This year, based on player sessions from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018, the Club has moved up 3 places to No. 31. Well done to all for making the club such a success.
Those wanting to kick-start radical improvement in their game might like to consider one-to-one play and mentoring with top Essex player Ian Moss. Click on this box for full details.
This is a two session event. All Play all
An ideal opportunity to enter for your first ever county event as a lot of the partnerships are not regular pairs
Entry via the Essex website
Every 1st Friday session of the month will be scored using the Butler system. This scores the session closer to Teams. For a fuller description Click Here. If you don't do so well you might well empathise with Blakey!
Hertford Heath - Pairs 26th September and Teams 27th September. Click this box for the application form with full details.
A storming win for Barleylands; the team recorded 3 wins out of 4 with one narrow defeat beating some very strong teams along the way.
So please take a bow Janice Ashby (C), Rene Bessell, Trevor Elcock, Cath Gilmore, Dave Hope, John McCoy, Martin Neill, Alistair Robertson, Terry Stevens, Brian Vincent and Monica Watters for showing the rest of Essex a clean pair of heels!
Many thanks to Bernie Hunt and Graham Foster for organising, Nicole Cook for setting up the final evening deals and to Theo Todman for presenting the trophy.
Chappeau à tous
Swiss Teams - Val, Bernie, Brian and Paul! In the Green Pointed Swiss Teams with a big field Paul Mollison & Bernie Hunt, Val Mollison & Brian Davies excelled with a splendid 4th and Chris Taylor & David Wing, Albert Kitchin & David Clark came a super 6th!
Over the weekend of 11-13th September, Barleylands hosts the Essex Show. Consequently, Saturday Club is cancelled and Friday Evening Club Session Parking is restricted to the area in front of the sheds - main car park is not to be used.
Barleylands Sweep the Board
Well, nearly! Well done to club regulars Ann Morgan and John McCoy who won the Felixstowe Pairs Championship Final. A truly stunning result!
Bernie Hunt/Paul Mollison & Val Mollison/Brian Davies won the Swiss Teams. To win the Swiss Teams once (Click to check!) is some achievement to retain your title shows true class.
Robert Elliott and Sandy Riach won the Consolation Final. Very well done!
Val and Paul Mollison stormed to the highest percentage in the Qualifiers.
Click here for further results from the Felixstowe congress.
As part of the EBU Autumn Congress, Bernie is hosting a session of the Really Easy Afternoon, a duplicate pairs to introduce 'congress bridge' to less experienced players.
Click on this box for full information.
17 pairs took part in the Session of the Really Easy Afternoon held at Barleylands. The local session was won by mid-Essex regulars Pascaline Mower & Pat Reeves, who have only been playing the game for two years. They came 5/96 nationally, but were pipped by the more experienced mid-Essex pair Alan & Carolyn Veats, who came 4th. Well done to both pairs!
Well done to all members of the Mid Essex team who were runners-up in the Fletcher Trophy on Sunday! A special mention to Monica Watters and Gary Howchen who were students at the club and have new risen to the first team.
The club hosted SIMS for Children in Need on the usual evening club sessions of:-
Additionally, the following clubs which meet at Barleylands also held SIMS:-
Friday 13th - Monday 16th November
A weekend of bridge at the splendid Marlborough Hotel, Felixstowe
Bernie is hosting and directing the Essex Mixed Pairs competition on Sunday 6th December 2015, starting at 13:00 and ending around 20:30. For those new to County competitions, this is a good point of entry as the partnerships entered by the usual suspects tend not to be as well established as in the other ECBA competitions. So, if you are an established mixed pair you'll have a better chance.
To enter, follow this link.
It looks like civil war broke out in the final of the Essex League Cup. The Barleylands team (Peter Oake, Robert Elliott, Alan Green & David Clarke) beat Academics (Paul Mollison, Bernie Hunt, Ray Clarke & Gary Howchen) by 99-56 IMPs. But Academics look even more "Barleylands" than Barleylands. Anyway, it just shows the strength of the club, and well done to both teams for getting to the final and to Barleylands for winning.
