We are phasing out the acceptance of cheques as payment of table money at Berks & Bucks events. At county events, table money will be cash only - cheques will not be accepted. Cheques will continue to be accepted at the Green Point events.
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The Berks & Bucks A-Team (Ed Scerri ( C ) & Steve Eginton, Phil Thornton & Bob Holder, Carole Mueller & Herb Mueller, James Bond & John Greenhalgh, Jim Chapman & Mike Wenble, Peter Hawkes & Mike Ribbins) gained 3rd place in their flight of the 2012 Metropolitan Cup played on 9th September. Well done to all in the three teams who took part.
Congratulations to Sally Brock on retaining the gold medal she won in 2008 in Beijing by again being part of the winning English Women's Team at the World Mind Sports Games in Lille.
B&B did well in the Brighton Four Star Teams, with Ed Scerri & Gary Jones playing for the team that won the A final and Peter Hawkes & Ian Reissmann in the team that came second (after leading the field for much of the weekend). Well done to all.
Congratulations to Richard Bowdery and Simon Cope who were members of the winning team in the Hubert Phillips Bowl [for the second year running].
And to Heather & Matthew Tan on winning the Swiss Teams in the recent Oxfordshire Congress.
Our outgoing chairman, Nigel Thompson, symbolically hands over the County EBU shareholder certificate to Anders Wallen as he takes over as Chairman at the AGM.
The Victor Ludorum for the 2011-2012 season was won jointly by Chris Burley and Ed Scerri. Well done. The award was presented at the annual prizegiving.
Click for the Victor Ludorum Final Positions table.
Congratulations to Joyce Baldock, James Bond, Tony Parkinson and John Greenhalgh on winning the Perkins Cup in the Teams event held at SBBC on Sunday 29th July.
Well done to David Beever & Robin Gardiner and Nigel Marlow & Stephen Gore on winning the Richard Palmer Memorial Trophy in the GP Swiss Teams event. Two teams shared the runners up place - Stephen Hurst, James Chapman, Luke Porter & Michael Clark and Dee & Peter Lindon, Derek & Celia Oram.
Congratulations to Debbie Roberts and Geoff Nicholas on winning the Anders Wallen Trophy in the GP Swiss Pairs event - see here with the event organiser Anders Wallen. Runners up were Ed Scerri and Dick Davey. 104 pairs took part.
Congratulations to Sally Brock and the England team.European Ladies Champions!
Well done to Ed Scerri, Steve Eginton, Barry Myers and Richard Bowdery on coming 4th out of the 31 teams who competed in the Pachabo Cup.
The winning teams in the Student League were presented with their trophies at the Pro-Am event (see below). The winning Cuebid Team - Nirmal & Joy Dutta and John & Linda O'Halloran - are shown (together with Anders Wallen and Tessa Templeton) with the Margaret Hatch Trophy. The runners-up Ruffians Team - Ann McKellow, Gillian Foulkes, David Fryer and Vanessa Daubney (not in picture) - are shown with the SBBC Trophy being presented by Laurie Champniss.
Players from the teams who had played in this season's Student League paired up with more experienced players to play in an enjoyable Pro-Am Teams event held on Thursday 14th June. Seven team played. The winning team - "Ams" Nirmal Dutta & Gillian Foulkes and "Pros" Tony Williams & Hilary Hinman - are shown (front row, right-to left with their prizes) together with the director Anders Wallen, the host Nigel Thompson and the League Organiser Derek Cook.
Congratulations to Janet & Bill Irvine on winning the Friendly Pairs Finchampstead Plate, after narrowly beating the runners-up Janet Allen and Colin Dale. The Non-Expert prize was won by Cathy & Brian Medhurst.
Bucks repeated their success of last year to win all 3 matches against Berks. Bob Holder, captain of the Bucks A team, is shown holding the Phil Thornton Shield, with Graham & Sue Dickens, non-playing captains of the Bucks B & C teams. Well done to all who took part.
Congratulations to Richard Bowdery, Jack Mizel, Sally Brock and Barry Myers on winning the County Teams Knockout Championship. They win the Crowhurst Quaich and qualify to represent the county in the EBU's Pachabo event.
Under Joan Bennett’s leadership this has grown amazingly and there are now over 450 children in 30 + schools in Berks, Bucks and Oxon playing MiniBridge helped by 70 volunteers and we hope to start up at a secondary school, Dr Challoners Boys GS in Amersham, this September. We particularly want to recruit new volunteers in Bucks, so please contact Tessa Templeton firstname.lastname@example.org phone 07717844410 if you are interested.Five of the school groups played in the EBU MiniBridge Sim Pairs in March – see photos of the heat in Elangeni School, Amersham – you may recognise Mike Bennett, Ed Scerri, Anders Wallen, Dory & Nigel Thompson, also helping were Clare Hodgson, Nancy Scerri and Tessa Templeton.
In July Joan will be taking 20 children, from these BB & O schools, to the House of Lords to play MiniBridge with their Lordships! On previous occasions this featured on the front page of English Bridge.
An attractive feature is that the volunteer ‘teachers’ find it very enjoyable, supported as they are by fully developed materials, hands to use, etc, etc, supplied by the EBU. All that is required is attendance at a one day training course (funded by BBCBA), enjoyment of the company of eager children doing something they find great fun, and the time, typically an hour/week at lunch-time or after-school during the two winter terms.
