Membership numbers soar over bridge

June 26, 2024 BY

Judy Bell, Graeme Murrell and Lydia Erving. Photos: NATHAN RIVALLAND. TOP RIGHT: Lyn McFarlane, Lydia Erving, Irena Karpala and Kym Fraser. BOTTOM RIGHT: Janet Flitton, Sue Parratt, Pam Smigowski and Cecily Thomas.

TORQUAY Bridge Club’s membership numbers have quadrupled since the pandemic, with more and more locals choosing to get “intellectually active.”

The social group now boost over 100 members and affiliates, up from less than 20 members in 2020.

Members currently gather twice a week at Oak Tree Place (Torquay Uniting Church) to play both face to face and computerised versions of the trick-taking card game.

Lyn McFarlane, Lydia Erving, Irena Karpala and Kym Fraser.


Torquay Bridge Club president Kym Fraser said the group has been a revelation over the past four years.

“I do believe we are a very friendly and welcoming club who really embrace everyone of different expertise.

“The great thing about bridge is you can play it socially at a beginner sort of level, or you can spend the rest of your life improving your bridge.

Janet Flitton, Sue Parratt, Pam Smigowski and Cecily Thomas.


“We’ve got members who do it socially and some who are very competitive. It’s a great mix!

“Hopefully it continues to grow and grow in what is a great venue at Oak Tree Place.”

Ms Fraser said the skyrocketing membership numbers is partly due to the club’s expanded social offering.

“We have been hosting car rallies with cryptic bridge quizzes, and special parties on many dates like Melbourne Cup, Christmas in July and Christmas. Members just love it.

Torquay Bridge Club now has more than 100 members.


“This month we hosted a nationally recognised bridge teacher who taught about 80 people from our club and other local clubs like Geelong, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.

“It was very successful, and we intend to repeat this event next year.”

Torquay Bridge Club will begin hosting additional beginner lessons from Thursday July 4.

The trick-taking card game is growing in popularity on the Surf Coast.


Club joining fees are $40 a year, while table fees are $5 for members and affiliates and $6 for visitors for face-to-face play.

All skill levels are catered for at all sessions.

For more information, head to torquay.bridgeaustralia.org/ or contact Kym Fraser on 0434 689 598.




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