Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
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Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Crawley)
Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Crawley)

Back in October last year, we started our series of walks linking Bridge clubs in Sussex at Crawley Bridge Club on our way to Meridian Bridge Club.  Last Wednesday, we were back but this time after a 12.5 mile walk from Horsham Bridge Club.  Again we were made incredibly welcome and our collection raised £100 for Youth Bridge in Sussex and Alzheimer's Research UK taking our amount raised to £2242 and our miles walked to 141.5.

Many Congratulations to Bill Draude and Cecil de Araujo who won this leg of the Lord Newton Link Walk.  Also, many thanks to Helen Kent, Mervyn Wotton and Leon Northeast who was kind enough to partner me.

See results and more pictures.

Andy Ryder

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Framfield)

Framfield Bridge Club play at Buxted Park and has one of the prettiest outlooks I have seen at a Bridge Club (so far). It overlooks the Cricket ground and is charming.  We walked from Crowborough to Buxted Park in early April, but as play starts at 9.30am on a Tuesday, we didn't manage to play there until 5th June.

Again, the members were extremely welcoming and generous, boosting our fundraising for Alzheimer's Research UK and Sussex Junior bridge by £80.

Congratulations to Liz Thornton & Sarah Riddick who won the Lord Newton Link Trophy with an excellent 63.19%.

See results and pictures.

Andy Ryder


Sussex Candles
Sussex Candles

Congratulations to the winners of the Sussex (Henfield) Candles - Lindsay Geddes & Liz Lancaster, Andrew Southwell & Ian Lancaster, who had a good final win to capture the event emphatically.  The Non-expert shield was taken by ......

..... Jim Downes & Michael Williams, Francis Kelly and Tomasz Serkowski, who finished sixth overall.

Thanks are due to David Galpin (director), Ron Robins for duplicating the boards and Charlotte Setahul for a delicious buffet supper.  As always at Henfield, the help provided by Peter Bates was outstanding.

Peter Clinch (Organiser)

EBU Spring Bank Holiday Congress

Very well done to Stephen Kennedy who, with partner Ben Norton, came 2nd and to Eddie Lucioni who, with partner John Dakin, came 3rd in the Championship Pairs at the EBU Spring Bank Holiday Congress at Stratford on May 26th/27th.

Forthcoming Events

Among the next SCCBA events are the :-

  • SCCBA Venture Pairs at Worthing - Sunday June 24th
  • EBU/SCCBA Green-Pointed Swiss Teams at Patcham - Sunday July 22nd
  • Sussex League - 2018-19 (please enter by July 31st)
  • Championship Teams - 2018-19 (please enter by July 31st)
  • SCCBA Blue-Pointed Midweek Swiss Pairs at Henfield - Wednesday August 22nd
  • SCCBA Ladies Pairs at Patcham - Sunday October 21st

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?

Surrey be holding Green Point events at Guildford in September - a Swiss Pairs on Saturday September 22nd and a Swiss Teams on Sunday September 23rd.

Sussex League
Sussex League

The 2017/18 Sussex League is now almost complete and all the Divisional winners have been decided.  In an unprececented and remarkable finish to Division 1, 3 teams all finished on 75 Victory Points.  This means that the winners are decided by the results between the 3 teams and so it is congratulations to the team of Ian Lancaster and Andrew Southwell (pictured receiving the trophy), together with Kent players Jeremy Willans and Ian Draper, on winning Division 1 as they won both their matches against the other 2 tied teams.  Ian and Andrew last won the League 3 seasons ago whilst Jeremy and Ian have won the competition for the last 2 seasons in another team.  Dave Franklin's team (Gerry Stanford, Richard Fedrick and Mike Scoltock) finish second and Ken Ford's team (Ian Swanson, Andy Ryder, Mike Allen, David Dickson and Matt Read) come third.

Congratulations also to .....

..... the winners of the remaining 5 Divisions, respectively the teams captained by David Telfer, Paul Londesborough, Winnie Perry (pictured receiving the Division 4 Trophy from SCCBA President Martin Pool), .....



..... Josie Allen (pictured with team-member Jim Downes receiving the Division 5 Trophy from Martin) and Thea Sydenham.

Trophies were presented before the Sunday Swiss Teams at the recent County Congress at Uckfield.

I'll contact all current team Captains in the near future regarding entries for next season.  New teams, of whatever level of ability, are always welcome to join this Competition - please contact me by email for more information if necessary.  Entries for the new season close at the end of July with the competition getting under way shortly thereafter.

