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News Archive
Wilts pair win @ Ranked Masters Pairs
Wilts pair win @ Ranked Masters Pairs

Many congratulations to WCBA members Richard Samter and Norman Botton, winners of the Life Masters Pairs section of the EBU Ranked Masters Pairs, held at Birmingham on 28 February & 1st March.

Championship Pairs Final – Result
Championship Pairs Final – Result

Many congratulations to Ambrose Holmes-Mackie & Hugh Gross, winners of this year's final, held at Devizes Bowls Club on Sunday 22 February. Keith Williamson & Katharine Hodgson were in 2nd place, and Chris & Jan Dixon 3rd.

To see the full result, click on the event (bottom right).

Teams of Eight – Result
Teams of Eight – Result

Congratulations to Tony Reed, Tessa Attwater, Paul Winstone, Roger Harris, David & Margaret Thackaberry, Emma Scarisbrick and Anne Hall, winners of the Teams of Eight event held at Devizes on Sunday 15 February.

Click here to see the final score and results.

Result – Mixed Pairs
Result – Mixed Pairs

Congratulations to Sonia Blandy and David Hale, winners of the WCBA Mixed Pairs competition held at Devizes Bowls Club on Sunday 25 January. Chris & Jan Dixon and Brian Johnson & Sue Hands were in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

To see the full result, click on the event (bottom right).

Butler Pairs – Result
Butler Pairs – Result

A full house of 40 pairs took part in our first event of 2015, the Butler Pairs, held at Devizes on Sunday 11 January. Congratulations to winners Pat Davies and Taf Anthias,who finished an impressive 70 IMPS ahead of their nearest rivals, Richard Samter and Norman Botton. Diana King & Phil Green finished in 3rd place.

You can see the full result by clicking on the event in the Results section, below right.

Success in the National Swiss Teams
Success in the National Swiss Teams

Wiltshire's Dave Latchem played with Somerset team-mates Sheila Coda, Bill Rowe and Rodney Marks in the National Swiss Teams on 17/18 January. After losing the first three matches they thought they were only there for the beer but by the end of the first day were lying 6th after some large wins. On the Sunday they won 4 out of the 5 matches and finished equal first. They had not played the other team, so the tie was split by the number of wins. The other team had won 9 while the Latchem team had only won 8, so they lost out on first place. A tremendous achievement, nonetheless. Many congratulations.

Championship Pairs Qualifier Result
Championship Pairs Qualifier Result

Congratulations to Katharine Hodgson & Keith Williamson, winners of the Championship Pairs Qualifier held at Devizes on Sunday 30 November with nearly 63%. Pat Davies & Taf Anthias were in 2nd place, and Dave Latchem & Philip Howard 3rd. The first 14 pairs qualify for the Final, to be held in February.

You can see the full result by clicking on the event in the Results section, below right.

Wiltshire and the Tolley

The Wilts Tolley team had a good Saturday but a poor Sunday at the Inter-county qualification event, winning only two matches out of the eight. But the wins were worthwhile, being against a seeded team, Gloucestershire, and Hants. Our outstanding pair were Taf Anthias and Pat Davies.

Roger Karn

Autumn Pairs Result
Autumn Pairs Result

Congratulations to Jo Seddon & Don Hodgson, winners of this year's Autumn Pairs, held in Devizes on Sunday 23 November with 64%, 5% clear of their nearest rivals. Ann & Robin Baker were in second place, just a whisker ahead of Jill Wyatt & Ray Elms in third place.

You can see the full result by clicking on the event in the Results section, below right.

Corsham Pairs Result

34 pairs fought it out on a chilly Sunday 12th October in the newly refurbished Springfield Leisure Centre (which was splendid except that the lofty windows kept auto-opening just as a reasonable room temperature was reached). Congratulations go to the winners, Ambrose Holmes-Mackie & James Green. David Birkinshaw & Steve Stafford and Christine & Richard Moore were in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

Before play started, tribute was paid to Esme Sidery, long-time Secretary of Corsham BC, who sadly died last week. Our thanks to Corsham BC for hosting the event and providing a splendid and abundant tea at half time.

You can see the full result by clicking on the event in the Results section, below right.

Mixed Teams Result
Mixed Teams Result

Our first Sunday event of the new season, the Mixed Teams, was keenly contested by 16 teams on Sunday 28 September in Devizes. The winners were James Dunlop, Valerie Austwick, Paul Keightley and Roger Karn. Many congratulations to them.

You can see the full result by clicking on the event in the Results section, below right.

