Afternoon Bridge Club
Coming up - forthcoming events
Coming up - forthcoming events

Plans for the 2017 ABC bridge weekend in Winchester have now been released.  Might seem a bit early to think about it but last year's success means places are already going fast - so book now to avoid disappointment.

The event which is run by Excel Bridge will be at The Royal Hotel Winchester over the weekend of Friday 5 May leaving either Sunday evening or after breakfast Monday morning. 

Cost will be £245 for two nights and £285 for the three plus, where applicable,  a single occupancy supplement of £30.  A deposit of £75 is payable on reservation.  

More information can be found on the Excel website, (www.excelbridge.co.uk ) 

Please let Val Bobbins know if you are interested - email v.j.bobbins@btinternet.com or phone 07801352939.

 

The photo is of Sarah Chamberlin congratulating Deborah Rabbidge at the AGM for winning the ABC Winter Trophy with her partner David Breese.

County Open Pairs winners
County Open Pairs winners

It was split honours in the NCBA's County Open Pairs hosted by ABC at The Costessey Centre. The joint winners were L-R Roger Amey playing with Suzanne Gill and Deborah Rabbidge partnering John Copson.

It's ABC Away in Stratford-upon-Avon

What's not to like? Ten club members went off to Stratford for a weekend consisting of lots of bridge, good hotel and food and plenty of socialising. Oh, and it was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, so loads going on in what is anyway an interesting and picturesque town.

"It was very relaxing and most enjoyable," said John Copson - though possibly less so for his and Val Bobbins' opponents at the bridge table where they scooped the Championship Pairs competition. "We had a bit of luck," he said modestly.

Sarah Chamberlin and Jane Edwards were also celebrating coming second in the Consolation Pairs.

Barbara Baker said she had enjoyed the whole weekend: "But what I really loved was the opportunity to get to know club members better - there isn't usually the time."

As well as playing bridge there were plenty of opportunities to explore historic Stratford - including spontaneous speeches at Shakespeare's birthplace and to enjoy visiting the town, retail therapy and a boat ride.

Val Bobbins organised the weekend away with Excel Bridge and it was such a success that plans are already in hand for a similar trip next year - with the date booked well in advance so more members can fit it into their diaries. Do let Val know if you are interested in ABC Away 2017.

Margaret Motch, Jean Simms and Peter and Helen Gaskin were also on the trip but managed to miss the camera. The man in the picture with John and Val is the Excel Bridge organiser Andrew. And Sarah's husband Mac was an enthusiastic non-playing member of the group.

Congratulations Robbie and Wendy

Our very own Robbie Roberson and Wendy Gee were victorious in the NCBA's prestigious green-pointed Hudson Cup with a stunning 62.01%.

Wendy said it was wonderful for Robbie: "It was the first time he'd actually won it and he was thrilled to bits."

She added that it was an even greater achievement against a field which included top players such as Roger Amey, the Ipps and Mike Walsh.

 

www.NotinNorfolk.com - Bridge from Away

Bake-off Queen the great Mary Berry guest-edited Woman's Hour - and revealed a fascinating fact. Her mother was an enthusiastic bridge player who lived until 105 and was still playing regularly until the previous year! Mary credits her longevity and intellectual rigour to the fun and challenge of the game. I was longing to know if Mary plays bridge herself but Jane Garvey didn't ask her.

Apparently the 2016 GBBO is going full tilt in the tent but all Mary would say was that there are some particularly interesting contestants this year.

Thrilled, delighted, surprised and grateful to generous opponents

L-R Mark Coulson, Andy Ferenczy and Neil Tracey with the Buxton Trophy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Neil again with Jill Cadley and Marion Lawrence and the Barbara Dick-Cleland Trophy

 

It wasn’t quite the Norfolk version of Oscar acceptance speeches but the winners of the Buxton and Barbara Dick-Cleland Trophies were well chuffed with their victories.

Winners of the Barbara Dick-Cleland Trophy for less experienced players, Marion Lawrence and Jill Cadley, paid tribute to their bridge teacher Christine Buchanan:

“It’s all down to Christine’s teaching,” said Jill. “We’re thrilled, gobsmacked, even. The only thing we ever won before was a handicap trophy – because we did so badly throughout the year that no one else stood a chance!”

Marion and Jill now play at Aylsham BC and the Noverre.

And, on the other side of the Costessey Centre’s Stafford Hall, Andy Ferenczy and Mark Coulson were celebrating their victory in the Buxton Trophy.

“We’re surprised and delighted,” said Andy. So what did they do right?

“I think it’s more what the opposition donated to us on various occasions,” he said modestly.

The two NCBA events took place together at The Costessey Centre, home of ABC bridge club, with Neil Tracey directing.

