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

The next Teams of Four Competition will be on Wednesday 22 February, so plenty of time to line up the other half of your team.   But should you need a partner or team mates, don’t forget the FAP service provided by Jane Scarfe, details in the box on the right of this page.

Save the Date – Thursday 30 March for the AGM prior to play

 

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

Bookings now open for the 2017 Norfolk Congress

Maureen Kimbley is now taking bookings for the 2017 Norfolk Congress, to be held as usual at the Wensum Valley Hotel in Taverham, from Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April.

All EBU members are welcome to play, whether local or from away and there are events to suit players at all levels, including the popular Really Easy Congress on Friday afternoon for those new to club bridge.

Click here for the entry form and book your preferred partners and team members now before someone else snaps them up!

 

Quiz and Supper

AT HELLESDON COMMUNITY CENTRE
(Hellesdon, Norwich, NR6 5SR)
(entrance is off Woodview Road, which is off Reepham Road)


SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2017
6.30pm for 7pm till 10pm


A fun evening with friends and family
Experienced quiz master
An even better Chinese supper by Gabriel


Prizes, Raffle.
£10 per person; teams of six
Please bring own drink & pens
Raffle prizes welcomed


Entries with payment to Maureen Kimbley at:
Email: maureenkimbley@gmail.com / Tel: 01263 587705
2 Great Yard, The Street, Saxthorpe, Norwich, NR11 7AH
Payment can be made online: contact Maureen for details


Organised by the Norfolk Contract Bridge Association to raise funds
for a match against Ireland on their visit to Norfolk in May 2017

Proposed Chinese Supper Menu
Triple Starters
Egg and sweet corn soup
Vegetarian fried pancake roll
Fried prawn crackers


Main Course
King Prawn balls with fried rice in a Kung Po sauce (hot and spicy)
Or
Crispy “Kwai Fey” styled roast pork with fried noodles
Or
Vegetarian egg fried noodles


Bring your own drink

Buxton Trophy and Barbara Dick-Cleland

Norfolk Contract Bridge Association

A fun afternoon for less experienced Bridge players

The Barbara Dick-Cleland Trophy

For players who have fewer than 500 master points

Standard Acol system only permitted

The Buxton trophy

For players below the rank of Tournament master

At Wymondham Abbey Hall, Wymondham, NR18 0PH

On Sunday 26th Febuary  - 1.45 for a 2pm start

Free entry - Prizes in both events

Entries and enquiries by 23rd February please

to Christine Buchanan c_buch40@hotmail.com

01603 712307

This year we have a smaller venue so get your entries in early

www.notinnorfolk.com

According to The Times "the traditional image of a bridge game has been ladies in twinsets and pearls sitting around the kitchen table with a glass of Chardonnay." Should we be flattered or insulted?

But the story is about the EBU getting its PR spectacularly right as school pupils across the country are apparently shunning football and iPads in favour of Bridge!

They say the number of young people playing bridge has quadrupled since 2011 with about 300 schools thought to be promoting it.(Fans of the BBC Radio 4 programme More or Less are already reaching for their phones to check how many schools there are in England and whether that is a Big Number. I can save them the trouble. Quick Google search suggests there are 24,372 in total, including everything from nursery to special schools to independents. So rather trivial to be honest - but brilliantly well done to the EBU for getting such a positive bridge story into The Times!

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
22nd February 2017
Teams of Four
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
23rd February 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
1st March 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
2nd March 2017
Winter Trophy
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Results
16th February 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
15th February 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: John Copson
9th February 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Andrew Thurston
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
8th February 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: John Copson
NCBA Forthcoming Events

Below is a list of the Norfolk Contract Bridge Association events to be held locally between now and April 2017.  The full schedule and rules can all be found on the NCBA website http://www.bridgewebs.com/norfolk/

5 Feb 14:00    Committee Cup Costessey Centre

26 Feb 14:00   Barbara Dick-Cleland Trophy and Buxton Trophy Abbey Hall Wymondham

12 Mar 14:30   Hudson Cup Costessey Centre

Congress all at Wensum Valley

  • 31 Mar 13:30 Ladies Pairs Webster Trophy

                      13:30 Mens Pairs Baker Trophy

          13:30 Open Pairs

          13:30 Really Easy Pairs

          18:45 Mixed Pairs Haylock Trophy

          18:45 Bob Lawton Trophy

  • 01 Apr 13:30 Championship Pairs
  • 02 Apr11:00 Neville Hill Cup

23 Apr 14:00   North Walsham Trophy Bawburgh Village Hall

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, that is the question
To claim or not to claim, that is the question

I managed to fall flat on my face at the bridge table at Taverham with this one the very same evening I later landed on my hip with far more disastrous and surgical consequences.

All was well since our opponents were courteous and understanding, but explained that you need to be quite sure how you were going to play it before claiming the rest of the tricks. Or indeed conceding them.

So what are the rules and how should you judge when to claim and when to play out the hand? Click here and Der Spielenmeister will explain all .....

Affiliations

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

 

Calendar
22nd February 2017
Teams of Four
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
23rd February 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
1st March 2017
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
2nd March 2017
Winter Trophy
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Results
16th February 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
15th February 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: John Copson
9th February 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Andrew Thurston
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
8th February 2017
Club Pairs
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: John Copson
NCBA Forthcoming Events

Below is a list of the Norfolk Contract Bridge Association events to be held locally between now and April 2017.  The full schedule and rules can all be found on the NCBA website http://www.bridgewebs.com/norfolk/

5 Feb 14:00    Committee Cup Costessey Centre

26 Feb 14:00   Barbara Dick-Cleland Trophy and Buxton Trophy Abbey Hall Wymondham

12 Mar 14:30   Hudson Cup Costessey Centre

Congress all at Wensum Valley

  • 31 Mar 13:30 Ladies Pairs Webster Trophy

                      13:30 Mens Pairs Baker Trophy

          13:30 Open Pairs

          13:30 Really Easy Pairs

          18:45 Mixed Pairs Haylock Trophy

          18:45 Bob Lawton Trophy

  • 01 Apr 13:30 Championship Pairs
  • 02 Apr11:00 Neville Hill Cup

23 Apr 14:00   North Walsham Trophy Bawburgh Village Hall

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, that is the question
To claim or not to claim, that is the question

I managed to fall flat on my face at the bridge table at Taverham with this one the very same evening I later landed on my hip with far more disastrous and surgical consequences.

All was well since our opponents were courteous and understanding, but explained that you need to be quite sure how you were going to play it before claiming the rest of the tricks. Or indeed conceding them.

So what are the rules and how should you judge when to claim and when to play out the hand? Click here and Der Spielenmeister will explain all .....

Affiliations

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