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EBED (English Bridge Education & Development)
Well done to Gerry Stanford and Dave Franklin who, fresh from their joint-win in the Midweek Swiss Pairs, ventured to Le Touquet where they finished 6th overall and won the 'highest-placed non-French pair' trophy in a 3-session event over the weekend of September 1st/2nd.
Please note that there is a new version of SCCBA Competition Rules which includes details (in Appendix E) of how qualifiers and reserves from heats of SCCBA competitions are determined. The SCCBA Competition Rules can always be accessed via 'Regulations' in the Contents column.
Many thanks to the Henfield Hall (including the tireless Peter Bates), to Andrew Southwell for scoring and managing logistics, to Eddie Williams and Mervyn Wotton for sorting out legal and technical issues and to Ron Robins for preparing the hands. Hope to see everyone next year!
Peter Clinch (Organiser/Director)
(and thanks very much to Peter for conjuring up a splendid 23 tables! - Ed.)
The following teams have been chosen to represent Sussex in the Metropolitan Cup at East Grinstead on Sunday September 30th at noon.
Chris Jepson (Chairman of Selection Committee)
There were 17 tables in the heat of the GCH Fox Championship Pairs which was run at Worthing BC on August 7th as part of the EBU Summer Festival.
Congratulations to winners Richard Illingworth and David Staton who are pictured with director David Galpin.
The runners-up were Avril Strong and Lizzy Hornsey.
Congratulations to the team of Philip Hunt, Mike Allen, Neil Watts and Andy Ryder who won the Green Point Swiss Teams at Patcham Community Centre on Sunday July 22nd.
The runners-up were Mike Keeping, David Benjamin, Matthew Smith and Matthew Read and .....
..... in 3rd place were last year's winners Norman Inniss, Richard Creamer, Konrad Mau and Neeraj Tanna.
The event was very efficiently directed by Steve Foster and his assistant Miranda Churchill.
Truly top-notch catering was provided by Charlotte Setahul and Peter Clinch.
Joy Mayall (Organiser)
P.S. Swiss Teams events to be held in the county later this year are :-
See Entry Forms section for details.
The hottest days of the year didn’t stop 63 juniors aged 7 to 21 from playing bridge almost non-stop at the Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp at Ardingly College on 7th and 8th July. The competitions took place in the impressive Ardingly Chapel - surely a first for bridge?
Highlights included the master-class on high-level competitive bidding by Espen and Helen Erichsen and .....
We wish the England U-16 team, who used the event as their final training, the best of luck at the World Cup in August.
Three juniors were awarded their EBED mini-bridge award, six their bronze award, one his gold, and four platinum.
Four brave girls opted to play rounders in 30 degrees of heat but most juniors and adults opted either to use the Ardingly swimming pool or (after a rapid programme alteration) to watch the World Cup football.
Click here to see more photos
William Bourne (Organiser)
Congratulations to Roger Bill and Carolyn Warry who won this year's SCCBA Venture Pairs at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday June 24th.
The runners-up were Peter Harrison and Richard Moore.
Many thanks to organiser Eileen Perrigo and director Laurence Chiswell.
Congratulations to the winners of the Sussex (Henfield) Candles on Sunday June 3rd - Lindsay Geddes & Liz Lancaster, Andrew Southwell & Ian Lancaster, who had a good final win to capture the event emphatically. The Non-expert shield was taken by ......
..... Jim Downes & Michael Williams, Francis Kelly and Tomasz Serkowski, who finished sixth overall.
Thanks are due to David Galpin (director), Ron Robins for duplicating the boards and Charlotte Setahul for a delicious buffet supper. As always at Henfield, the help provided by Peter Bates was outstanding.
Peter Clinch (Organiser)
Very well done to Stephen Kennedy who, with partner Ben Norton, came 2nd and to Eddie Lucioni who, with partner John Dakin, came 3rd in the Championship Pairs at the EBU Spring Bank Holiday Congress at Stratford on May 26th/27th.
