Jávea School of Bridge and Social Club
Jávea School of Bridge and Social Club
 
Teaching/Social Bridge

Social Bridge reconvenes on Tuesday 9th January, 2018.

The format will be a 15 minute talk and then play on the specific subject with one experienced player per table advising and helping.

These sessions are NOT only aimed at our students but to all members who want to improve their “Play”.

 
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Please be considerate to all our members and stay at home if you are sniffing, coughing or sick. Thank you.

ASPADIS
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To find out more about our preferred charity ASPADIS go to their website 

http://aspadis.org/index.htm

SPONSORSHIPS
SPONSORSHIPS

Members will receive 10% discount from the PC Highway shop.

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VISITORS
VISITORS

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On week days in the afternoon.

JSBSC E-MAIL ADDRESS
JSBSC E-MAIL ADDRESS

Our E-Mail address is

javeaschoolofbridge@gmail.com

 
Weekly Bulletins
DECEMBER 2017

2nd December 2017

Another very busy week at the club last week – on Tuesday we held our Students’ Tournament the first time for a few years. Bart Onkenhout and Barry Webb are now in the “Hall of Fame” many congratulations to them. After the tournament 24 members/partners shared a nice evening at La Cocina, sponsors of our Mixed Pairs Tournament in October. Then later in the week we had 2 new entries to our 70% Club – congratulations to Pat Fisher & John Hall on Wednesday with 71.67% and Sandra Hobson & dear Vera with 70.24% on Thursday. On Friday we welcomed Liz Saunders back to the Club after her eye operations.

Many thanks to the members who turned up on Saturday morning, fighting the high winds, to decorate the Clubhouse – looks very festive – a special thank you to Barbara’s husband Alan.

Tuesday Social Bridge – last session for 2017 is December 12th and reconvenes on Tuesday 9thJanuary.

ASPADIS – the final amount raised following last Saturday’s Tournament was €2424.5 including €100 raised by Audrey and Janet’s card sales – brilliant.

A gentle reminder – please be considerate to ALL our members and stay at home if you are sniffing, coughing or sick. Thank you.

The Committee will be meeting on Wednesday and the main item will be finalising the arrangements for the 2018 AGM.  The President’s Letter calling the AGM on 3rd February will be on the Clubhouse notice board following the meeting and will also be e-mailed to Members’. The list for nominations for the 2018 Committee is already up on the notice board.

Our Christmas Party/Tournament is on Friday 8th – only a few tickets are now available -  €5 for members and guests, final numbers by Wednesday. If you wish to play bridge that afternoon please sign up on the sheet on the Tournament notice board – maximum 18 tables already have 16 and a half - with 50% prizes. Buffet will be served approx. 6.30 followed by entertainment from Gerry on the keyboard; a guest appearance singer; these will be intermingled with some Christmas Quizzes. Please don’t forget to pass any photos of you as “kids” to one of the Committee Members in a sealed envelope for one of the quizzes of the night.

If there is anyone interested in either learning to score or direct please pass your name to one of the Committee Members. We are looking to run a Director’s course in the New Year. Also, are there any members who are prepared to deal the cards – please contact a Committee Member.

Dates for your Diaries                                                      

Friday 8th December - Christmas Tournament/Party

No Social Bridge on Tuesday 19th and 26th December or 2nd January

Saturday 23rd December thru Sunday 31st December – Bridge Club closed

Saturday 3rd February - AGM

10th December 2017

Another very busy week at the club last week – on Monday we welcomed Carol and Terry Wise back for the week.  Also, on Monday we had another new entry to our 70% Club – congratulations to Anita Ramvall & Edith Schuster with 70.35% beating their nearest rivals by 9.93%; and we also had a grand slam by Liz & Roy Saunders who bid and made 7NT - on board 12 - congratulations.  They had 33 points - 4 Aces & Kings, 2 Queens and 1 Jack. On Wednesday we held our Committee Meeting and it is with regret to inform you that Tom Slatter has resigned as Bar Manager for personal reasons. Tom many thanks for your time serving the Club and your efforts in organising a different selection of wines – appreciated by all.

Then on Friday we had our Christmas Tournament/Party. 16 tables competed with 50% prizes – top 10 pairs, the 2 pairs either side nearest to 50% and also 2nd from bottom pair. We also gave prizes for a trick made with the 2C, 2D, 2H and 2S; and the first N/S and E/W pair that bid a slam. Results were a total surprise as we disabled showing positions at the end of each round.

Then the room was re-arranged for the party – what a lovely evening – 80 members and guests enjoyed a festive buffet supplied by Café Cortado’s, with the 2 Gerries’ providing background music. During the buffet we held the Members’ photo quiz – 30 of them - aged between a few weeks old thru to 18 years – some amazing answers!!  (For those that were not there during the evening you be available to see them on Monday). More music - more quizzes - culminating with Christmas Carols and our Chief Tournament Director performing “The 12 Days of Christmas” supported by Barbara and Alan – a lovely finale.

 Many thanks go especially to the 2 Gerries’ for their great performance; Barbara for organising the buffet; Bart for providing an excellent service behind the bar and also for John for directing – I’ve never known a director called so many times during a tournament. There were also so many other individuals who did their part to make the whole occasion such a huge success, that if we were to miss one out, we would be sorry, so the Committee would just like to say a big thank you to each and every one of you who was involved; those who just attended had a great evening.

Tuesday Social Bridge – last session for 2017 is December 12th and reconvenes on Tuesday 9th January.

A gentle reminder – please be considerate to ALL our members and stay at home if you are sniffing, coughing or sick. Thank you.

The Committee met on Wednesday main purpose finalising the arrangements for the 2018 AGM.  The President’s Letter calling the AGM on 3rd February and the AGM has been put up on the Clubhouse notice board and also the letter e-mailed to Members’. The list for nominations for the 2018 Committee is already up on the notice board. Bulletin will be available next week

Dates for your Diaries

No Social Bridge on Tuesday 19th and 26th December or 2nd January

Saturday 23rd December thru Sunday 31st December – Bridge Club closed

Saturday 3rd February - AGM

16th December 2017

A much quieter week at the club – with so many of our members returning to their home countries or visiting families to enjoy/celebrate the festive season.

 Congratulations to Finita & Vera and Mike Faulkner and Maggie for bidding and making grand slams of 7NT on Wednesday. Don’t forget only one more week of bridge at the club for 2017 – can there be a miracle and overtake Janet Caley on the Slam Ladder!!

Yesterday was Bart’s last day as our barman – sorry ladies – Bart many, many thanks for your sterling efforts behind the bar – comments like “that is the best coffee I’ve had”, “wonderful waiter service” etc. All the very best Bart with your travels – keep in touch. We are pleased to inform you that Gloria Holdback will be taking over as our Bar Lady on Monday. Gloria will be working for three-months – leaving it to next year’s Committee if they wish to do something different. All the very best Gloria.

The bulletin following last week’s Committee Meeting is now on the notice board and the website. You should have all received the President’s Letter calling the AGM on Saturday 3rd February, it is also on the Clubhouse notice board. The list for nominations for the 2018 Committee is up on the notice board. Any resolutions must be with the Secretary by close of play on 13th January 2018.                                                                                                               

A gentle reminder – please be considerate to ALL our members and stay at home if you are sniffing, coughing or sick. Thank you.

Dates for your Diaries

No Social Bridge on Tuesday 19th and 26th December or 2nd January

Saturday 23rd December thru Sunday 31st December – Bridge Club closed

Saturday 3rd February - AGM

NOVEMBER 2017

November 5th

A busier week on the bridge front this week with far more slams bid and made – congratulations to Marianne and Tony who bid a Grand Slam 7NT on Friday. We said farewell to Mike, our Bar Manager, on Monday. The members presented him with a lovely bottle of vintage port and Amazon Vouchers – requesting that he buys something to remind him of us all. We now have young Bart working for us until Christmas – he can also luckily sort out any issues with the Tablets. Bart has also managed to set the till up so that a record of all transactions are made – both for the Bridge and Computer Club – something Morris, President of the Computer Club, was keen to have.

It is with sorrow to inform you of the passing away of Alice Davies husband Peter. Our thoughts are with Alice and her family at this sad time.

A number of other members’ hubbies are poorly at this time – we are thinking of them all.  Elaine Jones is recovering from septicaemia in the UK – a card has been sent to her; and a card has also been given to Liz Saunders who has had a very serious infection in her eye and has had to go to VISSUM hospital Alicante for surgery and treatment.  Luckily the infection is receding, and that the eye may be saved. However, as this infection has melted the Cornea another transplant will be necessary when the eye becomes healthy.

The Students’ Tournament/Dinner is to be held on Tuesday 28th November. There will be a tournament during the afternoon followed by dinner at La Cocina – all members  welcome – sign-up sheet will be on the notice board this week.

A new Suggestion’s Book has been started – reminder please suggestions - This book is to give members the facility to make practical suggestions to help in the day to day running of the Club. It SHOULD NOT be used to make personal comments about Members. In particular it MUST NOT be used to criticise Directors. If a Member is dissatisfied with a Director’s decision, there is an established Appeals Procedure. The Committee reserves the right not to respond to comments of a personal nature or those which criticise Directors or the Committee’s decisions. Any bridge related complaints should be raised with the Tournament Director. Any other complaints should be discussed with the President, verbally or in writing.

 Dates for your Diaries                                

November 12th 

A busy week on the bridge front this week and lovely to welcome so many members back – Royston & Barbara, Tony & Katrina, Michael & Nancy, Tony and Linda, Lyn & Derek, Brigitte, Ilke and Nelke. It was very good to see Liz was able to play again after problems with her eyes – all the best for the future op Liz.

It is with sorrow to inform you of the passing away of Ann Hambrook’s husband, Julian. Our thoughts are with Ann and her family at this sad time.

This week’s Tournaments –  Wednesday is the Children-In-Need Sim Pairs Tournament – entrance fee is €5 (no free entries) with all table money going to the Children’s charity – a booklet will be available after play on how you SHOULD have bid the games!! Advance notice - results will NOT be uploaded that day as people across the UK will be playing the same boards during the evening. Our Remembrance Tournament will be played for this Friday and our Teams Tournament on Saturday – chance to have your name up in lights on our” Hall of Fame” for both of these events.

Our ASPADIS tournament is on Saturday 25th November – raffle tickets are being sold by Ann Mould – please give generously. Please bring bottles and jars for the tombola -  pass to a Committee member. We are pleased to say that Bart will provide a bar service during the afternoon and his payment will be donated to ASPADIS – thanks Bart

The Students’ Tournament/Dinner is to be held on Tuesday 28th November. There will be a tournament during the afternoon followed by dinner at La Cocina – all members’ welcome – sign-up sheet will be on the notice board this week.

Reminder our Christmas Party/Tournament is on Friday 8th – sorry to the quizzers but it is only one Friday evening in the year. Please don’t forget to pass any photos of you as “kids” to one of the committee member’s in a sealed envelope for one of the quizzes of the night.

If there is anyone interested in either learning to score or direct please pass your name to one of the Committee Members. We are looking to run a Director’s course in the New Year.

Dates for your diaries

Wednesday 15th November – Children-in-Need Tournament

Friday 17th November – Remembrance Tournament

Saturday 18th November – Teams Tournament – sign up sheet on notice board

Saturday 25th November – ASPADIS Tournament

Tuesday 28th November Students’ Tournament/Dinner

Saturday 23rd December thru Sunday 31st December – Bridge Club closed

November 19th

A busy week on the bridge front last week and lovely to welcome Pam and Don Cheshire back. Wednesday was our Children In Need Tournament where we raised €200 for the charity – thanks to Richard for organising the event. On Friday we held our Annual Remembrance Tournament which was closely fought till the last round – with Dick and Richard the winners and David and Royston runners up. There was a glut of slams bid and well done to Dick and Richard who bid and made 7♥ and Nelke and Jan who bid and made 7NT. We finished the week off with our Annual Team Tournament – congratulations to Ann Carpenter, Marion De Havilland, Maggie Harris and Kay Thomas who were the winners and the runners up were Pat Fisher, John Hall, Maaike and Gitte. Unfortunately, the trophy was not available to be presented so pics will be taken later. Many thanks to John for directing/scoring the event

Below is a message we have received from Elaine Jones – “Hi Sue - Could you just pass my thanks around to your members for all their good wishes. I am now home at last and hopefully on the mend, although it has been a lengthy and scary experience, with septicaemia in the UK followed up by Cellulitis back here in Spain.  Fortunately, all the bacterial infections now appeared to have been cured, and have just left me very weak and somewhat immobile. Now it is a period of rehab and serious gym work to gain strength and fitness again!  I am hoping to join Richard in South Africa later this week to carry this out, however, that depends on the visa department tomorrow, if not, I will have to stay here to carry this out for the next few weeks.  I am sure he will prove to be the best carer!!, as long as it does not involve bridge, I will let you know how we get on. Thanks again to everyone Love Elaine xx”.

Our thoughts are also with Janet and Syd Carter – Syd is now in La Xara hospital recovering – popped into to see him today but, unfortunately, he was fast asleep.

Our ASPADIS tournament is this Saturday 25th November – please sign up if you are attending on the Tournament notice board – raffle tickets are being sold by Ann Mould – please give generously. Please bring bottles and jars for the tombola and pass to a Committee member. We are pleased to say that Bart will provide a bar service during the afternoon and his payment will be donated to ASPADIS – thanks Bart.

The Students’ Tournament/Dinner is to be held on Tuesday 28th November. There will be a tournament during the afternoon followed by dinner at La Cocina – all members’ welcome – sign-up sheet is on the notice board.

                      

Our Christmas Party/Tournament is on Friday 8th – tickets will be available this week - €5 for members and guests. If you wish to play bridge that afternoon please sign up on the sheet on the Tournament notice board – maximum 18 tables with 50% prizes. Buffet will be served approx. 6.30 followed by entertainment from Gerry on the keyboard; Mike and his boys singing and also a guest appearance singer; these will be intermingled with some Christmas Quizzes. Please don’t forget to pass any photos of you as “kids” to one of the Committee Members in a sealed envelope for one of the quizzes of the night.

At our Committee meeting on Friday it was agreed that subscription renewals for 2018 will revert back to €30, subject to approval at the next AGM – Katrina is collecting fees now. The AGM will be held on Saturday 3rd February – initial paperwork will be available early in December – start thinking now regarding Committee nominations and resolutions. Bulletin of key points from the meeting will be available during the week.

If there is anyone interested in either learning to score or direct please pass your name to one of the Committee Members. We are looking to run a Director’s course in the New Year.

                                             

Saturday 25th November – ASPADIS Tournament

Tuesday 28th November - Students’ Tournament/Dinner

Saturday 23rd December thru Sunday 31st December – Bridge Club closed

Saturday 3rd February - AGM

November 26th 

 

Another busy week on the bridge front last week and lovely to welcome Angela and Colin Benson back, also Chris and Mike Smith who have returned from a month’s cruise to celebrate their 56th Wedding Anniversary – yes 56 years – Chris doesn’t look old enough!! and also lovely to see Alice back at the club on Friday. It was also pleasing to see Syd Carter out of hospital and joining us after bridge.

We will be decorating the club house for Christmas on Saturday 2nd December at 10am– volunteers wanted – please contact Barbara Sadler.         

Many thanks to everyone who supported our ASPADIS Tournament yesterday. So far, we have over €2300 including donations of €850 - many thanks to the members who kindly donated - they know who they are. Thanks to everyone who helped out both before and on the day too many to mention - however a very, very big thank you to Maria Teresa - we don't know how she does it - brilliant.

We have received this e-mail from Tony and Lynda Hirst – sad to see them go - “Hola Sue, we return to the UK tomorrow, Thursday 23rd November, and will not be returning regularly to Spain as we have finally sold our villa. We have thoroughly enjoyed playing bridge at JSBSC.  The club is well run and the members are extremely friendly. The website is always informative and keeps members who are not living in Spain in touch with news from the club. We are sure the club will continue to be a very popular club to play competitive bridge and will continue to go from strength to strength. All the best to everyone at the club. Tony and Lynda”.

The Students’ Tournament/Dinner is to be held this Tuesday 28th November. There will be a tournament during the afternoon followed by dinner at La Cocina – all members’ welcome to participate in the Tournament normal start time 2 for 2.15.

Our Christmas Party/Tournament is on Friday 8th – tickets are now available - €5 for members and guests. If you wish to play bridge that afternoon please sign up on the sheet on the Tournament notice board – maximum 18 tables with 50% prizes. Buffet will be served approx. 6.30 followed by entertainment from Gerry on the keyboard; a guest appearance singer; these will be intermingled with some Christmas Quizzes. Please don’t forget to pass any photos of you as “kids” to one of the Committee Members in a sealed envelope for one of the quizzes of the night.

 Katrina is now collecting renewal subs for 2018. The AGM will be held on Saturday 3rd February – initial paperwork will be available early in December – start thinking now regarding Committee nominations and resolutions. Bulletin of key points from the committee meeting is now on the notice board and website.

If there is anyone interested in either learning to score or direct please pass your name to one of the Committee Members. We are looking to run a Director’s course in the New Year. Also, are there any members who are prepared to deal the cards – please contact a Committee Member.

Dates for your diaries                    

Tuesday 28th November - Students’ Tournament/Dinner

Friday 8th December - Christmas Tournament/Party

Saturday 23rd December thru Sunday 31st December – Bridge Club closed

Saturday 3rd February - AGM

 

OCTOBER 2017

1st October

A busier week on the bridge front last week with more members returning from their summer break and another addition to the 70% Club. Congratulations to Liz and Roy who joined the 70% club. Unfortunately, we only have 3 pairs signed up for the Annual Men’s Pairs Tournament this coming Friday so it has been cancelled for this year. Apologies for the problems with the laptop we experienced on Friday – however it added excitement not knowing for a number of rounds how one was doing!!

We welcome our friends from Garforth next week and also Sue & Ray Griffiths.

Today is the Car Treasure Hunt followed by lunch at La Cumbre – we have 9 cars participating and 40 for lunch. Best of luck to all participants – message will be updated later with the results.

Katrina had her operation on Tuesday – we have received the following e-mail from Tony –

“Hi - I am pleased to be able to inform you that Katrina's operation took place on Tuesday. Everything went as planned and she will remain in hospital for a few days until she has fully recovered. Katrina and I thank you all for your concerns -Tony”.

Sign-up sheets are up for the following tournaments – JSBSC Pairs Championship on 7th October; JSBSC v JBC match on 21st October; and the annual Ladies 11th Oct and Mixed 16th Oct Tournaments.

Dates for your Diaries                               

Saturday 7th October – JSBSC Pairs Championship

Wednesday 11th October – Ladies Pairs

Monday 16th October – Mixed Pairs

Saturday 21st October – JSBSC v JBC Match

8th October

A busier week on the bridge front last week finishing with the Club Pairs Tournament on Saturday. Many congratulations to Liz & Roy Saunders the winners and Lyn & Peter Shrimpton runners up - pictures are now on the website under “Photos Competitions”. Many thanks to PC Highway who sponsored the Competition and to John and Richard our Director and Scorer. WOW - Janet & Kay are stars bidding Grand Slams – 2 in a week both in NT – many congratulations. This week is the Ladies’ Pairs Tournament on Wednesday 11th October – thanks to MiMi’s for sponsoring this event. Other pairs can play on Wednesday even if not participating in the Ladies’ pairs competition.

We are pleased to inform you that Kay Corbin has agreed to take over from Diana Hindley in finding partners - email and telephone number under "How to Find a Partner" on the website. For those without e-mail her number is on the telephone membership list. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Diana for doing this "thankless" job over the last couple of years.

Good to welcome our friends from Garforth at the club for a couple of weeks and also Sue & Ray Griiffiths – enjoy your time here in Javea.

Katrina is out of hospital and recovering - following message just received from her -

"Hello - Many thanks for the lovely card sent on behalf of all my friends at JSBSC.  It is amazing that it arrived so quickly.  It is funny to be receiving a card, rather than signing it. Things have been healing well and I already have the dressing removed from my 'wound.'  I have been walking up and down stairs, much to my amazement, and have my first physio arranged for Thursday 26th October.  I have been to a local M&S Simply Food for coffee.  No shopping just yet. The recuperation period is longer and I must do what is expected of me.  In other words if I raise my arms to reach for things and bend down that is all bad for me.  I can see why so many of the things we do are bad for all our backs.  It will all take time to get out of bad habits".

We are sorry to inform you that our Barman Mike has decided, for personal reasons, to retire as Barman. We thank Mike for all he has done for the Club over his fifteen years. He is looking forward to joining the club as a normal Member and enjoy his game of bridge in peace!!           

Advance warning - a note for your diaries - the club will be closed the whole of Christmas week – last tournament is on Friday 22nd December and re-open on Monday January 1st.                  

A notice is going up in the Club regarding bad language –

“Use of bad language will not be tolerated in the clubhouse”.

Sign-up sheets are up for the following tournaments –annual Ladies 11th Oct and Mixed 16th Oct Tournaments.

