A new course will be starting in October on Wednesday after noons or Monday evening. Brochure
Fast Track Bridge is a course for complete beginners who want to learn to play and get started quickly. It will also suit people who have learnt before but need to refresh their knowledge and anyone who cannot commit to a longer course of weekly lessons. The pace is more intensive than my longer beginners courses so it may suit faster learners.
Fast Track is a new course which is part of the National Learning Programme of English Bridge Education and Development CIO*. (which the *charitable organisation for bridge education)
For more details see http://www.bridgeclassbristol.
In mid 1950's Graham Griffith, John Spielman, Stephen Thomas and W. Morley Burry used to play bridge in a house on 41 Oakfield Road, just off Whiteladies Road. It was run by a lady as a business. She was charging them too much for the use of the premises. So they moved, with many others, to Aces Bridge Club.
Graham Griffith was the driving force behind the BBC being formed. He, John Spielman, Stephen Thomas and others loaned or donated money to the new club and subsequently bought the lease for the new premises on The Promenade in Clifton (close to the Mayor's residence) and registered it as Bristol Bridge Club. Graham was the first chairman of the club 1958-1960.
In the early 80's, they were approached by the landlords to see if they would sell the lease as they had a buyer for the whole building. The lease still had 7 years to run so they were in a strong position to get a good deal. After finding new premises it was put to the members at an EGM. Only a few did not like the idea mainly because it was "Hotwells " and not Clifton. They raised extra money by way of loans/ gifts from members and a bank loan.
After many months searching for new premises and further negotiations, they bought the lease of the present building in March 1981. Many members gave their time to get the building in shape. It took around six month to get the place ready to be used as Bridge Club. So in November 1981 they moved from The Promenade to Grenville Hall, Oldfield Road, our present premises (this was done over one weekend).
This building was previously used as a printing works, and store for printing materials.
A revised Premier Pairs is planned to start in February 2019. As before it will take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month. The major changes from before are that there will be no relegations from the pool of Premier Pairs players, and that cross imp scoring will always be used.
Publicity will go out to all club members of NGS rank Queen and above in January 2019. They will be asked to tell us if they are available to play in the next Premier Pairs by the deadline of 12 noon on the 2nd Tuesday in the month. The players selected and reserves will be publicised soon afterwards.
The hope is that sufficient good pairs will be available so that the best 14 pairs can be selected to give a 7 table all-play-all competition. With only 10 pairs there will be a 5 table competition which is also all-play-all As before, players will pay a £1 supplement on top of table money, and there is a cash prize of £60 for the winning pair with 7 tables ( £30 each ) and £40 with 5 tables ( £20 each ).
To give the best chance of getting good players to support this competition, we would inform league teams that they must not play league matches on a Premier Pairs evening. To encourage regular attendance, players who play in the Premier Pairs at least 6 times in the year February 2019 to January 2020 will be eligible to play in the Premier Pairs Silver Cup competition. This will take place separately in Spring 2020.
Publicity about this new competition will also go to the county secretaries of Somerset and Gloucestershire to pass on to their strong players who can play at Bristol . This completion will be open to all and rules about visitors will be waived. Participants who are not members of Bristol Bridge Club will pay £6.
1. Spielman Cup for Pairs
Members and non-members may play in the qualifying round. For the final, all players must be members and no substitute players are allowed.
2. Everett Cup for teams
Members and non-members may play in the qualifying round. For the final, all players must be members. Teams may bring in up to 2 substitute players provided these substitutes have not failed to qualify in another team in the qualifying round.
3. Hockey Cup for Mixed Pairs, the Mens Pairs and the Ladies Pairs.
These are 1 session events. Non-members may play if they are of correct gender, but only members can be awarded the trophy.
4. Bernard Shannon Trophy.
All partnerships must be arranged from the random draw. Members and non-members may play but only members can be awarded the trophy.
5. Curtis Cup
Players enter in pairs. Teams are determined by putting pairs together in line with Bob Curtis’ wishes. Members and non-members may play but only members can be awarded the trophy.
6. Cyril Samuels Trophy
Members enter in teams in advance. When the sign up list is put on the noticeboard, only members may sign up. However non-members may play if there is space, and if they do play, they are eligible to win prizes but only members can be awarded the trophy.