Whitenap Bridge Club was started in 1994 by Mrs Sybil Dickinson, see advert above, a very keen and able bridge player, who had moved to the Romsey area. Mountbatten School was the chosen venue and the club has used the Community Room in the school since that time, meeting from 7.00 to 10.00pm on Mondays evenings for duplicate bridge. Unfortunately, not long after the club’s formation, Mrs Dickinson’s health deteriorated and she died in 1995. It was her wish that the club continued and the solicitor, acting for her daughter, Mrs Jackie Brown, drew up a constitution changing the status of Whitenap Bridge Club from a Proprietor’s Club to a Members Club’. Mrs. Brown donated to the club all the bridge equipment purchased by her mother and a sum of money which had accrued since the club’s formation.
The first General Meeting was held on 23rd September 1996, at which it was agreed that the club should become affiliated to the English Bridge Union, however, after an EGM in August 2009 the club voted to disaffiliate from the English Bridge Union in 2010. It was also agreed that a trophy should be purchased in commemoration of Sybil Dickinson and this has been played for by club members every year.
Whitenap Bridge Club has been operating very successfully since its inauguration. Many of those who play on Monday evenings are founder members of the club. There is a ceiling of 52 members, lack of space means only 13 tables can be accommodated, but visitors are always welcome (with a partner, as no host scheme operates).