THURSDAY AFTERNOONS 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Starting 1st October
The final Seminar (10th December) is Two Suited Overcalls.
Bernie is running a series of 11 weekly classes on Thursday afternoons (13:30-16:30) which commenced 1st October. The classes are aimed at those with some experience with sound basics who are looking to improve. For the full programme Click Here. The cost is £7.50 for the first session reducing by 50p for any of the 3 subsequent sessions to a minimum of £6.00.
The details of the course for 2016 will be announced shortly.
Bernie will be hosting a session of the Really Easy Afternoon for the EBU's Year End Congress. The session starts at 14:30 at Barleylands - aim to arrive around 14:00 for drinks and nibbles. To enter, contact Peter Jordan at the EBU by email or on 01296-317203.
Seasons Greetings to All!
Club Opening times:-
Belated congratulations to the winners of the Charity Event held at Barleylands on Sunday 7th February this year! Results are here, with leading positions:-
Bernie tells me that there's a write-up in the Yellow Advertiser! Unfortuately, I've not been able to track it down on-line. Anyone with better luck, or who has seen the article, might let me know.
See the image below for full details of an up-coming Charity event. Note that the event is already filling up, so prompt entry is advised to avoid disappointment.
We are sorry to announce that Eva Strauss died on the morning of Friday 19th February. Eva had been a member of Bernie's clubs for the last 15 years and had until the end of last November played on Saturdays with her son-in-law Michael Sutherland-Harper. Our condolences to Michael and to Eva's granddaughter, Sophie Harper, who also plays at the Club.
Congratulations and commiserations to the Mid Essex teams in the ECBA Cornell Trophy. The Team of Eight lost out to Chelmsford on a tie-break, while Mid Essex B came second in the Teams of Four. Teams:-
February 2016: Friday 26th to Monday 29th
A weekend of bridge at the absolutely splendid Great Western Lansdowne Hotel.
Advanced and No Fear
The cost of a three night stay at the hotel for the bridge weekend, commencing on Friday afternoon, will be:
Everybody agreed that last years event was absolutely splendid and great value. All prices are per person. A deposit of £75 per person is due by 15th November 2015 with the balance to be paid before 15th January 2016.
Vera Tillyer will be organising this year's event so if you are interested please contact her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to book a particular room please let Vera know and she will do her very best to arrange it.
If you only go away for one Bridge weekend this is the one!
Book early to avoid disappointment!
Members of the Club should note that Bernie is hosting a Session of the National Masters Pairs 11.30am - 6.45pm on Sunday 28th February. The event is open only to players below the rank of Regional Master.
Click on this box for full details.
For the Itinerary for the weekend of Friday 26th - Monday 29th February, Click this Link!
Well done to Sheena Millins & Bernie Hunt who - by a considerable margin - WON the Swiss pairs on Saturday 5th March!
Thursday Afternoons 13:30 to 16:30 (commended 21st January). These themed duplicate sessions are a follow up to the "Improvers Course" seminars held in 2015. The final session of the series is:-
Each week a different subject is covered. Commentary sheets are provided after the sessions. Click on the heading for a page giving further details and a full list of sessions.
Please note that the Wednesday 13:30 session is SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Watch this space if interested.
Bernie is providing a venue for this EBU Mixed Pairs competition on Sunday 20th March 2016. This is a two-session Green-pointed event open to all mixed pairs and scored nationally across all venues. 12:00 - 19:30-ish with a 30 minute break mid-way. Entry (£58 / pair) is via the EBU. Click on this box for full details.
The Mid Essex A Team (Paul Mollison, Steve Cade-Bowyer, Bernie Hunt & Simon Moorman) continued their progress through the NICKO (National Inter Club Knock Out) competition, having defeated Chelmsford A in Round 4. They are now through to the last 32. In the previous round they defeated one of the seeded teams - Cambridge A - a remarkable coup, as their opponents included several international players.
