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 its 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 Monday evening 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.
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We are delighted to confirm that significant progress has been made this week with the landlord of our new premises at 54 Goldhawk Road, agreeing that we will be given access to the property by 1st March 2015 at the very latest. It has been a very slow and frustrating process for all of us.
1st March 2015 is therefore the date we can start to turn the current offices into our exciting new-look club with space for matches and teaching as well as club bridge. It will have a proper kitchen enabling us to serve a wide range of refreshments as well as a bar, for which we already have the licence!
Here are plans showing:
how the space looks at present, in use as offices. There are some partition walls to be removed, but no serious structural work is needed.
a proposed layout of our new club with tables, which gives an idea of the size and space.
We believe the refit process will take about 6 weeks, so we should be able to move into the new club soon after Easter.
Any comments or suggestions about layout, activities or even suggested menus would be very welcome.
We are working on a FAQ document which we hope will answer many of the questions which will arise as we move closer to the move date. Alternatively you can email us on email@example.com, or speak to Nick or any member of the Committee.
The last game of this year will be on Monday 22nd December, when there will be the usual duplicate at 7.00pm and also the supervised practice session from 7.30pm. The club will then close until after Christmas and the New Year holidays, re-opening on Friday 2nd January, when the evening duplicate at 7.30pm will be the first game of 2015.
Following the recognition of YCBC Ltd as a registered charity we need to move the business of the club from the current Cardinbrook Trust to the new company. The new charity will run the bridge-playing/teaching etc. side of the business, whilst the new club bar and catering facilities will continue to be run by Cardinbrook, as a subsidiary company of YCBC Ltd.
This process will involve closure of the Trust established when Warwick handed the club over to the members. The Trustees are satisfied that the new arrangements are in line with Warwick’s wishes for the club. If any member has any questions or concerns about this process, they are welcome to raise them with the club Chairman, David Ewart, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since it now seems we will still be at St John’s Wood at the end of the year (though hopes are still high for taking possession of our new premises in Goldhawk Road early in 2015), we have decided to hold the YCBC Christmas Party this year at the Wood.
This will be on Sunday 14th December, and as it is a Sunday the start time and finish times will be earlier than usual. The party will start at 3.00pm and will comprise bridge, food, drink and good fun, all included for the comprehensive price of £25 a head, payable in advance (£3 surcharge payable on the day). Numbers may have to be limited, so please contact Nick to secure your place.
Wednesday afternoon supervised play will not take place at the moment.
On Monday 8th December there will be no regular YC events (neither the evening duplicate nor the evening supervised play) as the St Johns Wood BC is holding its annual auction pairs then. See its website for more information on its auction pairs.
We are pleased to announce recent progress on a couple of fronts.
The first is that the YCBC has been recognised as a charitable institution by the Charities Commission, in line with a growing number of other bridge clubs. This is in recognition of the fact that bridge is a beneficial activity and of the value of the club's role in promoting bridge within the community. It also brings us some useful tax benefits which will be very helpful in our move to new premises.
Which brings us to the second area of progress. Negotiations are now almost complete on the acquisition of the building at 54 Goldhawk Road. All terms have been agreed and we expect to sign the lease very shortly. The current occupiers still have not fully vacated the premises but we are pressing them for a date and are still hopeful of being able to move before the end of the year.
Tuesday afternoon duplicates have been ceased due to lack of support. Tuesday evening games will continue unchanged.
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.
Developers Duplicate - Sun Nov 02, Sun Nov 16, and Sun Nov 30, all starting at 2.00pm.
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.
LMBA Mens and Ladies Pairs - Sun Oct 26 at 1.00pm;