Bridge club marks silver jubilee

PUBLISHED: 11:54 16 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:23 15 June 2010

A Honiton man, 'Hutch' Hutchinson, decided one day that it would be a good idea to start a bridge club in the town so that he could indulge in his hobby. He found a dozen interested people and soon a club was formed.

A Honiton man, 'Hutch' Hutchinson, decided one day that it would be a good idea to start a bridge club in the town so that he could indulge in his hobby. He found a dozen interested people and soon a club was formed. This month members celebrated 25 years of success. Ever since 1984, the club has met regularly once a week at the St John Hall in the town. Members still pay only £1 for a game!The club has also raised money for local charities by holding bridge events which have attracted players from all over Devon and Somerset.Some years ago the club started a section for players new to the game and this has grown so well that it is now run as a separate club, meeting at the same venue and sharing facilities. Chairman Roger Harris said: "This means that Honiton is one of the few places which can offer bridge for players of all abilities."Anyone in East Devon who would like to play can contact me on (01404) 815649 and I will give them details. We have a host system so there is always a player available to play with visitors."The club celebrated the 25th anniversary by holding a dinner, which of course included a bridge session. During the evening prizes were presented for an event that was held in memory of a member, Paul Wickham, who recently died. The event raised £136 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.The winners were Paul and Jennie Redvers, who were founder members of the club, and Brenda Miller and Jack Clarke.


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