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Coming up - forthcoming events

7 June will be the last chance for members to start playing for the Summer Trophy (held on the first Wednesday of each month) as a minimum of four matches need to be played to take part in the competition.

 

Two additional Trustees needed now NCBA is a charity

All ABC members are invited to an Extraordinary General Meeting of Norfolk Contract Bridge Association at Bawburgh Village Hall at 1.30pm on Sunday 23rd April.

There are two items on the Agenda:

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

The officers of the NCBA management committee automatically become trustees. They are: Peter Cotes, John Dennis, Graham Hardman, Gabriel Ip, Maureen Kimbley and Neil Tracey.

Nominations are invited for the two additional trustees, to be sent to:

Maureen Kimbley, Secretary to NCBA
maureenkimbley@gmail.com
2 Great Yard, The Street, Saxthorpe, Norwich NR11 7AH

  • Voting will be by a show of hands on the day. No postal or proxy votes accepted.
  • As per the constitution no other business can be discussed at this meeting

The EGM will be followed by the North Walsham Trophy Swiss Teams at 2pm.

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

Corn Cairdis competition

If you've ever fancied playing bridge at an international level now's your chance. The Corn Cairdis, an annual competition between Ireland and England, is hosted by a different county association each year - and 2017 is Norfolk's turn.

The idea is to involve as many Norfolk players as possible so, in addition to the top players, there will be a parallel teams event playing the same boards as the Corn Cairdis players. And you won't even need to switch on your sat-nav as the venue is the Costessey Centre.

But, because of the movement, there can only be 11 teams in all - two of which are the "pool" players from Norfolk's Corn Cairdis squad. So that means there is room for nine more teams and, if you would like to enter, you need to keep an eye on the county web site and get in first when the entry forms appear.

Entry is FREE, start time is 11am with coffee from 10.30 and bring your own lunch.

Congratulations to All Day winners

Peter Ison and Jane Aylett won the November blue-pointed Swiss Pairs all day event with 83 VPs and 1.07 blue points. Runners up were John Bradley and Derek Ellis who achieved 80 VPs and 0.96 blue points. Well done to all four of them.

Catering was up to Nigel's usual high standard and huge thanks to him for that and to Neil Tracey who ran the 36 board event with supreme efficiency.

What is Eileen Townsend carrying on about?
What is Eileen Townsend carrying on about?

ABC has fundraising in the bag perfectly packed - including Eileen Townsend's magnificent £50 for her hand-crafted shopping bags hand crafted in fabric kindly donated by curtain king James Tullett.

The proceeds of all her hard work, along with £75 in table money, went to Mid Norfolk Riding for the Disabled, which was Nigel Simpson's nominated good cause. Total of £125 from the fundraiser on 25th May.

The club supports two local charities each year and the other Charity Pairs event was Stewart Farquharson's pick in aid of The Whitlingham Boathouses Foundation which raised £95 - half the £5 take at 9 1/2 tables.

Calendar
31st May 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
1st June 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
7th June 2017
Summer Trophy 3
Jerningham Room - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
8th June 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Results
25th May 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Andrew Thurston
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
24th May 2017
Club Pairs - individual handicap
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
18th May 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Andrew Thurston
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
17th May 2017
ABC Open Pairs Trophy
Director: Nigel Block
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. 

 

 

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.
 
To claim or not to claim, part 2
To claim or not to claim, part 2

In his previous Notes Nigel explained how important it is to claim rather than playing out a hand in full.

But it's equally important to demonstrate exactly how you are going to play the hand. And you won't be surprised to hear that there are clearly defined rules about how to handle challenges from the opponents. Click here for the full low-down.

Affiliations

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

 

Calendar
31st May 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
1st June 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
7th June 2017
Summer Trophy 3
Jerningham Room - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
8th June 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Results
25th May 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Andrew Thurston
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
24th May 2017
Club Pairs - individual handicap
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
18th May 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Andrew Thurston
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
17th May 2017
ABC Open Pairs Trophy
Director: Nigel Block
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. 

 

 

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.
 
To claim or not to claim, part 2
To claim or not to claim, part 2

In his previous Notes Nigel explained how important it is to claim rather than playing out a hand in full.

But it's equally important to demonstrate exactly how you are going to play the hand. And you won't be surprised to hear that there are clearly defined rules about how to handle challenges from the opponents. Click here for the full low-down.

Affiliations

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