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Contacting the Club

The club now has a mobile phone. The number is 07761 257256. This is switched on only during normal weekly sessions or matches. To contact the secretary John Greenhalgh ring 0118-9791806 (or by email by clicking on the box below).

Club Administration

Any queries about the club should be directed in the first instance to the Secretary John Greenhalgh.

You can send him an email by clicking on this item.

If you notice any errors on this website or have ideas for improvements then please email Jonny Richards by clicking on this item.

BBCBA County Calendar
Competition Entries

For external competitions where the entry is made by the Club you can now submit your entry via the web site. If you click on this item then an email will be generated which will be sent to the Competitions Secretary.

 
Welcome to Reading Bridge Club

Dr Andrew Parker

1941 – 2017

 

The club is very sorry to have to report the death of Andrew Parker peacefully on 28th Dec 2017. Andrew was perhaps the longest standing member of the club and was President in 2006 – 2010. More recently he had been unable to get to the club, but was a keen participant in a Bridge session that was started in Bradfield Village Hall.

 

He was an intuitive Bridge player who generally eschewed the latest bidding theory and the current forms of alerts and announcements. Nevertheless his name appears on several of the Honours boards at the club having won the Brown Cup, Laycock Cup and Francis Cup, as well as the Bridge Plus Teams trophy. He was also part of several of the winning Reading teams in the County League of 8. He was perhaps more successful at a County level where he won most of the trophies at least once and inspired his Team of 4 to win the County League 12 times, including an unprecedented 7 years in a row from 1982 to 88.

 

The undoubted pinnacle of his Bridge career occurred however in 2006, when along with John Greenhalgh, Ian Thompson and Tony Parkinson, he won the trials to select the England Seniors Team for the European Championships. Although the team finished 10th of the 16 countries competing, it was only by a margin of 1VP that it failed to qualify for the top group of 8 in the first stage (I have to admit to throwing 2 VPs in the very first match). The top group were then playing for 6 places in the World Championships. What might have been! Whether, as perhaps the last truly amateur team to represent England, our respective spouses would have looked fondly on the expense of 2 weeks in Beijing we shall never know.

 

In his working life Andrew was a member of the Reading University Senate, a Senior Member of the Geology Department and had been Head of Department for a number of years. He is credited on the Internet with being a contributor and joint editor of books on Sedimentology and is there described as a member of the Post-Graduate Research Institute of Sedimentology.

 

In his leisure time Andrew was an afficionado of fast cars and slow boats, participating in rallying and sailing. I well remember, when we were both on the County Bridge Committee, a journey to Great Missenden in his Lotus Elite – 6 inches from the road and acceleration like a fighter jet. Such activities did not however preclude him from being a keen supporter of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA).

 

Relatively recently he took up golf, playing on the Bradfield College course just round the corner from his wonderful house, though I think his golf was generally the precursor to lunch at the local hostelry (excellent as well when I accompanied him).

 

He was also a member of the local church choir so when, 2 or 3 years ago, the Bradfield and Bucklebury choirs were amalgamated for the televised Christmas Carol concert Andrew took part.

 

Andrew was a proof-reader and consultant to the magazine Bridge Plus from 1990 to 2000 and a member of the editorial board from 1994 to 2000 – and as the editor says, his insistence on good English and good taste was a real boon to a foreign editor! He was prone to making his views known with occasional trenchant letters to the editor under his fairly transparent pseudonym. I suspect too that other local and national organisations will find their in-trays less full since he was adept at pointing out inconsistencies in such matters as the parking regulations of the local council, articles in the local and national press and not least in notices at the Bridge Club.

 

He is survived by his wife Aniela, sister Rachel, brother in law Tony, brother Richard and sister in law Barbara, and he will be much missed.

 

His funeral service will be held in Bradfield College Chapel on Wednesday 17th January at 2pm.

 

Tony Parkinson Jan 2018

 

Reading Bridge Club Christmas Closure

 

Reading Bridge Club will be closed on the 26th December. All other planned bridge will take place over the Christmas period.

On behalf of Reading Bridge Club we wish you a Merry Christmas!!

