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GOLF-BRIDGE DAY - 2 SEPT

A golf-bridge day for club members and visitors has been booked at Newton Green golf course on Monday 2 September - tee off time 8.30am.

The familiar format involves 18 holes of golf followed by a fish & chip lunch and 18 boards of bridge. The cost will be £30 per person (£10 for Newton Green members).

Richard Langridge, the club's very own barman, is organising the day. Golfing ability is even less important than skills around the bridge table. So, if you fancy taking part, have a word with Richard or email him by clicking on GOLF


Would you - or a friend - like to learn bridge from scratch this autumn?

An eight week course for complete beginners - it doesn't matter if you have never touched a playing card before - will begin in October.

To find out more click on LEARN BRIDGE

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SUFFOLK EVENTS

Suffolk is running a number of competitions over the coming months, including events which should appeal to club members.

Why not get together a team of four club members and enter the Club Teams of Four at Lavenham on Sunday 30 June (12 noon), or if you are less experienced, the Relaxed Teams. Click on TEAMS to enter on-line, or CLUB to download an entry form.

The Senior pairs on Wednesday 10 July is being run at multiple venues - Abbeygate, Ipswich and Clare - for the first time. Click on SENIOR to enter on-line, or PAIRS to download an entry form

On Sunday 15 September, a new event - the Suffolk Autumn Pairs - takes place at Lavenham village hall (12 noon start). This replaces the separate Men's, Ladies, Mixed and Married Pairs. To enter online click AUTUMN. To download a 'paper' entry form click on PAIRS.

 Click on SUFFOLKBRIDGE for details of all county run events.

2019 AGM

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.

HANDICAP PAIRS IN 2019

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 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)
DEFIBRILLATOR CHEQUE HANDOVER
DEFIBRILLATOR CHEQUE HANDOVER

A cheque for £1218 was presented to Stansfield Parish Council by the bridge club on Thursday and will enable the village to buy a defibrillator which will be kept at the village hall.

Sarah Hopkins, chairman of the parish council, thanked members of the bridge club for the fund raiser they held a couple of months ago which, together with donations made by villagers, ensured sufficient money was available to buy the life saving piece of equipment. She is pictured receiving the cheque from David Unwin, the club treasurer.

CLUB ‘CHAMPIONSHIP’ THIS SUNDAY

DING-DONG! Will The Bell toll for you?

The Bell, the nearest Stansfield gets to a club championship, takes place on Sunday 26 May (2pm).

As usual, the event will comprise of 24 boards and a delicious, full afternoon tea. The winners of the prized trophy 12 months ago were John and Celia. The Bell, which is awarded to the winners, has a special place in the club history as in the early years it was the signal for players to move at the end of a round. There will also be a prize for the pair who top the Handicap.

To enter, please click on THE BELL and complete the online form. The cost is £8.50p per person.

STANSFIELD PAIR SHINE AT LAVENHAM
Celebrating...and on the winners rostrum

Stunning show by Chris & Gerry in Clare Swiss Pairs

Chris & Gerry produced a career best effort to finish third in the Clare Swiss Pairs at Lavenahm on Sunday.

Facing quality opposition from all over East Anglia, the Stansfield duo were undefeated in five of their six eight-board matches - which included an early thrashing of Richard and his partner, Andre 

After four rounds, the pair found themselves on Table 1 (and took a photo to prove it!) Although they lost their match against the eventual winners, they bounced back to win their final match to claim third spot...before celebrating in the local hostelry.

Fifty two pairs took part. Bridget & Paul finished fifth equal while Richard & Andre recovered from their drubbing to finish ninth. The other highlight of the day was the excellent sandwich lunch prepared by Clare members - far and away the best of its kind at any local bridge event.

To see all the scores, click on CLARE

DEFIBRILLATOR BRIDGE AFTERNOON RAISES £1,640
Sue & Jean Christine & Paul

The bridge afternoon in aid of the Stansfield defibrillator appeal surpassed all expectations and raised £1,640.

