Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
Welcome to Sussex County Contract Bridge Association

Read about our players' achievements.

Apply for competitions by clicking on Entry Forms.

Find out how to get your friends, children and grandchildren involved in learning and playing via the Promoting Bridge page or by contacting one of the teachers of bridge in Sussex.

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For Sussex matters, please feel free to contact SCCBA Chairman Andy Ryder.

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SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs
SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Michael Collins and Keith Ashcroft who won the Green Point Swiss Pairs on Saturday May 20th.

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

The runners-up were .....

..... Mike Hampton and Michael Prior.

Pyers Pennant

It is with sadness that we report the death of Pyers Pennant after a battle with cancer.

Father of three children and eleven grandchildren, Pyers came to live in Sussex some 15 years ago after retiring as chief partner in a firm of Patent Agents in London making himself at home with his wife Camilla in the village of Littlington.

Pyers has been a well known figure in Sussex bridge since then, playing in the Sussex League, Championship Teams, Sussex congresses as well as in his home club of Eastbourne where his name appeared often on the honours boards.  He served as the Eastbourne club delegate on the County committee for many years.  He was a magistrate in London and Eastbourne until he retired at 70.  He was a pleasure to play with and against with unfailing gentlemanly conduct combined with acerbic wit.  His last bridge outing was the completion of his final match in the Sussex League which he described as his swansong.

Pyers was of literary bent and only this year wrote and published privately his autobiography with a collection of short stories.  He will be greatly missed both on and off the bridge table.

There will be a private family cremation but a thanksgiving service at St Andrews Church in Alfriston (Friday 2nd June at 2.00pm) followed by socialising at Pyers house in Littlington (North Ham BN26 5RA).  Anyone wishing to attend the thanksgiving service should please contact Roger Poulter who can supply more exact details.

2017 Gladys Hakki Winner - Ernie Rivett
2017 Gladys Hakki Winner - Ernie Rivett

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 Ernie Rivett, pictured being presented with the trophy by SCCBA Chairman Andy Ryder at the SCCBA EGM on May 5th.

Ernie has been an enthusiastic member of Worthing Bridge Club for more than twenty years and in his 6 years as Chairman has shown total commitment, calm leadership and consistent management in leading the club in a remarkable turnaround from a time when the club’s fortunes were at a low ebb.

Ernie has been the driving force behind improved club management, resolution of premises problems, improved communications and atmosphere, increased teaching, mentoring and sessions for the less experienced, leading to a 20% increase in membership.

See full nomination by Worthing Bridge Club

Hastings Basic Bridge Pairs
Hastings Basic Bridge Pairs

Congratulations to Molly Freeman and Claire Weston who won this year's Basic Bridge Pairs at Hastings on Saturday May 6th.

The runners-up were .....

..... Sue Clarke and Pat Barkess.

Many thanks to organiser Kathy Williams and director Eddie Williams.

Sussex League
Sussex League

The Sussex League season is nearing completion, with the winners of 5 of the 6 Divisions now decided.  Congratulations to the team captained by Dave Franklin who have retained the Division 1 title they won last year.  Indeed, Dave's team has won the competition in 6 of the last 8 seasons.  The photograph shows team members Gerry Stanford and Jeremy Willans receiving the Durran Weisberger Trophy at the Spring Congress, the remaining team members Dave Franklin and Ian Draper being absent.

Congratulations too to the team captained by Mark Denny on winning Division 2 and returning to the top Division for next season after just one season's absence.  Teams captained by Stephen Kennedy, Peter Kennedy, and Bruce Carrison have won Divisions 4, 5, and 6 respectively.

This popular competition will resume in August.  New teams are always welcome to join the event - please contact me for more information.

David Galpin (Organiser)

SCCBA Competition Rules - New Version

Please note that there is a new version of SCCBA Competition Rules which incorporates updated guidance from the EBU regarding teams matches and some minor clarifications.  The SCCBA Competition Rules can always be accessed via 'Regulations' in the Contents column.

SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 3
SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 3

Congratulations to Mike Keeping, David Benjamin, Tim Dickinson and Shefton Kaplan who won the Swiss Teams on the final day of the Spring Congress which was held at Uckfield from Friday April 21st to Sunday April 23rd.

As always, the congress was extremely very well organised and directed by Eddie Williams, ably assisted by Kathy Williams.

SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 2
SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 2

Congratulations to Jill Skinner and Jeremy Willans who won the Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs.  The runners-up were .....

..... Tom Brogan and Sandy Blunt.

Tim Dickinson and Shefton Kaplan were 3rd.