Founders Trophy Winners

 

Congratulation to Joyce Baldock and Jim Chapman who won the Founders Trophy, Reading Bridge Club's annual mixed pairs competition, this year. 

Joyce and Jim were the highest placed Mixed pair on Tuesday night with 50.93%, just 2 matchpoints ahead of the next mixed pari of Janet & David Barnes.

This is the 4th time Joyce has won the Founder's Trophy and the first time for Jim.

Jonny Richards Nov 2017

Reading Bridge Club Annual Competitions 2016-17

The Club's Annual Tuesday Competitions for 2016-17 were completed on Tuesday (21st November). Roget Donato has continued his excellent run in 2017 winning both of the annual competitions (to go with the Brown & Laycock won in the first half of the 2017 biannuals):

 

Presidents Cup

1. Roger Donato - 54.17%

2. Mike Perkins - 53.83%

3. Mike Ribbins - 52.73%

 

Francis Cup

Mike O'Neill & Roger Donato - 55.98%

Mike Perkins & Peter Jackson - 54.70%

Jim Chapman & Jonny Richards - 54.17%

 

Jonny Richards Nov 17

 

Tollemache Qualifier

The Tollemache Qualifier, the inter-county championships for teams of eight, was held in Solihull this weekend (18th-19th November) with 3 of the clubs members representing their counties. 

John Howard and Tim Rees were part of a strong Berks & Bucks team whilst Chris Cooper was representing his home county of Oxfordshire.

Despite being in tough groups both Berks & Bucks (Group D) and Oxfordshire (Group B) finished 2nd in there respective group to qualify for the finals. They will  join Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Hants & IOW, Kent, Lancashire & Manchester in February. 

Both John and Tim were part of the Berks & Bucks team to win the Tollemache in 2013 & 2014.

 

Full results can be found Here

Jonny Richards Nov 17

Children in Need Simultaneous

Congratulations to Peter Bamford & Steve Tearle who have won the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs on Thursday Night (16th November) with a massive score of 74.52% in a field of 1978 pairs from 7 different countries.

 

Tuesday's Winners, James Bond & David Barnes were 107th out of 1825 pairs with just under 61%.

 

Full results from both Tuesday and Thursday can be found by clicking on the links. 

Jonny Richards Nov 2017

Reading Bridge Clubs Annual Dinner

Friday night saw the annual Dinner at Calcot golf club. The evening started with a dinner and a chat followed by the annual invitational. There were 40 players in 2 sections. The boards were taken from the Simultanious event from March 2017 and a Par score was create. Players socred 0,1 or 2 pts depending on there score agaisnt par. The results are below:

Green Section (Tbls 1-5)

1. Gill Smith - 22 pts

2. Sarah Mitchell - 19pts

 

Orange Section (Tbls 6-10)

1. Stephen Reader - 21 pts

1. Peter Francis - 21 pts

2. Elaine Lloyd - 18 pts

2. Peter Bamford - 18 pts

Detailed results and hand records are on the Calendar.

 

A big THANK YOU to Christine Cook and Gill Smith for organising the event.

6 Monthly Competitions March 2017 to August 2017

The winners of the the first half of the 2017 are below: 

 

Tuesday Competitions

Brown Cup 

1. Roger Donato   58.35%

2. Tony Parkinson  54.46%

3. Mike O'Neill       53.90%

 

Laycock Cup (Handicap)

1. Roger Donato          54.64%

2. Mike O'Neill               54.27%

3. Georgio Jeronimidi    52.98%

 

Thursday Competitions

Boucher Cup 

1. Pam Hanson     60.38%

2. Sam Botfiled      60.33%

3. Peter Bamford   60.04%

 

Bilbey Cup (Handicap)

1. Mike Nunn                55.16%

2. Monique Illingworth   53.51%

3. Jackie Paxford           53.35%

 

Jonny Richards Ocotber 2017

RBC Tuesday Comes to Thursday 12th Oct 2017

16 teams took part in the bianual Tuesday comes to Thursday event. 

