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ENJOY A HIGHLAND FLING!

Due to the popularity and success of bridge breaks at the Mill of Dess Lodge between Aberdeen and Balmoral, Richard will be running two seven-night courses at this outstanding venue in 2018.

The first, from June 21-28, will be designed specially for those relatively new to bridge, who have been playing the game for about one or two years. To see details click on SUMMER COURSE.

The second, from September 4-11,  is for more experienced, duplicate players and has already attracted 12 bookings (four remaining). Click on AUTUMN COURSE to find out more.

 
 
 
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BRIDGE DRIVE TO HELP LOCAL CHARITY

Bridge drive organised by

Sue Casleton and Peta Hancock

Stansfield village hall

Thursday 16 November (2pm)

Everyone (well, nearly everyone!) loves animals and acknowledges the special bond between them and us, particuarly in times of trouble.

Here is a fun way to raise money for a local charity which helps animals and people to help each other. A superb tea is promised, together with amazing raffle prizes. To reserve your place please click on Our Special Friends bridge drive

COUNTY EVENTS OVER THE NEXT YEAR

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!

The Club Teams of 8 takes place on 12 November. Click on TEAMS for more details.

LOCAL TEAM BEATS COLCHESTER

A combined Stansfield-Clare golf-bridge team took on Colchester at Newton Green golf course recently and ran out comfortable winners.

After winning the golf by a total of 23 holes, the local team extended their advantage at bridge, winning by eight boards. 

The winning team was (l-r): Richard, Philippa, Dave, Paddy, Nick, Derek, Sheila and Paul.

DIAMOND CHAP

60 year milestone for Den

Many congratulations to Den who celebrated his diamond wedding anniversary recently. The popular club member has every right to raise a glass...

FOUR STANSFIELD (CHINA) MUGS...

The annual Stansfield golf-bridge day took place at Newton Green and 'I Would Rather Play Bridge at Stansfield' mugs were presented to the winners - Richard, Sheila, Martyn & Peter.

A dozen players took part and after a rain curtailed round of 15 holes, they enjoyed a fish & chip lunch before settling down to some far from serious bridge. Many thanks to Paul for arranging the event.

GOLF IN SCOTLAND
Jane, Rani and Jackie took time off from learning the dark arts of defence with Richard to tackle the picturesque golf course at Aboyne in Aberdeenshire.
ART EXHBITION & BRIDGE TEA

The exhibition of members' art has been switched from 4 November to Saturday 18 November. More details very soon.

Bridge with Tea has also been moved from 5 November to Sunday19 November.

GERRY'S BRIDGE LUNCH THIS WINTER

The date has been fixed for Gerry's bridge lunch this winter - February 21 2018.

His lunches have been one of the most popular events in the club calendar for several years. Gerry's daughter, Emily, has very kindly agreed to do the cooking while Gerry will be on hand to serve.

We had planned to have two lunches but the club's 10th anniversary celebrations meant the one scheduled for Novemebr has been cancelled.

LEARN & PLAY

To see how to bid and play the hands at the weekly Wednesday afternoon (2pm start) Learn & Play sessions please click on HANDS

HOSTING

The Host system on Thursday evenings has been in existence for a number of years and fulfills an important function - enabling players without a partner to get a game.

There have always been a relatively small number of hosts but the committee would like your views on expanding the number so that all Thursday 'regulars' take their turn. In practice that would probably mean being host about once a year - and there is a 50-50 chance you would get a game.

If you could let committe members have your thoughts, that would be helpful.

In the meantime, it is worth re-iterating that members should try to find a regular partner and not overly rely on the Host system.

STANSFIELD VILLAGE HALL TELEPHONE NUMBER

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

SUFFOLK EVENTS CALENDAR

Details of all the Suffolk competitions planned for 2017 are now available. Just click on SUFFOLK EVENTS 2017

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

Bridgemate scoring
Bridgemate scoring

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.

 
Suffolk's jolliest bridge club meets on Tues & Thurs (7pm) + Learn & Play on Wed (2pm)
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR BRIDGE THIS AUTUMN

Richard is running a range of eight week bridge courses and daily workshops this autumn to suit players of all abilities. Check out what is on offer by clicking on BRIDGE COURSES

PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES, GLASS WORKS AND PHOTOS IN CLUB EXHIBITION

 

The Tate?

Le Louvre?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York?

Nope. These are just some of the works produced by members of Stansfield bridge club which will go on show in the village hall next month as part of the club's 10th anniversary celebrations.

