Bridge players celebrate decade of card club

The Scotch Plains Duplicate Bridge Club is enjoying more than a decade of lively play at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains.

The club meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons starting at noon, and again on Wednesday evenings starting at 7:30pm. There are 12 tables available, each with a 4-person game, for enthusiasts of the game of Bridge.

Jim White, a retired engineer, is the coordinator of the Duplicate Bridge Club at Willow Grove Church. He has been playing bridge since he was nine years old.

A friend of Jim’s mother introduced him to the game one rainy summer day, and he has been in love with the game ever since.

“It is a continually changing puzzle in many ways. It challenges what you could figure out,” said White, who compares bridge to a good game of golf; he is always striving for a new best score, it is a personal achievement.

He says, “I like to see what I could do better.”

If you like the game of “Clue” or working Sudoku puzzles, bridge is a good venture. Although the Scotch Plains Duplicate Bridge Club does not teach the game to novices, if people already know the game, the club welcomes all levels of play.

Coffee and light refreshments are served, so players can snack while they play. There is a $10 fee for each daily session. Players can come for any or all of the sessions each week.

For more information about the Scotch Plains Duplicate Bridge Club, visit or call the Willow Grove Presbyterian Church office at 908-232-5678.

The group meets at 1961 Raritan Rd. in Scotch Plains off South Martine Avenue near the Southside fire house. Meetings are open to all and drop-ins are welcome. Willow Grove Church is fully handicapped accessible with ample on-site parking.

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