European Youth Pairs Championship

As we announced last month, Ambrose Holmes-Mackie and his partner Ankush Khandewal represented England in this event in July. Ambrose and Ankush didn't qualify for the Pairs Final, but achieved 70.33% in the first round of the Consolation Pairs. In that event they finished 16th out of 92, with a score of 56.38%.

Two other Wiltshire players, Bath BC members Will Roper and Mathew Jones, came 12th in the same event, scoring 58.11%.

Garden Cities Final
Garden Cities Final

In the National Final played at Solihull on Saturday, 14 June, the Wiltshire Team from Bath (Pat Davies, Chris Dixon, Roger Karn, Norman Bottom, James Dunlop, Hugh Gross, Valerie Austwick and Taf Anthias) came 7th of eight teams with 46 Victory Points.  Pat and Chris came 9th in the Butler Rankings.   Many congratulations to the team for a valiant effort against some tough opposition.   The final was won by a team from Coventry & North Warwickshire Bridge Club who successfully defended the Garden Cities Trophy, and claimed a fifth win in the last ten editions of the event. They won six out of seven matches to finish 15 VPs clear of Hurworth BC and Manchester BC, who tied in second place.

2014 AGM minutes now available

Click here to read the minutes of the 2014 AGM, held on 6th April.

Please note that next season's Sunday events will start at 1.00pm instead of 2.00pm, with the exception of the Corsham Pairs, which will retain the 2.00pm starting time.

Williamson team retain title
Williamson team retain title

Congratulations to the Williamson team (Katharine, Hodgson, Pat Davies, Valerie Austwick, Taf Anthias, Chris Dixon and Keith) on retaining their PL title. It was much closer this year – Latchem's 20-0 victory in the last round meant that Williamson had to defeat Ashton having been 15 IMPs down at half time. They held their nerve, recovering to win by 6 IMPs.

Richard Samter

Click on the Premier League panel, right, for the final results table.

A victory for Bridge
A victory for Bridge

Congratulations to the Bridge team (Keith Harris, Rita James, John Whittleton, Rose RogersAnn Hitchin and Stuart), who beat leaders Thackaberry to snatch victory in League 2 in the final match. The Baker team also won their match to end up in second place overall. A satisfactorily nail-biting ending to a splendid season of hard-fought matches. Well done to all concerned.

Chris Jones

Click on the League 2 panel, right, for the final results table.

Wilcox team takes League 3
Wilcox team takes League 3

Another successful League 3 season draws to a close. As always it's been full of tricky hands, uncertain finesses and bidding that's tested everyone's 'systems' to the limit. Congratulations to the Wilcox team (Tony Lucas, Ken Little, Tina Trivett, Carol Eggins, John Hoskins, Ian Drake, Rob Ellison and Ros) on a convincing win averaging over 14 VPs per match, and to the Lane team, who finished second.

Emma Scarisbrick

Click on the League 3 panel, right, for the final results table.

Victory on a Plate
Victory on a Plate

Congratulations go to the O'Donnell team, which won the Plate competition by beating the (Colin/Gayle) Webb team in a tense final. Once again, the Plate offered much excitement and also featured the closest match in the WCBA Knockouts this year, as the O'Donnell team won their semifinal (against the very strong Jones team) by just 1 IMP.

Captain Brian O'Donnell was unable to play, but his team of Syd and Richard Gwyer, Sue Phillips and Chris Baldock did him proud!

Hugh Gross

A knockout result
A knockout result

The Purches team – Susie Gall, Roger Bendall, Richard Moore and Trevor – have won the Wiltshire Knockout. Many congratulations to Trevor and his team. In a close final, team Purches won by 6 IMPS, 50-44. Down 17 in the first set (of 8 boards) they clawed back 2 IMPS in each of the next 2 sets and won on the last board with a game swing.

The runners-up were the Hodgson team, consisting of Keith Williamson, Bob Bannister, Alan White, Tony Olech and Katharine.

Hugh Gross

EBU Ranked Pairs Championship

Congratulations to Hugh Gross and Roger Karn, who came 2nd in the National Masters Section of the EBU's Ranked Masters Pairs championship, held in February this year.

WCBA Championship Pairs 2013
WCBA Championship Pairs 2013

Congratulations to Sonia Blandy and Georgie Dalton, winners of this year's Championship Pairs Final held on Sunday 17 February. Andrew Parkes and Norman Botton came 2nd, and Roy France and Sam Sloane were in 3rd place.

Butler Pairs and Mixed Pairs
Butler Pairs and Mixed Pairs


The New Year got off to a great start with two excellent turn-outs at Devizes Bowls Club.