19 Pairs contested the Session of the Really Easy Afternoon held at Barleylands, with 56 pairs in total competing nationally. Well done to the top three pairs, in particular to Amarjeet & Gurdeep Singh of St. Anne's BC in Chingford who won the national event. The second and third-placed pairs are Mid-Essex Club regulars.
The local results are here; click on the header for the national results.
The Mid Essex A Team (Paul Mollison, Steve Cade-Bowyer, Bernie Hunt & Simon Moorman) continued their stunning progress through the NICKO (National Inter Club Knock Out) competition, having defeated Norfolk & Norwich A by 68 imps to 49 in Round 5. They are now through to the last 16.
Bernie hosted another Really Easy Afternoon at Barleylands at 14:00 on Saturday 28th May 2016. This is part of the EBU's Spring Bank Holiday Congress and is syndicated with other sessions around the country. The event is intended as an introduction to 'tournament bridge' and is open to less experienced players who are "probably below the rank of Master and lower than a Jack on the NGS". Entry is via the EBU.
If you thought your club was a hive of activity you'd be right! The Club is the highest "new entry" - at No. 41 - in the EBU's list of Top Clubs, based on player sessions for the year 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016. Well done to all for making the club such a success - and thanks to Bernie for his energy in developing bridge in Essex.
Bernie hosted a heat of the World Bridge Federation's 2016 World Wide Bridge Contest on Saturday 4th June starting at 17:00 (N.B. 5pm!).
Entry is £7.50. There is NO host system on this occasion, so please bring a partner! 30-32 boards will be played.
The ECBA are running some FREE seminars at Barleylands and have asked Bernie and other club secretaries to nominate some of their club players who may be interested in improving their game.
Grandmaster Marc Chawner presented the first seminar "The Case for the Defence" at 14:00 on Sat Mar 19th to a packed house. Likewise Grandmaster Paul Spencer - "Hand Evaluation" - on April 30th.
The final free session will again feature Marc Chawner at 14:00 on Sat June 11th. This time the topic will be "Special Pairs Tactics", so best to bring your favourite partner!
Please contact Bernie if you are not yet signed up and would like to reserve a place.
Sadly, the Mid Essex A Team's (Paul Mollison, Steve Cade-Bowyer, Bernie Hunt & Simon Moorman) stunning progress through the NICKO (National Inter Club Knock Out) competition came to an end in Round 6 against TGR's team of internationals. Still, an amazing run through to the last 16!
The EBU are having a 3 day sale – offers end 12 midday Friday 15th July 2016! The items on sale are:-
If anyone wants any of these items, please let Bernie know and he will make a bulk purchase and divide up the cost of the postage.
Bernie is hosting the first of a new Essex venture. It is open to players ranked below Master (less than 5000 masterpoints).
It takes place at Barleylands on Sunday 31st July 2016 starting at 13:00.
Click on this box for further details.
A club member has had a navy blue Cerruti jacket taken - presumably accidentally - from the club. Would whoever has it please let Bernie know!
The ECBA has initiated a new "Friendly League" for Teams of Four. The Club has two teams entered - though players do not all need to be members of the same club. Anyone else interested - with or without team members - should let Bernie know.
Note the Friendly League Teams of Eight, in which the Club also has a team, continues as in previous seasions.
These Essex County inter-club events are to take place (at Ingatestone, NOT Barleylands) on Sunday 30th October 2016. Those wishing to represent Mid Essex Bridge Club in the Cup for Clubs should contact our recruiting sergeant, Janice Ashby.
The team for the Fletcher Trophy is Steve Cade-Bowyer, Gary Howchen, Simon Moorman, Peter Oake, Chris Taylor, Sandy Riach, Paul Mollison & Bernie Hunt.
The 2018 class start on Wednesday 19th September, 13:30. The first two lessons are free, thereafter £7.50 per class on a pay-as-you-go basis. For more details, contact Bernie.
Overall a disappointing Sunday for the Club. The team in the Fletcher was lying 2nd at half time, but had a disastrous second half. However, congratulations to the team in the Cup for Clubs (Janice Ashby, Terry Stevens and Carolyn & Alan Veats) who ended up positive overall.
