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Garden Cities Regional Final  10/5/2014
The City of Lincoln qualify for National Final
1st Coventry - 92 VP (Qualify)
2nd Lincoln - 90 VP (Qualify)
3rd Cambridge - 89 VP
4th Bedford - 69 VP
5th Hemel Hempstead - 67 VP
6th Ipswich - 61 VP
7th Kettering - 50 VP
8th Chelmsford - 42 VP
With Lincoln sitting in 3rd place at the interval, they needed to beat Cambridge by18-2 VP to swap places and take a place at the final - well done to them all!
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14th Dec 2014 19:38 GMT
Allcomers Duplicate Pairs

 The Allcomers Duplicate Pairs was held, yesterday, at Dunholme. Sixteen pairs entered the competition which was played in a very relaxed atmosphere. All the pairs enjoyed the Competition and the new entrants to County events were happy with the introduction.

   We managed to make the event an "all play all" event in order to make it a completely fair event. Thirty boards were played in total. In third place was Paul Steeper and Vic Llewellyn, scoring 57.38%. Runners-up were Guy Grainger and Daphne Ward with 59.05%. Winners of the Competition were Alan Millington and Maolong Ke with a good score of 61.43%.

   Thank you to all of those members  that turned up to play. It was enjoyed by all and, hopefully, they will tell all other County members that this kind of event is well worth supporting. I hope that the County Committee will support more of this type of event. It should be possible to arrange another Allcomers Pairs in the near future. Come along and find out what you are missing. 

Annual Calendar

Over the weekend I have had a couple of enquiries about the 2014-2015 County Calendar and whether it is ready , or not.

As you will be aware, the attendance at the 2014 AGM did not reach 30 people. This meant that the meeting was not quorate. It had to be held over three weeks later, as an EGM. As a result of this my proposed Calendar for 2014-2015 was ratified nearly a month late. Furthermore, my computer knowledge is extremely limited. I have tried to update the 2013-2014 poster set but have failed dismally. I am told that I need to know about something called PDFs, which is foreign to me. However, I know a man that can. I am going to see him this week. If everything goes well I hope that the Poster set for 2014-2015 will be updated some time this week.

The man who can, could, and the posters are now available for download from the menu bar on the left (under Calendar . . .Calendar and Poster Set 2014-2015) or by clicking here. smiley

  I can tell you that the first event of the season will be the Random Seeded Pairs. It will be held at Dunholme Village Hall on Sunday, September 14th at 1.30 p.m. This event pairs stronger players with weaker players and is run as a Teams event. The pairing is done by random draw. As a result, pre-entry is essential so let me have your entry asap and try to bring another pair with you. It is an ideal event for those wanting to be introduced to County events. Thanks, Glynn.



Any News or Views?
  I am always keen to know about either your views about Bridge in the County or if you have any news to publicise to the other members of the County. If you have then give me a call on 01652654872 or send me an e-mail at

   It is always nice to know what you, the member, thinks about what we are doing, or probably not doing, for you. For example, where should we be thinking of playing our County events from 2014? Should we stay at Dunholme? Should we play at Scunthorpe? Will the new facilities at the City of Loincoln Club be such that we could hold events there? Let me know your thoughts or have a chat with your Club representative. We need your views so that we can try and improve things for you. Glynn.
Bainton Trophy Qualifiers

   At the moment I am aware of six heats that have been held for the Bainton Trophy. They are Market Rasen with 13 pairs, Louth attracting 22 pairs and Scunthorpe with 28 pairs. The latest heat was at Horncastle with 7 pairs. Now we have City of Lincoln with another 20 pairs. Boston Club has recently held their heat, attracting 31 pairs.

   The pairs that I know will be playing in the semi-final at Dunholme in January are

Mike Llewellyn and Glynn Elwick

Alan and Drene Brown

Roy Hughes and Keith Stewart

Dave Caldow and Chris Taylor

David and Carol Hall

Maurice Ladlow and Mo Parsons

Phil Harland and Sue Barraclough

Mike Wilkins and Wanda Katowska

Martin Button and Terry Fenton

Bill and Sue Keast

Debbie Burton and Sally Moore

Malcolm and Coral Earney

Guy Grainger and Ben Smith

Carol Rushforth and Dennis Mellor

Alan Millington and Chris Phillips

Mike Hirst and Harry Coates

John Hill and Maurice Lynn

Brian Smith and Ron Wall

Bill Parsons and Mark Wardell

Gerry and John Petherick

Nick Hunter and Ruby Schnalke











County Pairs League Heat 3

    The third heat of the County Pairs League took place on Sunday December 7th at Dunholme. The event attracted eight pairs and an all play all event was organised. Butler scoring was used.The event was very enjoyable. In equal second place came Maurice Ladlow and Mo Parsons tied with Phillip Harland and Sue Barraclough. They scored 10 IMPs. The winners were Chris Phillips and Alan Millington, scoring 20 IMPs. Thank you to those players that entered the event. I hope that more members will make an effort to play in the remaining heats.