Congratulations also to Carol and Mark Randall (3rd and 5th from the left) who won the Welcome Pairs which was included in the Swiss Pairs.

SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 1
SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 1

Congratulations to Tim Hewson and Sean Cufley who won the Basic Bridge Pairs and to .....

..... Paul Allen, Rosemary Land, Simon Fishburn and Peter Cattermole who won the Multiple Teams and to .....

..... Philip Hunt and Lindsay Geddes who won the Mixed Pairs.

Forthcoming SCCBA Events

Among the next SCCBA events are :-

  • the SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles - Sunday June 4th
  • the SCCBA Venture Pairs - Sunday June 25th
  • the EBU/SCCBA Green-Pointed Swiss Teams - Sunday July 23rd
  • the 2017/18 Sussex League (please enter by July 31st)
  • the 2017/18 Championship Teams (please enter by July 31st)
  • the SCCBA Golf/Bridge Day at Cooden Beach - Thursday September 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?

Also in the Entry Forms section is an entry form for :-

  • Horsham BC's 70th Anniversary Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs and Welcome Pairs on Sunday July 30th, 2017.
EBU Teacher Training Course at Horsham

A 2-day teacher training course will be held at Horsham on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June.

For more information or to book, please see the English Bridge & Development web-site or contact Lisa Miller on 01296 317217.
Other County News

It's not long now until the Sussex Candles on Sunday June 4th - one of the most enjoyable events that the County runs - good bridge and excellent food, so get your entries in ASAP!  If you need team mates, please contact the organiser Joy Mayall who may be able to pair you up with others.

Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (May 8th) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally

Results
20th May 2017
SCCBA/EBU Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs
6th May 2017
SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs
27th Apr 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 2
23rd Apr 2017
Spring Congress Blue-Pointed Swiss Teams
22nd Apr 2017
Spring Congress Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs (incl. Welcome Pairs)
21st Apr 2017
Spring Congress Mixed Pairs
21st Apr 2017
Spring Congress Basic Bridge Pairs
2nd Apr 2017
SCCBA Club Teams of 8
28th Mar 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
26th Mar 2017
Elisabeth North Teams of 8
19th Feb 2017
SCCBA Individual Final
15th Feb 2017
Open Simultaneous Pairs
Calendar
26th May 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
West Sussex 7:30
3rd Jun 2017
Corwen Trophy
Northampton 3rd/4th
4th Jun 2017
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles
Henfield 1:00
MPs: BLUE
 Click for more information
10th Jun 2017
Pachabo Cup
Daventry 10th/11th
11th Jun 2017
Open Swiss Pairs - Margaret King Salver
Eastbourne 1:00
16th Jun 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
Thakeham 7:30
25th Jun 2017
SCCBA Venture Pairs
Worthing 1:00
 Click for more information
28th Jun 2017
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
7th Jul 2017
EBU Summer Seniors Congress
Eastbourne 7th-9th
18th Jul 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Avenue 7:30

It's not long now until the Sussex Candles on Sunday June 4th - one of the most enjoyable events that the County runs - good bridge and excellent food, so get your entries in ASAP!  If you need team mates, please contact the organiser Joy Mayall who may be able to pair you up with others.

Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (May 8th) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally

Results
20th May 2017
SCCBA/EBU Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs
6th May 2017
SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs
27th Apr 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 2
23rd Apr 2017
Spring Congress Blue-Pointed Swiss Teams
22nd Apr 2017
Spring Congress Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs (incl. Welcome Pairs)
21st Apr 2017
Spring Congress Mixed Pairs
21st Apr 2017
Spring Congress Basic Bridge Pairs
2nd Apr 2017
SCCBA Club Teams of 8
28th Mar 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
26th Mar 2017
Elisabeth North Teams of 8
19th Feb 2017
SCCBA Individual Final
15th Feb 2017
Open Simultaneous Pairs
Calendar
26th May 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
West Sussex 7:30
3rd Jun 2017
Corwen Trophy
Northampton 3rd/4th
4th Jun 2017
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles
Henfield 1:00
MPs: BLUE
 Click for more information
10th Jun 2017
Pachabo Cup
Daventry 10th/11th
11th Jun 2017
Open Swiss Pairs - Margaret King Salver
Eastbourne 1:00
16th Jun 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
Thakeham 7:30
25th Jun 2017
SCCBA Venture Pairs
Worthing 1:00
 Click for more information
28th Jun 2017
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
7th Jul 2017
EBU Summer Seniors Congress
Eastbourne 7th-9th
18th Jul 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Avenue 7:30