Where else would you advise people to learn other than at the patient and knowledgeable hands of Bernie Hunt! Tell all your non-playing family and friends!
This year's course started on Friday 16th September 2016, and the course runs at the same time on Friday mornings at 10.30-12.30.
The first two classes are free. After that, fees are "pay as you go" at £6.50 per class.
Bernie will be running SIMS for CiN on:-
There's a fault with the phone-lines in the Barleylands area, and the Club phone is out of action. Hopefully all will be fixed by noon on Monday. In the interim, Bernie is trying to get it diverted to his mobile (07973-925315) on which he may be contacted.
1.30 – 4.30
£7.50pp including a free booklet on the subject
Bernie's now taking final orders for 2017. We are down to the last two places available on the Billericay mini-bus, the Upminster bus now being fully-booked.
Click this box for further information!
The Autumn Series is now complete. A new series will start in the New Year, pitched at around the same level. More information in due course!
Bernie sends his best wishes for the New Year from himself and his team of helpers to all club regulars & visitors!
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February 2017: Friday 24th to Monday 27th
Advanced and No Fear
Everybody agreed that last years event was again absolutely splendid and great value. All prices are per person. A deposit of £75 per person is due by 15th November 2016 - please pay Bernie - with the balance to be paid before 15th January 2017.
Vera Tillyer will again be organising this year's event so if you are interested please contact her via email: email@example.com.
We regret to anounce that Dave Cannan - a regular at the Club's Thursday Evening and Tuesday Afternoon sessions, and an original member of the Ramsden Bellhouse Club - has died after a brief illness. The funeral was on Wednesday 22nd March at the Bentley Crematorium. Our thoughts are with his wife Jean at this difficult time.
The above seminar will be held at Barleylands on Thursday 30th March at 13:30. It deals with the meaning of call bids in a reversing sequence, including responder's reverses. The cost is £7 pp which includes a free booklet. The new screen will be in use with practice hands to play.
To be held at Barleylands, as part of the EBU's Easter Festival. Open to those with fewer than 5,000 master points and below a J on the NGS. 13:30 start. £8 per player.
The events take place this coming Sunday at Barleylands. Club members who have not already entered are encouraged to do so! Both competitions start at 13:00. Entrants to the B Flight Pairs need only play 24 boards, though the top half of the field has the option of playing in the Consolation final. Click this box for further details.
Bernie is hosting a session for this event. Starts at 18:00. £5 for 30-32 boards. No host system on this occasion.
Bernie is looking for four pairs to represent the Club in the Club Pairs at Barleylands on Sunday 4th June, starting at 13:00. Players must not have played for either the Essex A or B teams at any stage in their career. Click on this box for further details.
Bernie is running a 3-session seminar on the topic of Strong NT and 5-card majors. Cost is £20 for all three sessions or £8 per session. The sessions will be on Wednesdays 7th, 21st and 28th June at 13:30 - 16:30.
NOTE: The refresher day for those who attended the course is this Wednesday 19th July!
We are sad to announce the death of Miranda Perkins who was a five-times-a-week player well known in the Brentwood / Billericay area. Miranda died on Sunday 16th July. Her funeral is at the Catholic Church in Ingatestone on Thursday 10th August at 1pm. All bridge players are welcome to the funeral and tea afterwards. Paola her daughter would like to know numbers – please contact her on 07976-845760.
The main Barleylands car park is shut this Friday night - please park outside the sheds instead.
Bernie has started a new Really Easy Club, meeting on Fridays at 10:30. The first session was on 22nd September.
We are saddened to announce that John Peacock - Chairman of the Mayflower Club, regular at the Monday Club and well known to many viewing this site - passed away on Friday 8th September. Our thoughts are with Carol at this time. See the EBCA Website for details of the funeral arrangements.
Please note that Bernie will be running Simultaneous Pairs in aid of Children in Need on Friday 10th and Thursday 16th November (evenings only).
Bernie has taken delivery of a bulk order of new Bidding Boxes. They are available for collection by those who have previously reserved them. Cost is £6 per box.
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