Following the success 12 months ago of having a party in the New Year rather than in the run up to Christmas, the club will follow suit this festive season.
The New Year's Party will be on 10 January, starting at 6pm, and is open to all members.
* There will be no bridge at the club on Tuesday 25 December (!), Thursday 27 December or Tuesday 1 January.
Learn & Play meets on Wednesday 12 December and then has a break until 9 January.
Suffolk is running a number of competitions over the coming months, including two which should appeal to club members.
The Mid Anglia Pairs at Woodbridge on Sunday 20 January is a two session event, starting at 11am and finishing at about 6pm. Although it is a pairs event, the IMPs scoring means team tactics come into play e.g going for thin games. For more details click on MID ANGLIA. To enter on-line, click WOODBRIDGE.
On Sunday 24 February (2pm), the Jyl Marsh Individual takes place at the very social Framlingham bridge club. Between 24 and 32 boards are played with different partners, using a simple bidding system. For more details, click on INDIVIDUAL. To enter on-line click on FRAMLINGHAM.
Following his recent visit to Stansfield, Gordon Rainsford, chief executive of the EBU, has written about the club in his latest on-line blog. You can read it by clicking on HE LOVED THE SAUSAGE ROLLS...
Following the success of the inaugural Stansfield Handicap Pairs last year, the club's committee has decided to repeat the event in 2018 and 2019.
The competition is open to players from other clubs and aims to give everyone an equal chance of success by allocating a handicap to each player, based on their NGS record with the EBU.
The Handicap pairs will take place on Sunday 21 October 2018 and Sunday 27 October 2019 - 11am start.
Stansfield village hall takes incoming calls on 01284 789427. So just phone if you are running late...
A new page listing teams representing the club in county competitions and how they get on - good or bad - is now available.
Just click on the Club Team news in the column above
How can you win a section on Thursday night - but end up being beaten overall by a pair from your own section?
Confused? Then click on Bridgemate Scoring in the column above.
The next bridge lunch will be on Wednesday 17 April with a choice of two courses.
Gerry's daughter Emily, who is also a professional chef, will be cooking - and Gerry serving!
Please put the date in your diary.
More details to follow in due course.
Brian Field made a farewell appearance at the club last Thursday before moving to Sussex this week - and he signed off in characteristic style by partnering Marcus to a ‘double’ victory.
Not only did they win overall, but they also finished top of the handicap.
In many ways, Brian is a classic example of the Stansfield 'system', having learnt the game at courses run by Richard before quickly proving himself a decent player. He represented Stansfield in the first and second teams; he was a regular in the club's golf-bridge matches - and very much part of the social side of the club.
He enjoyed success on club nights with a wide variety of partners, including those in the photos on the right. We wish him and his wife, Jennifer, very best wishes for the future.
To see the scores and boards played, click on the Latest Result tab at the top of the right hand column, or scroll down to Results.
Not for the first time, Gerry did not allow the pressure of producing a fabulous lunch for a room full of players to get in the way of what matters...winning the bridge!
After cooking a superb meal for 42 people - with the choice of beef or salmon, followed by a scrummy pudding - he teamed up with Jan to finish just ahead of Will and Angie in the duplicate that followed. A brief scan of previous results suggests it is the fourth time he and Jan have prevailed at ‘Gerry’s bridge lunch.’
Although he now plans to step down from all the work involved with cooking at the twice a year event, ‘Gerry’s lunch’ will continue. More details to follow in due course.
In the meantime, a huge thank you to Gerry, who not only came up with the idea of a bridge lunch almost a decade ago, but has enabled Stansfield bridge club members and visitors to savour his culinary delights on numerous occasions. * Click on LUNCH to see all the results
"It doesn't matter how many times you shake the bottle, the cream will always rise to the top," is a favourite saying of one Stansfield player - and so it proved in the Handicap Pairs on Sunday.