Calendar
31st August 2016
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
1st September 2016
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
7th September 2016
Summer Trophy
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
8th September 2016
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Results
25th August 2016
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: John Bradley
24th August 2016
Club Pairs
Director: Deborah Rabbidge
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
18th August 2016
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: John Bradley
17th August 2016
Teams of Four competition
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
NCBA Forthcoming Events

Peter Smith wants us to know about what Norfolk County Bridge Association has planned for the next few months.

It's all on the NCBA website - www.bridgewebs.com/norfolk. For further information give Peter a call on 01953 483759 or email him on pjsmith803@gmail.com

      

Find a Partner and Bridge News
Find a Partner and Bridge News
I've moved to the new Competitions column because you can't enter events without the right person to play with.

If you need a partner at any time, just right-hand-click on this story and it will provide you with a blank email addressed to me. Tell me when you want to play and how you would like members to get in touch with you. I'll get a FAPS message out as soon as I can - which is often immediately if I'm at home at the time.


Likewise as Webmaster I am poised and ready to tell the world all about what is going on in your world. If you have any bridge or other news, events, pictures, or achievements to report, just let me know.
Click on this story to email.

       Jane Scarfe
Don't be a dummy when Declarer gets it wrong
Don't be a dummy when Declarer gets it wrong

You'd think Declarer would be paying attention, wouldn't you? And, at least, know what hand s/he is leading from.

Rhetorical question, obviously. Because Nigel our esteemed TD mentor is about to advise us on what to do when Partner loses the plot. Again. When is Dummy allowed to speak up - and when would it risk a slap on the wrist - or worse for a repeat offender.

"You're in your hand, Partner." OK or not OK? Click here to read on ....

 

Website Revamp
Website Revamp

We have now amended the website left-hand menu so you can click on competitions to get to all the Results. There you will find the Competition Rules and progress on current competitions, together with recently completed events. The Competition Leader Board entries show just those people/teams who have played several sessions and excludes the the occasional player(s) who will be unlikely to play sufficient times to qualify for the competition.

Managing the website is now split between Graham Hardman, pictured above, who has taken over Competitions and Calendar - and Jane Scarfe who will still be looking after the social and news content and the Find a Partner service. To contact Graham, click on this story (link will soon be working). To contact Jane, either click on the FAPS email link below or call her on either number in the ABC membership booklet.

 

Affiliations

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

 

Calendar
31st August 2016
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
1st September 2016
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
7th September 2016
Summer Trophy
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
8th September 2016
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Results
25th August 2016
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: John Bradley
24th August 2016
Club Pairs
Director: Deborah Rabbidge
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
18th August 2016
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: John Bradley
17th August 2016
Teams of Four competition
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
NCBA Forthcoming Events

Peter Smith wants us to know about what Norfolk County Bridge Association has planned for the next few months.

It's all on the NCBA website - www.bridgewebs.com/norfolk. For further information give Peter a call on 01953 483759 or email him on pjsmith803@gmail.com

      

Find a Partner and Bridge News
Find a Partner and Bridge News
I've moved to the new Competitions column because you can't enter events without the right person to play with.

If you need a partner at any time, just right-hand-click on this story and it will provide you with a blank email addressed to me. Tell me when you want to play and how you would like members to get in touch with you. I'll get a FAPS message out as soon as I can - which is often immediately if I'm at home at the time.


Likewise as Webmaster I am poised and ready to tell the world all about what is going on in your world. If you have any bridge or other news, events, pictures, or achievements to report, just let me know.
Click on this story to email.

       Jane Scarfe
Don't be a dummy when Declarer gets it wrong
Don't be a dummy when Declarer gets it wrong

You'd think Declarer would be paying attention, wouldn't you? And, at least, know what hand s/he is leading from.

Rhetorical question, obviously. Because Nigel our esteemed TD mentor is about to advise us on what to do when Partner loses the plot. Again. When is Dummy allowed to speak up - and when would it risk a slap on the wrist - or worse for a repeat offender.

"You're in your hand, Partner." OK or not OK? Click here to read on ....

 

Website Revamp
Website Revamp

We have now amended the website left-hand menu so you can click on competitions to get to all the Results. There you will find the Competition Rules and progress on current competitions, together with recently completed events. The Competition Leader Board entries show just those people/teams who have played several sessions and excludes the the occasional player(s) who will be unlikely to play sufficient times to qualify for the competition.

Managing the website is now split between Graham Hardman, pictured above, who has taken over Competitions and Calendar - and Jane Scarfe who will still be looking after the social and news content and the Find a Partner service. To contact Graham, click on this story (link will soon be working). To contact Jane, either click on the FAPS email link below or call her on either number in the ABC membership booklet.

 

Affiliations

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