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Devon DBA (North Section) Web-site

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

Please note that we aim to start play at 7 pm. Will all members please arrive by 18:50 if you do not have a partner, or the pair by 18:55.

Club Committee

Chairman: Richard Watkins

Secretary: Carole Reid

Treasurer: Stephen Rafferty

Competition Secretary: Brent Wormald

Members: Marjorie Higgins, Penny Gowland, Linda Rafferty

 

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. 

There is a "Members Only" section that you can post messages to the membership.

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

 
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Sad news about a dear friend
Sad news about a dear friend

It is with the greatest sadness that I report the passing of our dear friend John Corry who left us late yesterday afternoon, January 6th 2018, 5 days after his birthday. John suffered and fought bravely for over two years and our deepest sympathies go to Mary & James, Claire & grandson Oscar. John's funeral will take place at the North Devon Crematorium on Thursday 25th at 9.40 a.m followed by refreshments at John's Golf Club, the Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! Mary has asked both that you should avoid wearing black and flowers or cards.  Donations to North Devon Hospice via "Just Giving" would be appreciated as John was helped greatly by his regular attendance there.  

After a couple of thwarted attempts, I visited Northdene just an hour or two before the sad event. I did hear his words "Hello Rich" and held his hand briefly. We all know what an easy-going and sociable man John was. I know personally of John's kindness, generosity and humanity. As a boy, JC was a gifted football player and competitive activity was to be a hallmark of his life, together with his passionate devotion to Mary & James. Enthusiatic and skilled in both golf and bridge, JC was a fine card player and he will be missed by all. I remember his joyful return to the club on 10th July after several months away and his notable first place with Alan on 63.5%. Here he is on a happy day in September 2014.

John Woolcott Weekend at Isca
John Woolcott Weekend at Isca

In the qualifier for the John Woolcott pairs competition on Saturday 6th Jan, several club players prospered in qualifying for the final. Alison came 5th with partner Ann Slee on 57% with Harry and Sam taking 3rd place on 59%. But 7% ahead of them and 5% ahead of Ian Walsh & Warner Solomon were David & Carmen. Excellent but even better was that they were not content with this and won the final too. Brilliant, congratulations to you both. Harry & Sam came 6th in the top half in the 7 table final, while Brent & Paul achieved the same position in the B final. David was again successful coming 4th out of 20 in Sunday's Teams event playing with Graham and teaming up with Richard & Carol. 

Club Christmas Party at the Barnstaple Hotel
Club Christmas Party at the Barnstaple Hotel

The club's 2017 Christmas Party and Prizegiving night took place on Monday 11th December.

An excellent evening was enjoyed by all who came. The prizegiving of trophies & cash prizes was presented by our President Michael Grimshire. Well done to everyone. Thanks to Michael for presenting, to Jacqui as recordist (more pictures to be made available on web-site) and Stephen as Treasurer and particular thanks to Penny who organized the evening with great enthusiasm and effect. Richard asked that absent friends were remembered.

An enjoyable, brief session of bridge followed. At the Chairman's table, Fay blasted 6N & 7N on successive hands. After next Monday, 18th December, there is a two week break for Christmas & New Year & our next regular evening will be round 4 of teams on January 8th.

The committee joins the Chairman in wishing a hearty and memorable festive period to all members.

Welcome!
Welcome!

... to Taw Vale Bridge Club 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; if you do not arrive by then you may NOT be able to play unless a 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.  The Calendar will show 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.

Section Program 2017-18

Please double-click to see this years Section Programme.

 

 

 

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
Latest teams commentary

Round 4 of the league last night marked the half-way mark in this year’s competition. In the first division, there were neither marginal wins nor heavy defeats with the winning teams all scoring 14-16. In descending order winners were Penny, Sam, Richard C & Richard W’s teams. This leaves Sam (63) & Richard C (59) some way ahead of the field. In the second division there were only two matches due to influenza. We wish Jim and Paul speedy recoveries. Jane Keatley’s 18-2 win, the largest margin of the night, took her team into pole position.

Last Pairs night of 2017.

In the last evening of the year, 8 pairs exceeded 55 with Graham & Paul and Stephen & Roger both between 56 & 57%  3rd just the other side of 57 were Carol & Richard W, over 2% behind Alison & David S. Winners Chris & Neil, continuing their recent form were winners jsut beating 60%  In doing so they have eased into pole position in this years 'Overall Pairs' competition and have the highest overall pairs precentage too. 

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
22nd January 2018
Devon Pairs (Julia Chadwick Qualifier)
Director: Richard
29th January 2018
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Roger
5th February 2018
League Teams 5
Host: N/A
Director: Stephen
12th February 2018
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Roger
19th February 2018
Singles 1 / Open Pairs
Director: Stephen
Results
15th January 2018
Open Pairs Φ
Host: Carole
8th January 2018
League Teams 4 (Divison 2)
Click for the latest results
Latest teams commentary

Round 4 of the league last night marked the half-way mark in this year’s competition. In the first division, there were neither marginal wins nor heavy defeats with the winning teams all scoring 14-16. In descending order winners were Penny, Sam, Richard C & Richard W’s teams. This leaves Sam (63) & Richard C (59) some way ahead of the field. In the second division there were only two matches due to influenza. We wish Jim and Paul speedy recoveries. Jane Keatley’s 18-2 win, the largest margin of the night, took her team into pole position.

Last Pairs night of 2017.

In the last evening of the year, 8 pairs exceeded 55 with Graham & Paul and Stephen & Roger both between 56 & 57%  3rd just the other side of 57 were Carol & Richard W, over 2% behind Alison & David S. Winners Chris & Neil, continuing their recent form were winners jsut beating 60%  In doing so they have eased into pole position in this years 'Overall Pairs' competition and have the highest overall pairs precentage too. 

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
22nd January 2018
Devon Pairs (Julia Chadwick Qualifier)
Director: Richard
29th January 2018
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Roger
5th February 2018
League Teams 5
Host: N/A
Director: Stephen
12th February 2018
Open Pairs Φ
Director: Roger
19th February 2018
Singles 1 / Open Pairs
Director: Stephen
Results
15th January 2018
Open Pairs Φ
Host: Carole
8th January 2018
League Teams 4 (Divison 2)