Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
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Remembering Mike Webber

The County Management Committee is very sad to report the recent passing of Mike Webber after a very short illness. Mike joined Chichester Bridge Club in 1987.   He became a member of the club committee in 1990 and since then has worked tirelessly as director, newsletter editor, organiser/communicator, consultant on bridge matters, handyman and devoted all round servant of the club. When Chichester Bridge Club moved premises and took a licence on property at the Bishop Luffa School, Mike was active in assisting with the construction and fitting out of the new building and without him the club would not have the premises they have today.

Mike ran his own bridge classes and supported the teaching and development of new members.  He remained a loyal member of the committee for more than 25 years and as senior director was always ready to step in and help.  Until recently he was also a leading contributor to the hugely popular overseas bridge holidays run by Mercian.

Mike was an experienced bridge director (at national level for very many years) and helped to train and support new directors at Chichester Bridge Club.  He was always there to guide and mentor with his calm, authoritative manner.  His knowledge of the rules was legendary and any disputes or queries at the table were swiftly and pleasantly resolved to the satisfaction of all.

Mike’s exceptional contribution to Sussex bridge over so many years was recognised in 2013 with the award of the Gladys Hakki trophy, a richly deserved reflection of not only his devotion to the members of Chichester Bridge Club but also to the hundreds of others who learned and played the game we all love and enjoy under his direction and supervision. We will all miss him greatly.

Mike’s funeral will take place at Chichester Crematorium at 3.30 pm on 3 May. Enquiries should be referred to the funeral directors Dillistone and Wraights, 49/51 Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, PO19 6SG, telephone 01243 839777.

Sussex League - Division 1 Winners
The winners of Division 1 of the Sussex League have now been decided.  Congratulations to Dave Franklin’s team, with Gerry Stanford, Jeremy Willans and Ian Draper, who have regained the trophy they last won two seasons ago.  Dave’s teams have been regular winners of the Competition, this being their fifth win in the last 7 seasons.  Divisions 3 and 5 have also been decided, congratulations respectively to the teams captained by Jean Smallwood and Terry Wallwork on winning these 2 Divisions.  There are still matches outstanding in the remaining 3 Divisions which are as yet undecided. Results will as ever be posted in the Sussex League section of the Website as these matches are played and the winners decided.
 
The new season will start in August, new teams of whatever level of experience are always welcome to join the Competition.  To do so, please contact League organiser David Galpin.
National Pairs Final

Very well done to England junior international Stephen Kennedy and his partner Michael Alishaw (London) who finished a very creditable 4th in the National Pairs Finals which took place over the weekend of March 16th/17th.

Club Director Courses

The following EBU courses for club directors will be held at Tunbridge Wells this summer :-

  1. Essentials - Saturday 7th May

  2. Book Rulings - Saturday 18th June

  3. Judgmental Rulings - Saturday 16th July

  4. Assessment - Saturday 10th September

For further details or to register for a course, please see the English Bridge & Development web-site.

Presentation of Prestigious National Award to David Galpin
Presentation of Prestigious National Award to David Galpin

David Galpin, the county's long serving Treasurer, who was awarded a prestigious EBU Dimmie Fleming award in 2015, was presented with his award by Sussex President Martin Pool (representing the EBU) at the Spring Congress.

David has served the county association over very many years, not only as Treasurer for thirteen years but also in many other capacities, particularly as organiser of the Sussex League for the last sixteen years.

For a fuller list of David's much-appreciated efforts on behalf of the county, please see the announcement on the EBU web-site.

2016 Gladys Hakki Winner - Hazel Beveridge
2016 Gladys Hakki Winner - Hazel Beveridge

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 Hazel Beveridge, pictured being presented with the 'trophy' by SCCBA Chairman Andy Ryder on the final day of the Spring Congress on April 10th.

Hazel has been the Secretary of West Sussex Bridge Club since April 2009 and since then she has given invaluable help to 3 successive Chairmen.  Indeed, the club feel that it is difficult to imagine how, with 250 members, it could function so well without her dedication to sort out all the day-to-day problems that arise.

Despite living over 20 minutes drive away from the club premises, when she is playing she is always the first to arrive to check all is in order. Club members have no hesitation seeking guidance from her and any task the Committee asks her to do is undertaken with enthusiasm and efficiency despite often involving a considerable amount of work (such as creating a data base with all membership information).

She organises all the competitions run at WSBC and is available to everyone with great good humour.  She has also helped to run classes in order to encourage others to join the club.

Hazel also contributes much to the efficient and effective administration of the Sussex county association in her roles as Membership Secretary and as a member of the Management Committee.  She has been diligent in her attendance at MC meetings over several years and regularly makes thoughtful and perceptive contributions to discussion and debate.  In addition, she has established an accurate county membership database and a mailing list of the 1600 or so members who have email addresses. The mailing list has proved invaluable in improving communications with members across the county.

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

Congratulations to Jean Smallwood, Eddie Lucioni, Andy Morris and Duncan Curtis who won the Swiss Teams on the final day of the Spring Congress which was held at Uckfield from Friday April 8th to Sunday April 10th.

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

There was an extremely close finish to the Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs on the Saturday of the congress with 3 pairs finishing on 96 VPs and another pair just 1 VP behind.

Congratulations to Matthew Smith and Mark Denny who won the trophy via the 'split tie' procedure with Dave Franklin and Gerry Stanford sharing the runners-up position with Graham and Berry Hedley.  Geoffrey and Ros Wolfarth finished in 4th place.

