MAIDSTONE PARTNER-FINDING SERVICE
LOOKING FOR A PARTNER ?
RING JOHN WALKER
Non Members & Visitors are welcome to call John for a game and he will do his best to find you a partner.
Find information about Maidstone Bridge Club on this website
The calendar pages show all the club's events
Results are scored autormatically
60 YEARS OF TOP CLASS BRIDGE IN MAIDSTONE
During the winter months those players who would normally be expected to represent the Club A Team in the Corbett Cup, play in a small league competition sponsored by Dick Payne. The results of these Trials are show in the results tables on this site so that the players can view hand records. Any players/pairs who would like to be considered to play in the league starting in October 2018 for possible selection should contact Richard Sissons in the first instance. Matches normally take place on Wednesday afternoons but may be played at other times.
Maidstone Club players Jenny Kendall, Jean Letley and Chairman Richard Sissons have topped the table in this weeks Monday afternoon duplicate at the Guardiana Bridge Club in Portugal. Jean, playing with her daughter Jo, came equal first with Jenny and Richard and both pairs came away with bottles of wine as prizes. The Club play at the magnificent Quinta do Vale Golf Resort in the eastern Algarve which overlooks the Spanish border and are always looking for new players. Visitors are made very welcome and non bridge players can always play a round of golf on the Seve Ballesteros designed course. Both Jo and Jean have their own properties nearby available to rent throughout the year so get in touch if you want to put a party together.
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 1900 hours. Please make every effort to attend. There will be Bridge after the meeting concludes. In accordance with normal practice table money will not be charged on the night. Unfortunately all the Trophies will not be available for presentation so we will do this at a separate event later in the year.
Party results are now available on the Web Site. Some scores were missing and it has taken a while to resolve the issue. Some players positions have changed but (by public request!) the popular winners remain.
BARRY QUINNELL & ROB CARMEN
CHENG & ELIZABETH
LIZZIE & SALLY
MICK & JEAN EVEREST
DAVID, MARK (Barretts JLC) & ROY
Congratulations go to Elizabeth Laurent and Christina Davies who are currently lying first overall in the Country in the Stratified Pairs Competition held on Wednesday 11 March. Their score is 69.70% the highest out of all 315 pairs competing in 17 Clubs across the country. A suitable prize should find its way to them in due course. Well played!!!
At Friday nights AGM of the Beverley Bridge Club held on 25 April the membership agreed with the Committee's recommendation that play on Friday nights should cease with immediate effect. Declining numbers over the past few years has meant the Club has struggled to pay its way and with only two or three tables it was not felt sensible carrying on any more. Molly Cooke, Club Chairman, outlined plans for disposal of the Clubs assets and these proposals were accepted by the Membership.
Richard Sissons, Chairman of the Maidstone Bridge Club said it was a sad day when a Club that had been in existence for more than 30 years had to close its doors but the Maidstone Club which plays on Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday nights would warmly welcome any of the displaced players . He went on to say it was an unfortunate reflection of the ageing membership of the clubs in the Maidstone area and he hoped that some younger members would come forward to give new blood to the game in the area.
It was disappointing to see that due to a number of members being away on holiday there were insufficient pairs to play bridge on both Tuesday and Thursday nights 13 & 15 May. It is to be hoped this was only a temporary anomaly and numbers will return next week.
The death of John Cullingworth from a heart attack at his island home in Tobago has been received with great sadnesss. John was cremated in Port of Spain in Trinidad at a ceremony attended by his brother and wife's family.
Many people have been in touch to say how much John meant to them and this from David Kendrick a long time friend and bridge partner sums up all our feelings.
John Cullingworth—a personal appreciation.
“When I first met John Cullingworth at Maidstone Bridge Club in the mid 1960’s, he already had a place at Exmouth Teacher’s Training College. Back then, John had an easy-going boyish enthusiasm that was little different from how he seemed on his recent trip home from Tobago this Summer of 2013. I liked his intensity of approach: if ever he became involved in any project---which occurred frequently---he always gave it 100%. He was engaging rather than relaxing company, and though often socially clumsy, everything he did was done quite without rancour.
