The next bridge lunch will be on Wednesday 17 April with a choice of two courses.
Gerry's daughter Emily, who is also a professional chef, will be cooking - and Gerry serving!
Please put the date in your diary.
More details to follow in due course.
Attendance at Stansfield bridge club increased by more than 10% during 2018.
In total there were 824 tables during the year (excluding Learn & Play on Wednesday afternoons), almost 100 more than in 2017. Membership is currently 132.
Click on AGM to see a full report.
Suffolk is running a number of competitions over the coming months, including one which should appeal to club members.
On Sunday 24 February (2pm), the Jyl Marsh Individual takes place at the very social Framlingham bridge club. Between 24 and 32 boards are played with different partners, using a simple bidding system. For more details, click on INDIVIDUAL. To enter on-line click on FRAMLINGHAM.
The Stansfield Handicap pairs will take place on Sunday 27 October 2019 - 11am start.
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.
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.
Stansfield was once described as being “12 miles from anywhere.” In an emergency, when a life is at stake, every moment counts and a delay in receiving help can be fatal.
As a result, the village is raising money to buy a defibrillator, which will be kept at Stansfield village hall, home of the bridge club.
So please support a fund raising duplicate bridge afternoon (Chicago for 'fours' who prefer it), complete with tea, bar and raffle, which will take place in the village hall on Thursday 28 March (1.45 for 2pm). There will be no bridge at the club that evening.
You can reserve your place by clicking on DEFIBRILLATOR. If you would rather download and post a completed entry form with cheque, click on FORM.
If you can help with the tea which will be required on the day please speak to Denise or email her by clicking on TEA. And if you have any bright ideas for raffle prizes, please have a word with Richard.
The 2019 East Anglian Bridge Weekend will be at a new venue - and feature a new competition.
After several years at the Ipswich waterfront home of the University of Suffolk, the event is switching to the Blackbourne community centre in Elmswell, which is just over a half hour drive from Stansfield.
The two day event will be on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March, with Swiss Pairs on the Saturday and Swiss Teams on the Sunday. Also, for the first time, there will be Relaxed Teams on Sunday, aimed at less experienced players.
To enter on-line, for the Pairs click SATURDAY, for the Swiss Teams click SUNDAY and for the Relaxed Teams click RELAXED. To pre-order food for either day click MEALS. If you would prefer to download, complete and post an entry form click on FORM.
'Jack & Jill' and 'Ginger & Fred' swept each other off their feet and were happy ever after following Valentine's bridge on Thursday.
Players chose a name from a famous partnership out of a hat and were paired off with their opposite number. In most cases, the resulting partnerships were playing together for the first time.
With chocolates and rose petals on every table, and hearts fluttering overhead, one might have expected some romance. However, instead of sweet nothings, the most common phrase on players' lips was: "We seem to have misunderstood each other, partner."
Congratulations to Kathy & David, otherwise known as Jack & Jill, who won overall, and Jean & Richard (Ginger & Fred) who landed the handicap.
A huge thank you to Joan whose Valentine's bunting and decorations helped to set the tone for a great night.
Den at 90: 'I'm learning all the time'
Den Bishop, one of the most popular players in the area, started his birthday celebrations early at Stansfield bridge club on Tuesday.
A card signed by many of the club's 130 members was presented to him and a special chocolate cake was baked in his honour. Den, who is 90 on Saturday, has been a Tuesday and Thursday evening regular for many years, together with Dave, his son-in-law. After bidding a particularly adventurous 6NT, he quipped: "I am learning all the time!"
A NewYear party to remember - for a number of reasons - attracted 60 members on Thursday.
A glass of fizz was followed by canapes although the word hardly does justice to the magnificent spread produced by various members.
Joan went to the trouble of giving the club bunting a dazzling 'makeover' to add to the party atmosphere, while Tony had a new competitor in the sartorial stakes in the shape of John. A very big thank you to everyone who contributed to such an enjoyable evening.
Not for the first time, Gerry did not allow the pressure of producing a fabulous lunch for a room full of players to get in the way of what matters...winning the bridge!
After cooking a superb meal for 42 people - with the choice of beef or salmon, followed by a scrummy pudding - he teamed up with Jan to finish just ahead of Will and Angie in the duplicate that followed. A brief scan of previous results suggests it is the fourth time he and Jan have prevailed at ‘Gerry’s bridge lunch.’
Although he now plans to step down from all the work involved with cooking at the twice a year event, ‘Gerry’s lunch’ will continue. More details to follow in due course.
In the meantime, a huge thank you to Gerry, who not only came up with the idea of a bridge lunch almost a decade ago, but has enabled Stansfield bridge club members and visitors to savour his culinary delights on numerous occasions. * Click on LUNCH to see all the results
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
Fred & Mo won overall - and finished top of the Handicap - ahead of Anna and her father, Martin, and Denise & John.
To see the scores and boards played, click on the Latest Result tab above, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date. Click on the Handicap tab to see the Handicap results.
.Jackie & Susan won for the second week running at the main expense of Joan & Keith and Paul & Bridget.
Click on the Latest Result tab above to see the scores, or scroll down this column to Results and click on the relevant date.