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Worcestershire CBA has a Facebook page which may be of interest. 

 

Welcome to the Worcestershire Contract Bridge Association Web Site
Objectives

The objectives of the WCBA are to promote and further the interests of bridge in the County and to organise Contract Bridge competitions. This Web Site will include details of future events, results of County competitions and other information concerning the organisation of bridge in the County.

Christmas Charity Swiss Teams

On Monday 17th December at Cutnall Green Village Hall we are holding our annual Charity Teams event. There will be no table money but everyone is invited to bring a small prize for the raffle, the proceeds of which this year are in aid of Sight Concern. If you intend to come, it would be helpful if you notify one of the County Committee so that we make sure that we have sufficient wine, mince pies etc to go around.  We're keen to welcome as many Members as possible to this event. Obviously, many people have commitments at this time of year and so some members may want to play but find themselves partnerless or teamless. To address this, we're arranging those people into partnerships and teams - please just let us know and we'll do what we can. We now know of at least 9 teams that will be attending.

 

Learning to Play Bridge

There are now FOUR Fast-Track beginners courses in place for January/March: Joyce in Leigh Sinton, Mike V in Redditch, Richard G in Bewdley, and Alan in Pershore:

  • A Fast-Track weekend course is available at Pershore BC, full details TBC: Sat/Sun 2nd/3rd March 2019. Contact Alan Boyes for details, or click here.
  • Booking for Mike's HoW Fast-Track course is done directly online with the College; follow this link: further details here.
  • Contact Joyce directly (see poster) for places on the Leigh Sinton course
  • Contact Richard directly for the Bewdley (Areley Kings) course.

For all other courses, contact the teacher directly, using emails or phone numbers here.

Forthcoming Events

17th December - Christmas Charity Swiss Teams

24th December - NO BRIDGE

31st December - NO BRIDGE

4th - 6th January - Midland Counties Congress (Brochure)

Latest News

In the County Match against Oxfordshire the 1st team lost 6-14, the 2nd team lost 2-18 & the 3rd team lost 4-16.

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 December County Newsletter.

The 1st heat of the Inter-Club Teams will be on the 23rd of November this year with an important addition. The existing format has attracted a significant number of the more experienced players in the County. While that is excellent news it can be challenging for those of us who are less experienced to play against them. Consequently, we are introducing a “Simple Systems” Division for those who want to enjoy the competition but aren’t initially keen on playing against very experienced players. While it is not anticipated that teams who have previously participated in the event will move across to the new Division, no doubt some may choose to do so We are hoping that some clubs who already participate will enter additional teams in the new Division and that some clubs that haven’t participated in the past will enter as well. We already have a number of teams falling into both categories that have indicated that they would like to play in the event. Fuller details are contained in the Inter-Club Flier.

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.

Recent Successes

Sue Evans, Dennis Loynes, Val & Steve Kennewell won the Swiss Teams at the East Wales Summer Congress.

John Sansom & Jason Hackett were joint 1st in the Llandudno Swiss Pairs.

Jimmy Ledger & David Thomas won the Midlands Regional Final of the National Pairs, finishing 7th overall. Jane Morton & Pam Pearce have also qualified for the National Final.

At the Ranked Masters Pairs Mike Vetch & John Dowbiggin won the Regional Masters Pairs and Geoffrey Herbert & Steve Simmons came 3rd in the Masters Pairs.

At the Midlands Counties Congress Nick Forward & Steve Allerston came 5th= in the Swiss Pairs and John Sansom, Richard Jephcott, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston were 2nd in the Swiss Teams.

For full results see Midland Counties Congress website.

Nick & Steph Forward, Dennis Loynes & Sue Evans came 2nd in the Swiss Teams at the Year End Congress in Blackpool, finishing 1VP behind the winners.

Contact Details

Email addresses and phone numbers for Committee Members can be found on the Information tab on the left under Committee.

Venue for County Night

We play at Cutnall Green Memorial Hall with a start time of 7.20pm. We do not have a formal interval and players can help themselves to drinks when convenient. All drinks are now included in the table money of £3.50. Cutnall Green is on the A442 between Droitwich and Kidderminster, the address of the Hall is Addis Lane, Cutnall Green WR9 0NE. Addis Lane is opposite the Chequers and the Hall is about 100 yards down there on the left.

Results
Pairs Ladder
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Sue Lane
Pairs Ladder
Director: Nick Forward
Inter-Club Teams - Simple Systems Division
Director: Paul Hammond
Inter-Club Teams - Open Division
Director: Paul Hammond
Calendar
17th Dec 2018
Christmas Charity Swiss Teams
Director: Sue Lane
Scorer: Paul Hammond
24th Dec 2018
NO BRIDGE (Bank Holiday)
31st Dec 2018
NO BRIDGE (Bank Holiday)
4th Jan 2019
Midland Counties Congress
West Midlands Bridge Club
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7th Jan 2019
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Eddy Blackburn