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Christmas schedule - No Missed Sessions - Carry on Regardless!
Christmas schedule - No Missed Sessions - Carry on Regardless!

16th December Christmas Party - members only
23rd December Mince Pies - visitors welcome
30th December - Last of the Year - visitors welcome

6th January      New Year Pairs - back to normal!

Wessex League


A narrow loss to Wallingford 'D' might have been mildly disappointing, but it means that we retain our position in the middle of the table.

Two matches to go, against Wantage 'B' and Thame 'B'.

See the full league table by clicking here.



Our Wessex League team were brought down to earth with a 17-3 loss to Witney, despite holding a very narrow lead at half time.

The season began well with a resounding away win against Frilford 'B', and continued two weeks ago with a close victory over Oxford 'E'. Tonight's result leaves the side just above the middle of the table.

Hello Stephen!
Hello Stephen!

A very warm welcome to our new TD. We all know and love Stephen of course and it's not easy this TDing stuff. He handled everything so well on his first night in charge. It didn't help that the centre's WiFi was down but the results were still in the player's boxes by 11pm. Very well done Stephen! 

Am livid because you went to bed with an Ace!

Chief Host Angel !
Chief Host Angel !

Our club has always been a great advocate of 'everyone gets a game'.
It is one of the key policies of the Bridge for All programme.
It particularily suits people graduating from courses who have yet to find a regular partner and people new to the area who want to try our club (good choice!)

Following an appeal for Host Angels we had a great response and a rota has been set up.

Our lovely Maureen has voluntered to be our Chief Host Angel.  Her task is to allocate volunteer hosts to session dates. She looks a bit shocked here actually:-)

Sue's next cruise
Sue's next cruise

The Oceana. Cruise number E501
January 2015

Round trip cruise to Caribbean - no flights
Click to get details.

Announcing this that and the other
Announcing this that and the other
We have all got used to 'announcing' the range of partners opening bid of 1NT. Now the rules have been extended to announcing the range of the opening bid of 2NT.
Subsequent transfers and Stayman also require an announcement.
Additionally those of us that play 5-card major suit openings, a minor suit opening that could be two cards or fewer should be announced even if it is non-forcing. 
Bad Weather Cancellations
Bad Weather Cancellations

If the weather is a bit tricky a decision whether the session will be held will be taken no later than 5pm on the day of the session and posted here on the website.

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Aylesbury Vale Bridge Club
Aylesbury Vale Bridge Club

New to Buckinghamshire and played a bit before?
Or maybe played ages ago and want to get started again.
Or perhaps you play at another local club that plays on a different night

Whatever your reason visit our friendly club. You will be more than welcome.
We promise it won't be like the cartoon.
We meet every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. Town centre location. Bags of parking space.
A partner will be found, no need to pre-book - or bring your own partner.
 EBU affiliated. Instant scoring with hand records.
Our club specialises in newcomers and improvers.

New!  Commentary of the session's hands will be emailed to the players after the session. By the time you get home the commentary will be in your inbox. This includes suggested auction and some play and defence points on each of the deals.
Contact sue@aylesburyvalebridge.com - and lets see how we can get you started. Or just turn up!

    We are just so friendly - honest!

The Way we Were
The Way we Were

Sue looks back at how things were when she first started at a bridge club nearly forty years ago (I know!)
Somethings never change of course. There are still 52 cards in a pack. And still the odd joker down at the club.
But the way we access our information has transformed the way we view things.
Click on the picture to read the story.


National Treasure RIP
National Treasure RIP

Tony Priday who died this week was one of the last of the greats. It was such a privilege to spend time with him last year .

Dinner with a national treasure is always a treat. On board ship was Tony Priday and his wife Vivian. We heard great stories of legends such as Stan Stayman and Omar, Reese and Schapiro.

Tony with his wife Vivian beat everyone in sight in the daily duplicate and even gave us all a seminar on hands played. 

Farewell Mike and Jeanne
Farewell Mike and Jeanne

We are so sorry to see you go - but we wish you much love and happiness in your retirement and new life in Somerset

Our Club Says Thanks Mike!
Our Club Says Thanks Mike!

