Lessons 2024

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Details on 2024 Lessons updated 1 February
- see the LESSONS TAB above

Happening soon.....


  Hamilton Events :
2023 on-wards is Face to Face Bridge - Face masks are OPTIONAL for all sessions
 Date  Event  Detail
Monday 29th January ON Regular Sessions re-start
( all days / times during week )
Tuesday 5th March Bridge Lessons for 2024 commence Hours 7pm till 9.30pm
Wednesday 13th March Restricted Pairs 3 Session
Practice for Restricted Pairs Tournament
Wednesday 7,30pm
Saturday 16th March Intermediate / Junior Tournament 10am start - 2 sessions
Saturday 16th March Novice Tournament 1.15pm start - single session
Saturday 17th March WAPS - Te Aroha ( Date changed ) 10am start - $15 Entry
Sunday 7th April Restricted Pairs Tournament Start 10am - 2 sessions
Updates - Newsletter February 2024 Newsletter now available Click here to open

Programme Book Corrections


 Additions / Updates - Programme Book corrections

  Tuesday Day Summer Pairs - the 3rd session date should be March 5
  Tuesday Day - Monica Heard Trophy- Dates should be March 12, 19, 26
  Social Events (page 42) - Dates yet to be confirmed

WAPs for 2024

Web Site Updates


  2023 Club Events - Session Winners / Most Improved and Most Promising ( Champions )
  2023 Club - "Over 70%" and "Grand Slam" lists ( Champions )
  Printable session list - 2024 programme for Individual days or All days in a single list ( Info )
  Events TAB - new display format showing Club events
  2024 Club dates - Start dates for Summers Bridge / Regular Bridge ( Front page )
  2024 Introductory notice on lessons ( Lessons )
  2024 Programme - Added or changed Events on a number of days to use Butler scoring

Liz makes GOLD

Image of Liz Fisher


Well done to Liz Fisher for becoming Hamilton's 5th Gold Grand Master

To achieve that milestone Liz has accumulated a mere 4,000 A and B points of which 2,500 must be A. Should she carry on and aim for an Emerald Grand Master - you need 8,000 A and B points of which at least 6,000 must be A Points. "Think I might pass on mine - Ed"

The Grand Master was achieved in 2012 with the Gold Grand Master reached in December 2023

Liz being awarded her Gold Grand Master by NZ Bridge Chairperson Allan Morris
Well done

Hamilton Constitution update

Hamilton Bridge - Constitution Update


At the 2023 AGM meeting the Hamilton Bridge Club intends to introduce a resolution for the members to vote on changes to the current constitution. The vote for these changes will take place at a Special General Meeting ( SGM ) to be held immediately after the AGM. The vote is a simple YES / NO vote - there is no discussion on the content so concerns or suggestions need to be resolved prior to the meeting and "Constitution Lock" date of November 8th

The reason for the updated constitution – in 2020 the Government announced and then in 2022 passed a parliamentary bill with a lot of changes to the Incorporated Society legislation. These changes will have a number of impacts on the Hamilton Contract Bridge Club and will require a multitude of changes to the Club constitution and practices at the Club

However, more importantly, Inland Revenue has identified a problem it has with the Hamilton Club’s current constitution which it requires the Club to fix this year or the Club will lose its current tax exemption !!

As this must take place this year the Club is using the opportunity to make a start on the changes it will ultimately need to make. The changes proposed for the coming SGM, with the exception of one item ( this adds “Conflicts of Interest” ), concentrate on making the constitution reflect current working practices at the Club thus getting them out of the way and allowing the Club to concentrate on the changes due to the Government.


Further information is available on the links below

Proposed Constitution -

The New Constitution to be voted on @ SGM

Current Constitution showing the changes to be made to the current Constitution

Summary of the future changes required by the Government Legislation and the 2022 Act


Incorporated Societies -

Incorporated Societies - a short introduction

Information on Incorporated Societies (links)


Prior versions of the Hamilton Constitution -

Versions of the Hamilton Club Constitutions


Should you require more information on the changes proposed, disagree or wish to comment on them then contact the Club secretary @ contact@hamiltonbridge.co.nz or speak to one of the Committee. Comments or changes must be with the secretary before they close on the 8th November.

Wednesday Night Bridge FINISHED for the Year !

Wednesday night event Change

Wednesday Night Bridge for 2023 has Ended....


Hello all

After weighing up a number of factors it has been decided that the last Wednesday event for the year will not go ahead. It was not really going to be possible to play a teams event due to numbers and a pairs event was definitely going to be down in numbers.
I have tried to get at least 6 tables going this year and I think by and large we have achieved that.
I could see that enthusiasm for the last event starting next week was low.
Rather than ask a small group to gather I think we should re-energize and look to get the Wednesday group going again in the new year.
However I would still encourage you to join up next week with the players on either Monday or Thursday evening who will no doubt be pleased to see you and add to their table numbers

Thanks for playing this year on Wednesday evenings  


Shirley Waymouth

Thank you Shirley

Unless one is a "dedicated follower" of competitions and the various cups and trophies the Hamilton Club use to identify its numerous competitions one could be excused for not knowing who Shirley Waymouth was. Shirley was a very long term member of Hamilton Club, joining back in the early sixties and being active through until the nineties. In 1990 she was recognised for all she had done for the Club being awarded Life Membership to the Hamilton Bridge Club. The Club's Friday players in the Richmond room still compete for the Waymouth Trophy for the annual Championship pairs.
Life was more difficult back when Shirley started bridge - no computers or dealing machines so her passion for scoring as described below meant a tough job compared with today..... It wasn't that easy for the players either - at the end of the session there was no just walking away - the cards had to be all sorted by suit and value before being returned to the holders !

Shirley passed away at the end of 2022 but as a final act of great generosity bequeathed the sum of $10,000 to the Club. The committee is investigating what this generous sum can be used for, as we would like the "item" to be something Club members can see, admire or use on a regular basis. If any member has a suggestion these are welcome - pass them along to the committee or the Club's secretary

The Club has in a small way started the process by re-naming the Hamilton Congress Open Pairs which is played annually at Labour Weekend to the Hamilton Shirley Waymouth Pairs, The first playing of the event with its new name takes place next month on the 21st October @ Hamilton's Labour Weekend Congress

Shirley Waymouth  Life Nomination

Mount Maunganui Intermediate Winners

Congratulations - Megan and Leanne - 1st place Mount Maunganui Intermediate

Megan and Leanne
Well Done

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