Where duplicate bridge is always friendly and fun


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 came along.  

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 convention.

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 adhered to.