Jack Stocken will restart his Bridge courses on Monday 20th January 2020. 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 the 24th February and no Bridge on the 16th March, denoted by a red 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 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

Designed to bridge the gap (sorry!) between Beginner and Intermediate, the Next Step Course is the perfect way to increase confidence and build on the foundations from the Beginner Course. Also aimed at players who are too rusty for the Intermediate Course.  1.    Introduction20th January
  2.    Playing Suit Contracts27th January
  3.    Two Important Bidding Rules3rd February
  4.    Opening Lead and Defence10th February
  5.    Overcalling & Double17th February*
  6.    Playing No Trump Contracts2nd March
  7.    Responding to a Suit Opener9th March*
  8.    Opening Bids at the 3 Level23rd March




10.00am – 11.45am

This course will be ideal for those who have completed the Intermediate and need to consolidate their bidding technique whilst at the same time improving their declarer play and defence. Aimed at those who would prefer to improve their card play rather than take on the challenge of the Improver course too soon.  1.    The Finesse20th January
  2.    Length and Force27th January
  3.    3NT – making a plan3rd February
  4.    Drawing Trumps10th February
  5.    Trumping in Dummy17th February*
  6.    Tricky Opening Leads2nd March
  7.    Defending Trump Contracts9th March*
  8.    Defending No Trump Contracts23rd March




12.00pm – 1.45pm

Due to popular demand, I will be teaching all of the most useful Conventions in Bridge so you will be able to compete with your peers on a level playing field! DISRUPT your opponents bidding space with Weak Twos and the Unusual 2NT, Open up more bidding space with Transfers over 1NT and 2NT, and bid to Slam more confidently with RKCB and three other gems. Happy Slamming!  1. Transfers20th January
  2. Roman Key Card Blackwood27th January
  3. Unusual 2NT3rd February
  4. Weak Twos10th February
  5. Trial Bidding for game & slam17th February*
  6. Splinter Bids2nd March
  7. Jacoby 2NT9th March*
  8. Protective Bidding23rd March



Every Monday, 2.00pm to 3.45pm, starting 20th January, ending 23rd March 2020

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 24th February because of half term and no Bridge on 16th March



Courses start Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd January 2020 and include two supervised play sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Please email Jack or look at the website for further details.


Any queries please email  jack@yorkshirebridge.com or call Jack Stocken on 07775 892720