Coffs Harbour Bridge Club has an unusual history. George Vermont started it as a private
business in 1978, with 16 members playing only once a week. In 1993, Mr Vermont became
critically ill and could not continue. The members decided to buy him out and the first
committee was elected. Our first President was Mrs Isabel Wallace. The club had 104 members
at that time, and played 3 times per week. The enthusiasm was overwhelming and our members
studied to become directors. The premises we occupied became too small and at a special
meeting the members voted to build our own clubhouse. Fundraising started in a serious
way. We looked towards the Coffs Harbour City Council for land. A choice of leasing or
buying was put to us, but the members opted for the purchase. The building work took less
than 3 months, and we played our first game in the new clubhouse on 1st August, 1996.
Today we have 195 members, 16 directors and bridge is played
five times a week. We hold
bridge lessons regularly, also supervised games and novice sections. We have two congresses
a year, and have held the Masters Games in 1998 and 2000.
Coffs Harbour with its beautiful beaches and numerous holiday resorts brings a lot of
visitors from the south. Visitors are always welcome at Coffs Harbour Bridge Club.