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Vince Bevan now on January 20th. at Tumble.

Food.  Members have requested a lighter lunch, so it will now be possible to order a cold buffet for events at Tumble (rather than the roast lunch).  We will still need to have 20+ takers, so please let ATO know whether you rquire food when booking for the event.  

 Graded Masters - see box right.

Entrants so far:

John Evans & Steve Burgoyne

Keith Davison & Ian Grove

Frances Williams & Glan James

Alan Heath & Rob Forman

Wendy Heaton & Mike Reed

 

 
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'DRAGON' NIGHTS AT SWANSEA

Looking for something to do on Saturday evenings?

Swansea Bridge Club now holds a 'Dragon' night on the 1st Saturday of the month at 7p.m. All are welcome - £4 with prizes.

 
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  Porthcawl Congress 25-27 November 2016

Only one week to go!

A reminder to all that this is a West Wales Congress:

If we don't support it, we can't expect others.

Nearly always provides spectacular seascapes.

Brochure and entry details via the WBU site [link].

Note: there is an open Pairs event on the Friday

suitable for players of any grade.

 

  Mary Moore, Grand Master

Mary passed away on July 6th 2013, just a couple of days before her 73rd birthday.

Mary played at nearly all our Western Area events and regularly represented the Area in the Spickett Bowl Competition.  She was very well known and respected as a bridge player throughout Wales.  She was immensely proud of becoming a Grand Master, following her team's outstanding performance in the Webber in April this year.

Mary was also a seasoned International player, representing Wales several times in the Lady Milne, in the Ladies event in the Olympiad in Istanbul and the Seniors Olympiad in Beijing.

Her contribution to Welsh Bridge was not just in playing.  For the last six years she taught beginners and improvers in Cowbridge and started assisted play sessions.

In the words of her friend and bridge partner, Diana 'There is no question that Mary will be missed at tournaments, in clubs, on holidays and at her classes.  Whoever said no-one is irreplacable, never met Mary.'

Our thoughts are with Mary's husband, John, and children Karen and Paul.

  FINAL CALL

A reminder to all clubs that the

National Team of Eight

qualifier will take place this Sunday 11th December

at Memorial Hall, Tumble.

11.00 a.m. start.

Please note: there will not be the usual hot meal service, but there is access to a microwave oven to heat your own.

Teams movements are not easy to change on the fly so

anyone wishing to enter should contact 

the ATO Tony Haworth urgently.

  Mixed Pairs Championship 2016

Apologies to all who have been looking for news of this event: due to an operator error it was deleted almost as soon as it was posted ten days ago.

Date :(  next ) Sunday 13th November

Venue: Memorial hall, Tumble

Start time: 11.00 a.m.

Entries: to the ATO Tony Howarth asap.

Tel. No. : 07531 865032

E-mail: thaworth@tonyh1.plus.com

Meals available: request via ATO

There will be a one hour lunch break

 

  Teams League 2016

The Teams League is due to start shortly with the hall at Tumble booked for a fortnight's time ( 30th October ).

Bob Alderdice will still take entries so please contact him urgently if you have a team.

It is likely that there will be just one division this year.

REMINDER

League matches take place tomorrow ( 30th October )

tea and coffee provided but no meals.

Scheduled start 11.00 a.m.

The clocks go back tonight!

  Are you Missing Out?

Bored with the summer holidays already? Finished reading the WBU newsletter? Relax...... help is at hand. Did you know that as part of the WBU efforts to improve communications you can receive regular letters from Paddy Murphy, our president. Just provide an email address and you will receive regular light reading throughout the year free of charge. (This link will take you to the contact us form on the WBU main site.)

If you haven't already signed up you might have missed the invitation for entries to this year"s Welsh and Cambria Cups for teams of 4-6. A great opportunity to meet and play bridge with those outside your usual circle in a setting chosen by you. Closing date is 15th September so there's still plenty of time to get organised, download  forms from the competition handbook on the WBU website and put your entry in. The more the entries, the better the competition works.

The closing date for entries is today 19th September.

  Ladies Weekend

 

By popular demand the WBU Ladies Weekend has been re-instituted and will take place this year at Llandindrod Wells on weekend 17th/18th September. The present writer is disqualified on gender grounds but the event comes highly recommended. Alcohol optional.  Further details and entries with our NTO, Jean Hand. Early entry positively encouraged.

  East Wales / West Wales Bridge Association August Congress

Don't forget that the August Congress held in East Wales is  jointly sponsored by both West Wales and East Wales so we all need to make an effort to support it.. This year it is on the 6th/ 7th August at Lysaght Institute, Newport. There is a Swiss Pairs on the Saturday and Teams on the Sunday. Irene Thomas is taking  entries. For full details and brochure see the East Wales site ( There is a link in useful links )

  WINNERS OF TO8 QUALIFIER
WINNERS OF TO8 QUALIFIER

Swansea Glas: Keith Richards, Jennifer Wardell, Denys Maddock, Colin Thomas, Lavinia Thomas, Roger Penton, Elanor Price & Ian Grove.

For individual x-imps please click

  WINNERS OF THE NATIONAL OPEN PAIRS QUALIFIER
WINNERS OF THE NATIONAL OPEN PAIRS QUALIFIER

Congratuations to Glan James and Frances Williams who won the Area Qualifier 2016

  Obituary - Marjorie Greenwood - 2011

Many members will be saddened to hear of the death of Marjorie Greenwood on July 5th at the grand age of 97.

She was the first master Point Secretary of the W.B.U. having been persuaded to take on the role by Stewart Spickett – she had worked as his secretary.

At the time she was married to her first husband and was known as Marjorie Kirk.

After his death she married Frank Greenwood and they played together in Newport in the seventies and eighties.

