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SALLY BROCK IN IPSWICH

Sally Brock, an England international for 40 years and one of the top women players in the world, will be at Ipswich & Kesgrave bridge club on Wednesday 18 July for an all-day Play & Learn session.

Her appearance is part of I&K's 60th anniversary celebrations. The day will start at 10.30am and finish around 4pm. The cost is £10 for I&K members, £12 for visitors. Bridge in the morning will be followed by lunch and a discussion with Sally about the hands. Partners are not essential. Hosts will be available and all levels of player are welcome.

For more details clck on SallyBrock. To reserve your place on line click on I&K

IPSWICH SWISS PAIRS - 2 SEPT

As part of their 60th anniversary celebrations, Ipswich & Kesgrave bridge club are staging a special version of their annual blue-pointed Swiss Pairs on Sunday 2 September - with increased prize money, a full buffet lunch and a non-master's prize.

The event, restricted to 60 pairs, takes place at the Kesgrave community centre - 11.30am start. To download an entry form click on I&K. To enter on-line click on ENTER

SUFFOLK EVENTS

ENTRY FORMS FOR SUFFOLK COMPETITIONS THIS SUMMER

The Mixed Pairs takes place at Lavenham village hall on Wednesday 13 June (7pm).

Clare bridge club hosts the Senior Pairs (Seniors 60+, Veterans 70+)  on Wednesday 11 July (7pm).

The Ladies' and Mens' Pairs is at Lavenham village hall on Wednesday 12 September (7pm).

Please click on the highlighted competition name to download an entry form.

The Felixstowe Congress is the county's flagship event. 

GOLF-BRIDGE DAY: 26 SEPTEMBER

Stansfield's annual bridge-golf day will take place on Wednesday 26 September at Newton Green.

The format will be the same as usual: 18 holes of golf (either foursomes of greensomes) followed by a fish & chip lunch and then 18 boards of bridge. The unique scoring system developed a few years ago, should provide an overall winner.

HANDICAP PAIRS IN 2018 & 2019

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 TELEPHONE NUMBER

Stansfield village hall takes incoming calls on 01284 789427. So just phone if you are running late...

CLUB TEAM NEWS

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

Suffolk's jolliest bridge club meets on Tues & Thurs (7pm) + Learn & Play on Wed (2pm)
LEARNING BRIDGE - THE FUN WAY

Richard runs a range of bridge courses and daily workshops throughout the year. To find out more click on BRIDGE COURSES

SUFFOLK DAY: THURSDAY 21 JUNE

THERE is every reason to be proud and passionate about Suffolk - particularly on Thursday 21 June which is Suffolk Day 2018.

Suffolk Day celebrates everything that is wonderful about our county and because if falls on a Thursday this year that seems a sufficiently good reason for the club to get involved.

Patricia, together with Richard L, the club's celebrated barman, are preparing the half-time nibbles that evening and they are already working on a Suffolk theme.

Similarly, a selection of Suffolk brewed beers will be on offer together with some interesting Suffolk produced wines. Add in a few balloons, some bunting and who knows what else...and Suffolk (Bridge) day should be 'a bit of alright', as Charlie Haylock might say.

Click on Suffolk Day 2018 to find out more about the county wide events taking place.

MEMBERS SUMMER PARTY ON 19 JULY - BOOK NOW

The annual summer party for members is one of the highlights of the year and is less than two months away.

Supper before bridge will be headed by Gerry's delicious beef, together with poached salmon, and seasonal puddings. The meal, soft drinks and the bridge that follow will be free to all members. Wine and beer will be half price - £1.

To reserve your place on  THURSDAY 19 JULY (5.30pm start) just click on PARTY.

EBU CHIEFS RECIEVE MONEY RAISED BY 'Dr DOUBLE'
They came. They saw. They conquered...
...and they went away with a handsome cheque!

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 on Thursday.

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

THIRD LOCAL PAIR QUALIFY FOR CHINA FINAL

(Chinese for CONGRATULATIONS)

Jenny & Susan have qualified for the final of the World Wide Bridge contest in China this autumn - and they are planning to go!

