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.

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2017-18 SCCBA Competition Finalists

To check whether you've qualified for the Mixed Pairs Final at West Sussex BC on Sunday February 18th, please check the list of finalists.  If you have qualified but cannot now play, please contact organiser Gerry Stanford (01403 255952) ASAP.

To check whether you've qualified for the Sussex Pairs Final at Patcham on Sunday January 28th, please check the list of finalists.  If you have qualified but cannot now play, please contact organiser Gerry Stanford (01403 255952) ASAP.

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Chichester, Bognor and Bailey)
Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Chichester, Bognor and Bailey)

The Lord Newton Link Roadshow headed west last week raising a fantastic £385 for Alzheimer's and Junior Bridge in Sussex.

The winners at Chichester were David Telfer & Chris Bury (pictured with chairwoman Julie Jones).  See full results.

The Bognor Leg was won by Leslie Simmons & Dick Pembery.  See full results.  Also pictured are Keith Hotchkiss and also Jennie Wright who, although posting the highest score by a Bognor player, was ineligible as she partnered Richard Newton.


The Bailey leg was won by Jonathan Hooker & Neil Joughin.  There is no picture because the result came out after the session.  See full results.


Huge thanks to all for making us so welcome and your stunning generosity.


See more pictures on Facebook.


Andy Ryder

SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs

The annual SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs will be held in the New Year between Monday January 8th and Friday January 12th.  Because it can be played on any weekday, it can easily be played on your usual club afternoon or evening.  Charities are selected from suggestions by our members and we try to choose charities from different parts of the county.  This year, the money raised will go to :-

To arrange for your club to enter, please email Gerry Stanford (tel. 01403 255952).  Please note that, since the boards will be the same throughout the week, individual players may only play in one heat.

Gladys Hakki Trophy 2017/18

Affiliated clubs and members of the county management committee have been invited to make nominations for the award of the Gladys Hakki Trophy in 2018 via the attached form.  The intent of the trophy is annually to recognise a member of the County who has given unstintingly of their time and service, and contributed exceptionally to the success of contract bridge in the County.  If you know of someone whom you believe meets these criteria, please contact one of your local club officers or a member of the county management committee to convey your views.

Updates made to 'Best Behaviour at Bridge'

To underline its importance, the EBU have made updates to Best Behaviour at Bridge.  The background to the updates can be seen on the EBU web-site.

The SCCBA are committed to this code of behaviour and plan to refresh memories by placing it on tables at county events.

If you would like to report an incident, please submit a Best Behaviour Report Form.

Chairmanís Resignation

Some members may already be aware that Andy Ryder recently tendered his resignation as Chairman of the SCCBA. The Management Committee wishes to place on record its appreciation for the work Andy Ryder has done as Chairman, particularly in relation to the development of youth bridge activities across the county.

Prior to his resignation, Andy fulfilled a number of roles and the Management Committee has taken action as follows to fill the gaps at least on an interim basis:

  • Chairman – The President, Martin Pool, has agreed to become interim Chairman until the next AGM. The MC will be actively seeking candidates for a permanent appointment in the intervening period.
  • Education Co-ordinator – Ian Wright, one of the principal bridge teachers involved in the county’s initiative to establish bridge teaching in schools and colleges, has kindly agreed to act as EC at least until the next AGM.
  • Year Book Editor – Gerry Stanford, who has undertaken this role previously, has kindly agreed to take the lead role in producing the Year Book for 2018/19.
  • County Youth Officer – I have agreed to register my name with the EBU in this respect.
  • Event Organiser – The MC is taking action to find alternative organisers as required.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact me in the first instance.