38 pairs competed in the Butler Pairs on Sunday January 13th, with Vic Holden and Roger Wilmott taking top spot with +59 IMPs.

The Mixed Pairs came just 2 weeks later, on Sunday January 27th. Katharine Hodgson and Roy France came first out of 32 pairs, with 66.4%, nearly 5% ahead of their nearest rivals.

Many congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who took part - and of course to Christine Starr, who provided the usual splendid tea for both events.


Bakers win Autumn Pairs
Bakers win Autumn Pairs

Ann and Robin Baker came top out of 23 pairs in the Autumn Pairs held in Devizes on Sunday 2nd December. Their score of 64% was 5% clear of the nearest opposition. Chris Hogan and Joyce Etheridge finished in 2nd place, and Thomas Allen and Graham Williams 3rd. Thanks to all who took part in this very enjoyable event, and many congratulations to the winners.

Championship Pairs Qualifier
Championship Pairs Qualifier 26 pairs took part in this event, played in Devizes on Sunday 25th November. The winners were Bob McMurray & Hugh Gross, who came in just ahead of Georgie Dalton & Sonia Blandy in second place and Huw Oliver & Ron King in third. Congratulations to them and to the other 11 pairs who qualified for the final, to be played early next year.

You can access the full result from the WCBA home page.
Social Duplicate + MPs at Bath
Social Duplicate + MPs at BathBath Bridge Club are adding a new weekly event to their schedule: Social Duplicate on Wednesday afternoons, with Master Points. The sessions will begin in January 2013, but there will be taster sessions on 28th November and 5th December. More info on the Bath BC website (click here).
Trowbridge win Garden Cities Qualifier
Trowbridge win Garden Cities Qualifier Congratulations to the Trowbridge A Team – Roger Karn, Hugh Gross, Paul Keightley, Peter Sampson, Dave Latchem, Ron King, Diana King and Phil Green, who won the Garden Cities Qualifier at Devizes on Sunday 11 November, with 105 VPs. Swindon came 2nd with 97 VPs and Bath were in third place with 88.
Mean Green team
Andrew Parkes, Roger Karn, Hugh Gross and Phil Green have beaten the Huggins team (Mike Huggins, Irene Robinson, Aiden Schofield and Tony Gammon) in athe 2nd round of the Crockford's. Many congratulations to them.
Teams of 8 – it was great!
Teams of 8 – it was great!

This new event in the WCBA calendar came about after the unprecedented number of entries into last season's Garden Cities competition. It was clear that there was a strong desire to play competitive teams bridge in Wiltshire.

The response for this event was instant and amazing, with three quarters of the entries coming in before the end of August.  

In total 8 teams took part covering a wide range of experience and ability which lent the event a good mix of friendly but competitive Bridge. The Director, Roy France, conducted the afternoon with great aplomb and calm assurance which allowed everyone to get down to the business at hand, beating the opposition.

As well as being a first time event it was also the first time the County had used the 'Smith' software, which enables Teams of 8 events to be scored electronically, something that our usual software doesn't do. It was a great success on the day. There have been a few glitches in getting all the information uploaded to the County website but the overall result is accurate even if not all the individual scores are available!

I would like to thank Roy for working so hard to get the new software up and running so smoothly. Many thanks also go to Phil Green, who not only aided Roy in sorting out the technical TD bits and pieces but also for taking the time and trouble to produce a 'who did what' list (which will be available on the County website shortly) showing how everyone did in the grand scheme of things.

Last, but by no means least, I would like to thank everyone who took part and, of course, congratulate the winners (below). An event is only as goods its participants and they were all fantastic. It makes me proud to know that although we may only be a small County in Bridge terms we have a brave, lively, eager membership who all have a lot of competitive Bridge in them.

Emma Scarisbrick
To8 Event Organiser

The winning team consisted of Ros & John Marshall, Marion Loudoun & Chris Jones, David Jacklin & Pete van Praag and Steve Lawrence & Terry Butler. The best performing pair were Bill Nadel & Vic Holden.

20 tables at the Corsham Pairs
20 tables at the Corsham Pairs39 pairs arrived at the Corsham Centre on Sunday 14 October to play in the annual Corsham Pairs. The event, directed as last year by Christine MacFarlane, was as enjoyable as ever, and a splendid tea was provided by Corsham Bridge Club under the watchful eye of Club Secretary Esme Sidery.