They scored a very respectable 64.14% in the fourth heat of the event staged at the club, to finish just behind Bridget & Richard, with John & Celia in third spot.

However, their score sky rocketed to 72.16% when the Stansfield scores went into the world wide pool.

With all the results in and the event completed, they finished runners-up. 517 Pairs from 36 clubs in 19 different countries took part. To check the top scores click on CHINA SIMS.

The global winners and runners-up of all eight heats gain automatic entry to the final of the World Wide Bridge contest held in either Shanghai or Sanya in October. In addiiton, pairs with the next best scores in each continent qualify and, if necessary, the best third placed scores complete the 24 pairs who go to China. Keith & Joan made the final two years ago while a pair from neighbouring Clare went 12 months ago.

To see full results and scores click the Latest Result tab above or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date. Click on COMMENTARY to read an analysis of the boards played.

THE BELL: 10 TABLES

Celia & John triumphed on Sunday in The Bell, the club championship, from Mary & Richard and David & Cleopatra - while Gordon & Wendy landed the handicap prize.

The strongest renewal of the event in the club's history saw 40 players taking part and the chatter and laughter suggested everyone had an enjoyable afternoon. Many thanks to Esme for providing a wonderful spread at tea time.

To see all the scores, click on the Latest Result tab above right (then click on Handicap to see handicap results), or scroll down the right hand column to Results and click on the relevant date.

POSLINGFORD PLATE CONTESTED BY NEIGHBOURS

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.

BRIDGEMATES, DUPLIMATED BOARDS, DUPLICATE EVENINGS & LEARN AND PLAY SESSIONS

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.i

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 May 2018 the club had 120 members.

OLD NEWS ITEMS CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON NEWS ARCHIVE

TUESDAY: 7 TABLES

When two players partner each other for the first time, it is curious how often they make a winning start. Chris & Brian proved the point as they made their debut as a pair and sauntered to a comfortable success over Joan & Keith and Richard & Susan.

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.

THURSDAY: 9 TABLES

A comfortable success for Jackie & Paddy (top) from Tony & Liz, who finished top of the handicap. Dave & Den were third.

To see all the scores and boards click on the Latest Result tab above - then click on Handicap to see the handicap result - or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date. 

'TEAM HOLLINGSWORTH' ENJOYS GOOD FORTUNE

A team captained by Chris has won the 2018 Suffolk Winter League division two title - somewhat fortuitously

After winning three and drawing another of their five matches, they qualified for the semi-final play-offs which they won...when Lady Luck showed her hand.

The other semi-final failed to take place when one team withdrew and due to a host of reasons, including illness, the 'winners' of that semi-final graciously conceded the final to Team Hollingsworth. In 2019 they will play in the Premier Division.

The teams of four event is open to any group of players. Matches are usually played in the home of one of the participants. There are currently three divisions - Premier, Division 2 South and Division 2 North. Why not get a team together for 2019?

WHERE TO BUY YOUR BRIDGE KIT

Results
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Bridget
Nibbles: Bridget
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Richard L
Nibbles: Peter & Andy
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Marcus
Nibbles: Gerry
Duplicate
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Chris
Nibbles: Joan & Keith
Duplicate
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Richard E
Nibbles: Rani & Tony
Calendar
Wed 20th Jun 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 21st Jun 2018
Suffolk Day 2018
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Paddy
Nibbles: Patricia & Richard
Tue 26th Jun 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 27th Jun 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 28th Jun 2018
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Susan
Nibbles: Lesley D-E
Tue 3rd Jul 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 4th Jul 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 5th Jul 2018
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Richard E
Tue 10th Jul 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 11th Jul 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 12th Jul 2018
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Chris
Tue 17th Jul 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 18th Jul 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 19th Jul 2018
SUMMER PARTY
Village hall 6pm
Host: Marcus
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Tue 24th Jul 2018
EBU Sims
Wed 25th Jul 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 26th Jul 2018
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Richard L
Tue 31st Jul 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 1st Aug 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 2nd Aug 2018
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Bridget
Nibbles: .Maggie