Nancy (left) came up with the idea of an exhibition 12 months ago and the artistic movement within the club - both professional and amateur - has responded magnificently. In addition to paintings, there will be sculptures, glass works, photos, painting prints and cards - some for sale, some not.

The exhibition will take place on Saturday 18 November. The precise times are being finalised but it is likely to be in the afternoon. Visitors will be able to enjoy a free glass of wine and have the chance to buy some early Christmas presents!

300 PRIZE MONEY UP FOR GRABS IN CLUB COMPETITION

10th Anniversary Handicap Pairs: space for only one more pair

The 10th Anniversary Handicap Pairs event on Sunday 29 October (10.45 for 11am start) aims to give everyone a fair chance of winning - whatever their playing experience or level of ability.

The competition is open to players from other clubs and the event is being very well supported. With a maximum of 18 tables, there is only space for one more pair. So members who have not entered yet should do so promptly to ensure a place.

Just click on HANDICAP PAIRS and download an entry form, or pick up one at the club on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.

10.45 for 11am start - bring your own lunch

Every pair will have a handicap, based on their EBU national grade, which will result in the weaker players receiving a percentage start from the stronger players. So, unlike other bridge competitions, all participants will have an equal chance of winning some of the £300 prize money.

The Handicap Pairs is a highlight of the club's anniversary celebrations so it would be great if as many members as possible can support it.

Maximum of 18 tables (entries so far: 17½ tables).

SUCCESS AT THE SEASIDE

Three pairs of Stansfield members were in the limelight at the Felixstowe Congress, Suffolk's signature event of the year.

Taking pride of place were Bridget & Paul in the pairs events on the Saturday. After qualifying for the Pairs Championship final, they finished an excellent seventh and won the prize for the best performance by a pair below the rank of National Master.

Richard & John did not cover themselves in glory in the Pairs qualifier but they made up for their inauspicious start by winning one of the two consolation events, the Felixstowe Congress Pairs Shield, for the second time in three years.

And on the Sunday, fresh from a week's bridge course in Scotland, Jackie & Jane finished an excellent fourth in the Really Easy Pairs, which is contested by Improvers.

76 CELEBRATE CLUB'S 10th ANNIVERSARY

It was a night of laughter, kicked off by The Great Ode.* A fitting way, perhaps, for a bridge club which does not take life too seriously to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

A total of 76 players overcame traffic delays caused by an unexpected road closure in neighbourning Denston and a white van going into a ditch elsewhere to attend the special event,  - including a dozen intrepid souls who attended the club's first night back on 6 September 2007.

A spectacular supper of salmon, Gerry's trademark roast beef and a host of salads, followed by scrumptious puddings were the precurser to The Great Ode. Created specially for the occasion and delivered with masterful aplomb by the club's very own Pam Ayres (well, sort of) - Richard Langridge - it brought the house down.

The Secret Is Out: How To Cook Gerry's Beef - click on COOK

The other Richard recalled how the club started and thanked those who had been influential in developing Stansfield so it now met three times a week and offered bridge to cater for all tastes.  

Above all, the success of Stansfield was down to its members.  But he said there was a thin line between a thriving and a struggling bridge club. "Use it - let's not lose it."

And then it was bridge - 18 tables of duplicate and one of Chicago - and a rising level of chatter and laughter... 

Quite a night (which ended with everyone receiving an 'I Would Rather Play Bridge at Stansfield' mug) - and a huge thank you to Pauline and everyone who made it such a success.

* The Ode, together with other photos from the evening, can be seen by clicking on party

AND A VERY BIG THANK YOU FROM US...

I guess it's pretty well known that I'm not often lost for words but your amazing generosity left me speechless!  

Thank you all for your very kind contributions to our lovely presents: vouchers for The Crown and Castle, Orford - our favourite haunt - and garden tokens. Who knew I am planning to plant the back border?

Richard and I were so proud of Stansfield bridge club and its members last night. The club is what we wanted it to be: a welcoming place of fun and laughter, where lasting friendships could be made, and bridge played.

A huge thank you from us to you.

Mary x
PS The enormous bouquet of flowers is gorgeous and perfectly chosen for our sitting room.

EVENTS TO MARK STANSFIELD'S SPECIAL YEAR
Club's 10th anniversary celebrations

Stansfield bridge club met for the first time on 6 September 2007 - and a host of events are being planned to mark the 10th anniversary.