 Dates for your Diaries                                

Wednesday 11th October – Ladies Pairs

Monday 16th October – Mixed Pairs

Saturday 21st October – JSBSC v JBC Match

15th October

Another busy week on the bridge front last week with the Ladies’ Pairs Tournament on Wednesday, sponsored by MiMi’s. Many congratulations to Anita Dixon & Pat Fisher the winners, 3rd year in a row for Pat. Runners up were Maggie & Kay Thomas and Finita &Vera. This week is the Mixed Pairs Tournament on Monday 16th October – thanks to La Cocina for sponsoring this event for another year. Other pairs can play on Monday even if not participating in the Mixed pairs competition. Saturday, 21st, is our Team match against JBC.

 Sorry for no results yesterday, Friday. Our knowledgeable Chief Scorer, Richard, has taken the laptop home over the week-end to hopefully sort out problem with Scorebridge/Micrsoft update. Good news he sorted it out -  thanks Richard.

It was lovely to see Alan Woods back at the club last week and also the return from their long break of Ann & Alan Oliver; and Kate McClardy.

Maaike is holding a teach-in commencing this Tuesday 17th October 1.45 for 2pm. The format will be a 15 minute talk and then play on the specific subject with one experienced player per table advising and helping. These sessions are NOT only aimed at our students but to all members who want to improve their “Play”. The initial topics planned are:

     Finesses         Honour on Honour         Leads         Defence against 1NT

Advance warning - a note for your diaries - the club will be closed the whole of Christmas week – last tournament is on Friday 22nd December and re-open on Monday January 1st.

Dates for your diaries                                  

Monday 16th October – Mixed Pairs

Saturday 21st October – JSBSC v JBC Match

Friday 10th November – Remembrance Tournament

22nd October

Another busy week on the bridge front last week with the Mixed Pairs Tournament on Monday, sponsored by La Cocina. Many congratulations to Marianne &Tony and runners up were Lyn & Peter.  Yesterday, 21st October, we held our match against JBC for the Lena Whiteley Bowl - a lovely afternoon but unfortunately we have to report that JBC retained the trophy. Our best team were Janet Caley, Kay Corbin, Lyn & Peter Shrimpton – well done; and for JBC Anita Dixon, Peter Hindley, Maureen Guy & Bill Fearon. After the tournament tapas and wine was served – a pleasant atmosphere enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Barbara for organising the catering and Richard who directed and scored.

Sad news this week with the passing away of Peter Burke – our thoughts are with Carole and her family. See separate notice re funeral arrangements.

We have heard good news from both Gary Wood who had a successful operation and from Katrina who is now walking with ease and starting physio this week.

A Committee meeting was held on Friday – bulletin will be available during the week.

Advance warning - a note for your diaries - the club will be closed the whole of Christmas week – last tournament is on Friday 22nd December and re-open on Monday January 1st.

Dates for your Diaries                                  

Wednesday 15th November – Children in Need Tournament

Friday 17th November – Remembrance Tournament

Saturday 18th November – Teams Tournament – sign up sheet on notice board

Saturday 25th November – ASPADIS Tournament

28th October

A quieter week on the bridge front this week with very few slams bid and no additions to the 70% Club. We were pleased to welcome Gunter and Heidi back to the Club after their numerous trips around the world including Australia and New Zealand.

We are sorry to announce on Wednesday the resignation of Janet Hubbard, for personal reasons, from our Committee. On Friday Sue presented Janet with a plant and a set of bridge pens thanking her for her great contribution to the Club Committee over the last 7 years. Not only was she Chief Cashier, and this year VP she also performed numerous other tasks including flowers and “chocies” for our Valentine and Easter Tournaments; 2 Summer Parties; Sponsorship over the last few years for many of our tournaments and also the membership telephone list. Janet will you will be sadly missed but hopefully you will now get your” life back” and have less sleepless nights.

With the retirement of Mike, our barman, on 31st October we are pleased to inform you that Bart will be providing the bar services for the Bridge Club until Christmas. Jackie who currently “man’s” the Computer Club will continue to do so and also do the cleaning of the Club. With this temporary solution in place it will enable the Committee to review various options going forward.

We are pleased to inform you that Katrina will be returning to Javea on 9th November – just in time to start collecting our 2018 membership renewals!

The October Committee meeting bulletin is now available on the website and also on the notice board.

We are pleased to inform you that Audrey and Janet’s card sales have provided ASPADIS another €54 this month. Message from Audrey – her Christmas cards are out for sale now as she leaves for the UK in 3 weeks. She says don’t forget they can personalised at no extra cost – even the inside greetings.

Dates for your Diaries

Wednesday 15th November – Children-in-Need Tournament

Friday 17th November – Remembrance Tournament

Saturday 18th November – Teams Tournament – sign up sheet on notice board

Saturday 25th November – ASPADIS Tournament

Saturday 23rd December thru Sunday 31st December – Bridge Club closed

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

4th September

Another very quiet week on the bridge front last week – no additions to the 70% Club, no grand slams and only 11 small slams bid and made with little movement on the slam ladder. Nice to see some members returning from their summer break – hopefully we shall see a few more over the coming weeks.

Social Bridge reconvenes TOMORROW, Tuesday 5th September, 1.45 for 2pm start. Partners NOT required.

News from some of our members who are away for the summer – anyone who wishes to send in photos/experiences please forward to the Club e-mail address.

Message received from Royston who has been on a bridge break with the Oliver’s celebrating Anne’s birthday -

“Hi Sue - Yes, we all had a very enjoyable bridge holiday. Three days exploring the Norfolk Broads with bridge in the evening. Anne and Alan winning the 'Best improvers' gift vouchers prize. Sorry not many photos...too busy eating and relaxing. Love Royston”

Many thanks to all our directors and scorers who are coming to the Club’s rescue while we are stretched over the summer period - please don’t forget to sign up for the September for Cashier, Directing and Scoring.

Dates for Diary

Sunday 1st October – Car Treasure Hunt/Lunch at Restaurant La Cumbre

Saturday 7th October – JSBSC Pairs Championship

10th September

A sad week at the Bridge Club this week with the passing away of John Hall’s wife Gill – her funeral is at Javea Crematorium on Thursday 14th September at 1pm followed by a wake at the bridge club – hence there will be NO bridge on Thursday.

A busier week on the bridge front last week with more members returning from their summer break – however still no additions to the 70% Club, but 4 grand slams were bid and made – 3 on Monday – 7NT by Trish & Eric, and 7H by Elaine & Richard M and Bill & Audrey; and on Thursday 7NT by our visitors Gill & Jenny. Our visitors - both Gill and Jenny and David and Diana walked away with 1st prizes as well.

We also said farewell to Colin on Friday – his last day at the Bridge Club before he and his wife Jenny return to Bristol – many thanks Colin for all your sterling efforts whilst at our BC.

The sign-up sheet is up for the Car Treasure Hunt/Lunch on Sunday 1st October – if anyone wishes to just come to lunch at the La Cumbre please let Sue know.

Dates for Diary

Sunday 1st October – Car Treasure Hunt/Lunch at Restaurant La Cumbre

Saturday 7th October – JSBSC Pairs Championship

17th September

A slightly busier week on the bridge front last week with more members returning from their summer break – however still no additions to the 70% Club and only 5 small slams bid and made during the week. Katrina & Tony returned for just 6 days – in time for our committee meeting, unfortunately she has had to return to Scotland for an operation on her back on the 25th September – we wish her well and hope to see them back during November.

We held our first committee meeting on Friday after the summer break and a bulletin of the main points will be available during the next few days. The main point from this meeting hich will affect you all is that the tokens that are given out as prizes, will as of Monday, can be used either as table money or behind the bar.

 Also don’t forget we will be holding a FREE wine tasting session after bridge this Friday – red and white wines with pate and cheese – it is your opportunity to decide/vote which wines you want us to stock.

After saying au revoir to Colin we have received the following message from him – above is a picture of Jenny and Colin setting off back to the UK – “Thank you for the kind comment on the website today.  I will miss many from the Club, and will cherish some very fond memories”.

We also received an e-mail from Royston – Hi Sue - keeping our hands in by playing a weekly bridge session at Bradford bridge club…pity our result on Thursday doesn't qualify for the JSBSC over 70% Club! Love Royston x”. They actually scored 78.33% - not bad!!

The sign-up sheet is up for the Car Treasure Hunt/Lunch on Sunday 1st October – if anyone wishes to just come to lunch at the La Cumbre please let Sue know. Menu will be available during next week.

 Dates for your diaries                                 

Friday 22nd September – Wine tasting after Bridge

Sunday 1st October – Car Treasure Hunt/Lunch at Restaurant La Cumbre

Saturday 7th October – JSBSC Pairs Championship

24th September

A busier week on the bridge front last week with more members returning from their summer break and also good to see Gerry back – an addition to the 70% Club and 4 grand slams bid and made during the week. Congratulations to Liz and Sue who joined the 70% club and also to Richard & Mel; Maaike & Gitte; Peter and Carole and Serge & Pierette who bid and made 7S on Friday.

We held our wine tasting session after bridge on Friday – for red and white wines. Many thanks to the following who helped on the day – Barbara, Perlie, Maggie, Jane, Tom and Peter.

After voting the results were - best red was Don Aurelio Garnacha, followed by Arnegui and the whites were 1st Analivia Viura-Verdejo, followed by Don Aurelio Verdejo and Homenaje. So we will be stocking both the Arnegui and Analiva over the next week.  Snippit of the day -  2 of our members were overheard to say that the wines being tasted were “rubbish” – they much preferred the wine that was currently supplied from the bar -  obviously they did not know that one of the red and white wines they “rubbished” were our current Hoya wine which we currently stock from the bar – just shows you can’t please everyone! We will be holding a wine tasting of rosada and cava in a couple of months’ time.

We wish Katrina our best wishes for her operation on her back on Tuesday and we have also heard that Gary Wood will be having an op shortly – our thoughts are with them and Tony and Brenda.

The sign-up sheet is up for the Car Treasure Hunt/Lunch on Sunday 1st October – if anyone wishes to just come to lunch at the La Cumbre please let Sue know. Menu selection needs to be made by end of play on Monday.

Sign-up sheets are now up for the following tournaments – JSBSC Pairs Championship on 7th October; JSBSC v JBC match on 21st October; and the annual Ladies 11th Oct, Mens’ 6th Oct and Mixed 16th Oct Tournaments.

Dates for Your Diaries

Sunday 1st October – Car Treasure Hunt/Lunch at Restaurant La Cumbre

Friday 6th October – Mens’ Pairs

Saturday 7th October – JSBSC Pairs Championship

Wednesday 11th October – Ladies Pairs

Monday 16th October – Mixed Pairs

Saturday 21st October – JSBSC v JBC Match

 

AUGUST 2017

August 6th

Another quiet week on the bridge front last week – but well done to Richard & Dick and Tony & Marianne who bid and made 7NT and 7♣ , respectively, on Wednesday on board 22 with 31 points and also to 2 of our visitors, Jose & Marita who bid and made 7♥  on Friday on board 28 with 31 points - congratulations.

Many thanks to all our directors and scorers who are coming to our rescue while we are stretched over the summer period - please don’t forget to sign up for the remainder of August for Cashier, Directing and Scoring – when fewer members are playing. A special thank you to Chris who came out of retirement on Thursday and directed for us – also a big thank you to one of our younger members, Bart, who came to the rescue of one of our elder members, his grandmother, in assisting Chris in ensuring, albeit a Howell movement, Mieke was able to play N/S.

Over the next couple of weeks there are more of our committee members absent and also Mike is in the UK – hence it would be appreciated if our members could assist in setting up the room prior to bridge.

A reminder – on a reasonable regular occurrence our weekly lucky number jar is short of a € or 2 – please don’t forget to put a € in the jar when filling in your numbers. This week’s lucky number was 37 – with no winner so a rollover next week.

We are aware a number of our members are under the weather currently – our thoughts are with you and hope to see you back at the Club shortly.

Summer is well and truly with us in Javea resulting in the air-conditioning being on. Members are advised to bring a cardigan or jacket in case the temperature is uncomfortable. A reminder also that the club dress code is fairly relaxed - but please NO beach wear!!

Have a good week-end.

12th August

Another quiet week on the bridge front last week – no grand slams but at last we have new names joining the 70% Club – last entry middle of May. Many congratulations to Phillip Day and Peter Zwart a guest from Amsterdam. In Phillip’s words – he’s a good player!! Peter - a very warm welcome to our Club and hope to see you again soon now you have moved to Javea and perhaps on the Golf Course.

Many thanks to all our directors and scorers who are coming to the Club’s rescue while we are stretched over the summer period - please don’t forget to sign up for the remainder of August for Cashier, Directing and Scoring – when fewer members are playing. Many thanks also to the members who have assisted in setting up the room prior to bridge in Mike’s absence.

Hopefully most of you survived the torrential downpour on Wednesday night/ Thursday morning – the videos of it look horrendous. Javea is certainly seeing some extremes of weather over the last year.

 

Tuesday 5th September – Social Bridge reconvenes

Sunday 1st October – Car Treasure Hunt/Lunch at Restaurant La Cumbre

Saturday 7th October – JSBSC Pairs Championship

Lastly we would like to wish Peter Hindley best wishes for his forthcoming hip operation.

Have a good week-end.

19th August

A very quiet week on the bridge front last week – no additions to the 70% Club, no grand slams and only a few small slams bid and made.

A warm welcome to the visitors who came to our Club last week – hope to see you again shortly.

Many thanks to all our directors and scorers who are coming to the Club’s rescue while we are stretched over the summer period - please don’t forget to sign up for the remainder of August for Cashier, Directing and Scoring – when fewer members are playing – hopefully the week after next we will see some of our summer holiday makers return from their other home countries.

 Early warning – on Sunday 27th August the 9th stage of the Vuelta a Espana goes through Benitatxell, Javea and finishes on the Cumbre del Sol – look out for road closures. For more details – website address below:

http://www.lavuelta.com/la-vuelta/2017/us/overall-route.html

 Dates for your diary                                

Tuesday 5th September – Social Bridge reconvenes

Sunday 1st October – Car Treasure Hunt/Lunch at Restaurant La Cumbre

Saturday 7th October – JSBSC Pairs Championship

Have a good week-end.

26th August

A very quiet week on the bridge front last week – no additions to the 70% Club, no grand slams and only 12 small slams bid and made. Nice to see some members returning from their summer break – hopefully we shall see a few more over the coming weeks.

Last week we said a sad farewell to Pam Burnett who is returning to the UK but hopefully will return as a visitor – below is a message from Pam -

'After spending nearly 30 enjoyable years of summers’ in Spain, we have with regret, given up our villa and maybe will only be coming back as visitors. I wish all my friends and acquaintances from the Bridge Club, having met and befriended some wonderful people, my very best wishes for your future health and happiness. With love from Pam.'

News from some of our members who are away for the summer – anyone who wishes to send in photos/experiences please forward to the Club e-mail address

          

Above is Royston, Barbara and Eric – earlier this month surveying the extension to the Retirement Home in Leeds – Barbara very flattering hard hat – hope to see you both in the Autumn.                                

Tomorrow, Sunday 27th August, the 9th stage of the Vuelta a Espana goes through Benitatxell, Javea and finishes on the Cumbre del Sol – look out for road closures. For more details – website address below:

http://www.lavuelta.com/la-vuelta/2017/us/overall-route.html

Many thanks to all our directors and scorers who are coming to the Club’s rescue while we are stretched over the summer period - please don’t forget to sign up for the remainder of August and September for Cashier, Directing and Scoring.

 Dates for your diary                                 

Tuesday 5th September – Social Bridge reconvenes

Sunday 1st October – Car Treasure Hunt/Lunch at Restaurant La Cumbre

Saturday 7th October – JSBSC Pairs Championship

Have a good week-end.

 

 

 

                    

JULY 2017

July 3rd

Apologies to all that played on Friday regarding the scoring – more problems with laptop/tablets – results however were produced in a timely manner. W

their homes there had been problems with the power, apparently all afternoon – numerous powers surges, so that may have been our cause – fingers crossed for Monday’s session.  

Our thoughts are with Janet who lost a few of her appliances, boiler in the garage, swimming pool pump, air conditioning unit and dishwasher. Sue’s fusebox caught fire on Friday night with flames in the lounge but hubby Mike came to the rescue!! Luckily their electrician worked on Saturday and has provided temporary power. Hopefully no other members had problems. We had the fires last September, power surges in June what next!! Sue has not returned to the UK as planned so will be around next week.

The dealing machine now has to be posted back to the UK and will leave Javea on Monday for a service. Hopefully it will be returned early part of w/c 10th July – but there may be a couple of sessions where hand dealt hands will have to be the option.

The committee held a meeting last week – bulletin to be produced shortly. 2 date changes – Car Treasure Hunt is now Sunday 1st October and the Christmas Tournament/Party Friday 8th December. It was also agreed that tap water will not be provided on the bar but the bottled still water has been reduced to 50 cents.

Reminder on the Tablets - If, when you turn on the tablet at the start of play, you do not get the ‘Start’ key in the bottom right of the screen, but get a ‘Resume’, don’t panic.  Press and hold for 2 seconds the ‘?’ button in the top right of the screen.  Enter the ‘PIN’ of ‘0000’, then select ‘New Game’, confirm ‘Yes’, and now you have a ‘Start’ button on the screen – simple. Also a kindly reminder, please, unless otherwise requested, turn off the tablets at the end of play.  Press and hold for 2 seconds the On/Off button on the side, select ‘Turn Off’ and then press ‘OK’ – thanks.

As the summer months are here, with numbers playing bridge decreasing for various reasons, with a limited number of Members volunteering to either direct or score, your daily Tournaments will be under threat.  It is not unreasonable to foresee a day when someone will need to ‘adjudicate’ with no TD available, and paper scoring on travellers will be the only option.  This is particularly likely on Thursday ‘No Fear Bridge’, when it is likely that with only 1 TD and 2 scorers routinely playing, one day none of them will be available.  Come on please, it is not difficult to score – if you are computer literate, just follow the simple guidance notes and then you can be a JSBSC scorer – simple.

10th July

The committee held a meeting on Friday following numerous comments from members and it has been agreed that tap water will be available but the bottled still water will remain at 50 cents. The committee would like to remind members in the Policies of the Club that "Members are not permitted to bring and consume their own drinks in the Clubhouse".

At the meeting the Committee also discussed the vacancy following Tony Manuel’s resignation from the Committee on personal reasons. Following discussions with Tom Slatter he has agreed to serve as Bar Manager and has been co-opted on to this year’s Committee. The Committee thanked Tony for his service and wish Tom every success.

The club now has a foldable wheelchair – located by the first aid box; and a new toilet seat has been provided for the handicap toilet. Many thanks to Barbara for organising and to Tony for his maintenance work.

Sandra Benson visited Pety on Saturday morning and we are delighted to inform you that she is feeling much better and even talking of coming to Bridge this Wednesday.

The dealing machine is now in the UK for a service and will leave for Javea on Monday/Tuesday - hopefully there will be no need to have hand dealt hnads - but apologies if there are a couple of sessions where we go back a few years!!

Last week saw a glut of small slams bid and made with Janet Caley now 12 points ahead on the slam ladder but still a famine for entries to the 70% club.

As the summer months are here, with numbers playing bridge decreasing for various reasons, with a limited number of Members volunteering to either direct or score, your daily Tournaments will be under threat.  It is not unreasonable to foresee a day when someone will need to ‘adjudicate’ with no TD available, and paper scoring on travellers will be the only option.  This is particularly likely on Thursday ‘No Fear Bridge’, when it is likely that with only 1 TD and 2 scorers routinely playing, one day none of them will be available.  Come on please, it is not difficult to score – if you are computer literate, just follow the simple guidance notes and then you can be a JSBSC scorer.

Reminder on the Tablets - If, when you turn on the tablet at the start of play, you do not get the ‘Start’ key in the bottom right of the screen, but get a ‘Resume’, don’t panic.  Press and hold for 2 seconds the ‘?’ button in the top right of the screen.  Enter the ‘PIN’ of ‘0000’, then select ‘New Game’, confirm ‘Yes’, and now you have a ‘Start’ button on the screen – simple. Also a kindly reminder, please, unless otherwise requested, turn off the tablets at the end of play.  Press and hold for 2 seconds the On/Off button on the side, select ‘Turn Off’ and then press ‘OK’ – thanks.


16th July

Fairly quiet on the bridge front this week – it’s been a long time since the 70% Club has been added to but well done to Fraser and Peter who bid and made 7H on Monday – Peter is doing his best to try and catch Janet on the Slam Ladder. It was also nice to see Peter and Diana as a “Bridge Pair” on Friday – well done Diana.

It was lovely to see Pety returning to Bridge on Wednesday.

We are pleased to report the dealing machine is now bck with us and functioning - Barman Mike informed us that he dealy 4 sets of boards on Saturday - so normal service resumes - no more curtain cards!!

Please don’t forget to sign up for the remaining part of July and August for Cashier, Directing and Scoring – when fewer members are playing.

What a glut of sport this week – Cricket – both ladies and men’s, Golf both the Ladies Major and the Scottish Open and Tennis - Wimbledon – well done to the young Spanish girl – what are we going to do next week!

Have a good week-end.

