Please note that the incorrect venue was given for the 2nd heat of the Inter Club Teams. It will not be held at Ombersley Memorial Hall but instead will be held at the British Legion Club in Claines, Worcester, which is where the Worcester Bridge Club play.
In the County Match against Oxfordshire the 1st team lost 7-13, the 2nd team lost 6-14 & the 3rd team lost 3-17.
The regulations for the Pairs Ladder have been amended so that that number of counting scores depends on the number of heats played. It is now defined as half the number of heats plus 1, rounded down if necessary. So as there will only be 11 heats this year only 6 scores will count rather than 7.
We had 7 teams playing in the Christmas Charity Teams event and a good time was had by all with mince pies and wine being enjoyed. There were joint winners with Stewart Fishburne, Joyce Skelton, Mike Willoughby & Dave Beavon and Eddy & Jette Blackburn, Dick & Jane Rutter both scoring 54 IMPs although the first of these did better in their head-to-head match. £180 was raised for charity and after a close vote is was agreed to share this between the Midlands Air Ambulance and the Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter.
Mike Willoughby has started to write a regular County Newsletter and this can be found in the Worcestershire Bridge News section under the Information menu item, with he most recent one being the November County Newsletter.
The Committee agreed to add two mini competitions to the Phillipps Pairs to provide further targets for pairs to aim for. The pair having the highest average of their best 4 results from the 6 Phillipps Pairs events starting on the 17th of July will win a prize.This will be repeated for the last 6 events of the season.
After the sad loss of Roger Bowles last year his widow donated Roger's extensive collection of bridge books to Worcester Bridge Club. It was agreed that the books should be made available to all County Members and the list of books can be seen at Roger Bowles Bridge Library.
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.