The entries for the 2014 YCKO are in. 20 teams will battle it out for the £1,000 first prize. More information and the draw can be found here.
To follow the search for new premises;
Premises Blog - Latest post 19/12/13.
Information on our new temporary premises from their website.
You can access information on our teaching page about learning bridge with our acclaimed classes, gentle duplicates and supervised sessions.
We have supervised practice sessions every Wednesday afternoon at 1.00pm and Monday evenings at 7.30pm.
We also run Friendly Bridge duplicates on Sunday afternoons every few weeks to help novices make the transition to regular club play, or for anyone who is looking for a relaxed and sociable Sunday afternoon game. Details of the scheduled dates are in the list of forthcoming events.
The easiest and most efficient way for us to keep in touch with you, and to inform you of forthcoming events, is by email. If you don't receive emails from us, we probably don't have a current email address for you. To update your email details on our database, click here and send the email.
Supervised practice on Monday evenings and Wednesday afternoons will NOT take place during August. We resume again on Monday 8th September and Wednesday 10th September.
The YCBC is now well-established at the St John's Wood Bridge Club and is very happy to be able to stay there during the summer months. But we are still looking forward to having a new permanent home and had hoped that by now we would have definite news of the completion of negotiations for the premises in Goldhawk Road.
As is the way with legal & property matters, this is taking its time to happen. But we would like to re-assure members that no major snags have arisen and we are still on course to move at the end of the summer. In fact, most of the hurdles have been removed, as we have received planning permission for use of the new premises as a club, and we have also been granted a licence for our bar there.
The wait has been caused mainly by a delay in the existing occupants securing their new premises, but they have now exchanged and completed on this and are expecting to move out in July on completion of their refit. We will then be able to start our refurbishment of the new club, which we don't anticipate should take too long as there is no major structural work involved. Until they had sorted out the legal niceties of their move, their solicitor was too busy to deal with the details of our contract, but this should now be sorted out soon. We will let you know when the deal has finally been signed and sealed.
Due to clashes with other afternoon games on a Friday, it has been decided to cease the afternoon game then (formerly the Thursday afternoon duplicate) whilst we are at St John's Wood. Tuesday afternoon games will continue unchanged.
We are very pleased to announce that as from Monday 28th April, the Young Chelsea BC will be operating from within the premises of the St John's Wood Bridge Club. For those not familiar with the Wood, as it is popularly known, it is a long-established bridge club, mainly offering Chicago-style rubber bridge which has bar and refreshment facilities similar to those YC members are used to.
The address of the new club will be:
c/o St John's Wood BC
Grove Hall Court
St John's Wood
The telephone number at the Wood is 07973 384 902, but the regular YCBC number - 020 7373 1665 - will continue to operate.
Grove Hall Court comprises three blocks of flats and the club is located in the basement of the central block. The nearest tube station to the new premises is St John's Wood on the Jubileee line - about a 6 minutes walk away, or you can use Maida Vale station on the Bakerloo line which is an 8-minute (uphill!) walk away. Buses 139 and 189 travel along nearby Abbey Road (alight at Hall Road) and buses 187 and 46 travel along Hall Road. There is also a nearby "Boris Bike" stand. Parking during the evening after 6.30pm is unrestricted on yellow lines or in residents bays, but more difficult during the daytime, though there are a few 4-hour pay-and-display bays.
The regular YC evening games will continue as normal, including the Monday evening supervised play sessions and of course the Friday evening IMP game. The club will continue to host the London Super League and other matches. Tuesday afternoon games will continue as normal, but Thursday afternoon games are likely to move to Friday afternoons. This will be confirmed shortly, but for the moment please check before coming along on a Thursday.
We very much look forward to seeing all our members at the new premises.
We have had the excellent news that planning permission has been approved for the use as a bridge club of our proposed new premises at 54 Goldhawk Road. The bad news, though, is that the current occupants of the premises do not now expect to vacate the building until around end July. Since we need to do some fitting out to serve our purposes, that means we will not be in our new home until around early September.
Meanwhile, we need to leave The Queen's Club at the end of this month as they need all their available space in the build-up to the Aegon Tennis Championships in June. So we will need another temporary base for a short while and the Management Committee is investigating accommodation options with some urgency. We have identified several possibilities and as soon as a firm decision has been taken you will be notified.
Meanwhile, please note that the last game at The Queen's Club will be on Friday 25th April.
The club is about to enter another period of change as our time at the Queen's Club draws to an end. All firm plans for the future will be notified to members via the website and emailshots as soon as they are known. Meanwhile, we have set up an email id for all members to provide suggestions, ideas and feedback. Please click here to send a message to email email@example.com.
The spring SIM's will be held on Monday April 7th at 7.00pm, and on Tuesday 8th at 1.00pm. These are different sets of boards, so you can play both, and will be the last SIM's to be held at our current premises at the Queen's Club.
The date of the third seminar in the "Improve your Bridge" series has been changed.
The seminar will now be held at the club on Tuesday 22nd April at 7.00pm.
The seminar will be presented by Chris Duckworth and will be aimed at regular club players who would like to improve. The topic this time will be Competitive Bidding & Teams Tactics - all about how to get into the auction and make life difficult for your opponents without risking very large penalties.
The cost is just £10 a head and pre-registration is requested. Just tell Chris or Nick if you would like to attend, or add your name to the list posted at the club.
The AGM on 23rd January was attended by some 40-odd members, in person or by proxy. James Rogers and Lorna Vestey stood down from the Management Committee and were thanked for their valuable contributions to the club. Paula Leslie and Gad Chadha were elected to the MC to replace them. The Chairman provided an update on the state of the negotiations for new premises in Goldhawk Road and for the move towards obtaining charitable status for the club. Draft minutes of the meeting can be read here. Accounts for the year 2012-13 as presented to the meeting can be seen here.
"Competitive Bidding & Team Tactics" Seminar - Tue Apr 22 at 7.00pm.
Friendly Bridge Duplicate - Sun Jan 12, Sun Feb 2, Sun Feb 23, Sun Mar 16 and Sun Apr 6, all starting at 2.00pm.
Tuesday afternoons at 1.00pm; advanced daytime duplicates - match-points 26-27 boards.
Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm; social duplicate in a relaxed atmosphere - match-points 24 boards.
Mondays at 7.00pm and Wednesdays at 7.30pm; advanced duplicates - match-points 24-26 boards.
Friday evenings at 7.30pm; our classic IMPs game.