At the Brighton Summer Meeting Sue Lane & Marian Wilcox were in the team that came 3rd in the Seniors Swiss Teams playing with a pair from Norfolk. James Taylor won the Bracketed Pairs 'A' Final and Brian Stanley won the One Day Swiss Pairs on a split tie. Pam Pearce & Jane Morton were one of the equal best East-West pairs in the Play With the Experts Pairs.
I am sad to report that Brian Standish has passed away. He has played bridge in Stourbridge and the County for many years and was County Chairman 30 years ago.
Here is the Commentary from the hands we played on the 17th of August in the International Replay.
I am sad to report that Mike Powers died recently. He has been playing bridge in the County for longer than I can remember and was always a true gentleman. He had not been well for a while and will be missed.
We hosted the Midland Counties Bowl in June and the event was won by one of the home teams, namely Dennis Loynes, Roger Bowles, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston. The two teams from Staffs & Shrops did well and finished in 2nd & 3rd places. Herefordshire were the half-time leaders but fell away in the second half to finish 4th.
In the first trophy event of the season John Sansom & Richard Jephcott won the Seniors Pairs. There were joint winners in the Veterans Pairs with Ian & Georgina Lineker sharing the title with Heather Westcott & Jennifer Romer.
An update on the Own Venue Project has been added to the Members Only area of the website. 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.
The brochure for the 2015 Malvern Congress is now available. (Malvern Congress Brochure)
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.
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.