Suffolk bridge lunch next month - courtesy of Stansfield's master chef!
SUFFOLK is staging its third bridge-lunch next month at Elmswell - with Gerry and his daughter Emily doing the cookiing.
The event will take place at the Blackbourne Centre on Wednesday 30 May, starting at 1pm. A two course lunch including a glass of wine, afternoon tea & biscuits and bridge - all for just £15.
Click on ENTRY FORM for all the details.
You can reserve your place by clicking on Suffolk bridge lunch
The annual summer party, one of the great social events in the club calendar, will be on Thursday 19 July, starting at 6pm. More details in due course.
Stansfield will host four qualifying heats for the World Wide Bridge Contest over the next couple of months.
Joan & Keith famously qualified for the all-expenses paid trip to contest the final in China in 2016 and a pair from Clare emulated that feat 12 months ago.
The qualifiers will be on Tuesday 27 March, Thursday 29 March, Tuesday 24 April and Thursday 26 April. The entry fee is £1.50p (in addition to normal table money).
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.
The Suffolk Contract Bridge Association organises and runs lots of events every year for a wide range of players - including you.
Click on CALENDAR and you can see all the competitions being staged in 2018. Why not put the dates in your diary and start arranging partners!
On Sunday 25 February, the Jyl Marsh Individual is hosted by the very friendly Framlingham bridge club. Download an entry form by clicking on INIDIVIDUAL.
The Club Teams of Four takes place at Elmswell (2pm) on Sunday 4 March. A club can enter multiple teams so why not get a four together and give it a go. Click on CLUB TEAMS OF FOUR to download an entry form.
Entry forms are also available on the notice board at the club.
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.
Richard runs a range of bridge courses and daily workshops throughout the year. To find out more click on BRIDGE COURSES
Players have two chances this week to win an all-expenses paid trip to play in the final of the World Wide Bridge contest.
The two heats take place on Tuesday (24 April) and Thursday (26 April) - 6.45 for a prompt 7pm start. The entry fee is £1.50p on top of the usual £2 table money.
5 days away: enter NOW!
The Bell Trophy, the club's unofficial club championship, will take place on Sunday 29 April, starting at 2pm. The cost, including a delicious tea, will be £8.50p - and there are already nine full tables.
In addition to the trophy for the best overall score, there will be a handicap prize. To enter please click on THE BELL
£1,100 raised by 'Dr Double' - so far
'Dr Double' has raised £1,100 for the England junior teams who are competing at the World Youth Championships in China later this year.
Demand for the evocative print by Stansfield bridge club member Rui Paes has soared since 'Dr Double' featured on the front cover of English Bridge and the EBUs offical magazine urged members to support this 'great initiative.'
A raffle at the Stansfield's New Year party raised £200. A further £100 has been contributed from club funds and all the profits from the sale of prints are going to support the junior teams who need to raise £60,000 to cover the costs of the China trip.
MONEY RAISED: £1,140
(excluding £200 of SCBA matched funding)
To order a copy of the print (£25 + p&p) click on DR DOUBLE
Why club needs your personal data
As many of you already know, new data protection regulations coming into force in May will impact on bridge clubs.
In order to comply with the new law, Stansfield has drawn up a Privacy Notice which explains what personal data the club collects, how it is stored, what we do with it and much more besides – including what to do if you wish to have some or all of your data removed.
In essence, Stansfield collects the data because it is in the club’s ‘legitimate interest’ to do so - in order to enable the club to function effectively.
If you click on Privacy Notice you can read the full document which will remain on the club website. A hard copy is also available on the club notice board.
Many thanks to Keith, the club’s membership secretary, and Gordon Rainsford at the EBU for helping to steer the club through this regulatory minefield.
A friendly teams of eight match between Stansfield and Clare for the Poslingford Plate is set to become an annual fixture following the inaugural match on Thursday.
John Symons came up with idea of the contest, with both teams consisting of players who had not represented their club in the Suffolk Summer League teams of eight last year.
At half time, Clare led narrowly by 54 IMPs to 49 and in the second half they extended their advantage to 119-108.
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 March 2018 the club had 111 members.
OLD NEWS ITEMS CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON NEWS ARCHIVE
Adele & Angie finished well clear in the third heat of the World Wide Bridge contest hosted by the club. Paul & Bridget were runners-up and Brian and Rui took third.
The full results will be uploaded on Wednesday when clubs all round the world have finished playing. However, you can see the world wide percentages by clickong on CHINA SIMS
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.
John is enjoying a rich vein of form and triumphed with Celia, from Keith & John who topped the handicap. Bridget & Richard were third.
To see the scores, click on the Latest Result tab above or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.
Paddy & Richard pipped Kathy & Penny, with Jackie & Susan in third spot.
Click on COMMENTARY to see how the boards should have been bid and played, and EBU SPRING SIMS to see the national results.
Please click on the Latest Result tab above to see all the scores and boards played, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.
The first ever mini-duplicate at Learn & Play on Wednesday saw Trevor & Debs finish ahead of Maggie & Nichola and Judy & Rod.
To see the scores and boards played, click on the Latest Result tab above.
Despite the distraction of providing delicious nibbles for the half-time break, Maggie recorded her first ever success at Stansfield on Thursday, in partnership with Richard. For good measure, they finished top of the handicap. John & Celia were runners-up ahead of Joan & Keith.
Click on the Latest Result tab above to see all the scores and boards played, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.
Click on CHINA SIMS to see the world wide scores to date. To see how the boards should have been bid and played click on COMMENTARY
Bridget & Paul recorded a huge club score of 72.92% in the first qualifying heat of the World Wide Bridge Contest on Tuesday to finish 7th in the overall global results.
To see the club scores click on the Latest Result tab above, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.
Your can see the scores returned from around the world by clicking on CHINA SIMS
Click on COMMENTARY to see how the boards should have been bid and played.