The winners, with 62.4%, were Mike Fithyan and Christine Ray, who came all the way from Petersfield in Hampshire. Many congratulations to them – and thanks to the organisers for another very enjoyable event in Corsham.
Friendly duplicate @ Box Bridge Club
Friendly duplicate @ Box Bridge ClubA club offering 'friendly duplicate' has opened its doors in Box. Box Bridge Club, which meets on Friday evenings in Box Community Pavilion, 'especially welcomes less experienced players who'd like to try their hand at duplicate in an informal and pleasant setting'.

For more information, visit www.boxbridge.co.uk.

Victory for Wilts pair @ Weston
Victory for Wilts pair @ WestonMany congratulations to Jo Seddon and Helen Holden, who won the Ladies Pairs on the first day of last weekend's South West Congress at Weston-Super-Mare on 5th October. Rumour has it that this was the very first time Helen had played at a congress, making victory all the sweeter.

There were, sadly, no other Wiltshire-based winners at the congress, which was nonetheless as enjoyable, well-organised and well-attended as ever.
When autumn leagues ...
When autumn leagues ...As the leaves begin to fall, so the new league season begins. Following last year's successful expansion, there will again be three leagues. Six teams will again compete in League 2, while the Premier League and League 3 have grown to 11 and 7 teams respectively.

Details of the teams and their results so far can be found on the League pages under the Competitions menu.

Good luck, thanks for competing and have an enjoyable season!

Cliff Sibley kicks off 2012-13
Cliff Sibley kicks off 2012-13Twelve teams converged on Devizes Bowls Club on Sunday 23rd September for the Cliff Sibley Mixed Teams, the first WCBA event of the new season.

The winners were Katharine Hodgson, Keith Williamson, Bob Bannister and Andrew Law, who finished just 8 imps above the runners-up Ed and Scarlet Leatham, Nick Forrest and Sally Cairns. Congratulations to them and thanks to all who took part.
Chairman's Cup
Chairman's CupAfter a productive and efficiently run AGM, 16 tables settled down to what we'd all really come for: a pleasant afternoon's bridge punctuated by Christine Starr's incomparable tea ...

This was the Chairman's Cup, the last all-Wiltshire fixture of this season's calendar. The winners were Marlborough's Joan Crook and Helen Cleland. Many congratulations to them both.

Our thanks to Colin, Philip, Roy – and, of course, Christine – for yet another very enjoyable Wiltshire event.

Chris Jones
Knockout News
Knockout News

Team Gwyer take Plate

The Wiltshire Knockout plate has been won by Team Gwyer. In a tight final, they beat Peter Webb’s team (Peter Webb, Rosemary Fussell, Ann & Robin Baker) by 24 imps. Many congratulations are due to Richard and Syd Gwyer, June Stevens, Brian O'Donnell, Lesley Bennett, Paul Gregory – and Judy Shewring, who was required to fill in at the last minute in the final!

Bath progress in NICKO

Congratulations are due to Bath Bridge Club, whose A team took a long trip to Exeter in March, and reached the last 32 of this prestigious national competition. James Dunlop, together with Roger Karn, Paul Keightley and Taf Anthias, won a tight but in the end relatively comfortable victory. We wish them all the best for the next round, when their opponents will be Bristol's Dyde, Cherry, Wibberly and Channack.

Hugh Gross

Team Hodgson take League 3

A year ago and based on the success of the Allcomers League, the County committee took the decision to expand the League structure in Wiltshire from two to three. None of us really knew exactly how it would pan out but we all felt it was important to encourage as many players as possible to participate in teams league Bridge.

League 3 was aimed at the non-expert players who had played little or no County level Bridge before. Six teams entered from across Wiltshire with great enthusiasm and the season began. Everyone played each team twice, which made for 10 matches from September through to March. It soon became clear that it was going to be a two-horse race between Team Hodgson and Team Wright with the rest of the field constantly moving up and down the table and keeping everyone guessing as to who would come where. In the end Team Hodgson were first with Team Wright second.

Allthe games were played in a friendly and competitive spirit and it was good to see the teams gaining confidence and experience as the season progressed. The only thing that seemed to vex everyone was whether there was indeed a mischievous button on the County duplimator, as the boards for each match always seemed to contain some very tricky hands – a theme which continued right up to the last match when it appeared that voids, odd distributions and slam bidding were the order of the day.

All in all a very successful first season for League 3. In fact the new structure has worked out better than we could have imagined when it was first discussed last year.  In all 22 teams took part in the new league set-up, which is fantastic and we hope to get more entries next year.

Everyone on the County Committee has contributed in some way to the success of League 3 but in particular I'd like to thank Chris Jones for his unfailing guidance, support and help, and also a huge thank you and well done to all the players in League 3, without whom there would have been no League. You were incredible and I'm very proud of you all.

