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Hayward's Heath to Horsham was a tough walk. 15 miles in hot conditions meant a six hour slog but through some absolutely stunning countryside.
We arrived at Horsham who once again made us feel completely welcome.
We raised a staggering £1150 and no, that's not a typo. It includes a personal donation of £1000 made by one of the Horsham members that took our breath away. This means we have now broken through the £3500 barrier raising money for Alzheimer's Research UK & Youth Bridge in Sussex.
Winners this time around were Kamran Nadim (not pictured) & Andrew Morris.
Thank-you once again to all at Horsham for a great evening.
See results and more pictures.
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.
Over half way there. Leg 16 was a pleasant 16-mile walk from Bognor to West Worthing.
We were met by a really friendly club that went out of their way to make us feel welcome and raised a magnificent £129 for Alzheimer's & Sussex Junior Bridge.
Roy Harden and John Buckland ran out winners of the Trophy but special thanks to Greg Brown & Pam Graves.
See results and full report and more pictures.
Back in October last year, we started our series of walks linking Bridge clubs in Sussex at Crawley Bridge Club on our way to Meridian Bridge Club. On June 13th, we were back but this time after a 12.5 mile walk from Horsham Bridge Club. Again we were made incredibly welcome and our collection raised £100 for Youth Bridge in Sussex and Alzheimer's Research UK taking our amount raised to £2242 and our miles walked to 141.5.
Many Congratulations to Bill Draude and Cecil de Araujo who won this leg of the Lord Newton Link Walk. Also, many thanks to Helen Kent, Mervyn Wotton and Leon Northeast who was kind enough to partner me.
See results and more pictures.
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)
Framfield Bridge Club play at Buxted Park and has one of the prettiest outlooks I have seen at a Bridge Club (so far). It overlooks the Cricket ground and is charming. We walked from Crowborough to Buxted Park in early April, but as play starts at 9.30am on a Tuesday, we didn't manage to play there until 5th June.
Again, the members were extremely welcoming and generous, boosting our fundraising for Alzheimer's Research UK and Sussex Junior bridge by £80.
Congratulations to Liz Thornton & Sarah Riddick who won the Lord Newton Link Trophy with an excellent 63.19%.
See results and pictures.
John Cull & Derek Ryan ran out winners of the Lord Newton Link Trophy.
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.
Leg 10 of the Lord Newton Link walk from Patcham to Lewes on March 22nd has been deservedly won by Julie Williams & Richard Pearson with a very impressive 66.07%.
Again, we were made incredibly welcome by the members of Lewes Bridge Club and had a great time in their impressive premises.
Lewes members dug deep in their pockets too, raising the fantastic sum of £145 for Alzheimer's & Sussex Junior Bridge.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following team have been chosen to represent Sussex in the Tollemache Qualifier over the weekend of 18th/19th November:
Res: Chris Jepson & Neil Watts (NPC)
We wish them the best of luck.
Julian Mitchell (Chairman of Selection Committee)
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 https://www.facebook.com/LinkWalk/.
Pictured here are the Meridian Chairman Michael Haynes alongside walkers Andy Ryder, Matt Smith, Neil Watts and Richard Newton.
Andy Ryder (SCCBA Chairman)
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.
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.
SCCBA Hon Sec
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.
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.
Dick Wheeler (Hon. Sec. SCCBA) or 01903 691566
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).
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)
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.
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.
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.