I am sad to report the death of Nigel Laville. After not playing for a number of years he started playing at the the Malvern Bridge Club and his most recent success was being part of the team which won the Healey Cup last year. In his day Nigel was one of the best players in the County and had won all the major County Trophies many times. He regularly played for the County 1st Team and was part of the Worcestershire team that qualified for the prestigious Tollemache Cup in 1990/91. The County would like to send its condolences to his wife and family. The funeral will be on Monday the 8th of February at Little Malvern Priory at 2.30pm.
In the County Match against Gloucestershire the 1st team drew 10-10, the 2nd team lost 4-16 & the 3rd team lost 7-13.
At the Christmas Charity Teams £225 was raised for Whizz Kidz who provide wheelchairs and mobility equipment to young disabled people to give them the chance to be independent and reach their potential. The clear winners with 94 IMPs were Eddy & Jette Blackburn, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston.
The following team represented Worcestershire in the Tollemache Cup this year - Richard Jephcott, John Sansom, Steve Allerston, Nick Forward, Mike Willoughby, Stewart Fishburne, Roger Bowles, Simon Harrison & Ian Thompson with Sue Evans acting as non-playing captain. At the end of Saturday the team were second in their group on 97 VPs with Middlesex leading on 101 VPs & Oxfordshire 3rd on 94 VPs. They increased their total to 105 VPs on Sunday to maintain second place and so qualify for the final in February. The only match they lost was to Middlesex who were clear winners of the group.
It is 25 years since Worcestershire last qualified for the Tollemache Final so well done to the team. Mike Orriel, who was part of the team 25 years ago, would like to congratulate us and sends good wishes for the final. The players who represented Worcestershire in the qualifier and final that time included Mike Orriel, Ross Garratt, Geoff Rosser, Nigel Laville, Arthur Williams, Diana Williams, Jane Spence, Stuart McPhee, Simon Harrison, Paul Hammond, Hayden Dando & John Squibb.
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.