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.
Jan Pooley has kindly offered Wednesday 27 February and we are still looking to fill 27 March and 24 April.
Please let me know if you can help!
Wednesday 22 May for the ABC Open Pairs Trophy (returnable) and engraved wine glasses to keep.
This event is open to any EBU member but only Norfolk Contract Bridge Association members are eligible to win the Trophy and prize.
Team ABC Away took on all comers at our annual jaunt which took place this year at the Doubletree by Hilton in Newbury North.
To say we covered ourselves in bridge glory would be a slight exaggeration, but Val Bobbins and John Copson managed a second place and Peter and Jan Pennington-Smith a third. The gossip won the trophy - but what happens on tour stays on tour. Val is already planning our 2020 extravaganza so you'll have to go if you want to know ...
Our star performance was reserved for the retail therapy when all ABC female followers of fashion swerved the Saturday seminar and headed into Newbury in a six-seater taxi. Word swiftly swept round the retail emporia that Norfolk was in town and Norfolk was spending and we were welcomed everywhere with wild enthusiasm.
If everyone looks jolly in the photo it might be because one particular hotel barman got a trifle confused and seemed to think that wine is served in glasses holding at least half a pint. Surprisingly no-one sought to disabuse him. (I confess by the time on Sunday night when I took that photo I was on the decaff tea instead but I'm a shocking lightweight).
Huge thanks as ever to Val for organising the bunfight and looking forward to next year.
We are in celebratory mode after our A team scooped the NCBA's Committee Cup - triumphing against Norfolk's finest!
As Neil renamed the teams, here is a reminder of the victorious players:
A Team :
Congratulations to our A Team!
Our B team came second - but sadly that was second from bottom, despite putting up a good fight in the second half. Next year ...
But thanks are still due to the B team (below) for taking part, further raising ABC's profile and helping to make it such an enjoyable day.
B Team :
(And thank you to Barbara who took the photo and sorted out all the team names, so I hardly had to write any of this at all - Jane).
There's now one website where you can find all you need to know about playing bridge in Norfolk.
It's got info on everything from teaching in schools, U3A, fast track learning, individual tuition and clubs from easy starters to county level. Plus links to the EBU, NCBA and EBED and the low-down on the county's affiliated and non-affiliated clubs.
So, if you've just moved to Norfolk and are interested in learning bridge from scratch or improving or awakening your skills, you know where to go. PBIN's primary aim is to get more people playing in clubs - but their secondary objective is just encouraging more people to learn and play wherever! Tea and cake in the kitchen anyone?
Click here to find out all about it.
Congratulations to our magnificent eight-strong team who were runners-up in the prestigious Allwood-Wharton trophy event by a considerable margin.
Our star performers were Christine Buchanan and Chris Cunnington, Lena Taylor and Nigel Block, Suzanne Gill and Bindumadhava Bhadrinath and Alan Hourd and Margaret Motch.
These impressive ABC performances are turning into a bit of a habit, following on the heels of our Committee Cup team's sucess in April, where we were also runners up.
Well done to one and all!
Congratulations to Gillian Hall, Gary Putman, Eileen Townsend and Roger Amey who won the first ever Wendy Gee Memorial Bowl Teams event in aid of Cancer Research UK. The bdautiful cut glass bowl was a generous gift from Wendy's husband Ron, pictured presenting it to the winning team - who also received ABC glass paperweights to keep. Club Chairman Sarah Chamberlin is on the left.
Ron has himself recently learned to play bridge and observed with great interest at different tables during the afternoon - and promised that before too long he would himself be up to playing at ABC!
The Teams competition raised £160 for Cancer Research UK. The charity raises money to fund research, and also to support people with cancer through literature and a help-line and education to help prevent the evil collection of diseases with C in their names. Cancer Research UK also works to influence Government policy. Click anywhere to go to their website for more information.
A couple of county events being organised by local clubs:
22 April - ABC Trophy - organiser Afternoon Bridge Club, and
30 April - Harry Hunt Cup - organiser Lowestoft Bridge Club.
For more detail and all other events of interest go to the NCBA website www.bridgewebs.com/norfolk/
Finally. Are we bovvered? Let's leave it all to them and get four spades down. Perhaps 5H would have made but Andrew Robson always says the five level is for the opposition.
So what to lead? If we don't cash that heart ace quick it'll go away - A♥ - OOPS lead out of turn!
Never happened to you? Pull the other one. But, apart from feeling a complete idiot, can you remember Declarer's endless list of options? No, nor me. But, fortunately, in the bridge world it's not what you know, it's who you know. And we know Nigel, who will explain it all to us in words of one ..... Click here to avoid disappointment.
The Afternoon Bridge Club is affiliated to the EBU and the NCBA (Norfolk Contract Bridge Association).