County Pairs League Standings

  After the first three heats of the County Pairs League the current standings are :-

1= Maureen Parsons       +37  +18  +10       65

1= Maurice Ladlow           +37 +18  +10       65

3= Chris Phillips                +15         +20       35

3= Alan Millington              +15          +20      35

5= Andrew Green             +42    +9   -19       32

5= John Longmuir             +42    +9    -19      32

7= Pete Stackhouse                     +18             18

7= Glynn Elwick                            +18   0        18

9= Margaret McCarthy      +9                             9

9= Phil Harland                             -1      10         9

9= Sue Barraclough                       -1     10          9

12= Harry Coates                           13    -14        -1

12= Mike Hirst                                 13     -14      -1

14= Alan Marshall           -13                              -13

14= Tony Waine              -13                             -13

16= Nick Hunter             -28            21      -12    -19

16= Ruby Schnalke        -28           21        -12    -19

18 Keith Stewart                            -21                 -21

19= Paul Wokes            -21           -13         5      -29

19= John Brocklehust    -21           -13        5      -29

21 Roger Shelley             9            -44               -35

22 Megan Williams        -39                                 -39

23 Mike Llewellyn         -39            -21          0    -60

  Remember, thew best six scores count for the overall winner so that there is still all to play for.



















County Pairs League

  The second heat of the County Pairs League was held yesterday, 26/10/2014, at Dunholme. Nine pairs took part, one more pair than the first heat. Thank you to all the players that attended. After a close competition equal runners-up were Maurice Ladlow and Mo Parsons along with Pete Stackhouse and Glynn Elwick. Both pairs scored +18 IMPs. Winners of the second heat were Nick Hunter and Ruby Schnalke. They finished with +21 IMPs. Congratulations to them and hopefully we can continue to attract more players to future events.

County Swiss Teams


   Sixteen teams turned up at Scunthorpe Bridge Club yesterday (02/11/2014) in he County Swiss Teams. After a hard fought, but enjoyable, afternoon the outcome was that two teams tied for the runners-up spot. With a score of 75 V.Ps came Brian Smith/Ron Wall/Mo Parsons/Maurice Ladlow and Nick Hunter/Ruby Schnalke/Andrew Green/John Longmuir. The winners were Debbie Burton/ John Gaunt/ Pete Stackhouse/ Glynn Elwick. They scored a commenable 95 V.Ps. In fact, after five of the six rounds they were more than 20 V.Ps in front of the second placed team.

   An excellent buffet tea was served and every team managed to win at least one match so everybody went home with some masterpoints, as well. The event was well directed by Helen Barr. Overall the event was a success and thank you to all of the members that attended. If you did not play this year then make sure that you enter next year. Remember that the next competitions are the Vincent and Sidney Vincent Trophies and look out for your Club Bainton Trophy heat. That should be coming along shortly.

Ghost Pairs

  The Ghost Pairs event was held last Sunday (30/11/2014) at Dunholme. The attendance was 7 tables and an enjoyable afternoon was had by the players. The competition provided comfortable winners in both directions.

   The winners of the North-South event was Roy Hughes and Keith Stewart with a score of 162 IMPs. Runners-up were Maurice Ladlow and Mo Parsons with 143 IMPs. The East -West competition was won by Nick Hunter and Ruby Schnalke, scoring 120 IMPs. Second came Reg and Margaret Shelley, scoring 89 IMPs.

      Thank you to all those players that took part. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Midland Counties League 2014-2015

   As many members will be aware, the organiser of the teams for the Midlands League suddenly resigned a few weeks ago, without warning. This put the County in a difficult position with regard to our fixtures for the 2014-2015 season. The first fixture was was postponed. Subsequently we have not been able to find anyone interested in taking over the role of organiser for the Midlands League teams.

