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The following is information and news of interest to the members. See "Results and Events" for details of Club events.

  Ewell Court House Fire 10th Dec. 2013

Hello All, due to the fire at the above, there will be no bridge for the remainder of this year.     The Council are looking for alternative accomodation for us and will let us know any details in due course.  Hopefully we will be able to start playing again on 8th Jan. 2014.

Last updated : 10th Dec 2013 12:29 GMT
  Acacia's 70%+ club

Ok, I hear you ask: so who are Acacia's really clever so-and-sos? Who, over the years, are the pairs who have done that little bit extra? Displayed that flash of genius? Had that extra bit of luck?

Well, here they are, in one place: the twenty scores of 70% or higher seen at Acacia since the 2006 AGM. Are you on the list? To find out, click here.

Last updated : 12th Nov 2009 00:12 GMT
  Andrew Jenkins - A Tribute
Andrew Jenkins - A  Tribute

On Sunday 15th November 2009 Andrew suddenly and inexplicably died.    He was in Basingstoke for the day and went out alone for a walk.       He died of heart failure.

Andrew was only 42 years old.

At his age he had everything to look forward to. He was young enough to have eventually become a grandmaster at bridge though it was not the height of his ambition. That, I believe, was to become a leading light in the English Bridge Union.  He started playing bridge some twelve or fifteen years ago and discovered that not only did he enjoy the game but that he could play it very well. Perhaps eight years ago he began playing regularly at the Acacia Bridge Club.

Just over three years ago he agreed, reluctantly I thought at the time he was asked, to take over the running of the club. Traditionally, Acacia gives the secretary a free hand, who then has the task of organising everything, directing and scoring. He took to this with alacrity and made it his own, bringing to the position energy, dedication and panache. There were few Wednesday evenings when the result was not up on the website that same evening.

Andrew found that he had untapped talents of leadership and administrative powers and sought to develop them.

For the benefit of Acacia he went on 'director' courses with the last being paid for by Acacia, giving us great pleasure in that he passed out not just top of the class, of a limited number, but the only person to be given a distinction.

In pursuant of his ambitions he became treasurer to the Hampshire County Bridge Association and was a Liaison Officer with Surrey County Bridge Association. With the latter, back in the summer, he was invited to a meeting where on behalf of the EBU he answered the questions and dealt with the concerns that the representatives of many bridge clubs were having over the Pay to Play dilemma. Indeed he was so persuasive in this matter with Acacia that when we voted on it a few months ago with fifty odd people present the vote was unanimous in its favour.

In dealing with people he was kind, courteous and good-natured. When directing, his judgement was sure and his rulings given in a manner which did not cause offence.

As his playing partner I knew when his patience had been taxed yet never did I hear a disparaging comment pass his lips. Even in the most provoking circumstances he never lost his temper.

As the secretary of Acacia Bridge Club he will be sadly missed.

As a fellow bridge player he will be sadly missed.

As a friend, as he was to everyone, he will be sadly missed.

We thank him for what he was.

G M Clements

Chairman of Acacia Bridge Club

Last updated : 3rd Dec 2009 16:04 GMT
  Qualified Tournament Director
Qualified Tournament Director

If you attended this year's AGM, you may recall that Andrew was to attend a series of four EBU Tournament Director courses during the summer at the club's expense. 

Well, the good news is that the money hasn't been wasted! Andrew attended the last of these courses, the Assessment, at the end of August. He passed the exam and is now a qualified EBU Club Tournament Director. Further, his score of 89% was enough to earn a Distinction, the only person in his class of eight to do so.

For further information please click here.

Last updated : 6th Sep 2009 09:00 GMT
  Pam Ballard
Pam Ballard

Long time club member Pam Ballard passed away on 6th June following a long and determined fight against serious illness.

Our condolences to her family.

Last updated : 18th Jun 2009 17:08 GMT
  Club Constitution
Club Constitution

At the 2009 AGM, Acacia's club members voted to instate a formal Club Constitution. A paper copy of the Club Constitution will be held in the club's records.

To access electronic versions:

of the approved Club Constitution, please click here

of the "Bridge Etiquette" document, please click here

of the "Call the Director!" document, please click here

Please note: changes to the Club Constitution can only be made at a general meeting of the club.

Last updated : 24th Jul 2009 05:25 GMT
  2008 New Bridge Laws
2008 New Bridge Laws

There have been some minor changes to the Laws of Bridge. These take effect from 1st August 2008. For further information please click here.

Last updated : 20th May 2013 15:14 BST