Here are the key dates which matter so please put them in your diary and support as many as you can:

Sunday 19 March (2pm) - An afternoon's bridge and tea with the winners being awarded the Bell Trophy which has been found after being mislaid for a couple of years!

Wednesday 6 September (5.30pm) - Anniversary party with special guests and presentation of a momento to all members.

Friday 8 September - Golf/bridge day at Newton Green golf club.

Sunday 29 October (11am) - Handicap pairs event open to players from Stansfield and other clubs.

Saturday 18 November - Exhibition of art by members

Sunday 19 November (2pm) - Bridge and tea 

In addition, there will be the usual annual golf-bridge day, Gerry's wonderful lunches, and much more besides.

IS THIS THE WEIRDEST HAND EVER AT STANSFIELD?

'Hermann,' as the dastardly duplimate machine is affectionately called by some members, surpassed himself recently with a hand that defies description - not to mention bidding.

Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say 'Son of Hermann'...because the machine which produces all the boards for club nights had its first ever software upload only days ago which changed the all-important hand generating process. And if Thursday is anything to go by, 'Son of Hermann' could prove even more of a handful than his predecessor.

Needless to say, Board 1 confused and amused in equal measure and ended up with Declarer playing some impossible (doubled) contracts, none of which made!

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE....

Club fields two teams in Summer League

Paddy has very kindly agreed to the thankless task of organising Stansfield's second team in the forthcoming Suffolk Summer League.

His decision means the club can field two sides in the Teams of Eight competition, as it did for the first time in 2016.

The first side, which is being organised by Joan, managed by the skin of its teeth to stay in the first division last year - but faces a similar uphill battle this year as it plays against the likes of Ipswich and Colchester, who are bulging with Suffolk first team stars.

The second team will be looking to build on a promising start 12 months ago when it won two matches against other clubs. If you are interested in playing, please contact Paddy.

To see who represents the club and how they get on, click on Teams Results.

BRIDGEMATES, COMPUTER GENERATED HANDS, DUPLICATE EVENINGS - AND LEARN AND PLAY SESSIONS
BRIDGEMATES, COMPUTER GENERATED HANDS, DUPLICATE EVENINGS - AND 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.

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 October 2017, the club had 127 members.

OLD NEWS ITEMS CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON NEWS ARCHIVE

Click for the latest results
Click for the Members Only section
AUTUMN'S HERE - IT'S OFFICIAL!
On a rather damp and miserable Wednesday afternoon, with trees racing each other to shed their leaves, the surest sign yet that Autumn is here was the scene inside the village hall. Nine full tables of people enjoying Learn & Play - and some delicious cakes. The bridge season has arrived.
TUESDAY: 5 TABLES

AMENDED RESULT

An incorrect score and rectifying an error involving two pairs playing the wrong boards has resulted in a slightly amended result: still a comfortable success for David & Cleo from Penny & Kathy, with Susan & Jackie 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.

THURSDAY: 8 TABLES

Richard & John headed the list of qualifiers in the club heat of the Suffolk Championship Pairs. Paul & Bridget were second ahead of Marcus & Susan and Patricia & Paul who tied for third place. Any pair with a score of 50% or above is eligible to play in the semi-final at the Blackbourne Community Centre in Elmswell on Friday 16 February.

To see the scores and boards, click on the Latest Result tab above or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.

WHERE TO BUY YOUR BRIDGE KIT

PARTY NIGHT: 19 TABLES

Richard & Mary prevailed from Sue & Tony, while Jason and Jo shared third spot with Jackie & Jane (below) who were the handicap winners.

To see all the scores click on the Latest Result tab and then click on Handicap to see the handicapped result

