Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
County News
The following is information and news of interest to the county members. See "Results", "Calendar" and "Competitions" for details of events.
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final

Many congratulations to Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt who won the SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final for the 3rd year running on Sunday February 18th.

Richard Shuker and Alice Thorpe were 2nd and Edith Jeffery and Nigel Osmer were 3rd.

Many thanks to director Steve Foster, organiser Gerry Stanford and to West Sussex Bridge Club who hosted the event.

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

Hearty congratulations to Timothy Greenhill & Stuart Henderson who became the ninth winners of the Lord Newton Link Walk on Friday February 23rd.

Since we started walking from Bridge Club to Bridge Club in Sussex, raising money for Alzheimer's and Sussex Junior Bridge, I have come to realise just what a privilege it is.  We have met really nice people, laying to rest the myth that bridge players are miserable.  I have also been stunned by the generosity of Sussex Members.

Walking from Henfield to Thakeham was a treat on a bright sunny day and we raised a fantastic £214, taking the running total to just over £1600.

See results and more pictures.

Andy Ryder

Sussex Pairs Final
Sussex Pairs Final

Congratulations to Peter Clinch and Julian Mitchell (pictured with organiser Gerry Stanford and director David Galpin) who won this year's Sussex Pairs Final at Patcham BC on Sunday January 28th.

The runners-up were .....


..... Katie and Stephen Kenedy and in 3rd place were .....

..... Andy Willard and Joy Mayall.

Many thanks to director David Galpin, scorer Andrea Galpin, organiser Gerry Stanford and to Patcham BC for hosting the final, with Edith Jeffery and Frances Wallace again providing an excellent tea

David Pavey Trophy Final - Corrected Results
David Pavey Trophy Final - Corrected Results

Congratulations to Richard Fitton and John Deszberg (pictured with organiser Eileen Perrigo) who won the David Pavey Trophy Final at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday January 28th.   The David Pavey competition is for players who have less than 10,000 master points.

Many thanks to Eileen, to director and scorer Laurence Chiswell and to Worthing Bridge Club who hosted the event.

In 2nd place were .....


..... John Mewes and David Young and in 3rd place were .....

 ..... Lilian Brodbin and Janet Potter.

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

Congratulations to Geoff & Joan Kellett (pictured being presented with their Lord Newton Link trophy by Pulborough Chairman Tom Garside) who became the 8th winners of the Lord Newton Link Walk on Thursday January 25th.  Huge thanks to the Pulborough Bridge Club for their generosity, raising £112 for Alzheimer's & Sussex Junior Bridge.  Again, we were made extremely welcome and had a fantastic time.

There are some pictures on Facebook but not many as a lot of the walk was done in the dark!  See full results.

Andy Ryder
SCCBA Individual Final
SCCBA Individual Final

Congratulations to John Mewes (pictured with the trophy which, by 10 years, seems to be the oldest SCCBA trophy of them all) who won the SCCBA Individual Final at Patcham Bridge Club on Sunday January 21st.  Well done also to Peter Berry who was 2nd and Jim Downes who was 3rd.

Many thanks to competition organiser and director Peter Bates (pictured on the left), to scorer Ron Robins and to Patcham BC for hosting the event with Edith Jeffery and Frances Wallace providing an excellent tea.

SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs - CONFIRMED RESULTS

134 pairs took part in this year's Charity Simultaneous Pairs which was played in the week beginning January 8th in support of :-

for which it is anticipated that a total of £800 has been raised.

Congratulations to Ian Sanderson and Brian Kirkdale who played in the West Sussex heat and are the confirmed winners.  The runners-up are Tad Jasko and Leon Northeast who played in the Crawley heat and in 3rd place are Gary Inkpen and Jude Gill who played in the Thakeham heat.

Many thanks to all the clubs who took part in this event.  Many thanks also to organiser Gerry Stanford, to Andrew Southwell who selected the hands and wrote the commentary and to Ron Robins who duplimated the hands.

