Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
Walks Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs
Introduction

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:

https://www.facebook.com/LinkWalk/

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

1. Meridian
1.  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 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

2. St. Leonards
2.  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
3. Chichester, 4. Bognor and 5. Bailey
3. Chichester, 4. Bognor and 5. 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

6. New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield
6.  New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield

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.

Charity-walkers Richard, Matthew, Mike Allen and myself 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.

Andy

 

7. Pulborough
7.  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
8. Thakeham
8.  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

9. Lewes
9.  Lewes

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.

See results and more pictures.

Andy

10. Crowborough

Leg 11 of the Lord Newton Link Walk saw us starting off at Forest Row at 8.45 in the morning.  We had a tremendous walk through the East Sussex Countryside arriving at Crowborough at 12:30.  Just in time for a Crafty Pint!
 
Crowborough is the highest town in Sussex so most of the 11 miles were uphill.  We were treated to some amazing views enhanced by carpets of bluebells.
 
Crowborough Bridge Club could not have been more welcoming, even baking us cakes for the tea break (the Orange cake was quite spectacular).  The event itself was won by David Ball & Howard Nunan and they raised a magnificent £103 for Alzheimer's & Sussex Junior Bridge.

See results and pictures.

Andy

11. Forest Row
Many thanks to Forest Row for hosting us on our latest walk to link all of the Bridge Clubs in Sussex, especially Linda Souter & Dave Burman.  In Dementia Awareness Week  #DAW2018, we raised a fantastic £200 for Alzheimer's & Sussex Junior Bridge.  This takes  the total to over £2000 and miles walked to 116!
 

John Cull & Derek Ryan ran out winners of the Lord Newton Link Trophy.

See results and pictures.

Andy
12. Framfield
12.  Framfield

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.

Andy

 

13. Crawley
13.  Crawley

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.

Andy

14. West Worthing
14.  West Worthing

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.

Andy

15. Horsham
15.  Horsham

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.

Andy

16. Worthing
16.  Worthing

A short walk this time - just 5.5 miles from West Worthing saw us arrive at Worthing Bridge Club for our 18th Walk in the series to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK & Youth Bridge in Sussex . The Lord Newton Link trophy was comprehensively won by Peter Nursten & Ken Bays with a super score of 71.02%,

The welcome & generosity we have encountered on our walks has been incredible and Worthing Bridge Club certainly didn't disappoint, raising a fantastic £220 for the causes.

This brings our total amount raised so far to £3741 and miles walked 178.

Thank-you to everyone at Worthing for making our evening so enjoyable.

See results and more pictures.

Andy

17. Mid Sussex
17.  Mid Sussex

The walk from Burgess Hill was only three miles, so our chief guide, Neil Watts, decided to do it there and back!

What a cracking welcome we got at the Mid Sussex Bridge Club.  They even provided us with wine & canapés.  We had a brilliant evening with Ian Sanderson & Richard Hopperton running out winners of leg 19 of the Lord Newton Link Trophy.

Not only were the members generous with the wine and canapés but they also raised the fantastic sum of £148.50 for Alzheimer's Research UK and Youth Bridge in Sussex.

Many thanks to all the members of the Mid Sussex Bridge Club.

See results and pictures.

Andy

18. Hailsham
18.  Hailsham

So it's 37 degrees - what would you do?  You probably wouldn't elect to walk 9 miles for a game of Bridge!

It was already hot as we set off from Punnet's Town, home of Cross-in-Hand Bridge Club, for a game of Bridge at Hailsham Bridge Club.  Fortunately, our trusty guide kept us mostly in the shade as we walked through Sapperton Wood and down the Cuckoo Trail to Hailsham.

Another terrific welcome awaited us, something which unites all of the 20 clubs we have played at.

Clear winners on the day were Chatterton & Mary Sim with a great score of 60.05%.  Hailsham also raised a fantastic £130 taking our total to over £4000 for Alzheimer's Research UK and Youth Bridge in Sussex.

See results and pictures.

We are hoping for slightly cooler weather for Saturday when we walk from Lewes to Burgess Hill.

Andy

19. Burgess Hill
19. Burgess Hill

Looking for a game of Bridge on a Saturday Evening?  Well, Burgess Hill Bridge Club is the place.  It's a charming venue and the members really looked after us with a lovely spread of canapés & wine as well as donating a fantastic £155 to Alzheimer's Research UK and Youth Bridge in Sussex.

It was a lovely walk from Lewes to Burgess Hill, walking the South Downs National Park to Black Cap before dropping down the escarpment to Streat then though Ditchling to Burgess Hill.

Many thanks to Andrew Robson for his article in the Times at the weekend highlighting one of the many hands that has bemused us during our walk around all the clubs in Sussex.

We have now passed 200 miles walked and £5000 raised, an amount which was beyond my wildest dreams at the start.

Winners of the bridge were Julia Brown (pictured) and Margaret Drake.

See pictures.

Andy