The 2017/18 Sussex League is now almost complete and all the Divisional winners have been decided. In an unprececented and remarkable finish to Division 1, 3 teams all finished on 75 Victory Points. This means that the winners are decided by the results between the 3 teams and so it is congratulations to the team of Ian Lancaster and Andrew Southwell (pictured receiving the trophy), together with Kent players Jeremy Willans and Ian Draper, on winning Division 1 as they won both their matches against the other 2 tied teams. Ian and Andrew last won the League 3 seasons ago whilst Jeremy and Ian have won the competition for the last 2 seasons in another team. Dave Franklin's team (Gerry Stanford, Richard Fedrick and Mike Scoltock) finish second and Ken Ford's team (Ian Swanson, Andy Ryder, Mike Allen, David Dickson and Matt Read) come third.
Congratulations also to .....
..... the winners of the remaining 5 Divisions, respectively the teams captained by David Telfer, Paul Londesborough, Winnie Perry (pictured receiving the Division 4 Trophy from SCCBA President Martin Pool), .....
..... Josie Allen (pictured with team-member Jim Downes receiving the Division 5 Trophy from Martin) and Thea Sydenham.
Trophies were presented before the Sunday Swiss Teams at the recent County Congress at Uckfield.
I'll contact all current team Captains in the near future regarding entries for next season. New teams, of whatever level of ability, are always welcome to join this Competition - please contact me by email for more information if necessary. Entries for the new season close at the end of July with the competition getting under way shortly thereafter.
David Galpin (Organiser)
Congratulations to Michael Alishaw and Stephen Kennedy who won the Green Point Swiss Pairs at Uckfield on Saturday May 19th. Even more congratulations to Michael and Stephen for being selected for the England Under 26 team in the World Youth Team Championships in China in August.
The runners-up were .....
..... Geoff Oldfield and Peter Crouch.
Many thanks to Organiser and Director Eddie Williams, ably assisted by Kathy Williams.
Members will be aware that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. The new legislation aims to tighten arrangements for the collection, storage and use of personal data, to make those arrangements more visible to those concerned and to provide facility for the amendment and removal of data if appropriate. The county management committee has worked on understanding the requirements over recent months and has recently approved the publication of a comprehensive Privacy Notice.
Hopefully, this will provide the necessary visibility to Members regarding current arrangements but if there are any queries about this, Members should contact the Membership Secretary (Joy Mayall), copied to the Hon Secretary (Dick Wheeler). This Privacy Notice will be permanently available on the left-hand side of the Home and other pages.
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 Gerry Stanford, pictured being presented with the trophy by SCCBA President Martin Pool at the aborted SCCBA AGM on April 29th.
Not only has Gerry given consistently excellent performances representing the county over very many years but has worked tirelessly to help the SCCBA to deliver its objectives, e.g. as Vice-Chairman, Tournament Manager, organiser of several county events and Editor of the annual county Year Book
More recently Gerry has also played a key part in the development of youth bridge across the county, teaching at several schools and colleges and being a member of the project teams for several youth bridge festivals.
See full nomination by Dick Wheeler ( SCCBA Hon. Sec.)
Congratulations to Graham Pollack, Bryan Pinto, Helen Wildsmith and Tim Chanter who won the Swiss Teams on the final day of the Spring Congress which was held at Uckfield from Friday April 27th to Sunday April 29th.
The winners of the Boreham Salver for being the leading Sussex Team were Janet Cattermole, Diane Johnstone, Carolynn Maylen and Irene Gannon who were 2nd overall.
As always, the congress was extremely very well organised and directed by Eddie Williams, ably assisted by Kathy Williams.
Congratulations to David Stern and Howard Jennings who won the Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs with .....
..... Katharine Kennedy and Alaine Hamilton winning the prize for the best-placed Sussex Pair and .....
..... Krystyna and John Deszberg winning the Non-Expert prize.