New Year Swiss Teams and Walk Linking Sussex Bridge Clubs
New Year Swiss Teams and Walk Linking Sussex Bridge Clubs

The winners of the 2018 New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield on Sunday January 14th were Richard Fedrick, Peter Clinch, Liz Hoskins and Andrew Southwell (pictured with director David Galpin) who won six matches and drew their other one, finishing 9 IMPs ahead of .....

..... charity-walkers (see below) Lord Richard Newton, Matthew Smith, Andy Ryder and Mike Allen who were not too tired to finish in the runners-up position!

Lord Newton presented a trophy to the winners of the Non-Expert Prize who were Tomasz Serkowski, Jim Downes, Josie Allen and Francis Kelly.

The Ascender's Prize went to Helen Kent, Mervyn Wotton, Hazel Ogden and Wendy Keech.

An added bonus to the day was the arrival of intrepid bridge charity walkers Andy Ryder, Matt Smith, Sharon, and Lord Richard Newton (pictured minus fellow-walker Mike Allen) who had walked from Shoreham to Henfield to raise funds for Sussex Juniors and the Alzheimers Society.  NYST players kindly donated over £335 to the charity fund!  Further pictures are available on the facebook page SCCBA linkwalk.

A delicious hot supper was served by the new caterers.   Many thanks to director David Galpin, scorer Ron Robins and to Peter Bates who was an invaluable gofer.

Joy Mayall (Organiser)

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 in early December and raised 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 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 :-

Heats are currently scheduled to be held at Patcham, Worthing, Horsham, West Sussex, Thakeham, Crawley, Avenue and Eastbourne - see Calendar for details.  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.

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 below) 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)


Chairman's Cup
Chairman's Cup

Congratulations to Jill Skinner and Jeremy Willans who won the Chairman's Cup at Avenue BC on Saturday November 11th.

Many thanks to organiser and director Julian Mitchell and to Avenue BC.

2017 Invitation Pairs
2017 Invitation Pairs

The 2017 Invitation Pairs competition has been completed.  Congratulations to the overall winners David Galpin and Joan Hootman who are pictured with the Trophy.  After the final session on November 7th, they finished with an overall score of 92.5 VPs and .....

..... were 7.5 VPs ahead of  Gerry Stanford and Dave Franklin in second place.  Lindsay Geddes and Mick Carrington were a further 4 VPs behind in third place.  Congratulations to them all.

Many thanks to the five clubs who hosted the sessions and to Julian Mitchell, Keith Norman and Jack Woodard who directed.

Andrea Galpin, Organiser.

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (St. Leonards)
Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (St. Leonards)

Massive thanks to the members of St.Leonards Bridge Club who raised an incredible £158 for Alzheimer's/Junior Bridge on Friday 3rd Nov.  Many Congratulations to Rosamond Palmer and Sue Clark who won the event with a brilliant 67.5 %.  We had a wonderful day and were made to feel very welcome indeed.  Special Thanks to Noreen for her super donation to the cause.

Andy Ryder.
Kremer Dersch Trophy
Kremer Dersch Trophy

The Kremer Dersch Trophy is an annual teams event for committee members of EBU-affiliated clubs in Sussex.  It's a competitive but social event which this year was held at Eastbourne Bridge Club on Sunday October 29th.

Congratulations to the Wilton team of Pat Hutley, Mike Armstrong, John Clark and Joan Sheppard who were the same Wilton team that won the trophy 2 years ago.  The runners-up were the Thakeham team of Harold Linfield, Eddie Fisher, Moira Baker and Keith Baker.  The SCCBA committee team of Gerry Stanford, Mervyn Wotton, Peter Clinch and Joy Mayall finished in 1st place but SCCBA committee teams are not eligible to win the trophy.

The county sincerely apologises for the switching of the team numbers of the Wilton and Thakeham teams which appeared to make Thakeham the winners until the error was corrected.

