When Hailsham Bridge Club opted to leave the EBU many years ago, this was a decision that suited the majority of the members at that time. However in recent years there has been a change in the membership and a growth in the club – the Friday afternoon session especially being particularly popular. Many members are fairly new to the game and are keen to have their skills recognised as they progress their bridge play and informal conversations with a number of them confirm this.
The Committee are keen to develop the club further and see potential in the Hailsham area as new housing is built and the town grows . They are keen that the club is recognised as one of the senior clubs in the vicinity. Whilst we still want to be known as a friendly club, we also want the level of skill and strength of play here to be acknowledged and regard re-affiliation to the EBU as a step towards this aim.
The EBU works hard to ensure the future of bridge so as well as supporting this aim, membership of the EBU will give you the opportunity to:
- win master points to measure your progress and personal life time achievement from local master all the way up to premier grand master
- play in a wide range of tournaments and competitions at club, county and national level, including local leagues
- follow your current playing ability through your grade in the National Grading Scheme which is based on your last 80 playing sessions
- enjoy the members’ magazine English Bridge with six copies each year covering new and views on bridge, tips on improving play plus specialist master classes with outstanding bridge celebrities . This is posted to members who have played 12 times during the year.
- receive a free 18 month pocket diary – advice when you need or want it on any aspect of the game, discounts on bridge books and discounts on non-bridge related benefits including healthcare, insurance and car hire.
From the club’s perspective: we will receive discounts on all our stationery and equipment, reduced cost of public liability insurance, free Club Teacher Training to give us the possibility of offering beginner and improver sessions in the future and reduced rate director training. The EBU also offer us a free scoring system and free training in its use.
We will shortly be in the process of applying to rejoin the EBU for a trial period from 1st April 2017 and later in the year you will have the opportunity to help us decide whether or not we continue. We do not envisage that there will be any additional cost to members during this period.
We hope you are happy with this decision and will recognise that your committee are working towards the continued success of the club.
Diana Angella (Chairman) on behalf of the Committee