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.

Access information about your local club or link to national and global websites.

Update your contact details at the EBU and also tell the SCCBA.

Our WebMaster welcomes positive suggestions for our webpages.

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
Congratulations to Mike Keeping's team of himself, David Benjamin, Alan and James Hobden and Matt Read 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.
Forthcoming Events

Among the next SCCBA events are the :-

  • SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles at Henfield - Sunday June 3rd
  • SCCBA Venture Pairs at Worthing - Sunday June 24th
  • EBU/SCCBA Green-Pointed Swiss Teams at Patcham - Sunday July 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?

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.

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Crowborough)

Leg 11 of the Lord Newton Link Walk saw us starting off at Forest Row at 8.45 in the morning.  We had a tremendous walk through the East Sussex Countryside arriving at Crowborough at 12:30.  Just in time for a Crafty Pint!
Crowborough is the highest town in Sussex so most of the 11 miles were uphill.  We were treated to some amazing views enhanced by carpets of bluebells.
Crowborough Bridge Club could not have been more welcoming, even baking us cakes for the tea break (the Orange cake was quite spectacular).  The event itself was won by David Ball & Howard Nunan and they raised a magnificent £103 for Alzheimer's & Sussex Junior Bridge.

See results and pictures.

Andy Ryder

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.)


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

Congratulations to Graham Pollack, Bryan Pinto, Helen Wildsmith and Tim Chanter who won the Swiss Teams on the final day of the Spring Congress which was held at Uckfield from Friday April 27th to Sunday April 29th.

The winners of the Boreham Salver for being the leading Sussex Team were Janet Cattermole, Diane Johnstone, Carolynn Maylen and Irene Gannon who were 2nd overall.

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 David Stern and Howard Jennings who won the Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs with .....

..... Katharine Kennedy and Alaine Hamilton winning the prize for the best-placed Sussex Pair and .....


..... Krystyna and John Deszberg winning the Non-Expert prize.

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

Congratulations to Carol Morison and Ray Burnett who won the Basic Bridge Pairs and to .....

..... Mark Wiggins, Susan Parkins, Mark David Harper and Helen Smithson who won the Multiple Teams and to .....

..... Katharine and Stephen Kennedy who won the Mixed Pairs, with .....

..... Margaret and Roger Chaplin winning the Mixed Pairs Flitch prize.

Club Director and Teaching Courses at Horsham

The following EBU course for club directors will be held at Horsham BC :-

  • Saturday May 26th, 2018 - 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.

The Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp on 7th and 8th July  is now full for residential students.   Please contact William Bourne if you are thinking of coming as a resident, as we are trying to arrange additional accommodation. There is plenty of room for non-residentials, and still some sponsorship available for Sussex, Surrey, Kent juniors on first come first served basis.

It's not long now until the Sussex Candles on Sunday June 3rd - good and friendly bridge plus splendid food, with afternoon tea and choice of buffet supper, so get your entries in ASAP!  If you need team-mates, please contact the organiser Peter Clinch who may be able to pair you up with others.

Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (April 15th) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally

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
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final
Sussex Pairs Final
20th May 2018
Kent Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
 Click for more information
23rd May 2018
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
30th May 2018
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
West Sussex 7:30
2nd Jun 2018
Corwen Trophy
Daventry 2nd/3rd
3rd Jun 2018
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles
Henfield 1:00
 Click for more information
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
 Click for more information
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
 Click for more information