Despite having to give a percentage start - double figures in some cases - to most of the field, Roger Timmins & Sue Wilcox from Balsham bridge club underlined they are a class act as they strolled to victory in the second running of the competition.
The pair (picutred left) finished with the best gross score 12 months ago but went one better this time by also landing the handicap prize.. Their gross score was 10% ahead David & Maura Green (centre photo) in second, and Chris & Paul Rickard (right photo). And after the handicap calculations, they were still top , ahead of Babs Bacon & Christine Cooke, the Rickards and Lorna Ward & Mary Rix, from the home club. Click on RESULTS to see all the scores.
The winners won a new Handicap Pairs trophy, very kindly donated by last year's winners, Kathy Rose & Penny Easting, an I Would Rather Be Playing Bridge At Stansfield mug, and £50 each.
The handicap format of the competition not only resulted in 17 tables from far and wide, but it attracted numerous players who normally sidestep competition bridge outisde their home clubs.
Next year's renewal of the Stansfield Handicap Pairs will be on Sunday 27 October 2019 (11am start).
Gordon Rainsford (left) and Jerry Cope (right), the General Manager and Treasurer of the EBU, were winners in more ways than one when they visited Stansfield bridge club.
In addition to receiving a cheque for the proceeds from the sale of Dr Double prints, they ran out handsome winners of the bridge with a 70%+ score.
With 14 tables and half-time nibbles prepared by Gerry, it was a cracking Stansfield evening, which left the visitors suitably impressed.
Gordon thanked the club - and Rui in particular - for the £1,300 raised from the sale of Dr Double prints. The money will go towards the £60,000 required to send four England junior teams to the World Youth Championships later this year.
Click on EBU to read more
STANSFIELD bridge club, formed in 2007 and situated in the heart of Suffolk countryside between Clare and Bury St Edmunds, is not only the county's jolliest and fastest growing bridge club - but also one of the most progressive with a state-of-the-art scoring system, computer generated hands and lively website.
The club meets three times a week in the village hall. On Thursday evening (6.45 for 7pm) the emphasis is very much on having a fun evening out where less experienced players can flourish (and use 'crib sheets' or receive supervision)
There is a half-time break when players enjoy delicious nibbles prepared by members, and a glass of wine or cup of tea/coffee. A host system is in place so visitors are welcome. Bridgemate scoring means duplicate players get the result on the night and, in addition, computer generated boards are available every week with the hands uploaded on to this website. (Click on 'Results' in right column)
In September 2013 the club voted in favour of affiliating to the English Bridge Union. Thursday nights continue to focus on encouraging beginners and improvers - while Tuesday night (6.45 for 7pm start) offers 24+ boards for more experienced players.
On Wednesday afternoons (2-4.30pm) there are Supervised Learn & Play sessions for Improvers and those who prefer gentle or afternoon bridge.
As of September 2018 the club had 129 members.
OLD NEWS ITEMS CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON NEWS ARCHIVE
Kathy celebrated her birthday by partnering Penny to a cracking success. Tony & Sue were runners up ahead of Joan & Keith.
Click on the Latest Result tab above to see the scores, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.
A fine first win for Sekhar & Amanda from Tony & Sheila, who also finished top of the Handicap. John & Celia were third.
To see the scores and boards played, click on the Latest Result tab above, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date. Click on the Handicap tab to see the Handicap results.
Richard & David won the Stansfield heat of the Suffolk Sims Pairs from Paul & Bridget, with Conor & Howard in third spot.
Click on the Latest Result tab above to see all the scores and boards, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.
To see the latest county wide results click on SUFFOLK For an overview of the hands click on COMMENTARY
* Richard & David finished second out of 138 pairs from nine participating clubs.
A team representing Stansfield finished a highly creditable third in the Suffolk Teams of 8.
The event, contested by a dozen clubs across the county, was won conclusively by Ipswich & Kesgrave. Near neighbours Clare were runners-up ahead of Stansfield. Bury St Edmunds were third and Colchester A fourth. To see results in full click on TEAMS8.