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John Smithson

Regretfully we have to advise that John Smithson passed away late on Tuesday, 27th December, peacefully, at home.  Our condolences go to Betty and her extended family.
John's funeral will take place at 12 noon on Friday, 13th January at St Francis of Assisi RC Church, Ash Hayes Road, Nailsea, BS48 2LP.
The service will be followed by refreshments to be served in the Church Hall. All are welcome.
John was a former President and Treasurer of Somerset CBA. He also had several stints as chairman of  Nailsea Bridge Club. John was heavily involved in charity work in Bristol and the local area around Nailsea, and more information about John’s life can be found on the Nailsea Bridge Club website.around Nailsea, and more information about John’s life can be found on the Nailsea Bridge Club website.

Paul Bowyer Seminar - Making the most of your trumps.
Paul Bowyer Seminar - Making the most of your trumps.

After a gap of a couple of years Paul Bowyer will be visiting us again on Sunday February 18th. The theme of his seminar will be 'Making the most of your trumps' with the emphasis on the card play rather than the bidding. The event will be at the Victoria Club, Street from 10am until 3pm. and is free and open to all but please register your intention to attend with Jean Howard so that sufficient boards can be prepared. Basic refreshments will be available and the club bar will be open but please make your own arrangements for lunch if required.

Tollemache Qualifier

Many congratulations to the Somerset team of Eric Cummings & Ceri Pierce, Colin Juneman & Roger Sweet, Colin Flood & Sheila Coda and Alan & Jette Bailey which has qualified for the final of the Tollemache Cup by finishing second in their group at the qualifying tournament. This is the first time that the county has ever qualified and will take its place in the final in February alongside London, Berkshire, Lancashire, Middlesex, Dorset, Oxfordshire and Kent.

You can see all the statistics here.  Somerset were in Group D.

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Congratulations to the winners of the Pairs' League 2017. The competition was keenly contested particularly in Division 1 where four points covered the first six teams.

Division 1  Roger Sweet & David Howard
Division 2  Wendy Miller & Mike Smith tied with Martin Holcome & Mike Powell
Division 3  Joan Pooley & Nigel Hamlyn
Division 4  Katrina Foote & John Staite

Full results and tables are here.

SCBA Selection Committee

The period of office of the current selection committee ends at the end of this Western League season. A new panel of selectors will be appointed during the summer and members of the SCBA interested in becoming a selector are invited to submit their name to Gina Howard before May 31st 2017. Members of the Selection Committee are not necessarily expected to be expert players themselves but do need to take an interest in the progress of players at all levels in the county, to be prepared to assist the chairman of selectors with administrative duties and to act with integrity and objectivity in all aspects of the selection process. The role involves selecting teams to participate in the Western League A, B and C divisions and to select the team to represent the county in the Tollemache event.

The SCBA committee is looking to introduce new blood to all of its activities and very much hope that new potential selectors will put themselves forward for a two year period of office.


Langport win Restricted Inter Club

Click Club Championship 2016_17 result to see full result. The event is scored in 3 NGS groups for the pairs and 2 NGS groups for the teams. Only 1 pair / team per club can gain points in each group these names are in black.

Inter Club Restricted Pairs/Teams

Click here for the combined Pairs & Teams results

Michael Coda Cup

Jan Bonus, the secretary of the Bay Community Centre came over last Wednesday and Sheila gave her the cheque for £800 raised by the Michael Coda
Letter from Bay Community Centre.
£1200 was given to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

The county wishes to thank all the members who supported this event so generously this year.

Use Menu to see full results

Michael Coda Cup

The county charity simultaneous pairs for the Michael Coda trophy will be played at clubs throughout the county during the week February 6th-10th, 2017.  The nominated charity is the RNLI and the money raised will be donated directly to the three lifeboat stations in Somerset; namely, Burnham, Minehead and Weston-Super-Mare.  Colin Juneman has once again kindly produced the commentary click - Michael Coda Commentary

Click here for full results and here for results by club


In order to produce more winners and thereby encourage more players the committee has decided that from now on all Pairs events will be stratified using Master Point rankings.
A - open. B < Regional Master  C< Advanced Master

N.B. A pair of mixed rank must be assigned the category of the higher-ranked player. 

Stratified Events run like any other SCBA event – all participants are part of the same field, and may play against each other. A single result list is produced, but players who have a lower Master Point ranking, so meet certain stratification criteria, are highlighted on the result list so that they can be identified. Lower ranked pairs can therefore compare their scores with both the overall results, and also with the results of those with a comparable ranking. Those who do best amongst those in the lower stratifications are awarded additional Master Points.

West of England Congress Photos 2016
  • Ann Bawdon
  • Championship Pairs - Irene Robinson and Mike Huggins
  • Flitch Chris Dixon
  • Ladies pairs - Barbara Biggin and Anne Skinner
  • Mens Pairs - Niall Igoe & Ambrose Holmes-Mackie
  • Mixed Pairs - Alan & Jette Bailey
  • Swiss Pairs - Alex Maddocks & Gunnar Hallberg
  • Swiss Teams runners up
  • Swiss Teams - Alan & Jette Bailey, Warner Solomon, Roger Sweet
National Swiss Teams

Dave Latchem, Sheila Coda, Bill Rowe and Rodney Marks played in the National Swiss Teams on 17/18 January 2015.  After losing the first three matches 12/8,11/9,12/8 they thought they were only there for the beer, but by the end of the first day were lying 6th after some large wins.  Sunday was another good day for the team, as they won 4 of the remaining 5 matches.  They finished equal first but had not played the other team, so the tie was split by the number of wins.  The other team had won 9 and Dave's team  had only won 8, so they lost out on first place.  This is a tremendous achievement for the team.  Well done to them.

SCBA 2017/18 booklet

The SCBA 2017/18 booklet is also available here as a download.  If your printer supports duplex printing, the pdf download can be printed as an A5 booklet by choosing the ‘booklet’ option on the print menu.

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