In later years she was a regular player at Swansea Bridge Club during the summer months.

This was because she was a great walker and belonged to both the Gower Society and the Ramblers and lived in her caravan at Llangennith for seven months of the year.

She was very fit and healthy until the last few years and  members of Swansea Bridge Club and the Gower Society will remember attending her 90th birthday celebrations.

  National Teams of Eight

Congrats to the Haverfordwest Team of Eight,       

John and Jill O’Sullivan,

Mike Baker and Steve Jarvis,  

 Eric Hartland and Ian Haston.

And Lee Collier & Carmel Wiseman, 

who came joint first in the  National Finals on June 21st

  Great finale to WWBA Season

The John Isaac competition held at the Pavilion, Withybush,

was a really successful end to the 2008/09 season.

It was a bit chilly to start, but things soon warmed up, helped by a good lunch. It was lovely to see John and Betty Isaac,

who popped in for the AGM.

There was good bridge, and with eighteen and a half tables in two sections

competition was stiff. This year, Haverfordwest Club sponsored a new "emerging players' " section and the less  experienced players at these six and a half tables seemed to enjoy their day. Hopefully, all will have had a confidence boost for their game and been encouraged to play away from their clubs.

Its been a great year for ATO Jennifer Wardell and Chris Morley.

 Many thanks to both of you.

And of course, thanks also to all those who have supported Area Events during the 2008/09 season and have

helped make the calendar a success. We look forward to seeing you, and your fellow Club members at Events next season.

The winners, above,  of the Novice Event were

 Jan Vanringelenstein and Sumith Warnasuriya   

        from Haverfordwest BC

Below, winners of the John Isaac Trophy 2009.

Graham Simmons and Godfrey Lewis of Mumbles BC.

The winners, above,  of the Novice Event were

 Jan Vanringelenstein and Sumith Warnasuriya   

        from Haverfordwest BC

Below, winners of the John Isaac Trophy 2009.

Graham Simmons and Godfrey Lewis of Mumbles BC.

The John Isaac competition held at the Pavilion, Withybush,

was a really successful end to the 2008/09 season.

It was a bit chilly to start, but things soon warmed up, helped by a good lunch. It was lovely to see John and Betty Isaac,

who popped in for the AGM.

There was good bridge, and with eighteen and a half tables in two sections

competition was stiff. This year, Haverfordwest Club sponsored a new "emerging players' " section and the less  experienced players at these six and a half tables seemed to enjoy their day. Hopefully, all will have had a confidence boost for their game and been encouraged to play away from their clubs.

Its been a great year for ATO Jennifer Wardell and Chris Morley.

 Many thanks to both of you.

And of course, thanks also to all those who have supported Area Events during the 2008/09 season and have

helped make the calendar a success. We look forward to seeing you, and your fellow Club members at Events next season.

The winners, above,  of the Novice Event were

 Jan Vanringelenstein and Sumith Warnasuriya   

        from Haverfordwest BC

Below, winners of the John Isaac Trophy 2009.

Graham Simmons and Godfrey Lewis of Mumbles BC.

The winners, above,  of the Novice Event were

 Jan Vanringelenstein and Sumith Warnasuriya   

        from Haverfordwest BC

Below, winners of the John Isaac Trophy 2009.

Graham Simmons and Godfrey Lewis of Mumbles BC.

Great  finale to WWBA Season
  Mildred - Sid Gibbins Salver - 2008

It was certainly a special "senior moment" when Mildred Trigg- Knight and Ken Jenkins won the Sid Gibbins Salver at the Porthcawl Bridge Club. Mildred, who had just celebrated her 93rd birthday, was delighted. “I didn’t think we’d done so well” she said, “but we did seem to get in a lot”. Mildred, an early member of the Porthcawl Bridge Club – playing in the Sportsman’s Hall before the Club moved to Awel y Mor- has been playing bridge for over 70 years. She plays every evening during the week and on Sundays at the Golf Club. She keeps her interest in many things, especially wildlife habitat, and butterflies.

 “But”, says Mildred, “It’s the bridge that keeps the brain alive and fit”.......

Congratulations Mildred and Ken.

Mildred - Sid Gibbins Salver - 2008
  Mildred - John Raymond Trophy - 2008
Mildred - John Raymond Trophy - 2008 93 years old Mildred Trigg-Knight has won another competition - The John Raymond Transport Company Trophy - played at Bridgend Club recently. Her partner in the teams event was John Moore: a spring chicken at 85 years -while the veritable babies in the team were Irene Thomas and Graham Jones. Congratulations to all of you.
  Obituary - SID CRAVEN 2009
Many of you will already be aware that Sid Craven passed away yesterday (Monday 28th.) - as yet all we know is that his heart just stopped.

I'm sure that we would all express our condolences and sympathies to Kate. 

Sid has been playing bridge in the Area for about the last ten years, primarily in the Mumbles and Porthcawl Clubs, and more recently has been involved in establishing a small club in West Cross.

The funeral will be at
Swansea Crematorium 2.00 pm. Monday 12th. October. and afterwards at The Junction - Black Pill

Family flowers only - any donations to the British Heart Foundation
.
  Obituary - Ann Dolan - 2009
Members throughout the Western Area will be saddened to hear that Ann Dolan died recently after a long and brave fight against cancer. She was a regular player in the Bridgend, Porthcawl and Port Talbot area and inspired all who met her by her determination to return to club sessions after her initial illness and treatment.
For many years she did an excellent job as the Treasurer of the WWBA and all of us will remember her hard work and friendship. Our thoughts are with her husband Terry who has said how much Ann appreciated the support and encouragement she was given at her local clubs over the last few years. He has thanked everyone who has sent cards and offered their condolences.