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Sadly, I have received news that John Frosztega died at the weekend.
I first played with and against John at the Horsham Bridge Club in the early 80's. Over many years, John was able to play at the highest level. Among his earliest successes was reaching the final of the EBU Spring Fours as the undefeated team along with his preferred partner of many years, Ian Lancaster. Also, on several occasions, John and Ian reached the final weekend of the Gold Cup.
John represented SCCBA for many years as part of our Tollemache team and latterly helped a Surrey team to win the Gold Cup.
John moved to Harrogate last year to be nearer family and our thoughts are with Margaret and family at this sad time. If you do not know Margaret's new Harrogate address and wish to write, then send me an email and I will give you the address.
The 2018/19 final of the Sussex Individual Competition was played by 25 finalists over 25 boards at Patcham on Sunday 20th January. The clear winner, with a score of 62.5%, was Tomasz Serkowski from Horsham Bridge Club. Runner-up and third, split by just one point, were Christopher Hook and Peter Harrison, leading qualifiers from the West Sussex and Patcham heats respectively.
129 pairs took part in this year's Charity Simultaneous Pairs which was played in the week beginning January 7th in support of :-
for which over £650 has been raised.
Congratulations to Peter Cartwright and Bill Draude who played in the Crawley heat and are the confirmed winners. The runners-up are Joan Hootman and Nigel Osmer who played in the Patcham heat and in 3rd place are Tom Brogan and Mark Denny who played in the Eastbourne 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 annual New Year Swiss Teams tournament on Sunday January 13th was very well supported this year with 25 teams competing for the 'Gadsby Trophy'. The earlier start time of 11am proved popular with players who enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch followed later with afternoon tea/cake.
The winners were David Benjamin, Mike Keeping, Matt Read and Matt Smith.
In second place were Andrew Southwell, Liz Hoskins, Yves Lebrec and Peter Clinch and ....
..... in third place were Gerry Stanford, Martin Pool, Dave Franklin and Mick Carrington.
For the first time in this event, the Non-Expert prize was decided by NGS ranking (all four players must be a Jack or below) and it was won by Mervyn Wotton, Betty Lecky-Thompson, Helen Kent and Hazel Ogden.
Many thanks to the directors David Galpin and Peter Bates and scorer Eddie Williams. Special appreciation also goes to Peter for preparing the Hall for the event and to John Hardy and Ron Robins who helped behind the scenes.
Joy Mayall (Organiser)
P.S. The next SCCBA Swiss Teams event will be on the Sunday (April 7th) of the Spring Congress. The entry form for this event will appear on this site in the near future.
Andrea Galpin received her Dimmie Fleming award (see County News page) at the EBU AGM on Wednesday November 28th.
Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (November 4th) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally
32 volunteers attended the training day at Eastbourne Bridge Club on November 18th for teachers of mini-bridge in schools. The event was excellently hosted by Crombie and Helen McNeil. The trainer was Douglas Wright who had also run the previous training day at Worthing Bridge Club on October 21st.
Fifty people have now been trained for the Minibridge in Primary Schools project.
Ian Wright (Teaching Co-ordinator, Juniors)
The Tollemache qualifier was held in Daventry over the weekend of 17th/18th November. Ours was once again a tough group and the only one with nine teams in it. Sussex finished seventh which was a disappointing result after lying a very impressive second at a late stage of the competition. See full details of our team and the results on the EBU web-site.
Neil Watts (NPC)
The East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs on Saturday November 17th was, as usual, a very enjoyable event. We had 15 tables, which is a full house, a delicious lunch provided again by Centre Catering at Rowfant and very able directing by Keith Norman. This event is aimed primarily at the less experienced players but a mix of standards makes a good day for all and the inclusion of stratification gives those less experienced a chance to win their group. As I announced on the day, I had to turn entries away this year, so please make sure to get yours in early as soon as the information appears in the county Yearbook.
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 Christa Wilson (Ashurstwood) and Christine Bohorquez (Crawley and Horley). Other prize-winners were ......
...... Betty Lecky-Thompson and Hazel Ogden (Crawley) who were overall runners-up and ......
...... Cecil de Araujo and Richard Jameson (Crawley) who won the Stratification Levels B+C grouping.
Alison Lowe and Annabelle Riseborough (East Sussex) won the Stratification Level C grouping but sadly left before the photo session!!
Helen Kent (Organiser)
The 2018 Invitation Pairs competition has now been completed.
In second place were Andy Ryder and Mike Allen with a score of 88.07 VPs and .....
..... in third place were Roger Poulter and James Hobden with a score of 85.62 VPs.
Very many congratulations to them all.
And special thanks to the five clubs who hosted the sessions and to the directors David Galpin, Julian Mitchell, Keith Norman and Jack Woodard.
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 28th.
Congratulations to the Avenue team of Andrea Galpin, Julian Mitchell, Denise Boxall and Helen Dawson who were clear winners. The runners-up were the West Sussex team of Robert Hirst, Hazel Beveridge, Neil Watts and Rob Harris who were just 1 IMP ahead of the Patcham team of Peter Langston, Ian Macgregor, Ivor Richard and Roy Greenbaum.
Many thanks to director David Galpin and scorer Andrea Galpin, who were both much busier than they expected, to organiser Gerry Stanford and to Eastbourne Bridge Club who hosted the event and, as usual, provided an excellent tea.
Special thanks to William Bourne who, during the tea break, gave a very interesting talk on the follow-up actions to the very successful Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp at Ardingly College in July.
Congratulations to Lindsay Geddes and Sally Bugden who are pictured with the Edward Bruce Parker Trophy for winning the 2018 SCCBA Ladies Pairs on October 21st.
The runners-up were Sue Peters and Maureen Norman and .....
..... in 3rd place were Francesca Campbell and Prue Davies.
This very popular annual event was held on Sunday October 21st at Patcham Bridge Club where a delicious tea, provided by Frances and Edith, was enjoyed during the interval. Many thanks to Peter Langston who directed the event.
Joy Mayall - Organiser
The following team have been chosen to represent Sussex in the Tollemache Qualifier over the weekend of 17th/18th November:
Reserves: Duncan Curtis & Andy Morris
Non-playing Captain: Neil Watts
We wish them the best of luck.
Chris Jepson (Chairman of Selection Committee)
The Management Committee is delighted to announce that its nomination of Andrea Galpin for a Dimmie Fleming award this year has been successful. Over a period of 18 years, and still counting, Andrea has made, and continues to make, one of the most significant personal contributions to the success of Sussex bridge. In recognition of this, the EBU Board has been pleased to make this award and Andrea will be presented with it at the EBU AGM at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London on 28 November, starting at 1pm.
Many congratulations to the Sussex C2 team of Paul Londesborough & Roger Bill, John Austin & Michael Percik, Kathy Williams & Christina Backholer and Jim Downes & Josie Allen who won the 'C' Division of the the Metropolitan Cup at East Grinstead on Sunday September 30th.
There were also very creditable performances from the A1 and B2 teams who were both 3rd in the 'A' and 'B' divisions respectively.
Full results can be seen on Ian Mitchell's Bridge page.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.