Many thanks to director Roger Poulter, organiser Gerry Stanford and to Eastbourne Bridge Club who hosted the event and, once again, provided an excellent tea.

SCCBA Autumn Congress
SCCBA Autumn Congress

This year's Autumn Congress was held at Rawson Hall, Bolney for the first time over the weekend of October 21st/22nd.

Many thanks to directors Eddie Williams and Ian Macgregor and Congress Organiser Andy Ryder.

Congratulations to Lindsay Geddes, Philip Hunt, Mike Keeping and David Benjamin who won the Swiss Teams on the second day.

Congratulations to Nigel Urban & Neil Watts and Tom Brogan & Matt Smith who were joint-winners of the Swiss Pairs on the first day.


Congratulations also to Susan Boon and Angie Konrad who won the Welcome Pairs.

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 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

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 Midweek Swiss Pairs
SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs

The annual SCCBA Blue-pointed Swiss Pairs took place at Henfield on Wednesday August 23rd and resulted in a well-deserved win for Roger Pyart and Tilly Hennings who won all their matches.  In equal second were Dave Franklin & Nigel Urban and Duncan Curtis and Andrew Morris.  Many thanks to Julian Mitchell who directed, Peter Bates who helped in many ways on the day and Eddie Williams & Dave Armstrong who prepared the cards.

Peter Clinch (Organiser)

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs

Dear All,


A group of us have decided to try and link all Sussex Bridge Clubs by walking to each one from another.  We will then play at each club and present trophies (kindly sponsored by Richard Newton) to the winners of each session.  The walk and Bridge will be recorded for posterity on a new Facebook page which you can access from:

The aim will be to raise funds to be split between Junior Bridge and Alzheimer’s Research.  We envisage the venture taking the best part of a year and I hope to meet as many playing members from Sussex as possible and hopefully get you to part company with some money for a couple of excellent causes. 

Our first walk will be from Crawley to Meridian Bridge Club on Thursday 12th October a total of 7.6 miles.  If you happen to miss out on us visiting your club and would like to donate, I'll gladly take a cheque made payable to SCCBA.

Andy Ryder (SCCBA Chairman)

EBU Junior Award for Sussex Pair!

Many congratulations to Michael Alishaw and Stephen Kennedy who, in addition to their playing successes at the EBU Summer Meeting (see below), were also presented at Eastbourne with the EBU award for Young Pair of the Year!  Michael and Stephen have also done well at the World Youth Open Championships.

EBU Summer Meeting at Eastbourne - August 4th-13th

Two Sussex Juniors did extremely well in the 'Play With The Experts' Pairs on the Monday.  Michael Alishaw and partner Ben Norton were 1st North/South.  John Mewes and partner Oscar Selby were 1st East/West.

Michael Alishaw and Stephen Kennedy and John Mewes and Oscar Selby also did very well in the Under-26 Pairs on Tuesday, finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.

Congratulations to Shefton Kaplan who with partner Arthur Hughes won the Seniors Pairs A Final on Tuesday.  Congratulations also to Peter Griffin and Martin Greeley and to Mick Carrington and Mike Keeping who were joint 2nd in the Seniors Pairs B Final and to Nick Levine and Richard Penticost who won the Seniors Pairs Consolation Final.

Congratulations to Chris Jepson and Neil Watts who won the Mixed Pivot Teams with Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner on Wednesday.

Well done to Roger Poulter and Mark Denny who were 2nd in the Open Pairs and to Ros Wolfarth and partner Brian Senior who were 3rd in the Mixed Pairs on Thursday.

Well done to Toby Musk and partner Chantal Girardin who were 3nd in the Open Pairs on Friday.

Congratulations to Michael Alishaw and Stephen Kennedy who, having been 3rd in the Saturday Swiss Pairs, also won the Swiss Pairs on the final Sunday.

Congratulations ro Richard Fedrick who, with fellow team-members Mike Scoltock, Catherine Curtis and Paul Fegarty, won the Swiss Teams played over the final weekend.

SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Teams
SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Teams

Congratulations to the team of Richard Creamer, Mike Bull, Neeraj Tanna and Konrad Mau who won the Green Point Swiss Teams at Bolney on Sunday July 23rd.  The runners-up were David Gritt, Dave Franklin, Mick Carrington and Gerry Stanford.

Many thanks to organiser and director Eddie Williams.

EBU Summer Seniors Congress - July 7th-9th

Very well done to Mike Keeping and David Benjamin who were runners-up in the Championship Pairs 'B' Final and to Ian Macgregor and Peter Collins who were 3rd in the Swiss Pairs.

SCCBA Venture Pairs
SCCBA Venture Pairs

Congratulations to Lynda Smith and Mike Perle who won this year's SCCBA Venture Pairs at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday June 25th.

The runners-up were Janet Cretchley and Susan Napper.

Many thanks to organiser Eileen Perrigo and director Keith Norman.

Sussex Candles
Sussex Candles

Congratulations to Yves Lebrec, Peter Brown, David Telfer and Cliff Vince who won the Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles on Sunday June 4th.  In  joint second place were .....

..... Peter Clinch, David Dickson, Oliver Powell and Mike Allen and .....

..... Alan Setchell, Jane Handley, Terry Fishlock and Guy Davies.  The winners of the Non-Expert category were .....

.....Ian Sanderson, Hazel Beveridge, Brian Kirkdale and David Williams.

Many thanks to director David Galpin, scorer Eddie Williams, event organiser Joy Mayall, venue organiser Peter Bates and to John Porteous for his usual excellent catering.

The next SCCBA teams event will be a Green-Pointed Swiss Teams at Bolney on Sunday July 23rd and the next SCCBA Blue-Pointed event will be the Midweeek Swiss Pairs at Henfield on Wednesday August 23rd - see Entry Forms section.

Sussex Junior Festival of Bridge!
Sussex Junior Festival of Bridge!

Sussex's 3rd Junior (ages 7-20) Festival of Bridge will take place at the Avenue Bridge Club, Hove from Saturday 29th July to Monday 31st July, starting with lessons and ending in a tournament.  Entry is FREE!  There will be other activities too.  See how to enter.

Successes at EBU Spring Bank Holiday Congress

Congratulations to Dave and Jill Armstrong who won the Swiss Pairs and to Stephen Kennedy who was in the team which won the Swiss Teams at the EBU Spring Bank Holiday Congress at Stratford over the weekend of May 27-29th.

SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs
SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Michael Collins and Keith Ashcroft who won the Green Point Swiss Pairs on Saturday May 20th.

Many thanks to Organiser and Chief Tournament Director Eddie Williams, ably assisted by Kathy Williams.

The runners-up were .....

..... Mike Hampton and Michael Prior.

Pyers Pennant

It is with sadness that we report the death of Pyers Pennant after a battle with cancer.

Father of three children and eleven grandchildren, Pyers came to live in Sussex some 15 years ago after retiring as chief partner in a firm of Patent Agents in London making himself at home with his wife Camilla in the village of Littlington.

Pyers has been a well known figure in Sussex bridge since then, playing in the Sussex League, Championship Teams, Sussex congresses as well as in his home club of Eastbourne where his name appeared often on the honours boards.  He served as the Eastbourne club delegate on the County committee for many years.  He was a magistrate in London and Eastbourne until he retired at 70.  He was a pleasure to play with and against with unfailing gentlemanly conduct combined with acerbic wit.  His last bridge outing was the completion of his final match in the Sussex League which he described as his swansong.

Pyers was of literary bent and only this year wrote and published privately his autobiography with a collection of short stories.  He will be greatly missed both on and off the bridge table.

There will be a private family cremation but a thanksgiving service at St Andrews Church in Alfriston (Friday 2nd June at 2.00pm) followed by socialising at Pyers house in Littlington (North Ham BN26 5RA).  Anyone wishing to attend the thanksgiving service should please contact Roger Poulter who can supply more exact details.

