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Welcome to ABC, Anders' Bridge Club
25 June 2021

Dear friends

Hope you are enjoying the summer.

As we know by now, the bridge clubs are probably not going to be opening until earliest August.

I have throughout the whole time been in regular contact with Ralph, who is the manager of the Polish Club. We are both of the opinion that it might be more realistic to re-open sometime in September. 

Though the most important question is of course, how you all feel about going back to face-to-face bridge. So before I go ahead, I would very much like to hear your views. Please send me an email to let me know if and when, you are interested in coming back to ABC. Or if you are new to this game, if you would like to come and play at our friendly club.

Best wishes, Eva

evawallen@btinternet.com

March 2021

 

Dear ABC Players

I hope you and your families are all well.

It's now over a year since our beloved Anders died, and what a year it's been for all of us. 

On the actually date, 5th March, I had my first Covid jab - quite poignant.

Regarding being able to open the bridge clubs again. there are now carefully phrased guidelines coming out, and we are of course following the development. It seems there might be a chance to play face-to-face from July. 

We will keep you updated of the plans for ABC and, as always, please do contact me if you have any queries och just want to stay in touch.

 

Best wishes, Eva

 

evawallen@btinternet.com

 

Season Greetings 2020

 

  ♥ Dear ABC players    

I hope you and your families are all well and will be able to meet up during the Christmas holiday.

It's been a very difficult year for all of us, in various ways.

We still don't know when it will be possible to meet up at the bridge clubs but we keep hoping it won't be too long.

In the meantime, I'm wishing you all 

A Peaceful Christmas And A Healthy New Year. 

    Lots of Love from Eva    

 

20 September 2020

Dear ABC players

Hope you are all well and have, somehow, been able to enjoy the summer.

We are of course still very much missing our beloved Anders and are struggling to understand it's already half a year ago since he passed away. Think the concept of time is difficult for many of us this year. As I'm sure you are aware of, it seems to take an extra long time before the bridge clubs can safely open again. Will of course update you as soon as I know anything more about this.

I am afraid I haven't managed to individually contact all of you who sent lovely and very warming messages to me and my family in the spring but we really appreciated all of them. 

If you have any questions regarding ABC, or would like to send me an update about your whereabouts, please write to me on evawallen@btinternet.com and I will try to reply asap.

Take care and best wishes, Eva

A POEM, written and read by one of Anders' sons on the wake, 20 March 2020

 

DAD DIED AND THE WORLD WENT MAD

 

When dad was here, the world was a place of order and rules.

Well organised, logical, proper and smart... Not dramatic and cruel.

Everything made sense and things were clear.

Now it's all confused and chaotic with a slowley raising fear.

Dad made things warm and safe, taking care of the ones he loved and those he hold dear.

Those who knew him well, know that he'd want us to step in and do the same, now he's not here.

 

We need to pull together and not be sad

even though Dad died and the world went mad.

Look around and think about the ones that are close to you.

Look around and think about the ones who deserved to be here

but couldn't beacause the world has gone mad with a really bad flu.

 

How lucky we are to have known Anders, and believe me you, he cherished everyone of you.

I know on the inside, you all, like me, feel beaten, black and blue.

I try to make sense of everything that's happening, and it makes me confused, angry, tired and sad.

What we have to cling onto are the amazing memories of the experiences we had.

I want to make sense of what's happening...

But all I come back to, is...

Dad died and the world went mad.

 

Update 21 April

Dear ABC players,

Hope you are all well and safe.

I want to thank you very much for the lovely cards, letters and messages we received after our beloved Anders had passed away. It really meant a lot to us.

We are also grateful we were able to have a beautiful funeral for him, As I know many of you were unable to attend, I will attached a link with the Order of Service, for those interested. There will also be a poem written by one of my sons, which he read at the wake. Think it describes the strange times we are going through.

It is unlikely we will be allowed to re-open ABC the coming months, but I will of course try keeping you informed on a regular basis.

Love and best wishes, Eva

COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update - Temporary club closure

Dear ABC players,

Due to the increasing risk of contamination, we have made the decision to temporarily suspend ABC's Wednesday sessions until further notice.

Please could I ask you to relay this message to any players who you believe may not be aware of this change.

Thank you,

Eva 

Anders Wallen

We are very saddened to announce that our beloved Anders has unfortunately passed away. He passed peacefully on the 5th March 2020 with his wife Eva and their children by his side.

The family would like to thank everybody who has supported the club over the years and for all the lovely messages they have received during these last few weeks.

Eva will continue to run the club with help from professional directors.

Even in his final days, Anders was helping Eva to prepare for the club's future.

ANDERS' BRIDGE CLUB GENERAL INFORMATION

We are aiming to play 24 boards in the main hall at the Polish Club in Raans Road in Amersham, HP6 6LX, on Wednesday afternoons, starting 1.15pm, (NOT 1.30pm) and finishing not later than 4.30pm. Please don't arrive after 1.10 pm. Two hosts are always available, so you can always come on your own without bringing a partner. Please try to arrive not later than 13.10. Table money is £5 per player. No Master Points are given, so no hassle with National Grading System. The hall is very spacy with lots of windows to open for fresh air; and heating during the cold season. We are not having a tea break, but will, of course, serve tea, coffee and lots of biscuits from 12.45 until the end of the session.

The table money is still £5. No membership fee.

The club is aiming at bridge players who want to improve their bridge, in particular their Card Play. The hands are computer generated, then selected and slightly prepared, avoiding uninteresting boards. We are using Bridgemates, so results are available immediately after the last score is entered. Hand Records will show suggested bidding, and 8 lines per deal of detailed, useful and educational write-ups, to study back home. In addition, I will be available by email (anderswallen@btinternet.com) and phone (01628 527948) to discsuss the hands. Do get in contact with me! I love replying to your emails and phone calls regarding your bridge queries!

P A R K I N G - UPDATE

Our neighbour, King's Church, has very kindly accepted to help us with parking on very busy days. Thanks!

This is the priority to follow

1. There are approximately 30 parking bays at the Polish Club, and, in addition, you are allowed to park outside the bays, unless you block another car.

2. In Raans Road on the left hand side, less than 25 yards before the Polish Club, you can park, from 1pm, where there are single yellow line markings.  There are spaces for at least 8 cars.

3. As a last option, we can park a few cars in the quite big car park at King's Church with entrance from Raans Road. Please use this option only if the other car parks are full.

COMPETITIONS

 There are two 'competitions' showing your score this calender year, and last year's, as an individual as well as your partnership(s). You will find the results in the Left Hand meny by clicking on 'Competitions'.

Results
ABC Pairs
Director: Don / Sue
Scorer: Don / Sue
ABC Pairs
Director: Don
Scorer: Don
ABC Pairs
Director: Anders / Don
Scorer: Anders /Don
ABC Pairs
Director: Anders
ABC Pairs
Director: Anders
ABC Pairs
Director: Anders
ABC Pairs
Director: Anders
ABC Pairs
Director: Anders
ABC Pairs
Director: Anders