Mervyn Wotton and Helen Kent won the Non-Expert prize.

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

Trying to look surprised at winning the Mixed Pairs are Chris Jepson and Neil Watts who won this event for the third successive year!

Other winners on Day 1 were .....

..... Martin Pool, Neil Watts, Dave Franklin and Nigel Urban who won the Multiple Teams and .....

..... Chris and John Mewes who won the Basic Bridge Pairs.

Congratulations to them all.

SCCBA Teams of Eight
SCCBA Teams of Eight

Congratulations to the West Sussex team (Andrew Southwell, Philip Hunt, Peter Brown, Matt Read, Liz and Ian Lancaster, Yves Lebrec and Neil Watts) who beat 10 other teams to win the county Teams of Eight event at Eastbourne on Sunday April 3rd.

To see how individual pairs did, see the cross-imp scores in Room 1, in Room 2 and overall.

Many thanks to organiser and director Eddie Williams.

Norfolk Green Point Swiss Pairs

Very well done to Katie and Stephen Kennedy who were runners-up in the Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs in the Norfolk Congress at Norwich on Saturday April 2nd.  See results on the Norfolk web-site.

Invitation Pairs Winners for 2015
Invitation Pairs Winners for 2015

At the first session of this year's Invitation Pairs which was held on March 29th at the Avenue Bridge Club, Richard Newton, Avenue Bridge Club Proprietor, is pictured (centre) presenting last season's winners Tim Dickinson and Shefton Kaplan with the competition trophy.  Congratulations to Tim and Shefton who won the event for the second year running.  Thanks to Julian Mitchell who directed.

Andrea Galpin, Competition Organiser
 

Forthcoming SCCBA Events

Among the next SCCBA events are :-

  • the SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs at Eastbourne - Sunday May 8th, 2016
  • the EBU/SCCBA Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs at Uckfield (not Crowborough) - Saturday May 21st, 2016
  • the SCCBA Blue-Pointed Henfield Candles - Sunday June 5th, 2016
  • the EBU/SCCBA Green Point Swiss Teams - Sunday July 24th, 2016

You can enter these events by using an on-line entry form and pay 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?

Other County News

Since the Association’s Annual General Meeting on April 10th failed to achieve a quorum, an Extraordinary General Meeting will take place at Worthing Bridge Club at 6.30pm on Friday May 6th - see full notice of the EGM and the EGM's Agenda

Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (April 3rd) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally

Results
21st Apr 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 2
10th Apr 2016
Spring Congress Swiss Teams
9th Apr 2016
Spring Congress Swiss Pairs
8th Apr 2016
Spring Congress Mixed Pairs
8th Apr 2016
Spring Congress Basic Bridge Pairs
8th Apr 2016
Spring Congress Multiple Teams (Hogben Trophy)
3rd Apr 2016
SCCBA Inter Club Teams of 8
29th Mar 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
12th Mar 2016
Sussex Pairs Final
21st Feb 2016
Sussex Individual Final
14th Feb 2016
Elisabeth North Trophy
10th Feb 2016
Open Simultaneous Pairs
Calendar
27th Apr 2016
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
8th May 2016
SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs
Eastbourne 11:00
 Click for more information
11th May 2016
Avenue Non-Swiss Pairs
Avenue 7:30
21st May 2016
SCCBA Green Point Swiss Pairs
Uckfield 11:00
MPs: GREEN
 Click for more information
25th May 2016
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
27th May 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
West Sussex 7:30
5th Jun 2016
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Henfield Candles
Henfield
MPs: BLUE
 Click for more information
17th Jun 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
Thakeham 7:30
19th Jul 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Avenue 7:30
24th Jul 2016
SCCBA/EBU Green Pointed Swiss Teams
Crowborough 1:00
MPs: GREEN
 Click for more information

Since the Association’s Annual General Meeting on April 10th failed to achieve a quorum, an Extraordinary General Meeting will take place at Worthing Bridge Club at 6.30pm on Friday May 6th - see full notice of the EGM and the EGM's Agenda

Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (April 3rd) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally

Results
21st Apr 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 2
10th Apr 2016
Spring Congress Swiss Teams
9th Apr 2016
Spring Congress Swiss Pairs
8th Apr 2016
Spring Congress Mixed Pairs
8th Apr 2016
Spring Congress Basic Bridge Pairs
8th Apr 2016
Spring Congress Multiple Teams (Hogben Trophy)
3rd Apr 2016
SCCBA Inter Club Teams of 8
29th Mar 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
12th Mar 2016
Sussex Pairs Final
21st Feb 2016
Sussex Individual Final
14th Feb 2016
Elisabeth North Trophy
10th Feb 2016
Open Simultaneous Pairs
Calendar
27th Apr 2016
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
8th May 2016
SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs
Eastbourne 11:00
 Click for more information
11th May 2016
Avenue Non-Swiss Pairs
Avenue 7:30
21st May 2016
SCCBA Green Point Swiss Pairs
Uckfield 11:00
MPs: GREEN
 Click for more information
25th May 2016
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
27th May 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
West Sussex 7:30
5th Jun 2016
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Henfield Candles
Henfield
MPs: BLUE
 Click for more information
17th Jun 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
Thakeham 7:30
19th Jul 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Avenue 7:30
24th Jul 2016
SCCBA/EBU Green Pointed Swiss Teams
Crowborough 1:00
MPs: GREEN
 Click for more information