Welcome to Plymouth Bridge Academy

These pages will give you all the information you need to get started in bridge or to improve your bridge. The courses are run by Gloria and John Lankshear, Ruth Edmondson and Brigid McElroy. They use the Bridge For All learn and play programme, designed by the English Bridge Union.

On Mondays 22 and 29 August 2016 (1pm) there will be taster sessions for those who have never played cards or whist to give you an idea what bridge is all about. Come along and see!

If you are looking to play bridge, see Plymouth Bridge Club where you will find details of gentle sessions and no fear duplicates as well as open duplicates.


l plate Seize the moment. Start now!
There are so many reasons to take up bridge.

There are two beginners’ courses – on Monday afternoons 1-3pm. with an optional practice session following and on Thursday evenings 7-9pm. The cost is £65 for a set of 10 lessons and includes coffee/tea and biscuits. £5 discount if pre-booked.

The next Monday afternoon course starts on 5 September 2016 and runs until 7 November and will be taken by Gloria Lankshear.

The next Thursday evening course starts on 22 September 2016 and runs until 1 December (no lesson 6 October) and will be taken by Ruth Edmondson.


p plateThis course consolidates and extends the basic principles covered in the beginners’ course. It is also suitable for those who wish to become more confident with Acol bidding and play.

Many repeat this course and say it was most worthwhile!

The improvers’ course is on Thursday evenings, 7-9pm. The cost is £6 per lesson (includes coffee/tea and biscuits) and there are 10 lessons. The fee can be paid at your first attendance and you need only pay for the lessons you think you will be attending.

The next course starts on 22 September 2016 and runs until 1 December (no lesson 6 October) and will be taken by Brigid McElroy.

Improvers Plus

p+ plateThe course assumes you are already playing bridge and want to add more conventions and better play and defence techniques to your armoury.

The improvers’ plus course is on the first Thursday morning of each month (not June, July or August), 10.15am to 12.15pm. The cost is £6 per lesson and you may come on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The next class is on Overcalls and is on Thursday 1 September 2016 and will be taken by Ruth Edmondson.