Congratulations to the prize winners:

1. Jim Chapman, John Greenhalgh, Kerry Gordon & Simon Fixer   +47 IMPs

2. Ilan Sirkis, Jonny Richards, Chris Cook & Gill Smith  +41 IMPs

3. Chris Hall, Leon McArdle , John & Annette Chamberlain +39 IMPs

 Ascenders Prize - Ann Francis, David Barnes, Jackie Paxford & Peter Bamford

 

Also a BIG thank you to Janet Barnes for Organising this event!

Jonny Richards Oct 2017

Crockfords Plate Winners

 

Congratulations to Ian Reissmann's team - Ian, Tim Rees, Mike Perkins, Chris Cooper (not pictured) playing with Andrew Murphy, Steve Eginton  on winning the Crockfords Plate final. They won the event with 93 vps from thier 7 matches, 3 clear of the team in 2nd place.

For full results see - http://www.ebu.co.uk/results/631

Jonny Richards Oct 2017

6 Monthly Competitions Sept 2016 to Feb 2017

The 2017 Competition season is upon us.

There was an extremely close battle for the Thursday Handicap (Bilbey Cup) title.

The eventual result (showing the scores after Handicap Adjustment) was:

1. Martina Zweiflehofer   53.78%

2. Peter Francis                 53.58%

3. Linsey Joyce                 53.57%

4. Mel Thomas                  53.54%

5. Chris Sanders                53.42%

 

The Thursday non-handicap (Boucher Cup) result (counting ones best 8 scores) was:

1. Chris Sanders       58.49%

2. Pam Hanson          58.37%

3. Linsey Joyce         57.98%

 

The Tuesday non-handicap (Brown Cup) result (counting ones best 8 Cup night scores) was:

1. Chris Hall              54.83%

2. Tony Parkinson       54.14%

3. Dale Thomas          53. 83%

 

and the Tuesday Handicap (Laycock Cup) result (scores after Handicap Adjustment) was:

1. Dale Thomas             54.33%

2. Roger Burkeman        52.40%

3. Janet Barnes               52.33%

 

The full results are on the web site and on the board at the club, so those who missed out can check what they need to do differently in the ensuing 6 months.

Tony Parkinson March 2017

Club Telecomms and Broadband

 

Following the recent telephone failure, the Committee decided not to "invest" a significant sum in a BT investigation of the problem (BT claimed there was no fault on the line). The telephone and the existing Broadband contracts were therefore terminated. The club now has a mobile Broadband sytem installed. Directors should have received sufficient information to make use of this when uploading results.

 

There is now a mobile phone (number  07761 257256) for calls to the club, though this is only switched on during normal weekly sessions and matches. At other times, if you need to contact anyone at the club you will need to do so via someone's mobile number.


RBC Committee Nov 2016

BBCBA County Competitions

 

Links to the BBCBA County events are now automatically shown in the Reading BC Calendar entries in the Right Hand Column. You can click on the "More Info" button in these entries to take you to the appropriate.details on the BBCBA web site.

