Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
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2018-19 Gladys Hakki Winner - Helen Kent
2018-19 Gladys Hakki Winner - Helen Kent

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 Helen Kent, pictured being presented with the trophy by SCCBA President Martin Pool at the SCCBA AGM on April 7th.

When low attendances brought Crawley Bridge Club to the brink of folding up 5 years ago, Helen instituted a teaching programme which she has delivered every year since.  The club’s membership and attendances have subsequently more than doubled.  Helen also has been Crawley chairman and a director for 16 years.  She is the heartbeat of the club.

Apart from what Helen’s done for bridge at Crawley, she's done a lot for the county too.  Helen was on the SCCBA Management Committee and was Trophy Coordinator for 7 years.  But, undoubtedly, Helen’s most notable achievement for the county has been to maintain high levels of attendance, against the current trend, in the East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs which she has organised for the past 13 years.

See full nomination by Crawley Bridge Club.


After the 2019 AGM, there was prize-giving for some of the events which have taken place or concluded during recent months.  So it's congratulations to .....

..... the winners of Division 3 of the SCCBA League, pictured left to right between League Organiser David Galpin and Martin Pool, the team of Richard Bourne, William Bourne, Nick Levine (missing Sylvia Hall, Richard Pentecost, Graham Lygoe), and .....

..... the winners of Division 4 of the SCCBA League, pictured, again left to right between David and Martin, the team of Brian Gould, Tony Dwiar, Fergus Cameron, David Gillespie, (missing Paul Williams), and .....

..... winner with the missing Hazel Ogden of the SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs, Mervyn Wotton, pictured between Martin and Open Sims Organiser Peter Clinch.

SCCBA Spring Congress
SCCBA Spring Congress

The Sussex Spring Congress resulted in an unqualified triumph for our best Sussex young players.  Stephen Kennedy and Ollie Powell followed up a comprehensive win in the Swiss Pairs on Saturday 6th April with .....

..... an even more convincing victory in the Swiss Teams, where they were joined by Laura Ersek and Daisy Dillon.

Other podium places in the Swiss Pairs were taken by Mike Kinsey and Philip Mitchell (second) and .....

..... Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt (third).

The "ten-high" trophy was won by Katie Kennedy and Alaine Hamilton (the latter not pictured), on a split tie with Jim Downes and Josie Allen.

The Welcome Pairs was won by Elizabeth Stabler and Nicky Cook (sadly, our photographer did not capture their win).

On Sunday, second place was taken by Peter Clinch, Yves Lebrec, David Telfer and Richard Illingworth with Jeremy Willans, Jill Skinner, Christine Jepson and Neil Watts (not pictured) in third.

As always, many people contributed to the success of the Congress.  Malcolm Wright provided the bridge equipment, Ron Robins prepared the hands and Steve Foster and Julian Mitchell directed the days.  Many thanks to them, and to Uckfield Civic Centre for hosting the event.

Peter Clinch (Organiser)

SCCBA Teams of Eight
SCCBA Teams of Eight

Congratulations to the West Sussex team of Neil Watts, Yves Lebrec, Chris Jepson, Andrew Southwell, Matt Read and Philip Hunt (plus the missing Liz and Ian Lancaster) who beat 10 other teams to win the county Teams of Eight event for the fourth successive time at Eastbourne on Sunday March 17th.

In winning this event, West Sussex qualified to play in the Garden Cities Regional Final at Richmond on Saturday April 27th.  However, with several players unavailable for the final, West Sussex have generously stood aside to let 2nd-placed Avenue take their place.

We wish the Avenue team of Peter Clinch (Capt.), Julian Mitchell, Mike Allen, Ollie Powell, David Dickson, Vivian Priday, Ken Ford and Andy Ryder the best of luck.

Eastbourne were again 3rd.

Many thanks to organiser Gerry Stanford and director Steve Foster.  Many thanks also to Eastbourne BC for hosting the event.

Horsham Welcome Pairs

27 pairs took part in the SCCBA Beginners Welcome Pairs at Horsham BC on Sunday March 10th.  The event was restricted to those who’ve been playing for 5 years or less with an NGS of 4 or less.

Most of those playing in the first year field only started in September 2018.  Winners in this section were Polly Hobbs & Gill Southern (top) with Sue Thompson-Hill & Vicky Glynn (below) and Joanne Coombes & Merle Marshall (not pictured) in joint 2nd place.

In the years 2-3 section, the winners were Peter & Anne Lloyd (left).  Runners up were Alison Barkley & Sue Ladd (back row).

In the open section, and overall winners, were Bob Cole & Simone Burke (centre) with Chris Brazier & Chris Nikolaj runners up (right).

It was a great day and very well done to everyone for taking part in what was probably their first event.  Many thanks to Graham Walker who directed and to Alan Setchell who assisted.

Jane Handley (Organiser)

EBU Teacher Training Course at Horsham

A two-day teacher training course will be held :-

  • at Bognor Regis BC on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July.
For more information or to book, please see the English Bridge & Development web-site or contact Lisa Miller on 01296 317217.
EBU Club Director Courses at Patcham

The following courses for club directors will be held at Patcham during 2019 :-

  • Saturday May 11th - Book/judgement Rulings Day 2
  • Saturday June 8th - 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.

Forthcoming Events

Among the next SCCBA events are the :-

  • Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs at Uckfield on Saturday May 18th
  • SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles at Henfield on Sunday June 2nd
  • Green-Pointed Swiss Teams at Patcham on Sunday July 21st
  • SCCBA Blue-Pointed Midweek Swiss Pairs at Henfield on Wednesday August 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?

For all other events, please see Calendar.

Junior Bridge Camp 2019 on 6th and 7th July at Bowles Rocks is now open for registration.  New venue, home cooked food, exciting activities and, as always, lots of bridge for Juniors and parents and grandparents.

Chichester Bridge Club (CBC) will be hosting a Charity Café Bridge Event on 22nd May, 2019 to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

The draft minutes of the April 7th SCCBA AGM are now available for viewing.  Alternatively, you can access the minutes of all available SCCBA committee meetings, AGMs and EGMs.

SCCBA Spring Congress Swiss Teams
SCCBA Spring Congress Swiss Pairs
SCCBA Spring Congress Welcome Pairs
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
SCCBA Club Teams of 8
SCCBA Club Teams of 8 (old-style)
Horsham Welcome Pairs Years 2-5
Horsham Welcome Pairs Year 1
Open Simultaneous Pairs
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final
Sussex Pairs Final
SCCBA David Pavey Final
7th May 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 2
Avenue BC 7:30
12th May 2019
Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs
St. Leonards BC 11:00
18th May 2019
SCCBA Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs
Uckfield 11:00
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19th May 2019
Kent Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
TBA 11:00
22nd May 2019
Charity Cafe Bridge (for St. Wilfrid's Hospice)
Chichester BC 10:00
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2nd Jun 2019
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles
Henfield 11:00
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5th Jun 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
Thakeham BC 7:30
16th Jun 2019
National Inter-County League Finals
Coventry 12:00
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23rd Jun 2019
SCCBA Venture Pairs
Worthing 1:00
24th Jun 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
West Sussex BC 7:30
6th Jul 2019
South East Counties Junior Bridge Camp
Bowles Rocks Centre 6th-7th
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19th Jul 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Worthing BC 7:30