Young Chelsea Bridge Club Archive

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New Temporary Premises

We are very pleased to announce that as from Monday 28th April, the Young Chelsea BC will be operating from within the premises of the St John’s Wood Bridge Club. For those not familiar with the Wood, as it is popularly known, it is a long-established bridge club, mainly offering Chicago-style rubber bridge which has bar and refreshment facilities similar to those YC members are used to.

The address of the new club will be:

c/o St John’s Wood BC
Grove Hall Court
Hall Road
St John’s Wood
London
NW8 9NU

The telephone number at the Wood is 07973 384 902, but the regular YCBC number – 020 7373 1665 – will continue to operate.

Grove Hall Court comprises three blocks of flats and the club is located in the basement of the central block. The nearest tube station to the new premises is St John’s Wood on the Jubileee line – about a 6 minutes walk away, or you can use Maida Vale station on the Bakerloo line which is an 8-minute (uphill!) walk away. Buses 139 and 189 travel along nearby Abbey Road (alight at Hall Road) and buses 187 and 46 travel along Hall Road. There is also a nearby “Boris Bike” stand. Parking during the evening after 6.30pm is unrestricted on yellow lines or in residents bays, but more difficult during the daytime, though there are a few 4-hour pay-and-display bays.

The regular YC evening games will continue as normal, including the Monday evening supervised play sessions and of course the Friday evening IMP game. The club will continue to host the London Super League and other matches. Tuesday afternoon games will continue as normal, but Thursday afternoon games are likely to move to Friday afternoons. This will be confirmed shortly, but for the moment please check before coming along on a Thursday.

We very much look forward to seeing all our members at the new premises.

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Premises

We have had the excellent news that planning permission has been approved for the use as a bridge club of our proposed new premises at 54 Goldhawk Road. The bad news, though, is that the current occupants of the premises do not now expect to vacate the building until around end July. Since we need to do some fitting out to serve our purposes, that means we will not be in our new home until around early September.

Meanwhile, we need to leave The Queen’s Club at the end of this month as they need all their available space in the build-up to the Aegon Tennis Championships in June. So we will need another temporary base for a short while and the Management Committee is investigating accommodation options with some urgency. We have identified several possibilities and as soon as a firm decision has been taken you will be notified.

Meanwhile, please note that the last game at The Queen’s Club will be on Friday 25th April.

Future Plans

The club is about to enter another period of change as our time at the Queen’s Club draws to an end. All firm plans for the future will be notified to members via the website and emailshots as soon as they are known. Meanwhile, we have set up an email id for all members to provide suggestions, ideas and feedback. Please click here to send a message to email ycbcideas@gmail.com.

Some good news at last!

New Premises

Goldhawk Road

The negotiations seem to have taken forever but at last there’s some good news to report – we have agreed terms on this large premises around one minute’s walk from Goldhawk Road tube station. Don’t break open the champagne yet as we still need to obtain planning consent. However, it is very exciting. The premises will be just what YC needs with plenty of space for all the activities we do now (club games, teaching, competitions, etc) and that we want to do in future. The place will need some work but already has decent lighting, air conditioning, etc etc so it won’t be a complete fit-out as would have been the case at Nine Elms. Keep your fingers and toes crossed!

Queens Club

We have use of the Queens Club rooms until April but can leave sooner.

AGM

Further updates and information at the AGM on January 23rd.

Happy Christmas/ Hanukah/Diwali to all!

News and premises views…

Queens Club

Discussions have been continuing with meetings yesterday, to sort out the important terms of our extended stay (until April 2014 at most). The main areas for thought and discussion being the considerably increased rent proposed together with a reduction in the size of the Studio Room (which we use for teaching and occasional overflow tables) and a ban on our serving alcohol in our premises.

Search for alternative premises

Goldhawk Road

We have started negotiations on the Goldhawk Road property, so fingers crossed! It will need quite a lot of work before we could move in and we are as yet some way off agreeing terms.

Paddington club

At Margaret N’s suggestion we went to see a club in Maida Vale, but sadly their excellent bar (welcoming and spacious) while having space for 10-12 tables, is also used by their members to watch football on TV and have meals, as well as drinking at the bar. The shared bar wouldn’t be a problem but the football might be plus their members would reach the bar and dining area by passing through our playing area. So not ideal, but a nice manager and good atmosphere.

Pimlico

Chris viewed a hall in Pimlico but felt the disadvantages outweighed the advantages.

Uxbridge Road

This property, which I mentioned in the last blog, proved impractical.

Search for alternative premises (hopefully unnecessary!)

Queens Club

Things are still horribly uncertain. We have been trying for a few weeks now to arrange a meeting to clarify how long we can continue in the present space (or other Queens Club premises).

We have received heartening support from about 20 Queens Club members (there may be more to come) and as far as we know no-one has raised any objection to us. In truth most of their members probably haven’t even noticed us since we don’t use any of their facilities (parking, terrace, club house, bar, restaurant, etc).

Until we know where we stand Nick is unable to make arrangements for events in the coming months, so apologies to all for any disappointment/inconvenience this has caused.

Search for alternative premises (hopefully unnecessary!)

We viewed a large basement on Goldhawk Road this week. Very close to the tube (Circle/Hammersmith & District). It is entirely subterranean and would need a fair bit of work as it’s currently used as solicitors’ offices and has many small partitioned rooms. The quoted rent is too much for us but the premises seem unlikely to attract many tenants and the landlord is flexible on use and we hope on rent level too.

We are also looking at some space on Uxbridge road (Ealing Common direction) later this week.

Search for new Young Chelsea Bridge Club premises – blog 21

Apologies for a blog-less two or three weeks, summer hols have predictably led to both people being away and a dearth of property news

Queens

Everything is going well with the premises and it looks as if we will be able to stay until at least the end of the year which is wonderful.

A reminder please to smokers that lurking outside the front door will not help our cause, please only smoke in the smoking area at side of the building.

On the permanent home search

An agent with whom we looked at a property in Acton has contacted me to say he has some premises coming on the market which might suit us so I am waiting to hear more. Fingers crossed!

Nothing else at present I’m afraid.