Tony Parkinson

Click for the latest results
Results
18th Jan 2018
Scorer: ken j
16th Jan 2018
Scorer: David Barnes
11th Jan 2018
British Winter Sims
Scorer: KJ
9th Jan 2018
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
4th Jan 2018
Scorer: Martyn
3rd Jan 2018
Lo8: Reading A vs Slough A
Director: M Perkins
28th Dec 2017
Scorer: Leon
21st Dec 2017
Thursday Xmas party
Scorer: Gill
19th Dec 2017
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
14th Dec 2017
Scorer: Martyn
12th Dec 2017
Committee Cup Qualifying heat
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
7th Dec 2017
Scorer: Leon
5th Dec 2017
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
30th Nov 2017
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
28th Nov 2017
Cocktail Pairs: Mixed pairs compete for the Founders Trophy
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
Calendar
21st Jan 2018
Friendly Swiss Pairs for the Pat Husband Trophy
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Don Collier
 Click for more information
29th Jan 2018
Lo8: Reading A vs New Amersham B
19:30
Director: M Perkins
1st Feb 2018
Tuesday comes to Thursday
7 pm
Teams of 4, expert pairs with non-expert pairs. Please sign up with Janet Barnes.
4th Feb 2018
County Pairs Final & Plate
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 1:30
Director: Rob Sassoon
 Click for more information
5th Feb 2018
Lo8: Reading C v Bourne End A
19:15
Director: S Botfield
13th Feb 2018
Waller Bowl Qualifying Heat 1
19:15
Open entry. You may only try and qualify in ONE heat (at RBC or any other club heat).
14th Feb 2018
Chiltern T8: Reading B v Loddon Vale
19:00
Director: M Zwieflhofer
15th Feb 2018
Waller Bowl Qualifying Heat 2
19:15
Open entry. You may only try and qualify in ONE heat (at RBC or any other club heat).
18th Feb 2018
Teams for the Perkins Cup
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Mick Green
 Click for more information
19th Feb 2018
Lo8: Reading C v Stoke Mandeville
19:15
Director: S Botfield
28th Feb 2018
Lo8: Reading B v Austenwood A
19:30
Director: M O'Neill
4th Mar 2018
Friendly Pairs for the Finchampstead Plate
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Mick Green
 Click for more information
15th Mar 2018
EBU Stratified Sims
19:15
EBU Simultaneous Event
19th Mar 2018
Chiltern T8: Reading A v Phyliss Court
19:00
Director: K Goswell
21st Mar 2018
Berks v Bucks Match
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 7:30
Director: Ian Mitchell
 Click for more information
28th Mar 2018
Lo8: Reading C v Ascot A
19:15
Director: S Botfield
Click for the latest results
Results
18th Jan 2018
Scorer: ken j
16th Jan 2018
Scorer: David Barnes
11th Jan 2018
British Winter Sims
Scorer: KJ
9th Jan 2018
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
4th Jan 2018
Scorer: Martyn
3rd Jan 2018
Lo8: Reading A vs Slough A
Director: M Perkins
28th Dec 2017
Scorer: Leon
21st Dec 2017
Thursday Xmas party
Scorer: Gill
19th Dec 2017
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
14th Dec 2017
Scorer: Martyn
12th Dec 2017
Committee Cup Qualifying heat
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
7th Dec 2017
Scorer: Leon
5th Dec 2017
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
30th Nov 2017
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
28th Nov 2017
Cocktail Pairs: Mixed pairs compete for the Founders Trophy
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
Calendar
21st Jan 2018
Friendly Swiss Pairs for the Pat Husband Trophy
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Don Collier
 Click for more information
29th Jan 2018
Lo8: Reading A vs New Amersham B
19:30
Director: M Perkins
1st Feb 2018
Tuesday comes to Thursday
7 pm
Teams of 4, expert pairs with non-expert pairs. Please sign up with Janet Barnes.
4th Feb 2018
County Pairs Final & Plate
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 1:30
Director: Rob Sassoon
 Click for more information
5th Feb 2018
Lo8: Reading C v Bourne End A
19:15
Director: S Botfield
13th Feb 2018
Waller Bowl Qualifying Heat 1
19:15
Open entry. You may only try and qualify in ONE heat (at RBC or any other club heat).
14th Feb 2018
Chiltern T8: Reading B v Loddon Vale
19:00
Director: M Zwieflhofer
15th Feb 2018
Waller Bowl Qualifying Heat 2
19:15
Open entry. You may only try and qualify in ONE heat (at RBC or any other club heat).
18th Feb 2018
Teams for the Perkins Cup
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Mick Green
 Click for more information
19th Feb 2018
Lo8: Reading C v Stoke Mandeville
19:15
Director: S Botfield
28th Feb 2018
Lo8: Reading B v Austenwood A
19:30
Director: M O'Neill
4th Mar 2018
Friendly Pairs for the Finchampstead Plate
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Mick Green
 Click for more information
15th Mar 2018
EBU Stratified Sims
19:15
EBU Simultaneous Event
19th Mar 2018
Chiltern T8: Reading A v Phyliss Court
19:00
Director: K Goswell
21st Mar 2018
Berks v Bucks Match
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 7:30
Director: Ian Mitchell
 Click for more information
28th Mar 2018
Lo8: Reading C v Ascot A
19:15
Director: S Botfield