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Table money of £2.50 for Members (Juniors £1, Guests £3) includes tea/coffee and biscuits

 
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Devon DBA (North Section) Web-site

Take this link for details of competitions coming under North Devon Section.

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Please always have in mind that we need to start as close as possible to 7 p.m and that it is impossible to run the club suitably when people arrive unexpectedly on the verge of this time expecting to play. Will all members, especially those who have no good reason for failing to adhere to the 6.55 rule, please ensure that they do so from now on, or risk exclusion from their evening's bridge.

Club Committee

Chairman: Richard Watkins

Secretary: Linda Rafferty

Treasurer: Stephen Rafferty

Members: Marjorie Higgins, Penny Gowland, Carole Reid, Brent Wormald

 

Need a Partner?
Need a Partner?

Taw Vale Bridge Club operates a Host system. Please check details either via "Calendar" in the menu above or for the next five weeks in the detail on the Right Hand Side of this page. 

You may also want to check out the "Members Only" part of this site which can be used for setting up partnerships.

Announcing and Alerting
Announcing and Alerting

Click here to see the latest (August 2013) EBU regulations on Announcing and Alerting.

http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/laws-and-ethics/convention-cards/announcements-table.pdf

 
Welcome to Taw Vale Bridge Club
Section Program 2017-18

Please double-click to see this years Section Programme.

 

 

 

Some sad news

Members will be sad to hear the news that Terry Hammett has passed away. Terry seemed almost to be a permanent fixture at table 4 South at Roundswell and was a formidable opponent, memorably in my mind with Audrey Grzesiak with whom he had a somewhat combative relationship. When his focus was away from the game he loved, he was a warm and humorous man. There is an inncoent but humorous joke which we shared in relation to his youth, but as it was my joke, I will spare you. It is believed that he had genealogical links with one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. We last had the privilege of his playing at the club three years ago this month. (rw)

Welcome!
Welcome!

... to Taw Vale Bridge Club and its web-site. We are a very friendly and well-attended club based in Barnstaple and we welcome players of all abilities. We are affiliated to the EBU & the DBA.

We meet at the Roundswell Community Centre (next to Sainsbury's) on Mondays throughout the year (except for Bank Holidays). There is plenty of free parking and easy disabled access.

Please arrive and be seated by 6.55 p.m. for a prompt 7.00 p.m start. A pair both of whose members arrive after this time MAY not be able to play if no committee member has been notified of your late arrival. If you expect to be late please ensure your partner knows you are coming!  If you intend to use the host system you MUST out of common courtesy arrive by 6.50 and will NOT be able to play unless any host would otherwise have gone home.  Please check the Calendar to check see if there is a host!

If you have any comments on this web-site including any changes you would welcome, then please let us know.

Wonderful Result for the A-Team!

What an absolutely fabulous result...Sally, Harry, Sam and Theo have won the EBU Riviera Congress Swiss Teams. Amazing! 

Devon Teams of 8/Garden Cities Regional Final

At the regional final of the county teams of 8 competition, the club did quite reasonably with a net imp deficit of just 12 in often exalted company, defeating the second-placed Allendale (Dorset) team including Jeremy Dhondy and losing only narrowly to Bath (including Pat Davies). Both seem particularly satisfying. It was a shame that we gave the strong-looking Wells team their only victory. Particular congratulations seem due to David & Graham who were ranked 4th/36 pairs overall. Thanks to all who represented the club in any capacity in either round .

Calendar\Hosting\Competition

Thanks to everyone who has hosted recently. Since the start of August  Roger G, Anne, Carole & Brian last night Jane Koldewey. More hosts are needed. Please try and find a new season date on which you could host if you haven't done so recently perhaps when your regular partner is away, and advise Linda (preferably) or Richard or any committee member. Details of future hosts are maintained on the calendar.  

You can also see from it that every night other than one-week competitions such as "Mixed Pairs" forms part of an overall competition. In particular the Open Pairs nights, as indicated by the Φ symbol, contribute to the Overall Pairs Competition based on how you are placed on these nights. All events apart from those shown in green are expected to have predealt boards.

New Qualified Directors in North Devon!

Over the course of this year nine of our community have trained to be and recently qualified as EBU Club Directors, 7 of those being supported by North Devon Section as well as their own clubs. Pre-eminent among these was Stephen Rafferty, who passed with distinction and who was also sponsored by our club. The other new directors are Richard W, who was sponsored by Barnstaple, Catherine Crocker & Elizabeth Nunn by Braunton and Pat Bunch, David Hurrell & Beryl Lloyd by Caen. Congratulations also to Graham Batten who impressed throughout & Brian Sims who qualified on behalf of the Westward Ho! & Grosvenor Clubs. Many thanks are due to Chris Nichols and Jim Barker who led the four sessions we all undertook. 

Please help with N O I S E problem

The Community Centre Hall is a great venue for Bridge; it is easily accessible from anywhere in North Devon and can easily accommodate up to 20 tables. BUT it is a noisy room with little absorbent material around the room to deaden the noise of people chattering. As a number of us are deaf, we tend to raise our voices to be heard over neighbours who are talking and so the noise escalates, sometimes quite rapidly.

Despite pleas and many a "sssshh" from several others, noise remains a problem. If anyone has any suggestions they can make to help us overcome this problem, please let a committee member know and we'll put them to the test. 

Click for the latest results
Open Pairs

This week three Pairs were on about 56, with Steve & Mary behind Roger & Stephen and John Short & Dena. Just beating  60% were Penny & Brent. Liz & Alan had a good night on 61%. But very clear winners on almost 70% were David Clarke and Sam. Well done all! 

A member's notable generosity

One of our members has kindly donated the complete set of 36 Bernard Magee DVDS for the benefit of bridge players in the North Devon clubs. These are held at Roundswell and may be borrowed free of charge. You simply need to register your borrowing them in the book which is stored with the DVDs at Roundswell. Follow this link to see the full list of titles.

Latest Teams Hands
Calendar
30th October 2017
League Teams 2
Host: N/A
Director: Roger
6th November 2017
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Stephen
13th November 2017
Children in Need Charity Sims
Director: Richard
20th November 2017
Lovell 3/Open Pairs
Director: Roger
27th November 2017
League Teams 3
Host: N/A
Director: Stephen
Results
23rd October 2017
Lovell 2/Open Pairs
Host: Richard W
16th October 2017
Open Pairs Φ
Host: Sam
Click for the latest results
Open Pairs

This week three Pairs were on about 56, with Steve & Mary behind Roger & Stephen and John Short & Dena. Just beating  60% were Penny & Brent. Liz & Alan had a good night on 61%. But very clear winners on almost 70% were David Clarke and Sam. Well done all! 

A member's notable generosity

One of our members has kindly donated the complete set of 36 Bernard Magee DVDS for the benefit of bridge players in the North Devon clubs. These are held at Roundswell and may be borrowed free of charge. You simply need to register your borrowing them in the book which is stored with the DVDs at Roundswell. Follow this link to see the full list of titles.

Latest Teams Hands
Calendar
30th October 2017
League Teams 2
Host: N/A
Director: Roger
6th November 2017
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Stephen
13th November 2017
Children in Need Charity Sims
Director: Richard
20th November 2017
Lovell 3/Open Pairs
Director: Roger
27th November 2017
League Teams 3
Host: N/A
Director: Stephen
Results
23rd October 2017
Lovell 2/Open Pairs
Host: Richard W
16th October 2017
Open Pairs Φ
Host: Sam