Bridge was very important to him even in those early days. We were a regular partnership in the late 60s and early 70s and I’ve played with him from time-to-time ever since. Although he played many sports, none was ever more than a healthy diversion from bridge, his main area of expertise. I value a partner to whom the game matters, and Cullingworth certainly qualified on that score: nothing mattered more to him. Some play bridge because it satisfies their competitive urges. Others play for social reasons. JC seemed to play for the elegance of the game. Phone calls from him across the Atlantic would start ‘Kenders, I’ve an interesting little handy-dandy for you. You hold....’ I would be told what I should have bid, and would then be told to play a contract. There would always be little riders; he didn’t want me to miss anything. My replies would usually be along the lines, ‘intuitively, I would simply do xyz’. He loved it when he could respond, which he often could, ‘Good, very good Kenders. But (in gleeful tones) not best. That is an 78% line. I’ve got one which is 84%. You’d better think about it, and send me an email with your improvement.’ And all I’d done was to answer the phone.....
John’s guileless enthusiasms always seemed timeless. But already, his sad and untimely death makes that seem decidedly dated. He was a gentle, slightly eccentric man, who now appears to belong to an earlier and more innocent era. All his friends (he had no enemies) will miss him, and our lives will be more one-paced from now on.
John’s brother Bert (as he always referred to his sibling, Richard) and Marina have our deep sympathy, and will need our support. We are very aware of their loss.”
It is with great sadness we record the death of Fred Heine, aged 78, on 28 May 2013 after a long battle with cancer.
Fred had started playing bridge in the Maidstone area in 1976 and attended all the local clubs frequently. He was a keen golfer with, at one stage, a single figure handicap and a very active Member of the West Malling Masonic Lodge. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and associates.
The funeral took place at Vinters Park Crematorium on Thursday 6 June 2013 at 1445 and was attended by many more people than could be accommodated inside the building.The Humanist ceremony was broadcast outside and included a short piece by Richard Sissons on Fred's bridge life. Those who attended were invited afterwards to The Tudor Park Hotel for refreshments. Charitable donations are welcome to either Heart of Kent Hospice or Kent Cancer Trust.
It is with great sadness we report the death of Alan Buxton after a short illness. Alan was a keen golfer who played bridge from time to time. At some stage he played at all the local Clubs but is probably best remembered at Penenden Heath and Bearsted Clubs. His funeral is at Vinters Park on Wednesday 31 October.
At the last Teams night the Chairman drew attention to the very poor table numbers on Thursday nights recently and indicated the Committee were concerned that play could not continue if things did not improve. All members were encouraged to make every effort to attend in future and it was pointed out the more tables there were the more enjoyable the game was for all. Despite holidays and the recent loss of two regular players numbers since the begining of July have improved and it is to be hoped that all members will continue to make every effort to attend. New members are of course welcome and the Committee would be pleased to see more Wednesday night players come along.
The message is simple. Use your Club or lose it!!!
There was again a noticeable lack of support from Maidstone players for this years Kent Congress held over the weekend of 29/30 October 2011 at the Tunbridge Wells Club.
Molly Cooke and John Walker were the leading area players in Saturdays Swiss Pairs competition finishing 25th out of 48.
In Sundays Green Pointed Swiss Teams Richard Sissons and Jenny Kendall teamed up with ex Kent and local players Brian and Valerie Barrett finishing in a creditable 13th place out 48 teams.
Some local players have complained that they were again unable to enter the Swiss Teams as it was fully booked up but perhaps the moral is "get your entry in sooner"!
One of the more extraordinary hands from the teams was this one when sitting East you pick up AJ10 to six spades, A10 to six hearts and a singleton 5 of diamonds. Whilst considering your options your partner produces the STOP card and....................wait for it ..................opens 3 Clubs.
Most players found the correct bid of pass although some more adventurous souls did bid to 4 Heart with mixed success partner holding a singleton spade and doubleton Queen of hearts.
Another hand of note was the deal illustrated. Do you play really weak two's?