David Galpin (Organiser)

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Forest Row)
Many thanks to Forest Row for hosting us on our latest walk to link all of the Bridge Clubs in Sussex, especially Linda Souter & Dave Burman.  In Dementia Awareness Week  #DAW2018, we raised a fantastic £200 for Alzheimer's & Sussex Junior Bridge.  This takes  the total to over £2000 and miles walked to 116!

John Cull & Derek Ryan ran out winners of the Lord Newton Link Trophy.

See results and pictures.

Andy Ryder
SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs
SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Michael Alishaw and Stephen Kennedy who won the Green Point Swiss Pairs at Uckfield on Saturday May 19th.  Even more congratulations to Michael and Stephen for being selected for the England Under 26 team in the World Youth Team Championships in China in August.

The runners-up were .....


..... Geoff Oldfield and Peter Crouch.

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


Members will be aware that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018.  The new legislation aims to tighten arrangements for the collection, storage and use of personal data, to make those arrangements more visible to those concerned and to provide facility for the amendment and removal of data if appropriate.  The county management committee has worked on understanding the requirements over recent months and has recently approved the publication of a comprehensive Privacy Notice.

Hopefully, this will provide the necessary visibility to Members regarding current arrangements but if there are any queries about this, Members should contact the Membership Secretary (Joy Mayall), copied to the Hon Secretary (Dick Wheeler).  This Privacy Notice will be permanently available on the left-hand side of the Home and other pages.

Championship Teams Final
Championship Teams Final
Congratulations to Mike Keeping's team of himself, David Benjamin, Alan and James Hobden and Matt Read (pictured minus Matt) who beat Julian Mitchell's team of himself, Peter Clinch, Andy Ryder, Mike Allen and David Dickson in this year's final in early May.  The match was played at the Avenue over 64 boards with the winning margin being reduced to 9 imps after being 46 imps in the middle of the match.  The players were very lucky that Sarah Mitchell provided superb food which helped to sustain the players in a long and tough but enjoyable match.
This tournament is probably the most prestigious in the county’s programme alongside the leagues, its congresses and the Sussex Pairs and we hope that as many teams as possible will enter it next year.  We also wish Mike Keeping's team the best of luck when they go forward to play all the other county winners in the Pachabo Cup at Bedford in June.
Congratulations also to Mark Denny's team (Roger Poulter, Tom Brogan and David Walker) who beat Dave Franklin's team (Gerry Stanford, Martin Pool and Mick Carrington) by 77-19 imps to win the Plate event.
Many, many thanks to Roger Poulter who has organised these events for goodness knows how many years and is now handing them over to David Galpin with a view to synchronising entries with the Sussex League and hence increasing the size of the Championship Teams field.
2017 Gladys Hakki Winner - Gerry Stanford
2017 Gladys Hakki Winner - Gerry Stanford

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 Gerry Stanford, pictured being presented with the trophy by SCCBA President Martin Pool at the aborted SCCBA AGM on April 29th.

Not only has Gerry given consistently excellent performances representing the county over very many years but has worked tirelessly to help the SCCBA to deliver its objectives, e.g. as Vice-Chairman, Tournament Manager, organiser of several county events and Editor of the annual county Year Book

More recently Gerry has also played a key part in the development of youth bridge across the county, teaching at several schools and colleges and being a member of the project teams for several youth bridge festivals.


See full nomination by Dick Wheeler ( SCCBA Hon. Sec.)


The Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp on 7th and 8th July is now full for residential students.  There is room for non-residentials so please contact William Bourne for a short list of local accommodation if you are thinking of coming.  Registrations will close on 25th June.

Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (June 4th) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally

SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
SCCBA Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs
Spring Congress Blue-Pointed Swiss Teams
Spring Congress Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs
Spring Congress Mixed Pairs
Spring Congress Multiple Teams
Spring Congress Basic Bridge Pairs
Invitation Pairs - Round 2
SCCBA Inter-club Teams of 8
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
Open Simultaneous Pairs
9th Jun 2018
Pachabo Cup
Bedford 9th/10th
20th Jun 2018
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
Thakeham 7:30
23rd Jun 2018
Garden Cities Trophy Final
24th Jun 2018
SCCBA Venture Pairs
Worthing 1:00
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27th Jun 2018
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
6th Jul 2018
EBU Summer Seniors Congress
Eastbourne 6th-8th
7th Jul 2018
2018 Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp
Ardingly 7th/8th
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20th Jul 2018
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Worthing 7:30
22nd Jul 2018
SCCBA/EBU Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
Patcham 11:00
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22nd Aug 2018
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Midweek Swiss Pairs
Henfield 11:00
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4th Sep 2018
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
Avenue 7:30
8th Oct 2018
Invitation Pairs - Round 7
West Sussex 7:30