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44 English Bridge August 2014


THE St. Albans Duplicate Bridge Club was founded at the Peahen

Hotel in May 1964 from the ashes of Hatfield Bridge Club (which

had folded in 1962) and remained there for the next twenty-three


The club transferred to St. Michael's Church Hall, and then

moved to the Jersey Farm Community Centre in May 1989.

Thus, in May 2014, the 25th anniversary of this move coincided

with the 50th of the Club's foundation. To celebrate both these

anniversaries, an annual competition was inaugurated called the

Peahen Anniversary Pairs Competition (recognising the club's

origins) and for which Tom Dennis, manager of the Peahen Hotel,

very kindly donated a trophy.

The first competition for this trophy was held on 5th May and

attracted seventy players from across the county. The first winners

were Tugrul Kaban and Tom Dessain (photo below).

The club meets for duplicate bridge every Monday evening at

the Jersey Farm Community Centre in St Albans. There is ample

parking, and free coffee and biscuits. Visitors and new members

are always welcome.

Further information can be found on the club's web site: (Roger Thornhill)

Around & About

Tugrul Kaban and Tom Dessain with the Peahen Trophy


CHRISTCHURCH Bridge Club in Dorset has always had a strong

membership of over one hundred and fifty. However, it became

obvious to the committee that the membership was aging and we

were losing more members through natural causes than we were


In September 2012, the committee decided to start bridge

lessons for beginners and improvers - the purpose being to

increase the membership by attracting new younger people.

The bridge school has now been running for two and half years

and we have increased the club membership to over two hundred.

The beginners and improvers classes attract about thirty-five

new students every year. We run the classes for two thirteen-week

terms, September until Christmas and January until March.

We also run a 'no-fear' duplicate every Thursday evening

throughout the year, which regularly attracts six or seven tables.

We find that this is the best way to encourage the students who

have finished the courses to play duplicate bridge, before taking

on the rigours of regular club sessions.

We also run a weekly Friday morning workshop that is

dedicated to 'play and defence'.

The club is now starting to see the benefit of all the hard work

of the committee members and general members who either

teach or help to run and organise the weekly no-fear evenings and

the Friday morning sessions. Membership is up, the club has a

much wider appeal, and there is a new enthusiasm at Christ church

Bridge Club.

Two of the recent graduates of the school, Christine Denning

and Titia Van Der Heijden-Folkers, won the Really Easy event at

this year's Spring Bank Holiday Congress in Bournemouth.

I can highly recommend this path for any bridge club that is

looking to increase their membership and/or put a fresh feeling of

vibrancy into their club and its activities. (David Berwitz)

Christchurch BC Bridge School students

proudly holding up their 'graduation' certificates


The premier British teams event

Closing date for this year's competition:

22nd September;84 per team

(half-price pro-rata for players under 25)

The entry fee includes the fee for the

Silver Plate

Enquiries to Sandra Claridge

Entry form at


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