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

 
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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.

Devon DBA (North Section) Web-site

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

Club Committee

Chairman: Richard Watkins

Secretary: Linda Rafferty

Treasurer: Stephen Rafferty

Members: Marjorie Higgins, Penny Gowland, Roger Gowland

 

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

 
Harry,Richard, Carol and Theo!

Congratulations to Richard, Carol and Theo who came 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the EBU published list of masterpoints scored at our club in 2016. Many congratulations also to Harry on being appointed assistant NPC of the EBU's Junior Camrose Team. A great honour. 

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 English Bridge Union and the Devon Bridge Association.

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 be seated by 6.55 p.m. for a prompt 7.00 p.m start.

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

Devon Teams of 8 at Isca, Sunday 29th Jan

(Amendment) As I expect you all know our club entered two teams for the Devon Teams of 8 competition on Sun Jan 29th and our A team prevailed over strong opposition from the rest of the county. We are entitled to represent Devon in the next round of the Garden Cities competition at Bristol Bridge Club on Saturday May 6th, with our entry being paid for by county. Pls let me know if you and a suitable partner are interested in representing the club on this date. Our winning team was: Harry & Sally, Richard and Carol, Paul & Brent and Alison and I. Our other team was Sam & Theo, David Clarke & Roger Luckham, Jane Koldewey & Sam Mckibbin and Chris & Gill Rogers.  It was great to be able to send two Roundswell teams to Isca and fabulous for one of them to return home victorious.

 

Calendar\Hosting\Competition

Thanks to everyone who contributes to hosting and to Jane, Roe, Chris Arber and Ray Mitchell for recent or imminent hosting. However we are looking for a host for Monday 27th, the day after the Congress. Please find a 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 now 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.

Christmas Party/Presentation Night
Christmas Party/Presentation Night

Our Christmas Party was held at the Barnstaple Hotel and enjoyed by most people to whom i have spoken. The evening commenced with drinks and a two-course carvery with tea and coffee. This was followed by the annual presentation of prizes by the Club's chairman and its president Michael Grimshire. 54 Prizes were awarded to 37 different individuals, with 11 people receiving two, Sally, Theo and Stephen Rafferty each receiving three, while Carol claimed four. Thanks to all who attended and those involved in organizing our evening, especially Penny Gowland.  There were some nice photos by Theo and some without decapitations...but pride of place must go to whatever tickled the fancy of Roger and Stephen here!. 

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 try to put them to the test. 

Notable Achievement

On August 15th, Theo & Harry were worldwide winners of the WBF Youth Bridge Sims, still notable even if only 16 clubs took part. 

Click for the latest results
2016/17 Singles Competition - Round Three

The third round of the Singles competition saw good results for Mike & Peter and Penny & Roger on 65.5% and 64% respectively with 4 pairs in equal 3rd and 5th positions. Congratluations to Kate & Margaret, Harry & Theo, Steve & Mary and Jane Koldewey & Chris Nichols either side of 60%. Although Alison is technically leading the tabe if one score is discounted, no one will be offering odds worth taking on Penny taking the Singles trophy this year... third placed Roger averaging 59 would need over 74% in the last round to overtake Penny. Mind you that is what Richard Carter very nearly did a year ago! 

Teams League with five rounds now played.

Not much change in the 1st Division with 17 Imps the biggest victory margin. The relative team positions all remained the same although, 3rd placed Michael Grimshire's team made a little ground on the top two teams which both lost. In the 2nd Division there were 14-6 wins for John Short's and Richard Watkins teams with the latter now leading from Paul Hide's team which sat out. The only big win of the night saw Barbara Payne's team defeat Kate's team 20-0.  

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
27th February 2017
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Stephen
Host: Volunteer please?
6th March 2017
Singles 4
Director: Richard
Host: Ray Mitchell
13th March 2017
League Teams 6
Director: Roger
Host: N/A
20th March 2017
Section Swiss Pairs (Please be seated by 6.50)
Director: Stephen
27th March 2017
Swiss Teams 1
Director: Roger
Results
20th February 2017
Singles 3
Director: Roger
6th February 2017
Singles 2
Director: Stephen
Click for the latest results
2016/17 Singles Competition - Round Three

The third round of the Singles competition saw good results for Mike & Peter and Penny & Roger on 65.5% and 64% respectively with 4 pairs in equal 3rd and 5th positions. Congratluations to Kate & Margaret, Harry & Theo, Steve & Mary and Jane Koldewey & Chris Nichols either side of 60%. Although Alison is technically leading the tabe if one score is discounted, no one will be offering odds worth taking on Penny taking the Singles trophy this year... third placed Roger averaging 59 would need over 74% in the last round to overtake Penny. Mind you that is what Richard Carter very nearly did a year ago! 

Teams League with five rounds now played.

Not much change in the 1st Division with 17 Imps the biggest victory margin. The relative team positions all remained the same although, 3rd placed Michael Grimshire's team made a little ground on the top two teams which both lost. In the 2nd Division there were 14-6 wins for John Short's and Richard Watkins teams with the latter now leading from Paul Hide's team which sat out. The only big win of the night saw Barbara Payne's team defeat Kate's team 20-0.  

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
27th February 2017
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Stephen
Host: Volunteer please?
6th March 2017
Singles 4
Director: Richard
Host: Ray Mitchell
13th March 2017
League Teams 6
Director: Roger
Host: N/A
20th March 2017
Section Swiss Pairs (Please be seated by 6.50)
Director: Stephen
27th March 2017
Swiss Teams 1
Director: Roger
Results
20th February 2017
Singles 3
Director: Roger
6th February 2017
Singles 2
Director: Stephen