Club History

This club is over 50 years old having been started by Margaret and Geoffrey Hyde amongst others, sometime before 1957. It was called the Cambridge Masonic Bridge Club, but only one member was a Mason, and it met on Monday evenings. There were about 10 tables and they played Rubber Bridge or cutting-for-partners on alternate evenings.

Its first premises were on the top floor above Millers the music shop in a place called the Tower, at the corner of King St. and Hobson St.  Since then it has met in the basement of Royal Hotel, the Church hall of St Marks in Newnham, University Press Sports Pavilion in Brooklands Ave. then back to St Marks, and finally Trumpington village hall when the day had to change to Tuesday.

A second venue at Arbury started on a Wednesdays expecting to drop Trumpington on a Tuesday, but this never happened because there were too many members and the two nights provided convenient venues on opposite sides of the city. There have been two club nights a week ever since. Arbury became too expensive so the club met at the Botanic Gardens followed by Shire Hall.  More recently, the club moved to Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club for its Wednesday meeting.

Two nights a week started in the mid 1970s when the club went to Trumpington. The longest registered member is Bob Gittins who went to the club in 1959, and Tony Oram was secretary in the early 70s. Reading through the past minutes of committee meetings one finds out some surprising things, such as the fact that Richard Collis agreed to arrive early at Trumpington to light the fires. I hope he did a good job.


The trophies themselves tell us something about the early members: