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.
The rules of competition have been updated to specify that the Mixed Teams will contain a single change of partner following the motion that was passed at the SGM. The regulations for the County Championship Teams have also been updated and only the finalists from the previous year will be seeed unless more than 12 teams enter.
Congratulations to Sue Evans on becoming the latest Grand Master in the County.
Stewart Fishburne, Mike Willoughby, Brian Stanley & Simon Harrison finished as joint leaders in the Midland Counties Bowl but unfortunately lost out to Herefordshire in the tie-break. (I had reported on Sunday that the Worcestershire team had won but there was an appeal outstanding which made the difference.)
At the SGM on the 19th of June Nick Forward's position on the Committee was confirmed and his motion for the Mixed Teams to include a change of partner was passed. Also the motion to reduce the quorum for AGMs & SGMs from 30 to 20 was passed.
The European Court of Justice has ruled that bridge should be considered a sport for VAT purposes and you can read more details of this on the EBU website. Radio Hereford & Worcester phoned Mike Willoughby early this morning and ask him if he would be happy to talk about this on their breakfast show. You can listen to the interview on the Radio Hereford & Worcester webite for the next month and the interview is about 1 hour 48 minutes into the show.
Worcester Bridge Club are starting daytime bridge sessions on Tuesday the 20th of June at Hallow Parish Hall. Please see the Worcester Bridge Club website for more information. Droitwich Bridge Club will also be starting daytime bridge sessions on Thursday afternoons in August at Ombersley Memorial Hall.
In the first trophy event of the year the Seniors Pairs was won by Nick Forward & Steve Allerston with the Veterans Trophy going to Ross Garratt & Mel Downing.
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.