Although it was back in April that the No Fear competition was played, Malcolm has just received his trophy so we thought we would show the picture.
Something different for next year
It has been great to see players from all sessions and all abilities joining in the Teams League.
To build on this a new competition is being introduced for the second Monday of each month – the Basingstoke Ladder.
The competition is for pairs, who will play with those of a similar standard by running the evenings as two sections.
For more information and to see how it will run, click on this box.
The September newsletter is now out.
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(although of course you can see all of the newsletters by clicking on News and Items)
Congratulations to Richard and Christine Ray on winning this year's Mixed Pairs.
Keith Bennett and Sandra Ruffel were second.
Also well done to Jean Babb on directing the event as it was a difficult movement with lots of sharing boards and moving around.
The EBU have now updated the videos on the new laws. They are very easy viewing and even if you are not a director, they're worth having a look.
Either click on this link or the "Useful links" box on LHS.
Back in 1982 bridge players were suddenly invited to participate in the annual Basingstoke/Alencon twinning Festival of Sport. Two Alencon players arrived for the weekend to stay with Chris & Helen Kinloch. Since then firm friendships have been made.
Although the other twinning visits have fallen away, the exchange between the Bridge clubs has grown and every year, each club has hosted the Bridge match along with social visits.
This year it was the French hosting the visit and although it normally takes place in May, it was an Autumn weekend this time.
The Basingstoke team, Chris & Helen Kinloch, John & Barbara Glasscock, Andrew & Mary Ferguson, Graham & Liz Bragg, David Walton & Anne James and May Lawn & Danielle Sissingh, arrived in bright sunshine in Alençon to the usual warm welcome from French friends, old and new. There were nine tables for the bridge tournament in the afternoon. Unfortunately none of our pairs came top, so we had to relinquish the Raymond Guérin trophy which we won in Basingstoke last year. However, as usual, the bridge competition was only one small part of the weekend and it was followed by several apperitifs and a delicious meal at the club.
On Sunday we visited Le Perche, an area of natural beauty situated around the town of Belleme in the south-east of the Orne department of southern Normandy. Despite the light rain and mist which continued throughout the day, everyone really enjoyed looking round the picturesque villages and trying to find answers to quiz questions about the area. After lunch at the golf club some brave souls took part in a two hole putting competition, the scores for which were added to our team's quiz totals.
Anne & David were the worthy winners of the Sunday events. Back at the Alençon bridge Club there were more apperitifs and another beautiful meal. We did manage to sing an adaptation of the well known French song "Ma Normandie" as a thank you to our hosts.
Dates are still to be arranged, but we look forward to welcoming our French friends in Basingstoke again next year.