Nelson Bridge Club History

1954 Club formed 2 November * Table Money 1/- * Annual Subs 1 guinea*

Weekly play in Hard of Hearing Rooms, Trafalgar Square * Limit of 40 members.

1955 Affiliated to NZCBA* Howorth Cup first played against Victoria League,

Blenheim* Membership limit raised to 50* Proposal to limit lady members

to 30 was lost*Waiting list introduced for new Members.

1960 First Tournament* 21 tables* 25/- Entry Fee.

1963 2nd. Playing night started* Membership 137.

1964 Graded nights* Table money 2/-* Mabin House, 98 Nile St. purchased.

1965 Tuesday and Thursday play.

1968 Table money 3/-* Men permitted to remove coats and ties in hot weather.

1969 Playing room extended.

1970 First Ladies Tournament – men catered.

1972 3 playing nights and Friday social afternoon.

1974 200 members* Intermediate Tournament.

1977 Mortgage paid off.

1979 Table money 70 cents* Computer scoring* Paid Director.

1984 Mabin House debt free.

1988 Table money $1.50.

1989 Table money $2.00* Written bidding* No smoking until play finished.

1990 Individual competition introduced* Senior membership closed* Electronic wall timer.

1992 360 Members* Members vote to build new Club Rooms at 21 Haven Rd.

1993 September, move to new smoke-free building.

1994 Table money $4.00 Mon. and Tues.* Annual subs $50.00.

1995 Howorth Cup won by Nelson for first time in 17 years.

1996 East wall built between Bridge Club and Motorcycle Club.

1997 Current membership 300+.

1999 Howorth Cup won by Nelson* Automatic Card Dealer Purchased.

2001 Won Marlborough Teams Event.

2002 Sheila Beggs President of The Canterbury Centre.

2004 Club celebrates Golden Jubilee.

2009 Mortgage paid off.

2010 New 7th. Region – The Top of The South- Golden Bay- Kaikoura-

Marlborough- Motueka- Nelson- Picton- Richmond- Westport.

2010 New table cloths & under mats* new stove and shade sail Caretaker’s flat.

2011  Laptop & Electronic BridgePads purchased* The Green Trohy won 1st. time  in five years.  *Increase in table money Monday/Tuesday $5.00 – Thursday $4.00. (Friday stays $3.00) *Name tags to be worn* Howorth Cup won after twelve years.

2012 National Swiss Pairs 15A Tournament, 2 day event held first time in the South Island, hosted by Nelson.  Howorth Cup  won by Nelson.

2013  The 20th. Anniversary of the new Club Rooms in Haven Road * Won the Howorth Cup for the third year in succession * Outside of Club painted *new carpet and Lino in Caretakers flat * Golden Bay joined Nelson, Richmond and Motueka for the Michael Green Trophy, an Inter Teams Competition, now for payers below Club Master.

2014 The 60th. Anniversary of Nelson Contract Bridge Club 2 November 1954-2014.   Celebrated on 9 November with the opening of the Anniversary Garden * The Michael Green Trophy now a TOTS 3B Tournament * Friday table money $4.00.