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.
"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).
A choice of delicious main courses and desserts should make Gerry's bridge lunch on Wednesday 7 November (1pm) the best ever.
You can choose from Salmon and Herb Parcels with Butter Sauce - or Carbonnade of Beef and Spiced Red Cabbage. And to follow there will be scrummy Almond Tart and/or fruit salad and/or ice cream. Plus, there will be a glass of very decent wine - and tea and biscuits during the bridge that follows. All for £16.
Reserve your place and choose your main course now by clicking on BEST EVER
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
Richard & Jackie finished ahead of John & Celia, while third placed Jane & Jackie finished top of the Handicap.
Scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date. Click on the Handicap tab to see the Handicap results.
* Don’t forget to enter the Handicap Pairs on-line (see left). There will be a maximum of 18 tables and 17 are already accounted for.
Tony & Sue won for the second successive week and finished well clear. Paddy & Richard and Peter & Mary filled the minor places.
Click on the Latest Result tab above to see the scores, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.
The Stansfield quartet of Paddy, Gerry, Kathy and Penny excelled in the Swiss Teams at the Felixstowe Congress over the weekend.
They won the 'Non-Expert' prize which is awarded to the top placed team whose members are all below the rank of National Master.
Also deserving of a mention are Dave (Allen) & Paul (Maclachlan) who were runners-up in the Open Pairs on Saturday, and Maggie and Elizabeth, who were third equal in the Really Easy Pairs.
To see all the results for the weekend click on FELIXSTOWE which will take you to the Suffolk bridge website
Two pairs forgot to arrowswitch for three boards (please report to the head teachers study immediately!) so the scores changed slightly. Gerry & Hazel still pipped Paddy & Richard, but Dave & Paul are now third.
However, as invariably happens, the finishing positions altered when the scores went into the national pool. Click on SIMS to see the overall results. Click on COMMENTARY to see how the boards should have been bid and played.
Click on the Latest Result tab above to see the club scores and boards or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.