Unless you are playing extremely weak weak two's most players pass and the auction normally proceded as shown with North ending in 4 Hearts and often doubled. As you can see from the hand the contract cannot be beaten but one or two declarers allowed East to make one uneccessary trump. If you did open 2 Hearts on the East hand you did well to make more than 3 tricks! Is there a lesson somewhere there?
See if you can spot some of the players pictured in the Kitchen/Living area.
Thanks to Jean Letley local bridge players enjoyed an afternoon of Bridge, Food and Drink on Sunday 24 July at her house of "Grand Designs Fame". Players formed into four teams for 24 boards of bridge many glasses of wine and plates of food. Thanks go to Jean for organising the weather and providing food and drink, Molly and John for cooking and Richard for organising the Bridge. Additional thanks also to David Beal for stepping in at the last moment when one player could not make it. Players look forward to the next event! Will she move before then we ask?
Congratulations to the winners of the Club Ladder Pairs Competitions.
WEDNESDAY - Jean and Mick Everest with runners up Ian Bumpsted and Mark Nicholas
THURSDAY - David Stretton and Richard Sissons with runners up Ian Butler and John Walker
Congratulations to Dick Payne, David Stretton, Richard Sissons, Clive Cubbitt and others (including Peter Law and Terry Bird) who have again won the Annual Teams Competition. Everhing hinged on the very last session played on Thursday 4 December and it was a close run thing, Dick's team winning by a slender single imp margin. A number of Teams were waiting in the wings but 2nd and third slots went to teams Captained by David Beal and Molly Cooke.
Annual General Meeting 2014
The AGM was held before play on Wednesday 15 January with 60 plus members in attendance on the night. The main items discussed and agreed are listed below :-
1/. The Chairman and Committee were re-elected for a further year.
2/. Subscriptions to remain unchanged at £12. Table Money will stay at £3 but will be reviewed later in the year if necessary.
3/. A Club member has very kindly agreed to sponsor a new Ladder Pairs competition to be introduced on the 4th Wednesday in every month (except December - see calendar). Members who play at least 7 times with the same partner on that Wednesday during the year will qualify.There will also be a subsidiary prize, probably for the best improving pair each year, but details are to be finalised.
4/. A quarterly Teams Competition will be held on the 3rd Wednesday in February, May, and August and the 2nd in November. A suitable trophy for this event is being researched.
5/. The meeting closed at 1935 hours and was followed by a fifteen table bridge competition.
The Maidstone Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 9 January 2013 . Richard Sissons, Georgina Howe, David Beal, John Walker and Jenny Kendall were reelected with Pat Jarrett joining to learn the necessary skills to be Secretary.
The evening concluded with a Teams of four competition the winning team comprising Roy Linn, David Davies, Janet Sears ad Chris Davies.
A regular Wednesday night teams event is now planned.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of June Stacey on Wednesday 6 June after a short battle with cancer.
June was taught to play bridge by Jeremy Burns, with whom she developed a long and close relationship. She has played regularly at the Maidstone and Beverley Clubs and also played with Jeremy in Congresses. Her visits to France with Jeremy as part of the Maidstone contingent will always be fondly remembered.
The funeral was held at Vinters Park Crematorium on Friday 15 June at 1145. Many of her bridge playing friends attended.
Pictured with Eddie are Paul, Roselyne and Philip the new President of Henin Beaumont Bridge Club.
Only 3 pairs went to France this year for the annual competition in Henin Beaumont. None did particularly well but Eddie and Irvine Caplan were the highest placed. The evening buffet was again very friendly and the new President of Henin Beaumont Club ensured glasses did not go empty as he has a very large wine cellar. Those who went can't wait to return next year to sample more of his excellent wines. The hand below was the talk of the evening.
Maidstone Competition Winners for 2010 are as follows -
Ladder Pairs - Richard Sissons & David Stretton
Chairmans Bowl - Molly Cooke
Monthly Teams - Dick Payne, Clive Cubitt, David Stretton, Richard Sissons
Page Cup & Mixed Pairs - Len & Margaret Harris
Leeson Trophy - John Walker & Molly Cook
BEARSTED BRIDGE CLUB NEEDS YOU!
