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Bogdan has generously offered to get to ABC at 1pm on Thursdays to go over any hand played on the Wednesday afternoon. Feel free to come along and seek his expert advice.

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Coming up - forthcoming events

Two Team games coming up, one in February (Thursday 27th) and the other in March (Wednesday 25th).  As usual, if you need a partner or team mates, use the FAP service - scroll down, click on the box on the right (headed ‘find a partner’) and send Jane Scarfe a message.

Blue Pointed Swiss Teams Winners
Blue Pointed Swiss Teams Winners

Here are the brilliant winners of the ABC blue-pointed Swiss Teams 2020 with 87 Victory Points. They are, left to right, Imogen La Chapelle, Adrian La Chapelle, John Dennis and Matt Milson - with his arm round NCBA county President Sue Hutchings who presented their awards.

And full credit too to the runners up Stuart Langridge, Bryan Renouf, Bogdan Drobny and Maureen Kimbley with 79 Victory Points.

Congratulations to them all.

Demonstration Bridge

The latest wheeze to encourage people to take up bridge is setting up a club for one day only at the Forum in Norwich on 25 February 2020.

The idea is that passers by will have the opportunity to see what fun it is, ask questions and be inspired to learn how to play. To that end any pair who would enjoy taking part and promoting the game can contact Jean Senior on 01953 603309 or email her on to reserve a place at one or more of the three three-hour £2 sessions during the day, starting at 10am, 2pm and 6pm.

Incentives to take part include Masterpoints and spot prizes. Enthusiastic players are also needed to talk to the public about playing bridge in Norfolk.

Chris Cunnington

We are sad to report that Chris Cunnington, a long-standing, enthusiastic and loyal member of ABC, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness. The committee would like to send our deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife and family.

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.

ABC is hosting Norwich Bridge School beginners' bridge lessons. See below for details:

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).

26th February 2020
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
27th February 2020
Teams of 4
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
4th March 2020
Club Pairs
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
5th March 2020
Winter Trophy 6
Stafford Hall - The Costessey Centre 1.30pm
Club Pairs
Director: Andrew Thurston
Scorer: John Bradley
Club Pairs - Individual Handicap
Director: Peter Cotes
Scorer: Michael Harvey
Club Pairs
Director: John Pyner
Scorer: John Copson
Club Pairs
Director: Nigel Block
Scorer: Michael Harvey

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