A number of changes to the organisation of County Nights were announced at the AGM. When we moved to Cutnall Green we adopted a start time of 7.30pm to fit in with the preceding tap dancing class. This has resulted in a number of late finishes and given that the tap dancers are now clearing the room more quickly and we are getting it set up sooner the start time is being brought forward to 7.20pm. The table money is being increased to £3.50 but this will include all drinks. These changes will take effect from the 1st of June.
The brochure for the 2015 Malvern Congress is now available. (Malvern Congress Brochure)
The Chairman's Cup was won by Steve Simmons & Barry Tyrrell.
In the Closed Teams Final Fishburne (Stewart Fishburne, Mike Willoughby, Ian Thompson & Simon Harrison) beat Jephcott (Richard Jephcott, John Sansom, Ross Garratt & Brian Stanley) by 14 IMPs.
You may have seen that bridge has been in the headlines recently as Mr Justice Mostyn has ruled that a judicial review could be undertaken against Sport England's refusal to recognise bridge as a sport. You can see the full details of this on the EBU website at http://www.ebu.co.uk/node/2029.
The Rules of Competition have been updated to reflect changes agreed at a recent Committee Meeting :-
- Closed Teams - there will no longer be a quaifying event. Entries will be asked for and a random draw made with the semi-finalists from the previous year seeded. There will also be a plate event for first round losers.
- Mixed Teams - this will no longer include a compulsary change of partner.
- The qualifying age for the Seniors Pairs has been increased from 55 to 60, which is in line with EBU events for seniors. The qualifying age for the Vererans Pairs has been increased to 70.
A new edition of WCBA News has been published - February 2015 Edition.
The Committee are looking for a new Editor for Worcestershire Bridge News. If anyone is interested in do this then they should talk to Mike Willoughby, the current editor, or another Committee Member.
The WCBA Committee has been giving considerable thought to the feasibility of acquiring bridge premises for the use of Worcestershire bridge players that would be available 7 days a week, with the ability to cater for the growing demand for daytime bridge. It is envisaged that the premises will support at least a 20 table session with room for matches, teaching and storage with a basic level of catering. The planned venue will include adequate facilities for parking, toilets, heating etc. A few documents are available in the Members Only area of the website, one asking for feedback and one being a feasibility review. To access the Members Only area of the website for the first time you will need the Membership Registration Code which you can get from Paul Hammond or other Committee Members.