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

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SCCBA Ladies Pairs
SCCBA Ladies Pairs

Congratulations to Liz Lancaster and Hazel Beveridge who won the 2017 SCCBA Ladies Pairs held at Patcham Bridge Club on Sunday October 15th.  24 pairs of Ladies competed for the trophy this year.  Many thanks to Peter Langston for directing and to organiser Joy Mayall.   Once again, Marit Langston provided a first-class tea which was hugely enjoyed by all. 

The runners-up were Elizabeth Hornsey and Avril Strong and in 3rd place were .....

..... Lynne Spooner and Sue Howley.

Tollemache Qualifier

The following team have been chosen to represent Sussex in the Tollemache Qualifier over the weekend of 18th/19th November:

Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy
Tom Brogan & Matt Smith
Peter Clinch & Julian Mitchell
Dave Franklin & Gerry Stanford
Ian Lancaster & Andrew Southwell

Res: Chris Jepson & Neil Watts (NPC)

We wish them the best of luck.

Julian Mitchell (Chairman of Selection Committee)

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Meridian)
Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Meridian)

The winners of the first Lord Newton Link Walk were Anthony Vaughn & Andrew Kennedy.  Many thanks to the Meridian Bridge Club who raised a fantastic £147 for Alzheimer's & Junior Bridge.  We all had a wonderful day's walk & bridge at a really friendly club.  You can see some photos at

Pictured here are the Meridian Chairman Michael Haynes alongside walkers Andy Ryder, Matt Smith, Neil Watts and Richard Newton.

Andy Ryder (SCCBA Chairman)

Metropolitan Cup

Well done to the Sussex 1 team on their third place in the C Division in the Metropolitan Cup at East Grinstead on Sunday October 8th.  For an overview of how all Sussex teams performed, please see attached.  Full results (including cross-IMPs) can be accessed via Ian Mitchell's Bridge page.

Dimmie Fleming Award 2017

I am delighted to announce that Mervyn Wotton has been selected to receive the EBU Dimmie Fleming award in 2017. I have worked very closely with Mervyn over nearly seven years from 2011 to date and he has been and continues to be a Management Committee member of great distinction. I have also seen at close hand the major contributions he has made as a member of the county tournament committee, as architect and manager of the county web site and as county master point secretary. His commitment, responsiveness and attention to detail make him a thoughtful and precise member of the county management team and he combines consistent accuracy with a mature and perceptive approach to the judgement of particular issues and an unalloyed determination to provide the best possible service to county members.

Mervyn has served the county in many ways over very many years but in my experience he has never been too busy to help those new to the Management Committee or to contribute to discussion and debate about the issues of the day.  He has always been constructively responsive to membership concerns whilst maintaining a steady resolve where matters of strategic importance are involved. However, what sets him apart is his boundless energy and commitment to do the right thing and to do it in a timely fashion.

Despite the longevity of Mervyn’s service to the county, which now extends to over 13 years, he continues to set the perfect example to other members of the Management Committee. His commitment to the success of Sussex bridge has been unsurpassed for very many years and the health of the county association very much reflects the value of his personal contributions.

I cannot imagine that there is a more worthy recipient of the Dimmie Fleming Award in 2017. Mervyn will be presented with his award at the EBU AGM on 22 November at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London.

Dick Wheeler

Per Lindsten

It is with the deepest regret that the Avenue BC announces the death of Per Lindsten in Sweden on Sunday 24th September. For many years Per worked at the club as one of our rubber bridge hosts, keeping order with great good humour, giving up this work only a few months ago when his terminal disease was diagnosed. Our thoughts are with his wife, Inger; his children, Charlotte and Johan; and the remainder of his family and friends.
Per’s uncomplicated personality came across at the bridge table where the unsuspecting sometimes found it belying both his ability and understanding of the game. A winner in the past of both the SCCBA Spring and Autumn Congress Teams, he represented Sussex with success many times in the Metropolitan Cup and in the National Inter-County Teams Final. He was a member of the team that won the County Championship Teams six times in the last ten years, going on to give an excellent account of himself in the follow-up Pachabo Cup. Per also won the silver medal in the Swedish Seniors Teams; and the Deepak medal at the Avenue BC, for bidding and making 3NT on a combined 17 count.
Per was great company and a tremendous team-mate. He will be sadly missed by all at the Avenue. Details of his funeral to follow when known.

Julian Mitchell

SCCBA Golf/Bridge Day
SCCBA Golf/Bridge Day

22 players came from right across Sussex (St Leonards, Patcham, Eastbourne, The Avenue, West Sussex, Horsham, Worthing and Bognor) to take part in the 2017 Golf/Bridge Day at Haywards Heath Golf Club on Thursday September 21st.  18 holes of golf were followed by a meal and a duplicate bridge session.

Many thanks to Eddie Williams who directed the Bridge and to organiser Joy Mayall.

Congratulations to the overall winner David Maxwell.

The other winners were David Maxwell (Stableford), Dora McCabe (Ladies' Stableford), Ernie Rivett (nearest the pin), Russell Calderwood/June Garland (longest drives) and Joy Mayall & Bill Steele (bridge).

SCCBA Supporting Charitable Work

Every year, the SCCBA runs a simultaneous pairs event in support of two selected charities. The association is keen to support local charities, if possible. Over the last fifteen years, a total of thirty charities have been supported.  If your club would like to nominate a charity for consideration in 2018 or subsequent years, please send me full details along with a short statement indicating why you believe that particular charity deserves our support.  Proposals will be considered by the county management committee on 24 November 2017 so it would be useful to receive your nominations by the end of October.

Many thanks.

Dick Wheeler (Hon. Sec. SCCBA) or 01903 691566

Forthcoming Events

Among the next SCCBA events are :-

  • the Autumn Congress at Bolney - Saturday October 21st to Sunday October 22nd
  • SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs at Turners Hill - Saturday November 18th
  • SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs at Bognor - Sunday December 10th

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 :-

  • the Worthing Swiss Teams event for the Hills Trophy on Sunday November 26th
Other County News
21st Oct 2017
SCCBA AC Swiss Pairs
21st Oct 2017
Autumn Congress Welcome Pairs
15th Oct 2017
SCCBA Ladies Pairs
6th Oct 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 7
8th Sep 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
23rd Aug 2017
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Midweek Swiss Pairs
23rd Jul 2017
SCCBA/EBU Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
18th Jul 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
25th Jun 2017
SCCBA Venture Pairs
16th Jun 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
4th Jun 2017
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles
26th May 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
21st Oct 2017
SCCBA Autumn Congress
Bolney 21st-22nd
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23rd Oct 2017
Sussex Pairs Heat
St. Leonards 7:00
25th Oct 2017
SCCBA David Pavey Heat
Patcham 7:15
25th Oct 2017
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
27th Oct 2017
Sussex Pairs Heat
Horsham 7:30
29th Oct 2017
Kremer Dersch Trophy
Eastbourne 1:00
30th Oct 2017
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Heat
Bognor 7:00
3rd Nov 2017
Sussex Individual Heat
Patcham 1:30
7th Nov 2017
Invitation Pairs - Round 8
Avenue 7:30
8th Nov 2017
Avenue Non-Swiss Pairs
Avenue 7:30