22nd July

The World Bridge Federation has updated “The Laws of Duplicate Bridge” and these will come into effect in competitions with the EBU in August. The EBU has produced a poster which summarises the key points to display on noticeboards at clubs. This will be on our notice board next week – but a copy is on the website under “Club Policies” – 2017 New Laws Poster. If players want more information use this link to the EBU for further details –

www.ebu.co.uk/laws-and-ethics/new-laws-2017

From a player’s point of view, there are no changes to the mechanics or scoring of the game, so you can essentially continue to play your familiar game and allow the TDs to worry about dealing with any irregularities that arise. Our Tournament Directors will be given copies of   the new book in September.

Fairly quiet on the bridge front this week – but well done to Liz and Roy who bid and made 7NT on Monday, and also to Manny and Anne Muir who bid and made 7NT the previous Thursday – congratulations to both pairs. It was interesting to see some different partnerships on Friday.

It was lovely to see Brigitte and Sandra Hobson returning to the Club last week – we missed you both.

This Tuesday, 25th July, is the last session for Social Bridge before a summer break – it reconvenes on Tuesday, 5th September.

Summer is well and truly with us resulting in the air-conditioning being on and members are advised to bring a cardigan or jacket in case the temperature is uncomfortable. A reminder also that the club dress code is fairly relaxed - but please NO beach wear!!

Many thanks to Manny who directed three times last week - please don't forget to sign up for the remaining part of July and August for Cashier, Directing and Scoring.

Have a good week-end.

29th July

Another fairly quiet week on the bridge front last week – but well done to Janet Hubbard and Coleen who bid and made 7S on Monday on board 14 with 29 points - congratulations. A warm welcome to our club to a number of visitors who played during last week.

A reminder please to those that use the “Find a Partner” on our website to remove their names as soon as they find a partner. This will assist Diana who does a sterling job assisting members to find a partner.

Don’t forget no more Social Bridge until Tuesday, 5th September.

Many thanks to all our directors and scorers who are coming to our rescue while we are stretched over the summer period - please don’t forget to sign up for August for Cashier, Directing and Scoring – when fewer members are playing.

Summer is well and truly with us in Javea resulting in the air-conditioning being on. Members are advised to bring a cardigan or jacket in case the temperature is uncomfortable. A reminder also that the club dress code is fairly relaxed - but please NO beach wear!!

Have a good week-end.

JUNE 2017

June 3rd

It was lovely to welcome Colleen back to the club last week – happy bridging with us and hopefully we will have you directing soon.

Yesterday we participated in the World Simultaneous Pairs Tournament. Thanks to Richard and Anita who organised the event. Results of the day can NOT be loaded on to the website until Saturday lunchtime, earliest, whilst the United States play the hands.  Commentaries on the hands will be e-mailed to members on Sunday 5th June. Our results will be uploaded prior to play on Monday. During Friday evening Anita and Pat were 6th but overnight they have slipped to 21st – still an excellent result – we will see what the next few hours bring – fingers crossed. The link below is to the ECats website to see how you have finished in the World.

 http://www.ecatsbridge.com/sims/wwbc/default.asp

A quiet week otherwise at the Club, especially with slams – however many thanks to Barbara and Maggie who ran the social bridge on Tuesday and also to Liz Ayling who directed on Thursday - the boards that were used at Monday’s tournament were also used on Thursday – did anyone notice!!! It was also encouraging to see different names on the winners list this week without handicap or the SMP.

John Howden has suggested the club should have a foldaway wheelchair - is there a member who has one available either to loan to the club or for the club to buy – please contact a committee member if you can assist, otherwise the club will purchase one.

The rotas are up for June and July for Directing/Scoring/Cashier – please sign up where you can – it is the time of the year where a number of people are away – your club needs you.  If there is anyone interested in learning to direct or score could they please have a word with a committee member.

Forthcoming events –this Saturday is our Annual Bowls evening and our Summer Party is being held at La Masena on 24th June, €25 for members and €30 for guests – sign-up sheets for these 2 social events are up. Guests are very welcome at both events.

June 12th

We held our annual bowls evening on Saturday with 25 members and guests playing and 7 others joining for supper on a very warm and muggy evening. Congratulations to our winners – Terry Holdback and Bill Quinton and in 2nd place were John Bowen, Marion de Havilland and Peter Hindley Unfortunately the afternoon was marred slightly as Barbara Williams arrived having had her foot rolled over by a car that was picking her up – not saying who was driving – but the guilty one is on his way back to the UK for the summer!! We received this message from Royston – Hi Sue - Barbara telephoned me late yesterday(Saturday) evening. As you know, Eric took Barbara to hospital. She has had her foot x-rayed. Luckily no bones broken but some bones are probably cracked and/or chipped. Foot and lower leg bandaged but not in plaster. It all took a long while but the hospital staff 'were wonderful'. A huge 'Thank you' to Eric who collected Barbara from the bowling club, took her to hospital and stayed with Barbara the whole time...and had to forego watching England v Australia cricket and Scotland v England football. Eric...you are a star! I return to Javea late Tuesday evening and look forward to seeing everybody on Wednesday. Royston x”.  Barbara – we hope to see you at the club shortly.

We are pleased to welcome 2 new members to our bridge club – Manolo Lucena and Paul Langan – happy bridging. Paul has had a great start at the club winning the lucky number this week.

Another quiet week bridge wise at the club – but now results are available from the World Sims Pairs on Friday 2nd June – many congratulations to Alice Davies and Anne Muir who were the only ones to bid a Grand Slam in NT; and to Dick & Richard and Fraser & Peter who bid and made 3 small slams.                   

Forthcoming event – our Summer Party is at La Masena on 24th June, €25 for members and €30 for guests – tickets now available, guests are very welcome.

June 17th

We are pleased to welcome Carol and Terry Wise back to the club for a couple of weeks and thank Terry for directing and giving our regular directors a break.

Another quiet week bridge wise at the club until Friday – many congratulations to Rosemarie & Chris and Pat & Peter who bid and made a Grand Slam in Spades.

We were pleased to announce that Richard Lightfoot has agreed to be the new Club Chief Scorer when Colin retires on 20th July, before he departs back to the UK in September. As so many members are going back to the UK for the summer – the leaving present was given to Colin in advance thanking him for all his efforts as the Club Chief Scorer and his year as Secretary on the Committee – many thanks Colin. His present was an engraved card playing box – “Many thanks Colin from your friends at JSBSC 2017” - with 2 packs of personalised playing cards – one set of the Phantom aircraft and the other set Colin in his “uniform”.

We have received the following e-mail from Colin – “Dear JSBSC Members, Thank you very much for the kind and thoughtful gift presented to me on Friday at the Club before the tournament.  I will probably never use the cards for playing bridge, but the presentation box and those personalised playing cards will always be on view at home and will continually invoke many happy memories of my bridge-playing friends, both present and past, from my time in Spain. Kindest regards.”

If anybody has lost a pair of glasses, black with a patterned effect on the arms, they were picked them up by mistake on Thursday. Please e-mail the club if they are yours and we will arrange for them to be returned – javeaschoolofbridge@gmail.com

Forthcoming event – our Summer Party is at La Masena on Saturday, 24th June, €25 for members and €30 for guests – tickets now available, guests are very welcome.

 

MAY 2017

May 6th

It is with sadness that we reported the passing away this last week of both Graham Muir and Joan Wood, past members, our thoughts are with both families.

It was good to see Richard Murgatroyd return to the club last week after lengthy holidays; and also Mila. On a sadder note we said au-revoir to Monique who has returned to Canada but hopes to be back with us next February.

We welcome 3 new members to our club this week – Bart & Max Onkenhout and Barry Webb – happy bridging at the Club.

The committee would like to thank both Anita and Colin for setting up our new laptop with the Scoring and Dealing Software – still in hand but should be sorted by the end of next week – apologies that the incorrect hands were loaded last Wednesday but all sorted now.

Another quiet week at the club this week but on Wednesday one pair bid a Grand Slam in No Trumps – congratulations to Dick & Richard with 34 points – 4 Aces & Kings, and 2 Queens & Jacks. The 70% club seems to be in hibernation!

After comments from a few members it was agreed to postpone the JSBSC Pairs Championship scheduled for this Friday 12th May and a new date will be arranged once the CTD is back. Make a note in your diaries – Friday 2nd June World Simultaneous Pairs event.

Forthcoming social events - our Summer Party is being held at La Masena on 24th June, no music this year and we will be seated indoors, €25 for members and €30 for guests – make a note in your diaries. Also on Saturday 10th June is our annual Bowls evening.

Have a good week-end – looks like summer may have arrived at last!!

May 13th

Another €31 has been handed over to ASPADIS at the end of April by Audrey and Janet from their sales of greetings cards. Now well over €1,000 has been donated to this great cause – congratulations to you both an excellent achievement. The website has been updated with their latest selection of cards. 

The committee would like to thank Anita for finishing setting up our laptop with the Dealing Software. We must remind members that the computer facilities are purely for use of the Bridge Club business only – if members require use for an urgent matter please discuss with one of the committee.

The library now has a number of books/magazines on bridge – donated kindly by the late families of Derrick and Judith.

Another quiet week at the club this week until Friday when one pair bid a Grand Slam in “No Trumps” – congratulations to Janet & Kay on board 25 with 34 points – 4 Aces & Kings, and 2 Queens & Jacks. The 70% club still seems to be in hibernation!

Maaike's lessons are now finished until the autumn – but social bridge is now underway – 1.45 for 2pm - everyone welcome and a partner is not required.

Javea Bridge Club is holding a wake for Joan Wood on Saturday 20th May following her funeral Javea crematorium at 10.30. Please let Sue know if you wish to attend by the latest after bridge on Wednesday to let JBC know.

 Forthcoming social events - our Summer Party is being held at La Masena on 24th June, €25 for members and €30 for guests and on Saturday 10th June is our annual Bowls evening – sign-up sheets for both events are now up. Guests are very welcome at both events.

May 21st

It is with sadness that we reported the passing away on Friday of George Kay – our thoughts are with Pip and her family at this time.

On Friday we held a committee meeting and a bulletin will be produced over the next few days. Key items from the meeting are that we are pleased to inform you that Peter Shrimpton has agreed to take over as Treasurer from Barry and will be working with Barry over the next few weeks before Barry returns to the UK. We thank Barry for his sterling work over the last three years and look forward to working with Peter over the coming months.  Other key items from the meeting – JSBSC Pairs Championship is now scheduled for Saturday 7th October; we approved 5 new provisional members and welcome them in our Club – Bart and Max Onkenhout, Barry Webb, Sheila Whalen and Margaret Manns; and also Judith O’Reardon’s nieces have asked to present a trophy in memory of Judith and it was agreed to be awarded to the 70% Club yearly winners.

It was good to welcome both Gitte Venge and Marie O’Riordan back to the club last week.

It was a reasonably quiet week at the Club until Thursday with 9 and half tables, and many of our Tuesday students attending, Rosemarie Himburg and Manolo Luceno scored 73.8% and now lead the 70% table.

The club house has had a splash of paint over the week-end however the notice boards now need to be sorted out apologies for any inconvenience. The new telephone lists are available sponsored by Websters. We are pleased that both the kitchen sink pump and ladies toilets have been repaired and apologise for the inconvenience to all.

Forthcoming  events – World Simultaneous  Pairs Tournament on Friday 2nd June, our Annual Bowls evening is on 10th June and our Summer Party is being held at La Masena on 24th June, €25 for members and €30 for guests – sign-up sheets for these 2 social events are now up. Guests are very welcome at both events.

May 27th

It was good to welcome Pam and Don Cheshire and Janet Carter back to the club last week after a lengthy period away, hopefully we will see Syd shortly.

Apologies to everyone that the hands loaded for Friday were incorrect and have now been taken off the website. If Mike has not re-dealt them then they will be re-loaded on Monday.

On Friday we will be participating in the World Simultaneous Pairs Tournament. Thanks in advance to Richard and Anita who are organising the event. Results of the day can NOT be loaded on to the website until Saturday lunchtime, earliest, whilst the United States play the hands.  Commentaries on the hands will be e-mailed to members on Sunday 5th June. For more information on this event click on the link below:

 http://www.ecatsbridge.com/sims/wwbc/default.asp

Many congratulations to Richard & Bob who bid and made 7NT last Monday, on board 23. They had 33 points - 4 Aces, 3 Kings and Queens & 2 Jacks.

Many thanks to John Howden who trained a number of committee members on the use of the Defibillator and we discussed a number other issues and John has suggested it may be useful for the club to have a foldaway wheelchair available. Is there a member who has one available either to loan to the club or for the club to buy – please contact a committee member if you can assist.

The rotas are up for June and July for Directing/Scoring/Cashier – please sign up where you can – it is the time of the year where a number of people are away – your club needs you.  If there is anyone interested in learning to direct or score could they please have a word with a committee member.

Below is a quiz for those of you that miss bridge over the week-ends!!

What is the fewest number of HCP a partnership may hold and be able to make: (A) a grand slam, (B) a small slam, (C) 11 tricks?

Answers please to  javeaschoolofbridge@gmail.com

Forthcoming events –our Annual Bowls evening is on 10th June and our Summer Party is being held at La Masena on 24th June, €25 for members and €30 for guests – sign-up sheets for these 2 social events are now up. Guests are very welcome at both events.

 

APRIL 2017

APRIL 2ND

Another eventful week at the bridge club – congratulations to Anita & Peter and John & Monique who have joined the 70% club on Wednesday and Thursday respectively; and many, many congratulation to Manny & Mieke who were the only pair who bid and made 7NT on Wednesday on board 7 – there’s hope for us youngsters yet!!

It was also good to see one of our recent Student pairs coming top on Thursday – E/W partnership with 54.76% - congratulations to Les Britton & Moira Godeau.

The quarterly results for the SMP competition are on the website and will be on the notice-board – congratulations to all the winners – bottles of cava will be given out next week to the lucky winners.  The end of March Slam Ladder and Pairs results will also be on the notice-board next week.

SMP Competition – the primary purpose of this competition was to try and create a system where the "lesser" players were on the podium and receiving prizes more often.

As a committee we have listened to all the views, both for and against continuing this competition, and have decided to stop it for the next quarter and review whether there is a way it can be adopted to provide a “mini competition” for the “lesser” players only. For the record most of the feedback was from the “Area” and “Club” categories – “Green” and “Blue” – thanks to all those that provided a response.

One of the major problems with this system was that the more “experienced” players would not partner the “lesser” players as it would spoil their average/position thus stopping the lesser players the chance to learn from them and improve.

At the time the SMP competition was introduced, a lot of preparatory work was carried out by Anita Dixon, John Howden and Colin Bond and we would like to thank them for this. The committee will be discussing with them the options in providing a “mini competition” over the next few weeks.

There were a number of our members who returned last week from their winter breaks - Bill & Audrey Quinton and Dick Craig – good to see you all back; and a very warm welcome back to Jean Booth and Tricia Sharp.

The club has purchased convention cards/covers and will be available after Easter – the intention is for all members to have these available on the table and for the opponents to review them, if they wish, prior to the round starting. A box will be available for Members wish to leave them in the office after play.

Easter is only 2 weeks away – we will be holding our Easter Tournament on Monday 17th April – with Easter Eggs as prizes. We will also have prizes for the “best dressed bonnet” – both for the men and the ladies’ – so get making now. There will NOT be a competition this year for the “best dressed egg” as previously due to lack of entries.

Our next bridge/social event is on Saturday 22nd April – with a St George’s theme. The bridge is the “Individuals” tournament and the supper will be salmon & coronation chicken and salads plus desserts. A sign up-sheet is up for the event – non-bridge members are invited for the evening function. We are pleased to inform you that Chorri Mari, our wine supplier, will be sponsoring the event – thanks to Janet and Mike for arranging this.

It has been decided to cancel our Quiz Night scheduled for the 6th May as we have no Quiz Master or little interest in the event – too close to the last one.

The Directors’ will be holding their 1st meeting this Wednesday under the chairmanship of our new Chief Tournament Director John Hall.

The Club Policies document has been updated as is available both on the website and the notice-board – please take you time to review it.

For those observant members you will have noticed Peter’s “Hand of the Week” is now being produced in a new format using our Bridge Web software to produce it – Peter many thanks for finding these interesting hands!!

The weekly message is not being sent out by e-mail anymore – it is now available on the website and on the noticeboard; and a copy given to those members who do not have access to a PC.

APRIL 9TH

Not quite such an eventful week at the bridge club – no Grand Slams or additions to the 70% club however a warm welcome back to the club to Rosemarie Himburg and Pip Kay.

It was good to see a number of our Students at the club on Thursday – Les & Moira, Sheila & Margaret & Margarete. Special mention must go to Barry and Klaus who came top with 56.25%, playing E-W – congratulations to them on their 1st tournament at the Club.

The Directors’ held their 1st meeting on Wednesday under the chairmanship of our new Chief Tournament Director John Hall. The CTD has re-introduced the use of “Etiquette Cards” on bridge tables before play which will undoubtedly improve the “standards” at the Club.

The club has purchased convention cards/covers and will be available after Easter – the intention is for all regular partnerships to have these available on the table and for the opponents to review them, if they wish, prior to the round starting. A box will be available for Members who wish to leave them in the office after play.

SMP Competition – as we mentioned last week a review is underway adopting the previous system to provide a “mini competition” for the “Area” and “Club” categories – “Green” and “Blue”. This will NOT be an Individual competition as our previous system but pairs – good progress is being made and will be discussed at our next committee meeting on 21st April.

Easter is only one week away – we will be holding our Easter Tournament on Monday 17th April – with Easter Eggs as prizes. We also have prizes for the “best dressed bonnet” – both for the men and the ladies’ – so get making now.

Our next bridge/social event is on Saturday 22nd April – with a St George’s theme. The bridge is the “Individuals” tournament with the winner’s name up on the “Honours” board. The supper will be salmon & coronation chicken with various salads plus desserts including trifles, cheese cake, profiteroles etc. A sign up-sheet is up for the event – non-bridge members are invited for the evening function. Price for the function is €8 for both members and guests. We are pleased to inform you that Chorri Mari, our wine supplier, will be sponsoring the event.

Could we please ask Members to send any e-mails associated with the bridge club to the JSBSC e-mail address - javeaschoolofbridge@gmail.com - rather than to individual Committee Members’ e-mail addresses – some of our partners do not wish to read them. These e-mails will then be forwarded to the appropriate Committee Member(s) from JSBSC which our partners will NOT read.

APRIL 16th

Firstly a very Happy Easter to all our Members.

Sad news this week with 2 of our long time members passing away – Charles Lieron and Molly Koiston – our thoughts are with their families at this sad time. We have received an e-mail from Eileen, Charles wife, below

“Dear Sue, Thank you for your kind words and please thank club members (as I am sure you will do) for signing a card.”

Some better news we have received this week is that Syd Carter, Janet’s husband, who has been critically ill since early December has been given permission by his doctor to be able to fly and they hope to be back at Javea between 23rd May and 30th June. We look forward to seeing Syd cropping up the bar then and participating at the Inn on the Green Bowls evening.

A warm welcome back to the Club to Ann Phillips, and Royston & Barbara – albeit she has been poorly – hope to see you soon.

Congratulations to Mike and Maggie who bid and made 7H on Friday.

The convention cards/covers and will be available Easter Monday onwards – the intention is for all regular partnerships to have these available on the table and for the opponents to review them, if they wish, prior to the round starting. A box will be available for Members who wish to leave them in the office after play

Our Easter Tournament is on Monday 17th April – with Easter Eggs as prizes. We also have prizes for the “best dressed bonnet” – both for the men and the ladies’ – so last minute changes only now!!                             

Our next bridge/social event is next Saturday 22nd April – with a St George’s theme. The bridge is the “Individuals” tournament with the winner’s name up on the “Honours” board. The supper will be salmon & coronation chicken with various salads plus desserts including trifles, cheese cake, profiteroles etc. A sign up-sheet is up for the event – non-bridge members are invited for the evening function. Price for the function is €8 for both members and guests. We are pleased to inform you that Chorri Mari, our wine supplier, will be sponsoring the event.

APRIL 23rd

A busy week at the club this week with both our Easter Tournament/Bonnet competition on Monday and our Individual’s Tournament on a St George’s theme on Saturday.

Many thanks to Janet who bought and bagged the Easter Eggs for members and bought the prizes for the bonnet competition. Unfortunately only ladies turned up for the competition so they also received the prizes that were allocated for the men. Congratulations to Barbara Sadler who won the bonnet competition judged by Bert and Marianne our guests from Holland. Photos are on the LH Banner under “Photos Competition".

Then on Saturday we held our Individual’s tournament with 40 members participating. There was no surprise when John announced the winner Hindley – but what a shock when it was Diana – many congratulations. She received 6 lovely bottles of red wine supplied by Chorri Mari our wine supplier.  In 2nd place was Chris Threlfall and another shock winner in 3rd was Tony Myerscough. The afternoon was followed by a St George’s theme supper – thanks once again to Barbara for organising the event and to Perlie for her excellent cuisine. In addition many thanks to all the members that provided dishes. It was lovely to see all our members and partners enjoying themselves. Pictures will be available on the website over the next couple of days. Many thanks to Richard for organising the tournament ably assited by John. Best dressed person on the day was Royston dressed in his St George's shirt.

On Friday 2 Grand Slams were bid in NT – congratulations to Janet C & Kay C and also Tony & Marianne S.

