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The beneficiary of the Charity Pairs on the following Thursday the 21st is CRUSE.   This is a leading national charity for bereaved people offering free support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.  Table money will be £5.00 of which £2.50 goes to the charity

 

The great All Day Event Thursday 9 November

BLUE POINTED

Coffee and tea on arrival at 10.30.

Lunch a warming jacket potato with various fillings and hot pudding. 

Tickets £12. Available from Val Bobbins on 01379 740065 or at the club on bridge afternoons.  Please inform Val if veggie option required.

We had a brilliant response last year, so book early to avoid missing this great event.

 

 

Costessey Centre hosts Corn Cairdis
  • Corn Cairdis England 2017 team with trophy
  • Corn Cairdis England 2017 with paper trophy
  • Corn Cairdis Suzanne at table

Great excitement last weekend when a team of Irish visitors descended on us for the Corn Cairdis or Cup of Friendship - an annual international match which has been staged alternately in England and Ireland since 1993.

Norfolk Contract Bridge Association was hosting this year which involved organiser Suzanne Gill in a huge project, ranging from a civic reception with the Lord Mayor at the Theatre Royal to dinner at City College, Norwich's Debut Restaurant and two days of competition at the Costessey Centre. A number of ABC members were playing.

The Irish team were well ahead on Saturday night and it looked as though they were going to sweep to victory as they did in 2016. But the Champagne and wine flowed freely at dinner. A good time was had by all and I'm told the celebrations continued later in the Nelson Hotel bar until an advanced hour. Perhaps slightly too advanced, as England snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Sunday.

As Christine Buchanan said on Sunday night: "Our Irish friends were way ahead of us. Perhaps our lavish celebrations last night left our visitors the worse for wear!"

Norwich Lord Mayor Marion Maxwell, who hosted the civic reception at the Theatre Royal, said she had no idea what to expect but had really enjoyed it and is planning to learn to play bridge now her term of office has finished!

Talking of the civic reception you might like to study the two photographs taken there of the English team and Marion with the trophy - one crystal and the other paper. And they say the camera never lies! It just so happened that the trophy, which was supposed to be present, had been forgotten. But, by the magic of Adobe Photoshop, it ended up in its rightful place covering up the paper version helpfully provided by the Theatre Royal.

The Irish Team Captain Rita Cassidy commented on how friendly everyone had been.

"We were disappointed not to win but congratulations to the English team," she said. "And there's always next year."

NCBA is now a charity

There was an Extraordinary General Meeting of Norfolk Contract Bridge Association at Bawburgh Village Hall at 1.30pm on Sunday 23rd April with two items on the Agenda:

  • Wind up the existing NCBA and transfer its assets to the new Charity (which has the same name), and
  • Elect two additional Trustees

The original NCBA was duly wound up and its assets transferred to the charity and Paddy Seligman and Karen Read were elected as new Trustees.

They join the existing officers of the NCBA management committee who automatically became trustees. They are Peter Cotes, John Dennis, Graham Hardman, Gabriel Ip, Maureen Kimbley and Neil Tracey.

News Update from David Earl in Bratislava
News Update from David Earl in Bratislava

Hello to everybody at the ABC.  I am now back in Slovakia for the time being where Spring is well on the way.  No more snow!

When I got back to Bratislava I found our family had grown by one exchange French student (at least for a short while) to help with my daughter who will have all her lessons in French next year.

All family activities in full swing including football, dance and (early) driving lessons....

For myself I have to be content with internet Bridge (Shark bridge), squash and some golf - also trying to get a bit fitter.

I wish everybody at ABC well and thank you for putting up with my old fashioned and quirky bidding for the last six months!

Regards

David

Congratulations to our Swiss Teams winners
Congratulations to our Swiss Teams winners

A record 21 teams competed in this year's blue-pointed Swiss Teams competition and the winners were Graham Hardman, Christine Buchanan, John and Penny Stroud. Congratulations to them on their hard-fought victory.

And well done to the joint runners up teams of Matt Milson, Adrian La Chapelle, Roger Amey and Michael Whiting and Maureen Dewhurst, Cheryl Plunkett, Bogdan Drobny and Maureen Kimbley.

The lunch was provided by the club's in-house catering impressario Nigel Simpson who whisked up chicken casserole for the meat eaters and a rather delectable veggie sausage version for the vegetarians.

Picture is of players at the 2017 All Day Swiss Teams

Calendar
21st September 2017
CRUSE Charity Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
27th September 2017
Club Pairs - individual handicap
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
28th September 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
4th October 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Results
20th September 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: John Copson
14th September 2017
Teams of 4
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
13th September 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: John Copson
7th September 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
NCBA Forthcoming Events

Click the heading of this article to be taken to the Norfolk Contract Bridge Association's website for a full list of their events together with other events of interest. 

 

 

Oh joy - they've moved the goalposts!
Oh joy - they've moved the goalposts!

Now in my opinion bridge is quite complicated enough as it is without the EBU issuing a new red book - which isn't even red any more.

And changing all our favourite things we call the TD about, like a Call out of Turn. Or Claiming, when one of the opponents is still harbouring a trump which s/he fondly imagines Declarer has forgotten about. As if ...

But Nigel, our highly esteemed mentor, hastens to assure us that these modifications, improvements even, will only affect us greatly if we play at county events. And we don't need to worry about them at all. No, really.

He writes a great Director's Note. Click here for his jewelled words.

Find a Partner and Bridge News
Find a Partner and Bridge News
Hello - I'm Jane Scarfe and I run the ABC Find a Partner Service - better known as FAPS.
 
If you need a partner just click on this story to send me an email with your availability and how you would like to be contacted and I will do my best to help.
 
Affiliations

The Afternoon Bridge Club is affiliated to the EBU and the NCBA (Norfolk Contract Bridge Association).

 

Calendar
21st September 2017
CRUSE Charity Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
27th September 2017
Club Pairs - individual handicap
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
28th September 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
4th October 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Results
20th September 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: John Copson
14th September 2017
Teams of 4
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
13th September 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: John Copson
7th September 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
NCBA Forthcoming Events

Click the heading of this article to be taken to the Norfolk Contract Bridge Association's website for a full list of their events together with other events of interest. 

 

 

Oh joy - they've moved the goalposts!
Oh joy - they've moved the goalposts!

Now in my opinion bridge is quite complicated enough as it is without the EBU issuing a new red book - which isn't even red any more.

And changing all our favourite things we call the TD about, like a Call out of Turn. Or Claiming, when one of the opponents is still harbouring a trump which s/he fondly imagines Declarer has forgotten about. As if ...

But Nigel, our highly esteemed mentor, hastens to assure us that these modifications, improvements even, will only affect us greatly if we play at county events. And we don't need to worry about them at all. No, really.

He writes a great Director's Note. Click here for his jewelled words.

Find a Partner and Bridge News
Find a Partner and Bridge News
Hello - I'm Jane Scarfe and I run the ABC Find a Partner Service - better known as FAPS.
 
If you need a partner just click on this story to send me an email with your availability and how you would like to be contacted and I will do my best to help.
 
Affiliations

The Afternoon Bridge Club is affiliated to the EBU and the NCBA (Norfolk Contract Bridge Association).