Dick Wheeler (01903 691566)


Hills Trophy
Hills Trophy
This was a very successful event with 21 teams competing for the Hills trophy at Angmering Community Centre on Sunday November 26th.  Andrea and David Galpin directed and scored the event very efficiently and my thanks to them.  Congratulations to the overall winning team (pictured) of Martin Greeley, Peter Griffin, Dave & Jill Armstrong who beat the runners-up team of Nigel Urban, Neil Watts, Christine Jepson & Lindsay Geddes by just one VP!
The best non-expert team was Penny Mitchell, Caroline Kemp, Angela Neal and Marie Willey (most of them pictured with myself).
The winners of the best afternoon session were Carol Pembrey, Sue Simpson, Sandy Reimoser & Ernie Rivett and the winners of the best evening session were Eileen Perrigo, Janet Cretchley, Jack Woodard & Chris Reimoser.
The new caterers, Jackie Hobbs, provided good food for tea and supper and my thanks to U3A for the use of their bridge tables.
Ernie Rivett
Chairman, Worthing BC
Dimmie Fleming Award 2017

Mervyn Wotton received his Dimmie Fleming award (see County News page) at the EBU AGM on Wednesday November 22nd.

Tollemache Qualifier

Due to a last minute withdrawal, Sussex fielded a team of just four pairs in the Tollemache qualifying competition held in Solihull over the weekend of 18th/19th November.  Buoyed by an outstanding performance from Stephen Kennedy and Michael Alishaw, the team finished third out of nine in an extremely strong group.  Very well done also to Matt Smith & Tom Brogan, Peter Clinch & Julian Mitchell and Dave Franklin & Gerry Stanford.

Neil Watts (NPC)

East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs

On Saturday November 18th, we had 15½ tables for the East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs which was a record for the last few years!  The event was very ably directed by Keith Norman who ensured the smooth running of the day and tried to keep the noise of people having a good time down!!  We had new caterers - the Centre Café from Rowfant who provided an excellent Ploughmans as well as tasty cake. The date for next year is provisionally November 17th.  Get your entry in early to avoid disappointment!!

The results were stratified so all pairs were placed into one of three Stratification Levels (A, B and C) according to the higher of their two Master Point rankings.  Prizes were awarded in three groupings - Levels A+B+C (i.e. overall), Levels B+C and Level C only.

Congratulations to overall winners Shirley Williams and Vincent L'Estrange.  Other prize-winners were ......


...... Edmund Barter and Robert Hirst who were overall runners-up and ......

...... Michael and Dorothy Haynes who won the Stratification Levels B+C grouping and ......

...... Robert Jenner and Peter Channing-Pearce who won the Stratification Level C grouping.


Helen Kent (Organiser)


Forthcoming Events

Among the next SCCBA events is :-

  • the New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield- Sunday January 14th

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?

Hampshire will be holding a Green Point Congress over the weekend of March 10th-11th, 2018, at Otterbourne, nr Winchester.

There's just a month to go until the popular New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield on Sunday January 14th.  You can Book now.  This event is open to all EBU members.

Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (December 11th) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally

Hills Trophy
SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs
Chairmans Cup - Final Rankings
Chairman's Cup - Session Three
Chairman's Cup - Session Two
Chairman's Cup - Session One
Invitation Pairs - Round 8
Kremer Dersch Trophy
Autumn Congress Swiss Teams
Autumn Congress Swiss Pairs
Autumn Congress Welcome Pairs
SCCBA Ladies Pairs
17th Dec 2017
Christmas Swiss Teams
St. Leonards 1:00
8th Jan 2018
SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs
clubs 8th-12th
8th Jan 2018
SCCBA Charity Sim Pairs
Patcham 1:30
9th Jan 2018
SCCBA Charity Sim Pairs
West Sussex 7:30
10th Jan 2018
Avenue Non-Swiss Pairs
Avenue 7:30
12th Jan 2018
SCCBA Charity Sim Pairs
Crawley 7:15
14th Jan 2018
SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams
Henfield 1:00
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21st Jan 2018
SCCBA Individual Final
Patcham 1:00
24th Jan 2018
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
28th Jan 2018
SCCBA David Pavey Final
Worthing 1:00