Abbeygate Bridge Club
Nowton Court Village, Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5LU
RealBridge

Click 'RealBridge Link' on the menu below to join the Monday evening online club duplicate

For more information on RealBridge click on 'RealBridge information'

Release 2.19q
Monday evenings Online 6:40 for 7:00pm, Tuesday evenings at Nowton Court 6:35 for 6:45pm
Hospice Bridge is back

Bridge for Fun will be making a welcome return this spring, an opportunity to play an afternoon of bridge, with a delicious tea included, in support of St Nicholas Hospice

Venue: Blackbourne Community Centre,
Elmswell 
IP30 9GY

Time and Date: Friday 21st April, 1:30 for 2:00pm start (please be seated by 1:45)

As well as an enjoyable afternoon of relaxed bridge there will be prizes, a raffle and the aforementioned delicious tea courtesy of The Bury Friends Group

To enter online, click Hospice 

For a printable entry form click Entry Form 

For further information please contact Bridget Alexander on 01284 749009 or bridgetalexander6@hotmail.com

 

 

Bury St Edmunds - the best place in the universe to play bridge (probably)

Nancy Williams

Bridge is thriving in West Suffolk. Clubs are reporting increasing numbers playing face to face as well as online, and record numbers of beginners are learning the game.

Do you know any bridge players who are ready to come back to their club? Do you have friends who are thinking of learning to play, or looking for a refresher? Here’s an overview of clubs and learner groups in the Bury area. Click on the club names for more details

Abbeygate, our own club, plays online on Mondays (RealBridge) and Face to Face at Nowton Court every Tuesday. We are planning to start an evening relaxed duplicate in March/April 2023. Many Abbeygate members belong to more than one club

Bury St Edmunds Bridge Club plays Face to Face at Southgate Community Centre every Thursday, and online on Wednesdays (BBO, switching to RealBridge in January). NB Bury Swiss Pairs Sunday 29th January at Elmswell (Blackbourne) Community Centre, click HERE to enter, for more information click SWISS

Stansfield Bridge Club, online (RealBridge) on Tuesday afternoon and at Stansfield Village Hall every Thursday evening.

Stowmarket Bridge Club meets at St. Mary's Hall at the junction of Windermere Road & Silverdale Avenue every Friday afternoon 

Cavendish Bridge Club meets at Cavendish Hall, Thurston every Wednesday afternoon. Friendly, informal atmosphere, visiting pairs welcome 

Woolpit Friendly Bridge Group, every Thursday evening at the Woolpit Institute

Harry Huson Bridge Club, at the Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell every Monday afternoon from September to April, alternate Mondays during Summer. Contact Chris Gwinnett-Sharp cgwinnettsharp@gmail.com

The Bury St Edmunds U3A Bridge Group meets at the Apex 10.00am to noon every Thursday Morning for friendly duplicate bridge, contact Chris Park chrisandamandap@sky.com

For beginners, there are now more opportunities than ever to learn and improve. From September this year beginner groups started in libraries across the county, including in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Thurston. These classes have been so popular that plans are afoot to start a new learner group in the New Year. Contact Nancy Williams nancylouisewilliams@icloud.com or click on Deben Project to find out more

Masters of Bridge..
George and Terry

Congratulations to Terry Sawers who received his Bridge Master certificate recently from the EBU on achieving 5000 Masterpoints. Terry has a way to go though before overtaking George Moody, who is an EBU Life Master, holding no fewer than 215,500 Masterpoints (as of last week, by this week it may be more!)

Masterpoints are a measure of lifetime achievement in bridge. Higher ranking players will usually have played for many years and competed successfully in county and national events. George has played card games since childhood and took up bridge in his thirties, going on to play in national competitions. He also played football until he was 59.

 

To find out more about Masterpoints, go to the EBU website, sign in with your EBU number and password and from the Home page select Gradings and Rankings. To see your own Masterpoint record, from My EBU select Masterpoints

Online Bridge at Abbeygate - RealBridge

ONLINE BRIDGE

Abbeygate Bridge Club is running its online Club nights on RealBridge on Monday evenings at 7 pm.

These events are open to Abbeygate members only and table money will be £2, for which you will be invoiced later.

See Realbridge Link in the Menu on the left hand side of this page. 

If you are unfamiliar with the RealBridge platform it does enable you to see and talk to your opponents, for more information please go to:
https://realbridge.online/player-guide.html

Please make sure you have read the guide before you log in for the first time.

