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.
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
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:
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.
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.
Andrew Thurston has nominated one of our charities for 2018 which is Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. As you know, we designate a couple of sessions a year for good causes. The only strict criterion is that they need to be based in Norfolk.
NARS, which has been in existence since 1970, provides expert help at the scene of serious road accidents and other life-threatening medical emergencies. Their biggest category of call-out is to cardiac arrests.
The doctors and paramedics who volunteer to NARS have received extra training to provide specialised trauma care and can administer more drugs at the scene of a crash or cardiac arrest, vital during the critical moments of an incident. Click on this story to go to their website and read more about their work.
NARS is based in Hethersett and receives no Government funding. All the money raised goes on updating specialist equipment and training because the doctors and paramedics are all volunteers who donate their time for free.
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:
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.
Shaw Trophy Tuesday 17 July (Wymondham & District BC)
Rouen Cup Swiss Teams Sunday 22 July (Norfolk & Norwich BC, but to be held at Bawburgh Village Hall)
King's Lynn Trophy Monday 30 July (West Norfolk & King's Lynn BC)
For these and all other events of interest, click on the heading to go to the Norfolk Contract Bridge Association's website.
Allwood-Wharton Trophy. Sunday 30 September. Anyone interested in being part of the ABC team for this County event, please contact Barbara Baker. Her contact details can be found in your ABC booklet or in the box on the left of this page, click on the 'information' button then select 'Committee'
It's Open Season for those of you who enjoy keeping our esteemed TDs on their toes. Mind you, if you can get your head round this lot you are a better woman/man than I am Gunga Din!
I think we are all familiar with Insufficient Bids. So far, so good. But the latest from He Who Knows All - aka our mentor Nigel Block - covers the new rules on when an insufficient bid is comparable and when it is not. Don't blame me. I don't write the rules. Just click here to read and learn. Or, like me, hope that the TD on the day has done so and made sense of it.
I close by taking my hat off, if I were wearing one, to our tournament directors for all the hard work they have to put in mastering the EBU's many, varied and ever more convoluted directives.
The Afternoon Bridge Club is affiliated to the EBU and the NCBA (Norfolk Contract Bridge Association).