Bearsted is seeing only 3 to 4 tables each week and with holidays and personal issues some of the regular players have been missing over the last few weeks. Barry Quinnell is still recovering from his knee operation but is back in the fold. Visitors very welcome!
Don't forget hot and cold snacks are available and men can purchase drinks from the Bar. Coffee is also served.
Pictured are Richard Sissons, Jenny Kendall being greeted by the Hosts Michael Glot and Roselyne Willemetz.
Five pairs took part in the annual tournament of Bridge at Henin Beaumont this year. There were no exceptional results to record. Fred Heine and Eve Thrush were the highest placed pair in 19th place with Eddie Lucioni and Dianne Rogers 25th. Brian and Valerie Barrett were 31st, Richard Sissons and Jenny Kendall 42nd and Jeremy Burns and June Stacey 54th. As usual all pairs took away a prize some more useful than others.
The party were again well entertained by the Henin Bridge Club with both lunch and supper at there Club Room.
All the party enjoyed a meal at the Novotel on the Sunday evening before the bridge and, thanks to Fred's generosity, were joined by Roselyn the Henin Club President. Unfortunately Fred suffered a puncture on the way to the Bridge but this did not seem to upset his play and the local rescue service came to his aid on Tuesday morning.
A grand time was had by all and at least 10 or 12 French players indicated they would be coming to our event on 5th December at the Hilton Hotel.
More pictures on other News pages.
MAIDSTONE AGM 2010
The Maidstone AGM was held on 14 January at the Hilton Hotel. The key decisions reached were that, in the absence of any nominations for Chairman, a new Constitution was approved which allows the Chairman to remain in office without restriction, and as a consequence Richard agreed to be re-elected. Members decided unanimously that they wished to remain at the Hilton and undertook to help more in clearing up. P2P was approved with the annual subscription rising to £12.50 (now payable) and table money remaining unchanged except for visitors. David Beal was elected Secretary and John Walker also joins the Committee with Jeremy Burns and June Stacey, whilst Georgina remains Treasurer. Full minutes will be posted in due course.
MAIDSTONE XMAS SWISS TEAMS
(Pictured are the 2009 Winners of the Peter Westbrook Trophy)
Twenty Six teams competed this year for the Peter Westbrook and Bob King Trophies, the highest number for some years. Maidstone Bridge Club Chairman Richard Sissons welcomed the players and mentioned this was the 30th occasion the Peter Westbrook Trophy had been played for and it was encouraging to see that many of those playing today had won the trophy in the past. In particular he was delighted to see one of the Winners in the first year, 1980, was here, Dorothy Holland.
The Hilton Hotel pulled out all the stops in the Restaraunt to feed 76 players a full 3 course lunch and enable a prompt restart.There was the usual fine selection of Christmas themed prizes and Raffle and Malcolm and Barbara Carey ensured the bridge went smoothly.
Winners of the Peter Westbrook Trophy were Karen Pryor's team of Andrew Southwell, Andy Morris and Duncan Curtis with a score of 90 VP's. second, on a split tie, were Dick Payne, Clive Cubitt, Peter Law and Denis O'Donovan with a score of 84 which they shared with Ron Jolliffe, Fred Heine, Colin Mahrer, and Paul Willis.
Winners of the Bob King Trophy were last years Westbrook trophy winners, Colin Wilson, Diana Avis, Brian Crack and Shirley Goldwin with Dorothy Holland's Gravesend team close behind.
Full results and more pictures will be found on other pages.
Winner of the 2014 Riccomini Trophy Individual Competition was Rob Carman with runner up Ian Butler. 29 players competed in this annual Competition for Maidstone Bridge Club members which was held for the first time at Bearsted Golf Club. Thanks to John Walker for making the necessary arrangements.
