44 English Bridge August 2014 www.ebu.co.uk
FIFTY YEARS YOUNG
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:
www.bridgewebs.com/stalbans/ (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
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
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