Emma Jackson

Charity Sims: the Moores the Merrier

Six Wiltshire clubs were involved in the Charity Sim pairs in March, and there was national success for 2 pairs! Barbara Raven and David Lilley, competing in Marlborough, came 9th out of nearly 1400 pairs, but pride of place goes to Christine and Richard Moore competing at Devizes who won the competition – with a score of 71.66%. Many congratulations to them.

Hugh Gross

League 2 ends on a knife-edge
League 2 ends on a knife-edge

As the last League match got under way on 20th March at Devizes, any of the leading three teams could have ended up as League 2 winners, as only 16 VPs separated Starr, Cooper and Ind. In the event all three lost (to Gwyer, Winstone and Baker respectively) giving us a nail-bitingly close result.

Congratulations, then, to the Starr team, who managed to stay in the top spot with 132 VPs (though their Imps were massively ahead of everyone else), followed by Cooper on 129 and Ind with 119.

But congratulations are due to everyone who took part in what turned out to be a friendly, sporting and thoroughly enjoyable first-ever WCBA League 2 season – the first, we hope, of many more to come.

Chris Jones


There are 3Wiltshire clubs who have progressed to the 3rd round of the NICKO(National Inter Club KnockOut). Indeed there is certain to be one in the 4thround!

SemingtonVillage have had a tough time so far having to beat Trowbridge in the firstround, and then Bath B in round 2. Their reward is a match with Bath A, whobeat Devizes B in a close match in round 1, and received a bye in round 2.

The otherWiltshire team through is Warminster who, after defeating Yeovil in round 1,then dispatched Devizes A in the second round and are rewarded with a trip toCheltenham.

Ourcongratulations and good luck wishes go with all 3 club teams.

Hugh Gross

Competitions: Winter Update
Competitions: Winter UpdateChristmas is almost upon us, and there are a number of results to report. Congratulations go to

  • the Swindon team, who came first in a field of 12 teams in the Wiltshire Garden Cities Qualifier in November. They will represent Wiltshire in the Regional Final in Bristol in May.
  • the Wiltshire A and B teams, who beat Avon in their Western League match in late November by 16-4 and 15-5 respectively.
  • Dave Latchem and Philip Howard, who won the Championship Pairs Qualifier on 4 December an impressive 4% clear of the next best pair.

With 6 of the 9 matches played, the Williamson team are leading the Premier League, just 4 VPs ahead of Dunlop.

Leagues 2 and 3 are at the half-way stage, everyone having played everyone once.

  • In League 2, Starr are currently in first place, 6 VPs ahead of Cooper.
  • The current leaders of League 3 are Hodgson, who are 5 VPs ahead of Wright.

There's all to play for! Happy Christmas.

The Draw for WIKO (WIltshire Knockout)
The Draw for WIKO (WIltshire Knockout)

Whilst some thoughts (including mine) were concerned about finding out who Salisbury City had drawn in the FA Cup 2nd round, the real tension was about the quarter final draw for the WIKO and the draw for the WIKO plate. With nearly all the first round matches completed, the quarter final draw paired last year's winners (Sam Sloan) with the strong Phil Green team.

Susie Gall, who will have been very pleased to progress after a nail-biting 1-IMP win over Richard Gwyer – a terrific Cup performance on the part of the Gwyer team – will play Dave Latchem, and the other two matches are still to be clarified.

In the Plate competition, there is one potential humdinger: if Dave Latchem qualifies for the Plate, his team will be up against James Dunlop – perhaps the top team so far to have 'qualified for the Plate'.  Hugh Gross, 14 November 2011

(Apologies for the late appearance of this news item cj)

Competitions: Autumn Update
Competitions: Autumn UpdateAs the clocks go back, we've already had our first three Sunday events of the season. Congratulations go to:

  • Kathy Hodgson, Keith Williamson, Bob Bannister and Andrew Law, winners of the Cliff Sibley Mixed Teams
  • Richard Samter and Norman Botton, winners of the Corsham Pairs
  • Paul Winstone and Roger Harris, who won the Non-Expert Sunday Pairs.

All three leagues are running smoothly, and the early leaders after 3 matches are Hodgson (League 3), Starr (League 2) and Dunlop (Premier League).
Devizes wins Wiltshire Ashes
Devizes wins Wiltshire AshesAs a curtain raiser for the 2011/12 teams season, Devizes and Trowbridge County Town Bridge Clubs set up a 24-a-side match not only to compete as local rivals should, but also to allow club members who had no experience of teams or league bridge to have a first go in sociable surroundings.