That means the village now has the money to buy the life saving piece of equipment and install it at the village hall, home of Stansfield bridge club.

Sixty two players from far and wide supported the event. A raffle rasied £540 and a number of members made donations.

Richard Evans, chairman of the club, said: "The sum raised by a bridge club which, let's face it, is in the middle of nowhere was remarkable. A huge thank you is owed to members and visitors who made it happen and together with local businesses provided some fabulous raffle prizes."

The winners of the afternoon, based on handicap scores, were Sue & Jean, while Christine & Paul recorded the top overall score. Hugh & Sue Sandle, playing in their first ever duplicate, deserve a special mention for finishing runners-up in the Handicap. To see all the scores click on DEFIB

VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL
And the Valentine's Night winners were...
Ginger & Fred aka Jean & Richard Jack & Jill aka Kathy & David

'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.

CLUB CELEBRATES DEN'S SPECIAL BIRTHDAY

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!"

NEW YEAR PARTY ATTRACTS 60

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.

BRIDGEMATES, DUPLIMATED BOARDS, DUPLICATE EVENINGS & LEARN AND PLAY SESSIONS
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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 April 2019 the club had 114 members.

OLD NEWS ITEMS CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON NEWS ARCHIVE

THURSDAY: 9 TABLES

Celia & John won for the second week running, from Pauline & Jo. David and Richard were third while Trevor & Paul topped the Handicap.

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

Entries for The Bell on Sunday 26 May now up to 9 tables. Still not too late to enter...

TUESDAY: 7 TABLES

Gerry & Chris maintained their rich vein of form at the main expense of Joan & Keith and Paul & Mick in third spot.

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

Apologies for the delay in uploading this article, but the Bridgewebs site was ‘down’ for 12 hours.

REMINDER: 6.45 for 7pm START

To avoid disappointment, would members please remember they should arrive in the bridge club no later than 6.50pm to help set up and enable a prompt 7pm start. Late arrivals risk not getting a game, particularly on Thursdays when the host system is in operation.

SUMMER PARTY DATE
This year's summer party will be on Thursday 11 July, 5.30pm onwards. More details nearer the time.
Results
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Jackie
Nibbles: Fleur & Angela
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Richard L
Nibbles: Peter & Wendie
EBED Sims Pairs
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Paddy
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Marcus
Nibbles: Carolynn
Duplicate
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Chris H
Nibbles: Jean & Sue
Duplicate
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Jackie
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Richard E
Nibbles: Sarah & Pauline
Duplicate
Director: Paddy
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Paddy
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Paddy
Nibbles: Hazel & Liz
Bridge Lunch
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Social
Director: Paddy
Scorer: Bridgemate
Host: Bridget
Nibbles: John & Denise
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: Bridgemate
Calendar
Sun 26th May 2019
Bell Trophy
Stansfield village hall 2pm
Tue 28th May 2019
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 30th May 2019
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Director: Paddy
Host: Paddy
Nibbles: Ann & Alan
Tue 4th Jun 2019
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 6th Jun 2019
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Richard E
Nibbles: Andy & Peter
Tue 11th Jun 2019
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 13th Jun 2019
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Chris H
Nibbles: Patricia & Richard
Tue 18th Jun 2019
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 20th Jun 2019
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Marcus
Nibbles: Amanda & Bridget
Tue 25th Jun 2019
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 27th Jun 2019
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Richard L
Nibbles: Elizabeth & Elizabeth
Tue 2nd Jul 2019
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 4th Jul 2019
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Bridget
Nibbles: Helen & Maggie
Tue 9th Jul 2019
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 11th Jul 2019
SUMMER PARTY
Village hall
5.30pm onwards
Host: Paddy
Tue 16th Jul 2019
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 18th Jul 2019
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Richard E
Tue 23rd Jul 2019
EBU Summer Sims
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Thu 25th Jul 2019
Social
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm
Host: Chris H
Tue 30th Jul 2019
Duplicate
Village hall
6.45 for 7pm