22 Pairs turned out to play in the Maidstone Mixed Pairs Championship won by Jacquline Day and Colin Mahrer with Jenny Kendall and Richard Sissons runners up. The highest placed married couple who came a very creditable 4th were Mick and Jean Everest with Anne and Simon Leonard close behind 6th. Moselle Ambrose and David Richards were in 5th place.
Prizes and Trophies will be presented at the AGM to be held early in the new year.
A BIG THANKS TO ALL PLAYERS FROM BEARSTED AND MAIDSTONE BRIDGE CLUBS WHO HELPED RAISE £75 FOR THE UNICEF CHARITY AT THE RECENT TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS SESSIONS.
IN PARTICULAR CONGRATULATIONS MUST GO TO JOYCE COOPER AND DALLIE BROWN WHO WERE 4TH OVERALL ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
THE NEXT SCHEDULED CHARITY SIMS EVENT WILL BE CHILDREN IN NEED IN NOVEMBER.
Whilst the least said about the bridge in France is probably best the hand illustrated caused considerable debate amongst the English. Jenny & Richard and Eddie and Irvine were playing East West. Jeremy and June North South.
Against Jeremy and June East West played a fairly common 3NT and made 11 or 12 tricks. Eddie and Irvine explored options and ended in 5H which produced 12 tricks and much discussion as to why they could not bid the 6H.
Richard and Jenny were playing against Roselyn and her partner. Having just had a poor set of boards, Jenny opened a heart and to her horror after the bidding sequence shown then found herself in 7NT doubled by Roselyn! The spade lead was won in dummy but despite the Clubs splitting only 12 tricks were made.
Discussion and closer inspection later over the usual refreshments started to throw some further light on the hand. In fact as Eddie points out 13 tricks cannot be stopped as it is an automatic squeeze on South. The only lead to beat the contract is the singleton K of hearts! Roselyn could not be persuaded that the double was ill advised and despite lengthy explanations she would not accept Eddie's detailed replay of the cards. Bad luck Jenny but what a shame. Something at least to remember from the event and at least our hosts did not go away unhappy.
EARLIER FINISHES AT MAIDSTONE
FOLLOWING THE DISCUSSION AT THE AGM WHERE IT WAS AGREED PLAY SHOULD NOT FINISH LATER THAN 2245 HRS, TO DATE PLAY HAS BEEN FINISHING AT OR JUST AFTER 2230 DUE TO PROMPT STARTING AT 1930 AND IT IS HOPED THIS WILL CONTINUE. SO PLEASE DON'T ARRIVE LATE OR YOU MAY NOT GET A GAME!
SO FAR IT HAS NOT PROVED NECESSARY FOR OUTSTANDING BOARDS NOT TO BE PLAYED. THE DIRECTOR HAS ALSO MANAGED TO PLAY THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF BOARDS AVAILABLE WITHOUT REMOVING ANY IN THE LAST ROUND. MEMBERS COOPERATION IN ENSURING THEY PLAY AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE HAS UNDOUBTEDLY HELPED.
Thursday 30th December was a very successful night with 24 players. Congratulations go to Jeremy Burns who came out winner of the Bridge and the Riccomini Cup. Well done also to Georgina and David who won the Christmas Quiz.
Thanks to all loyal Maidstone Members (and some regular visitors !) for supporting the Club during the first few months of the year but please don't desert us now just because the sun is shining. Please keep coming we need your support all through the year. We have recently seen only 3 or 4 tables and the Club struggles to function at this level of support.
Holiday commitments will be taking players away over the next few weeks so the need for everyone to make an effort to attend is even more important.
No partner? Don't forget John Walker's "Find a Partner Service". John says not enough people still seem aware of his offer to team people up so please make an effort to come and ring John if you are happy to play but don't have a partner.
MAIDSTONE SUBS NOW DUE
AT THE RECENT AGM IT WAS AGREED CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS WHICH RUN FROM JANUARY TO DECEMBER WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED AT £12.00 AND THERE WILL BE NO INCREASE IN TABLE MONEYTABLE MONEY WHICH WILL REMAIN AT £3.00 AND VISITORS ON THE NIGHT WILL PAY £3.50. THERE WILL BE A PRORATA MEMBERSHIP AMOUNT PAYABLE FROM SEPTEMBER EACH YEAR FOR NEWLY JOINING MEMBERS. THERE REMAINS A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OCCASIONS A VISITOR MAY ATTEND BEFORE MEMBERSHIP IS NECESSARY.