It was good to see Eric, Ann & Alan back at the club last week.

Welcome to our new member Sandra King – enjoy your tournaments.

Our Improver’s course on 5 card major and strong NT starts this Tuesday, 25th April, 1.45 for 2pm, for players who have at least 6 months playing experience. In addition social bridge also reconvenes at the same start time for all capabilities.

The convention cards/covers will be available on Monday – the intention is for all regular partnerships to have these available on the table and for the opponents to review them, if they wish, prior to the round starting. A box will be available for Members who wish to leave them in the office after play.

We had a committee meeting on Friday – a bulletin will be available during the coming week.

APRIL 30TH

It is with regret that we inform you that Barry Fielder, our Treasurer for 3 years, is resigning his position on the Committee. Barry will be spending more time away from Spain, and over the Christmas period will be in Australia hence unable to prepare the accounts for the 2018 AGM. He feels after comments made at this year's AGM that the Treasurer needs to be a person who resides in Spain full time. Until a replacement is found Barry is prepared to continue preparing our monthly accounts for the committee until he leaves for the UK in June. As a committee we would like to thank Barry for his efforts over the last 3 years. We are now in the process of finding a replacement.

A quieter week at the club this week but on Wednesday one pair bid a Grand Slam in Hearts – congratulations to Anita & Peter who found it with only 26 points – 3 Aces, 3 Kings, 2 Queens and 1 Jack.

It was good to see Irene, Pam and Kate return to the club last week after lengthy holidays; also very pleased to see Thelma and Margarete join us on Thursday from the Tuesday/Students’ group.

Update on some of our members – Bernard is recovering well from his hip replacement operation and Brigitte is on the mend from her bout of shingles and hopefully will be back at the club this week. On a sadder note we will be saying au-revoir to Joy who is returning to England to be with her family in the next couple of weeks.

We have also heard from Audrey in California – “Dear Janet, Thank you so much for the birthday card- I loved it! I had a lovely birthday, with a beautiful cake! In the evening we had a family meal at a Chinese restaurant. I spend my days in the company of our two dogs! I am keeping well, albeit with signs of advancing age, but still here! Although I have given up Bridge, I read and play the daily board in our local daily paper- just so I don't forget. Hope you are well. It has been a very sad year for the Club, with the loss of several long-time members. Will you kindly thank the Club for keeping my name in lights!”

The convention cards/covers were distributed last week – the intention is for all regular partnerships to have these available on the table and for the opponents to review them, if they wish, prior to the round starting. A box will be available for Members who wish to leave them in the office after play.

The committee meeting bulletin is now on the notice board and website – key points below:-

Clubhouse improvements - Rail down front steps – Javea Sol have still not replied – after lengthy discussion the committee decided to cancel the project. The back door entrance is available, with hand rail, for members who have problems. The clubhouse woodwork will be painted on 21st/22nd May. Flow of air is still a problem in the club house – now hopefully with the warmer weather with us the front door will be kept open and it is requested that people who feel the cold sit elsewhere – not tables 7 or 8.

Updated telephone lists will be available during May and once again Webster’s are sponsoring the purchase. We would also like to thank 100% Plumbing who have also continued sponsorship of the score cards – another 10,000 have been printed off.

It was agreed by the committee that the SMP Quarterly competition would not continue and our CTD will look at ways to reward improvement over a quarter for those members who do not regularly receive prizes.   It was also confirmed not to continue the Individual results.

The JSBSC Pairs Championship will now be held on Friday 12th May.

It was agreed that students are allowed their crib sheets on Thursday’s No Fear day.

Forthcoming social events - Our Summer Party is being held at La Masena on 24th June.  There will be no music this year and we will be seated indoors, €25 for members and €30 for guests – make a note in your diaries. Also on Saturday 10th June is our annual Bowls evening.

Have a good week-end and May Day/Labor Day.

MARCH 2017

MARCH 5TH

We are pleased to inform you that the last 2 positions on our 2017 committee have been filled– Janet Hubbard has agreed to be Vice President and Kay Corbin has agreed to join the committee – we wish them every success in their roles.

It was sad news that we informed you that Ted Coleman passed away last Sunday, 26th February, at the age of 93. Ted had been a member of our club for many years, a period as Treasurer. A Condolence card has been sent from the club to Beryl.

We have just received an e-mail from Alan Oliver giving his apologies for not attending the forthcoming EGM but Anne has broken her ankle which has delayed their return to Javea – thinking of you Anne for a speedy recovery.

We are pleased that Peter Hindley has agreed to re-introduce the Hand of the Week - this in the LH column of website - "Hand of the Week" - 1st one there now. Many thanks Peter.

Congratulations to Julie and Steve Abley who joined the 70% club yesterday. They achieved the milestone in the tournament yesterday, Wednesday 1st March, with a magnificent score of 73.66%, beating their nearest E-W rivals by 15.75%.

The 2017 Social/Tournament schedule has been updated – unfortunately The Valleys cannot field a team against us for the annual JaVa Cup but we are pleased to inform you of the match against JBC on Saturday 21st October at our club.

The committee meeting bulletin is up on the noticeboard and on the website.

The sign-up sheet for our 1st Quiz Night of 2017 on Saturday 25th March – is up. Meg is providing the cakes – if there any members willing to offer to make sandwiches could they please have a word with either Barbara or Sue.

The EGM calling notice, called by the Committee for Saturday 18th March at 1pm,  has been sent out - the agenda items are – Confirmation of the 2017 Committee, Approval of 2016/2017 Accounts & Budget, and  Statutes Update -  no other items to be discussed,

The sign-up sheet for the tournament following the EGM is up and will be a No Fear afternoon – partners will be provided if required – please let a committee member know - come along for a friendly game - followed by tapas being provided by Perlie Harris; partners/other halves are invited for the social element.

Have a good week-end.

MARCH 12TH

Congratulations again to Peter and Mike who have another entry in the 70% club on Friday. They achieved the milestone in the tournament on Friday, 10th March, with a score of 70.6%.

Congratulations also to Janet & Kay; and Maggie & Sue who bid and made 7♠  on Friday, 10th March.

Following issues with our laptop recently we are purchasing a new one from PC Highways this week – it will be installed by them during the week.

A new handrail has been provided in the back entrance. We are still awaiting to hear from Javea Sol regarding approval of a central handrail to the front entrance – even after contacting them 3 times!!

The EGM, called by the Committee, is this Saturday 18th March at 1pm - the agenda items are – Confirmation of the 2017 Committee, Approval of 2016/2017 Accounts & Budget, and  Statutes Update -  no other items to be discussed.

The sign-up sheet for the tournament, commencing at 2.30pm, following the EGM is up and will be a No Fear afternoon – partners will be provided if required – please let a committee member know - come along for a friendly game - followed by tapas, commencing at 6.30pm, being provided by Perlie Harris; partners/other halves are invited for the social element. Price is €8 for members who play bridge/tapas; bridge only €3 and €8 for guests for the tapas

The sign-up sheet for our 1st Quiz Night of 2017 on Saturday 25th March – is up. Meg is providing the cakes – if there any members willing to offer to make sandwiches could they please have a word with either Barbara or Sue.

The lessons are going well with 24 students/members attending last week.

Have a good week-end.

MARCH 19TH

Many thanks to everyone who supported our EGM on Saturday - a very successful and necessary meeting.

The membership unanimously approved the new 2017 Committee, the 2016 accounts and also  the 2017 budget – a major step forward.

The 2017 committee then informed the membership of the issue we have with the statutes.

“In summarising this issue – our 2015 Statutes were translated into Spanish and sent to the Justice Department in Alicante for approval; after a couple of tooing and froing with Websters solicitors,  whom we were using,  the Statutes were finally returned approved in April 2016.  We then had them translated back to English – the 1st translator we used ended in a product which was unreadable so a 2nd translator was used.

However, due to a number of translation mistakes it is necessary to have parts re-written according to the specific requirements of the Club.  This issue was discussed at the last Committee Meeting in January (of the 2016 Committee) and it was agreed that we would need to form a small sub-Committee to work on the Statutes again, possibly needing to call an EGM to explain the issue and get them approved, before getting them translated into Spanish, and then re-submitted to the Justice Department in Alicante”.

The committee want to be totally open with the membership on all issues, less personal matters, which is why we raised it at this EGM – as it will incur additional solicitor/translation costs in this FY.  We will form a sub-committee to get the ball rolling and keep you fully posted on progress.

Following the EGM we had a tournament with 11 tables participating, followed by superb tapas.  Many, many thanks go to Perlie Harris who produced and presented such a lovely buffet table – photos of this are under “Photos Social”. We must also thank everyone who helped on the day in ensuring our 1st bridge/social event started on a high. It was so nice to see everyone enjoying themselves with some partners present – a great atmosphere. The next such event is on Saturday 22nd April – Individuals’ Tournament /Social with a St George’s Theme – put a note in your diaries.

It was with great sadness that we informed you of the passing of Judith O´Reardon on the 14th March.   A Celebration of Judith's Life will take place at the clubhouse on Saturday 25th March at 1pm - all invited.

Many congratulations to Jane & Ed who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday – can’t understand why they didn’t want to come to the EGM!!

We received the following thank you note from Beryl, Ted Coleman’s partner:

 “Hello Members. Thank you so much for the card you sent me which I received this morning. I will show it to the family when I next see them. Ted enjoyed playing in the club when we lived in Javea and on our visits over the last 6 years. He was a regular player here up until a couple of weeks before he passed away, it was a big part of his life. Thank you again and best wishes to everyone. Beryl”

Many thanks to Barbara and hubbie, Alan, who have made the area outside protected so we do not have any other “visitors” into the area above the ceiling tiles.

Our new laptop has been installed by PC Highways, and hopefully we will be using it this week once we have “Scorebridge”, our scoring package, installed on it.

We are still waiting to hear from Javea Sol regarding approval of a central handrail to the front entrance – even after contacting them 3 times!!

The sign-up sheet for our 1st Quiz Night of 2017 on Saturday 25th March – is up. Meg is providing the cakes – if there any members willing to offer to make sandwiches could they please have a word with Barbara.

Have a good week-end.

MARCH 26TH

The Celebration of Judith's Life took place at the clubhouse on Saturday and was well attended by a number of the bridge clubs that Jude played at and also a number of her other close friends. Some lovely words were said by some of her close friends. Thanks to Perlie for organising a lovely buffet and all of her helpers.

Our 1st Quiz Night of 2017 was also held on Saturday evening with 8 tables competing. Thanks to Anita and John our Quiz Masters for the evening, also many thanks to the individuals who provided the sandwiches, cakes etc.

Winners were Fred’s Fab 4; in 2nd place the Cheeky Gang and 3rd the Desperados. Photos of the winners and participating teams will be available over the next couple of days under Photos Social.

On the bridge front last week was a quiet week – no grand slams or 70%+ results. However apologies for last Monday’s results or lack of them, these things unfortunately happen – never mind you have free bridge today.

The latest Committee Meeting bulletin and EGM Minutes are on the noticeboard and also on the website.

We would like to welcome one new member to the club – Les Britton – who was one of our Student’s a couple of years ago.

Easter is not far away now – we will be holding our Easter Tournament on Monday 17th April – with Easter Eggs as prizes. We will also have prizes for the “best dressed bonnet” – both for the men and the ladies’ – so get making now. There will NOT be a competition this year for the “best dressed egg” as previously due to lack of entries.

Our next bridge/social event is on Saturday 22nd April – with a St George’s theme. The bridge is the “Individuals” tournament and the supper will be salmon & coronation chicken and salads plus desserts. A sign up-sheet is up for the event – non-bridge members are invited for the evening function.

We have received an e-mail from Anne Oliver who has fractured her ankle – below

“Hello, Sue and all our friends at JSBSC, thank you all so much for the lovely card and wishes for a speedy recovery.  I have a follow-up appointment at the Fracture Clinic on 3 April and trust that once they remove the cast, all will be well.  We hope to return to Javea after Easter for a couple of weeks. We can't stay any longer as we are booked to fly to Geneva to see our daughter and family on 28 April. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Love & best wishes, Anne Xx”

 

FEBRUARY 2017

FEB 4TH

One month gone, 11 more to go, and with our AGM behind us – we move on. 

The new Committee is: President – Sue Wood, Vice President - Vacant, Secretary – Vacant, Treasurer – Barry Fielder. The 6 Committee Members are – Janet Hubbard, Katrina Myerscough, Anne Lise Engan,  Barbara Sadler and John Hall with one vacant position.

 Last week we reminded you of a couple of simple etiquette points in our game of bridge, and a few Members have asked, “Why, what is wrong with saying ‘transfer to hearts’, instead of just ‘hearts’?”  The reason is ‘unauthorised information’.  Not for one moment do we suggest that Members of our friendly Club would even consider such a ploy, but we are trying to set a simple, high and unquestionable standard.  This week we would like you to remember that if you play an artificial bid of 1♣, your partner must announce ‘May be 2’ (or one or the agreement you have in your partnership) and not ‘Could be 2’ or ‘2 or less’, or ‘May be short, each of which could relay unethical information about the strength of partners responding hand!  And also please note that, LHO cannot question a bid of 1♣ if no announcement has been made; the bid has been made with 3♣s or more.  However, at the end of the bidding, you may question to confirm the 1♣ opening bid, but you may now relaying information about your club holding!

The answer to last week’s question, ‘What is the most points a partnership can hold, yet not make game’, is thirty nine, with this deal:

North holds: ♠ -, ♥ -, ♦ A K Q J 3 2, ♣ A K Q J 4 3 2.

East holds: ♠ 5, ♥ -, ♦ 10 9 8 7 6 5, ♣ 10 9 8 7 6 5.

South holds: ♠ A K Q 4 3 2, ♥ A K Q J 4 3 2, ♦ -, ♣ -.

West holds: ♠ J 10 9 8 7 6, ♥ 10 9 8 7 6 5, ♦ 4, ♣ -.

The questions posed in the last 3 weekly updates are courtesy of Andrew Robson; no credit to the drafter of the updates.

So, in closing, this is obviously the last weekly update from your 2016 Committee.  We wish all the best to our new President and her Committee in their (often thankless) task of running our friendly Club to the best of their ability for all the Members.

President's Welcoming Message 5th February

Dear Members – many thanks for electing me as your president for 2017 – although I am aware it was a very close thing.

I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank the 2016 Committee many of whom I worked with when I was on the committee previously, as Vice President. I am really sorry that a number of those individuals have resigned but would like to thank Royston, Ed, Colin and John for their sterling efforts on behalf of our Club; and also Richard, who retired from the committee this year, for his tenure as Chief Tournament Director.

However we must now look forward – I have re-arranged flights and will be back at the Club on Monday 20th February and am organising a committee meeting that week.

I am pleased to inform you all that Ed has agreed to continue his role as Bar Manager until we find a substitute and I have already thanked him for this kind gesture; and also pleased to inform you that Colin will continue as our Chief Scorer.

I look forward to continuing the success of our club by introducing some new ideas.  Please e-mail the Club with any ideas you may wish me to consider.

See you all shortly - Sue

FEB 11TH 

Firstly a very big thank you to everyone in ensuring a smooth transition following last weekend’s AGM – the Director’s, Scorer’s Cashiers and people assisting behind the bar.

Our traditional Valentine’s Tournament takes place on Monday afternoon – tables will be decorated with red carnations and chocolates – thanks to Janet for organising and the other committee members helping out. I would encourage you to wear something red or pink on the day!! Janet has asked me to remind you she has some original Valentine’s cards for sale with €1 going to our charity, ASPADIS.

Some of you will have noticed a few changes to our website – I’d like to take this opportunity personally to thank John for his excellent job over the last 12 months. I have included an item 2017 AGM - and all the documentation associated with the AGM including the draft minutes included. I am the guilty one that noticed the 2017 Budget had not been proposed/seconded for approval by the members - I will be sorting this issue out on my return.

Tuesday is the start of our new Teaching Programme – being given by Maaike and co-ordinated by Katrina – let’s hope we have a few prospective members from this programme.

On this subject I would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new members– Moira Chapman, Fraser Dingwall and Francisa Gramser; and the return of Gerry Haim, Elaine Jones and Norma Bilsborough; and three new provisional members – Brian Clark, Val Lawson and Viriginia Owen – enjoy your tournaments at JSBSC.

Prior to the 2017 calendar being issued I am delighted that John Howden will be the Quiz Master on Saturday 26th March – more details shortly – just pencil it in your diaries.

A plea – this week we have two occurrences of incorrect information being input on the tablets – Monday and Wednesday – with the results having to be amended altering prize allocation. North has plenty to do – East it is your responsibility to check all the data has been input correctly.

No more gripes have a good week-end – think we might be having snow back here in the UK!!.

FEB 18TH

WOW what an end to the week - on Friday - one pair achieving over 70%, one pair bidding a grand slam of 7 NT and a further 12 small slams bid and made. Congratulations to Michael & Peter for another entry in the 70% Club this year and to Marianne & Tony for bidding a GS of 7 NT.

I am pleased to be able to share with you, particularly members who are away from Javea, pictures of our new door that has been fitted in front of the lobby of our back entrance – all done within 9 hours. Hopefully this will improve the temperature in that area and stop the draughts.

                                

I have sent my apologies to the JCC members who bore the brunt of the banging whilst the door and frame were fitted.

Tuesday was the start of our new Teaching Programme – 14 students attended, including 4 of our social members – very promising going forward.

Congratulations to everyone one who joined in the spirit of Monday's tournament - wearing something red or pink to celebrate our Valentine Tournament. Obvious star of the show was Marianne, yet again, what an outfit. Events like these do not just happen on their own so many thanks to Janet Hubbard who organised the flowers and chocies and Maggie and Katrina for helping her on the day.                     

It was lovely to receive a warm/positive e-mail from two of our members - don't think they will mind me sharing it with you - "We enjoyed the tournament on Friday (think they meant Monday), the table presentations were superb and the overall ambiance contributed to the pleasurably friendly atmosphere. We are fortunate to have a committee talented enough and willing to organise these events on behalf of the members. Congratulations to all involved and many thanks Peter & Carole"

 Pictures are now on the website under "Photos Competitions" and will be up in the clubhouse next week on my return.

I would like to take this opportunity also to welcome Monique Cohen back to the club for a few weeks - I'm sure you've already heard all about the snow we had - "home from home"!!

Have a lovely week-end see you all back at the club next week.

FEB 26TH

We held our first committee meeting on Friday and we are pleased to inform you that we have 2 new members on the committee – Tony Manuel, Bar Manager and Sandra Benson, Secretary; we wish them every success in their roles.

An EGM has been called by the Committee on Saturday 18th March at 1pm, followed by a Spanish themed afternoon/evening - tournament with tapas afterwards; partners/other halves are invited for the social element. The agenda items for the EGM are – Confirmation of the 2017 Committee, Approval of the 2017 Budget, and our Statutes. Further details will be issued nearer the date.

The Social/Tournament Calendar for 2017 and Committee Responsibilities have been agreed and will be on the notice board next week, and are already on the website. The meeting also agreed to continue the current Quarterly SMP thru to March and would review it at the next committee meeting; however seat orientation/table allocation will dis-continue from this Monday, 27th February – normal process for those with allocated seating – that is ring Mike on the day before 1.30pm.  

The Committee Meeting bulletin with more details will be available next week.

Our 1st Quiz Night of 2017 is on Saturday 25th March – Sign Up sheet will be on the notice board next week.

Another excellent week of bidding grand slams - congratulations to Barbara and Perlie (probably their first – almost the equivalent of a hole-in-one in golf) who bid and made 7NT on Thursday afternoon, 23rd February, on board 8; and to Phillip & Chris who bid and made a Grand Slam of 7NT on Wednesday afternoon, 22nd February, on board 3, and 3 other pairs also bid a Grand Slam of 7♥ on this board - well done to Rosemarie & Pip, Pat & Maaike and Trish & Anita.

Tuesday was week 2 of our Teaching Programme – 18 students attended, including 3 new candidates, 6 of our social members and 3 of our members( who want to understand 5 card majors and strong NT) – very promising for potential new members. Please all note this week we are starting at 2pm on Tuesday.

And lastly we have been asked to remind you that if you ask Diana for a partner and subsequently find one it would be courteous if you could inform her. Don’t forget you can also request a partner on the website – this is being successfully used by a few of our members.

Have a good week-end.

JANUARY 2017

JAN 1ST

Congratulations to the winners of the quarterly Stratified Master Points Competition which ran from 1st Oct to 31st Dec.  Peter Hindley again won the most District points with Michael Lawson then taking the highest average District points.  Chris Threlfall and Kay Corbin had the most Area points, with Mike Evans, Mel Stride, Jackie Evans and Carole & Peter Burke having the highest average Area points.  Rosemarie Himburg and Anne Lise Engan had the top Club points, with Sandra Bond, Barbara Sadler, Mike & Chris Smith, Richard Murgatroyd, Alice Davies and Anne Muir having the top winning average Club points.  All these winners collect a bottle of cava for the excellent results in the last quarter of 2016, but no promotions this time!  No, at the start of a new competition in 2017, with District, Area and Club Masters being ranked according to their percentages at the end of 2016.  Next year, those with a percentage greater than 53% will be classified as District Masters, below 53% and above 49% will be Area Masters, with all other Members being initially Club Masters.  We hope you agree that this competition in 2016 has distributed quarterly prizes to a greater number of Club Members, which is the reason why your Committee introduced it in the first place.

