Winchester Bridge Club welcomes all bridge players, from complete beginner to expert to play duplicate bridge in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We are part of the Winchester Racquets & Fitness Club, Bereweeke Road, Winchester. Membership of the bridge section of the club (currently £141.50 per annum) includes full use of the club facilities, including the bar and cafe, serving drinks, meals and snacks, tea and coffee. No table money is payable. Members interested in a sports or fitness membership package may join and also add bridge membership for just £15 extra.
Face-to-face (F2F) club sessions restarted from July 19th 2021, in line with the delayed step 4 of the government’s roadmap. We play duplicate pairs on Tuesday and most Thursday evenings. Please arrive promptly before 6:45pm for a prompt start no later than 7pm, to ensure a timely start and finish. Scoring is electronic, using Bridgemates
Covid precautionary measures
Tables are currently laid out for a maximum of 6 tables and are well spaced out in the playing area. Extra ventilation is ensured by keeping open large windows and the emergency door, by which players may enter and leave the room. Players are advised to bring an extra layer of clothing and to apply hand sanitiser before each round. No sessions will be held in the small room, as it is deemed to have insufficient ventilation.
Because of the pandemic we are also playing online once a week, on Wednesdays, at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start. We are also glad to welcome guests. Please see our separate post below for more details.
Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome. There is a guest fee of £3.50 for the evening (£3.00 online). We normally have a host available on duplicate evenings so visitors do not need a partner, but you are asked to arrive early and introduce yourself to the Director, so that any formalities can be dealt with before start of play.
All sessions are scored electronically by Bridgemate and printed hand records are available, or for online games, hands, double-dummy analysis, and the ability to replay bidding and card play.
Beginners and improvers
Beginners and Improvers courses are offered by one of our members, Margaret Blewett (please contact Margaret firstname.lastname@example.org directly for more information). We also offer Supervised Play sessions on Monday evenings, with occasional Gentle Duplicate sessions as part of the programme, to introduce players with less club experience to duplicate play, before taking out full membership, at a special introductory rate. We also run occasional seminars on Wednesday evenings.
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