UNDER P2P MEMBERS WHO PLAY JUST ONCE A MONTH WILL AUTOMATICALLY ACHIEVE THE MINIMUM 12 PAYMENTS NECESSARY TO ENJOY THE FULL EBU BENEFITS BY THE YEAR END.
THE CLUB TREASURER IS NOW COLLECTING AND NEW MEMBERS JOINING WILL BE GIVEN A FORM TO COMPLETE SO THERE DETAILS CAN BE PASSED TO THE EBU THROUGH THE CLUB SCORING SYSTEM.
A number of players have asked about the scores for Wednesday 19 November when the results were "lost" from the computer. It has not been possible to recover any scores other than the first round and those that were entered onto travellers towards the end of the evening. However, these scores have been put together with averages for the boards not available and the results can be accessed as usual by clicking on the results tab on the left of the screen. No master points will be awarded for that night.
The Web Site player database is constantly updated through the Scorebridge Scoring system which makes use of the EBU database to check certain details. From time to time this information is also manually checked and updated. This information can ONLY be viewed by members who apply for the access password.
Because of the automated nature of the Scoring System both the Maidstone and Bearsted Committee's have adopted an "opt out" policy for Members and Visitors in accordance with a notice displayed in the Club. (This is also available to view on the Web Site). Payment of the Annual Subscription (or appropriate Visitor Fee) indicates acceptance that certain information will be held by the Club and displayed securely on the Web Site. If you do not wish your Email address or EBU number to be displayed to Members you must apply to The Web Administrator for the information to be deleted.
This information is in accordance with the guidlines given by the EBU and additional data may be requested and stored to meet the requirements of the new Pay 2 Play membership scheme which both Clubs will be adopting. Further detail will be announced in due course.
Please note that if you choose this course of action you will not receive information about forthcoming events or last minute changes etc etc. Additionally the Clubs' will not act as "Postmaster" on your behalf so people looking for partners etc etc will not be able to contact you.
WOULD MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE THAT STARTING TUESDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2015 BEARSTED BRIDGE CLUB WILL START PLAY AT 1900 HOURS (7 o'clock pm). PLAYERS ARE ASKED TO BE READY TO START PLAY PROMPTLY. THIS CHANGE IS BEING MADE IN AN EFFORT TO AVOID LATE FINISHES. IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE LIKELY TO BE LATE PLEASE NOTIFY JOHN WALKER SO ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE TO ACCOMMODATE YOU.
(FUNERAL DETAILS SEE ABOVE)
It is with great sadness that I write about my friend Malcolm Hawkes.
Despite having different partners from time to time, we had played as a partnership for over 40 years. I have had only three long term bridge partners in that time, and the fact that ne was my first bridge partner and that I played with Malcolm just one week before he died is a testament to the enjoyment I had from our bridge partnership throughout that period. We always enjoyed playing together particularly when we were defending.
We had played together in County and National events including the National pairs, as well as knockout events including the Gold Cup, and Crockfords Cup. We played together at the former Beverley Bridge Club as well as Medway Towns Bridge Club where many trophies bear his name, and of course Maidstone Bridge Club. For me, he was always my first choice of a substitute if another partner was indisposed.
When a few Maidstone Club members asked if I would help them improve their game, I sometimes needed a little extra help with the 3-6 people turning up. Malcolm readily came along, joined the club, and it was not long before Pauline and other friends joined and we soon had seven tables. Malcolm’s willingness to help and cover for me in the earlier days undoubtedly lead to the success of that venture, and the social bridge that evolved from those friendships.
On the closure of the club, Malcolm took the opportunity to take a break, but avidly followed the results of those who now play on a Wednesday night at Maidstone Bridge Club on the website.
The thought of not playing with him again is very hard to bear.
