Category Archives: Bridge

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Back for Bridge

We’re back from 10 September with new venues, playing sessions, and Duplicate Bridge! As ever, we’re running lessons for all levels from absolute beginner to more experienced club players. There’s always our option to learn in a day (‘Bridge in a Day‘) rather than during a 6-week course.  Take a look at our Summer 2012 newsletter for all the details:

Summer 2012 newsletter

Supervised Play

There are now two options for Supervised Play, our relaxed and friendly practice sessions:

1. Learning and Improving

Designed particularly for those just starting Bridge and in their first year or two of learning to play. Sessions at 4pm on Monday at the Red Lion and 7pm on Tuesday at Henley Cricket Club.

2. Introduction to Duplicate Bridge

An opportunity to learn Duplicate Bridge – exciting and fun to play! Still our same learning environment in which to ask questions and discuss what might have happened. All welcome, including those completely new to Duplicate Bridge. Sessions at 10am on Tuesday and 7pm on Thursday both at Henley Cricket Club.

Playing Bridge

Our new Gentle Duplicate session for those who would just like to play Bridge. A welcoming and encouraging atmosphere with help on how to score and move. No partner required – come along and we’ll arrange the numbers. Sessions 10am to 12:30pm on Wednesday at Nettlebed Village Club.


For details of our lessons, please take a look at our current programme and information on our courses.

Cancellation of Bridge session

I’m afraid we have to cancel the supervised play session at 10am this Tuesday (01 May) at the Red Lion Hotel in Henley. We are running as usual in the evening at 7pm. A reminder also that there is no Bridge at all (lessons or supervised play) the following week (from Monday 07 to Friday 11 May).

Bridge otherwise continues uninterrupted through to Thursday 21 June. Take a look at our programme for full details.  Be delighted to welcome as many of you as possible until then!

The Netherlands world champions

Winners of the open World Bridge Team Championships played 15-29 October 2011 in the Netherlands:

Open (known as the Bermuda Bowl) – The Netherlands (runners up USA 2)
Women (known as the Venice Cup) – France (runners up Indonesia)
Senior – France (runners up USA)

The English women came 4th in the Venice Cup.

Bridge on BBC Radio 4

Bridge was featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour on Thursday 20 October 2011.  This included a visit to the Young Chelsea Bridge Club where I played and taught for 5 years.

Follow this link to listen to the programme (the Bridge starts after 30 minutes).

Supervised Play for Beginners

From Tuesday 01 November we’re running a Supervised Play session designed specifically for those who have just started playing Bridge.  This complements our Bridge lessons and would be ideal for anyone who has completed our first course, Beginning Bridge (Red).  It’s an opportunity to enjoy playing Bridge in a relaxed and welcoming environment and to learn and improve by asking questions as you play.  No need to book in advance or come with a partner – just turn up!

The session runs from 7pm to 9pm and is held at the White Hart Hotel in Nettlebed.  The price is £9 (although the first session is included at no charge with a course of lessons with us).

Please get in touch with any questions or for further information.

No Bridge during half term week

Please note that there are no Bridge lessons or Supervised Play sessions during half term week (24-28 October).

Bridge lessons from 31 October

Our next courses of Bridge lessons start from 31 October.  These will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Henley, the White Hart Hotel in Nettlebed, and Hennerton Golf Club near Wargrave.  We’re repeating our introductory offer which proved so popular: come to the first lesson for free!

For those who have never played Bridge before, Beginning Bridge runs on Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.  No prior knowledge or experience of Bridge or other card games necessary.

For those looking to revise and consolidate the essentials, Refresh & Build 1 is held on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.  This is ideal for social players and for anyone returning to Bridge.

We continue to offer Supervised Play at 4pm on Monday, 9:30am on Wednesday, and 7pm on Thursday.  Suitable for all levels, this is an opportunity to practise in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  No need to book – all welcome.

Please take a look at our full programme for further details or get in touch with any questions.  We’d be delighted if you joined us!

Enjoy Bridge and improve your game at Supervised Play

We’re now running three Supervised Play sessions (Rubber or Chicago) at the following times (all held at the Red Lion Hotel, Henley):

4pm to 6pm Monday
10am to 12 Tuesday
7pm to 9pm Thursday

We’d be delighted if you joined us for any (or all!) of these.  It’s an opportunity to play some relaxed Bridge with help and advice at hand.  Ideal for those looking to improve or to build confidence.  No need to book in advanced or come with a partner – just turn up.  £9 per session.   All welcome!

Health and Wealth of the Nation

The English Bridge Union (EBU) is this year celebrating its 75-year anniversary. [The EBU is the national governing organisation for Bridge in England. It currently has over 50,000 members.]

The special edition English Bridge magazine for June 2011 talks about the positive impact of Bridge on the health and wealth of the nation.  Here are a few headlines:

  • All Party Parliamentary Group for the development of Bridge established in 2009.  This is encouraging school children to learn Bridge (through MiniBridge) to improve their mathematical ability (amongst other things).  It is promoting Bridge for older people to stay mentally agile and socially active.
  • Current initiative by the EBU to have Bridge recognised as a mind sport.
  • Charitable status achieved by the Hitchin Bridge Club.