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Welcome to Afternoon Bridge Club
Coming up - forthcoming events

Anne Short Trophy 23 Wednesday – the trophy will be presented at the AGM, and

Barclays Qualifier Thursday 24 October.   Only club members may qualify and pairs may only qualify in one club, ie if they have already qualified they may not opt to try to qualify at another club.  Double Master Points. 

Important Date in November – Open All Day Pairs Event, Blue Pointed – see box below for details and entry form.

Sad news

We are sorry to let you know that our friend and longstanding ABC member Roger Amey passed away at home on Saturday 28 September with his family around him. Roger, who has been unwell for some time, will be greatly missed.

There will be a memorial service in a few weeks.

Wendy Gee and the Big C
Wendy Gee and the Big C

Our annual Wendy Gee Teams event in aid this year of the Big C had an excellent 11 table turnout which meant lots of money for Norfolk's own cancer charity.

Congratulations to the crack winning team of John and Penny Stroud, Maria Budd and Adrian La Chapelle who swept to victory with a lead of 11 IMPS.

Wendy was a much-loved ABC member whose life was cut much too short by cancer. Now her husband Ron is carrying on her dedication to bridge by learning to play himself - although he would be the first to admit that it will be a long time before he achieves her standard!

By Royal Command
By Royal Command

Congratulations to ABC member David Hitcham whom the Queen has honoured with the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Aylsham Show and Holt Rugby Club.

David himself is typically self-deprecating about the recognition: "I am delighted, honoured and humbled," he said. "I know that there are so many other people out there who do just as much."

Apologies that the only photo I could lay my hands on in the club annals is this rather old one of him facing the camera at the bridge table. A testament, perhaps, to a man who says little but does a lot.

Triumph in the Open Pairs Trophy
Triumph in the Open Pairs Trophy

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 ABC Open Pairs Trophy Val Bobbins and John Copson. They are pictured here - with Chris Cunnington on the left - being presented with the trophy and engaged glasses by NCBA President Sue Hutchings.

What happens in Newbury Stays in Newbury
What happens in Newbury Stays in Newbury

Team ABC Away took on all comers at our annual jaunt which took place this year at the Doubletree by Hilton in Newbury North.

To say we covered ourselves in bridge glory would be a slight exaggeration, but Val Bobbins and John Copson managed a second place and Peter and Jan Pennington-Smith a third. The gossip won the trophy - but what happens on tour stays on tour. Val is already planning our 2020 extravaganza so you'll have to go if you want to know ...

Our star performance was reserved for the retail therapy when all ABC female followers of fashion swerved the Saturday seminar and headed into Newbury in a six-seater taxi. Word swiftly swept round the retail emporia that Norfolk was in town and Norfolk was spending and we were welcomed everywhere with wild enthusiasm.

If everyone looks jolly in the photo it might be because one particular hotel barman got a trifle confused and seemed to think that wine is served in glasses holding at least half a pint. Surprisingly no-one sought to disabuse him. (I confess by the time on Sunday night when I took that photo I was on the decaff tea instead but I'm a shocking lightweight).

Huge thanks as ever to Val for organising the bunfight and looking forward to next year.

ABC reigns supreme in Committee Cup
ABC reigns supreme in Committee Cup

We are in celebratory mode after our A team scooped the NCBA's Committee Cup - triumphing against Norfolk's finest!

 As Neil renamed the teams, here is a reminder of the victorious players:

 A Team :

  • Karen Blacklock and Bhadrinath Bindumadhava (Bhadri)
  • Margaret Motch and Alan Hourd
  • Val Bobbins and Dave Macro
  • Masume Knevitt and Peter Walters

 Congratulations to our A Team!

 Our B team came second - but sadly that was second from bottom, despite putting up a good fight in the second half.   Next year ...

 But thanks are still due to the B team (below) for taking part, further raising ABC's profile and helping to make it such an enjoyable day.

 B Team :

  • Susan Falgate and Jane Scarfe
  • Louise Ball and Sue Smith
  • David Earl and Paul Gilbertson
  • Myself and Carol Lippert

(And thank you to Barbara who took the photo and sorted out all the team names, so I hardly had to write any of this at all - Jane).

24th October 2019
Barclays Qualifier
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
30th October 2019
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
31st October 2019
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
6th November 2019
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Anne Short Trophy
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: Michael Harvey
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: John Bradley
Club Pairs - Individual Handicap
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: John Bradley
Club Pairs
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: John Bradley
NCBA Forthcoming Events

EDP/John Harrison Tropny will be played on Sunday 27 October at Bawburgh Village Hall; 11.00 am start.  

Clubs entering pairs into this event need to complete the online entry form by Thursday 24 October.   Further details and the entry form are on the NCBA's website


The Afternoon Bridge Club is affiliated to the EBU and the NCBA (Norfolk Contract Bridge Association).