Each club fielded 6 teams of 4 to cover people in Leagues 1, 2 and 3. The players ranged from a premier Life Master to a 92-year-old social player! As well as a good example of enjoyable bridge being competitive, it was tense, as with 2 of the 144 boards to be scored, there were just 2 imps between the clubs. These last 2 boards in the F team match went the way of Devizes, and so they ran out overall winners by 20 imps.

To support the spirit of the occasion, and in recognition that the 'return' is tentatively scheduled for April 2012, two playing cards were burnt, and their ashes deposited in a decorative pot/urn. In presenting the “Wiltshire Ashes” to Devizes BC, Ian Cain, Chairman of Trowbridge TCBC congratulated the winners, and pointed out to his club members that there were regular classes based on the bridge club which could perhaps be noted by his team, so that the return would be more successful.

Ken Walsby, the Devizes BC Chairman, took up the challenge and thanked Ian for the manner of the game, and for their hospitality.

All concerned are looking forward to the future games between the two clubs. Hugh Gross

Warminster BC raises £300 for charity
Warminster BC raises £300 for charityWarminster Bridge club ran a very successful Charity Bridge evening on Thursday, 20th October. Eleven tables turned out to play, which was very satisfying as Club numbers have a been a bit low of late. Our 'Landlord' allowed us a free evening and, of course, we took advantage of the one free evening the EBU allow us each year from P2P.

The nett result was that we managed to raise £300, which will be shared between a national and a local charity.

Winners of the Gurkha Kukhri Trophy were Emma Jackson and Gerry McAinsh and they will be the proud keepers of the Trophy until October 2012. David Thackaberry
Brighton et al
Brighton et alAt Brighton

    • Kathy Hodgson, Pat Davies, Roy France and Keith Williamson came an excellent 5th place in the Swiss Teams.
    • Chris Clements with Sue Gregory (Devon) won an open pairs session.
    • Emma Jackson, Mike Cripp, Pat Lewis and Jo Seddon won the 'Next Step' Teams.
    • Adam Jackson (aged 12 ) won the Novice pairs – the prize was a bottle of wine, quickly confiscated by his mother!

And at Hereford and Gloucester Green point: Colin and Gayle Webb were 2nd in the pairs.

Well done all!

Wiltshire bow out of the Tolle

In this year’s Tollemache Inter-County championship qualifier Wiltshire finished with a creditable 45% in a tough group, only just behind a very strong Middlesex and just ahead of East Wales, who reached last year’s final. Another 5% would have seen us finish 4th out of the 9 teams in their group. Wins were secured against Merseyside & Cheshire, Staffs & Shrops and Oxfordshire, with narrow defeats to Derbyshire and the group winners Hertfordshire. Congratulations to Avon, the only heavy defeat on Wiltshire, who finished second in the group, qualifying for next February’s final. Well played to all members of the team, particularly Pat Davies & Chris Dixon, who headed the individual rankings pretty well from start to finish. Phil Green
Allcomers Pairs: the first winners

Many congratulations to Roger Harris and Paul Winstone, winners of the first ever WCBA Allcomers Pairs, held at the Wyvern Club on Sunday 7th November. Roger and Paul came first out of 24 pairs with a score of 62%.

See the Results page for more details.

Learn to teach bridge in Taunton

Wiltshire member Dave Latchem is running a two-day bridge teacher training course in Taunton in April 2011. WCBA participants are welcome, and there is a scheme under which EBU affiliated clubs can nominate a participant for a free place. Click here for more details.
Extra morning's bridge in Semington

Semington Village Bridge Club, which currently meets on Tuesday mornings, is to add a Friday morning session from November 5th. The first session will start at 9.15. For more information and contact details, see the Clubs in Wiltshire page.
Swindon pair 1st in Sims

It's happened again! This time it's the BGB Autumn Simultaneous Pairs, and the (as yet provisional) winners are Roy France and Sam Sloan of Swindon Bridge Club, who are leading the nation with an impressive 75.23%.
Narrow victory in Corsham Pairs

Congratulations to Pat Davies and Chris Dixon, winners of the Corsham Pairs earlier this month with a score of 60.6% - just 0.06% ahead of second-placed Roy France and Sam Sloan.

With 37 pairs taking part, this was a well-attended and very enjoyable event. Thanks to Director Christine MacFarlane and all those involved in organising the event and providing the excellent refreshments.

Sims victory for trowBRIDGE pair

Congratulations to Hugh Gross and Diana King, who are currently lying in 1st place in the EBU Autumn Sims with a national top of 73.58%.

