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JOHN BRISTER died peacefully at home from lymphoma on 18 November.


JOHN was a  longstanding and much respected member of the Norfolk & Norwich Bridge Club, and a sportsman with wide interests. He was a season ticket supporter of the CANARIES and played rugby until an injured back forced him to retire. He was a regular golfer at Eaton Golf Club where I played with him once; approaching the 11th par three John summoned his 4 iron and smote the ball  - sweet as a nut - straight and true. On our arrival on the green we discovered his ball resting at the bottom of the hole. At bridge he was always polite to all members. Once, Nawal Fenwick stood-in in the league opposite him . He had opened one no trump only to see six no trumps hitting the table. I suspect this was a considerable shock for John but, true to form, he brought it home without a flicker of concern.  John served as President of the Norfolk & Norwich from 1994-95 and thereafter as Chairman until 1998. 

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

John Harrison,  4th December 2018

John Brister

It is with deep regret that we report the death of John Brister on Sunday 18th November, aged 84.  John died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

John was the much loved husband of Jill, dad of Tim and Anne, father-in-law to Louise and grandad of Jack and Harry.

There will be a private cremation followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich on Wednesday, December 12th at 11.45 a.m.

Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices or East Anglian Air Ambulance may be sent c/o Allcock Family Funeral Services, Falcon House, 96a City Road, Norwich, NR1 2HD or donate online at


Congratulations to the N&N team for winning the County's Allwood Wharton Trophy.

This qualifies the team to play in the Regional Finals of the Garden Cities Trophy on April 27th.

Team members were: 

Matt Millson & Roger Amey; Charles Melvin & Tom Melvin;

Mike Sabberton & Chris Mallon; John Dennis & Paul Darby

Find a Partner

Tom Melvin, our secretary, is running the Find a Partner service.  If you are in need of a partner, please send him an email: and he will circulate the membership.

Please note: there is no standby provided over the coming program.

Friday Friendly Club

The Friday Friendly Club which was aimed at the less experienced players has closed due to lack of support.

Convention Cards

Would partnerships please remember that they should always have fully completed convention cards, available for their oponents to see.

This notice is not aimed at scratch partnerships.

Charity Donation

£71.50 was raised at our charity event on 17 August.

Our designated charity is the Alzheimers Society.

Trophy winners for the Summer Open Pairs

The Summer Open Pairs season is now finished

There were two trophies to be won:

The Jewson Jug for the pair with the best 4 results over the summer - Bogdan Drobney and Maureen Kimbley (again)
The Paquot Salver for pairs with rankings up to 6* Regional Master. was won by David Smith and Peter Bowman (again)
Congratulations to both pairs. 
Reserves for the League

League teams are sometimes in need of a reserve, but the captains are unsure of who they can ask to play.  To assist in this, we are now putting on the website: underneath where the teams are listed, those players who are prepared to be a reserve. 

If you are not registered in a specific team and you would be prepared to play as a reserve, would you please email Stuart ( with your preferred phone number and your details will be listed.


Chief Tournament Director and Responsibilities

Peter Cotes has kindly agreed to be our Chief Tournament Director (07494 597772).

The Chief Tournament Director is responsible for organising the TD rota and for arranging suitable appeals committees as and when needed.

League - Division 1
League - Division 2
League - Division 3
Rose Cup
Howell (4)
Brown Trophy (3)
Fri 14th Dec 2018
League (4)
Willow Centre
7.00pm (seated by 6.55)
Director: All
Scorer: Neil Tracey
Fri 21st Dec 2018
No Bridge
Fri 28th Dec 2018
No Bridge
Fri 4th Jan 2019
Crossley Trophy (Handicap Pairs)
Willow Centre
7.00pm (seated by 6.55)
Director: John/Maggs Pyner
Scorer: Alan Hourd
Fri 11th Jan 2019
Howell (5)
Willow Centre
7.00pm (seated by 6.55)
Director: Mike Harnden
Scorer: Paul Darby
Fri 18th Jan 2019
League (5)
Willow Centre
7.00pm (seated by 6.55)
Director: All
Scorer: Neil Tracey