Now, a look back on the major trophies from last year.

JSBSC Champions of 2016:

Team – Anita Dixon, Peter Hindley, John Hall and (sadly, the late) Derrick Holdback

Pairs – Anita Dixon and Peter Hindley

Mixed Pairs – John Kitteridge and Maureen Denison

Ladies’ Pairs – Pat Fisher and Barbara Williams

Men’s Pairs – Peter Hindley and Michael Lawson

Handicap Pairs – Mike and Chris Smith

Individual – Joy Ingham

Remembrance Tournament – Peter Hindley and Michael Lawson

Well done to all our 2016 Champions, and good luck to you all for these trophies next year.

So, we say farewell to the ‘dark’ old days of 2016 and herald in the ‘bright’ new bridge days in 2017 – we hope you like the new LED lighting in the Clubhouse that went in yesterday, 31 December.  To that end, there are 16 fluorescent lighting panels, with 4 tubes per panel and a starter, outside the Clubhouse, that any Member can help themselves to next week at a daily tournament.  Those that are left at the end of the week will be given to the man at the local basura.

And finally, no joke this week, our Webmaster, John Howden, has been working on a new FaceBook account for the Club over the last couple of weeks.  The idea for this is to provide an historical catalogue of all the news that goes on our website daily, but is then subsequently replaced with newer items.  Click on the link to view JSBSC on FB.

In closing, we wish each of you a

HAPPY & HEALTHY

NEW YEAR

From all your committee members

JAN 8TH

Well, one week down, so only 51 weeks of bridge to go until next year!

We hope you like the new LED lighting in the Clubhouse – we have had two comments, one, ‘they are great, really good light’ and the second, ‘they’re a bit bright’!  Sorry, we can’t please everyone.

There is just a week to go for your nominations for the Committee and for any propositions you wish to put forward to the AGM.  As you will have seen from the list of nominations posted in the Clubhouse, many of the current Committee are willing to stand again, but there are still a couple of key slots to be filled.

Bridge lessons will start at the Club from Tuesday 14 February, and run for 10 weeks this Spring.  Students are asked to arrive at the Club for 14.15, for a 14.30 start, finishing by 17.00.  The cost is €30 for the ten lessons, or €4 as a ‘pay as you go’ price.  If you have any friends who may like to learn to play bridge, please encourage them to contact the Secretary to register their interest and for more information.

Now, we are really in need of a couple of Members who are not frightened of computers to come forward and volunteer to be scorers.  It is not particularly difficult, you just need to follow simple guidelines – and not panic.  Please let us know if you would be willing to join the merry band of Club Scorers this year.

Finally, isn’t it unfair?  You bid aggressively, get to 5 Hearts doubled, and make 11 tricks for a plus score of 850.  At another table, the opposition don’t push, the bid is 4 Hearts, also doubled, making 11 tricks for a score of 990.  At the last table, the opposition don’t even bother bidding, and the contract is 3 Hearts, again doubled, and 11 tricks are also made.  But this scores plus 1130!   It might not be fair, but it’s bridge, and it’s great to play.

JAN 14TH

First, we wish to express our sadness with the untimely passing of Linda Faulkner yesterday, Saturday 14 January.  All our thoughts are with Mike and the family.

A warm welcome to our Members visiting again from Garforth Bridge Club – great to see you all.

For those playing bridge tomorrow, Monday 16 Jan, to celebrate Mieke’s 96th birthday today, she has kindly offered to buy all players a post-tournament drink – a big thank you to her in advance.

The deadline for nominations and propositions for the AGM to be held on Saturday 4 Feb has now passed, thank you for all your inputs.  Your Committee will now finalise all the necessary paperwork, and forward you the Agenda next weekend.  All the other relevant details for the AGM will be available after this Committee’s final Meeting.

We are delighted that Tony Manuel, Anita Ramvall, Barbara Sadler and Mike Lawson have all agreed to become scorers, a big thank you.  The monthly rota is now being well populated by scorers and cashiers, but please would our directors put their names on the rota in advance rather than just stepping forward when pushed on the day.

They say ‘you only get what you pay for’ and it was so true with the ‘soldiers’ we purchased at the time of the introduction of the Lenovo tablets.  They were cheap; not surprised one went missing within the first week, and was then returned - no one wanted a cheap pen.  We have now invested in an elite regiment of capacitive soldiers fit for the task.  Not so many, but of high quality, and hopefully you will find them a substantial improvement when entering details on the screen.  These new warriors do have hearts though, so please do not hit the screen so hard that it causes them brain damage!

And finally, which famous bridge player is hidden in this sentence: “Message to Marsha – rifles are not allowed in the bridge club”.  Answers by email to the Secretary – no prize, just stardom next week!

JAN 22ND

Please, if you haver a cold or similar, do not come to your Club.  It is not fair on all other Members, some of whom are more than likely to be easily infected and suffer far more than you due to their frailty.  It may seem harsh, but please be considerate; suffer in silence, recover quickly , and come back to join us all at the bridge table soon with a clean ‘bill of health’.

We are delighted to inform you that Maria-Teresa has received a delightful letter of goodwill, seasonal greetings and thanks from the Director of ASPADIS for our generosity last year.  Some of the €2,429 we donated to them was spent on purchasing a ‘top-of-the range’ electrical hoist that can effortlessly lift the severely disabled children from their bed to wherever is needed – bath, horse-back, vehicle or whatever.  We are lucky, we are fortunate; they are extremely grateful – thank you to all those who helped our donation in any way.

As announced at the end of last year, the first monthly tournament with prizes being allocated on handicapped results in addition to the normal number of prizes, will take place on Monday 30 Jan.  Be there for a ‘double chance’ to take home a bottle, or 3 ‘tiddly winks’.

The answers to the pre-Christmas quiz from Peter Hindley are:

Ann.  Clue: you can guess the group she prefers to sing this carol - Once in Royal David’s City.

Mrs Ingham - Joy to the World.

John.  Clue: remember he is a cricket fan and bear in mind this is a religious song rather than a carol – Amazing Grace.

Joy, Maggie and Ann.  Clue: 174, 174, 156 as of 14/12 – O Come All Ye Faithful.

Marianne – O Come All Ye Faithful.

Irene.  The clue is on her t-shirt – While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night.

Peter.  Club: but not on a bridge evening – Silent Night.

Peter B – Carole B.

Terry H – Gloria in Excelsis Deo.

Dick.  An exaggeration, it is believed he only had one – I Saw Three Ships.

There was only one person who got all the answers correct, but as she had the questions and answers initially from Peter, she was not allowed to win the bottle of bubbles offered as a prize.  Therefore, there is obviously a roll-over to the Christmas quiz this year – good luck to all.

And almost finally, congratulations to those Members who correctly identified Omar Sharif in the quiz last week; AD, RB, MF, JH, SW, PB, SB, E+JM, DH & GW – no, that is not this week’s quiz to identify those Members from their initials.  (But at least we know that 11 Members read our weekly update!)

JAN 29TH

We are very grateful to Maaike Onkenhout, ably assisted by Anita Dixon, who have offered to teach bridge this year.  The first 10 lessons will start on Tuesday 14 Feb.  The cost for the 10 will be €30, or s

So finally, this week, what is the fewest points a partnership can hold, and be able to make game?

tudents can pay as they go at a cost of €4 a lesson.  Maaike and Anita will be teaching 5-card majors and a strong no-trump system.   Therefore, if any of our Members who were taught basic ACOL (4-card majors and weak no-trump) would like to join in and either learn, or understand, the different system, please let Katrina know, who is our Committee Member co-ordinating the teaching.  Finally, please note that Tuesday social bridge will cease from the start of teaching on 14 Feb, but Members are strongly encouraged to come along to ‘No Fear’ bridge on Thursdays.

Our Facebook page, which started on 1st Jan, is proving to be quite popular with those Members who have joined the JSBSC Group.  One of the postings prompted questions about our Club’s basic etiquette for bidding, which is contained in our Club Policies.  As a polite and gentle reminder, on arriving at a new table, each partnership should announce their basic system, be it ‘5-card major and strong NT’, or ‘4-card major and weak NT’, or any similar variation.  Then, when your partner bids ‘1 NT’ you should just announce the point range, ’12 to 14’, ’15 to 17’, ‘9 to 11’, or whatever your partnership agreement is, nothing else.  If you use Stayman, on partner bidding 2♣, or 3♣ over a 2NT opener, you just announce ‘Stayman’, no other accompanying words should be used.  Finally, in this simple reminder, if you use  or  transfers, you just announce the suit you are transferred to, either  or ♠.  We pride our self on being a friendly Club, but let’s also try and raise our standard of bridge etiquette to a level that stands out above the rest of bridge clubs worldwide.

Three Members took the challenge set last week, and It kept these eminent players (AD, PH & MK) entertained for hours!  Zero is the answer to the fewest number of points a pair can hold and make game.

North holds: ♠ 10 9 8 7 6,  9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2,  -, ♣ -.

East holds: ♠ Q J,  Q J, ♦ A K Q, ♣ Q J 10 9 3 2.

South holds: ♠ 5 4 3 2,  10, ♦ 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2, ♣ -.

West holds: ♠ A K,  A K,  J 10, ♣ A K 8 7 6 5 4.

If anyone is interested in knowing how this is played, let me know and I will send you the solution worked out by Anita D

So, with that one out of the way, this week, what is the most points a partnership can hold and not make game?

Finally, don’t forget, tomorrow, Monday 30 Jan, prizes will also be given on handicapped results in addition to the normal allocation.

 

DECEMBER 2016

DEC 4TH

Monday 5 December, the new trophy is ‘up for grabs’ for the Pairs Championship with results calculated using your individual percentages from this year – a handicap tournament.  Start at the normal time, nothing out of the ordinary, except no one has a clue who the winning pair will be (which means a Mitchell movement with an arrow switch to give a single winning pair).

Then, on Thursday 8 December, it’s ‘party time’.  Tickets are still available, free to Members and €5 to spouses, partners or guests.  One important point though, if you wish to play bridge that afternoon, and you already have your ticket, you must still put you name on the sign-up list in the Clubhouse as seating is limited to just 18 tables.

No one has yet come forward to volunteer to teach next year, hence it is unlikely that there will be any bridge lessons in 2017.  A great shame, as it means no new ‘fresh blood’ coming into our beloved game.  So, the Javea Bridge and Social Club marches on!

With the cold weather, many of us are wearing coats or jackets to the Clubhouse.  Please use the coat hooks in the rear passage-way to hang these garments rather than the side tables or the back of your chairs.  It looked like a bomb had gone off in the room on Friday!  If you do not, we will help you, but that will make it more difficult for you to find it at the end of play!

A big ‘Thank You’ to Anne Lise Engan and her husband, Ingar, who again this year opened and checked every bidding box to ensure that all the pre-requisite bidding cards were ‘present and correct’.

Last week we considered the voter, this week we spare a thought for our Members for whom English is not their first language, with the following:

The bandage was wound around the wound.

The farm was used to produce produce.

The dump was so full it had to refuse more refuse.

We must polish the Polish furniture.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

Since there is no time like the present, he decided it was time to present the present.

A bass was painted on the base of the bass drum.

When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

I did not object to the object.

The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

There was a row amongst the oarsmen about how to row.

They were too close to the door to close it.

And finally, I can see the sea.

11TH DEC

Your Committee met again on Friday and the main item was finalising the arrangements for the 2017 AGM.  The President’s Letter calling the AGM on 4th February is on the Clubhouse notice board, together with a list for nominations for the 2017 Committee.  Another decision made by the Committee was to provide a jug of water by the side of the bar for Members to help themselves rather than asking the Barman.  Finally, we are pleased to announce that bridge lessons will be held next year, in the Spring between 14 Feb and 18 Apr (10 Tuesday afternoons) and then in the Autumn between 19 Sep and 21 Nov (again, 10 Tuesday afternoons).  Katrina has agreed to be the overall co-ordinator for the teaching, but we call on all Members to assist by volunteering to take one or two lessons for our students.  Not as daunting as it sounds, because we are going to use the Andrew Robson ‘Learn Bridge’ DVD as the basis for teaching, with the volunteering Members taking the class being on hand to help further explain what they have just seen on the DVD, and give example hands to reinforce that teaching.

It must be Christmas time!  Many thanks to, in no particular order, Anne O, Barbara W, Chris T, Jane, Maggie and Marion de H for the decorations in the Clubhouse, and to Pip’s garden for providing the greenery.  Quite the setting for our Christmas tournament and party held on Thursday.  And what a great event that was.  Many thanks go especially to the Costa Barber Singers, and Bernard Rourke and the cast for ‘Festive Feelings’.  There were also so many individuals who did their part to make the whole occasion such a huge success, that if we were to miss one out, we would be sorry, so the Committee would just like to say a big thank you to each and every one of you who was involved; those who just attended had a great evening – thank you.  However, if any of our male Members now feel intimidated, we advise you to arrive at 14.14 pm and enter the Clubhouse with “Grumpy”, just in case “Rampant” is the cashier!  (Oh, and if you have any photographs from the Christmas Event, please may we have them to share with all our Members.)

Congratulations to 2017 JSBSC Pairs Champions on Handicap, Mike and Chris Smith.  They were clear winners by over 6% on Monday in the inaugural Tournament, and one to be held again next year in December.  However, we have decided to present prizes calculated on handicap at one routine tournament each month, notified in advance.  Prizes will still be given to those with the natural highest scores, but further prizes will be given to those making it into the top section on handicap – hooray.  The first such tournament will be on Monday 30 Jan 17.

Thank you - a great improvement with ‘the look in the Club’ as many coats are now being hung up in the rear passageway, but please, can we all do it - Committee Members will start moving coats from side tables next week.

And finally,

A keen young player called Midge

Kept her own bidding box in the fridge

And the reason she gave

Was her teacher would rave

You must always bid coolly at bridge.

DEC 18TH

As you know, the Club is closed this coming Wednesday, 21 Dec, and will open for bridge again on Wednesday 28 Dec.  Our President, and the President of Javea Bridge Club (JBC), in the spirit of seasonal goodwill, have agreed that respective members are able to play at the 'other' club when their 'own' club is closed during the Christmas period, without paying the additional visitor table money.  Therefore, you can play at JBC on Wed 21 Dec, and they may play with us on Wednesday 28, Thursday 29, and Friday 30 December.  It is all then back to normal next year.

Neill has kindly posted his video of our Christmas party on Youtube, and it can be viewed by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnHXn3W9bos&feature=youtu.be

Peter Hindley has kindly provided a quiz for you all to do, if you wish, during the festive period when you cannot play bridge.  All you need to do is identify the Christmas Carols (or similar) that are the favourites of the following Members:

·       Ann.  As a further clue you can guess the group she prefers to sing this carol.

·       Mrs Ingham.

·       John.  Clue – remember he is a cricket fan and bear in mind this is a religious song rather than a carol.

·       Joy, Maggie and Ann.  Clue – 174, 174, 156 as of 14/12.

·       Marianne.

·       Irene.  The clue is on her t-shirt.

·       Peter.  Clue – but not on a bridge evening.

·       Peter B.

·       Terry H.

·       Dick.  An exaggeration – it is believed he only had one.

Entries to Peter – his answer is the one you need!  He has kindly offered a bottle to the winner if scoring 100%.

Mr & Mrs X recently retired and moved to Marina Alta.  As keen bridge players, they joined, unfortunately, another local bridge club.  After play on their first day, when the TD announced the results, the winner shouted out ‘39’, and everyone burst out laughing – strange, they thought, there hadn’t been much ‘joy’ during the afternoon.  After the next tournament, the winner on this occasion shouted out ‘76’ and again everyone burst into laughter.  The couple had to ask, “what is this all about?”  One of the Club Committee Members took them aside and explained that with so many boring members, and with only so many good jokes in the world, they had made a list of the top 99 jokes, and everyone had memorised them.  The couple took home the said list, learnt them all, and waited.  A few weeks later, Mr & Mrs X won the tournament, and shouted out in unison, ‘35’; by far the best joke they thought.  There was stunned silence!  The couple asked, “what’s the problem?”  They were told it was a good joke, but it was the way they told it!  Mr & Mrs X have now applied to join JSBSC.

DEC 25TH

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL THE CLUB'S COMMITTEE 

We hope Santa fulfilled all your wishes.

Ours were various, including a new pack of cards, the latest books and DVDs on playing bridge, a new outfit to wear to the Club, and a new car to drive to the daily tournaments. 

Santa does have a sense of humour, we got a tangerine!

NOVEMBER 2016

6TH NOV

Just one week to go until our Quiz Night, Saturday 12 Nov.  At only €5 per person, with an excellent buffet being provided by Sandra’s Tea Room, and an amazing prize table, please sign up in the Clubhouse to support this event, and come along and enjoy a great evening. 

More teams are required to make the Team Championship viable in two weeks, on Saturday 19 Nov. 

Our annual ASPADIS tournament is just three weeks away now, on Saturday 26 Nov.  Make sure you have put your name on the list to play if that is your intention.  Also, please, if you would be kind enough to bring any bottles or other prizes for the event, please leave them in the office at your convenience – the more prizes we have, the more money we can make for this worthy cause, our nominated charity. 

Both Audrey and Janet have offered to personalise their greeting cards, specifically with the words you wish, and at absolutely no extra cost – what an offer, thank you ladies.  If you look at their Christmas card stock, if you just send one card a year, you’ll find one suitable for you, and can have your own words on it at no extra cost – bargain.  Each card cost just €3, with one of those euros going to ASPADIS. 

Please remember the guidelines for Thursday ‘No Fear’ Bridge.  It is specifically aimed at attracting new learner bridge players, and the weaker bridge players, but does not exclude any other bridge players.  There are specific guidelines posted in the Clubhouse, and available on line, which detail what is allowed, and what is not allowed in partnership agreements.  The Committee has issued guidelines that generally only 24 boards should be played, to allow plenty of time for all to play at their own pace, and preferably a Mitchel movement for simplicity.  If this is not for you, sorry, but that is what happens on Thursdays. 

Cedric was matched up with another player, new to the Club, when he showed up without a partner last Thursday.  All through the match, whenever he made a mistake, he would say "No Man is perfect".  Later, Cedric found out that his partner’s name was Norman.

13th NOV

Another eventful week at the club…

On Saturday, twelve teams enjoyed a Quiz evening, hosted by Anita Dixon and John Howden. The winning team were Kay Corbin, Ann Hambrook, Elizabeth & Guy Marriott. Everybody enjoyed the supper prepared by the nearby Sandra's Tea Room and organised by Janet H and Katrina. A full report of this excellent evening is given elsewhere on our website.

Thursday afternoon again providing an amusing interlude. When declarer, South, led the Jack of Spades at trick four, both defenders noticed that there was already a Jack of Spades in dummy. The Director was called, and he asked for all the hands to be returned to their respective slots in the board so that he could sort out the problem. It was at this stage that all concerned discovered that the North slot already had a hand of cards in it! North had inadvertently taken cards from another board at the beginning of the round and the fact that there was a hand of cards still in the board had not been noticed throughout the bidding or play of the first three tricks! 
Come along on a Thursday for more entertainment…

The previous day, Wednesday, there were problems of a different kind. Blu, the Internet provider, had carried out work installing a new fibre-optic cable (so we were later told) but had neglected to inform anybody. Hence the club router was not operating and the BridgeTabs were unable to communicate with the computer. Many thanks to Ed and Richard for scoring the travellers later and to Sue and Anita who were able the next day to resolve the problem and upload the results.

A reminder that next Wednesday 16 November the club will be hosting a heat in the annual Children in Need simultaneous pairs. Table money will be €5 with all proceeds being donated to the Children in Need appeal. Next Saturday is the annual Team's Tournament. Always played in a friendly spirit, it is a golden opportunity to play bridge in a different format. Why not ask another pair to join you and your partner and enter a team of four?

A month ago, before the clocks were set back, a married couple were driving home from an afternoon bridge session at the club. They had not done very well and both thought this was due to their partners inaccurate bidding and poor play of the cards. Understandably, they were driving home in silence. Their route took them past a field where donkeys were grazing. Breaking the silence, the husband said "I see that we are passing some of your family". "So we are" replied his wife… "my in-laws".

20th NOV

We, your Committee, met on Friday and were in the very fortunate position to need to discuss what to do with our surplus income more than the approved budget for this year.  The best news for Members is that it was agreed that renewal subscriptions for 2017 will be reduced to €20, subject to approval at the next AGM. A full list of points of interest will appear on the website and in the Clubhouse early next week.

Now, on a more important note, to live up to the club's name (the School part that is) we need a Member, or Members, who will volunteer to teach next year.  We hope to be able to offer teaching to new-comers on Tuesday afternoons, between 2.30 and 5.00, for 2 x 10 weeks’ periods, from 14 Feb to 18 Apr and then from 19 Sep to 21 Nov.  As a teacher, you would be rewarded not only with the satisfaction of teaching our beloved game of bridge to ‘newbies’, but you would also receive 2 free entry vouchers for each teaching session, to use whenever you wish at daily tournaments. This ‘one time offer’ to be a teacher only runs until the end of this month though – if a teacher is not forthcoming by then we will not be able to offer teaching and will not advertise the course for next year.