Congratulations ...

... to Kathy Hodgson, Keith Williamson, Bob Bannister and Andrew Law on winning this year's Cliff Sibley Teams. Second (just 3 VPs behind) were Pat Davies, Valerie Austwick, Roger Karn and Richard Samter, and Maureen Mobley, John Maggs, James Dunlop and Taf Anthias came third.

Know anyone who wants to learn bridge?

It's back-to-school time, but not just for full-time students. It's the beginning of the academic year for Bridge classes, too. Most of us know someone who's 'always wanted to play bridge' or wonders what it is about bridge that keeps us addicted, and this is the best time of year for them to start learning what it's all about.

Today's learners are tomorrow's new club members, so the more people take the plunge and join a bridge class, the better it is for all of us. So please spread the word!

Your club may have its own teaching programme. If not, some local bridge teachers are listed on our Bridge Teaching page.

Come and join us in the Allcomers League!

All the fun of teams with none of the PRESSURE of the Premier League ...

This is a round robin teams competition especially for those who have little or no experience of playing in a County event but who play regularly in clubs and/or have completed the second year of the Bridge for All course.

The League will run one evening a month Sept-March at Trowbridge Cricket Club, where there is ample free parking and a bar for those that prefer something a little more fortifying during the break. It will run along similar lines to club play, with 24 boards per match, a tournament director to call on when the need arises, a coffee break and fun competitive Bridge.

Each team can consist of up to 6 members, though only 4 play on any one night. It costs £15 per team to enter the League, with £2.50 table money per person per evening.

To enter contact Emma Jackson (evjdv.Jackson@googlemail.com , tel 01380 871429) or go to the County website.

Don't be late! The deadline for entries is 31 August.

County Team for the Tollemache

The Wiltshire team selected for the 2010 Tollemache qualifier on 20-21 November 2010 is (alphabetically!):

Bob Bannister / Andrew Law
Pat Davies / Chris Dixon
Phil Green / Roger Karn
Katharine Hodgson / Keith Williamson
Philip Howard / Wendy Simpson

Reserves: Richard Samter / Norman Botton

Captain: Roger Karn

We wish them good luck 

Everyone's a winner at the AGM, but the Gwyers come top

Following a pleasant and relaxed AGM (of which more anon), nine tables settled down to play the annual Chairman's Trophy handicap pairs event. This too is a pleasant and relaxed affair: the emphasis is on enjoying the bridge and looking forward to Christine's legendary tea at half time, which was (as always) quite excellent. The winners of the 27-board match were Malmesbury's Richard and Sid Gwyer, whose team has already won the Allcomers League. Congratulations to them. (The full result is available on the Home page, bottom right.)

We're grateful for the good turnout for the AGM, but are left wondering why, with both free bridge and free tea on offer, more Wiltshire members weren't tempted to miss a boring old football match and come along to this very enjoyable event. It's all over by 7.00, so it doesn't even impinge on your Sunday evening. Make a note in your diary to give it a try next year!

Following a pleasant and relaxed AGM (of which more anon), nine tables settled down to play the annual Chairman's Trophy handicap pairs event. This too is a pleasant and relaxed affair: the emphasis is on enjoying the bridge and looking forward to Christine's legendary tea at half time, which was (as always) quite excellent. The winners of the 27-board match were Malmesbury's Richard and Sid Gwyer, whose team has already won the Allcomers League. Congratulations to them. (The full result is available on the Home page, bottom right.)

We're grateful for the good turnout for the AGM, but are left wondering why, with both free bridge and free tea on offer, more Wiltshire members weren't tempted to miss a boring old football match and come along to this very enjoyable event. It's all over by 7.00, so it doesn't even impinge on your Sunday evening. Make a note in your diary to give it a try next year!
Wiltshire takes bronze in Western League

Wiltshire have finished a creditable 3rd out of 8 in this season's Western League, behind winners Avon and 2nd-placed Cornwall. The Division A team came 6th and the Division B team were in 4th place, while the Division C team came 2nd, narrowly beaten by Cornwall.

