Simon Stocken

About Me    Simon Stocken's personal website.


Simon was appointed in October 2015 to continue the good work of Natasha Ceron, spearheading the David Davenport Trust's initiatives to introduce bridge to school (so far 12-15 schools within the London area have started up bridge clubs thanks to Natasha's prior endeavours). 

Simon is DBS checked (formerly CRB).

Simon started playing aged 10, together with his family, taught by their father Peter. Clearly he did something right as both brothers Jack and Zebedee make their living exclusively from teaching bridge while sister Claudia creates bespoke bridge holidays, on which both parents also teach.

Simon was soon playing at club, county then national level. Simon represented England as part of the Under 25 squad, partnered with both brothers in turn. On completing a degree in Classics from Trinity College, Oxford, Simon began teaching bridge at the London School of Bridge, and then at The Acol Bridge Club with Andrew Robson.

In 1995, Simon started the Andrew Robson Bridge Club in partnership with Andrew, establishing it (with help from brother Zebedee) as the world's most successful bridge club. Simon left in summer 2000, pending the arrival of his son Max, and now teaches in London and the Cotswolds primarily, as well as traveling further afield as part of the schools initiative. In 2004 Simon played bridge on top of Kilimanjaro at a height of 19,335 feet in order to raise money for orphaned children in Kenya.

Simon began teaching bridge aged 15 at Winchester College. Along with his brother Zebedee, they needed four players to enter the Daily Mail Schools Cup, so he started training up some of his fellow scholars and chose the two most able to compete. Three months later they had reached the final, finishing fourth in the country.

Simon aged 46 has a 15 year old son Max, a keen card player. Simon is a third generation wooden jigsaw maker cutting bespoke hand-cut puzzles. The puzzle below has 2512 pieces, comprising five layers and was presented to HM Queen in 2002.

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