   At our County Committee meeting, 18/07/2014, it was decided that we should withdraw from the league for the 2014-2015 season, at least. This is a great pity and will be a big disappointment to many of the players in the various teams. This decision will be reassessed for the 2015-2016 season.


National Pairs Heat

  The City of Lincoln Club propose to hold a heat of the National Pairs Competition at the Lindum Sports Ground on Thursday December 11th. Pairs that qualify have the option of playing in either the Peterborough or Bradford regional final. The City of Lincoln Club are looking for the support of members of other Clubs in order to make this a success. The cost for non-members will be of the order of £5, of which £1 goes to the EBU. If you are intending to play then please inform Chris Phillips, to check that Lincoln BC can accomodate you. Please try and make this a successful heat.

Random Seeded Pairs

The first event of the season was held on 14/9/2014 at Dunholme. It was the Random Seeded Pairs. The competition was won by David and Carol Hall teamed with Tony and Hiary Swann. They had a score of 70 IMPs. Runners-up were Mike Llewellyn and Megan Williams teamed with Guy Grainger and Brenda Begley, scoring 62 IMPs. In third place were Alan Marshall and Tony Waine together with Deidre Fell and Gertie Eley, scoring 44 IMPs. Congratulations to these pairs and thank you to all the other pairs that took part. Without your support we cannot make a success of these competitions.

     The next event follows on very soon. This Sunday is the first heat of the County Pairs League. Remember, this is a series of 8 Heats throughout the season. To qualify for the overall Championship you must play in at least 6 of the Heats with your best 6 scores counting for the overall title. Prizes will be awarded for each of the heats as well as prizes for the overall result. You do not need to have the same partner for each of the Heats. Please support this new event. We start this Sunday, 21/9/2014 at Dunholme at 1.30 p.m. Table fee is £5 per player.

   Thank you to Helen Barr for Directing the event.


Talk at Scunthorpe Bridge Club

Scunthorpe Bridge Club has arranged a talk by Michael Byrne. This will be held on Wednesday, February 25th, starting at 1.30 p.m. The theme of the talk will be Duplicate Pairs Tactics. The event will last for about two and a half hours and will include prepared examples to practice with. There will also be a question and answer session during the afternoon.  Attendance will be by ticket only.

  The cost of a ticket will be £6 or £10 for non-members. Cost will include light refreshments. All County members are invited to attend and for further information get in touch with me or any Committee member at Scunthorpe Club.

Tollemache Team for 2015

  For one reason, or another, we have failed to field a team in the Tollemache Qualifier in 2013 and 2014. In order to avoid our hat-trick we are looking to sort out a team for the 2015 Tolle  very early in 2015. 

   If you are interested in representing your County in this event then please let Glynn know during the next few weeks. We like to take five pairs to the competition so that a pair can be rested in rotation. It is an arduous event and is hard work but you do get to play against some of the best players in the Country. It also involves an overnight stay and we would like to get booked in at the playing venue.

  In 2015 the event will be played on Saturday/Sunday November 21/22nd. Unfortunately, the EBU do not know where the event will be played. I will update this when they have decided. Hopefully we will get a reasonable number of pairs interested in playing so that we can have pairs in reserve.

Vincent and Sidney Vincent Trophies

     The Vincent and Sidney Vincent events were held on Sunday November 16th. at Dunholme. In total 16 pairs took part in the competitions, 11 in the Gents and 5 in the Ladies. This meant that it was run as an all play all Howell movement. each pair playing a total of 30 boards. In the Mens competition, the Sidney Vincent Trophy, the convincing winners were Andrew Green and John Longmuir with a score of 63.57%. Runners-up came Phil Harland and Roger Shelley, scoring 59.93%. Third place went to Harry Coates and Mike Hirst with 56.52%.

      In the Ladies competition, for the Vincent Trophy, the winners were Brenda Begley and Emer Ward scoring 53.52% and second came Mo Parsons and Drene Brown with 53.4%. Thank you to all those that played in the Competitions. Hopefully you will play in the next County event which is the Ghost Pairs and will be held on Sunday November 30th ay Dunholme Village Hall at 1.30 p.m. Pre-entry is not required.



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8th Dec 2014
Lincs Gold Hunter v Waine
Scorer: Victor Llewellyn
7th Dec 2014
County Pairs League Heat 3
Scorer: Victor Llewellyn
5th Dec 2014
League Ladlow v Waine
Scorer: Victor Llewellyn
21st Dec 2014
Christmas Mixed & Married Pairs
Dunholme 13:30
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