New Hand of the Week
Concerned at the paucity of slam bidding at the club, our correspondent, Slowcoach, has come out of retirement to write a couple of articles on the subject, which can be found under the hand of the week tab at the top of the menu above.
Afternoon Duplicate sessions take place every Thursday, between 2:00 and 5:00 pm.
Prior to this, at 1.00 pm., there is usually a short seminar for improvers. Next Thursday, 23rd. May, we will continue to look at forcing/non-forcing bidding, with the emphasis on bidding big hands.
Beginners lessons are held on Monday's at 3. 30 in Nolton Church Hall. Please phone Steve Burgoyne on 01656 661968, or email email@example.com for further details. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO LESSON ON MONDAY 27TH. MAY BECAUSE OF THE BANK HOLIDAY.
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The Minutes of the Committee Meeting held on 13 February 2019 can now be found in the news section of the website.
John Raymond presents the cup to the winners Tony, Julian, Teresa and Chris.
It was pleasing to see a record number of novice/emerging players compete in The Ann Dolan Competition on 19th. May in Tumble, and also satisfying to be able to congratulate Steward Norton, who, together with his partner Jesse James, came second overall. Very Well Done!
Please note the WBU AGM 2019 is being held on 2nd June 2019 at Whitchurch Rugby Club Cardiff. The agenda and accounts can be found on the WBU website or the Club's Notice Board.
New members and visitors are always welcome, so come and join us for a friendly game of Bridge. We meet at Nolton Church Hall in the middle of Bridgend on Wednesday and Friday Evenings at 7:00, and on Thursday afternoons at 2:00. Beginners classes are held on Monday afternooons at 3.30. There is usually a seminar for improvers between 1:00 and the afternoon sessions on a Thursday. Table money is £2.50 for members and £3.50 for non-members, which includes light refreshments. FOR SIMS EVENTS, TABLE MONEY IS £5.50 (£6.50 FOR NON MEMBERS). We have ample evening parking, and facilites for those with disabilities. For further information, or if you need a partner, please phone the club chairman on 01656 661968.
Well done to Tony Disley, who, partnering Eric Cummings from Somerset, was second in a strong field at the Cheltenham Congress.
The recent Laidlaw Murray for teams at Tumble was won by the Bridgend Team of Liam Sheridan, John Beard, Mike Best and Kevin Maddox. Second were the Swansea team which included Bridgend member Keith Davison, and in third spot was another all Bridgend team, including club President Bill Turner, partnering Marjorie Morris, alongside John Evans and Steve Burgoyne. All played well, particularly the winners, who won by a comfortable margin, so many congratulations to them.
Many congratulations to Vida Halford and Glyn Williams who won their second club competition of the season on Friday 5th. April, triumphing in an exciting and hard fought contest over Emer Disley and Linda Jenkins who finished second. Their trophy cabinet will need to be extended as they add the Max Powell Rosebowl to the Club Mixed Pairs Championship which they won earlier in the year.
Once again club members have excelled at area level, this time in the East. Mike Best, partnered by Mia Deshcepper finished in second spot, but the winners were Glenda Roberts and Liam Sheridan, who became East Wales Mixed Pairs Champions over 51 boards at Gwent Bridge Academy on Sunday 7th. April. Very well done indeed.
We are proud to announce that our club champions, Julian Pottage and Tony Ratcliff, have won a new national competition, called Champions of Champions. This is a contest open to the champion pair of each club in Wales and it was lauched very successfully this year. Other club members also did well, qualifying as champions of other local clubs. Tony Haworth, playng with Rob Charlesworth and representing Pencoed was second and Vida Halford and Glyn Williams (Vale of Glamorgan) were a highly creditable seventh nationally. Well done to all of them.
Bridgend members did well at the recent Area Mixed Pairs in Tumble, occupying all three of the top positions. First by a long way were Emer Disley and Tony Haworth with the excellent score of 67%. In second, over 10% back were Linda Pinnock and Steve Burgoyne, with Glenda Roberts and Liam Sheridan close behind. Well done to all of them. This competition was part of the Welsh National Mixed Pairs Championship, played as a sims across the areas of Wales, and Emer and Tony were a close second nationally behind Ceri Pierce and Eric Cummings.
Congratlations to Tony Haworth & Kevin Maddox, convincing winners in a 30 pair field at Tumble. Very well done to both of them.
Congratulations to Rob Forman and Alan Heath who not only won their section (3) of the National Graded Masters, but topped the whole field of 46 pairs playing the same boards in sections 2, 3 & 4 of the competition, winning by a remarkable 10 x-imps. An outstanding achievement. Well done also to Tony Disley, who, playing with Mike Pownall, came second in the top section of this event.
Many congratulations to Vida Halford and Glyn Williams, winners of the Club Mixed Pairs Championship, held over two weeks recently.
Congratulations to Julian Pottage and Tony Ratcliff on winning the club pairs championship over two weeks in early November. This qualifies them to represent Bridgend in the National Champion of Champions Finals next year.
Congratulations to Tony Disley, Kevin Maddox, Julian Pottage and Tony Ratcliff, comfortable winners of the club Teams Championship, played over two weeks in Mid October.
It was a good day for Bridgend members at the recent teams tournament in Cardiff to honour the memory of the late Patrick Jourdain, probably the best known Bridge player in the history of Welsh Bridge. We had two members of the winning team, Debbie and Simon Richards, left, playing with Ceri Pierce and Eric Cummings, all four members of the second placed team, Linda Pinnock, Bill Turner, John Evans & Steve Burgoyne, and three members of the bronze medalists, Kevin Maddox, Tony Haworth and Mike Best, playing with Mark Roderick. A fine performance in a good field - well done to all of them.
We raised £290 this year for our Charity, The British Heart Foundation. Ceri Coates and Tina Huggleston of BHF came in to collect the cheque from Steve during Monday's lesson at Nolton Hall.
There was good support from Bridgend members for the Western Area Swiss Pairs on 23rd. September, and considerable success, with 5 club members being in Pairs who came in the first three. Winners were in-form Mike Best, partnering Kevin Maddox, second Tony Haworth playing with Rob Charlesworth, and third were Debbie and Simon Richards. With two other club pairs sharing fourth spot, just outside the money, it was a good showing from Bridgend players in a strong field. Well done to all of them.
The Fishguard Celtic Congress takes place next weekend (24th. until 26th. May) details on The West Wales Area website.
Our Charity Cheese and wine evening is coming up soon, on Friday 7th. June. This is always a most enjoyable occasion, so please make every effort to support it.