Just to clarify our allocated seating procedure, which is generally working well and appreciated by the majority.  The cashier has the right to choose E/W or N/S at table 1.  Those on the approved list of seating at a specific table, must telephone the Club before 1.30 to reserve their seat, and the TD normally sits at table 7.  All others are allocated orientation, in order of arrival, at the Club.

On Saturday the annual Teams tournament was held. Six teams of four entered. Congratulations to the winning team – H3D.  They were also the only team to finish with a plus score.  A full report will be published elsewhere on the website.

A very successful participation in the ‘Children in Need’ simultaneous pairs tournament on Wednesday, when over €215 was raised for the appeal – thank you to all those who participated; and congratulations to our heat winners - John Hall & Derrick Holdback - who finished in a very creditable 7th place European wide, out of a field of over 1800 pairs.

We have received an email from Maureen Denison (one of our Leeds members) – “Please give my love to all at the club.  Wish them all a very HAPPY AND HEALTHY CHRISTMAS.  LOTS OF LOVE.”

If you get a message on your Lenovo tablet saying the battery level is 15%, please let a Committee Member know who will get you a charger cable from the office.

And finally, let’s spare a thought for the voters:

The problem with political jokes is they sometimes get elected. 

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. 

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. 

We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate.

27th NOV

The ASPADIS Tournament was held on Saturday, and what a fantastic total raised for this charity, €2401.06!  There were 14 ½ tables for the tournament, and that alone raised €275.  Maria Teresa again did a brilliant job arranging all the prizes for the grand draw, and Meg’s 2 festive cakes raised over €65 in the auction.  Lots of Members ‘did their bit’, so thank you to all of them, and the others who turned up to make the event such a success.

Your Committee has taken the opportunity to go through past Minutes and extract those Club Policies decisions taken, and which were announced at the time, but not recorded in the Club Policies document; it is now updated and available both in the Clubhouse and on our website.  We would encourage you to read through the policies, but wish to point out the one which states that in 3-boards a round tournaments, the last round starts by 5.55 pm, whilst for 2-boards the last round starts by 6.05 pm.

The bulletin of the main points from our last Committee Meeting is displayed in the Clubhouse, and is also available on our website under the ‘Members Only’ section – some good improvements being made to your Clubhouse we hope you agree.

Announced last week, renewal subscriptions for 2017 will be reduced to €20 subject to approval at the AGM on 4 Feb 17.  Katrina is now taking renewals and asking for €20 – should you, the Members, not support the Committee Resolution to reduce the subs for next year, Katrina will be asking for a further €10 from us all.  (Provisional New Members will pay €30 in 2017.)

We are introducing a new Championship – the inaugural Mixed Pairs Championship (Handicapped) will be held on Monday 5 December, normal timings and entry fee.  However, who will be the winners?   No one can know.  For example, very simply, if you are a pair with an average score this year of 55%, but in this event you score 45%, you will score 50% on handicap.  If you are a pair with an average score this year of 45% and score 55%, you will score 60%.  (Please mathematicians, allow a little poetic justice, we are just trying to show that any pair can win this Championship.)  So, if you fancy your name on a Club trophy, make a date in your diary.

Janet Hubbard is now ‘selling’ tickets for the Christmas event on Thursday 8 Dec.  Selling, but free to Members and just €5 for spouse/partner and guests.  The day will start with a normal bridge tournament in the afternoon, but limited to just 18 tables, so Members who want to play bridge must sign-up on the list in the Clubhouse.   At 6.30 pm, Sandra’s Tea Room will be providing a buffet for all, topped off with Meg’s delicious traditional cakes, and the Club offering a free glass of cava to all.  After that, we will be entertained by a ‘Costa Barber Singers’ with local guest stars in abundance.  The finale will then be – wait for it, wait for it – wait until the evening of Thursday 8 December that is.  We are limited to only 100 in the Clubhouse, so this is a strictly ‘first come, first served’ event.

The Club will be closed from Wednesday 21st and will open again on Wednesday 28thDecember this year.

And finally, a limerick:

My JSBSC rank so they say

Will tell me how good is my play

But my partners are clowns

Their mistakes drag me down

So why do I check every day?

OCTOBER 2016

OCT 2ND

Four ‘A’s this week!

And the winners are ........  In the JSBSC Stratified MasterPoints Competition between 1 July and 30 September, in Category C, the top two winners are Kay Corbin and Vera Thomas, with the top six Members with the best averages being Ed & Jane Morley, Alan & Anne Oliver, Sandra Bond and Barbara Sadler; all these winners of a bottle of cava are now promoted to Category B.  In Category B, the top two winners are Maggie Harris and Eric Atkins, with the top four Members with the best averages being Pam Burnett, Sue Wood, Manny Kleyman and Kay Thomas; all these winners of a bottle of cava are now promoted to Category A.  In Category A, Peter Hindley wins a bottle of cava as the top winner, with Anita Dixon with the best average; they both win a bottle of cava (and are not allowed to play again until next year!).

Also, the winners are .......... JBC.  The inaugural match between JSBSC and JBC took place on Saturday afternoon, 1 Oct, at JBC.  In a very closely fought match between the two teams of 10 pairs, they narrowly crept ahead of us with 150 IMPs by the end of the afternoon, giving them an average advantage of 6 IMPs per match played.  O.K, yes, we were well beaten, but it was an enjoyable afternoon, pleasant atmosphere, the TD was not called once, and ended with a drink and tapas to discuss the odd hand of bridge.  Next year we will host the event, so intense training and lessons begin soon – compulsory attendance for all!

Allocated seating is back for our daily tournaments, and the majority seem in favour.  Remember, we do not need the table reservation cards on the table to reserve seats now, so when starting up the scoring tablets, North will ask for your number, and then confirm the name is correct – simple.

And finally, our dear friend Audrey Bridger, who left us to move to California last year to live with her daughter, keeps in touch occasionally, and sent us this cartoon during the week:

OCT 9TH

This week started with the celebration of Mila Pond’s 90th Birthday on Monday.  The President presented her a bouquet of flowers together with her certificate for becoming a Life Member of JSBSC.  Many congratulations to Mila.

The end of the week saw the Mixed Pairs Championship hotly contested by 14 pairs, with our annual visiting Members from Yorkshire, John Kitteridge and Maureen Denison, taking the winners trophy.  They also received a €20 voucher each towards a supper at Restaurant La Cocina in Jávea.

Your Club has collected a total of €650 from Members for the heroes during the devastating fires last month.  Together with the contribution from the Club, this means we will be presenting €550 to the Jávea Cruz Roja and €1100 to the Jávea Bomberos.

Chris Threlfall has kindly agreed to take all the food donations collected by Members for CARITAS, together with the plastic top collection, to The Original Charity Shop in town on a weekly basis.  Please continue to bring your donations to the Club – every little helps.

Bridge pair Colin & Eric were flying in a light aircraft last week from Alicante to Madrid for a few beers and a night out.  Midway, with a minor mechanical issue, they decided it wise to make a precautionary landing at an abandoned and isolated air strip way up in the inland hills.  After stopping at the end of the strip, they get out and make themselves comfortable, knowing it will be quite a while before help arrived.  Eric takes out a pack of cards from his overnight bag and said, “With the Men’s Pairs Championship coming up, why don’t we run through all our conventions – we need to get our names on that trophy.”  (Ah-ah; said that for you chaps reading this.)  Colin said, “Not so sure about revising, have you seen what is coming our way from the other end of the strip?”.  “Wow”, says Eric, “a big grizzly bear.  What are you doing Colin?” he says, noting him taking out a pair of running shoes from his overnight bag.  Now Eric, a whiz at quizzes, says, “Everyone knows you cannot outrun a Spanish bear!”  “I don’t need to”, came the reply, “I just need to outrun you!”  (Colin is now looking for a partner for the Championship on Monday 17th October!)

OCT 16TH

True Champions are never a ‘flash in the pan’, so many congratulations to Barbara Williams and Pat Fisher for retaining their title of “Ladies’ Pairs Champions” for the second year.  (We are sorry for having to score the parallel tournament by hand, but our new technology combination of BridgeTab and ScoreBridge has got the better of us - grrrrrrr.)

You might have noticed (we hope) that all the Lenovo tablet screens were cleaned last week.  Using the capacitive pens certainly helps keep them clean, so anyone caught using their ‘sticky mitts’ will be volunteering to clean them all next time!  Whilst mentioning those pens, they do wear with time and some have become ineffective.  If you find a pen is not working as it should, please bring it to the attention of the Club Secretary who will take the appropriate action – formally dis-charge the warrior in question and ‘ditch the pen’!

Last year, after our ASPADIS Tournament, a male Member approached Maria-Teresa and said, “Please talk to me before you print the prize tickets for the tournament next year.”  Unfortunately, she cannot remember who that person was, so if it is you, please talk with Maria-Teresa urgently.

Our friend, Monique, from Canada, will visit us again next year from 8 Feb until 4 May, and if anyone wants to partner her on a regular basis during that time, let us know and we will make the connection.

And finally, following on from last week’s tale, Colin took his new partner for the Men’s Pairs Championship flying, and they went to the same airstrip where Eric met the Spanish bear the previous week.  Unfortunately for Ed, the bear was still there, licking its lips, and Colin still had his running shoes on!   Colin now promises that for any other fellow Club Member he takes flying, they will go nowhere near that airstrip.

OCT 23RD

Congratulations to Peter Hindley and Michael Lawson on winning the Men’s Pairs Championship 2016.

The sign-up list for the JSBSC Quiz Night on 12 Nov is on the notice board opposite the bar in the Club house.  Doors open at 7pm and the quiz will start at 7.30 pm, with John Howden our Quiz Master, ably assisted by Anita Dixon.  Janet Hubbard will be arranging a buffet provided by Sandra’s Tea Room for the half-way break.  The cost for the event is just €5 per person, so ‘sign on up’ – if it is not supported this time it seems unlikely that another quiz night would be arranged.

We said farewell to our friends from Yorkshire after play on Wednesday – we hope you had a nice time and we look forward to seeing you all next year.  With Maureen and John winning the Mixed Pairs Championship this year, and therefore the prize vouchers, Laurie, from La Cocina, was delighted to see all 7 of the group at the restaurant – thank you all, clearly a win-win situation.

Welcome back to Sue and Ray Griffiths who are joining us for a month.

Now, finally, we are looking to form a JSBSC hit squad.  A problem has arisen where one of our Members (who must remain anonymous until after any further action is decided) was found stealing hands.  Let us elaborate.  A couple of weeks ago, boards arrived at a table, and on reaching the last of the 4 boards, North asked West where she had put her cards.  Claiming innocence, a search high and low on the table found no cards for West – a mystery.  Permission was sought from the TD to hunt wider.  The table from where the boards had come from were asked if they had a spare hand of 13 cards from the previous round.  They also claimed innocence.  The previous E/W pair from that table were approached, and asked if they had the cards – no they exclaimed.  Come on, search your pockets please Mr X, you must have them.  Scrabbling in his pockets, stating “I haven’t got them” when he sheepishly pulled them out and said “How did they get there?”.  Therefore, the hit squad is needed because if the culprit had managed to get the hand out of the Club, and take them home, we would have needed to raid his house in order to finish that tournament!

OCT 30TH

Turning 80 obviously has its advantages.  Young Eric, after recovering from his recent bear attack, threw a great party for many (135+) of his friends at the Parador on Monday, scored 60+ on Wednesday, came top and joined the 70% Club on Thursday with 74%, but then on Friday – the party was over!

If you notice a flickering fluorescent light tube in the Club, please report it to the Secretary.  He has been tasked to immediately jump into action, mount the step ladders, and replace the tube in question.  Seriously, such tubes do adversely affect some of our Members, and your Committee is keen to make the Clubhouse as pleasant as possible for all players.

A kindly reminder, please, unless otherwise requested, turn off the Lenovo tablets at the end of play.  Press and hold for 2 seconds the On/Off button on the side, select “Turn Off” and then press “OK” – simple!

We omitted to thank our Members from Garforth who donated €50 for the Jávea Volunteer Bomberos when they left – belated thanks from us all for your kind donation.

A timely big vote of thanks to Diana Hindley who, for well over a year now, has tirelessly looked after our ‘Find A Partner’ scheme whereby one call to her, your name is noted, and a partner found and matched from her ‘magic’ book.  Diana’s help, together with the list in the Clubhouse for long term partners, and the website to ‘Request a Partner’ for a future date, helps get as many of our Members playing bridge as possible.

Of interest, looking at an unusual score from Friday, N was in 7 NT.  This was promptly doubled and East led the Ace of Spades!  However, if West had been on lead, and any other suit was led, all thirteen tricks are made!

And finally, two of our Members decided that ‘a bottom is a bottom, no matter what the score’ so went for a record last Wednesday.  After bidding 4 Hearts, which was doubled, and then taking just 3 tricks, resulted in a score of 2000 for the opposition.  It was a bottom, but probably one of the best bottoms seen this year, and Joy apologises to her partner!

SEPTEMBER 2016

4TH SEPT

So, we are now into September with the busy summer month of August behind us for yet another year; great, maybe the odd parking space now closer to the Club.  Also, the first 7 days of this month saw 6 birthdays for our members, congratulations to you all.  Remember to check out the website daily for full details, including Members’ birthdays.

However, despite welcoming September, next Friday Xàbia will host the pre-penultimate and decisive stage of the Vuelta España cycle race.  All very exciting, but it does mean that all roads to the Club will be closed between 11 am and 6 pm – no access, and no parking, great!  Therefore, your Committee has decided that it is pointless holding a tournament on Friday 9th, but instead we will hold a ‘standard’ tournament on Tuesday 13th September – see you all there; free drinks for the normal price at the bar!

For those Members interested, social bridge will recommence on Tuesday 20th September, and bridge lessons will recommence during October – more details to follow after the next Committee meeting in two weeks.

Also for your diary, the Club will partake in a simultaneous pairs event on Wednesday 21stSeptember, World Peace Day, organised by the Hitchin Bridge Club.  Other clubs taking part are Torrevieja Bridge Club; Monterey Bridge Club, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Pissouri Bridge Club, Cyprus; Kailua Bridge Club, Hawaii and Javea Bridge Club. All just for fun, table money at the usual rate and bottles of wine as prizes.

Welcome to Neill Freeman to the illustrious and elite group of JSBSC Scorers.  We are surprised that more players do not want to master the skill of scoring our daily tournaments; please just submit your CV and application fee to any members of the Committee and we will consider your request.

Finally, a very warm welcome back to Pat Fisher after her very sad loss, we will all remember Terry

11TH SEPT

What a week!  It started with the sad news that Fred had passed away.  Then the fires on Sunday into Monday which affected a number of members, who had to evacuate, but with Janet Hubbard, Sue Wood and Colin Bond suffering quite extensive exterior garden damage, although luckily no personal injuries nor significant property loss.

Then the Friday tournament had to be cancelled due to the Spanish ‘La Vuelta 2016’ cycle event closing many roads between Calpe, Moraira and Javea, and specifically outside the Club, between 1100 and 1800 hours.  However, for those who went to observe the time-trial, very exciting, especially seeing Chris Froome and Simon Yates speeding along when it was their turn.  The Club will open on Tuesday for a replacement tournament, normal timing.

Now to boring stuff.  Prior to the next Committee meeting in two weeks and decisions about allocated (or not) seating, the Club ran out of the bits of paper put on tables for members to append their name to reserve seats.  Now, with key members of the Committee away from town, your Secretary needed to produce these from scratch.  Whilst doing so, he thought, ‘why waste paper having just 4 from an A4 sheet, when you can produce them smaller, and get 12 from the sheet’.  So he did.  Now, there is room for your first name, and little more, but little more is required.  You do not need to add your Club player number, the player sitting North can ask you as he/she enters the details, and this way we might avoid errors when not being able to clearly read your writing!

Turning back to the fires, Sandra Benson pointed out that Javea only has 15 volunteer Bomberos, albeit that these were joined by many more firemen from all over Spain.  As you will be aware, such was the intensity of the fires, that although amazingly our 15 heroes only sustained minor personal injuries, they did lose a lot of equipment which needs to be replaced by donated funds.  As a result, your Committee very quickly decided that we would do our part in raising funds for the Bomberos, and maybe other emergency organizations involved this week, by donating €1000 from Club funds, and inviting all Members to contribute, only if they wish, any amount they feel appropriate.  We are delighted to report that after just 2 tournaments, over €350 has been raised.  The collection will continue for a number of weeks, so if you wish to contribute, next time you play bridge at the Club, there is a box on the bar for your anonymous donation, as little or as much as you wish, but remember if it rattles it is good, if it flutters it is great!

25TH SEPT

Following the Committee Meeting on Friday, the two main decisions were to re-introduce allocated seating (no changing with others after allocation please) and reduced bar prices on all except tap water, spirits and choc bars.  The other issues that affect Members are posted on the website and on the Club notice board. 

With just one week left to the end of the Quarterly Stratified MasterPoint Competition, the fight for prizes and promotion is on!  In Category B, Jackie Evans and Elaine Jones are close on the heels of the leader pack, while in Category C, Anne and Alan Oliver are in hot pursuit of the top six players – may the best woman (or man) win. 

Remember we played the World Simultaneous Pairs on the 4th June (Saturday) at JSBSC with the winners worldwide getting a trip to China.  Unfortunately, neither Peter H (nor Diana) got to go!  Well the 3 day final was this weekend in Bejing.  The winning pairs from the set of hands we played were from Madeira Bridge Club in Portugal.  Others winners from Europe were from Oamx and Piraeus Bridge Clubs in Greece and Portland Bridge Club in Italy. Top runners up from Europe were a pair from Stansfield in England (71.82%) and Bridge Latina Italy (72.01%) who have also been invited.  You can follow the finals on line, a few people may be interested.  See 2016 WWBC Winners - World Bridge Federation 

The battle of all battles is planned for next weekend, Saturday 1 October.  Your Club will send a team of 20 to the Javea Bridge Club, with play commencing at 14.45 pm.  There is a sign-up list of the results noticeboard in the Clubhouse.  Please put your name on the list if you are able to represent JSBSC. 

So, finally, during a normal JSBSC Thursday Tournament, a large turkey came strutting into the Club, paid 5 and sat down at a table.  “Do you mind if I play?”  The players initially humoured the bird but pretty soon they were awestruck as the turkey bid perfectly and pulled off amazing plays.  This caught the President’s attention "You’re terrific!!  Sign up for the team event against JBC, I’ll see to it that you get a huge bonus if we win.”  “Forget the bonus,” the turkey said, “All I want to know is this.  Does the match take place after Christmas Day?”

 

 

AUGUST 2016

Aug 7th

So a week using ‘Single Winner Movements’ and although it has worked to help improve the Quarterly Stratified Masterpoints (SMPs) competition, it is not as effective as allocated (random) seating, but the committee are aware of this.  When a tournament is being run with a Mitchell movement and an ‘arrow switch’, when the TD calls “move for the arrow switch” the N/S players remain in place, the East players move to the West’s seat in the Clubhouse, and assumes the role of North (the West players moves to the East position and becomes the South player).  That might sound complicated, but it is quite simple, honest. 

There still seems to be a number of Members who do not know what the SMPs competition is all about – please, if you are one, just ask and all will be revealed. 

We have heard a warning from PC-Highway, our sponsor, about a scam, which is as follows: 

IF YOU RECEIVE A PHONECALL FROM MICROSOFT SERVICE CALL CENTRE, DO NOT GIVE ANY INFORMATION. BEST TO END CONVERSATION IMMEDIATELY AS IT IS A SCAM.
MICROSOFT WILL NEVER CONTACT THEIR ENDUSERS BY PHONE.
THEY WILL ASK YOU IF YOU ARE IN FRONT OF A PC OR LAPTOP BECAUSE YOU HAVE A VIRUS AND HACK INTO YOUR SYSTEM TO RETRIEVE PERSONAL DATA AND TRY AND GET CREDIT CARD DETAILS FROM YOU. IN THIS CASE IT IS NOT RUDE TO HANG UP.
 

No bridge joke this week, but uniform humour.  A defence ministry was conducting an All Services briefing and the leader asked this question:  “What would you do if you found a scorpion in your tent?”

Navy response was, ‘Step on it’.

Army response was, ‘Squash it with a boot’.

Marine response was, ‘Catch it, break the stinger off, and eat it’.

Air Force said, ‘Phone hotel reception and ask why there is a tent in the bedroom’.

Aug 14th

Well spotted all those who noted the deliberate error in the update last week, and thank you to those who did not point it out!  It is definitely August, so not the 7th July!

From next Wednesday until the following Thursday, the Club will be light regarding Committee Member (CM) presence.  The daily Director obviously has total control over the tournament and any other matter that affects the Club on the day.  If there is anything that needs a Committee Member input, please just drop an email; we can take any necessary action from afar!

A big ‘Thank You’ to Pety Bos who accompanied John Howden (CM) to the annual Javea Sol Management AGM on Friday.

