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Our annual Charity Evening was held on Monday June 18th at the Goring Thames Sailing Club. 48 members enjoyed a pleasant evening at this spectacular site by the Thames. The evening began with Pimms and was followed by an excellent meal which was provided by Pam Tomalin and other members of our nominated charity for this year, the Goring branch of Arthritic Research. Susan Ritchie, the Chair of the charity, described the aims and activities of the charity. As a result of the event, the club donated £1,270 to the charity. The evening concluded with sets of bridge hands, specially designed to be awkward to bid and play.
Click on the title for pictures of the food
The annual Teams of 4 Competition was held on June 11th. The winners were Alan Stephens, Chris Sanders, Ian Hodkinson and Peter Bowles. The winners were 50 IMPs down before the last 4 boards but made a storming finish with the help of a slam and vulnerable games, one doubled, to overcome the deficit and win by 17 IMPs. Congratulations to them.
The final of the prestigous Chiltern Bridge League Elimination Pairs was held on April 18th involving 26 pairs who qualified from 8 local bridge clubs. The winners were Jack Calder and Michael Drew. Congratulations to them
At the AGM, the Chairman outlined the competitions for the 2018-2019 season. Details are available from the left hand menu. We hope that members will enjoy the new as well as the old competitions. Information on the handicap system based on NGS ratings is provided.
The club played seven matches in the teams of 8 competition of the Chiltern Bridge League, winning 5 and losing 2. Despite this excellent record we finished fourth out of 8. 17 members of the club contributed to this encouraging performance. Congratulations to all participants.
The teams of 4 finished second equal out of 9 teams having a won 4 lost 3 record. Congratulations to them.
The Programme for 2018-2019 can be obtained by clicking on the title.
At the recent AGM, cups were awarded to the winners of the various competitions.
Golden Anniversary Cup Diana Marriott and Alun Hughes
Tozer Trophy Elizabeth Parkinson and Keith Hawkins
Pairs Competition Andy Fothergill and Molly Anderson
Presidents Trophy Philippa Turner
Individual Competition John Stanforth
Teams Competition Ian Hodkinson, Keith Hawkins, Elizabeth Parkinson and Peter Bowles (seen below with their trophy)
The AGM minutes are available under Information (left hand menu)
The EBU have issued their latest update of Best Behaviour in Bridge which is now available from the left hand menu.
On Monday January 24th, Andrew Robson, the Bridge Correspondent of the Times, gave his annual teaching evening to an appreciative audience of 84 members and guests. His topics were bidding bad hands and selecting the lead from the bidding of the opponents. These topics were particularly interesting and illustrated with well chosen hands. Hopefully members will be able to put his ideas into practice during the coming bridge sessions.
To celebrate the 50th year of the Chiltern Bridge League, a golden anniversary pairs competition was held on Wednesday October 18th at the Village Hall which was hosted by the Goring and Streatley Bridge Club. 22 pairs from several local clubs participated. It was appropriate that the two winning pairs are members of this bridge club and their achievements were acknowledged with souvenir cups.
Angie Camden and Mick Dowling for N/S
Jax Hovell and Pam Hanson for E/W
Congratulations to them.
Monday August 21st - Celebration Dinner/Bridge
Over 60 members, past members and friends attended this very enjoyable event at the Goring and Streatley Golf Club who provided excellent food and service. Guests were welcomed by our life president Alun Hughes who detailed our progress over the 50 years and paid tribute to members past and present for their contribution to the success of the club.
Two sessions of bridge were played and cups were awarded to the winners, Diana Marriott and Christopher Clarke in the afternoon and Molly Anderson and Andy Fothergill in the evening. Congratulations to them.
For more of Elizabeth's pictures click here
48 members and guests enjoyed a very pleasant evening at Goring Thames Sailing Club.on Monday June 12th. The setting was great, the sun shone down and the conversation and drinks flowed. Friendly bridge was played. £1200 was raised our chosen charity, the New Boathouse Project of Goring Gap Boat Club and a cheque was presented at the end of the evening to the Boat Club who had provided the catering for the evening.
May 15th: The individual competition was won by John Stanforth by the narrowest of margins (1 match point) from Marigold Jamieson
April 24th: The Tozer Trophy was won by Elizabeth Parkinson and Keith Hawkins.
Congratulations to all.
At our recent AGM, prizes were awarded for achievements in the 2016-2017 session. Of particular note was the Golden Anniversary Cup awarded for the first time this year to the pair that had the best record over the season with a qualifying limit of 25 evenings. The winners were David Gardner and Graham Wasdall. Here they are receiving the cup from Chairman Michael Drew.
Other winners were
Teams of 4 Gerry Parker, Giles Phillips, Michael Drew, Jack Calder
Individual Competition Alun Hughes
Tozer Trophy Michael Drew, Jack Calder
Pairs Peter Lee, Jim Kerevan
Presidents Shield Jenny McLeman
The minutes of the AGM are now available under the information menu
Andrew watching as participants try one of his practice hands.
Goring and Streatley Bridge Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Many events are being planned to celebrate this achievement and the first of these was held in on Monday 23rd January with a lecture demonstration from Andrew Robson. As well as being an outstanding professional bridge player, Andrew is the bridge columnist for The Times and an excellent teacher. Andrew discussed topics including Suit Establishment in Trump Contacts and the Take-Out Double and provided appropriate hands for players to try. The event at the village hall was very informative and enjoyed by 84 attendees from the bridge club members and guests. Andrew will be back next year by popular demand for another session.
Goring & Streatley Bridge Club is a small and friendly club that meets once a week to play competitive (ie duplicate) bridge. We normally have about 12 tables each time we meet and play in Goring Village Hall on most Mondays in the year. We start playing at 7.30pm and aim to finish by 10.30pm, having played 24 hands. Our players mostly come from the twin villages of Goring and Streatley, and from the neighbouring towns and villages such as Pangbourne, Upper Basildon, Whitchurch and Wallingford.
We welcome visitors at any time of the year, and, in summer, we are particularly pleased to see bridge players who are enjoying a boating holiday on the River Thames. Goring Village Hall is situated 100 yards from the River Thames that separates the villages of Goring and Streatley in the picturesque Goring Gap (see picture above). If you do intend to pay us a visit please let the club secretary know beforehand. The club secretary's telephone number is published on the 'Committee' page on this website.
The Club is affiliated to the English Bridge Union. EBU Masterpoints are awarded at most Club evenings and will be credited directly.
The Club participates in EBU/BGB Simultaneous Pairs events in July, September and January.
The Club is also a member of the Berks & Bucks Contract Bridge Association. Details of County Events are posted on the Club noticeboard.