The East Sussex Bridge Club in its present form was started in 1997 by Ken Latty
who found that having taught many people to play bridge there was nowhere for them
to play in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
We started off with a very few tables at Whatlington Village Hall on just Monday
afternoons at a rather slow pace of play. Gradually everyone improved and more players
After a brief move to Battle Golf Club we eventually settled at Grosvenor Park Nursing
Home in Bexhill. The Monday session became so popular we added a further afternoon
session and an evening session at Catsfield Village Hall. In December 2010 the Monday
and Thursday afternoon sessions were relocated to Cooden Beach Sports & Social Club
in Withyam Road, Cooden and in December 2015 the Wednesday evening session was moved
to the Bexhill Senior Citizens Club in Eversley Road, Bexhill.
Because the club was founded for students to play uncomplicated bridge, Ken decided
to restrict the number of conventions played. This proved very popular but times
change and many teachers now teach Benji Acol and three weak twos so after a trial
period Wednesday evenings played at Level 4. This caused no problems at all, so
a referendum was held in 2017 as to the playing Level at our afternoon sessions.
Overwhelming all members that voted decided they were happy for playing Level 4
would be the norm for all sessions, the only restriction being No Multi Two Diamond
To help maintain the friendliness of the club Ken also brought in the policy of Zero
Tolerance which he had heard was used in America.
The club is now owned and managed by Barbara, Ken’s widow, but the basic policy of
the club is unchanged with the emphasis on Zero Tolerance where friendly bridge may
be played in a competitive setting and the rules of Best Behaviour at Bridge are