Also, a gold star to Liz Ayling for her idea to mark the Lenovo tablet covers so that Members can easily identify where to press bring them back to life, or to turn on or off.  All the tablets were cleaned this weekend, and appropriately marked for your convenience – hope you approve.  While on the subject of tablets, a kindly reminder to please turn off the tablets at the end of play, unless specifically asked not to do so.  When charging the pink covered tablets this week, 3 had been left on!

Finally, we had a partnership misunderstanding last week – my partner assumed I knew what I was doing!  We knew we were in trouble when the first thing the opponents decided to do was draw trumps, and I was the declarer!

Aug 21st

We, well most of us, are now fairly familiar with the Lenovo tablets scoring system, so much so that we have reverted to our old bad habits!  Yes, most of us, Committee members, directors, good players and poorer players, now look at the tablets after each hand and announce quite loudly the bid, the number of trick taken or going off, what others did, and all numerous other comments load enough for fellow competitors on adjacent tablets to clearly hear. 

Not always a problem, but quite annoying and a very bad habit.  It really is a problem when, say, sitting on table 3, hearing all about the hands on table 5, and then moving to table 4 to play those hands!  Not saying it is necessarily going to help, but it is an influence that we must try to stop at our Club.  Not pointing any specific fingers, but if you think you might have done this occasionally, please try hard to stop the chit-chat when looking at the results – just look, digest, and pass around the table.  Also, North players, please, when you input the bid details, do it silently – East players will check you have got it right.

There was an incident this week when 2 tables decided to swap table numbers!  Please don’t do that, it causes all sorts of confusion which is not helpful.  Certainly ask the TD if you can possibly move your table for your convenience, but not switching set table positions please.

Joke.  Wayne was talking to a doctor about his bridge partner "Doctor, I think my bridge partner is deaf because she never hears my bid and I always have to repeat things."

"Well," the doctor replied, "The next time you play bridge, bid normally. If she doesn't reply, say it louder and louder. Keep doing this so that we'll get an idea about the severity of her deafness."

Sure enough, the next time they played Rubbber Bridge, he does exactly as instructed. He starts off saying “One Spade”.  He hears no response. He says it louder “ONE SPADE”. Still no reply. And again “ONE SPADE”! He gets fed up and screams at the top of his voice “SHERYL! I’M BIDDING ONE SPADE”

Sheryl picks up a pen and writes down "For the fourth time, One No Trump".

Aug 28th

There was one little incident recently when some tablets were not charged during the afternoon, and ran low on battery power.  Please be aware that should this happen again, and you have a tablet warning you of a very low battery, there are seven mains charger cables with plugs in the office (left hand drawers, fourth down).  Just plug it in at your table.  However, take care, you have now just introduced a trip hazard, please take special care when the director calls ‘move please’.

We have our friends from Garforth Bridge Club joining us again from 6 to 20 October, but there are only 7 players this year.  A list will be put up in the Club looking for a partner for one of them each tournament during their stay with us – volunteers please.

Now, only for thought and open discussion, the English Bridge Union in its April newsletter has noted the cost of replacing hundreds of ‘sticky’ playing cards which are otherwise fine.  The cards absorb the sweat and moisture from people’s hands which cause the problem.  Some clubs have solved the problem by asking their members to wear disposable nitrile gloves and have found that playing cards now last for years.  The money saved in playing cards more than covered the cost of gloves which were bought in bulk, then recycled.  That isn’t the only benefit – playing cards can cause cross infection as germs and viruses are passed on during handling.  The gloves eliminate this and the number of bridge players with coughs and colds was much reduced over the winter months.  Please don’t air your views in replying by email, share your thoughts verbally at the Club.

And finally, don’t let your worries get you down, play bridge instead!

JULY 2016

JULY 3RD

After the first quarterly Stratified Masterpoints Competition, which ran from 1 April to 30 June, the results are as follows: 

Ø Cat A highest average winner is Peter Hindley, with Derrick Holdback then with highest SMPs.  (Peter graciously gave his prize to Janet Hubbard in recognition of all her work for the Club.) 

Ø Cat B highest average winners are Peter & Lyn Shrimpton, Marcel Dewart and Colin Bond (who now compete in Cat A), with Maggie Harris and Sue Wood then with the highest SMPs. 

Ø Cat C highest average winners are Liz Ayling, Colin & Angela Benson, Pam & Donald Cheshire, Pety Bos and Bridget Eber (who now compete in Cat B), with Ann Mould and Mark Urwin then with the highest SMPs. 

Due to an initial error in grading Members, Liz Ayling is to be further promoted to Cat A, congratulations to her.  The second quarterly competition started on Friday 1 July, good luck to all. 

Please remember to actually turn off the Lenovo tablet at the end of play, unless specifically told not to do so by the Director.  (Press and hold the On/Off button on the side, select ‘Off’ and then confirm ‘OK’.) 

First day with seat orientation allocation on Friday seemed to work well.  Besides the advantage of now getting to meet all other players in your Club who you may not have played against in the past, there is an explanation pinned up on the notice board explaining the main reason for introducing allocated seating to enhance the Quarterly SMP Competition. 

Your Committee have agreed that the daily volunteer cashier will now also be responsible for handing out the prize tokens when announced after play by the Director.  The tokens are held behind the bar and can be collected from Mike.  There is no need to record who takes what, just stand by the prize table and give tokens to those who ask for them.  If the cashier needs to rush off for an important appointment immediately after play, please let one of the Committee know who can then arrange for token dispersal.  If any winner forgets to collect their tokens at the appropriate time, see Mike and kindly ask him for your 2 tokens (it costs to be late!).  Only joking, and finally, on that note: 

A bridge duffer was polishing a lamp and… poof! Out popped a genie who said, “I will grant you onewish.”   

The duffer unfolded a map of the world and said, “Let all of these countries live in peace and harmony.” 

“You’ve got to be kidding! I’m only a genie.”   

The duffer thought for a while and then suggested, “OK, then make me a winning bridge player.”

“Hmm… ” the genie pondered. “Let me see that map again.”

JULY 10TH

It seems that the first week of allocated seating has passed smoothly, and without any problems.  Also, looking at the results, it appears to have distributed Category A, B and C players more evenly between N/S and E/W, which improves the allocation of Stratified Masterpoints, thus improving the quarterly competition.

If, when you turn on the Lenovo tablet at the start of play, you do not get the ‘Start’ key in the bottom right of the screen, but get a ‘Resume’, don’t panic.  Press and hold, for one potato, two potatoes, the ‘?’ button in the top right of the screen.  Enter the ‘PIN’ of “0000”, then select ‘New Game’, confirm ‘Yes’, and now you have a ‘Start’ button on the screen – simple.

It is good to see Mike Faulkner getting more and more mobile as the days go by although he does suffer from some discomfort and we hope that his mobility will continue to improve.

Remember that PC-Highway offer a 10% discount to all JSCSC Members on production of your Membership Card.  They have many weekly offers which you can find out about from our website, and during July and August you get an extra 3% discount if you shop between 3pm and 4pm.  Every penny counts!

As we have managed to find willing volunteers to direct play (thank you Derrick & Ed), our Thursday tournaments during August are back on, so bridge continues throughout the summer months on four days of the week.

In closing, after considering feedback from a couple of our regular and willing cashier volunteers, the Committee have decided not to ask daily cashiers to hand out the prize tokens.  No joke this week.

JULY 17TH

Richard M was cashier on Wednesday, and he gave out the capacitive pens to players as they checked in and were allocated a N/S orientation – what a good idea.  If any other cashiers would like to do the same, please collect the pens from the office before you start.

Whilst on the subject of capacitive pens, I am sad to report the brain death of one of ours.  After tirelessly having its head bashed on BridgeTabs, on Wednesday it said ‘enough is enough’ and failed in its duty – Janet C is my witness.  It was quietly reprimanded after play, and dismissed from duty.  On a happy note though, it was retired to the man in the basura, who was delighted to re-home our ex-warrior; it is on its way to Morocco!

With the introduction of allocated seating, there is no longer any need to have the player names on the A6 sheets that used to be put on each table before you arrived at the Club (except on Thursdays).  It is easy for the North player to ask for your player number as they input those details at the start of play, and hopefully this will prevent input errors which continue to plague scorers having to make name changes before scoring.

Please remember that 100% Plumbing also sponsor our Club; they finance all our score cards, and we get through hundreds of them every month!  So, if you need help with your central heating, air conditioning, solar panels, swimming pool, water treatment, or even construction or any gas issues, contact them – and please remember to mention JSBSC.

And finally, although weekly updates are sent out by me, they are updates from your Committee.  However, I must apologise personally for the words used two weeks ago regarding ‘prize tokens’ and ‘daily cashiers’.  After 35 years in the Royal Air Force, one has an ingrown military way of writing, so I am sorry for words effectively telling cashiers what to do.  That was not the Committee’s intention, it was my mistake – sorry.

JULY 24TH

A quiet and pleasant week at the Club, with numbers down as usual during the summer.  One area still of concern though is the reluctance by a few to accept your Committee’s introduction of allocated orientation for seating.  The introduction of the Quarterly Stratified MasterPoint Competition was squarely aimed at awarding prizes to those players who do not normally win prizes at the daily tournaments, and we assess that is working.  However, in order to improve the competition, E/W and N/S players need to be distributed with equal ‘good’ and ‘not so good’ players, and therefore your Committee introduced the current method of allocation on 1 July.  Please, do not swap because you and your partner don’t like the orientation given by the cashier on your arrival at the Club – it is not fair on all those others who have accepted theirs!  It is being done for a good reason, and honestly, at the end of the day does it really matter – as long as you have an enjoyable afternoon playing bridge?  If there is a good reason for a particular orientation, please ask and a sympathetic view will be taken.

The monthly rota has just been updated and there are a lot of gaps for directors, scorers and cashiers during August.  Please, if you can, do.

The last of our three sponsors is Webster Asesores who paid for our telephone list this year.  They provide services on taxation, inheritance, fiscal and legal matters, by a team of highly qualified professionals with wide experience.  So, my plan for today is to take my computer to PC-Highway for a software clean to get rid of all unnecessary processes and Trojans, a defragmentation of its hard drive and reconfiguration of windows services for just €20.  Then I will contact 100% Plumbing to get the drains checked out before the family arrive next week.  Then, finally, I must contact Webster Asesores to find out my legal rights when after just one day, the ‘family of seven’ invade and have driven me mad!

And finally, during a history lesson, the teacher briefly went through the Kings and Queens who rule countries. “But” the teacher continued, “there is a higher category of power. Can anybody tell me what it is?”.  One child blurted out, ‘Aces’!

JULY 31ST

Message From The President:

In June, the club's committee agreed to introduce allocated seating as a means of enhancing our quarterly Stratified Master Points (SMP) competition.

Despite a clear explanation of the rationale behind the introduction of allocated seating (given on the website, noticeboard, and prior to every bridge session) there are, sadly, a minority of our members who think that the decision made by the club's committee does not apply to them. They have ignored the table orientation they have been allocated and have sat where they wished. This negates the whole purpose of table allocation and does a disservice to their fellow members who have accepted table allocation.

To maintain harmony at our club, the committee have decided to temporarily suspend allocated seating until the matter can be discussed fully at their next meeting in September. In the meantime, we shall continue with our SMP competition and will be introducing a single-winner movement, as recommended by the EBU, when it is not possible to have an even distribution of players of differing playing abilities.

It is hoped that all our members will support the club's committee in their endeavours to provide friendly, but competitive, bridge played in an harmonious atmosphere.

JUNE 2016

JUNE 5

Last weekend, after getting the weekly update draft cleared, I couldn’t believe it when after hitting ‘send’ to all Members as Bcc addressees, two minutes later there were nearly 150 returned emails because Gmail.com thought I was sending out spam!  How dare they suggest my few chosen words to bring you up to date with our life at JSBSC at the end of the week should be spam.  However, to protect the innocent, I set up the Google Group JSBSC (took a little while as I had to enter every single email address separately) and sent the belated weekly mid-week.  This weekend, hopefully it will be more timely, even though I landed in UK a couple of hours ago as I type the initial draft.

We have been using the Lenovo tablets for 5 weeks now, and most ‘users’ seem to have got the hang of them.  I still see one or two ‘stabbing’ the screen – please, a gentle, firm touch of the screen is all that is required. 

I also have to report that the capacitive pen ‘missing in action’ at the end of week one has not returned to the Club, so we must presume the worst I am afraid – mistakenly nicked.  We know it has not deserted JSBSC to join one of the other local bridge clubs because they only use old technology, and podgy fingers to input to old fashioned BridgePads!

Now, to keep you informed, if the score from a particular hand is amended on the tablet via the TD screen, when the names of the next expected pair are shown, it will show the names of the last pair at the table.  Do not worry, the subsequent scores will be attributed to the correct pair.  This error has been reported to Jannerstan Forlag AB of Sweden, the developer, and hopefully will be sorted soon.

And finally, and seriously this week, a very big thank you to Finita for polishing our tarnished trophies – we now have a cabinet full of gleaming silverware.

JUNE 12

If you weren’t there, you missed a very pleasant evening at ‘The Inn on the Green’ for the annual JSBSC Bowls event yesterday, albeit very warm on the lanes in the evening sun.  A few members showed off their skills, whilst a couple of others proved that they should stick to playing bridge!  A nice supper was enjoyed by all afterwards, and thanks go to Ed and Jane for arranging the event.  (Photographs will be on the website soon.) 

This week, also a very big ‘Thank You’ goes to Sid Carter (Janet’s husband) for coming to the Club on Wednesday morning to repair the edges of the two white boards that are used for student lectures. 

At a recent JSBSC Tournament Directors’ meeting, it was agreed that the partner of anyone who opens with ‘One Club’ must, and can only say, “May be 2 (or 1 or 0 as appropriate)”.  If you play ‘better minor’ or one club being natural, you are not to say anything.  Conversely, the opposition are not permitted to ask any questions about a ‘One Club’ opening.  The reason for not being allowed to ask is it is normally an indication of a long holding of club cards, and therefore unauthorised information! 

Please, a request to all members to return all their empty glasses, biscuit wrappers and crisp dishes to the bar and to rearrange their chairs and seat cushions at the tables before they leave the club.  Key individuals always spend time after bridge helping tidy up the club … at times it resembles the aftermath of an unruly kids’ party. 

And finally, you can usually tell when Fred Bloggs has had a good result because his normal smiling face beams even larger.  The other day when I arrived at his table he was grinning from ear to ear. “We got a complete top – nobody else was even in a small slam let alone the grand”.  After congratulating him, he went on “of course, we had to have a couple of bidding misunderstandings to get there”!

JUNE 19

What a great JSBSC Summer Party.  If you weren’t there, you missed a very pleasant evening with friends at Le Gourmand.  The food was excellent, the jazz band was perfect, the weather was for dining outside spot on, so all together a superb event.  Thank you to Janet and Katrina for all their work arranging our annual Summer Party. 

It is with much sadness that we have learned that our long serving Member, Fred Crowson, has been quite poorly recently, and has now moved to Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz del Pi.  His mobile phone number is 666 673 527 and we understand he is quite happy to hear from friends, or for them to visit him.

Last week, Members were informed via the weekly update, of the TD’s decision on alerting 1C openers or not, and subsequent questions by opponents.  As a result of Member feedback, further guidance is as follows:

· A player may ask for a meaning of a call at any time when it is his(her) turn to bid (Laws 20 + 41).

· However, a player who asks concerning a call which is not alerted, and then passes, has shown an interest which may well restrict his partner's subsequent course of action.

· Every player should recognise that, where the answer to a question will not affect his immediate action, he is advised to defer his enquiry until the auction has concluded. 

The reason for the TD's decision was to stop the frivolous enquiries, regrettably quite prevalent at our Club, after opener has bid 1C, when the enquirer has no intention of bidding. 

Furthermore, from the CTD, players are also reminded that, if they are playing inverted minors, the opener must 'alert' a bid from their partner that raises the opening minor suit bid, to the two or three level.

As we approach the summer months, with numbers playing bridge decreasing for various reasons, with a limited number of Members volunteering to either direct or score, your daily Tournaments are under threat.  It is not unreasonable to foresee a day when someone will need to ‘adjudicate’ with no TD available, and paper scoring on travellers will be the only option!  This is particularly likely on Thursday ‘No Fear Bridge’, when it is likely that with only 2 TDs and 2 scorers routinely playing, one day none of them will be available.  Come on please, it is not difficult to score – if you are computer literate, just follow the simple guidance notes and then you can be a JSBSC scorer – simple.

I am pleased to note that, so far, 19 Members have completed the EBED Survey circulated on Friday morning – thank you.

Due to the falling numbers on a Tuesday, Social Bridge on that day has now ceased and will re-commence in September. 

And finally, I am delighted to inform you that the capacitive pen, that went MIA nearly two months ago, after just one week of activity pounding results’ inputs on the Lenovo tablets, has returned from the wilderness.  I am pleased to say that it suffered no abuse whilst being held captive (in Moraira, I understand – clue!) and was gently, safely and discretely returned to our flock of pens where it now continues to serve us, anonymously, in our daily tournaments.  It does not want to be recognised as a hero, so there will be no medal presentation, just continued duty to serve our Club to the best of its ability.  If you wish to buy the pen a glass of white wine, I’ll take it from you on Monday, and give it to the pen quietly in the Club office!

June 25

Your Committee met on Friday and a Bulletin of the main points is available on the website and posted in the Club house.  A few of major points that warrant expansion here are:

· Our Stratified Masterpoints Quarterly competition that has been running from 1 April ends next Thursday (30 June) and winners will be announced thereafter.   The top 4 players in Categary B with the highest Masterpoints average, over more than 10 tournaments, will be promoted to Category A.  Similarly, the top 6 players in Category C will be promoted to Category B.  These promotions will be effective from 1 July.

· In order to enhance the effectiveness of our Stratified Masterpoints Quarterly competition, seating orientation will be allocated by the cashier on your arrival at the Club for the daily tournaments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

· Due to the significant decrease in player numbers during August, there will be no daily tournaments on Thursday during the month. ( * Please Note - this decision has been re-considered and there will NOW be daily tournaments on Thursdays in August *)

· The Club will hold a Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 9 October – mark your diaries please.

Last week, the wrong word was used when addressing 1 Club openings when it said, quote, “TD’s decision on alerting 1C openers ...” unquote.   It should have read “TD’s decision on announcing 1C openers ...”

You will notice three pictures hanging in the Club house, produced by Audrey Quinton, and specific to the JSBSC.  A few more will be added in due course, but it is not our intention to cover every wall with a picture!

A number of our regular Directors and Scorers will be away during July and August. We ask our remaining Directors and Scorers to add their names to the Duty Rota as soon as possible for these months.  Can we also ask a number of our 'lapsed' Directors to assist during these two Summer months.  And as you will appreciate, if none of our volunteer scorers are available, paper travellers will need to be used!

And finally, if any Member has a bad word to say about our Club, we may adopt the Javea Computer Club (JCC) method of retribution.  Last Monday, an urgent message was received from a JCC member saying, “Help please, I have been locked in the club house, and cannot get out”.  It seems the individual was in the loo when the club was locked!  Luckily, Mike, a member of the JCC, and the police (he had called them as well) all arrived at the same time to let him out.

 

MAY 2016

7 MAY

What an end to the week at JSBSC!  First, the great news – seeing both Vera and Finita back at the Club on Friday.  Next, the bad news – the gremlins played a blinder on Friday when the number of rounds played in the tournament had to be reduced before the end of play at 6 pm, and numerous results went missing.  It has been agreed to void the result, (the procedure for reducing the number of boards played has been altered to prevent this happening again).  So, the last good news, all those who won prizes on Friday keep them, and everyone else who played will get one free day in the coming weeks – a list will be held by the cashier of those individuals.

And then there is the one ‘missing in action’ (MIA)!  Our first week using the capacitive pens Sue kindly hand-carried for the Club from UK to Spain, and what a success they are.  The odd person is still using their sticky mitts – if you see this, please politely remind them to use the pen; the tablets will last longer and the person who has to clean the tablets would also greatly appreciate it.  Oh yes, the one MIA; we started with 80 pens and now only have 79 left – no doubt it will be back on duty next week.

There is great debate (well there always is in a room of bridge players) about whether or not the tablets should show the running results.  The Committee will be discussing the issue when they next meet, and until then we will have the results on one week, then off one week – the great British compromise.

As you may know, the Quiz night planned for Saturday 7 May had to be cancelled due to a lack of participants.  Again, the Committee will look at re-arranging a quiz night. 

Finally, don’t forget to put your name up on the lists in the Club for any, or all, of the three Saturday events being held later this month.

14 MAY

Many said it would take a couple of weeks for our Chief Scorer to sort out the new BridgeTab scoring system on the computer, using Lenovo tablets – they were right, and the gremlins now seem to have been eradicated.  He has now got it all sorted and this week everything ran smoothly (and he has now stopped having sleepless nights!).  The new covers for the tablets arrived on Friday, so the individual boxes have been stored away and the smart new ‘blue’ box, made by Mike Smith, houses the Lenovo tablets when not in use.  The Club has also purchased a number of USB extension cables, so should a tablet run low on power, you can plug it in to a mains socket next to your table.

