover mouse over small picture to view. Please click here to view draft minutes.

Last updated : 10th Jun 2017 23:07 BST
Christmas Parties 2016

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.  

Last updated : 6th Jan 2017 14:23 GMT
Wallingford at number 20 in top club list
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. 
Last updated : 29th Oct 2019 08:46 GMT
Chairmanís Christmas Message - 2016

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!)

Click here for full version 

Colin Jones


Last updated : 6th Jan 2017 14:23 GMT
2015 Christmas Parties raised £350 for Chiltern Air Ambulance.

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to this worthy cause. The helicopter

Last updated : 17th Jan 2016 22:54 GMT
Photos and Draft Minutes from the May 2016 AGM
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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. 

Last updated : 30th Jun 2016 15:49 BST
Photos from Swiss Pairs 18th Sept 2016
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Last updated : 17th Oct 2016 12:14 BST
Christmas Parties 2015

A familar looking Santa attended the Monday party and the Friday afternoon party. (Right) A break from the Monday party Chicago play.


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A happy, peaceful Christmas and a 

prosperous New Year to you all.

Last updated : 6th Jan 2016 09:08 GMT
Happy Birthday Joan!

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.

Last updated : 14th Apr 2016 00:10 BST
Monday Morning Bridge

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.

Last updated : 3rd Jan 2016 16:13 GMT
Success for WBC members

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


Last updated : 12th Nov 2016 19:36 GMT
Wallingford Bridge Club Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs Event 13th September
Wallingford Bridge Club Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs Event 13th September

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.

Last updated : 25th Sep 2015 22:46 BST

We are very sorry to report the sad passing of Edna Gillette, one of Wallingford Bridge Club's founder members.

Edna with her husband Trevor were early members and very active in all our activities.  With Trevor as Chairman they were very generous of their time to us and involved  in all of our activities . . . playing in teams, arranging (and winning) club competitions and generally managing our  sessions . . . they even arranged a twinning with a Dutch club and organising exchange visits. 
It was Trevor and Edna who organised our early move from the  Conservative Hall to the Upstairs of Field and Hawkins stores in the Market place.  At that time they provided much of our early crockery and they were much in the lead when it came to the Christmas Parties .. . we even provided a turkey dinner in those days.   . 
Edna became Deputy Mayor of Wallingford in the early nineties and through her we were found the BullCroft Spider as a club house.  We played there until the turn of the century.   Trevor was the first President of the Club relinquishing it in the early nineties when they and a number of other members went to live in Spain.  He pased away some 15years ago. The older members among us will remember that they both played to a high standard . Our thoughts are with Edna's family at this difficult time.
Last updated : 10th Aug 2015 23:23 BST
Summer Edition of Trumpit and AGM Minutes

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

Last updated : 4th Dec 2015 20:56 GMT

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.

Last updated : 16th Jul 2015 10:40 BST
AGM 2015 Some Award Winners

Last updated : 8th Jun 2015 09:40 BST
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Some of the club's 2014 competition winners, receiving their award from the club's President Graham Rayner

Last updated : 22nd Aug 2015 19:52 BST
OBA competition and EBED student Sims at WBC

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

Last updated : 13th May 2015 08:21 BST
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Andrew Robson's Masterclass at Wallingford Bridge Club was a great success Many thanks to all involved especially to Lyn Arnold.

Last updated : 2nd Mar 2015 19:04 GMT
Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs Event 8th Feb 2015
Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs Event 8th Feb 2015

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.

Last updated : 15th Feb 2015 10:11 GMT
Christmas Parties 2014

Some big smiles from the Friday and Monday parties respectively. A total of £340 was raised for Helen and Douglas House.

Last updated : 28th Jan 2015 09:38 GMT
Malcolm Simpson

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".

R.I.P. Malcolm. 

(Gillian Leaver) 

Last updated : 28th Jan 2015 09:57 GMT
Changes to Alerting/Announcing

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. 

Last updated : 28th Jan 2015 09:39 GMT