Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
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SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs
SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner who won the Green Point Swiss Pairs at Uckfield on Saturday May 18th.

The runners-up were .....

..... David Norman and David Dawson and the .....

..... 'B' Stratification Class winners were Robert Hirst and Ed Barter.

Many thanks to Organiser and Director Eddie Williams, ably assisted by Kathy Williams.

Sussex League
Sussex League

It's been a successful few days for Julian Mitchell and his teams.  After winning the Championship Teams a week earlier (see below), Julian's team won Division 1 of the Sussex League.

A big win in their final match of the season took their total to 82 VPs from their 6 matches, just 1 VP ahead of Ian Lancaster's team who were the winners in the previous season.  The winning team (Christine Jepson, Julian, Peter Clinch and, absent from the photo, David Clifton) are pictured receiving their trophy from League organiser David Galpin at the recent Invitation Pairs round at the Avenue Bridge Club.

Division 2 has now also been decided, again by just a 1 VP margin.  The winning team, captained by David Galpin, scored 86 VPs, one ahead of Andy Morris's team on 85 VPs.  The picture shows David holding the trophy, together with Jeff & Lydia Stanford, Andrea Galpin, and Joan Hootman.

The teams captained by Nick Levine, Brian Gould, and Tony Redshaw have won Divisions 3, 4, and 5 respectively.  Congratulations to all the winners.

Entry forms for the new season of both the Sussex League and the Championship Teams will be on this site in a few weeks' time.  New entries for both competitions will be particularly welcome.

Championship Teams
Championship Teams

Congratulations to this year's winners who were Julian Mitchell's team (Julian, Andy Ryder, David Dickson, Peter Clinch and, absent from the photo, Mike Allen) who defeated Martin Greeley's team (Gina Dickson, Alan & Nanette Gillespie) by 96 IMPs in the final which was played over 56 boards at the Avenue on April 29th.

As with Division 1 of the League, the winners received their trophy from organiser David Galpin at a recent Invitation Pairs round.

Chichester BC raise 905 for St. Wilfrid's Hospice
Chichester BC raise 905 for St. Wilfrid's Hospice
Margaret Kennard is the much-loved and much-appreciated tea-lady at Chichester Bridge Club.  Each year, Margaret takes part in the St. Wilfrid's Hospice Moonlight Walk and is one of their top fundraisers.  The bridge club members are always happy to support Margaret but this year one of their members, David Telfer, organized a series of good quality seminars, which were particularly well-attended by 45 members.  The fees of £905 were added to the £1,400 that Margaret has already had pledged.
After the final seminar, Julie Jones, Chairman of CBC, presented Margaret (right of picture) with the cheque for £905 with David also in attendance.  Julie said "It's wonderful to see our members learning from good quality seminars and such a good cause simultaneously benefiting".
Garden City Trophy - Regional Finals

Many congratulations to the Avenue team (Peter Clinch (capt.) & Julian Mitchell, Vivian Priday & David Dickson, Ollie Powell & Mike Allen, Andy Ryder & Ken Ford) who have qualified for the Garden Cities Final on June 15th.  They finished a good second of eight in a strong field at the Regional Final at Richmond BC on Saturday April 27th.  This is the first time that the Avenue has been in the final since 2013 and the first time that any Sussex team has been in the final since 2014.

The Avenue qualified for the Regional Final via the SCCBA Teams of 8 competition - see County News page.

2018-19 Gladys Hakki Winner - Helen Kent
2018-19 Gladys Hakki Winner - Helen Kent

The Gladys Hakki Trophy is awarded annually to a Sussex member who has given outstanding service to county and club over a number of years.  This year's very deserving winner is Helen Kent, pictured being presented with the trophy by SCCBA President Martin Pool at the SCCBA AGM on April 7th.

When low attendances brought Crawley Bridge Club to the brink of folding up 5 years ago, Helen instituted a teaching programme which she has delivered every year since.  The club’s membership and attendances have subsequently more than doubled.  Helen also has been Crawley chairman and a director for 16 years.  She is the heartbeat of the club.

Apart from what Helen’s done for bridge at Crawley, she's done a lot for the county too.  Helen was on the SCCBA Management Committee and was Trophy Coordinator for 7 years.  But, undoubtedly, Helen’s most notable achievement for the county has been to maintain high levels of attendance, against the current trend, in the East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs which she has organised for the past 13 years.

See full nomination by Crawley Bridge Club.

EBU Teacher Training Course at Horsham

A two-day teacher training course will be held :-

  • at Bognor Regis BC on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July.
For more information or to book, please see the English Bridge & Development web-site or contact Lisa Miller on 01296 317217.
EBU Club Director Courses at Patcham

The following course for club directors will be held at Patcham during 2019 :-

  • Saturday June 8th - Assessment

For further details or to register for a course, please see the English Bridge & Development web-site and the current schedule for all Club Tournament Director Training Courses.

Forthcoming Events

Among the next SCCBA events are the :-

  • SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles at Henfield on Sunday June 2nd
  • SCCBA Venture Pairs - Sunday June 23rd
  • Green-Pointed Swiss Teams at Patcham on Sunday July 21st
  • SCCBA Blue-Pointed Midweek Swiss Pairs at Henfield on Wednesday August 21st
  • SCCBA Autumn Congress - Saturday October 12th to Sunday October 13th
  • SCCBA Ladies Pairs - Sunday October 20th

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?

For all other events, please see Calendar.

Junior Bridge Camp 2019 on 6th and 7th July at Bowles Rocks is now open for registration.  New venue, home-cooked food, exciting activities and, as always, lots of bridge for Juniors and parents and grandparents.

Please note that Chichester BC's Charity Café Bridge Event on May 22nd is now fully booked but you can add names to the waiting list

SCCBA Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs
Invitation Pairs - Round 2
SCCBA Spring Congress Swiss Teams
SCCBA Spring Congress Swiss Pairs
SCCBA Spring Congress Welcome Pairs
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
SCCBA Club Teams of 8
SCCBA Club Teams of 8 (old-style)
Horsham Welcome Pairs Years 2-5
Horsham Welcome Pairs Year 1
Open Simultaneous Pairs
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final
22nd May 2019
Charity Cafe Bridge (for St. Wilfrid's Hospice)
Chichester BC 10:00
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2nd Jun 2019
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles
Henfield 11:00
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5th Jun 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
Thakeham BC 7:30
16th Jun 2019
National Inter-County League Finals
Coventry 12:00
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23rd Jun 2019
SCCBA Venture Pairs
Worthing 1:00
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24th Jun 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
West Sussex BC 7:30
6th Jul 2019
South East Counties Junior Bridge Camp
Bowles Rocks Centre 6th-7th
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19th Jul 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Worthing BC 7:30
21st Jul 2019
SCCBA Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
Patcham 11:00
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21st Aug 2019
Blue-Pointed Midweek Swiss Pairs
Henfield 11:00
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1st Sep 2019
Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs
St. Leonards BC 11:00
3rd Sep 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
Avenue BC 7:30