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The final walk of the Lord Newton Link Walk was a 14-miler from Seaford BC to Avenue Bridge Club, completing the whole of the coast from Pagham Harbour, West of Bognor, all the way to Hastings Pier. We linked every Bridge Club in East & West Sussex with at least two others walking a total of 300 miles.
Six of us walked from Seaford to Rottingdean where we picked up another six for the final 5 miles to Hove, meaning twelve of us turned up for a very welcome hot parsnip soup and canapés.
The walk was coordinated to coincide with the Avenue's Annual Charity Event hosted by Gunnar Hallberg. Junior Internationals Stephen Kennedy & Laura Ersek kindly offered themselves to be auctioned. The amount raised on the evening was £2515.50 which included a donation of £1000 from Vivian Priday, meaning that the grand total raised for Alzheimer's Research UK and Youth Bridge in Sussex was an absolutely staggering £8818.65!
This is an amount that I would never have dreamed about raising and would like to thank each and every one of you that contributed as well as each of the clubs that have so graciously accommodated us and made us feel welcome.
The annual SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs will be held between Monday January 7th and Friday January 11th. Because it can be played on any weekday, it can easily be played on your usual club afternoon or evening. Charities are selected from suggestions by our members and we try to choose charities from different parts of the county. This time, the money raised will go to :-
To arrange for your club to enter, please email Gerry Stanford (tel. 01403 255952). Please note that, since the boards will be the same throughout the week, individual players may only play in one heat.
To check whether you've qualified for the Sussex Individual Final at Patcham BC on Sunday January 20th, please check the list of finalists. If you have qualified but cannot now play, please contact organiser Peter Bates.
To check whether you've qualified for the Sussex Pairs Final at Patcham BC on Sunday January 27th, please check the list of finalists. If you have qualified but cannot now play, please contact organiser Gerry Stanford (01403 255952) ASAP.
Andrea Galpin received her Dimmie Fleming award (see County News page) at the EBU AGM on Wednesday November 28th.
Deserved winners were Franco Civello & Stuart Marks with a brilliant 68.94%. See results.
For reports of previous walks, see the Link Walks page.
32 volunteers attended the training day at Eastbourne Bridge Club on November 18th for teachers of mini-bridge in schools. The event was excellently hosted by Crombie and Helen McNeil. The trainer was Douglas Wright who had also run the previous training day at Worthing Bridge Club on October 21st.
Fifty people have now been trained for the Minibridge in Primary Schools project.
Ian Wright (Teaching Co-ordinator, Juniors)
The Tollemache qualifier was held in Daventry over the weekend of 17th/18th November. Ours was once again a tough group and the only one with nine teams in it. Sussex finished seventh which was a disappointing result after lying a very impressive second at a late stage of the competition. See full details of our team and the results on the EBU web-site.
Neil Watts (NPC)
The East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs on Saturday November 17th was, as usual, a very enjoyable event. We had 15 tables, which is a full house, a delicious lunch provided again by Centre Catering at Rowfant and very able directing by Keith Norman. This event is aimed primarily at the less experienced players but a mix of standards makes a good day for all and the inclusion of stratification gives those less experienced a chance to win their group. As I announced on the day, I had to turn entries away this year, so please make sure to get yours in early as soon as the information appears in the county Yearbook.
The results were stratified so all pairs were placed into one of three Stratification Levels (A, B and C) according to the higher of their two Master Point rankings. Prizes were awarded in three groupings - Levels A+B+C (i.e. overall), Levels B+C and Level C only.
Congratulations to overall winners Christa Wilson (Ashurstwood) and Christine Bohorquez (Crawley and Horley). Other prize-winners were ......
...... Betty Lecky-Thompson and Hazel Ogden (Crawley) who were overall runners-up and ......
...... Cecil de Araujo and Richard Jameson (Crawley) who won the Stratification Levels B+C grouping.
Alison Lowe and Annabelle Riseborough (East Sussex) won the Stratification Level C grouping but sadly left before the photo session!!
Helen Kent (Organiser)
The 2018 Invitation Pairs competition has now been completed.
In second place were Andy Ryder and Mike Allen with a score of 88.07 VPs and .....
..... in third place were Roger Poulter and James Hobden with a score of 85.62 VPs.
Very many congratulations to them all.
And special thanks to the five clubs who hosted the sessions and to the directors David Galpin, Julian Mitchell, Keith Norman and Jack Woodard.
Among the next SCCBA events is the :-
You can enter most events by using an on-line entry form and paying via Internet or Telephone Banking or you can print off an entry form and post it with your cheque. Why not go to the Entry Forms section and make your choice now?
Also in the Entry Forms section are details of :-
There will be a Youth Bridge Day at Henley, Oxfordshire, on Wednesday January 2nd, starting at 10am.
For all other events, please see Calendar.
Please note that there is an earlier start time of 11am this year for the New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield on Sunday January 13th - please book now
Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (November 4th) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally
The draft minutes of the November 13th Tournament Committee meeting are now available for viewing. Alternatively, you can access the minutes of all available SCCBA committee meetings, AGMs and EGMs.