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Stand-by Partner

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!

Many thanks

Jane (Scarfe)



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Coming up - forthcoming events

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.

What happens in Newbury Stays in Newbury
What happens in Newbury Stays in Newbury

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.

ABC reigns supreme in Committee Cup
ABC reigns supreme in Committee Cup

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 :

  • Karen Blacklock and Bhadrinath Bindumadhava (Bhadri)
  • Margaret Motch and Alan Hourd
  • Val Bobbins and Dave Macro
  • Masume Knevitt and Peter Walters

 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 :

  • Susan Falgate and Jane Scarfe
  • Louise Ball and Sue Smith
  • David Earl and Paul Gilbertson
  • Myself and Carol Lippert

(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).

Team ABC in Allwood-Wharton Trophy Triumph

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!

22nd May 2019
ABC Open Pairs Trophy
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
23rd May 2019
BRIDGE CANCELLED - European elections
29th May 2019
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
30th May 2019
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Club Pairs
Director: Andrew Thurston
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
Club Pairs - Individual Handicap
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: Michael Harvey
Club Pairs
Director: Jane Edwards
Scorer: Deborah Rabbidge
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: Michael Harvey
NCBA Forthcoming Events

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


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