Congratulations are due to all who took part, and thanks to organiser Diana King, whom you should contact if you are interested in playing in next year's Western League.
Allcomers League ends on a knife-edge

The first Wilts Allcomers League has been won by Malmesbury BC's Gwyer team (Lesley Bennett, Richard Gwyer, Sid Gwyer, June Stevens, Tom Hanwell, Paul Gregory and Brian O'Donnell). They finished in a dead heat with Bath BC's Portnall team (Jane Portnall, Rita James, Paul Cooper, Christine Moore, Nick Guinness, Rose Rogers and Christine MacFarlane), and came first by virtue of having won their head-to-match. Exciting stuff! Congratulations not only to the winners but to all who took part, and to Emma Jackson for running this very successful new event. Watch this space for news of next year's Allcomers league and other WCBA non-expert events.
Bennett team wins the Knockout

Congratulations to Phil Bennett's team (Phil, Roger Willmott, Vic Holden and Bob McMurray) on winning this season's County Knockout. They defeated the Hodgson team in the final.
Bath & Swindon @ National Pairs Final

Pat Davies and Chris Dixon, both members of Bath BC, came 7th out of 50 in the National Pairs final in April of this year. Kathy Hodgson and Keith Williamson, of Swindon BC, took 17th place in the same event. Very well played both pairs.
Latchem team win the Wilts Premier League

Congratulations to Dave Latchem's team (consisting of Dave, Diane Bishop, Philip Howard, Wendy Simpson, Chris Clements, Jenny Gray and substitute Bob Warrender) on winning a hard-fought Premier League. The Blandy and Davies teams came 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Green turns red!

Former Chairman of Bath BC Phil Green has completed a two-year period as Trainee National Director, and is now a fully qualified EBU 'red-coat' Director. Many congratulations on this achievement. We look forward to calling for his help at future national events such as the summer Brighton Congress.
  stop press    Phil has also just been promoted to Premier Life Master.
Wilts/Avon Swiss Event – Results
Wilts/Avon Swiss Event – Results

Congratulations to Chris Davis and Martin David on winning the Pairs event of the Wilts/Avon Swiss Weekend on Saturday 8 March with 106 VPs.

Congratulations to Philip Howard, Dave Latchem, Huw Oliver and Tony Gammon on winning the Teams Event on Sunday 9 March with 107 VPs.

The full results are available via the bottom right of this page.

Spring Sunday Teams – Result
Spring Sunday Teams – Result

Congratulations to Don Hodgson, Jo Seddon, Pat Lewis and Helen Holden on winning the Spring Sunday Teams on Sunday 2 March at Devizes Bowls Club.

The full result is available via the bottom right of this page.

Championship Pairs Final – Result
Championship Pairs Final – Result

Congratulations to Richard Moore and Roger Bendall, winners of the Championship Pairs Final held at Devizes on Sunday 16 January. In second place were Huw Oliver and Pat Davies, ahead of third-placed Brian Johnson and Sue Hands.

The full result is available via the bottom right of this page.

WCBA Sims – Result
WCBA Sims – Result

Congratulations to Alan Perkins and Ian Lund, winners of the this year's WCBA Simultaneous Pairs. In second place were Bob McMurray and Hugh Gross, and John Perry and Marianne Lewin were third. Our thanks to Katharine Hodgson, who organised the event, Phil Green for scoring and Chris Dixon, who provided the commentary on the hands.

The full result is available via the bottom right of this page.

Mixed Pairs – Result
Mixed Pairs –  Result

Congratulations to Chris Dixon and Jan Macleod, winners of the 2014 Mixed Pairs competition held at Devizes on Sunday 26 January with 66%. In second place were Katharine Hodgson and Roy France with 58%, just ahead of third-placed Phil Bennett and Rosemary Fussell.

The full result is available via the bottom right of this page.

Butler Pairs – Result
Butler Pairs – Result

Congratulations to Katharine Hodgson and Tony Olech, winners of the Butler Pairs held on 12th January 2014 with +65 IMPS. Bob Bannister and Alan White were in 2nd place with +63, and Brian Johnson and Sue Hands were 3rd with +60.

The full result is available via the bottom right hand corner of the Home Page. 

Tollemache News

Wiltshire won three of its eight matches and had a narrow loss to the defending champions 9–11. Overall our Tolley team came 27th out of the 36 counties. Just don't ask them where they came in their group!

Roger Karn

Championship Pairs Qualifier – Result
Championship Pairs Qualifier – Result

Congratulations to Brian Johnson & Sue Hands, winners of the Championship Pairs Qualifier on Sunday 1st December with 61.95%.

The full result is available via the bottom right hand corner of the Home Page. The first 14 pairs qualify for the final, which will be held in February.

Autumn Pairs - Result
Autumn Pairs - Result

Congratulations to Jo Seddon and Don Hodgon, winners of this year's Autumn Pairs held on Sunday 24 November, and commiserations to Bill Nadel and Alan Perkins, narrowly beaten into 2nd place.

You can access the result from the bottom right corner of the Home page.

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