Jack Stocken will start his Bridge courses on Monday 2nd October 2017.


All courses last eight weeks, cost £125 and no partner needed. If you have to miss a class or two, then these can be made up when the course is repeated. There will be a half term break, so no Bridge on 23rd October, denoted by a an asterisk. Minimum numbers apply.


“Jack is a Bridge teacher par excellence, as many will testify”

Andrew Robson, Times columnist and Number One British player.


The venue is upstairs at the Helmsley Arts Centre, The Old Meeting House, Helmsley, YO62 5DW. There is parking available at the rear of the building and in the town. Schedule below in course order:



4.00pm – 5.30pm

This really does mean beginner; it’s either for people who have never touched a playing card in their lives or for those who learnt in the distant past. Starting from scratch and learning at a gentle pace throughout the eight weeks, the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment, although you will be given clear notes at the end of each class.   1.    Introduction 2nd October
  2.    Balanced Hands 9th October
  3.    Scoring 16th October*
  4.    The Play – Winning Tricks 30th October
  5.    FITS and Bidding Game 6th November
  6.    Responding to 1NT 13th November
  7.    Responding to Suit Bids 20th November
  8.    Overcalling 27th November




12.00pm – 1.45pm

Suitable for those who have played Bridge for a long time, or just a year or two, this course will bring you up to date with the modern game, as it covers all essential aspects of Bridge. This course would also suit those who have not done a course for a while or are rusty. Set hands are used throughout and on all subsequent courses.   1. Suit Bidding as Opener 2nd October
  2. Suit Bidding as Responder 9th October
  3. Playing Suit Contracts 16th October*
  4. Responding to 1NT 30th October
  5. Strong Balanced Hands 6th November
  6. Opening Lead 13th November
  7. Playing No Trumps & Finesses 20th November
  8. T.O.P. Defence 27th November




10.00am – 11.45pm

This course follows on from the Intermediate Play course and includes vital bidding tools such as “Double” and “Blackwood” and an introduction to the giddy heights of Slam bidding. After this course you will be ready for the Intermediate Plus course and beyond…..   1.    The Take Out Double 2nd October
  2.    The Penalty Double 9th October
  3.    Blackwood & Slam Bidding 16th October*
  4.    Opening at the 2 Level 30th October
  5.    Overcalling and S.Q.O.T 6th November
  6.    Responder’s 3 card Major raise 13th November
  7.    Invitational Bids 20th November
  8.    Forcing Bids 27th November




Every Monday, 11.30am to 1.15pm, starting 13th January, ending 11th March 2014

Imagine playing relaxed, randomly dealt Bridge hands with like-minded people in your living room, able to ask advice from a friendly, expert supervisor; this is the experience we aim to provide. This session is ideal for Intermediates and Improvers to practice their game. No booking or partner necessary, so come to as many as you like. £10 per session.Nb No Bridge on Monday 17th February because of half term.



Any queries or to book please email mailto:jack@yorkshirebridge.com