It is with great sadness we report the death on Thursday 10 July of Malcolm Mitchell after an extended period of illness
Malcolm did much to extend the playing of bridge in the Maidstone area particularly with his development of successful afternoon clubs and also evening clubs where he thought greater emphasis on beginners needed to be made. Although criticised by the "bridge establishment" for competing against existing clubs and his failure to promote KCBA and EBU events he was well respected and indeed he played in many county and national competitions in his earlier years.
The well attended funeral was held at Vinters Park Crematorium on Tuesday 19 August.
Members may recall that at the end of the "SIM PAIRS YEAR" all Club Heat Winners and Clubs are entered into prize draws for additional prizes which are drawn at the EBU AGM held in November.
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Maidstone Bridge Club has again been successful on two counts in these prize draws. Firstly, the Club itself has won a runners up prize of £100 for staging the events throughout the year, and also David Stretton and Chris Coleman have won a £100 pairs prize for winning the Thursday night Summer SIMS Event.
Congratulations to everyone who took part but remember you can't win a prize unless you participate. Details of the first SIM Pairs events next year are shown in the adjacent column.
Steve Wileman after a long illness;
Wednesday players Dick Ballinger, Mary Smith and Jeffery Martin;
Miriam Webster who played on Wednesdays and Thursdays; her family have asked that members are thanked for the collection in her name, which exceeded £700.
We recently learned of the death of a bridge player in Cornwall who had close connections with the Maidstone Club. Dave Wilman lived in Harrietsham for many years and worked in London commuting by train and joining a regular bridge playing school "on board". In due course he graduated to the Maidstone Bridge Club and struck up a partnership with Brook Spooner Lillingstone which lasted on and off for a number of years. Dave eventually semi retired to the village of Gorran Haven in Cornwall whilst Brook gave bridge lessons at Bearsted Club until his untimely death from cancer a few years ago. Dave continued to play bridge in Cornwall mainly at the Truro Club but kept in touch with his friends in Kent and in particular John Cullingworth. John with Dave's help organised a series of teams of eight matches against Clubs in Cornwall and Dave, apart from arranging the accommodation, also hosted a bridge match in his house which had magnificent views looking out over the Atlantic coast. For those who knew Dave well he will always be remembered for his stories of bridge hands on the train and of course "Henry's Ace" ♦ .
Good news at last. Eddie has been moved to Pembury Hospital Ward 30 and is making excellent progress. Although he cannot remember the accident he seems to have regained all his other faculties and is keen to get back to the bridge table.
PLEASE NOTE THE CALENDAR IS NOW UPDATED FOR THE YEAR.
PLEASE ADVISE WEB MASTER OF ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS.
For some years now John Walker has been helping his Civil Engineering colleagues in London arrange an annual Teams Bridge Competition for the Brunel Trophy. The event takes place each October at the impressive Institute of Civil Engineers Building in Great George Street, Westminster London and John, who "borrows" tables and cloths from local Clubs, loads his car and arrives early in the morning to help the Director set up. Play commences at 11am and continues after lunch 55 boards being played in total, duplimated of course, by John. Afterwards a dinner is held in a restaurant in nearby Covent Garden. Pictured is John and partner Alex Gibb at this years dinner, their team mates were Richard Sissons and Jenny Kendall and in a strong field the team came a respectable 6th.
Richard Sissons won Bearsted's annual Brook Trophy Competition with Jenny Kendall a close runner up. The Trophy is played for annually in memory of Brook Lillingstone who did much to encourage new players in the area. Jenny in particular was pleased with her performance saying "I still look forward to the day when I get my name on the trophy"!
There was a scoring issue which did not come to light until the final round which has necessitated the scores for Boards 13-15 and 22-24 being swopped. Those players who played the board twice have received an average whilst those who did play correctly will find their scores entered on the opposite board. Where appropriate an adjustment for vulnerability has been made to maintain the correct score.
Maidstone Wednesday Club member Moselle Ambrose celebrated her 90th birthday in fine style with her usual game of bridge on Wednesday night with regular partner David Richards. She had lunched with her daughter but was still very keen to play bridge that evening.
Pictured, John Rice presents Moselle with a large boquet from Club Members in honour of the occasion.
The funeral took place at Vinters Park Crematorium Maidstone on 12 December.
Pictured is Barry Quinnell Chairman of Bearsted Bridge Club presenting the Brook Trophy for this years Individual Competition played on 3rd December. Jane beat 23 other players for the title including Eugene Hood, Brian Barrett and David Stretton who were all equal 2nd.
Following the closure of the Beverley Club earlier this year the remaining club funds were distributed to four charities each of which received £565. They were the Air Ambulance, MacMillan Nurses, Demelza House and The Heart of Kent Hospice.
The Bearsted Club now operates as an extension of the Maidstone Club on Tuesday night. Provided you have paid your £12 Maidstone Bridge Club subscription you will be eligible for all EBU benefits including Master Points. Table money will increase by 50p for any non members / visitors to cover P2P payments. For adminstrative purposes there will be no change in the day to day management of the Bearsted Club.
The Mid Kent Area League for Teams of four has now concluded with Jacquie Days team winners. Results are available on the EBU Web Site.
Follow this link http://www.ebu.co.uk/leagues/?id=KEN-000003-01
It is with deep regret we have to report the death of Ron Jolliffe at 72 years. Ron had suffered a major heart attack earlier in the year and had gone in to hospital for a bypass operation. Unfortunately he did not fully recover from surgery and died on 5 July.
The funeral was held on Monday 23 July and was attended by many of his friends and family including bridge and bowls players.
Winners of the John Cullingworth Trophy for the most improved pair in 2016 were Rosemary and David Bryden. They were presented with their trophy on a recent Wednesday night by Club Chairman Richard Sissons.
Maidstone's Wednesday night Bridge Club has said farewell to its creator and mentor Geoff Smith in a couple of ceremonies recently. Firstly, as pictured, members enjoyed with Geoff a slice of cake specially prepared for him by Jean Archer and presented by Colin Bennett. A week later Chairman Richard Sissons handed Geoff a card and John Lewis tokens collected and signed by the membership. Those present then enjoyed a farewell drink courtesy of the Club as a thank you for all Geoffs hard work over the years.
Geoff has moved to Cornwall where he has had a "weekend retreat" for many years and no doubt he will be persuing his diving activities with renewed vigor. In his farewell response he did say he hoped to return to Maidstone during the course of next year as his family are still resident in the area and we look forward to seeing him from time to time.
And this was not the only recent celebration! An anonymous person very kindly left three bags of choclates at the Hilton Reception for members to enjoy during bridge this week(19 October). Thank you whoever you are, they were greatly enjoyed!
Members may remember that the EBU British Summer Pairs was won by Dick Payne and David Stretton who collected a cash prize of £25 each. However, at the end of the "SIM PAIRS YEAR" all Club Heat Winners and Clubs are entered into prize draws for additional prizes which are drawn at the EBU AGM held this year on 26 November.
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Maidstone Bridge Club has been successful on two counts in these prize draws. Firstly, the Club itself has won a runners up prize of £100 for staging the events throughout the year, but also Jean Letley and John Walker have also won a £100 pairs prize for winning the Autumn heat at Bearsted. Congratulations to everyone who took part and hopefully more players will be encouraged to participate next year knowing that prizes can be won. Details of the first events are listed in the column on the right.
Lillian Vane has died aged 96. For the last few years Lillian has been in Barty House Bearsted but was still playing bridge regularly unti 2009.
Lillian was a founder member of Maidstone Bridge Club and with her husband Doug regularly ran the bridge sessions at Maidstone's Archbishops Palace where the Club met.
The funeral was at Vinters Park Crematorium on Wednesday 12 September at 1015 and Richard Sissons gave a short eulogy.
BUILDING A BRIDGE SYSTEM
Please note that Dick Payne has recently updated, revised and renamed his bidding manual. Click above to have a look.
Anyone interested in further discussion should contact Dick by email Dicks Mail Service