Congratulations to Carol Morison and Ray Burnett who won the Basic Bridge Pairs and to .....
..... Mark Wiggins, Susan Parkins, Mark David Harper and Helen Smithson who won the Multiple Teams and to .....
..... Katharine and Stephen Kennedy who won the Mixed Pairs, with .....
..... Margaret and Roger Chaplin winning the Mixed Pairs Flitch prize.
Congratulations to the West Sussex team of Yves Lebrec, Peter Brown, Andrew Southwell, Christine Jepson, Ian Lancaster, Neil Watts, Matt Read and Philip Hunt who beat 10 other teams to win the county Teams of Eight event for the third successive time at Eastbourne on Sunday April 8th. West Sussex will now play in the Garden Cities Regional Final.
Avenue were in 2nd place, as they were last year, and Eastbourne were 3rd.
Many thanks to organiser Gerry Stanford and director David Galpin, with Keith Norman providing much help with the Bridgemate scoring as well as playing in the Horsham team. Many thanks also to Eastbourne BC for hosting the event.
We learn that Bill Starr, the founder of Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society, has died recently in a nursing home in Wolverhampton, aged 87. His funeral will be on Wednesday 14 March. He had been independent and active until about 6 months ago. Bill founded the Henfield Candles, at one time the largest bridge event in Sussex Bridge, and returned a few years ago to play in the 40th running of the event.
Bill lived and played duplicate bridge at Burgess Hill, but in the early 1970s came to Henfield once a week to play rubber bridge ( for 1/2d a hundred ) at the Henfield Bridge Club, which met in the Upper Room at The George Hotel. I played there frequently with him and when The Henfield Hall opened in October 1974, Bill offered to start duplicate bridge lessons at the Hall. Some 70 people signed up for those lessons and classes were run at the Hall, on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
These lessons evolved into regular duplicate bridge on Monday and Wednesday evenings and the Henfield Duplicate Bridge Society was formed in the Spring of 1976, with Bill as its first chairman. The first Henfield Candles Swiss Teams bridge tournament was held in 1976 with 44 teams competing, and local members doing the catering. The tournament grew and one year reached a peak of 62 teams of 4, and that was before the Hall extension was built. In those days Henfield heats of county competitions sometimes attracted up to 15 tables in play, a far cry from today's world of duplicate bridge.
Bill is remembered with both affection and gratitude by older HDBS and SCCBA members.
NB. After 40 years, the Henfield Candles was taken on by SCCBA as the Candles and this year's event is scheduled for Sunday 3 June at The Henfield Hall, organised by Peter Clinch - see entry form details.
Peter J Bates
123 pairs took part in the annual SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs in various Sussex clubs between Monday February 19th and Wednesday February 21st.
Congratulations to the confirmed winners who are Paul Bowles and Ioan Edwards who played in the Patcham heat. The runners-up are Eileen Perrigo and Janet Cretchley who played in the Worthing heat and in 3rd place are Lindsay Geddes and Sally Bugden who played in the West Sussex heat.
The overall winners are also winners of the 'one player under 60' category and the overall runners-up are also winners of the '60 and over' category. Peter Goldsmith and Jim McFarlane, who played in the Patcham heat and finished 6th overall, are winners of the '75 and over' category.
Many thanks to all the clubs who took part in this event. Many thanks also to Peter Clinch who not only organised the event but selected the hands and wrote the commentary.
The inaugural Roy Skelton Cup was held at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday February 25th in memory of their past Chairman and President who died just under a year ago. Some of the proceeds from this event will go to the Parkinson's society.
Roy's wife Gill presented the prizes and trophy to the winners who were Marie Willey and Carol Pembrey.
In 2nd place were Bill and Barbara Gledhill.
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.
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.
..... 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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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:
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact me in the first instance.
Dick Wheeler (01903 691566)
SCCBA Hon Sec
Mervyn Wotton received his Dimmie Fleming award (see below) at the EBU AGM on Wednesday November 22nd.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.