You can test your microphone and camera here:
https://play.realbridge.online/camera.html

The RealBridge Room will be open from 6.30 pm on Mondays.   Please log in no later than 6.50 pm.
After clicking on the link please fill in your forename and surname, e.g. Ian Jones (not I. Jones) and ID number (which is your EBU number).  Once you have logged onto the site please sit at a table with your partner and chat to them and your opponents while you are waiting for the start.

If you require any further information regarding the event please contact Tim Evans: tim@suffolkclocks.co.uk

Edward Wallbutton has kindly offered to be the Partner Broker  edward@wallbutton.uk 

There is a dedicated tournament for Bury, Abbeygate and Stowmarket members on BBO on Wednesdays at 7.00 pm. Bury Bridge Club is also now back face to face at Southgate Community Centre on Thursdays, 6.45 for 7.00 pm.   See the Bury St Edmunds Bridge Club website for details:

https://www.bridgewebs.com/bury/

Many Abbeygate members also belong to Stansfield, which has tournaments on RealBridge on Tuesdays at 4.00 pm and at Stansfield Village Hall on Thursdays at 7.00 pm  Click on STANSFIELD for details

Abbeygate Bridge Club is registered as a club on Bridge Club Live (see below). Members can play at any time of the day or night.

There are plenty more opportunities for taking part in online tournaments and the Suffolk Teams Leagues on the Suffolk Bridge website:

https://www.bridgewebs.com/suffolkbridge/

Honorary Life Membership for Celia
Celia

Celia Jeal has been awarded honorary life membership of Abbeygate Bridge Club in recognition of the outstanding contribution she has made to the club over many years

Celia started teaching bridge at West Suffolk College in 2000 and continues to teach online, as well as on cruise ships and on land. Many of us now playing at the club have been Celia’s students. At that time Risbygate Bridge Club, as it was then, met just once weekly on a Monday

Our popular Tuesday evening club duplicate was started 20 years ago by Celia and her then bridge partner the late Alex Parker, as a more relaxed event at which her students could play as they improved. This was so popular that Celia started an additional learn and play session on Wednesday evenings, which ran until 2020 and Covid.

As well as her teaching commitment Celia is actively involved in running the club as a committee member and regularly directing Monday Realbridge.

Without Celia’s contribution, Abbeygate Bridge Club would probably not exist as it is today, with its friendly and supportive atmosphere encouraging players of all standards, including those (most?) of us who are always striving to improve our game. Thank you Celia

Celia has written about her bridge teaching and the development of the club, click HERE to read

LEARN BRIDGE IN SUFFOLK

 AUTUMN 2022

 

If you know of anyone wishing to take up bridge please ask them to email learnbridge@suffolkbridge.co.uk

COURSE START DATES + DAYS & TIMES

WOODBRIDGE  6 June. Mon 2-4pm

FRAMLINGHAM 6 July. Wed 6.30-8.30pm

ALDEBURGH 3 Sept. Sat 3-5pm

THURSTON 7 Sept. Wed 1.30-3.30pm

BURY ST EDMUNDS 19 Sept. Mon 10am-12noon & 2-4pm

IPSWICH 26 Sept. Mon 3pm

Online course: 29 Sept. Thurs 7pm

HAVERHILL 9 Oct. Sun 1.30-3.30pm

STOWMARKET 9 Sept. Fri 10.30am-12.30pm

Find out more about the Deben Project on Suffolk County Bridge Association website - click on DEBEN

Bury Swiss Pairs 29th January

BURY SWISS PAIRS on Sunday 29 January (10.30am start) at Blackbourne community centre, Elmswell (IP30 9GY). £10 per person entry fee. Bring your own lunch. Click on SWISS to enter.

Results
Duplicate Bridge
Director: Sherri
Online Pairs
Director: John
Duplicate Bridge
Director: Sherri
Online Pairs
Director: Chris
Duplicate Bridge
Director: Sherri
Online Pairs
Director: Celia
Duplicate Bridge
Director: Sherri
Online Pairs
Director: Tim
Calendar
Mon 30th January 2023
Online Pairs
RealBridge
6.40 for 7
Director: Tim
  (Partner?)
Tue 31st January 2023
Duplicate Bridge
Nowton Court
6.35 for 6.45 pm
Director: Sherri
Mon 6th February 2023
Online Pairs
RealBridge
6.40 for 7
Director: Celia
Tue 7th February 2023
Duplicate Bridge
Nowton Court
6.35 for 6.45 pm
Director: Sherri
Mon 13th February 2023
Online Pairs
RealBridge
6.40 for 7
Director: Chris
Tue 14th February 2023
Duplicate Bridge
Nowton Court
6.35 for 6.45 pm
Director: Sherri