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Stand-by Partner

We have standby partners available on the last Wednesday of each month as follows. Just turn up and be sure of a game:

So long as we can recruit willing volunteers!

I am volunteering for Wednesday 25 July and Mark Hill has kindly offered for Wednesday 29 August.

Any offers for 25 September or 31 October? If so, please let me know.

Many thanks

Jane (Scarfe).




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British Summer SIM Pairs


Thursday 26 July 2018


Not withstanding the increased entry fee payable to the EBU the table money will be kept to £5.00

Teamwork at the ABC Swiss Teams

Congratulations to the crack team of Nawal Fenwick, John Harrison with Charles and Tom Melvin who won the blue-pointed event with an eye-watering 90 VPs. And extremely well-done to the runners-up Neil and Laura Tracey, playing with Clive Turner and Mervyn Scutter, who managed a highly impressive 79.

But when it comes to teamwork on the day it was Highly Commended all round for the catering, masterminded by Val Bobbins who went for the new departure of an Afternoon Tea with sandwiches, scones and cake.

Back at the cliff face was our former foodie impressario Nigel who did the backstage organisation on the day, decanting sandwiches on to foil trays and brewing hot drinks. And Val would also like to thank everyone else who pitched in to help, including:


  • John Copson, who set out the whole of the room and helped with the clearing up.
  • Competitions Secretary Barbara Baker who arrived early to make sure all was running smoothly and left after there were no hitches with the teams
  • Jan and Peter P-S who pitched in as usual, as did Peter Cotes, Sue Smith, Karen Blacklock and others too numerous to mention. Val would like to thank you all.
ABC is Jane's next act!
ABC is Jane's next act!

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the Maddermarket to see me make my debut on the boards in Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus. It was like stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia and I loved every minute of it.

Even now my memories of the stage, the lights, the different audiences, the family atmosphere in the green room and the support I got from the rest of the cast and crew (all experienced troopers) and the director are in Technicolour and the rest of the world looks black and white!

But I am now back at ABC to battle with opponents instead of learning lines.


We came, we played, we conquered!
We came, we played, we conquered!

Ten valiant ABC members sallied forth to deepest Worthing for our annual bridge weekend away with Mr Bridge in April and (mostly) wiped the floor with our fellow guests.

Triumphs included Val Bobbins, John Copson and Peter and Jan Pennington-Smith winning the Teams event. Sarah Chamberlin and Jane Edwards covered themselves in glory by scooping the Pairs on Sunday afternoon.

Jane Scarfe and Sue Falgate's claim to fame was a third place in the Teams on Saturday night. Sue and Paul Hutchings also did brilliantly - and will hopefully remind me of their best result shortly. Hardly surprising that the details are a bit hazy as there was rather a lot of alcohol being consumed at the time!

In fact ABC caused such devastation to the overall results that, as Sarah said: "The standard is so strong at ABC it puts us in good shape for playing away."

Event organiser Val Bobbins is already planning our expedition for next year, with another trip to Winchester with Excel bridge holidays a strong possibility.

It's a great opportunity to have fun and get to know club members better so well worth considering in 2019.

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.

25th July 2018
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
26th July 2018
British Summer SIM pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
1st August 2018
Summer Trophy 5
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
2nd August 2018
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
Club Pairs - individual handicap
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: Michael Harvey
Club Pairs
Director: Andrew Thurston
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: John Bradley

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