Around & About
PURPOSE-BUILT PREMISES MANY HANDS
JULY 25th saw the official opening of the Coventry & North
MAKE LIGHT WORK
Warwickshire Bridge Club. This took place at the new location for
the Coventry Bridge Club at the C&NW Cricket Club ground on THE committee of Brierfield Bridge Club (situated in East
Binley Road. The Bridge Club had been looking, unsuccessfully, Lancashire) was delighted to learn that the membership had
for new premises but cost and the attendant facilities proved too reached three hundred this month. It was founded in 1981 with
expensive. With the Cricket Club looking to extend its member- the convenient number of twelve members.
ship, a joining of the two clubs was brought about after five years
of planning and building, the Bridge Club leaving its premises in
Spon Street after forty-two years.
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress presided over the
ceremony with the actual opening symbolised by the Lord Mayor
cutting a large playing card in two (picture below).
Photo: Rosemary Price
Simple-systems night at the Brierfield Bridge Club
The club purchased its own premises, the former Leeds and
Photo: Brian Cave
Liverpool Hotel, in 2003 and at that time had one hundred and
Club President David Jones watches the Lord Mayor cutting forty members. Denis Robson, then chairman of the EBU,
a playing card at the inauguration of the club’s new premises officially opened the building.
Members have put in a lot of hard work to make the property
The Bridge Club is a stand-alone building connected to the main and car park more congenial and secure. A band of lady members
clubhouse. As a purpose-built building, it provides all that a formed a talented catering team and ‘supper socials’ are held
modern bridge club should: air-conditioning, good lighting, several times a year.
space, an ever present Steward and Stewardess, and up to the A course of lessons is given each year (following EBU guide-
minute IT facilities are all available, providing a club probably as lines). A structured programme for these beginners, whereby they
good as any other in the country. can join the club’s mainstream duplicate sessions on a selected
The EBU had a strong presence with Malcolm Oliver, Graham evening when only simple systems are used, enables them to
Jepson and Max Bavin all attending the opening. develop further at their own pace. A few extra subjects are covered
An afternoon session of 27 boards barometer-scored pairs saw in further tutorials during the second year. There is a well stocked
the winners as Peter Donovan, the Daily Mail bridge correspondent, and well used lending library (although it has proved difficult to
ably partnered by Michael Butler, the Coventry Club Treasurer. keep Michelle Brunner’s books!)
(Ann Ridgway) Duplicate bridge is now played each weekday evening and on
two afternoons, and a mini-league for team play takes place
Affiliated to the EBU, the club hosts several inter-club and county
competitions and stages its own annual competition, the Pendle
Witch Pairs. The club supports a number of charitable causes
Free trial ´ Acol widely played including the local hospice.
Special subscription rates for EBU members Probably the key feature underpinning the club’s success has
Friendly & fun online club for all players been the involvement of so many individuals in giving their skills,
time and energy. Many hands make light work. (Tony Price)
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