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BRIDGE FUND RAISER FOR HOSPICE

Bridget Alexander & Celia Jeal have helped to raise thousands of pounds down the years for the St Nicholas hospice in Bury St Edmunds.

The two club members are organising another of their Bridge for Fun afternoons - on Friday 21 September - with the proceeds going to the hospice.

Click on Bridge for Fun to see all the details and to download an entry form.

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GORDON''S VIEW OF STANSFIELD

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...

TEAMS WINNERS

Congratulations to Paddy & Tony (plus Gerry and Rosemarie Mascall) who won the Huy Teams Trophy down the road at Clare bridge club.

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

STANSFIELD HANDICAP PAIRS - SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER

Following the success of the 10th Anniversary Handicap Pairs last year, Stansfield is repeating the event this autumn - and once again it is open to players from other clubs.

Unlike any other local bridge competition, this one gives everyone an equal chance of success, due to the handicap system. Kathy Rose & Penny Easting won in 2017.

Weaker or less experienced pairs receive a percentage start from stronger combinations. Handicaps for players range from -6 (best players) to +6 (weakest players) and are based on the EBUs National Grading System.

This year's renewal in Stansfield village hall is on Sunday 21 October with a 10.45 for 11am start. Prize Money will be £300. 

To find out more about the Handicap Pairs click on HANDICAP where you can download an entry form. The easiest way to enter is online by clicking STANSFIELD

SUMMER PARTY ATTRACTS 66
  • By popular demand: Beef a la Gerry
  • English summer scene
  • Who is this style icon?
  • Pauline, Jane, Jo & Jackie
  • Trevor, Tony, Paul & Sheila
  • Founder members: Jo, Jilly & Wendy
  • Pauline, Liz & Nancy
  • Sue, Susan & Jean
  • Peter & Tony
  • Den & Dave
  • Martyn, Peter, John & Peter
  • Chris & Paul
  • Bar team: Richard & Keith
  • Ian & Peter
  • Eyes down!
  • The serious stuff...
  • Elizabeth & Will
  • Tony & Mo
  • The 66..give or take
  • In your dreams

The annual summer party on Thursday lived up to expectations with a fabulous outdoor supper followed by bridge. The event attracted 66 members who tucked into Gerry’s famous roast beef, poached salmon, a host of salads, followed by pudding and cheese.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed and helped make the party such a fun occasion.

HOW WE HELPED THE RNLI

Back in March, the club hosted a Charity Challenge Pairs evening in aid of the RNLI - and this is the result.

The event was organised by Anna Gudge & Mark Newton who run the ECatsBridge Team (they arrange the popular 'China Sims' events) and on Tuesday they handed over a sizeable cheque.

Anna said: "We went across to the Kirkwall Lifeboat Station and presented them with a cheque for £5,659.45 to go to the main RNLI funds. I am sure you will recall that this was in memory of Mark’s brother Geof who died so suddenly and unexpectedly last year. We were very touched that the crew turned out in force for us to present them with the cheque as you can see from the attached picture, and they have sent out a press release about it which you can find if you click here

"The crew had already been out in the morning, to bring a sailing boat that had got into trouble safely back to harbour and were heading out on exercise shortly after our visit. Lovely people, incredibly brave … it made it all very personal if you know what I mean. 

"So – it is now to us to thank you, your committee and all of your members who donated – please thank them for us. We are doing it all over again next year – again for RNLI – and do hope that you will join us again.”

SUFFOLK DAY: 13 TABLES

Computer fails to dampen Suffolk Day spirit

A great turn-out for Suffolk Day bridge with the theme of locally produced food during the half time break and wines and beers made in the county.

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves apart from the computer who threw a hissy fit (during the break, funnily enough) and spent the rest of the evening and the early hours uploading software updates...

However, all's well that ends well and the laptop recovered the missing scores from the Bridgemate server on Friday morning and produced two sets of winners, of whom more in  a moment.

But first a word about the Handicap, which came into its own for this event. As most of you know, each player has a handicap (rather like golf or horse racing) based on their playing record, expressed by their EBU national grade. That means every pair has a genuine chance of success, as the weaker or less experienced pairs receive a percentage start from the stronger combinations. 

So, many congratulations to Lesley & Carolynn, who topped the Handicap ahead of Dulce & Hazel and Peter & Martyn who were third.

And very well done to John & Jackie who won overall from Tony & Sue, with Hazel & Dulce in third. Both winning Pairs will receive a bottle of top of  the range sparkling wine made by the Gifford Hall vineyard at Hartest.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Patricia & Richard L for all their work producing the nibbles (and who finished an excellent fifth in the handicap)

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 the right hand column to Results and click on the relevant date. 

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.

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 July 2018 the club had 129 members.

OLD NEWS ITEMS CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON NEWS ARCHIVE

THURSDAY: 8 TABLES

John & Celia followed up last week’s success at the main expense of John & Denise in second and Jane & Jackie in third. The same pairs filled the first three spots in the Handicap - but in a different order!

Click on the Latest Result tab above to see all the scores, the Handicap results and boards played, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.

* Don’t forget to enter the Handicap Pairs on-line (see left). There will be a maximum of 18 tables and if last year is anything to go by places will be snapped up quickly.

TUESDAY: 9 TABLES

John & David edged out Kathy & Penny, with Nigel & Dulce in third spot.

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.

SUMMER PARTY: 17 TABLES

Tony & Sue won from Bridget & Richard, with John & Celia in third spot.

However, the handicap scores told a very different story with Jilly & Fi, two original members of the club, taking the honours from Peter & Mary and, following an overnight amendment to a score, Jean & Sue in third place.

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.

WHERE TO BUY YOUR BRIDGE KIT

Results
Social
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Fred
Host: Paddy
Nibbles: Elizabeth & John
Duplicate
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Fred
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Bridget
Nibbles: Maggie
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Richard L
Nibbles: Carolynn
EBU Sims
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Bridgemate
SUMMER PARTY
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Chris
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Marcus
Nibbles: Dennis & Mary
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Calendar
Tue 14th Aug 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 16th Aug 2018
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Susan
Nibbles: Fred & Mo
Tue 21st Aug 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 23rd Aug 2018
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Richard E
Nibbles: Nancy
Tue 28th Aug 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 30th Aug 2018
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Chris
Nibbles: Bridget a & Amanda
Tue 4th Sep 2018
EBED Sims
Wed 5th Sep 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 6th Sep 2018
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Marcus
Nibbles: Christine
Tue 11th Sep 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 12th Sep 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 13th Sep 2018
Host: Richard L
Nibbles: John & Denise
Tue 18th Sep 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 19th Sep 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 20th Sep 2018
Host: Paddy
Tue 25th Sep 2018
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Wed 26th Sep 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm
Thu 27th Sep 2018
Host: Bridget
Nibbles: Jackie & Jane
Tue 2nd Oct 2018
EBU Sims
Wed 3rd Oct 2018
Learn & Play
Village hall 2pm