The new sign outside the Club house attracted its first victims on Tuesday when a couple living part of the year in La Sella called in to play social bridge.  Hopefully we will see a few more visitors over the summer season, and with the general increase in ex-pats again resettling in Spain, hopefully we will see more new members.  Furthermore, in an attempt to attract more ‘Google’ internet interest, we have a new ‘link-site’ at www.arenalbridge.club – check it out, and try the link and email hyperlinks.

Have you noticed that when the bridge boards arrive on your table, the two outside tabs are engaged to keep the lid down, but the centre tab is not?  That centre tab is not required to keep the cards in place, so please do not be tempted to ‘push it down’.  The reason is simple, it is a real pain for the person having to re-deal all the boards after play to have to unclip all 3 clips!  So please, the player who religiously clipped down the centre tab on all 26 boards played on Friday – don’t do it for the sake of the dealer – thank you.

It was great to see Ted Coleman in the Club on Friday.  He popped in to pass over a couple of photos from the old days, and also to drop off half a dozen EBU magazines.  These magazines are available on the table in the library; please borrow them individually, but please return them when finished so that others can enjoy the read.  Ted hopes to be in the Club to play next Tuesday and Thursday.

And finally, the Pairs Champions 2016 are Anita Dixon and Peter Hindley, well done to you both.  Many thanks to Richard for directing and helping Marianne with the results, Ed for helping sort problems on the tablets, Jane for giving up her Saturday to run the bar all day, and to Julie from Sandra’s Tea Bar for producing an excellent spread for lunch.

22 MAY

Our merry band of 20 JSBSC Members ventured out of Javea on Saturday 21 May, to El Cid for the match against The Valleys, and returned with the JaVa Cup – full story and pictures on our website.  Well done Team.

After a week of announcing before play how to correct an ‘wrong bid’ entered in BridgeTab on the tablets, one of our Members told me that she had discovered a far quicker way – brilliant.  All that I had been telling you about making up inputs until you get to the confirmation page can be ignored, it is unnecessary.  When you note that the wrong contract is showing on the top line on the tablet, just touch that contract with the pen, and you go back to the page to input the correct contract – simple.  Thanks Anita; the company has been informed and we can share the Royalties when they arrive!

Due to a lack of interest in the Pairs Event using IMP scoring planned for Saturday 28 May, the Committee has decided to cancel the event.  Instead, we are going to open our doors on Saturday 4 June and partake in the World Wide Bridge Simultaneous Pairs event, starting at 2.30 pm.  Our results will be scored against other clubs from around the World, and 13 successful pairs from the whole tournament will win an all-expenses paid trip to China for the finals.  For more information please visit http://www.ecatsbridge.com/sims/wwbc/default.asp.

Our website now has another ‘tab’ in the left hand column entitled ‘Find A Partner’.  Therefore, there are now three ways, if needed, to get a partner to play bridge.  To find a long term partner, there is the list on the results board in the Club where you can put your details.  If you need a partner, with short notice, you can telephone Diana on 966 454 350, who holds a list of those ‘caught short’.  Now, you can also look for a partner on line – I mean a Club Member to play bridge with!  You need to have registered to enter the ‘Members Only’ portal on our web site, so if you haven’t, or are having difficulties, contact our Web Master, John H, and he will help you.

And finally, as yesterday, Saturday, was “Flying Day”, how do you tell if there is a fighter pilot in the bar?  There is no need to, he will tell you (or, to be politically correct, she will tell you)!

29 MAY

Great to see Mike back at the Club this week, albeit still a bit wobbly on his pins.  His smart wicker drinks trolley is helpful for him, but please, able-bodied members, collect your drinks from the bar, and return all empties to the bar.  When Mike starts tap dancing on the bar, then you can let him collect your abandoned glasses!  So, in the same paragraph, a huge big thank you to both Ed and Jane.  Well, maybe not so much to Ed for being there at the Club every tournament day for the past 15 weeks as he is the Vice President so he should be working his socks off.  However, his lovely wife Jane has been a complete star.  In her own words, working behind the bar has periods of complete hectic activity, and also long periods of complete boredom, watching us lot play bridge.  Through all that time, though, she has served us with a smile, kind words, topped up glasses, and never moaned once.  We all thank you tremendously Jane. 

Now for something completely different - would you believe it!  A Committee member sitting North last week input the wrong declarer – outrageous.  Another Committee member sitting East, accepted the wrong input and presses ‘YES’ – horrendous.  Embarrassingly, I was one of them, and how many times have I banged on about “it is always player input errors, not the tablet getting it wrong!”

We all make mistakes, but please can we all try to minimise the number of input  errors.  On this day in question, in addition to me accepting an input error, on 33% of the boards, an opening lead was also input incorrectly.  For those of you saying, ‘that doesn’t matter much’, please, it does.  There was also a East/West hand switch on this day, and it was only confirmed by an analysis of lead cards.  We go to the effort of recording the lead card, so please make sure it is correct.  The way we would like this to happen is by North asking East (or West), as he/she taps the screen to select the lead card, to confirm it is correct – simple.  However, if E/W miss it, and asks to see the lead card that you input, just press the ‘back arrow’ in the bottom left of the screen, and the lead card is shown – just as simple. 

Now, whilst on the subject of tablet inputting, please would Norths’ ask East/West to confirm their names are correct after entering all player numbers.   Thank you

And finally, light travels faster than sound. This is why some bridge players appear bright until you hear them speak in the post-mortem.

 

 

APRIL 2016

3 APR :  The new Quarterly Competition, running parallel to the Daily Tournaments, started yesterday, 1st April.  The Committee meet next Friday and will then decide the final format and prize allocation, which will then be announced.  Thank you for your patience  over the last 2 weeks while we have been experimenting with Master Points and Stratification, but this was necessary to iron out all the ‘wrinkles’.  Also, apologies for any inconvenience caused last week with the ‘single winner movement’ events and the confusing arrow switches – you will be pleased to hear that these will not be the normal routine for any future tournaments, but only used when absolutely necessary.

You may have noticed that our BridgePads are playing up a little!  Some of them are saying ‘Replace Low Batteries’, but they are only kidding!  No, seriously, if the screen is bright and clear, the batteries are fine.  If the screen looks weak, then Ed (Mike on his return) or the TD can assist.

Finally for this weekly update, if any of you incur any authorized expense on behalf of the Club, please note that Janet Hubbard has now resumed responsibility for all claims.  Please see Janet at the Club, and she will sort out the details.

10 APR :  What do you mean, “What sign?” – many Members on Friday did not see it when they arrived at the Club!  We now have a new sign outside, aimed at attracting visiting bridge players, as seen here in the picture, taken after the rain yesterday following a Committee meeting.  The main decisions from that meeting will be available on Monday, both posted in the Club and on the web site.

However, the most important decision, you will hopefully be pleased to hear, is that JSBSC is going to move to a table scoring system that is also known as BridgeTab (see www.bridgetab.co.uk for more information).  We hope to implement this within the month, so the frustration of using our aging BridgePads will soon be over – only a few more weeks to follow our “BridgePad Etiquette”!

The new Quarterly Competition based on Jávea Stratified Master Points, which started on 1 Apr, has been running for its first week and has hopefully added another level of interest to playing bridge at your favourite Club.  You will find on the web site, in the column on the left, a ‘tab’ to click entitled “Jávea Master Points” where you will find the various tables of results.  The Committee has agreed that the first quarter will run from 1 Apr until 30 Jun and that 16 prizes (a bottle of Cava) will be awarded – full details to be posted soon.

Finally, a polite plea which we are sure you will all agree with – please, when playing bridge at the Club, and when “move for the next round” is called by the TD, could everyone please stop talking about, analysing, debriefing or criticising the previous hand!  Be polite, say hello, announce you system, and play bridge.  It is, after all, just good manners.

17 APR :  A week to go, and then Keith Butler from BridgeTab.co.uk arrives to install our new scoring system based on 7 inch Lenovo tablets. We think the current BridgePads know they are on notice to be retired; they have been giving us real problems recently.  If you want to be in at the beginning, and hear the instructions on the use of BridgeTab scoring from the “horse’s mouth”, make a date in your diary to play bridge at the Club next Friday, 22 April.

A big thank you to Committee Member Ann Lise who gave up her Friday morning, with her husband persuaded to help, to go through every bridge bidding box to make sure each bidding card was present and correct. Please, in the future, if you do find a box with a missing card, or one badly damaged, let one of the Committee members know between moves and they can pop in to the office and get a replacement.  It is a lot easier to do it at the time of noticing.

A big welcome to Ann Hambrook, our latest Member to join the happy band of JSBSC Scorers.  If you would like to become a scorer, it really isn’t too difficult (but don’t tell those who don’t score that).  Just let Colin, our Chief Scorer, know you are interested.

A day playing bridge at your favourite Club for free!  An offer too good to miss.  All you need to do is put your name on the Rota List on the notice board just inside the front door (also available to view on-line by clicking on ‘Rota Personnel’ in the home page left column) to be a cashier on a particular day.  Then turn up at the Club on that day by 13.20, take the table money, give the takings to Jane (Mike when he is back with us), and then play bridge – simple.  If every able Club Member did it once a year, there would be a queue to be the daily cashier!

A weekly update starting with a number of ‘A’s, and finishing with:

Another one next week!

23 APR

How many bridge players does it take to change a light bulb?

Our days of using BridgePads for scoring are over – hooray.  Keith Butler, fromwww.bridgetab.co.uk, based in Cardiff, was with us yesterday (Friday 22 Apr) for our tournament when we had 17 full tables (not quite a record, but our best attendance figure so far this year).  There were the inevitable minor problems as Members used the new Lenovo tablets, but Keith was able to sort them all out, whilst playing bridge himself, and coming a respectful fourth to boot.  The biggest issue was players touching the screen for too long, resulting in a ‘jump to the next page’.  The screen just needs a single, firm, precise touch (not stab) – we intend to purchase a number of capacitive pens which will help North players input the required details.

One ‘big’ issue with the tablets is that they must be turned off properly at the end of play, or the internal battery will continue to power the wifi antennae until the following tournament, and if that is over the weekend, we will have problems on the Monday!  Not insurmountable as we can get another tablet out to use, and charge the flat unit – but not desirable.  Therefore, please, before putting our tablet away, press and hold the one/off button on the right hand side of the unit until a box appears asking, “Off”, “Flight Mode” or “Standby”, select “Off” and then select “OK”.  We will try to remind all players for a while, until we are all happy with the routine.

For those of you who played on Friday, please note that the power failure was not as a result of us using the new tablets!  Our profound thanks go to Ed, though, who stayed at the Club until 8pm.  During this time he was assisting the electrician in locating and rectifying the cause of the failure (two cables had fused together at the meter, upstairs in the main apartment block, not in our Club house) and mopping up both toilets which flooded when the pumps failed with no electricity for the couple of hours.

On our web site, did you realise that the significance of the ♥ and ♠ symbol against the labels in the left hand box?  The ♥ means there are further sub-pages after ‘clicking’, whereas the ♠ means it is a single page.  If you didn’t know, it is something you learnt today.

We have received the following message from Audrey Bridger, Honorary Member, who celebrated her birthday last week, and was recognised on our web site on that day

I was soooo pleased to see I had not been forgotten on my birthday, many thanks!  I have settled well in my new home; after 22 years of living alone it is wonderful to be part of a family again.

I miss the Club and so many friendly faces, but am keeping an eye on you all!

Love and best wishes to everybody.

Audrey.

Ah, yes, the answer is 4.  One to change the light bulb, and 3 to say how it should have been done!

30 APR

One week using the Lenovo tablets with BridgeTab for scoring, what do you think?  General feedback seems to be that they are a significant improvement on the BridgePads.  However, huge apologies from the Chief Scorer for the inevitable (hopefully you will accept) teething problems getting used to the software programme.  Working hard on resolving these issues and hopefully by the end of next week it will be running smoothly – you can’t see my fingers crossed as I typed that!

More good news.  The Justice Department in Alicante has eventually approved our Statutes.  They were amended early last year and submitted on 20 April 2015.   Long delays occurred due to reorganisation within that Department, and then further delays due to a change in Spanish gambling laws requiring further amendments.  We received them back on 18 April – just short of a year.

We received the following note from Monique, who is now on her way back to Canada:

To all members of the Javea Bridge and Social Club.  I want to thank each and everyone for your great hospitality, the friendliness shown to Gail and me.  I've enjoyed every game, win or not, it was fun, thank you to every partner I played bridge with.  God of Bridge willing, see you in 2017.  May all your slams be Grand...

Now a note for your diaries; there will be a bridge match against the Javea Bridge Club on Saturday 1 October.  More details to follow later.

Finally, one player asked the opponent after partners discard, “What discard system do you use please?”  The replay was, bluntly, “A.B.C.”.  To which the questioner said, “Sorry, I am not familiar with that system, can you explain further?”  Answer, “Yes, Any Blooming Card.”

 

 

MARCH 2016

6 MAR :  We have had to make some changes to the JSBSC Social / Tournament calendar.  First, the Bridge Match against Valleys at The Valleys has been changed to Saturday 21 May.  Then the Bowls & Dinner event has been changed to Saturday 11 June.  Finally, we have had to cancel the CARITAS Tournament planned for Saturday 23 April as Dick, unfortunately, is unable to arrange it this year.

Although this does not affect many of you, the Club has changed the process for reclaiming any cash expenses.  Instead of submitting a claim to the Daily Cashier for money to be taken from table money, a petty cash box is now held for such expenses, and is administered by Colin, or Ed in his absence.

You may be interested to know that on Tuesday 8 March there is to be a Javea-wide ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ meeting in the Social Centre in Javea town at 11am.  The two police chiefs will be there as well as the Town Hall Counsellor for Security.  There is a new 5-man team being set up to concentrate on security across the urbanizations, and this will be your chance to ask questions, make suggestions and gather information on broad aspects of personal and property security.

Finally, the defibrillator is now at the Club and John will do a series of teaching sessions in the near future on "How to use the defibrillator in an emergency”

13 MAR :  wanted to know what others had been playing in?  But great, someone pressed ‘NEXT’ to soon!  Therefore, we are having a purge on “BridgePad Etiquette”.  Until we all get the routine correct, every day the following notice will be on bridge tables:

North inputs the bidding up to the total number of tricks made, then presses NEXT to show the score before passing to East. 

East checks the correct score is shown, then presses NEXT for the North/South percentage, which is announced to the table.  East presses NEXT once more to see all the other bids, but does not announce them, nor (very important) presses NEXT again.  East then passes the BridgePad to South. 

South looks at the other bids before passing to West. 

West looks, then passes it to North, who after seeing the other bids, presses NEXT ready for the following board.

When we do all get it right, maybe the next player in the Club who presses ‘NEXT’ too early could apologies to the other 3 players by saying: “Oh, I am sorry, I have pressed NEXT too soon, please may I buy you all a drink at the end of the tournament to apologize!”  We might not get our bidding and playing correct, but this would soon get us all using the BridgePads correctly.

Note:  Even on this last Friday, with this etiquette guidance on every table, two errors were made inputting results, and no one at the table spotted them – but I guess they did not press ‘NEXT’ too early!

The Winter Quarter results for the most improved pairs from Dec to Feb have been calculated (thanks to Sue) and have, or will, collect their bottle of bubbles.  The winners are all listed here on our website – just click on ‘Competitions’ on the left, and you can read for yourself.

20 MAR :  In place of the current Seasonal Pairs competition (the two pairs with the greatest improved average percentage for each daily session, over the previous 3 months) the Committee is introducing a ‘Masterpoints with Stratification’ competition that will run alongside the current daily tournaments. The daily tournaments will not change in any way. For those members who are familiar with the English Bridge Union (EBU), we shall be introducing the EBU Masterpoints system, but will not be submitting any results to them. 

In order to introduce this system, all Club Members and Guests will become ‘Masters’ (in order to score master points (MPs) and we shall be using three categories for Stratification).  Club Members will be placed in a category totally dependent on their final average percentage at the end of 2015, no subjective assessment has been used. The three categories are: DISTRICT MASTER (highlighted in red) for those players with an average of 53% and above; AREA  MASTER (highlighted in green) for those players with an average between 49% and 52.99%; and CLUB MASTER (highlighted in blue) for those players with an average below 49%. Please note that the red, green and blue colouring will be used on the ScoreBridge and BridgeWebs results.

A Guest will be made a temporary DISTRICT MASTER because we do not wish them to accrue MPs in preference to our other MASTERS. In addition, any new Club Member will initially be entered as a DISTRICT MASTER and then, after 6 tournaments, will be placed in the appropriate category according to their average percentage, in accordance with the 2015 categories used to set up this MPs system. For a detailed explanation of how the Stratified MPs system operates, please go to the EBU website: http://www.ebu.co.uk/ and click on the 'Masterpoints' option, then click on the 'Stratification for Clubs' option.

The purpose of introducing a MPs competition is to provide all of our members with an opportunity to win a prize. The system is currently being developed and we ask our members to show tolerance whilst this stage is being carried out.  It is anticipated that the final few problems will be resolved within the next week or so.

A decision regarding the proposed prize allocation for the new Masterpoints competition will be made by your Committee. This will be announced early next month.

27 MAR:  Firstly, news on the Summer Party. It has been brought forward by one week to Saturday 18 June and the full details will be announced early next month about the venue and costs.

Secondly, members may like to know about the 'Personal Analysis section located within 'Results'. This feature allows you to see all your personal records and performances since the start of 2014. 

Finally, we hope to see you all at Bridge on Monday for our special Easter Tournament.

FEBRUARY 2016

14 FEB :  Following our successful AGM last weekend, your newly elected Committee had its first meeting on Friday.  A Bulletin detailing the main points they agreed is on the Club Notice Board, together with a list showing Committee Members Responsibilities, and both are available on line. 

We are pleased to learn that Mike is now out of intensive care and is now in a general ward whilst he recovers from his hip operation.

A plea from the Tournament Scorers:  Players sitting North/South are responisble for inputting members’ numbers into the BridgePads at the start of play, and East/West are responsible for checking the correct names have been entered – simple.  Therefore, why are there generally 2 or 3 errors per week that are an aggravation to Scorers having to make amendments after the results are produced?  Please, get it right first time.

Teaching will continue on Tuesdays under the direction of Jean and Chris Threlfall until 15 Mar.  Royston will then continue lessons from 12 Apr until 31 May.  If any Member could offer assistance to teach the basics and fundamentals’ of bridge, please let your Committee know- without new players being taught, our beloved game has numbered years to run!

Today, Monday is our Valentine Tournament; please wear something red or pink to join in the spirit of the occasion – free chocolates will be available to all those not on a diet!

Reasonable week for slams, with 26 small slams made – well done to those who bid them.

Finally, the Committee, and we are sure all our Members, would like to send a big vote of thanks to Sue who has tirelessly produced these updates in the past, together with a tremendous amount of work on the website in general – it will certainly be a hard act to follow.

21 FEB :  We have received the following note from Gwyneth Walton which we would like to share:

"It's great to see the club going from strength to strength, primarily due to the contribution of a hard working  committee.  Your efforts are so much appreciated by members and past members who, in their dotage, have been forced to leave the area for sheltered housing yet still want to be kept informed of the club's activities.  Many thanks to all.
As a past member, having served on the committee, taught the students and responsible for the web page, I have some idea of your contribution and hard work you have given the club.  In my latter role of helping in setting up the web page and scoring, I commend the good work done by Sue Wood.  She has made the club's web page very informative and interesting to see what everyone has been up to.  I know positions must change and I look forward to keeping in touch via the web site. Good luck to you all and to the success of the club. " 

Work continues to bring you a revised ‘Slam Ladder’.  Backdated to 1 Jan this year, 3 points will be awarded for Grand Slams, and 1 point for Small Slams , but remember, the Slam Ladder is only for fun!

Have you got a Twitter or Facebook account?  If so, watch out for JSBSC appearing soon.  If you don’t have one, watch this space and we will give you a link to connect to our social networks in the near future.

Finally, the Scorers had a moan last week about putting in player names, the Directors are moaning this week about putting in wrong declarers and lead cards.  Many of our players analyse the results on line, and errors are reported weekly.  Correcting these mistakes is a pain – please, it is not difficult to get it right, both by North inputting the correct details, and then East checking. 

28 FEB:  Your Committee met for the second time since the AGM, on Friday, and the main items agreed will be available in a Bulletin for you in the Club and on this website soon – watch this space, as they say!

The JSBSC Member’s Handbook 2015 – 2016 is now available and you can pick up your copy next time you play bridge.  Many thanks go to Janet Hubbard for her hard work, together with all those on the Committee last year, producing such an excellent product.  It is intended to produce a 16-17 edition, with minor enhancement where possible, so any constructive suggestions would be gratefully received.

You know when you board an aircraft, the captain greets you and says ‘They, and all the crew, take your safety as their top priority’, well, so does your President and Committee.  The first aid kit in the Club is to be significantly enhanced, the arrival of the defibrillator. is imminent, and did you know that your Club is a member of Ambulancia Asociacion Amigos Europeos De Javea, so that should the worst happen while you are in the Club, a fully equipped and modern ambulance with a trained crew will be on site in the shortest possible time.

Finally, all those fans of Peter H’s ‘interesting weekly hands’ will be please to know that he now has a fixed spot for his weekly hard copy in the Club (on the left side of the Daily Tournament Results Board next to the library) and it will also be published on our website.