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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, Roger Gowland, Carole Reid

 

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!
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

Sitting in a restaurant in a French hotel at 21.00 (their time) on Saturday evening, I checked the EBU web-site as often as i dared not knowing quite what to expect. Ignominy being avoided is always a first concern and that was comfortably achieved.  Then it began to occur to me how well we had done in that exalted company, with a net imp deficit of just 12, 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 .

Vacancy

The Secretary takes minutes at committee meetings, AGM and any other general meetings of members and is normally the first point of contact for club administration liaising with North Devon Section, Devon County and with the EBU.

The Secretary also maintains an up-to-date list of Membership, administering Club competitions, general enquiries and correspondence and record keeping. The Secretary keeps up-to-date the Host List and is responsible for the club notice boards.

Linda, TVBC Secretary, is stepping down from the role at the AGM in July. The club needs a volunteer to take over these duties; please contact any Committee Member for further details. Thanks.

Theo, Harry,Richard, Carol and Theo!

Another great result for Theo on the week-end after the congress. Playing at the Wiltshire Congress at Bath University, he & partner Mike Bell came fourth out of 120 in a strong field. 

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. 

Calendar\Hosting\Competition

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to hosting... unfortunately we only have one host lined up at present and that's Richard Mclaughlin on Aug 7th (Thanks Richard). In the first place it would be good to have volunteers for May 8th & 15th (Mixed Pairs and the Penrose charity night). 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 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 them to the test. 

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2016/17 Mixed Pairs Competition

Monday saw a good turnout of 15 Tables play a Mitchell Movement with two switched rounds which as often produced a fairly flat result. The determimation of the final result of this competiton was influenced by a transposition of the EW & NS Hands on board 27. It was played at just one table with the wrong cards in place. Unfortunately this table was the one at which winners Sam & Jane were sitting and they have were as a result been assigned a score of 60% of a top. The margin by which Sam & Jane beat second-placed John & Dena was equivalent to 8.25% of a top. The standard penalty for any pair responsible for such an infraction is 10% of a top. All players should take great care to ensure that all hands are returned to the appropriate slots in the board. Michael & Brenda were in third place ahead of Harry & Sally.    

Teams League - Final Result

Many conrgratulations to Sam, Jane, Harrry & Theo on winning the title with a 20-0 victory over Michael Grimshire's team, the only other team which could have won. Richard Carter's team finshed second with a 16VP score. In the second division Richards Watkins & Mclaughlin, Alan and John Corry, despite a narrow win,  took first place ahead of Jan Ward's team with Paul, Linda and Marjorie who are also promoted. The final table may be accessed from the LHS of the screen.

 

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
29th May 2017
Closed- Whit Monday
5th June 2017
Ladies Pairs & Gents Pairs (All players must be seated by 6.50 pls)
Director: Stephen
12th June 2017
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Roger
19th June 2017
Championship Pairs 1
Director: Stephen
Host: N/A
26th June 2017
Championship Pairs 1
Director: Richard
Host: N/A
Results
22nd May 2017
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Richard
15th May 2017
Charity Pairs (Penrose Almshouses)
Director: Roger
Scorer: Richard
Click for the latest results
2016/17 Mixed Pairs Competition

Monday saw a good turnout of 15 Tables play a Mitchell Movement with two switched rounds which as often produced a fairly flat result. The determimation of the final result of this competiton was influenced by a transposition of the EW & NS Hands on board 27. It was played at just one table with the wrong cards in place. Unfortunately this table was the one at which winners Sam & Jane were sitting and they have were as a result been assigned a score of 60% of a top. The margin by which Sam & Jane beat second-placed John & Dena was equivalent to 8.25% of a top. The standard penalty for any pair responsible for such an infraction is 10% of a top. All players should take great care to ensure that all hands are returned to the appropriate slots in the board. Michael & Brenda were in third place ahead of Harry & Sally.    

Teams League - Final Result

Many conrgratulations to Sam, Jane, Harrry & Theo on winning the title with a 20-0 victory over Michael Grimshire's team, the only other team which could have won. Richard Carter's team finshed second with a 16VP score. In the second division Richards Watkins & Mclaughlin, Alan and John Corry, despite a narrow win,  took first place ahead of Jan Ward's team with Paul, Linda and Marjorie who are also promoted. The final table may be accessed from the LHS of the screen.

 

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
29th May 2017
Closed- Whit Monday
5th June 2017
Ladies Pairs & Gents Pairs (All players must be seated by 6.50 pls)
Director: Stephen
12th June 2017
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Roger
19th June 2017
Championship Pairs 1
Director: Stephen
Host: N/A
26th June 2017
Championship Pairs 1
Director: Richard
Host: N/A
Results
22nd May 2017
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Richard
15th May 2017
Charity Pairs (Penrose Almshouses)
Director: Roger
Scorer: Richard