2017 Gladys Hakki Winner - Ernie Rivett
2017 Gladys Hakki Winner - Ernie Rivett

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 Ernie Rivett, pictured being presented with the trophy by SCCBA Chairman Andy Ryder at the SCCBA EGM on May 5th.

Ernie has been an enthusiastic member of Worthing Bridge Club for more than twenty years and in his 6 years as Chairman has shown total commitment, calm leadership and consistent management in leading the club in a remarkable turnaround from a time when the club’s fortunes were at a low ebb.

Ernie has been the driving force behind improved club management, resolution of premises problems, improved communications and atmosphere, increased teaching, mentoring and sessions for the less experienced, leading to a 20% increase in membership.

See full nomination by Worthing Bridge Club

Hastings Basic Bridge Pairs
Hastings Basic Bridge Pairs

Congratulations to Molly Freeman and Claire Weston who won this year's Basic Bridge Pairs at Hastings on Saturday May 6th.

The runners-up were .....

..... Sue Clarke and Pat Barkess.

Many thanks to organiser Kathy Williams and director Eddie Williams.

Sussex League
Sussex League

The Sussex League season is nearing completion, with the winners of 5 of the 6 Divisions now decided.  Congratulations to the team captained by Dave Franklin who have retained the Division 1 title they won last year.  Indeed, Dave's team has won the competition in 6 of the last 8 seasons.  The photograph shows team members Gerry Stanford and Jeremy Willans receiving the Durran Weisberger Trophy at the Spring Congress, the remaining team members Dave Franklin and Ian Draper being absent.

Congratulations too to the team captained by Mark Denny on winning Division 2 and returning to the top Division for next season after just one season's absence.  Teams captained by Stephen Kennedy, Peter Kennedy, and Bruce Carrison have won Divisions 4, 5, and 6 respectively.

This popular competition will resume in August.  New teams are always welcome to join the event - please contact me for more information.

David Galpin (Organiser)

SCCBA Competition Rules - New Version

Please note that there is a new version of SCCBA Competition Rules which incorporates updated guidance from the EBU regarding teams matches and some minor clarifications.  The SCCBA Competition Rules can always be accessed via 'Regulations' in the Contents column.

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

Congratulations to Mike Keeping, David Benjamin, Tim Dickinson and Shefton Kaplan who won the Swiss Teams on the final day of the Spring Congress which was held at Uckfield from Friday April 21st to Sunday April 23rd.

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 Jill Skinner and Jeremy Willans who won the Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs.  The runners-up were .....

..... Tom Brogan and Sandy Blunt.

Tim Dickinson and Shefton Kaplan were 3rd.

Congratulations also to Carol and Mark Randall (3rd and 5th from the left) who won the Welcome Pairs which was included in the Swiss Pairs.

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

Congratulations to Tim Hewson and Sean Cufley who won the Basic Bridge Pairs and to .....

..... Paul Allen, Rosemary Land, Simon Fishburn and Peter Cattermole who won the Multiple Teams and to .....

..... Philip Hunt and Lindsay Geddes who won the Mixed Pairs.

National Pairs Final

Very well done to Julian Mitchell and Peter Clinch who finished an excellent 2nd (out of 50) in the National Pairs Final at Daventry over the weekend of April 8th-9th.

Elisabeth North Trophy
Elisabeth North Trophy

Congratulations to the West Sussex team of Tony Harris, Judy Harris, Ivan Yeatman, Catherine Yeatman, Hazel Beveridge, David Williams, Bridget Keates and Ed Barter who won the Elisabeth North Trophy at Horsham on Sunday March 26th.  This 'teams of 8' competition is for club members who have less than 25,000 Master Points and 25 Green Points.

Many thanks to Horsham Bridge Club for hosting the event, to director & scorer Keith Norman and to organiser Gerry Stanford.