Forty four people turned up to say goodbye to Mike on his last night at the club. A cut glass fruit bowl engraved with ' More Than Just A Game - Aylesbury Vale Bridge Club' was presentated on behalf of our club by Sue, Richard and Ian. In presentating the bowl Sue said that we all loved him and will all miss him.

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Seasons greeting from AylesburyVale!
Seasons greeting from AylesburyVale!
New Beginner's Classes - Wednesdays in February
New Beginner's Classes - Wednesdays in February

Wednesday 25th February 2015 - 8pm - 10-pm
Start at the very beginning - a very good place to start:-)

Brand new beginner's classes starting on Wednesday evenings .
sue@aylesburyvalebridge.com to find out more

Farewell Mike
Farewell Mike

Our club will forever be grateful for Mike's friendship and loyalty.
His contribution to the club has been immense and cannot be understated.
He and Jeanne were founder members in 2004 and Mike went on to be a very capable and charming host/TD.
He also took on the captaincy of our club in the Wessex League and guided us to promotion in the first year and consolidated our position in the second year.
So thank you Mike!  We never say goodbye - just au revoir

Children in Need
Children in Need

£130 was raised from our club on the Sim Pairs night

daft but nice :-)
daft but nice :-)

Am always looking for new clip art images for the game. When you enter bridge into the search engine it pops up with all sorts of images with no relevance to what we do. Pictures of bridges mostly!

Anyway I thought I would share this one with you. Totally useless of course but brightens up the day.


Tessa held a charity bridge drive for Macmillan on Saturday 24th May
Our own lovely Keith Smith won the overall prize with the highest score 

Where Do Our Members Live
Where Do Our Members LiveBuckinghamshire - Oxfordshire -Bedfordshire
Aylesbury. Whichurch. Leighton Buzzard. Buckingham. Wendover. Oving. High Wycombe. Chinnor. Long Crendon Haddenham. Berkhamsted. Mentmore. Tring. Monks Risborough. North Marston. Thornborough. Great Kimble. Gawcott. Bicester. Chesham. Gt Missendon. Ibstone. Brill. Bierton. Haydon Hill. Weston Turville. Marsworth. Aston Clinton. Winslow. Cublington. Waddesdon. Gt Brickhill. Steeple Claydon. Little Horwood.

AVB specialises in seminars for coaching groups, clubs and cruise ships. Anything from 2-hour topic sessions to two-day full seminars. The theme for most of the seminars is how to deploy basic systems such as Acol and SAYC more effectively. With the use of projector and screen, complex issues such as responding to partners overcall, handling big hands and deploying barrage bidding properly are made simple and fun. At a recent 2-day seminar in West Wales, Chairman of Haverfordwest Bridge Club Judith Graham-Jones commented

"so many thanks for your wonderful presentation. Everyone was thrilled with it and asking for more! So many complimentary remarks about YOU. The visuals in particular were marvellous and such fun".
A full programme of seminars are booked well into 2014 with Fred.Olsen and P&O cruises. To find out about dates for these cruises or to enquire about a seminar for your club contact sue@aylesburyvalebridge.com
Mini Bridge Booklet
Mini Bridge Booklet

Mini Bridge is a simple intro to the game used by all good teachers. In fact it is a very good game in its own right. Most established bridge authors don't much bother with the subject, preferring to stick to the intricicies of the big game.
Many of the existing publications are joyless and dire.

Very Easy Mini Bridge is a 20 page full colour, spiral bound, laminated publication. As you would expect from this author, it is full of fun, humour and is very, very easy to understand.
This booklet is ideal if you want to teach your children or grandchildren the rudiments of the game. 
Bridge author, Andrew Kambites comments 'this booklet is typical Sue Maxwell - and that is a compliment'
If you would like a copy, email Sue at 
20% discount applies to all members present and past of AVB, P&O cruisers and EBUTA teachers.

16th Dec 2014
Christmas Party
Director: Mitch
9th Dec 2014
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Jonathan Sadler
2nd Dec 2014
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Richard Plummer
23rd Dec 2014
Mince Pies
30th Dec 2014
Twixmas Bridge
6th Jan 2015
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