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We learn that Bill Starr, the founder of Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society, has died recently in a nursing home in Wolverhampton, aged 87. His funeral will be on Wednesday 14 March. He had been independent and active until about 6 months ago. Bill founded the Henfield Candles, at one time the largest bridge event in Sussex Bridge, and returned a few years ago to play in the 40th running of the event.
Bill lived and played duplicate bridge at Burgess Hill, but in the early 1970s came to Henfield once a week to play rubber bridge ( for 1/2d a hundred ) at the Henfield Bridge Club, which met in the Upper Room at The George Hotel. I played there frequently with him and when The Henfield Hall opened in October 1974, Bill offered to start duplicate bridge lessons at the Hall. Some 70 people signed up for those lessons and classes were run at the Hall, on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
These lessons evolved into regular duplicate bridge on Monday and Wednesday evenings and the Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society was formed in the Spring of 1976, with Bill as its first chairman. The first Henfield Candles Swiss Teams bridge tournament was held in 1976 with 44 teams competing, and local members doing the catering. The tournament grew and one year reached a peak of 62 teams of 4, and that was before the Hall extension was built. In those days Henfield heats of county competitions sometimes attracted up to 15 tables in play, a far cry from today's world of duplicate bridge.
Bill is remembered with both affection and gratitude by older HDBS and SCCBA members.
NB. After 40 years, the Henfield Candles was taken on by SCCBA as the Candles and this year's event is scheduled for Sunday 3 June at The Henfield Hall, organised by Peter Clinch - see entry form details.
Peter J Bates
The 2018 SCCBA AGM will take place at 11:30 am on April 29th, i.e. on the Sunday of the Spring Congress at Uckfield Civic Centre.
If you're a Sussex member and playing in the Swiss Teams on that day, please turn up a bit earlier and attend the AGM.
The relevant papers are :-
As required by the constitution, the independently examined annual accounts will be presented for approval by the Management Committee at its meeting on 16 March. Copies of the approved accounts will be provided at the AGM where adoption will be sought under agenda item 4.1.
Clause 9.1.3 of the constitution allows the Association to appoint Vice Presidents. The Management Committee plans to bring forward proposals in this respect under item 7 of the agenda. A paper will be distributed at the meeting.
123 pairs took part in the annual SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs in various Sussex clubs between Monday February 19th and Wednesday February 21st.
Congratulations to the confirmed winners who are Paul Bowles and Ioan Edwards who played in the Patcham heat. The runners-up are Eileen Perrigo and Janet Cretchley who played in the Worthing heat and in 3rd place are Lindsay Geddes and Sally Bugden who played in the West Sussex heat.
The overall winners are also winners of the 'one player under 60' category and the overall runners-up are also winners of the '60 and over' category. Peter Goldsmith and Jim McFarlane, who played in the Patcham heat and finished 6th overall, are winners of the '75 and over' category.
Many thanks to all the clubs who took part in this event. Many thanks also to Peter Clinch who not only organised the event but selected the hands and wrote the commentary.
Hearty congratulations to Timothy Greenhill & Stuart Henderson who became the ninth winners of the Lord Newton Link Walk on Friday February 23rd.
Since we started walking from Bridge Club to Bridge Club in Sussex, raising money for Alzheimer's and Sussex Junior Bridge, I have come to realise just what a privilege it is. We have met really nice people, laying to rest the myth that bridge players are miserable. I have also been stunned by the generosity of Sussex Members.
Walking from Henfield to Thakeham was a treat on a bright sunny day and we raised a fantastic £214, taking the running total to just over £1600.
See results and more pictures.
The inaugural Roy Skelton Cup was held at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday February 25th in memory of their past Chairman and President who died just under a year ago. Some of the proceeds from this event will go to the Parkinson's society.
Roy's wife Gill presented the prizes and trophy to the winners who were Marie Willey and Carol Pembrey.
In 2nd place were Bill and Barbara Gledhill.
Many congratulations to Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt who won the SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final for the 3rd year running on Sunday February 18th.
Richard Shuker and Alice Thorpe were 2nd and Edith Jeffery and Nigel Osmer were 3rd.
Many thanks to director Steve Foster, organiser Gerry Stanford and to West Sussex Bridge Club who hosted the event.
Calling on all Juniors! The Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp, organised by SCCBA, will contain the usual mixture of training, competitions with prizes, and fun for 8-20 year olds and take place on 7th and 8th July at Ardingly College. Pricing £60/£30 for residential/non-residential juniors. Book early as residential places are limited. Parents and grandparents are welcome too (£90/£30). Sponsorship available for SCCBA Juniors. More information via email to SCCBA or register here.
The following EBU courses for club directors will be held at Horsham BC in 2018 :-
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.
There will also be an EBED Club Teacher Training course at Horsham on Thursday/Friday April 12th/13th. This course will provide basic teaching techniques and an introduction to the 30 week EBU beginners course. The EBED page contains full details of the course, including joining it which you can also do by ringing Lisa Miller on 01296 327217.
Among the next SCCBA events are :-
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?
Kent will be holding a Green Point Swiss Teams on Sunday May 20th at Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club.
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.
2018 Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp
Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (February 2nd) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally
Book your places now for the SCCBA Spring Congress at Uckfield. Please note the changes to the entry form that's in the SCCBA Yearbook, including the dates - now April 27th-29th.
The draft minutes of the March 6th Tournament Committee meeting are now available for viewing. Alternatively, you can access the minutes of all available SCCBA committee meetings, AGMs and EGMs.