Joan and Tessa would be delighted to hear from any club players who are interested, and also from Primary School heads who would like this to happen at their school.
Congratulations to Pauline Serby & Alan Boothroyd on winning the Director's Cup (presented here by Chris Burley) in the Senior Pairs event. Runners up were John Spiers & Ed Brennan, with James Bond & John Greenhalgh in 3rd place. The winning "Veterans" were Tara & Stan Harding, and Sandra & Michael Baily were the leading "Non-Experts". Well done to all.
Well done to Chris Burley and Ed Scerri representing Richards Bridge Club on winning the Waller Bowl in the Club Pairs Championship. 339 pairs competed in the heats played in 21 clubs, and 64 pairs took part in the final. Chris and Ed also won the 1st session, and Chrys Poole and Steve Lee (Bourne End) won the 2nd session. Second place overall went to Robin Gardiner and Nigel Marlow (Burnham). David Jukes and Les Ellis (Lane End) won the Non-Expert prize.
Congratulatons to Chris Tucker & Tony Aston who won the Master Pairs and to Mike & Joan Bennett who were third in the Regional Masters category at the EBU's Ranked Masters.
Burnham's team of Norma Lord, Alan Boothroyd, David Herod and David Benjamin were the overall winners (and 2nd Session winners) in the Final of the Club Teams Championship played at Windsor on 4th March. Teams from Finchampstead and Thame were 2nd and 3rd. Five Aces team of Naomi Whittard, Malcolm Burch, Anne Barnes and Joanna Rockall won the 1st Session. Congratulations to all.
Elaine and Ted Crump collected all of the silverware at the Mixed Pairs & Flitch on Sunday 19th February - the Mixed Pairs Cup for coming top in the event - and the BBL Cup for doing so as a married couple. Second place went to Elaine Lloyd and Keith Goswell, and Jenny and Keith Sheppard were third. Well done to all.
Irina Woods and Aleksander Lishkov were very comfortable winners of the Pat Husband Trophy. They won all six matches and finished 25 VPs ahead of the second pair, Rob Wilkinson and Colin Johns, with Liz Pratt and Carol Aitken third.
Richard Palmer, Joan Murphy, Chris Burley & Ed Scerri were the winners of the Carole Mueller Trophy in the Mixed Swiss Teams event held at Windsor on 4th December. Well done to them, and to runners up David Owen, Charles Chisnall, Evelyn Crossley & Mary Hughes. 12 teams took part.
This year’s Tollemache qualifier (the main inter-county event organised by the EBU) took place over 26 & 27 November. The team representing Berks & Bucks was: John Howard & Tim Rees Gary Jones & Ed ScerriIan Reissmann & Mike Perkins Sally Brock & Barry Myers Dick Davey & Richard Palmer With Middlesex, Surrey and London in the same division,it was a tough week-end. After struggling on the Saturday, the team made a good come back to finish in fourth place. We will thus not be represented in the final. The results in the B division were:1 MIDDLESEX 112.52 SURREY 1113 AVON 1024 BERKS & BUCKS 101
The Tony Boothroyd Plate for the winners of the Friendly Pairs event held at SBBC was won by Trevor Passby & Richard Porter. Runners up were Janet & Bill Irvine. Congratulations to both pairs. 26 pairs took part.
We are delighted to announce that the Student League for students just starting their second year of bridge classes has been reintroduced after several years of absence. Six teams have entered and the winning team will be awarded the Margaret Hatch Trophy. Derek Cook is the League Secretary.
Heather & Matthew Tan were the winners of the Jarrett Cup for the Butler Scored Pairs event held on 30th October. Runners up (again) were Maxine Julius & David Arundel, and the Non-Expert prize was won by Paul Dolphin & Steve Lynch. Well done to all three pairs. 24 pairs took part.
Congratulation to Charles Chisnall and David Owen on winning the Denys Jenkins Trophy in the Swiss Pairs held at SBBC on Sunday 16th October - the first event of the 2011-12 season. Runners up were Maxine Julius and David Arundel.
We are delighted to announce that Joan Bennett has taken on the role of Minibridge Development Officer for Berks & Bucks.
She has written the linked article (click on this panel) describing the rapid growth in Minibridge in primary schools in the Berks, Bucks and Oxon area and the benefits to the children in maths and social skills. Indeed in some countries, including France and Holland, bridge already forms part of the standard school curriculum.Another attractive feature is that the volunteer ‘teachers’ find it very enjoyable, supported as they are by fully developed materials, hands to use, etc, etc, supplied by the EBU. Joan says that of the 50 or so volunteers all but one are keen and eager to carry on this year! All that is required is attendance at a one-day training course (funded by BBCBA), enjoyment of the company of eager children doing something they find great fun, and the time, typically an hour/week at lunch-time or after-school during the two winter terms.Joan would be delighted to hear from any club players who are interested, and also from Primary School heads who would like this to happen at their school. (Tele: 01491 579795)
Ed Scerri is presented with the Daily Telegraph Salver (for the most EBU Master Points won over the year) by Sally Bugden at the Brighton Congress.