Bridge Report



Many congratulations to Peter Hardyment and Malcolm Bricknell who won our Founder’s Trophy with a combined total of 60.1%. The trophy was played for over two Monday sessions. Steve Foster did a magnificent job in ensuring that all players played nearly all of the rest of the field. The movement for the second session was quite something and well organised by Steve. 

On Friday 7th February, the Club was delighted to host the Surrey Schools Bridge Championship. The event was brilliantly coordinated by Val Lanceley with thanks to Ron, Felicity and Simon for all their help on the day.

Val has written this report:

Paul Mendleson welcomed 108 aspiring bridge players  with a characteristically amusing and inspiring speech. Local schools were well represented by King’s College, St Paul’s, the Harrodian, Hampton, Epsom and Westminster but schools from as far away as Ryde, Isle of Wight and Haberdashers Aske’s, Elstree took part.

The competition is divided into three sections: the Cup, for the most experienced players, the Salver for less experienced players and Mini Bridge for Beginners. Roehampton Club was well represented in the Cup by two of the King’s team, the eventual winners, by Woody Cohen and Theo Sinclair. Edward and William Battersby from the Harrodian teamed up with Hampton School and came a creditable seventh. The Salver was won by Weydon School and the mini bridge by Epsom College. Congratulations to you all. For full results follow the link below:

Many thanks to the Club for supporting this event and to all concerned who
worked hard to ensure it ran smoothly.
There is no doubt that the championship’s increasingly high profile is enhanced by our wonderful bridge room as opposed to a draughty school hall!

 We look forward to hosting the event in 2021.

Roehampton Club have had mixed results in the next round of the Devonshire Cup. 

The Blue Team had a very good match against Saviles which they won comfortably by a magnificent 2000 points.

The Red Team, the defending champions, unfortunately were knocked out by Oxford and Cambridge Alha team by approximately 600 points. Viv reports that it was close at half time with honours claimed twice by the opposition which we could not claim as we were in a different game contract. A couple of 4 spade contracts went off with a bad trump break and 3NT making on anything other than a Club lead, so our margin of loss increased in the second half. 

 The Roehampton Club Blue team will play the winners of RAC Morgan v Portland in the semi final on 3rd March. Good luck to the team.

Tea break to not to break? 

I have been approached by several people in the last few weeks asking if we could stop the tea break on a Monday afternoon as it makes the session a very long one. I am aware that the tea break is popular with some Members so I propose to run a survey over the next two Mondays to see what the majority view is. It will be a very simple survey with just two questions – do you want a tea break or don’t you? I will then take the results to the next Committee meeting, which is in April, to discuss. So, whatever is decided nothing will change for at least a couple of months. Please fill in the sheet on Monday. If you won’t be there but have a view please email me at 

Charity Bridge Afternoon

A reminder that on 3rd March at 2pm the Lady Golf Captain is running a Charity Bridge afternoon. Angie Atkins’ Charity is the Battersea Summer Scheme. It gives young people the opportunity to have a wide range of adventures and things to look forward to in the summer months. The event is open to all bridge-playing Members, you do not need to be a golfer. The format is Chicago.

Cost is £66 per table which includes high tea and prizes. Please sign up at Reception if you would like to book a table.

 Due to rising costs we have decided that table money for all duplicate sessions will rise from £3 to £4 from 1st March. 

Upcoming dates for your diary 

20th February:  Match vs Hurlingham

21st February: Teams’ Practice

3rd March: Lady Golf Captain’s Charity Bridge 

4th March: Welcome Wednesday

5th March: Match vs MCC


Kate Blake | Bridge Chair