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Welcome to the Worcestershire Contract Bridge Association Web Site
Malvern Congress 2018, this weekend

There are spaces for two/three more teams for Sunday, and room for pairs for Saturday - please contact Martin Gill asap to ensure a place.

Details of parking, directions, food etc can be found here

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.

Tollemache Cup

The following team has been selected to represent Worcestershire in the Tollemache Cup for 2018/19

Richard Jephcott & John Sansom

Nick Forward & Steve Allerston

Simon Harrison & Ian Thompson / Brian Stanley

Stewart Fishburne & Mike Willoughby / Ian Thompson

Reserve pair: David Thomas & Jimmy Ledger

Learning to Play Bridge

The Teaching/Learning pages have now been fully updated, with a wide range of courses on offer for September and January, with Joyce, Mike T, Richard G and Mike V.

WCBA is putting in place a series of Beginners' evening classes, hoping to create opportunities for people in all corners of the County, with structured follow-up sessions to help encourage new players to move into Clubs when they are ready. The pilot for this is the Heart of Worcestershire course scheduled to start on Tue Sept 25th at HoW College, Deansway; thereafter we hope to set up similar courses at Redditch (provisionally scheduled for January) and if possible, also in Evesham and Stourbridge. Please point beginners towards these pages!

A Fast-Track weekend course is planned at Pershore BC, full details TBC: Sat/Sun 2nd/3rd March 2019. Contact Alan Boyes for details.

Booking for HoW courses is done directly online with the College; follow this link: further details here.

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

Forthcoming Events

22nd October - Mixed Teams

27th October - Malvern Congress Swiss Pairs

28th October - Malvern Congress Swiss Teams

29th October - Pairs Ladder

Latest News

In the County Match against Gloucestershire the 1st team lost 1-19, the 2nd team drew 10-10 & the 3rd team won 14-6.

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 October 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
Mixed Teams
Director: Sue Lane
Irene Allen Swiss Pairs
Director: Paul Hammond
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Nick Forward
Invite a Guest Pairs
Director: Mike Willoughby
County Match v Gloucestershire (H)
Calendar
27th Oct 2018
Malvern Congress Swiss Pairs
1.00pm
28th Oct 2018
Malvern Congress Swiss Teams
11.00am
29th Oct 2018
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Eddy Blackburn
29th Oct 2018
Pairs Ladder Division 2
5th Nov 2018
Grand Prix Teams