Results
Tue 17th Oct 2017
Teams
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Sheila
Thu 12th Oct 2017
Suffolk Championship Pairs qualifier
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Host: NO HOST TONIGHT
Nibbles: John & Elizabeth
Tue 10th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Thu 5th Oct 2017
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Host: Marcus
Nibbles: Maggie
Tue 3rd Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Thu 28th Sep 2017
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Host: Richard
Nibbles: Joan & Keith
Tue 26th Sep 2017
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Thu 21st Sep 2017
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Host: Chris
Nibbles: Gerry
Tue 19th Sep 2017
Duplicate
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Sheila
Thu 14th Sep 2017
Social
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Tony
Host: Peter
Nibbles: Hazel & Liz
Calendar
Thu 19th Oct 2017
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Sarah
Nibbles: Sheila
Tue 24th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 25th Oct 2017
Learn & Play
Stansfield Village Hall 2pm
Thu 26th Oct 2017
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Jackie
Nibbles: Tony
Tue 31st Oct 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 1st Nov 2017
Learn & Play
Stansfield Village Hall 2pm
Thu 2nd Nov 2017
Social
Village hall
7 for 7.15pm
Nibbles: Mary & Richard
Tue 7th Nov 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 8th Nov 2017
Learn & Play
Stansfield Village Hall 2pm
Thu 9th Nov 2017
Social
Village hall
7 for 7.15pm
Nibbles: Debs
Tue 14th Nov 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 15th Nov 2017
Learn & Play
Stansfield Village Hall 2pm
Thu 16th Nov 2017
Social
Village hall
7 for 7.15pm
Sat 18th Nov 2017
Members' art exhibition & cocktail party
Stansfield village hall 5pm
Sun 19th Nov 2017
Bridge with Tea
Stansfield village hall 2pm
Tue 21st Nov 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 23rd Nov 2017
Social
Village hall
7 for 7.15pm
Tue 28th Nov 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 30th Nov 2017
Social
Village hall
7 for 7.15pm
Tue 5th Dec 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Click for the latest results
Click for the Members Only section
AUTUMN'S HERE - IT'S OFFICIAL!
On a rather damp and miserable Wednesday afternoon, with trees racing each other to shed their leaves, the surest sign yet that Autumn is here was the scene inside the village hall. Nine full tables of people enjoying Learn & Play - and some delicious cakes. The bridge season has arrived.
TUESDAY: 5 TABLES

AMENDED RESULT

An incorrect score and rectifying an error involving two pairs playing the wrong boards has resulted in a slightly amended result: still a comfortable success for David & Cleo from Penny & Kathy, with Susan & Jackie 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.

THURSDAY: 8 TABLES

Richard & John headed the list of qualifiers in the club heat of the Suffolk Championship Pairs. Paul & Bridget were second ahead of Marcus & Susan and Patricia & Paul who tied for third place. Any pair with a score of 50% or above is eligible to play in the semi-final at the Blackbourne Community Centre in Elmswell on Friday 16 February.

To see the scores and boards, click on the Latest Result tab above or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.

WHERE TO BUY YOUR BRIDGE KIT

PARTY NIGHT: 19 TABLES

Richard & Mary prevailed from Sue & Tony, while Jason and Jo shared third spot with Jackie & Jane (below) who were the handicap winners.

To see all the scores click on the Latest Result tab and then click on Handicap to see the handicapped result

Results
Tue 17th Oct 2017
Teams
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Sheila
Thu 12th Oct 2017
Suffolk Championship Pairs qualifier
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Host: NO HOST TONIGHT
Nibbles: John & Elizabeth
Tue 10th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Thu 5th Oct 2017
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Host: Marcus
Nibbles: Maggie
Tue 3rd Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Thu 28th Sep 2017
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Host: Richard
Nibbles: Joan & Keith
Tue 26th Sep 2017
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Thu 21st Sep 2017
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Sheila
Host: Chris
Nibbles: Gerry
Tue 19th Sep 2017
Duplicate
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Sheila
Thu 14th Sep 2017
Social
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Tony
Host: Peter
Nibbles: Hazel & Liz
Calendar
Thu 19th Oct 2017
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Sarah
Nibbles: Sheila
Tue 24th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 25th Oct 2017
Learn & Play
Stansfield Village Hall 2pm
Thu 26th Oct 2017
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Jackie
Nibbles: Tony
Tue 31st Oct 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 1st Nov 2017
Learn & Play
Stansfield Village Hall 2pm
Thu 2nd Nov 2017
Social
Village hall
7 for 7.15pm
Nibbles: Mary & Richard
Tue 7th Nov 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 8th Nov 2017
Learn & Play
Stansfield Village Hall 2pm
Thu 9th Nov 2017
Social
Village hall
7 for 7.15pm
Nibbles: Debs
Tue 14th Nov 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 15th Nov 2017
Learn & Play
Stansfield Village Hall 2pm
Thu 16th Nov 2017
Social
Village hall
7 for 7.15pm
Sat 18th Nov 2017
Members' art exhibition & cocktail party
Stansfield village hall 5pm
Sun 19th Nov 2017
Bridge with Tea
Stansfield village hall 2pm
Tue 21st Nov 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 23rd Nov 2017
Social
Village hall
7 for 7.15pm
Tue 28th Nov 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 30th Nov 2017
Social
Village hall
7 for 7.15pm
Tue 5th Dec 2017
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm