If you are inviting a Visitor to the club:
Board Orientation: The board should be left in the centre of the table. This rule is not new. Miss-boarding is quite common and without any doubt the cause of these miss boardings can be traced back to the board having been moved from the centre of the table. The only thing new is that the board has to be oriented correctly. If there is no room for the board in the centre of the table, it can be moved with the agreement of all four players to the side of the table but it must contain it's correct orientation.
Remembering Phyllis Sparks R.I.P. whose funeral took place on Monday 15th October by Mary Kelly-Rogers.
Phyllis and Kevin were members from and during the early years of our Club, Kevin becoming Maintenance Officer and then Phyllis took charge of placing paintings to adorn what was UN rendered dull white walls. Some were her own, others were by her Art group, could be bought and were a light release to look at if the Bridge was going badly!
Kevin carried out his tasks meticulously and with good humour and together with Phyllis organised an interior club face lift that, at that time, was not the ordinary and those dull white walls became an orange colour, the curtains an unusual blue and orange and the tablecloths alternated between the blue and the orange. We hardly knew about interior design in those days but Phyllis was a natural. I remember the excitement of walking in to the Bridge Room when their work was done. It was magical. Today the neutrals win out on our rendered walls but then her orange and blue combination was magical.
Phyllis was a tall slim attractive lady and definitely a lady. She was very stylish and she was competitive at bridge. Kevin was more a social player, was great fun while Phyllis with a lovely dry sense of humour was more serious; their two approaches to our game married well. I remember once when my partner was asked by Phyllis our discard system. Natural was the answer from partner when I played the three of clubs but then when I turned up with the Ace of clubs there were questions asked in the nicest possible way and answered by Kevin saying something like ‘Dear…... Mary did not really want a club’.
It is Good Times now with both a great social and competitive element but it was good times with a twist back then. Can you imagine after the Bridge ended on a Thursday packs of sandwiches appearing watered down by whiskey? Joe Quinn, Kitty’s brother, would bring the sandwiches and his wife Una, Kitty and Maurice, Phyllis and Kevin, Doris and Leo Mooney became quite the 8 some and they knew how to enjoy themselves. This all ended with demise of Joe before his time, the sandwiches stopped and when Kevin died in 1994 Phyllis continued to come out to Malahide with her friend Joan Timlin until the journey became too much for them and Joan became ill.
Phyllis and Kevin had many other friends in MRBC, Eileen Kelly, Mary McNamara, Margo and Paddy English, Anne Duffy, Madge Kinahan, Aileen James and Dolores Murphy to name but a few and some of us met her here in our home a year or so ago for afternoon tea and reminisced.
May Phyllis Rest in Peace, along with Kevin, Maurice, Una and Joe.